Signature Level 1 Award in British Sign Language: Tue 24 Sept, 18:45-20:45



To achieve the level 1 award there are 3 units to pass. Our course also aims to raise awareness of the differences between cultures based on signed and spoken languages. To provide background information about deaf issues including Deaf Awareness training and Deaf Culture. BSL unit 101 is an introduction to BSL in situations including: meeting people, using numbers, the weather and transport directions. BSL unit 102 is focused on conversational BSL in these situations: At home, people, animals & objects, using numbers, everyday interests & activities and the weather. Finally BSL unit 103 focuses on BSL in Education or Work including: getting around, exchanging information, refreshments and using numbers.

Examinations will take place in May/ June.

Term Dates:
24 Sep – 10 Dec
07 Jan – 01 Apr
22 Apr – 01 Jul


Am I right for the course?

This course is for all learners 19 years old or over. You will need to be self motivated and interested in learning the language and culture of the Deaf Community. You will need some time to practise your BSL skills away from class and if you have contact with deaf people this will always be helpful.

Signature Level 1 Award is a 64 hour program leading to a nationally recognised qualification in BSL. You will learn to communicate in simple, everyday BSL with Deaf people on a range of topics. No prior experience or knowledge is required or expected. The course is two hours a week for the whole academic year so please ensure that you are able to commit to this length before enrolling.

The qualification consists of three units to pass, please be aware any retakes will be charged. Unit 1 is internally assessed whilst Units 2 and 3 are externally assessed. This will involve short recorded conversational situations involving your tutor using the vocabulary and situations you have been learning. If you need to retake an exam than a charge will be payable

You will be taught by a tutor who has a wealth of experience and knowledge about Deaf people and their culture.

What Next?

The successful completion of Level 1 Award allows you to progress onto the Level 2 Award in British Sign Language which is not currently offered at the college. Please search for alternative providers.

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16-18 years old, no tuition fees apply to Full Time courses and fees subject to confirmation. Additional costs applicable to BHS courses.

For all two year courses fees shown above are per year.

Aged 19+ and planning to take a level 3 or above a different fee may apply. You may be eligible for an Advanced Learning Loan.

All HE courses (full and part time) are subject to tuition fees.

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