February 4, 2011

Signature Level 3 Certificate

Course info

Start date:

Monday 9th September 2024


Will depend on students progress

Class location:

Online classroom via Zoom

Class time:

Part time

6:30pm – 8.45pm

Qualification aim

The Level 3 Certificate in British Sign Language (BSL) meets the learning needs of those who already have competence in BSL at Level 2 and are interested in developing their skills and knowledge. Successful learners must be able to demonstrate competence at Level 3 of the UK Occupational Language Standards (Instructus 2012). This means that the learner will be able to understand and use varied BSL in a range of work and social situations.

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.


Successful completion of this qualification can be used as evidence of the language skills needed in order to be able to operate independently and at an advanced level in the target language. It is useful for those who work on a regular basis with Deaf people (for example social workers, teachers of the Deaf, communicators, voluntary workers, workers within Deaf organisations, schools, etc), those who aspire to work in these contexts, and those who wish to expand their knowledge and skills in British Sign Language.

Unit structure

Candidates must demonstrate both receptive and productive BSL skills at level 3, and in all of the six topics that make up this qualification. Assessments may cover any of the topics listed in this qualification.
The natural context of using BSL is in two-way interactions (discussions, conversations, debates etc.), as well as one-way interactions (monologues, presentations etc.). The candidate is therefore expected to demonstrate receptive and productive skills in both two-way and one-way interactions. Signature recommends the best approach to teaching and assessing this
qualification is by covering both receptive and productive skills together.

The full qualification specifications set out by Signature can be seen here.

Essential Requirements

In order to be entered for a course and assessment leading to this qualification, learners must be able to demonstrate competence in BSL at level 2. It is the responsibility of the Centre to ensure that this requirement has been met before accepting a learner for this qualification.
Learners should be assessed at their induction to demonstrate their skills. This qualification is listed as appropriate for learners pre 16 and older


You may progress to Signature Level 4 Certificate in BSL and from there to Signature Level 6 Certificate in BSL. If you have the Signature Level 3 Certificate in BSL qualification, you will have increased opportunities to obtain voluntary work or paid work with deaf children in schools/youth clubs or with deaf people in education, social work, mental health, etc.


The cost of the signature awarded course is £1,200 including assessments. This cost covers all your lessons, handouts, feedback paper, tutor support.  A deposit of £200 will secure you place.

For work organisations plus £200

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