Unit of the Month - Produce and Receive British Sign Language

21st January 2022 Date of publication

According to the Deaf Health Charity, Signhealth, most Deaf people who use sign language in the UK use British Sign Language (BSL). It is a rich combination of hand gestures, facial expressions and body language and, like English, has its own grammar, syntax and lexicons.

BSL was recognised by the UK government as a language in its own right in March 2003, but there are no accurate figures for the number of sign language users in the country.

A good estimate is that there are around 70,000 people who use BSL as their preferred language.

When Strictly Come Dancing's first deaf contestant Rose Ayling-Ellis took to the dance floor, the public were amazed to witness the couple's use of techniques such as eye contact, muscle memory and physical touch to craft their dazzling performances.

Rose herself has spoken about how she counts the rhythm for each dance and had a British Sign Language (BSL) interpreter with her during shows and rehearsals.

The fantastic and well-deserved success of Rose and Giovanni, despite the odds, has led to a surge of interest from those looking to learn how to communicate with Deaf people in every-day situations or have a keen interest in learning British Sign Language.

We have a range of units from Entry Level 3 to Level 2 available for use. Centres should select assessors who are trained in assessment, and who have subject specific competence to assess at this level. Assessors will hold accreditation in British Sign Language to at least the same level as this unit.

Unit NameUnit Code LevelCredit
Produce British Sign LanguageKB6/E3/NE/003 Entry 3 1
Produce British Sign LanguageKB6/1/NE/001 Level 1 2
Receive British Sign LanguageKB6/E3/NE/004 Entry 3 1
Receive British Sign Language KB6/1/NE/002 Level 1 2
Understand and Take Part in
Conversations in British Sign Language
KB6/2/NE/004 Level 2 6

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