The intention behind following a Deaf Studies curriculum is to ensure that students understand their Deaf identity and are confident and proud to be part of the Deaf community. Study will also raise their awareness of national and local issues relating to deafness.
Lessons are planned to provide students with the opportunity to learn about their culture and heritage and about the different technical supports and communication methods that are available to them.
As part of the communication module, students have lessons with tutors from the Heathlands BSL centre to improve and hone aspects of their sign language and gain an appreciation of aspects of linguistics and grammar related to manual communication. As part of this work, students sit nationally recognised ‘Signature’ qualifications in BSL, aspiring for BSL level 2 and 3.
They learn about Deaf history as well as about current events that are relevant to their lives today and in the future. Knowledge of their history, background and causes of deafness all support the students to establish their own identity, to be proud and to be able to interact with both Deaf and hearing people in the wider community.
During the year students will also have the opportunity to develop their sign language skills and prepare for appropriate qualifications in discrete BSL lessons.