GCSE British Sign Language (BSL) proposed subject content

Closed 8 Sep 2023

Opened 15 Jun 2023


We're seeking views on the proposed subject content for a new GCSE in BSL.

Why your views matter

We have worked with experts and stakeholders to develop subject content for a new GCSE in BSL. The GCSE aims to provide a knowledge rich, coherent, satisfying and worthwhile course of study. The primary focus of the GCSE is language study. Pupils will be required to comprehend BSL, produce signs accurately and interact using BSL. Pupils will also develop an understanding of the history of BSL.

Findings from this consultation will be taken into account when finalising the subject content.

A link to the related government consultation document, the proposed subject content and the equalities impact assessment (a written and BSL video version) can be found under the 'related' header below.


  • Teachers
  • Headteachers
  • Governors
  • School support staff
  • Early learning and childcare providers
  • Training providers
  • Local authorities
  • Adult education providers
  • Further education colleges
  • Sixth form colleges
  • Independent specialist colleges
  • Designated institutions and 16-19 academies
  • 16-18 year old students resident at these institutions
  • Designated safeguarding leads
  • Virtual school heads
  • SENCOs
  • Educational Psychologists
  • School business managers
  • Governing bodies and academy trusts
  • Bodies representing schools and local authorities
  • Faith bodies
  • Pupils
  • Young people
  • Parents
  • Foster carers
  • Adoptive parents
  • Employers
  • Community representatives
  • Volunteers
  • Social workers
  • Unions and representative organisations
  • Government bodies and departments
  • Contractors involved in building schools
  • Fire sector
  • All
  • Those evaluating programmes for children in need
  • Those involved in underlying theoretical research on abuse and neglect, child development etc
  • Those researching children’s social care or education systems, with links to educational outcomes of Children in Need
  • Academies (including free schools), voluntary aided schools, voluntary controlled schools, foundation schools and community schools
  • Universities
  • Social workers
  • Team managers
  • Service managers
  • Principle social workers
  • Directors of children's services
  • Adult and mental health practitioners
  • Health visitors
  • School nurses
  • Clinical commissioning groups
  • Film Industry representatives


  • Education
  • GCSE subject content