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Level 1 Award in British Sign Language

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“Signature are passionate about increasing the number of BSL users across the UK. Appa me are one of our fantastic centres who contributes towards us doing this, delivering a range of BSL courses with great dedication and commitment”
– Lindsay Foster Executive Director

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.

The Units you will learn are;

  • 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+.

Study Tips

Get a head start on your course by practising fingerspelling using this chart.

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

Course Details

Classes will be held weekly from 18:00 to 20:30.
Currently classes will be held remotely via Zoom.
We will assess the option of face to face classes alongside remote learning if risk can be managed adequately.


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