|ABC Awards Code||A1653-01|
|Total Qualification Time||100|
The ABC Awards suite of British Sign Language BSL qualifications consist of practical, vocationally related, credit based qualifications at five different levels. The suite provides valuable opportunities for individuals to develop skills and gain underpinning knowledge and understanding in the areas of signing, receiving and conversing skills. The suite is linked to the UK Occupational Language Standards 2010 and Sign Languages and the Common European Framework of References for Languages, providing a ladder of progression from beginner Entry Level qualifications to independent user Level 3 qualifications.
By developing signing, receiving and conversing skills in a vocational context the suite of BSL qualifications improves employment prospects where basic/intermediate linguistic abilities would develop personal confidence and enhance job performance in current roles. For example, front line staff who are in contact with deaf people through their day to day jobs working for example in local authority organisations e.g. Entry to Level 2, retail establishments e.g. Entry to Level 1, the health care sector and community organisations e.g. Entry to Level 3.