British Sign Language Level One
This course is perfect for people with little or no experience of sign language. There are no entry requirements and the course is open to deaf and hearing applicants. The qualification is designed to enable learners to communicate with Deaf people in British Sign Language (BSL) on a range of topics which involve simple, everyday language use.
The course consists of 50 hours teaching time spread over three units, each of which is separately assessed. Candidates must pass all three units to achieve the full qualification. BSL Level 1 is usually taught as an evening class for 2 hours per week although fast-track courses are sometimes available. If you are interested in a daytime fast-track course please contact us to ask about upcoming dates.
- BSL unit 101 – Introduction to BSL
BSL 101 is designed as an introduction to the language and must be completed first. It teaches students to understand and use a limited range of simple words and sentences. Students will learn the fingerspelling alphabet, how to sign numbers and will cover topics such as greetings, weather, transport and directions. BSL 101 is taught over the first five sessions of the course and is assessed simply through a short conversation with the course tutor.
- BSL unit 102 – Conversational BSL
BSL 102 follows on naturally from BSL 101 and equips learners to take part in simple, predictable conversations or instructions in BSL in relation to activities at home. As well as encouraging learners to review and practice signing learnt in BSL101 this unit will expand the learner’s use of numbers and introduce new topics, including: talking about family, describing people and housing, and discussing hobbies and interests. The assessment for BSL 102 comes at the end of the ten teaching sessions and involves a short conversation with the course tutor. A video of this conversation is then externally assessed.
- BSL unit 103 – BSL at School, College or Work
BSL 103 builds on the knowledge and skills developed in BSL 101 and 102, equipping learners to take part in simple, predictable conversations or instructions in BSL in relation to activities at work / school / college. Topics include describing the work / learning environment, lunch breaks and what you eat, discussing work / learning activities and talking about transport used. After the ten teaching sessions learners undertake their final assessment which again involves a short conversation with the course tutor. A video of this conversation is then externally assessed.
Many people learn sign language just for fun or because they’ve always wanted to, whilst others want to improve their communication with deaf family members, but that’s not the only reason to learn. Level 1 is a good qualification for frontline staff to provide basic assistance, for example, in shops that have deaf customers, for businesses with deaf clients, or when patients want to access healthcare receptions. Some sign language students want to work with deaf people in the future or already have a job that involves regular contact with deaf individuals. In all these cases Level 1 is the perfect springboard for further language learning.
Deaf Direct also runs the Signature Level 2 and 3 in British Sign Language, providing a natural progression route if you wish to continue your learning.
- Class information
The level 1 is taught on a weekday evening for a total of 50 hours over 25 weeks. The classes take place in our city centre venues in Worcester, Hereford and Oxford. The full fee is £375 inclusive of tuition, learning materials and assessment fees for the 3 units which make up this qualification. Payment by instalments, and a concessionary charge are available. Please see the course information pack for full details.
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