SQA Level 3 BSL – Higher

Available in the following locations:
  • Edinburgh

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

Upcoming dates

Edinburgh: Application now closed for August 2018 term

Next term will be August 2019

If you have not completed the Level 2 course but do have experience of using BSL, you may be able to go straight in to Level 3. This would apply to CODAs (children of Deaf adults) or siblings / other family members of BSL users. In this circumstance, you will need to attend a skills test with one of our tutors to assess which level you are best suited to joining. The skills test is free of charge.

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 in to more depth with the vocabulary and context. You will continue to work on your 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 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 BSL Unit Specification


This course costs £800. This includes all course fees and SQA registration. A £100 non-refundable deposit is required to secure your place on the course.

Payment plans available.  For more information email learn@deafaction.org

Funding opportunities

ITA funding

This course is eligible for Skills Development Scotland’s ITA funding scheme. Click here for more information

The Society for the Education of the Deaf offer grants of up to £200 for courses at Level 3 or above.  Click here for more information

Application form

Can be downloaded here:

Not available at the moment

For all applications, excluding work sponsored places; a non-refundable deposit of £100 must be received with the application in order to secure a place on the course, with the remaining balance due by the first night of class.

Payment plans are available. If you want to arrange a payment plan please fill out page 5 of the application booklet.
If you have any questions about this course, contact the Training Officer on 0131 556 3128 or by email to learn@deafaction.org

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