British Sign Language Level 3 Certificate

Qualification aim

The Level 3 Certificate in British Sign Language qualifications 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 ofBritish Sign Language and an understanding of the Deaf Community and Deaf Culture.

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 oneway interactions. Signature recommends the best approach to teaching and assessing this qualification is by covering both receptive and productive skills together.

Assessment Assessment method Duration
Formal Presentation External 8-10 mins
Information Conversation External 10-12 mins
Receptive Skills External 10 mins

Suggested duration

The following table details the recommended learning hours required to achieve this qualification.

Guided Learning Hours (GLH) Additional study hours Total learning hours Credit value
130 120 250 25

Guided learning hours include assessment time.

Additional study hours include private study, homework, practice, etc.

Signature approved centres will deliver this qualification over agreed timescales.

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.

Learning resources

BSL Homework

Level 3 Certificate in British Sign Language

Our online BSLHomework package is perfect for anyone studying towards a Signature Level 1, 2 or 3 Award in British Sign Language. BSLHomework is a comprehensive online library of video clips and support materials to help you understand the assessments, develop your vocabulary and linguistics skills, and practice your receptive BSL skills from wherever you are.

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