SQA Level 3 BSL (SCQF 6)

Available in the following locations:
  • Edinburgh & Lothians
  • Nationwide

This course is designed for those who have completed the SQA Level 2 BSL course.

If you have not completed the Level 2 course with Deaf Action but do have experience of using BSL, you may be able to go straight into Level 3. This would apply to CODAs (children of Deaf adults), siblings / other family members of BSL users or those who completed their level 2 at another centre. Anyone who has not completed their level 2 course with Deaf Action will need to attend a skills test with one of our tutors to make sure your skills level is appropriate for our level 3 course (free of charge). To book a skills test, email learn@deafaction.org.

COVID-19 information

We take the safety of our students and tutors very seriously. As we are currently unsure what the government guidance will be in August, we have taken the decision to reduce the number of students accepted on to the in-house classes to 8 people instead of 16. We will also only have one class in the building each weekday evening. This will ensure that social distancing can be observed in the classroom. Other distancing and hygiene measures are currently being put in place to ensure the safety of everyone who enters our building once it re-opens.

Available courses

Applications for the August 2020 term have closed. Next term will be August 2021

Course price – £800

Course content

The Level 3 course builds on what you learned in your Level 2 course. You will cover a wider range of topics and go into more depth with linguistic devices – visual descriptions; non-manual features, multi-channel signs, role-shift, classifiers, placement, signing space, hand shapes, iconicity, directional verbs, negation and lip patterns. The course also incorporates an introduction to basic translation from BSL to English and vice-versa.

Course objectives

At the end of this course you will be able to:

  • Communicate using complex BSL
  • Understand complex presentations in BSL
  • Make a presentation and participate in a discussion in BSL

SQA Level 3 unit specification


Application form 

If there are fewer than 2 places remaining on your chosen course, please call 0131 556 3128 before booking to check availability.

The application forms are monitored manually during office hours and there is no automatic cut off if the course quota is reached. If you complete the form you will be asked to pay your deposit so please check availability before booking if there are limited places available.

SQA Level 3 book a place
If you did not complete your Level 2 qualification at Deaf Action but do have extensive experience of BSL (e.g. CODAs, other family members of a Deaf person or have undertaken a level 2 elsewhere), please email learn@deafaction.org or call 0131 550 0998 to book an online skills test before proceeding with this application. A place will be held for you pending the outcome of the skills test.
Where did you complete your BSL level 2 qualification? *
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The £100 deposit must be paid at the time of booking. You will be taken to the payment page for this once you have submitted this form. 
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When you click submit, you will be re-directed to the deposit payment page. We are only able to accept online payment at this time.
When you are taken to the payment page, do not be concerned that it says you are 'setting up a Direct Debit with Deaf Action'. It is a restricted direct debit which means we will only take one individual payment of £100 at this time.
You will then be re-directed again to the data protection form and candidate procedures contact. Both of these forms are a compulsory part of this process so please ensure you read them properly.
You will receive an email confirmation and further instructions regarding payment of your remaining balance from learn@deafaction.org. We aim to get this to you as soon as possible after you submit your application but on rare occasions, this can take up to 2 working days.



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