ULBS51002 – LEAP BSL 2 - LEAP British Sign Language Part 2 (A1)


This course unit is for students who have successfully completed ULBS50001/2 LEAP British Sign Language - Part 1 (A1.1).

In ULBS51002, students continue to develop their ability to communicate with Deaf people in a range of familiar and work-related contexts. Students will further develop their knowledge of signs, fingerspelling, phrases and grammatical structures. They will gain further practice in signing, so that they are able to participate in everyday communicative situations with members of the Deaf community. 

Learners will be able to demonstrate an extended range of signs and complex phrases around familiar social or work situations.

For the Productive units, learners are required to deliver a presentation in BSL demonstrating further linguistic patterns within BSL. For the Receptive units, learners are required to understand and extract a wider range of details from a short presentation given to them in BSL. For the Conversational units, learners are required to participate in a longer dialogue to exchange equal amounts of information in BSL. 

The course may be of particular value for students seeking a career in health or education, or for those who have contact with deaf people through work, friends or family. It may also be of intrinsic interest to linguists. LEAP BSL 1 (ULBS50001/2) & LEAP BSL 2 (ULBS51002) is the equivalent to a level one qualification in British Sign Language.


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

Learning outcomes

Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to: 

  • gain further skills in the production and reception of BSL;
  • become more familiar using BSL for communicative purposes;
  • able to converse in BSL by identifying  linguistic patterns within BSL and communicate complex ideas via a simple set of communicative tools (signs);
  • able to gain crucial sign language skills for work or social purposes.

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

Transferable skills

  • Working in pairs or small groups;
  • Awareness the deaf culture and deaf history;
  • Communicative awareness with deaf people who communicate using BSL.

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, all students will be informed at the earliest opportunity.


  • 1 Signed Productive Assessment; 30% weighting; held in Week 6
  • 1 Written Respective Assessment; 30% weighting; held in Week 9
  • 1 Conversation / Dialogue assessment; 40% weighting; held in Week 12

Nature and timing of feedback

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


Dr Orieb Masadeh-Tate

Taught by

Wayne McConnell

Maximum entry

23 per group

Set texts

There is no set text for this course. However, students use a free online resource. Here the signs are demonstrated by very experienced users and teachers of British Sign Language by moving pictures that clearly show the method of signing, plus a detailed description.

Recommended texts

  • The Linguistics of British Sign Language: An Introduction. Rachel Sutton-Spence and Bencie Woll. Cambridge University Press. ISBN: 978-0521637183
  • Let's Sign Dictionary: Everyday BSL for Learners [2nd Edition] Paperback – 1 Jun. 2009 ISBN-10: 1905913109