British Sign Language Level 1

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This course is for beginners, and is designed to teach learners to communicate with Deaf people in British Sign Language on a range of topics that use simple, everyday language. Throughout this course you will gain confidence in production and receptive skills in British Sign Language. By the end of the course you will be able to understand a range of signs, hold a conversation, follow directions and give descriptions in British Sign Language.

This qualification is accredited by Signature, and is divided into three units that can be achieved separately. To gain the full Level 1 Award in British Sign Language candidates must pass all units.

All course are currently on hold.


The minimum age for all of Deaf First’s BSL courses is 16.


BSL Level 1 – Unit Specifications


In this unit the learner is introduced to the basics of BSL. This will cover fingerspelling, introducing yourself and holding basic conversations on simple topics. You can meet and greet, understand basic conversation and numbers, and give and follow simple directions and exchanges of information.



This unit allows the learner to show both productive and receptive skills, and understand a range of topics. In this unit you will focus on expressing basic opinions and giving limited information about yourself. This unit will include learning to sign about things like the weather, pets, family and friends.



This unit covers the learner’s receptive and productive skills. To achieve this unit, learners must show they can understand and use a limited range of vocabulary and can follow simple sentences and structures in BSL about everyday life. They can be understood and can understand standard signing, with facial expressions, signing space and placement.

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Key Facts

  • Location
    Deaf First, Oak Lodge School
  • Date
  • Time
    Monday, 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
  • Cost
  • Entry Requirements
  • Application Deadline

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