February 4, 2011

Signature Level 6 Certificate in BSL


New course date:

29th February 2024




Remote via Zoom

Course info

The Level 6 Certificate in British Sign Language (BSL62) qualification will develop the learner’s language skills from Level 4 (B2) towards Level 6 of the National Occupational Standards for Languages (CILT 2010), or C1 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). Upon successful completion of this qualification, the learner will be able to use and understand complex BSL in all types of social and professional interaction. The assessment criteria for this qualification are based on the UK National Occupational Standards for Languages at Level 6 (‘complex’ language use). Upon successful completion of this qualification, learners will be able to demonstrate language skills equivalent to an undergraduate degree in Modern Languages.

Qualification Structure

Candidates must demonstrate both receptive and productive BSL skills at level 6, and in all of the eight topics that make up this qualification. Internal and external assessments may cover any of the topics listed in this qualification. The natural context of using BSL is in two-way interactions (discussions, conversations, debates etc.), as well as one-way interactions (monologues, presentations etc.). The candidate is therefore expected to demonstrate receptive and productive skills in both two-way and one- way interactions. Signature recommends the best approach to teaching and assessing this qualification is by covering both receptive and productive skills together.

Qualification Objectives

This qualification may be used as evidence of full professional proficiency in BSL. It may be useful for those who already work, or wish to work, in a professional capacity with Deaf people, such as teachers of the deaf, social workers for deaf people, voluntary workers with deaf people and employees within a deaf organisation. It may also be used as evidence of proficiency in BSL for sign language interpreters and sign language translators.

Essential Requirements

Candidates must be able to demonstrate competence in BSL at level 4, or equivalent. It is the responsibility of the centre to ensure that this requirement has been met before accepting a candidate for this qualification.

Progression routes

On completion of this qualification, the candidate may wish to progress to the following qualifications:

  • Signature Level 6 NVQ Diploma in Sign Language Interpreting
  • Signature Level 6 Diploma in Sign Language Translation

Course cost

Personal: £TBC     Work Organisation: £TBC

A deposit £TBC is required prior to the course beginning.

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