British Sign Language Level 1 April/May 2018


We are currently accepting applications for April/May 2018!​

Places are limited so please book early to avoid disappointment!.





Entry Requirements

This course is for beginners who have no knowledge of British Sign Language. It will help you understand and communicate in British Sign Language with Deaf People. 

Course Details BSL Level 1 (Signature) 

The qualification is divided into 3 units, each of which can be achieved separately. Candidates are required to pass all units to gain the qualification.   Unit 101 Introduction to BSL Topics covered:meeting people, using numbers, weather, transport, and directions. Unit 102 Conversation to BSL Topics covered: at home - people, animals and objects, using numbers, interests and activities, and weather. Unit 103 Communicate in  BSL about everyday life. Topics covered: getting around, exchanging information, refreshments, and using numbers.


Course Details BSL Level 1 (iBSL)

The qualification consists of three units, all of which are mandatory:

• Understand basic information in British Sign Language
• Take part in and follow simple conversations in British Sign Language
• Develop strategies to acquire simple and basic British Sign Language skills ​


The qualification is divided into three units as follows All three units can be achieved separately, but the full Level 1 Award in British Sign Language can only be given if there is a PASS in each unit. The qualification is divided into 3 units, each of which can be achieved separately. Candidates are required to pass all units to gain the qualification.  Unit IBSL1A1: Receptive Skills in BSL, Unit IBSL1A2: Descriptive Skills in BSL. IBSL1A3: Conversational Skills in BSL.

Topics and contents:

Meeting people (identifying common courtesies and information, understanding simple question forms, and the fingerspelling names & places)

Work, school and/or college (identifying types of work or educational institutions, occupations or courses being learnt, length of time worked or number of years in school/college, e.g. final year)
Using numbers (use of local numbering systems for counting people, things, telling the time, age and currency variants)

Weather (identifying comments about the weather and seasonal variants)
Instructions and Directions (being able to understand instructions and directions of what to do/where to go/how to do something)

Opinions and Ideas (understanding the difference between facts and ideas/opinions in simple descriptions or statements)

Use of simple linking conventions and prepositions (i.e. use of sign structures linking words and phrases)

Signing Structure (understanding placement, use of verbs & phrases, non-manual features, sign order, handshapes, direction, orientation)



BSL Level 1 starts in April/May 2018. The course will be taught on Wednesday evenings 6.30pm - 8.30pm .


Application Form

Please download and complete the application form 

Cost of Course:

BSL Level 1 - Course fee £560 + £90 (assessment and examination fee) The total cost of the course: £650. Payments can be made using credit or debit card.


Refund Policy

If we do not receive your first payment before the course begins you will not be able to take your place. Course Fees are outlined on the Fee Schedule. Refunds will be made in the following circumstances – Course cancelation, withdrawal prior to commencement of course. No refund will be made to students who fail to attend classes.To download and read the Deaf First refund policy. Click here for the full details.

Next Step after completion:

Successful candidates can progress to BSL Level 2 Certificate


If you require further information contact Deaf First

Email: bsl-df (AT) ( Please replace (AT) with @)

Phone 020 8675 9751 

Sms: 07481 569 295  

Fax: 020 8675 7457


Please note the course is taught at Oak Lodge School 101 Nightingale Lane, London SW12 8NA




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