Level 1 Award in British Sign Language for Beginners for Adults

Course Code: Q271218

Key Information

  • Course type

    Languages (part time)

  • Campus:

    Highbury Campus

  • Start Date:

    Sept 2023 (various dates - please enquire for the next available course)

  • Duration:

    30 weeks

  • Attendance:


  • Adult fee:


The Level 1 Award is a beginner's course and is designed to teach you to communicate with deaf people in British Sign Language (BSL) on a range of topics that involve simple, everyday language use. You will gain basic skills and confidence in production and reception of BSL.

Who is the course for?

  • those who want to learn basic language skills to communicate simple conversations with deaf people
  • those who want to learn new language skills as part of a programme of study
  • those who want to progress to more advanced study and/or employment using BSL in the future
  • those who are studying for personal development
  • parents, family, friends or colleagues of deaf people.

You will need to hold a level 1 qualification in English (GCSE, Functional Skills or equivalent) or to successfully complete an English comprehension test at Level 1.

You will be assessed through a variety of methods within the classroom (activity, group work, photographic and video) and in conjunction with a final recorded practical examination in each unit.

Unit BSL101 is internally assessed by the teacher.

Units BSL102 and BSL103 are externally assessed by a Signature assessor.

As a student on the programme, you will have weekly tutorials and receive feedback to discuss your progress and to set achievement targets. All our programmes are planned around your individual learning needs, with every student having a timetable that clearly identifies the sessions that will be taught. You will be assigned a Programme Lead who will support you throughout your time in college.

The qualification is divided into three units:

  1. Introduction to BSL
  2. Conversational BSL
  3. Communicate in BSL about Everyday Life.

Classes will be held for two hours a week, Wednesdays 6-8pm (term time only). You will be expected to attend all of your timetabled sessions on time, unless prior agreement has been made and agreed with your tutor.

For qualification classes the expectation is a minimum of 85% attendance. If a student arrives more than 10 minutes late for class they may be asked to leave. If a student is absent for three consecutive weeks without notice they will automatically be withdrawn from the course.

At the end of the qualification, learners will be able to:

  1. understand and use a limited range of simple words and sentences in BSL
  2. take part in simple, everyday conversations in BSL
  3. give and follow simple directions or instructions in BSL
  4. give and follow simple familiar statements or descriptions in BSL

You could then go on to study a Level 2 Certificate in British Sig Language (Signature).

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