iBSL Level 2 Award in Deafblind Communication


Sign for Thoughts is delighted to be running the

iBSL Level 2 Award in Deafblind Communication Course

With around 330,475 Deafblind people in the UK, we need to spread awareness and improve communication and access for all.

You will be in great hands with our very experienced teacher/assessor Sarah Reed.
Sarah has been involved as a teacher/trainer and researcher for organisations such as the BDA, Sense, Deafblind UK and DCAL, in a wide range of topics related to Deafblindness for well over 25 years. She has gained a lot of knowledge and experience from her work in Deafblindness, which is often pioneering and made even richer from her travels to other countries such as in Scandinavia, Europe, USA and Australia.

This qualification aims to further learners' experiences and development in communication awareness through British Sign Language (BSL) with Deafblind people in everyday life socially or at work, in school or college. A Level 2 course will enable development in functional Deafblind communication in more depth than at Level 1.

The Level 2 Award in Deafblind Communication is suitable for those who:

• wish to acquire Deafblind Communication skills at an intermediate level for the purpose
of holding more detailed communication with Deafblind people;
• need to acquire Deafblind Communication skills as part of a programme of study or
professional development;
• are studying for personal development with a view to future employment;
• wish to progress from the Level 1 Deafblind Awareness Award.

Our Deafblind Levels course is fully accredited by the Institute of British Sign Language ( iBSL), as recognised by Ofqual (the Office of the Regulator for Qualifications, Examinations and Assessments in England).

Qualification Structure

The course is comprised of 3 blocks of 2 days training with a final assessment day at the end of the course.

The qualification is divided into two units.

IBSL2ADB1: Understand and take part in routine conversations using Deafblind Communication

IBSL2ADB2: Understand and use Deafblind Communication in everyday contexts

Both units can be achieved separately, but the full Level 2 Deafblind Communication can only be given if there is a PASS in each unit.

Learners are expected to spend a total of 30hrs after the 4 teaching days gaining experience with Deafblind people ready for their assessment.

Please note "research and private study time" includes live interaction with Deafblind people to learn to use different modes of communication.

Qualification Objectives

At the end of the qualification, learners will be able to:

• acquire sufficient communication skills with Deafblind people, including those in the
workplace or at school/college, at an intermediate level;

• Understand and give advice & information to Deafblind people about everyday work
and/or social matters using appropriate communication at an intermediate level.

Course Dates

Level 2 Award in Deafblind Communication Course

19/20 JULY 2019
12/13 SEPT 2019

from 10am - 4.30pm

plus 1 Assessment day Date in February TBC (Time slot allocated)


18th & 19th October 2019
15th & 16th November 2019

from 10am - 4.30pm

plus 1 Assessment day Date May 22nd/23rd 2020 (Time slot allocated)

Booking advisable avoid disappointment.

*Candidates are able to choose from either of these dates the most suitable day for them. Once decided upon with the training centre this assessment date cannot be changed.

Entrants MUST have the Level 1 Award in Deafblind Awareness qualification (iBSL or Signature) before embarking on the Level 2 Award in Deafblind Communication.

ALSO Entrants should hold Level 2 Certificate in BSL (Signature or iBSL) or equivalent. Those students who do not hold this qualification will be internally assessed by the centre to determine whether they are at the required language standard to undertake the course and its requirements. Sign for Thoughts's decision on this is final.

Course Costs

£455 Course fee PLUS VAT £78 assessment fee

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