British Sign Language Qualifications

British Sign Language

SQA's British Sign Language qualifications give people the ability to be part of a multilingual world and to communicate effectively with deaf people whether in social, academic or commercial settings so that they can fully contribute to a prosperous and dynamic Scotland. SQA offers a Scottish qualifications framework that provides for the development of knowledge and skills in the area of BSL and related areas from SCQF level 3 to SCQF level 8.

These qualifications will benefit your fluency in BSL and enhance your understanding of the Sign Language community. The range of qualifications available may provide a first step in developing a career path towards language learning, teaching, communication and interpreting. 

SQA has developed Assessment Support Packs which support the delivery of the Units and provide guidance on the standard of evidence expected. These packs are available for most Units.

New Awards in British Sign Language (BSL)

We are developing a new range of Awards in British Sign Language. The first two Awards are available at SCQF levels 3 and 4 have been available since Autumn 2018. Further Awards at SCQF levels 5 and 6 will be available from Autumn 2019.