Signature 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.

Informal Interview

If you are interested in joining our September 2020 course you will need an interview with Kathleen Grehan – Director of Dot Sign Language to assess your signing and receptive skills. This is a requirement by Signature.

Kathleen will explain the aim, course content and assessment methods of this course. It is also an opportunity for you to ask any questions.

There is no charge for this. Please contact us to arrange an interview.

Why learn BSL Level 3 with Dot?

TEACHERS: Kathleen Grehan

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)

Students are expected to do at least another 130 hours of additional study in addition to guided learning hours.

Level 3 Qualification Specification



Course Dates


Dates: September 2020 course – contact us if you are interested.

Time: TBC

Venue:University of Surrey, Guildford, Surrey GU2 7XH

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Level 3 Timetable 2019-2020

Course Pricing


Standard Fee:

£980.00 (including £150 fee for assessments.)

Employer funded Fee
£1200 (including £150 Signature fee for assessments.)


Fees are payable 1 month before the start of the course.

Level 3 Instalment Plan

Please note there is an additional admin fee to pay by instalments.

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