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British Sign Language teacher Average UK Salary & Prospects

British Sign Language (BSL) teachers teach sign language to children, young people and adults, and teach other subjects using sign language.

  • Develop and implement strategies to meet the needs of students with a variety of handicapping conditions.  
  • Observe and evaluate students' performance, behavior, social development, and physical health.  
  • Establish and enforce rules for behavior and policies and procedures to maintain order among students.  
  • Teach socially acceptable behavior, employing
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British Sign Language teachers typically work around 16 to 30 hours per week.

As a British Sign Language teacher you will typically work evenings.

This occupation tends to be:

  • Social — Social occupations frequently involve working with, communicating with, and teaching people. These occupations often involve helping or providing service to others.
  • Investigative — Investigative occupations frequently involve working with ideas, and require an extensive amount of thinking. These occupations can involve
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    * from ONETonline
    Average salary
    40,268 GBP *
    per year
    * data taken from the Office of National Statistics (
    Average salary for British Sign Language teacher

    Men make 17% more than Women
    • 44,825 GBP
    • 37,398 GBP
    Average salary for part-time British Sign Language teacher
    Average salary for full-time British Sign Language teacher

    • 21,427 GBP
    • 21,019 GBP
    • 22,478 GBP
    • 40,268 GBP
    • 37,398 GBP
    • 44,825 GBP
    Pay over time for British Sign Language teacher

    Pay for this role has increased over time
    • 37,973 GBP
    • 38,483 GBP
    • 39,040 GBP
    • 39,334 GBP
    • 39,710 GBP
    • 40,268 GBP

    Future outlook for British Sign Language teachers

    Very good outlook
    Balanced outlook
    1% yearly wage growth (on average)

    British Sign Language teacher - Your future job?

    Which qualifications do I need?

    Find out what you need to know in order to become a British Sign Language teacher and the highest average level of education for people in this role.

    In terms of people already doing this job:

    • 65% of people in this role have a Bachelor's degree
    • 18% of people in this role have some postgraduate study, but not a masters or doctorate
    • 16% of people in this role have a Master's degree

    You can do a Level 1 and 2 Certificate in British Sign Language (BSL) before moving on to a higher level qualification.

    Employers like schools and colleges usually look for a minimum of a Level 3 or 4 Certificate in British Sign Language. Some will ask for a Level 6 Certificate.

    You'll also be expected to have a qualification in your own subject area aside from BSL, and usually a teaching award. For example a Level 4 or 5 Diploma in Education and Training to teach in a college.

    Get the right qualification to begin your journey to becoming a British Sign Language teacher

    Teacher Training

    What soft skills do I need?

    Rise above the competition by brushing up on the 5 most important soft skills you need to become a British Sign Language teacher.
    Learning Strategies Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things
    Active Listening Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times
    Instructing Teaching others how to do something
    Reading Comprehension Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents
    Service Orientation Actively looking for ways to help people

    What technical skills do I need?

    Technical skills are programmes, softwares and things you need to know in order to be a successful British Sign Language teacher. Check that you know:
    Device drivers or system software Screen magnification software; Screen reader software
    Document management software Adobe Systems Adobe Acrobat
    Electronic mail software Email software; Microsoft Outlook
    Graphics or photo imaging software Adobe Systems Adobe Illustrator
    Spreadsheet software Microsoft Excel
    Improve your skills today

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    Things to highlight for your British Sign Language teacher interview

    Dependability Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations. Concern for Others Job requires being sensitive to others' needs and feelings and being understanding and helpful on the job. Stress Tolerance Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations. Cooperation Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude. Integrity Job requires being honest and ethical.

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