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Level 1 Award in British Sign Language

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Level 1 Award in British Sign Language



Welcome to the information page for Level 1 Award in BSL.

Interested in learning about British Sign Language? Then this is the course for you! This qualification is designed to teach learners 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 the production and reception of BSL.

None of this pre-recorded rubbish, this is real people teaching real people. That’s 60 hours of teaching at a quality you won’t find anywhere else.

The specification has been designed using the UK Occupational Language Standards at Level 1.

Course Units

  • BSL 101 Introduction to BSL – meeting people, using numbers, weather, transport and directions
  • BSL 102 Conversational BSL – at home, people, animals and objects, using numbers, interests and activities
  • BSL 103 BSL at School, College or Work – getting around, exchanging information, refreshments, and using numbers


We can also offer bespoke courses for organisations – where you come to us, or we come to you.

Suitable for ages 10+.

Course Requirements

No requirements, other than a good grasp of English for hearing students.

Qualification Objectives

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

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

Signature Specification

Study Tips

BSL uses finger spelling for names or information that may not have a sign. It really important to master this skill. Click to download a pdf.

Similarly BSL uses fingers for numbers. Another really important skill to remember. Click to download a pdf.

Here are some useful resources that will help you with your studies:

Course Details

Classes will be held weekly from 18:00 to 20:30.
Currently, classes will be hybrid face-to-face and remote via Zoom.

Course Fee

Fees can be paid upfront or in instalments. For this course, you can pay in 3 or 6 monthly instalments. We use a payment processor that will automatically take payment from your account on the same day every month. All payment plans are interest-free, and all prices are inclusive. You only pay what you see. The main rule is that the first payment must be made before classes start. Places can be reserved for a £50 deposit, which is deducted from your first payment.

Payment Plans

Full payment, 3 monthly, 6 monthly



Please click the Apply button to access our Course Application Form. You can fill it out and submit it online, we’ll then reply with your invoice and a payment link.

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