iBSL Level 3 Award in Deafblind Communication


Level 3 Award in Deafblind Communication Course coming soon to SfT early 2019

Having seen that there was a huge gap for more Deafblind awareness, SfT introduced the iBSL Level 1 qualification a couple of years ago

The course has been in such high demand, and our delivery has been an amazing success we have now trained over 70 students. We have run training courses in the South East, Derby,and Ireland, as well as CPD training for CSWs/ Interpreters and Lipspeakers.

We have now on our 3rd cohort of delivering iBSL Level 2 Deafblind communication and the standard of students is so high, we are excited to now offer the iBSL Level 3 in Deafblind communication.

Qualification Structure

Learners must hold certificates in L3 BSL (or first Language equivalence ) and both L1 & L2 Deafblind Communication qualifications to enrol on L3 Deafblind Communication course.

(There needs to be a reasonable time in between Level 2 and Level 3 to allow learners more experience in real life situations prior to doing the L3 DB Communication. )

The Total Qualification Time is 100 hours, with a Guided Learning element of 32.5 hours

To attain the Level 3 Deafblind Communication qualification, it is a requirement to pass 7 assessments as follows;

1 Short conversation using Deafblind manual 5-8 mins Summarising and keeping conversation flowing
2 Essay on professional development 1500 words or 20 minutes signed Self development
3 Video recorded onversation with Deafblind person using Visual Frame 10-15 minutes Self analysis of production skills in VF signing
4 Deafblind Conventions marked using video clip from Assessment 3 Self analysis of deafblind conventions
5 Video recorded conversation with Deafblind person using Hands On 10-15 minutes Self analysis of production skills in HO signing
6 Exam 90 minutes Checking knowledge and experience working with Deafblind people
7 One way relay with a Deafblind person 5-8 minutes Summarising and relaying vital information

This qualification has been developed in accordance with the National Language Standards at Level 3 (2010 and (for one unit) the National Occupational Standards for Intercultural Working (2008).

Qualification Objectives

Qualification Objectives

This qualification aims to further learners' experiences and development in Deafblind Communication on everyday topics, daily life contexts.

A Level 3 course will enable development in functional Deafblind Communication to a level where there is ease in the working relationship between a Deafblind person and the communicator requiring the ability to exchange, present and understand information, ideas, advice and opinions at a normal speed.

This qualification has been developed in accordance with the National Language Standards at Level 3 (2010)
and (for one unit) the National Occupational Standards for Intercultural Working (2008).
Qualification Structure
The qualification is divided into three units as follows:
IBSL3DBCUN: Understand Varied Signed Language in a range of work (DB) contexts (F/505/9455)
IBSL3DBCSN : Sign using varied language in a range of work (DB)contexts (J/505/9456)
IBSL3DBCC : Interact with Deafblind people (L/505/9457)
All three units can be achieved separately, but the full Level 3 Award in Deafblind Communication can only
be given if there is a PASS in each unit.

Course Dates

11th & 12th Oct 2019 and 8th & 9th November 2019 and a final day on 15th May 2020

Course Costs

The course costs is £600 (VAT included) plus £135 assessment fees.

Additional Costs

Marking work will be assessed by a tutor which totals approx 4/6 hrs , fee payable directly to an assessor.

Why Choose us

Our Terms and Conditions

Level 3 Deafblind Communication

Q1: What are the benefits/career potential would they get after the course?

Enhancing self development and ease in communicating with Deafblind people.

Career/benefits for the following:

Communication Guide
Personal Assistant
Support Worker

The qualification can enhance the skills of many other job roles such as Counsellor, Social Worker/Assessor, Mental Health and so on.

Learners can continue from this qualification to Interpreting for Deafblind People in the future.

Q2: How many hours needed to do work outside of the classroom?

The total qualification hours for this qualification is 100 with 32.5 guided learning hours. 67.5 hours is needed for work outside of the classroom.

It takes up to one year to complete the qualification.

Q3: What will be taught on the course?

• Practice sessions in preparation for assessments
• Exploring the role of the Communicator/Guide, Personal Assistant or Support Worker
• Making quality video clips
• Understanding linguistics for self analysis
• Professional development
• Deafblind culture
• Case studies

Q: Who is this course for?

Personal Assistants
Support Workers
Other job roles that involve meeting Deafblind people
Holders of Level 2 Deafblind Communication who wish to continue on their learning journey

Q4: Why choose us?

The teacher who is leading the Level 3 Deafblind Communication is Sarah Reed who has 30 years' experience of working in the Deafblind community in a number of different roles. Until 2008, she was the Research and Practice Development Officer for Sense, the National Deafblind and Rubella Association working on a number of different projcects including research into Deafblind Communication in colloboration with City University, London and DCAL (Deafness, Cognition and Language Centre) University College London.

She was also a Consultant for Deafblind Helpers League (now Deafblind UK) and Training and Research Officer for the Usher in the Deaf Community Project funded by the British Deaf Association (BDA) Sense the National Deafblind and Rubella Association and the Department of Health.

In her work, Sarah has travelled to many places all over the globe visiting countries such as Australia, Canada, USA, Eire, Northern Ireland, Scandinavia and many countries in Europe meeting Deafblind people from all walks of life and brings rich experiences from her travels into her teachings.

In the past ten years, she has been working as Teacher, Assessor, Researcher and Consultant on a freelance basis.

Gaining your BSL level 3 DB Communication qualifications with SfT has many advantages.

  • Recorded feedback throughout the course, every clip kept on your USB
  • BSL Role models can be arranged
  • Analysis work on DB Communicaiton principles
  • Conversations including debates/ discussions, role-play/case studies
  • Our purpose built training suite is ideally situated within easy access of the M3 and is only 40 minutes on the train from London

We care about our students and we will support you every step of the way throughout your Deafblind Communication journey. Our tutors and assessors are extremely talented in their field and have many years of experience behind them. Our 12 years of delivering high quality teaching has given us a good reputation with students and the Deaf community alike.