1. says:

    31 March 2016 at 8.01 am

    Terpatron 9000 is a bit blinkered. There’s another awarding organisation Institute of British Sign Language (IBSL) also offering BSL qualifications from Level 1 to Level 6 as well as interpreting & Deafblind Communication. Still a small organisation but growing. Statistics on BSL Learning based on Signature’s alone are meaningless without taking IBSL’s into consideration.

    Take your blinkers off!

    • Matt Brown says:

      31 March 2016 at 10.14 am

      Actually, Peter, I wrote to iBSL on 18 March, asking for information about your new qualification pass rates. No-one bothered to reply.

      Searching the web for data now, I found some published stats for 2013-2014, but not for any other year. The iBSL Level 1 qualification had 309 registrations, of which 263 completed the qualification (85%) and 242 passed it (92% of the 85%). This is less than 4% of the “market share” when compared to the total Signature registrations for unit 101 and so does not greatly change the picture I have described above against a backdrop of losing 1,385 Level 1 candidates per year on average. Unless of course there has been a phenomenal surge of interest in iBSL in the last 12 months, but then, if that were the case I assume you’d have replied to my attempt to include you.

      What is of slightly more interest is that your news archive suggests that 90 people passed the iBSL Level 3 in 2013-14, which is a more significant “market share” of intermediate-level qualifications when compared to the 623 people who passed Signature’s 311 and 321 units that year (13%).

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