How to become a communication support worker
You can get into this job through:
- a university course
- a college course
- working towards this role
- training with a professional body
You can do a British Sign Language and deaf studies degree but it's not essential.
You'll usually need:
- 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English
- 2 to 3 A levels, or equivalent, for a degree
You can do a college qualification like:
- Level 3 Award In Signing and Receiving Skills in British Sign Language
- Level 3 Certificate in British Sign Language Studies
- Level 3 Certificate in Communication Support for Deaf Learners
You'll be expected to have a level 2 sign language qualification to get onto one of these courses.
You can do further qualifications at higher levels once you start work.
Entry requirements for these courses vary.
You may be able to find a job as an assistant communication support worker and complete a qualification while working.
You might find it easier to get a job if you get experience working or volunteering with children who are deaf or have hearing problems.
You can do sign language training with Signature or complete a certificate in Learning Support for Communication Support Workers.
You can get more advice about careers in sign language from Signature.