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LEAP British Sign Language - Part 2

Course Unit Code


Course Unit Details

  • 10 Credits
  • University Language Centre, School of Arts, Languages and Cultures


This course unit is for students who have successfully completed LEAP British Sign Language (BSL) Part 1 (ULBS50001/ULBS50002). In Part 2, you will continue to develop your ability to communicate with Deaf people in a range of familiar and work-related contexts. You will further develop your knowledge of signs, fingerspelling, phrases and grammatical structures. You will gain further practice in signing, so that you are able to participate in everyday communicative situations with members of the Deaf community.

You will be able to demonstrate an extended range of signs and complex phrases around familiar social or work situations. For the Productive units, you are required to deliver a presentation in BSL demonstrating further linguistic patterns within BSL. For the Receptive units, you are required to understand and extract a wider range of details from a short presentation given to them in BSL. For the Conversational units, you are required to participate in a longer dialogue to exchange equal amounts of information in BSL.

The course unit may be of particular value if you are seeking a career in health or education, or if you have contact with deaf people through work, friends or family. It may also be of intrinsic interest to linguists. LEAP BSL Part 1 & LEAP BSL Part 2 is the equivalent to a level one qualification in British Sign Language.


The aim of this unit is to continue developing your ability to communicate with the Deaf community in a range of contexts. You will further develop your knowledge of signs, fingerspelling, phrases and grammatical structures.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of the unit you will be able to:

  • Gain further skills in the production and reception of BSL
  • Become more familiar using BSL for communicative purposes
  • Converse in BSL by identifying linguistic patterns within BSL and communicate complex ideas via a simple set of communicative tools (signs)
  • Gain crucial sign language skills for work or social purposes

By the end of the course unit, you should be able to communicate at a level equivalent to Level A1 of the Common European Framework.


Topics covered over the 12-week course unit include food, clothing, jobs and hobbies, countries & cities, weather, directions, transport, time, opposites and describing people.


  1. 1 x Signed Productive assessment 30% (Week 8)
  2. 1 x Written Respective assessment 30% (Week 9)
  3. 1 x Conversation / Dialogue assessment 40% (Week 12)


Pre-requisite: ULBS50001 or ULBS50002, Introduction to British Sign Language Part 1 or equivalent.

In order to apply, please visit the University Language Centre website.

You are strongly recommended to read the Application Information section of their website before you apply to understand the requirements of the course and ensure you are registered successfully as the process differs to other University College course units.

Teaching Staff

Wayne McConnell

Teaching and Learning Methods

Seminars, two hours per week. 24 contact hours including assessment

This course is only offered (face-to-face) on Campus. The University continues to follow government advice and safety measures in relation to in-person teaching.

In the event that changes to our delivery method are necessary, you will be informed at the earliest opportunity.

Feedback will include a combination of informal ongoing feedback resulting from class-based learning activities and formal written feedback given following summative assessments.

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