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 set 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


This course is co-funded by the Government, meaning that all qualifying students benefit from reduced fees. Our advertised fees take this funding into account.
A £50 non-refundable deposit is payable at the point of booking and the remainder of the course fees are due one week before the course start. Students can apply to pay the balance in two instalments.

This course may be free to learners if they are:

  • Unemployed
  • Earning less than £20,319 pa


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.