Level 3 Certificate in British Sign Language


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Delivery and contact hours (Choose ONE)

Start date: Tuesday 19th September 2017
Finish date: Tuesday 3rd July 2018
Time: 1pm – 5pm (35 sessions)


Start date: Thursday 21st September 2017
Finish date: Thursday 19th July 2018 (including 4 x Saturdays)
Time: 6.30pm – 9.30pm (37 x Thursday) and 10.30am-4.30pm (4 x Saturday)

This course is suitable for all those who have passed their Level Two Qualification. The course focuses on classroom based teaching, individual & group tutorials, feedback and observed practice. Units’ Assessments (320, 321 & 322) will be taken between term two and three.

Qualification aim

Level 3 Certificate in British Sign Language (BSL) caters for the learning needs of those who already have competence in BSL at Level 2. Successful learners must be able to demonstrate competence at Level 3 of the UK Occupational Language Standards (CILT, 2010).

This means that the learner will be able to understand and use varied BSL in a range of work and social situations.

The learner will develop an advanced knowledge of the structure and function of British Sign Language and an understanding of the Deaf Community and Deaf Culture.

The assessment criteria for this qualification are taken from the UK Occupational Language Standards at Level 3 (‘Varied’ language use) and are equivalent to those for Modern Foreign Languages at AS and A2 level. The qualification is at Level 3 on the Qualification & Credit Framework (QCF), Advanced Level on the Language Ladder and Level B2 on the Common European Framework.

Application of these standards has been applied to the units within the qualification.

Assessment is through the assessment criteria. Background information is provided to help support the achievement of the assessment criteria detailed in each unit.

The standards can be used to:

  • describe good practice in particular areas of professional activity
  • inform job descriptions and personal specifications
  • design training courses and continuous professional development
  • assess the skills of those who are qualified, e.g. for recruitment or appraisal purposes
  • offer a framework for quality assurance

Qualification structure

The qualification is divided into three units each of which will be assessed separately. Although assessments can be taken straight after each unit has been taught, Signature suggests that all assessments may be taken at the end of the course when all teaching is complete.

Qualification objectives

Successful completion of this qualification can be used as evidence of the language skills needed in order to be able to operate independently and at an advanced level in the target language. It is useful for those who work on a regular basis with Deaf people for example, social workers, teachers of the Deaf, communicators, voluntary workers, workers within Deaf organisations, schools, those who aspire to work in these contexts and those who wish to expand their knowledge and skills in British Sign Language.


  • £895 for Level 3 BSL Course
  • £140 for 3 x Units’ Assessment BSL320, BSL321 and BSL322




For further information please contact the Training Centre Administrator on 0121 707 8685 or training@commplus.org.uk.