BSL Level 1 Signature Accredited Deaf Awareness Training for Students & Young People in Education in the UK
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At Study Sharpe, we offer a range of tailored Deaf Awareness training courses and support services for Students and Young People in full and part time education. These course are designed to help Student understand how to communicate effectively with Deaf people using BSL (British Sign Language). Our core focus is on helping Schools, Colleges, Universities and other Educational Facilities create an inclusive community internally and externally.
You’ll have access to our expertise and we will work closely with you in order to help your operations become as diverse as possible.
Below is an outline of highly rated and Signature Accredited bespoke Educational BSL Deaf Awareness Course.
For more information about Study Sharpe's deaf awareness training courses or any other service we offer call 07746 060 547 Today!
Why train your Students and Young People in BSL to support the Deaf Community?
Many young people in their latter years of school will be considering careers within Health & Social Care or looking to work within the Special Educational Needs sector within Education.
BSL is an invaluable language to learn to enhance your skill set in preparation for the above areas of work. There are many career opportunities to work with deaf people using Sign Language, such as, Communication Support Professionals, Interpreters, Communication Support Workers, Note takers and Lip Speakers.
What accreditations do you have?
We are proud to be a centre for Signature, the largest provider of accredited Sign Language courses in the UK who offer nationally recognised qualifications. We are able to offer British Sign Language BSL 101 Frontline Staff Qualification to your Frontline reception/customer facing staff. This course covers basic communication skills and provides you with the essential tools to enable you to communicate about a range of topics in simple, everyday language use. This course is delivered over 10 weeks but can be condensed into 5 longer sessions for ease of commitment. We also offer a Level 1 BSL Full Qualification this is a national recognised Signature approved course which includes the BSL101, BSL102 and BSL103 Units.
Alternatively, if this doesn’t suit, we can offer tailor made bespoke courses that offer similar content to the above course but are designed to suit the needs of your workplace and the needs of your key staff specifically.
Who is this BSL Deaf Awareness course for?
At Study Sharpe we can give schools, colleges, and universities the opportunity to offer the accredited British Sign Language BSL101 Young People unit to those sixth formers, Post 16 young adults and undergraduates within their school/college or university, who are interested in learning BSL and more about how to become Deaf Aware.
How Long is the Course
This short 10-week introductory course may be used to form part of the BSL Level 1 award, as if this unit is passed, learners can continue their studies by completing the final 2 units of the full qualification.
This will enable learners to progress on to higher levels of British Sign Language, such as, Level 2 (Intermediate), Level 3 (Advanced) up to Level 6 (Professional Interpreter level).
This course is 20 hours of learning in length but can be configured to be delivered in a time frame to suit your educational settings needs.
Young People BSL 101 Brief course outline
- Address and greet and take leave of another BSL user
- Know and produce fingerspelling (the manual alphabet) for names of people and places
- Use and recognise strategies for asking for clarification
- Use and recognise simple question forms
- Ask for and give relevant personal information about self or others
- Know basic numbers
- Recognise and use local numbers for: a) people b) time c) money d) dates
- Know different school/college related topics and respond appropriately
- Give and receive information about a range of school/college/university related topics: a) teachers/lecturers b) friends c) classroom lessons/subjects and homework/essays
- Know different hobbies and activities and respond appropriately
- Give and receive information about a range of hobbies and activities: a) sports b) technology/games c) TV/DVDs
- Communicate a range of directions
- Describe and give simple directions in places or buildings
- Ask for and receive directions using a range of vocabulary
Additional Course Benefits?
In addition to the above topics, we also will also give you an introductory insight into the Deaf Community and Deaf Culture, as we believe this is an integral part of people’s understanding of Deaf people’s heritage and culture.
Why should young people learn Sign Language?
- Like any language it is good brain workout to get to grips with the language.
- As signing requires us to not only look at our own and others facial expression as well as the upper body and hands, it enables us to be more visually alert, as we learn to fine tune our use of peripheral vision more which can enhance our skills in certain sports and once young people learn to drive.
- Signing allows us to improve our communication skills as we work between two languages.
- Learning to finger-spell, which is an integral part of BSL, will improve your spelling as you learn to finger-spell words correctly as well as read fingerspelling back by reading the letters and putting the words together.
- Signing makes us better listeners as we concentrate on the signing and on that person, unlike when we are speaking, when we can often look away or at other things as we speak.
- It may make it easier to learn other languages as well as sign languages once you have mastered one.
