A BSL Interpreter (British Sign Language) is someone who interprets a conversation between deaf British Sign Language users and hearing people. They will translate BSL into spoken English and spoken English into BSL for easy communication between both. BSL Interpreters are used during organised performances for those who are deaf to translate the show.
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To be a BSL Interpreter you will need one of the following qualifications:
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You can work for an organisation that supports deaf people, or in a school or college as an educational support assistant for example. You can do a British Sign Language qualification on the job to qualify as an Interpreter whilst also gaining experience in the role. If you are a BSL Interpreter you can work in almost any field and if you have a passion for theatre you can make yourself known to organisations who require a BSL Interpreter.
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A BSL Interpreter can earn between £20K and £35K per year.
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Published: 24 October 2019