Accredited course by iBSL.

Qualification Aim


This qualification aims to further Learners’ experiences and development in communication through British Sign Language (BSL) with Deaf people at an extended level. A Level 4 course will enable development in functional BSL communication in more depth than at earlier levels, requiring the ability to exchange, present and understand information, ideas, advice and opinions at normal speed, and also develop an awareness of cultural interaction with Deaf people who use BSL.


This qualification has been developed in accordance with the National Language Standards at Level 4 (2010) and (for one unit) the National Occupational Standards for Intercultural Working (2008).


Qualification Structure


The qualification is divided into three units as follows:


IBSL4AUN:  Understand Extended Signed Language in a Range of Work Contexts

IBSL4ASN:  Sign using Extended Signed Language in a Range of Work Contexts

IBSL4ALN:  Exploring Linguistics in British Sign Language


All three units can be achieved separately, but the full Level 4 Certificate in British Sign Language Studies can only be given if there is a PASS in each unit.


Qualification Objectives


At the end of the qualification, Learners can:

  • Handle most aspects of their day-to-day work, including the unpredictable;

  • Understand and use relevant technical vocabulary;

  • Distinguish most common accents or regional forms and the style/formality of the language;

  • Understand detailed information from a range of sources but may miss details if you are not being communicated with directly;

  • Communicate confidently over extended periods, though not always concisely or with complete accuracy;

  • Follow discussions, films, live or televised debates, complaints or problems within your area of work;

  • Understand and take part in discussions, meetings and negotiations, contributing formally if required;

  • Make or deal with non-routine phone/video calls.


These objectives relate to the National Occupational Standards (2010) at Level 4 as developed by CILT, plus the National Occupational Standards for Intercultural Working (2008).


Target Group


The Level 4 Certificate in BSL Studies is suitable for those who:

  • Wish to acquire and utilise British Sign Language skills at normal speed over extended periods in a wide range of work and social situations, signing accurately enough to be easily understood;

  • Need to acquire and utilise BSL skills as part of a programme of professional development, for example, as a Communication Support Worker;

  • Wish to progress from the Level 3 Certificate;


The qualification is also suitable for Deaf people wishing to acquire a qualification in their own language, as part of a progression route towards Deaf Interpreter status.


Entry Requirements


It is recommended that entrants should have achieved the Level 3 Certificate in BSL Studies before embarking on the Level 4 Certificate programme.


Progression Routes


Upon completion of this qualification, Learners may progress to the following qualification:

  • IBSL Level 6 Certificate in British Sign Language Studies or Interpreting qualification.



Thursday 19th September 2019 

10:00 to 14:00



Maidstone Community Support Centre, Maidstone Kent.


instalment option available



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