British Sign Language

Time:7pm-9pmDuration:30 weeks
Qualification:Level 1 Award in British Sign LanguageAwarding Body:Signature

About the course

This qualification teaches learners to communicate with deaf people in British Sign Language on a range of topics that involve simple, everyday language use. Units include:

  • Introduction to BSL
  • Conversational BSL
  • Communicate in BSL about everyday life


The course is suitable for learners who want to learn basic language skills to communicate simple conversations with deaf people, want to learn new language skills, want to progress to more advanced study and/or employment using BSL in the future, are studying for personal development, are parents, family, friends or colleagues or deaf people.

Sessions will include a range of activities, including signing techniques, practice, mock exams and ongoing assessment.

Entry requirements

This course can be taken without any previous BSL experience.
Candidates must have sufficient sight, manual dexterity, facial and body movement to produce and receive BSL.


This is a qualification course and learners will sit three assessments in class time. Students should expect to be filmed for the assessments.


Learners will attend weekly lessons in college. This course may incorporate an element of live remote lessons where appropriate. It is recommended that you have access to a PC, laptop or other suitable device.

Learners also benefit from access to the college library during our evening opening times, including computers, study stations, print-based and electronic learning materials, printers and scanners.


How to apply

If you wish to apply, please click here or call or email us if you have any questions on 01403 216597 or


A deposit of £50 is due at the point of booking to secure a place on the course.

This course may be free to learners if they are:

  • Unemployed, employed or self-employed and earn below £25,000 annual gross income

This course is co-funded by the Government, meaning that all qualifying students benefit from reduced fees.  The reduced fee (co-funded cost) is £500. The balance of the course fee is due one week before the start of the course.

Prior to enrolling on any qualification course, please consider carefully if you have the time to commit to this course.

If you start a course and do not complete it, or if your attendance rate is low, this might affect your eligibility to join funded courses in the future.

Our qualification courses are government-funded, and it is our responsibility to ensure that the funding is used effectively to help learners progress and develop. We will work with you to ensure that you achieve your personal goals and those of the course.

For further details see our Fees and Funding page.