Level 6 BSL (Online)

Level 6 BSL (Online)

Upcoming courses:
• Thursdays 6pm-9pm starting 5 September 2024
• Tuesdays 6pm-9pm starting 14 January 2025
• Thursdays 6pm-9pm starting 11 September 2025
• Tuesdays 6pm-9pm starting 13 Januray 2026
• Thursdays 6pm-9pm starting 17 September 2026
Last Updated: 27-03-2024

At a glance:

Advanced (C1)
6 assessments
30 weeks
3 hours/week
Online course

£1,700 (inc. VAT) + £290 exam fees

Course content

The aim of this course is to further develop your linguistic skills in British Sign Language towards advanced level, or C1 of the CEFR. Teaching begins by briefly revisiting the vocabulary and grammatical structures covered in Level 3/4, before moving swiftly onto developing skills, understanding and knowledge in linguistics, 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 6 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 progress onto professional training in sign language interpreting, translation and communication support by completing the Level 6 Diploma in Sign Language Interpreting and Translation.
ThemeTopics covered
  • Deaf people’s access to primary care services
  • Interpreting in medical settings
  • Dealing with medical jargon in BSL
  • How can we educate the deaf community about medical issues?
  • What would happen if there was a cure for deafness?
  • Cochlear implants and their effect on the deaf community
  • How cochlear implants and hearing aids work
  • Deaf people’s experiences of hearing aids and cochlear implants
  • Medical model of disability
  • Deaf people’s experience of accessing healthcare services
  • Genetic engineering: is it ethical to create a deaf baby?
  • Deaf genealogy and deaf families
  • Deaf eugenics
  • Deaf schools and mainstream schools – pros and cons
  • Deaf people’s experiences of education
  • Interpreting in educational settings
  • Bilingual education
  • Oral and signed education – pros and cons
  • Deaf people’s experiences of accessing university and higher education
  • The role of deaf adults in the education of deaf children
  • Teachers of the deaf – role and responsibilities
  • How could the deaf education system in the UK be improved?
  • Deaf education around the world
  • Deaf language acquisition and the effect on learning
  • Abée de l’Epée and the origins of deaf education
Employment and business
  • Deaf businesses in the UK
  • Access to Work funding – how does it work and who benefits?
  • Interpreting in employment/business settings
  • Deaf peple’s experiences of accessing the labour market and finding jobs
  • Challenges of finding deaf people for deaf people
  • Interpreting job interviews – challenges
  • Deaf people’s experience of claiming unemployment benefits, e.g. JSA/ESA
  • Jobs that deaf people are not allowed to do – is this right?
  • Deaf people’s experience of working with hearing colleagues in the hearing world
  • Experiences of working in the deaf world with deaf colleagues
  • Poverty in the deaf community
  • Deaf people’s attitude towards money
  • Is it fair that interpreters are paid more than deaf people?
  • How much does/should the government spend on access for deaf people?
  • Should deaf people be entitled to DLA/PIP?
  • Is it fair that hearing tax payers should pay for deaf people’s benefits?
  • Is it right that money is spent on hearing aids and equipment rather than making services accessible?
  • Should deaf people have to pay taxes, e.g. TV license?
Politics and law
  • Deaf people’s experience of being involved in politics
  • Can deaf people become politicians?
  • How can the government do more to encourage deaf people to vote?
  • How can deaf people have access to education about politics?
  • Is it right that deaf people are protected under medical policies?
  • Should deaf people be considered a cultural and linguistic minority?
  • WFD and the rights of deaf people
  • Human rights and deaf communities around the world
  • Interpreting in legal/court settings
  • Deaf people’s experience of the criminal justice system and police
  • Should deaf people be considered a cultural and linguistic minority?
  • How do hearing people view deaf people?
  • Deaf world and its relationship with the hearing world
  • Deaf people’s experiences of the deaf and/or hearing world
  • Otherness and social exclusion – how can this be resolved?
  • Dynamics in deaf families
  • Identity of hearing children of deaf parents
  • Social model of disability
  • Child language brokering and gatekeeping
  • Deaf identity in the deaf and hearing worlds
  • Deaf media outlets
  • Should there be more representation of BSL in the media?
  • How are deaf people portrayed by the media?
  • Leisure activities
  • Cinema and theatres – accessibility and problems
  • Deaf clubs
  • Social exclusion
  • Deaf conferences
  • Sports and leisure activities
  • Translating Shakespeare
Science and technology
  • How has technology for deaf people changed over history?
  • What kinds of deaf equipment are available today?
  • How do hearing aids/cochlear implants work?
  • Scientists in the deaf world
  • How can technology improve deaf people’s access to services?
  • What kids of technological advancements could help deaf people?
  • How has technology impacted and changed the deaf world?
  • Technologies used by deaf people, e.g. social media
  • Can science cure deafness?
  • Deaf people’s experience of technological changes
  • How has science and technology influenced BSL?


There are total of 6 assessments for this qualification, 3 are internally assessed and 3 are externally assessed.

You are required to film the 3 internal assessments with deaf, native BSL signers from your own community. BSL First does not provide deaf participants for the internal assessments.
Informal one-to-one discussion (15 minutes)Internal
Informal group debate (15 minutes)Internal
Formal group meeting (15 minutes)Internal
Formal discussion (15 minutes)External
Formal presentation (15 minutes)External
Receptive skills exam (1 hour 30 minutes)External

Entry Requirements

You must have passed the Signature Level 4 Certificate in British Sign Language qualification.

We may consider applicants with strong BSL skills who have completed the Signature Level 3 Certificate in British Sign Language qualification. This will be assessed at the interview. If you are not offered a place on the Level 6 BSL course, you will be offered a place on the Level 4 BSL course instead.

Deaf and hearing native BSL signers do not need any previous BSL qualifications to be considered for the Level 6 BSL course.

All students studying at Level 3 and above must be socialising or working with deaf, native BSL signers on a regular basis.


After you have completed the Level 6 BSL course, you can progress on to the following courses:


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 - 5 September 2024 - 19 December 2024
Semester 2 - 9 January 2025 - 17 April 2025
Semester 1 - 14 January 2025 - 15 April 2025
Semester 2 - 6 May 2025 - 29 July 2025
Semester 3 - 2 September 2025 - 30 September 2025
Semester 1 - 11 September 2025 - 18 December 2025
Semester 2 - 8 January 2026 - 16 April 2026
Semester 1 - 13 January 2026 - 14 April 2026
Semester 2 - 5 May 2026 - 28 July 2026
Semester 3 - 8 September 2026 - 29 September 2026
Semester 1 - 17 September 2026 - 17 December 2026
Semester 2 - 7 January 2027 - 22 April 2027


Course fee inc VAT: £1,700
Exam fee: £290

£350 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: £350
Instalment 1: £225
Instalment 2: £225
Instalment 3: £225
Instalment 4: £225
Instalment 5: £225
Instalment 6: £225
Instalment 7: £290 (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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