• Have you always wanted to learn British Sign Language and communicate with Deaf people?

  • Develop the skills you need to gain the level 1 BSL qualification, accredited by Signature. 

What is the course about?
The course is designed to enable you to communicate with Deaf people in British Sign Language at level 1 standard within a range of everyday topics. The course leads to the Level 1 Award in BSL, accredited by the Signature award body. The qualification comprises three units: introduction to British Sign Language, conversational British Sign Language and British Sign Language at school, college or work. You will have the opportunity to undertake the examinations for these three units within the course.

To achieve the full certificate in BSL, you must pass all three units. Unit BSL101 is internally assessed. Units BSL102 and BSL103 are externally assessed by a Signature assessor.

Please click on the purple button on the right to see the Specifications for BSL Level 1.  

What will we cover?
You will learn level 1 BSL communication skills relating to the following topic areas:
- meeting people
- using numbers
- weather
- transport
- directions
- people, animals and objects in the home
- interests and activities
- refreshment
- getting around.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- understand and use a limited range of simple words and sentences in BSL
- take part in simple conversations in BSL
- give and understand simple directions in BSL
- give and understand simple descriptions in BSL.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
You will need to have basic literacy as you will be asked to write some self-evaluations and read topics and instructions for examinations. 

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
- demonstration
- pair/group work
- questions and answers
- receptive skills from DVDs.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
Examination fees are NOT included in the course fees (unless stated).
It is suggested that you buy the book called Let's Sign by Cath Smith, please click on the book to take you to Amazon to order one.

When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Successful candidates can apply for a place on a Level 2 in BSL course through Love to Communicate.

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