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iBSL Training Courses

If you are applying for a Level 3, 4 or 6 course including the Diploma in Sign Language Interpreting Studies and are aged 19 or over on the first day of the course, you may be able to apply for an Advanced Learner Loan to help towards payment of your course fees. The following links give more information: http://ibsl.org.uk/student-funding/ and  https://www.gov.uk/advanced-learner-loan/overview.

In addition to classroom learning for our Level 1, 2, 3 and 4 courses we are including a 12-month subscription to the relevant Signworld BSL package (www.signworldlearn.com). So alongside your classroom sessions, there is the opportunity to access an excellent, interactive, fun resource to use for additional practice as well as for homework tasks.

Having an online resource gives you the following benefits:

  • Complete, unlimited access 24/7 as long as you have an internet connection and a compatible device (computer/laptop/tablet/smartphone)
  • The ability to use it wherever you are - at home, in work, on the bus/train
  • Interactive tests can help you determine your progress, giving you instant feedback on your skills
  • Being able to learn at your own pace - as slow, or as quickly as you like
  • Having access to packages right until the moment before an examination, and useful as a revision tool
  • We know that learning doesn’t stop when you pass an exam, but the Signworld online learning tools will keep you motivated and help you make the step towards that next qualification’

Monthly Linguistic Sessions

Are you a Level 2, 3, 4 or 6 signer and would like to understand more about how the language of BSL works?  We are offering a monthly linguistic session from January 2018 on the 4th Thursday of the month, from 7pm to 9pm in Haywards Heath. Come and join us and have the opportunity to practise various linguistic elements of BSL, supported by Deaf tutors. Just turn up on the evening. £10 entrance charge on the door.

Introduction to British Sign Language

Commencing - 22nd January 2018 for 10 sessions on a Monday, 6.00pm – 8.00pm

Fee - £85.00

Venue: 22 Sussex Road, Haywards Heath, West Sussex, RH16 4EA

Suitable for anyone who is interested to gain some basic skills in British Sign Language. Come and join us for these fun and practical sessions where you will learn vocabulary, fingerspelling and some simple everyday language. This is a stand-alone course but will also give you the option to progress to the Level 1 Award in BSL Studies.


iBSL Level 1 Award in BSL Studies

Commencing - date to be confirmed. 26 sessions on a Tuesday, 6.30pm - 9.00pm

Fee - £360 plus £87 for assessment

Venue: 22 Sussex Road, Haywards Heath, West Sussex, RH16 4EA

When completed, this qualification, accredited by iBSL, will enable learners to understand simple information in BSL and to describe and discuss basic events in social and work situations. Suitable for those wishing to acquire basic BSL for personal and professional development and to communicate with Deaf family, friends and colleagues.


iBSL Level 2 Certificate in BSL Studies

Commencing - date to be confirmed. 23 sessions on Thursdays, 6.30pm - 9.00pm

Fee - £510 plus assessment fees TBC

Venue: 22 Sussex Road, Haywards Heath, West Sussex, RH16 4EA

This iBSL qualification will build on skills learnt at Level 1 and is divided into four units to cover receptive and productive skills. Learners will develop sufficient language to present personal, social and work related information in BSL, to exchange advice and give and receive instructions in educational, work and social environments. 

Suitable for those wishing to acquire extended BSL skills for personal and professional development.


iBSL Level 2 Award in Deafblind Communication

Course runs over two full weekends plus an additional assessment day

Course dates: 27th and 28th January, 24th and 25th February and 10th March (assessment day) 2018

Time: 10.00am – 4.00pm

Fee: £510 inclusive of the iBSL Learner Registration Fee * Payment by instalments can be arranged, if required.

Venue: 22 Sussex Road, Haywards Heath, West Sussex, RH16 4EA

This qualification aims to further learners experiences and development in communication awareness through British Sign Language (BSL) with Deafblind people in everyday life socially or at work, in school or college.

This qualification has been developed in accordance with the National Language Standards at Level 2.