- Signing improves your body language in a positive way as you not only learn facial expression and more natural gesturing, but effective eye contact too.
- Sign Language can be used everywhere – in a noisy pub/nightclub or restaurant, underwater when scuba diving, or across a distance when needed.
- You will be able to connect with the many deaf BSL users out there who face communication challenges every day.
How do I find out more about Student BSL Deaf Awareness Courses?
Interested in our specialist courses for Young People and Students? Then contact us today on 07746 060 547 or click the link below.
Deaf Awareness Statistics
BSL is the most exciting and expressive language in the UK, as you learn how to create linguistic meaning using your face, your shoulders and your body. It relies entirely on visual images and has a different grammatical structure to spoken languages, so it is like finding new depths of yourself that you didn’t know existed. It’s a great skill to have as it really does open up your way of looking at the world. The more people that learn BSL, the more integrated Deaf BSL users are going to be – so why not join the club?”– Aine Jackson, Research & Policy Officer
British Deaf Association
I’ve only recently started learning sign language. I grew up using speech and lipreading, although I have a profound hearing loss. I felt like I wanted to be part of both the Hearing world and also the Deaf world and learning sign language was a way for me to be able to communicate better with my Deaf friends and the Deaf community. Since I became Deafie Blogger and began writing blogs for the Phonak Hearing Like Me community blog, I’ve met more Deaf people. The knowledge of sign language opens up many doors and who knows what opportunities it will lead to in the future! It’s an incredibly beautiful language and I recommend learning it as you never know when it’ll come in handy! – ‘E' a.k.a. Deafie Blogger
What Will the Cost Be?
We offer a range of fees that vary depending on the type of training, delivery (face to face or remotely), length of course and content. Courses can vary between tasters (2-3 hours), half day, full day or condensed 5 week or longer courses/rolling programmes of 10 weeks. Call Today to discuss the course to suit your business.
Do You Offer Bespoke & Individualised Courses?
We can tailor our courses according to what you are looking for in terms of staff or individual training delivery.We will discuss with you your precise requirements and then create an individualised learning plan for your needs.
Why Choose Study Sharpe Deaf Awareness Training Courses?
Emm Sharpe is the Owner and Founder of Study Sharpe Deaf Awareness Training Courses. She first became involved in the Deaf Community in the late 80’s working for a charity supporting Deaf and Disabled young people in the classroom.
Emm has been through many years of teaching and training experience and is an advocate for Deaf Awareness, accessibility, and inclusion for Deaf people.
She has worked within the prison service, healthcare, education in both Primary and Secondary schools and Further Education and Higher Education sectors.
Emm holds a BSc (Hons) degree in Deaf Studies from Bristol University where she was fortunate to be taught by top Deaf Professionals. She also holds a Postgraduate Certificate in Education, as well as BSL Levels 1 – 3.
As a hearing teacher, she can offer an invaluable bi-lingual experience with hearing learners, to ensure the initial few classes are not too daunting.
Having worked with and personally known many Deaf people over the years and for various charities supporting Deaf and disabled young people, she has extensive experience of Deaf Awareness and Deaf Culture.
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Deaf Awareness Training Course FAQ's
What Is BSL (British Sign Language)?
‘British Sign Language (BSL) is the preferred language of over 87,000 Deaf people in the UK for whom English may be a second or third language (A total of 151,000 individuals in the UK who can use BSL - this figure does not include professional BSL users, Interpreters, Translators, etc unless they use BSL at home).’ For More information click here
Why choose a Signature Accredited Course?
Who is Signature?
Signature is a national charity and are also the leading awarding body for deaf communication qualifications in the UK. They have been awarding British Sign Language (BSL) qualifications for the last 40 years and have supported more than 450,000 people to learn BSL.
What is a Signature accredited course?
A Signature accredited course is a course that is certified and authentic in entity. Signature’s qualifications are nationally recognised and regulated by Ofqual (the office of the qualifications and Examination’s regulator). This means that these qualifications reliably indicate the knowledge, skills and understanding needed by learners and that they have demonstrated through the assessment process what has been achieved. This gives potential learners the confidence in the qualifications undertaken.
How does becoming a Signature approved centre work?
To become a Signature approved centre and to deliver Signature qualifications, potential centres must undergo a strict, formal approval process. Each potential centre teacher that applies, must be able to demonstrate to Signature that they hold relevant teaching qualifications, professional experience in the subject they wish to teach and the relevant BSL qualifications to a higher level than that which they wish to deliver. Other specialist higher level qualifications in teaching practice are also highly recommended and desirable.
