Level 3 Certificate in British Sign Language

This course is appropriate for those who are meeting Deaf customers or clients or working with Deaf colleagues. Most Communication Support Worker (CSW) roles require a Level 3 qualification. Other reasons include to communicate with deaf family and friends or simply out of interest. This qualifications 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/Deaf Models

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.

When studying Level 3, students have the opportunity to work 1 to 1 with their teacher to ‘polish up’ their presentation skills. Throughout the course students are encouraged to research deaf issues and film themselves presenting in preparation for the assessments.

Level 3 Students 2017-2018

“Kathleen and the other students in our class have been extremely supportive. Watching myself sign and receiving constructive feedback has been invaluable in improving my BSL. My personal challenge has been facial expressions!” – Clair, Level 3 student.


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
  • BSL321   Understand varied BSL in a range of work and social situations
  • BSL322   Use varied BSL in a range of work and social situations

The BSL320 is worth 4 credits and consists of 20 guided learning hours. BSL321 and BSL322 are worth 12 credits each and consist of 65 guided learning hours each. Students are expected to do another 150 hours of additional study.

Find out more: Signature BSL Level 3

The Level 3 is a nationally-recognised qualification equivalent in standard to a GCE Advanced Level and Level B2 on the common European Framework. It allows access to further studies such as a degree in Deaf Studies or an interpreter qualification etc.



Course Dates

University of Surrey, Guildford

19 Saturday classes –  Starts September 2019



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 Sep 2019 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