Level 3 Certificate in British Sign Language

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, and will be able to understand and use varied BSL in a range of work and social situations. Level 3 is a nationally-recognised qualification equivalent in standard to a GCE Advanced Level and Level B2 on the common European Framework.

Most Communication Support Worker (CSW) roles require a Level 3 qualification.  This qualification is also suitable for Deaf people who would like to achieve a qualification in their own language.

Why learn BSL Level 3 with Dot?

TEACHERS: Kathleen Grehan/Freelance Teachers

Our Level 3 teachers are committed to delivering stimulating and enjoyable lessons tailored to meet the needs of all students. The course includes in depth study of linguistics to gain an understanding of BSL as a language. Classes are focused on Deaf culture, education, issues affecting Deaf people at work and home.

“Studying BSL Level 3 (Signature) with DotSignLanguage was a highly enjoyable and enriching experience for me. Though a challenging step up, it was great to gain more in depth knowledge about the Deaf community, it’s culture and history. Especially interesting for me personally was the linguistics part, which helped me to get a better theoretical understanding for the structure of this beautiful language. The passion and patience of my teacher Kathleen helped and encouraged me throughout the year immensely. I can wholeheartedly recommend this course.” Daniela Totten – Former Level 3 student, currently studying Level 6 with Dot.

Course Structure

Qualification: Signature Level 3 Certificate in British Sign Language (QCF)  BSL Level 3  Ref: QAN: 601/1116/1, Signature: BSL32 BSL Level 3

The course consists of 3 units which will be assessed separately:

  • BSL320   Sign Linguistics Knowledge (written assessment)
  • BSL321   Understand varied BSL in a range of work and social situations (receptive assessment)
  • BSL322   Use varied BSL in a range of work and social situations (presentation and conversation assessment)

Total Guided Learning Hours = 150

Students are expected to do at least another 130 hours of additional study.

For more information see Qualification Specification



Course Dates

University of Surrey, Guildford

Saturday classes –  Starting September 2019

TIME: Alternate Saturdays 9am – 1pm


University of Surrey, Guildford, Surrey GU2 7XH

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Course Pricing

Early Bird: £950.00 (including £144 Signature fee for assessments.) This only applies to bookings made prior to 1st September 2019.

Standard Fee: £980.00 (including £144 Signature fee for assessments.)

Employer funded Fee
£1200 (including £144 Signature fee for assessments.)

Fees are payable 2 weeks before the start of the course but we do offer the option of paying in instalments.

Level 3 Instalment Plan

Dot Sign Language makes every effort to ensure that courses are run as advertised. However, a course may be cancelled if insufficient students enrol, so please do not delay in signing up!



For Level 3 and above we recommend

The Linguistics of British Sign language: An Introduction, by Rachel Sutton Spence.

ISBN-13: 978-0521637183 / ISBN-10: 052163718X