Level 2 Certificate in BSL

The Level 2 Certificate in British Sign Language enhances what you have already learned for BSL level 1. This course develops your signing skills and increases your vocabulary so you are able to participate in longer, more detailed everyday conversations.

  1. Theme 1 explained
  2. Theme 2 explained
  3. Theme 3 explained
  4. Theme 4 explained
  5. Assessments
  6. Course options explained
  7. Online (untutored) courses
  8. Online + weekly tutor sessions (Ofqual)
  9. Classroom courses (Ofqual)

The course follows Signature‘s British Sign Language Level 2 curriculum and is split into 4 themes:

  • Theme 1 focuses on basic conversation skills
  • Theme 2 focuses on eating and drinking
  • Theme 3 focuses on shopping and spending
  • Theme 4 focuses on travel and holidays

Theme 1

Theme 1 focuses on improving your basic conversation skills so you will cover topics so you can:

  • Describe the characteristics of people, animals and objects. For example, how to describe a person’s height, weight, hair colour, ethnicity.
  • Describe school or work, your usual daily routine and the layout of buildings or places you have visited.
  • Describe everyday activities such as cooking a meal, going to an event or activity

Theme 2

Theme 2 focuses on eating and drinking so you cover a range of topics so you can:

  • Describe food types, different types of meals and a range of drinks
  • Describe events shared with friends and family
  • Be able to express your views on different food and experiences you have had

Theme 3

Theme 3 focuses on shopping and spending. You will cover a range of topics that will enable you to:

  • Describe the different types of shops, different payment methods, receipts, refunds and explain services such as Paypal.
  • Describe and discuss your shopping experiences, including buying things online
  • Compare sizes, cost, quality of items you have bought

Theme 4

Theme 4 focuses on BSL signs used when discussing travel and holidays. You will cover a range of topics that could include:

  • Describing a holiday experience – in a hotel, B&B, camping, all-inclusive and whether you had a good/ bad experience
  • Describing travel arrangements such as buying tickets or booking flights.
  • Comparing holiday experiences or journeys. What made them good/ bad?


To achieve BSL Level 2, you need to complete 3 assessments which are designed to test skills needed to sign in everyday situations:

201: multiple choice assessment designed to test your receptive skills (your understanding of signed BSL)

202: presentation skills assessment tests of you can present information in BSL

203: conversation skills test assesses your ability to have a conversation on an everyday topic

Different ways of learning to level 2 standard

Be aware that in order to achieve the Level 2 Award in BSL (regulated by Ofqual), you need to complete the recommended 100+ tutor guided hours plus 50+ hours of personal study.  You can choose to complete your BSL Level 2 online or face to face in a classroom.

Check out our course delivery options and choose the option that suits your learning needs.

Compare Course Options

Online Course

You can cover the Signature course content entirely online. You can access video resources, games and quizzes at any time, anywhere. The online course is structured and builds on prior knowledge of BSL. However, there is no tutor input so this option is entirely self-guided. Our online course is useful for learners who need to complete a refresher of the Level 2 curriculum. Or you may want to expand your BSL vocabulary. Get instant access to the course:

Online (Ofqual) Course

If you want to complete the British Sign Language Level 2 Certificate online, then you can choose to work through the online course materials AND attend a minimum of 20 weekly sessions with a tutor. Your weekly tutor sessions will be a mixture of one to one sessions and group sessions. Exam fees are included in the cost of the course. This course must be completed within one year of enrolment.

Classroom (Ofqual) Course

This course is for learners who prefer the traditional way of learning, in a classroom. The classes are held weekly in a group of 12 students or less. You have 2.5 hours of focussed tutor time each week. Your tutor will guide you through the Signature curriculum so you are ready to take assessments at the end of the course.

The benefits of attending classroom sessions are:

  • Group sessions are usually small. Courses usually run with a maximum group capacity of 12 students
  • Group interaction enhances your learning. You learn from your peers as well as your BSL tutor.
  • You get the ‘human touch’ and learn the appropriate cultural behaviours with a Deaf person in the room
  • Courses are standardised so you cover all the relevant information during your classroom sessions.
  • You can practise with other Deaf community members who visit our sessions
  • You get hands-on experience and interaction with someone who uses BSL every day
  • You have time to focus on learning BSL without home distractions
  • You make new friends!

What jobs can I do with BSL level 2?

If you are considering how you might use your BSL qualification in the future, please check out our post on jobs you can do with BSL. BSL level 2 is a stepping stone on the path towards becoming a fully qualified Sign Language interpreter. The Association of Sign Language Interpreters (ASLI) provides further information on becoming an interpreter for learners interested in pursuing a new career.

parent of a Deaf Child?

Did you know that 90% of deaf children are born to hearing parents? The National Deaf Children’s Society provides lots of resources including free basic BSL classes. If you are a hearing parent of a deaf child, we can offer a discount on courses you book with us. Please get in touch for more details. There is no need for parents to take assessments.

Alternatively, we can provide group sessions to include extended family members for families who wish to learn sign language together.

Our tips and Guides

There are lots of ways you can improve your fluency and understanding of British Sign Language. Check out our guides and tips for improving particular skills such as fingerspelling.