SQA Level 3 BSL – Higher

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

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.

Upcoming dates


Thursday evening
15th August 2019 – Thursday 14th May 2020

Course details

Class time: 6pm – 8pm
Location: Deaf Action Head Office. 49 Albany Street, Edinburgh, EH1 3QY
Cost: £800 (payment plan options available. See below)

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

Level 3 unit specification


This course costs £800. This includes all course fees and SQA registration. 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 1 week before course start date.

Payment plans available. See application pack (page 5)

Application form

Can be downloaded here:

Application pack (MS Word version)
Application pack (PDF version)

Completed application packs should be returned to learn@deafaction.org or FAO Training Officer, Deaf Action, 49 Albany Street, Edinburgh, EH1 3QY

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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