British Sign Language

A life-long skill

bslBramcote College runs a British Sign Language course every year. The tuition provided by the College is worth £440 alone – and it is a life-long skill that you get.

As a Bramcote College student, there is no charge for the lessons (except for a £17 (£13.30 if you’re under 18) exam registration fee, payable next February) but you do need to get a signature for your parent / guardian to confirm you have permission to stay late on a Thursday. Please do take advantage of this brilliant opportunity. The application / consent form is attached below.

Sign Language is a visual means of communicating using gestures, facial expression, and body language. Sign Language is used mainly by people who are Deaf or have hearing impairments.

British Sign Language (BSL)

Within Britain the most common form of Sign Language is called British Sign Language (BSL). BSL has it’s own grammatical structure and syntax, as a language it is not dependant nor is it strongly related to spoken English. BSL is the preferred language of around 145,000 people within the UK (2011).

A Recognised Language

After a big campaign BSL was finally recognised by the UK government as an official minority language in 2003. This has led to increased funding for the needs of the coummunication of people who are Deaf, and an increased awareness of the language which now has a similar status to that of other minority national languages such as Gaelic and Welsh.

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