Deafblind Level 3


Sign for Thoughts is delighted to be running the iBSL Level 3 Award in Deafblind Communication Course.

*Next course: 2022

Having seen that there was a huge gap for more Deafblind awareness, Sign for Thoughts introduced the iBSL Level 1 qualification a couple of years ago, and has since launched Level 2 and Level 3 after such high demand for the course.
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 are 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.

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.

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Qualification Structure

Qualification Objectives

Learners must hold certificates in Level 3 BSL (or first Language equivalence) and both Level 1 & Level 2 Deafblind Communication qualifications to enrol on the Level 3 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 Level 3 DB Communication.)

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

To attain the Level 3 Deafblind Communication qualification, it is a requirement to pass 7 assessments. These assessments consist of conversations using Deafblind manual, Visual Frame, and Hands On; an essay on professional development; Deafblind conventions; an exam to assess knowledge and experience working with Deafblind people; and one way relay with a Deafblind person.

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).

At the end of the qualification, learners will be able to:

  • Understand and present information, ideas and opinions in a range of work-related and social contexts using a variety of Deafblind communication methods delivered at normal speed and in normally used social and work contexts.
  • Extract specific details and grasp overall meanings form a range of short passages in Deafblind communication delivered at normal speeds , using a variety of Deafblind communication methods.
  • Maintain business relationships and manage/follow uncomplicated negotiations relating to issues/concerns in your area of work delivered in Deafblind communication at normal speed and in normally used social and work registers.
  • Take part in discussions relating to varied accounts, reports and instructions delivered in Deafblind communication.
  • Develop interactive communication skills with Deafblind people who have different cultural experiences and perspectives to your own and understand/appreciate why these differences exist.
  • Evaluate and reflect on performance and promote personal professional development

Costs and Dates

Dates and Times
2022 - email to be added to the waiting list.

Course fees are £600 (VAT included).
Plus Assessment fees of £135
Total: £735

*Organisations please contact directly by email for course costs

Payment of fees by instalments maybe agreed upon arrangement . The instalment plan would consist of 4 instalments to cover the course cost plus a final instalment for the assessment fee. The first 2 instalments or 50 % of the the course fee must be paid before the start of the course.

Additional Cost
An external tutor will assess and mark work, totalling 4-6 hours. This fee is approximately £35 per hour, paid directly to the assessor.

Course fees are subject to change

The course is Deafblind led, and will enhance self development and ease in communicating with Deafblind people.
Whether you are a communication guide, a personal assistant or a support worker there are benefits in doing the course for all similar career paths. The course can enhance the skills of many other job roles such as Counsellor, Social Worker/Assessor, or a Mental Health professional.

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

Click here to read more about course teacher Sarah Reed

Learning with Sign for Thoughts has many advantages:

  • Recorded feedback throughout the course
  • BSL Role models can be arranged
  • Analysis work on Deafblind 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.

Penny is available for a 1-1 FaceTime chat or drop in at the centre and would love to answer any questions you may have regarding the course. Please Contact Us to arrange this.