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iBSL Level 2 Award in Deafblind Communication


Sign for Thoughts is delighted to be running the iBSL Level 2 Award in Deafblind Communication Course. Please see 'Course Dates' for exact dates - the courses will commence in May 2020

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 courses are 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).

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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

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.
  • Present information and ideas to a Deafblind person, including selecting and organising the information and ideas in an effective manner.
  • Responding to spoken or signed language when with Deafblind person, including listening to and responding appropriately to any questions and feedback for the benefit of a Deafblind person.
  • Expressing ideas using client-preferred modes of Deafblind Communication.

Course Dates

The course dates are as follows:

Thursday 14th May
Thursday 4th June
Thursday 11th June
Friday 12th June

Assessment date in November TBC.


Friday 16th & Saturday 17th October 2020
Friday 20th & Saturday 21st November 2020

Assessment date Friday 19th March 2021

Book ASAP to avoid disappointment!

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

Course fees are £546 (including VAT).
Plus Assessment fee of £82
Total: £628

Payment of fees by installments may be agreed upon arrangement.

Please ensure you have checked the entry requirements above before enrolling

Course fees are subject to change

Why Choose us

This course may launch you towards a rewarding and fulfilling career working for a deafblind person. Would you like to work in an environment of providing practical assistance to enable a person to fully access their community, or where you would be promoting their personal and social development and well-being?

Whether you are interested in a new career, developing your existing job, or are just interested in learning more please join us on this course.

Click here to read more about course teacher Sarah Reed

Penny is available for a 1-1 FaceTime chat or drop in at the centre and would love to answer any questions you may have regarding the course. Please Contact Us to arrange this.

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