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Intro To Qualifications

IBSL is a UK awarding body providing a range of qualifications in British Sign Language (BSL) and Deaf Studies that meet the needs of learners of all ages and abilities.

What types of qualifications do we have?

We have qualifications in British Sign Language from Entry Level up to Level 6.
We also have other qualifications such as Awareness & Deaf Studies, Deafblind Communication and Bilingual Skills & Interpreting Studies.
In accordance with Ofqual requirements, we are creating Purpose Statements for each qualification. Those for Entry Level up to Level 4 are shown here.

For other information on each qualification, please see the sub-menus on the right side.

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BSL Studies

You will find all the qualification specifications needed to understand our qualifications in this area. Also, you will be able to access assessment guidelines and where appropriate, coursework file documentation to enable you to either teach the qualification, or to use as part of your learning. There are 6 qualifications altogether.
QualificationFull QualificationAssessment ProcedurePurpose Statement
IBSL Entry Level Award in British Sign LanguageFull QualificationPurpose Statement
Level 1 Award in British Sign Language StudiesFull QualificationPurpose Statement
Level 2 Certificate in British Sign Language StudiesFull QualificationPurpose Statement
Level 3 Certificate in British Sign Language StudiesFull QualificationPurpose Statement
Level 4 Certificate in British Sign Language StudiesFull QualificationPurpose Statement
Level 6 Certificate in British Sign Language StudiesFull QualificationPurpose Statement

 

Awareness & Deaf Studies

You will find all the qualification specifications needed to understand our qualifications in this area. Also, you will be able to access assessment guidelines and where appropriate, coursework file documentation to enable you to either teach the qualification, or to use as part of your learning. There are 5 qualifications altogether.
QualificationFull QualificationAssessment ProcedurePurpose Statement
Level 1 Award in Deaf AwarenessFull QualificationPurpose Statement
Level 1 Award in Deaf Blind AwarenessFull Qualification

 

Deafblind Communication

We have just had two new Deafblind qualifications accredited. These are level 2 and level 3 Awards in Deafblind Communication For full information, click on the one you want below.
QualificationFull QualificationAssessment ProcedurePurpose Statement
Level 2 Award in Deafblind Communication
Level 3 Award in Deafblind CommunicationFull QualificationPurpose Statement

 

Bilingual Skills &Interpreting Studies

We have a Level 4 Certificate in Bilingual BSL English Skills suitable for those who work with Deaf people. The full information is available here. The Interpreting Studies qualification is also shown on this page, available from April 2014.
QualificationFull QualificationAssessment ProcedurePurpose Statement
Level 4 Award in Bilingual Skills (BSL/English)Full Qualification
Level 6 Diploma in Sign Language Interpreting StudiesFull QualificationPurpose Statement

 

Education and Training

This page relates to qualifications that are part of the Education and Training sector, and covers qualifications which help to raise the profile and status of Deaf people as Teachers and Assessors. Note: The Level 4 Certificate in Education & Training for Sign Language Teachers is currently only available in Wales.
QualificationFull QualificationAssessment ProcedurePurpose Statement
Level 3 Award in Assessing Vocationally Related AchievementFull Qualification
Level 4 Certificate in Education and Training for Sign Language TeachersFull Qualification

 

Purpose Statements

IBSL qualification purpose statements must reflect the business rules which the Skills Funding Agency has adopted for the approval of qualifications on the Regulation Qualification Framework for public funding for adult learners, in England.

All qualifications must have a clear statement of purpose.

The purpose must reflect selected priorities, mainly supporting progression to work although for Entry and Level 1, supporting independent living is in scope.

The purpose for qualifications must be competence-based or to prepare learners for employment or for further learning or training and/or develop knowledge and/or skills in a subject area.

All publically funded qualifications must show demand for funding of 100+ learners over two years delivered through organisations that are on the Register of Training Organisations.

Unfortunately, the new criteria mean that some ‘specialist’ qualifications, for example the Level 3 Deafblind Communication, may not meet the eligibility rules for funding. How flexible the SFA will be regarding qualifications that contribute to the economy and the health and well-being of the nation (our emphasis) remains to be seen.