The course is delivered by an experienced Deafblind teacher/assessor, Debra Wherret and offers a taught programme of study over two weekends plus a designated preparation and assessment day.

It is recommended that applicants have achieved the Level 1 Award in Deafblind Awareness and have BSL skills at Level 2 standard or above.

For further details and a registration form, please email training@bsl-link4comm.co.uk


iBSL Level 3 Certificate in BSL Studies

Commencing - date to be confirmed. 20 sessions on a Saturday, 10.00am – 4.00pm

Fee - £950.00 plus assessment fees TBC

Venue: 22 Sussex Road, Haywards Heath, West Sussex, RH16 4EA

This qualification will build on skills learnt at Level 2 to develop more in depth, functional communication in BSL using social and work registers. The course will enhance the ability to exchange, present and understand information, ideas, advice and opinions at normal speed in work, educational and social settings, to use and understand varied language and to develop cultural awareness through interactive communication with Deaf people with potentially differing cultural experiences and perspectives. Suitable for those who wish to acquire BSL skills to communicate at normal speed in varying registers in a variety of settings.


iBSL Level 4 Certificate in BSL Studies

Commencing - date to be confirmed

Fee - £1,295 plus assessment fees TBC

Venue: 22 Sussex Road, Haywards Heath, West Sussex, RH16 4EA

This qualification will further develop BSL language skills to enable learners to communicate most aspects of their day to day work, understand and use relevant technical vocabulary, distinguish and understand regional differences and manage in depth discussion, opinions, instructions and advice in a variety of settings, including non-routine phone and video calls. Suitable for those who wish to work towards a Communication Support Worker role and those who wish to communicate in BSL at normal speed in a variety of settings on a daily basis.


iBSL Level 6 Certificate in British Sign Language Studies

Commencing - 25th November 2017 for 16 sessions including assessments. These sessions will run on a Saturday 10.00am – 4.00pm plus 2 full weekends in June 2018

Fee: £1,550.00 inclusive of VAT plus assessment fees.  An instalment plan can be offered, if required. 

Venue: 22 Sussex Road, Haywards Heath, West Sussex, RH16 4EA. 

This qualification is aimed at those who have already acquired competence at Level 4 in British Sign Language.  Upon completion, learners will be able to follow and formulate presentations, debate, understand and use colloquialisms, maintain fluent and accurate BSL in their area of interest or expertise and understand a range of BSL vocabulary and technical language in a wide variety of work and social situations. Learners will evidence both their understanding and use of complex BSL and will develop knowledge of BSL linguistic theory. 

In addition to the workshops, learners will be required to commit to 20 hrs of independent study, including research and project work. 

For further details and a registration form, please email: training@bsl-link4comm.co.uk 

iBSL Level 6 Diploma in Sign Language Interpreting Studies

Commencing - September 2018 until March 2020. Interviews to be held in June/July 2018.

The course will run once a month for 18 weekends, to include a two hour activity on Saturday evening.

Fee: Course - £4,950.00.

iBSL Learner Registration Fee - £486.00

Interview Fee – £80.00

Venue: 22 Sussex Road, Haywards Heath, West Sussex, RH16 4EA

This course is suitable for Deaf and Hearing participants who have achieved Level 6 Language from either iBSL or Signature.

Participants must be able to commit to one full weekend a month for 18 months and enjoy an academic, university style course that requires independent study.

The course will offer:

A taught programme of study with monthly tuition, peer support and one to one tutorials.

A core team of Deaf and Hearing, qualified teaching professionals; three are native BSL users, all are qualified interpreters/translators.

Guest speakers and tutors to ensure and provide a range of experience and specialisms during the taught sessions.

Theory based and practical sessions in; advanced BSL, Linguistics, Translation, Principles and Theories of Interpreting, the use of Technology and Co-working.

Tutorials are part of the course but can also be used as sessions for support and reflection after qualification.

Participants will be able to register as an RSLI following successful completion of the course.


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