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Level 6 Certificate in British Sign Language

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Level 6 Certificate in British Sign Language



Wellcome to the Information Page for Level 6 BSL Language

Based in South East London appa Training is pleased to offer you a Signature verified Level 6 Interpreting course developed by signlanguage users working professionally in the field of British Sign Language.

Language Course

Our BSL language course consists of two parts; Part 1 is the taught part of the course comprising of 8 x 2-day long teaching blocks held on Fridays and Saturdays. Part 2 is evidence collection and submission of that portfolio of evidence.

We’ve designed the rolling programme to give you the best opportunities to collect evidence and submit your portfolio when ready, so part 2 isn’t as daunting as you may think! Timescales vary between 6 months to 18 months, depending on your previous experience and entry assessment results.

Accreditation and faculty

The course is Signature accredited and designed by our multi-talented in-house team of teachers, interpreters, working professionals and disability advocates. The taught sessions are delivered by a range of qualified teachers who themselves are also out there in the field as professional BSL interpreters or are themselves deaf.

The course has been crafted to give you the very best in learning how to refine your British Sign Language skills to operate at a professional level with deaf BSL users. To learn the things we wish we had been taught when we started.

Your learning Environment and follow-up CPD

Our centre is geared towards a positive learning environment, you are also given your own personal tutorials, and once completed you will be given 1 free CPD workshop, which will start your CPD journey. This is a great way to dip your toes into BSL Interpreter waters, or just for your personal development. You will also receive a discount on any appa run CPD courses for the following 18 months.

Course Units

LO1 – Use receptive and productive skills to engage in all types of complex social interaction.
LO2 – Use and understand complex language, and maintain fluency, grammatical accuracy and
coherence in sustained contributions containing complex language.
LO3 – Understand sustained signed discourse containing complex language.
LO4 – Use reference sources to confirm or clarify the meaning of signs.

Course Requirements

Level 3 and/or Level 4 in British Sign language,

Qualification Objectives

The Signature Level 6 Certificate in British Sign Language (RQF) qualification will develop the learner’s language skills towards complex language use of the National Occupational Standards for Languages Instructus 2012, 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 interactions.

The assessment criteria for this qualification are based on the UK Occupational Language Standards for 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.

The qualification is benchmarked at:
• Level 6 of the Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF)
• Proficiency Grades 13-15 on the Language Ladder
• C1 (proficient user) on the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR)

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.

Signature Specification

Study Tips

For a list of books, websites and other resources check out the pdf linked below;

Level 6 BSL Resources

Course Details

Classes are held on the second Friday and Saturday of the month from 10.00 to 16:00. Assessments are mandatory for any joining this course, Assessment fees are; Assessment: £35 for appa students, £55 for new students

Course Fee

Fees can be paid upfront or in instalments. For this course, you can pay in up to 12 monthly instalments. We use a payment processor that will automatically take payment from your account on the same day every month. All payment plans are interest-free, and all prices are inclusive. You only pay what you see. The main rule is that the first payment must be made before classes start. Places can be reserved for a £50 deposit, which is deducted from your first payment.

Payment Plans

Full payment, 3 monthly, 6 monthly, 9 monthly, 12 monthly



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