Signature regulate their qualifications and this formal approval process maintains this ethos.
Approved Centre’s processes during assessments are regularly checked for Quality Assurance purposes, to ensure that centres are adhering to all Signature Assessment guidelines, and that no learners are treated less favourably than others during the process. This ultimately means that every learner’s experience is of the highest quality.
Who would benefit from Signature approved courses?
The learner is at the heart of all we do here at Study Sharpe.
All learners undertaking a Signature qualification with us will be guaranteeing they will not only receive teaching expertise that is endorsed by Signature, but they will also gain a qualification that will be recognised by employers and industries alike.
Last but by no means least and perhaps the most important reason for undertaking Signature qualifications with us, is that you will be able to join the growing number of people in the UK who can communicate with a deaf BSL user. Through our courses, you will become more Deaf Aware in the process, understand more about the Deaf Community and their rich heritage and Culture, thereby raising awareness to other people and sharing the benefits to all of learning BSL.
So why not start your exciting BSL journey with us today?
What Solutions Does Deaf Awareness Training Offer?
The solutions that Deaf Awareness training offers are:
- Create an inclusive and accessible business which will protect your reputation and increase its value
- Ensure that the business culture is one of diversity and inclusion
- Protection against legal action and tribunals
- Open opportunities to employee workers from a larger pool of talent
- Protect your business reputation against negative reviews or comments in local/national press, online forums and on social media.
By Engaging in the Access to Work scheme for deaf employees you can reduce the costs of enabling an inclusive and accessible workplace.
What is the benefit of Deaf Awareness Training for Businesses?
Why should we worry about Deaf Awareness Training?
- Are you a business without any Deaf Awareness?
- Are you making false claims about the your compliance with regards Deaf Awareness Understanding and Training?
- Are you at risk of complaints/legal action from Deaf People who are accessing your services but not feeling included or having difficulty using your business?
In the current marketplace social media plays a large part in how our businesses are perceived both, internally and externally, and offers instant feedback to our services or products.
You could be at risk of:
- Failing to provide an accessible workplace to potential Deaf employees.
- Hefty compensation costs
- Employee tribunals
- Negative reviews on Local/National news sites, public forums and through social media
- Negative reputation
What costs are involved per person?
What is the course content?
Our courses cover the following topics (this list is not exhaustive and may vary according to service need):
Deaf Awareness strategies including:
- Deaf Attention gain (Appropriate ways of gaining the attention of a Deaf Person)
- Experiences of Lipreader's (Experiences of people who use lipreading to understand and communicate effectively when mouths are obscured)
- How to conduct accessible online meetings
- Working appropriately with interpreters
- Assistive technology & equipment
- Access to work scheme for deaf employees
BSL signs & phrases:
- BSL Alphabet and role of fingerspelling
- How to introduce yourself and welcome customers
- How to repair a breakdown in communication
- How to end a conversation appropriately
- Discussing travel/transport
- Directing people inside a building and out and about
- Discussing the weather
- Discussing family
- Numbers (expressing the difference between money, age & calendar)
We will delve into the interesting and engaging world of Deaf Culture and Deaf Arts.
What are the maximum participants at one workshop/course?
Delivering face to face courses/workshops will depend on the delivery space/capacity you have available. If we are teaching more than the British Sign Language (BSL) phrases, then a smaller group will mean attendees will have a more personalised experience with the trainer and the content.
An ideal number for a workshop/taster would be 16 – 20 participants.
For our longer courses, the ideal maximum number would be 10 – 14.
For remote learning, if it is a presentation/taster/seminar, then there is no limit to the numbers who will attend.
If we are delivering a 2-hour online taster then we would ask for no more than 10 – 12 participants per session.
What will you learn?
You will learn a variety of topics; both theoretical and practical. We cover Deaf Awareness strategies, Deaf etiquette, British Sign Language basics as well as the main differences between hearing culture and Deaf culture.
Who are the courses designed for?
Our courses are for everyone; whether it be individuals, families, SME’s or larger corporate businesses - we can cater for you.
How long do your courses have to be?
It depends on your individual needs/staff availability and the aim of the training.
Our courses can be short tasters, half day or full day workshops or 5-week intensive courses or full length 10-week courses that can be arranged on a rolling programme basis.
Our courses can also be bespoke in nature and tailored to your requirements.