BSL-90005 - British Sign Language 5
Coordinator: Ines Gutierrez-Gonzalez Tel: +44 1782 7 33113
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Level: Level 4
Credits: 15
Study Hours: 150
School Office: 01782 733960

Programme/Approved Electives for 2023/24

Global Challenge Pathway Global Challenge Pathway (Level 4)
Global Challenge Pathway Global Challenge Pathway (Level 5)
Global Challenge Pathway Global Challenge Pathway (Level 5)

Available as a Free Standing Elective





BSL 4 or equivalent.

Barred Combinations


Description for 2023/24

BSL is the preferred language of nearly 90,000 people in the UK and is used by over 150,000, and it has been recognized as an official minority language by the government since 2003. Knowledge of BSL is an extremely useful in a number of careers, including education, health and social services, as well as being a rewarding skill to learn.
Students taking BSL at Keele, can work towards taking the external Signature qualification.

This module aims to develop communication in BSL about real life, routine, experiences, and it is designed for those who already have some competence in BSL. Students will participate in longer and more varied conversations in BSL and will have the opportunity to further develop their receptive and productive skills in BSL. Some regional variations in BSL will be introduced.

Intended Learning Outcomes

Recognise and analyse varied BSL in a range of every day, work, and social situations.: 2,3
Use and apply varied BSL in a range of every day, work, and social situation.: 3
Identify and demonstrate an advanced knowledge of the structure and function of BSL.: 1,2,3
Recognize some regional variations in BSL.: 2,3
Assess and apply an advanced understanding of the Deaf Community and Deaf Culture.: 1,2,3

Study hours

22 hours contact teaching.
98 hours class preparation, revision, and private study.
15 hours preparation for and completion of Learner Journal.
15 hours preparation for and attendance at Practical/Oral Exam.

School Rules

Admission to the module must be confirmed through completion of a language level self-assessment form
Students can only take one BSL module per semester.

Description of Module Assessment

1: Online Tasks weighted 25%
Learner Journal
Learner Journal of approximately 1300 words. Students will be required to reflect on specific aspects of dead culture in the UK and write a contrastive language analysis.

2: Competence weighted 25%
Receptive Task
Receptive task: students will watch a video clip played and signed in BSL, they will be able to take notes, and then they will have to answer several multiple-choice questions related to the video.

3: Practical Exam weighted 50%
Oral Exam in receptive and productive skills.
Students will complete a 10-15 minute productive and receptive test, a one-to-one conversation signed in BSL.