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Build welcome UCL plans to recognise BSL as a foreign language for university applicants

Story added 10th Aug 2017

Build run regular BSL courses throughout the year.

It was announced this week that University College London (UCL) has become the first university in the UK to recognise British Sign Language (BSL) qualifications in its entry requirements.

UCL have stated that in future, BSL will count as part of the institution's modern foreign language (MFL) requirement; in a move that they hope will raise awareness of BSL and improve access to the language.

Mark Hopkinson, Head of Sign Language and Lipreading at Build, said:

"By accepting BSL as a foreign language, UCL are opening up opportunities for deaf people to attend university, as well as those who have already successfully achieved a BSL qualification. This is a positive step towards increasing the recognition of BSL."

Build's Centre for deaf education is internationally-renowned for its wide range of provision, and is the largest centre of its kind in Europe. Our comprehensive BSL programme offers BSL courses ranging from introductory to level 6.