This course will follow the Signature syllabus for Level 1 in British Sign Language. This qualification is designed to enable you to communicate with deaf people in British Sign Language on a range of topics that involve simple everyday language use.
What can students expect?
This course is for beginners with no previous experience of the language. The course fee includes the assessment fee and learning materials. The qualification is divided into three units, each of which must be achieved separately. You will be required to undertake all three assessment modules. Unit BSL101 is internally assessed by the teacher. Units BSL102 and BSL103 are externally assessed by a Signature assessor.
Unit 101 topics include meeting people, using numbers,weather, transport and directions.
Unit 102 topics include At home -people, animals and objects, using numbers, interests and activities, weather.
Unit 103 topics include getting around, exchanging information, refreshments, using numbers.
Late starters allowed?
Yes, subject to tutor's approval (up to 2 weeks after start of course) .
Literacy, Language and Numeracy skills required
You will need to communicate in English during the class. You will need to be able to understand and follow written instructions and write text in English
You will receive regular feedback during the course as and when appropriate. You will also take 3 formal assessments in order to achieve the qualification.
Language of Instruction
Language of Assessment
BSL & English
Signature Level 1 Award in British Sign Language. The specification has been designed to be consistent with the National Language Standards at Level 1.
Previous experience required?
What is the progression route?
Signature Level 2 Certificate in British Sign Language.
Are there any extra costs?
There may be a small additional charge for additional materials.
Are there any set books?
Tutor will advise during the first week of course.
Work set between sessions?
Yes, it is essential that you make time each week to do some homework, practising and revising the content of the lessons. Practice outside the class, for example by getting involved with Deaf Community projects, will significantly increase the likelihood of successfully completing the course.
A willingness to participate in all the activities using BSL; paper, pen or pencil.
Practical, communicative activities, with the emphasis on developing communication skills; including questions and answers, pair and small group practice, whole class work.