Level 3 Certificate in British Sign Language Studies

The Level 3 Certificate in British Sign language Studies course (BSL Level 3) is designed to help you demonstrate your competence in using BSL at Level 3 of the UK Occupational Language Standards (CILT, 2010) and is accredited by the Institute of British Sign Language (iBSL).

The primary aim is for you to understand and use varied BSL in a range of work contexts. This course is for learners who are considering a career working with Deaf and hard of hearing people. If you already work with the Deaf Community, this course will enhance your understanding of Deaf culture.

This course is available online and as a classroom course.

The BSL Level 3 course covers a comprehensive range of topics. However, it primarily focuses on BSL linguistics so you can develop your signing skills to communicate confidently with native sign language users, at a normal speed.

Course topics include:

  • The Principles of BSL linguistics
  • Deaf Culture and History
  • Home Life
  • Education & Employment
  • Exploring Different Deaf Cultures

The qualification is divided into a number of units, each of which will be assessed separately. Although assessments can be taken straight after each unit has been taught, iBSL suggests that all assessments are best taken at the end of the course when all teaching is complete. The 6 assessments for this course are:

  • BSL receptive skills test
  • Deaf Culture paper
  • Productive skills test
  • Conversation skills test (two assessments)
  • Group conversation skills test (external assessment)3