Level 3 BSL (Online)

Level 3 BSL (Online)

Upcoming courses:
• Mondays 6pm-9pm starting 9 September 2024
• Wednesdays 6pm-9pm starting 7 May 2025
• Mondays 6pm-9pm starting 15 September 2025
• Wednesdays 6pm-9pm starting 14 September 2026
Last Updated: 27-03-2024

At a glance:

Intermediate (B1)
3 exams
30 weeks
3 hours/week
Online course

£780 (inc. VAT) + £162 exam fees

Course content

The aim of this course is to further develop your linguistic skills in British Sign Language towards intermediate level, or B1 of the CEFR. Teaching begins by briefly re-visiting the vocabulary and grammatical structures covered in Level 2, before moving swiftly onto developing skills, understanding and knowledge in BSL grammar, receptive skills, productive skills and conversational skills.

The course is delivered in an informal and relaxed environment and your teacher will use a variety of teaching and learning methods to cater for all learning styles and to meet the needs of all learners. The course is designed to be fun, engaging and meaningful and will give you the opportunity to practice your productive and receptive skills by means of group work, pair work, role-plays, games, presentations and discussions.

The Level 3 course is useful for anybody who is in regular contact with deaf people, be it through work or social life. On completion of this course, learners will be able to further develop their linguistic skills by progressing onto the Level 6 Certificate in British Sign Language course and/or onto professional training in interpreting, translation and communication support.
ThemeTopics covered
BSL grammar
  • Classifiers
  • Syntactic and topographic space
  • Question forms
  • Negation and affirmation
  • Non-manual features
  • Finger spelling
  • Timelines and aspect
  • Plain, agreement and classifier verbs
  • BSL sign order
  • Role-shift
  • Mouth patterns
  • Intensifiers
  • Personal and possessive pronouns
  • Connectors
Home life
  • Experiences of being a deaf parent
  • Technology in the deaf home
  • Hearing parents and deaf children
  • Deaf parents and hearing children
  • Deaf parents and deaf children
  • What are the differences between a deaf and hearing home?
  • How has the deaf home changed over time?
Social and recreational activities
  • Leisure activities
  • Accessing the cinema and theatres – problems and challenges
  • Subtitles on TV and at the cinema
  • Interpreted and deaf theatre
  • Sports and exercise clubs – are these accessible for deaf people?
  • Deaf clubs
  • Social exclusion
  • Deaf conferences
  • Deaf comedy and humour
Education and training
  • Nursery costs and pre-school education
  • Nursery provision for deaf children and deaf children with additional needs
  • What age should children start school?
  • Implications for deaf children starting school
  • Mainstream schools
  • Specialist schools for the deaf
  • Support available for deaf children in the education system
  • BSL and bilingual education
  • Oral education
  • Should BSL be part of the national curriculum?
  • University and higher education for deaf people
  • Attitudes to finding work
  • Access to Work support
  • Obstacles and challenges of finding employment for deaf people
  • Unemployment support for deaf people
  • Flexible working hours
  • Discrimination at work
  • Barriers and challenges for deaf people at work
  • Interpreters in the workplace
  • Apprenticeships for deaf people
  • Retirement and pensions
Consumer issues and daily living
  • How can deaf people access public services, e.g. bank and utility companies?
  • Telecommunications for deaf people
  • Everyday barriers for deaf people
  • How can we make society more accessible for deaf people?
  • Health and wellbeing
  • Access to healthcare services for deaf people
  • Keeping fit and access to gyms and exercise classes
Deaf history and culture
  • History of BSL and finger spelling
  • Origins of signed language
  • Milan conference 1880 and 2010 official apology
  • History of deaf schools
  • Deaf social conventions
  • Social model of disability
  • D/d deaf and deafness as a linguistic and cultural minority
  • How do deaf and hearing cultures differ?
  • Deaf rules of etiquette, manners and how deaf people communicate with each other


There are total of 3 assessments for this qualification:
1Productive skillsFormal presentation (8-10 minutes)
2Conversational skillsInformal conversation (10-12 minutes)
3Receptive skillsReceptive skills written exam

Entry Requirements

You must have passed the Signature Level 2 Certificate in British Sign Language qualification.


When you have completed this course, you will be able to progress on to the Level 4 Certificate in British Sign Language.


Learning BSL isn’t just fun, for many it’s the starting point of a new and exciting career, or professional development in their current role. Popular careers include BSL/English Interpreter, BSL/English Translator, Communication Support Worker, Teacher of the Deaf and BSL Teacher. Our courses are designed to respond to industry demand, which means they won’t just prepare you for the assessment, but also they will equip you with the skills to succeed in your chosen career, or any other career involving the use of BSL.

Our teachers have a wealth of knowledge and experience in British Sign Language, teaching, interpreting, translation and communication support, so no matter what your goals are we will help to achieve them.

Here are some popular careers that require knowledge and skills in BSL.
BSL/English Interpreter
International Sign Interpreter
BSL/English Translator
Communication Support Worker
Teacher of the Deaf
BSL Teaching Assistant
Educational Communication Support Worker
BSL Support Worker
Communicator Guide
BSL Teacher
Deafblind Interpreter

Dates and times

Semester 1 - 9 September 2024 - 16 December 2024
Semester 2 - 6 January 2025 - 14 April 2025
Semester 1 - 7 May 2025 - 30 July 2025
Semester 2 - 3 September 2025 - 17 December 2025
Semester 1 - 15 September 2025 - 15 December 2025
Semester 2 - 5 January 2026 - 13 April 2026
Semester 3 - 4 May 2026 - 18 May 2026
Semester 1 - 14 September 2026 - 14 December 2026
Semester 2 - 4 January 2027 - 15 March 2027
Semester 3 - 5 April 2027 - 19 April 2027


Self GuidedTaught courseAccredited course
£72 (inc. VAT) annual subscription£780 (inc. VAT)£943 (inc. VAT + exam fees)
30x Self-guided lessons 30x Self-guided lessons 30x Self-guided lessons
List of learning resources List of learning resources List of learning resources
BSL stories and quizzes BSL stories and quizzes BSL stories and quizzes
BSL dictionary BSL dictionary BSL dictionary
Self-evaluation quizzes Self-evaluation quizzes Self-evaluation quizzes
Access to recorded lessons Access to recorded lessons Access to recorded lessons
Live weekly lessons with a qualified, deaf native BSL teacher Live weekly lessons with a qualified, deaf native BSL teacher Live weekly lessons with a qualified, deaf native BSL teacher
Administrative support Administrative support Administrative support
Access to online peer group Access to online peer group Access to online peer group
Formal accreditation and certificate Formal accreditation and certificate Formal accreditation and certificate
Course fee inc VAT: £780
Exam fee: £162

£195 deposit required to reserve your place (this will be subtracted from the total cost).

£50 non-refundable interview fee is also payable. This is not returned in the event you are not offered a place on the course.

Deposit: £195
Instalment 1: £117
Instalment 2: £117
Instalment 3: £117
Instalment 4: £117
Instalment 5: £117
Instalment 6: £162 (exam fees)

Fees include awarding body assessment fees and access to Moodle. Monthly Direct Debit payment plan comes as standard. Our fees are always all-inclusive so there are never any unexpected costs!
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