BSL Level 1 Preparation Course

Accredited course - interview required.

Course information sheet

Fees: Standard £ 375 Conc £474 Full £633 * Enrol online for standard fee payers only

Day Time Weeks Centre Start End Code Enroll
Friday 10:00 - 12:00 33 MAC 20/09/2019 10/07/2020 LZ1025

What will the course cover?

This qualification, accredited by SIGNATURE, is designed to enable learners to communicate with deaf people in British Sign Language on a range of topics that involve simple, everyday language. The specification has been designed to be consistent with the National Language Standards at Level 1. For full details, download the Qualification Specification from:

Who is the course for?

This preparatory course is suitable for those who: want to learn basic language skills to communicate simple conversations with deaf people want to learn new language skills as part of a programme of study 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 of deaf people. This course is designed for hearing people but welcomes those who are deaf or hard of hearing. The course is open to all, whether they wish to study towards the examination or just attend to improve their language skills.

What skills, knowledge or experience do I need to start this course?

Experience of the deaf world would be an advantage, but no special knowledge is needed. Above all, you will need commitment to benefit from this course, and be willing to practice between classes.

What should I be able to do by the end of the course?

By the end of the course, learners will be able to: understand and use a limited range of simple words and sentences in BSL take part in simple, everyday conversations in BSL give and follow simple directions or instructions in BSL give and follow simple familiar statements or descriptions in BSL. Further details: Unit BSL101 – Introduction to British Sign Language Unit summary To achieve this unit, learners must show they can understand and use basic language in everyday situations. You can meet and greet, understand basic conversation and numbers, give and follow simple directions and information. Unit BSL102 – Conversational British Sign Language Unit summary This unit allows the learner to show both productive and receptive skills, and understand a range of topics. It allows the learner to demonstrate that they can use a limited range of signs and handle simple exchanges. Unit BSL103 – Communicate in British Sign Language about Everyday Life Unit summary 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.

How is the course organised?

You will work in small and larger groups and 1 – 1 with the tutor and other students. All the assessments will take place in one of our centres. You must make sure that you are free to attend on the day of the exam, so plan ahead! Students will not be allowed to take the exam if they have not attended at least 80% of their classes. However, the tutor will decide when a particular student is ready to take the exam. "

What extra study or practice is expected outside of the class?

"Practice of class work and homework revision. Try to find someone to practice with between classes! Most students find someone to practice with, either your classmates or friends or family. It’s really useful to do this, so please arrange it for yourself. This is really important. Also you’ll find some useful websites – ask your tutor for a list.

How will my progress be assessed?

"Through completion of your Individual Learning Plan. Through the assessments at the end of each unit.

What can I expect to go on to after this course?

BSL Level 2

Are there any other costs and what do I need to bring?

"Assessment costs are built into the fees. You should bring a file or ring binder for handouts. "

What support is available?

You may wish to get additional help and guidance offered through the free Study Support Sessions at the Macbeth Centre. At these sessions you can access the internet, work on and print homework and assignments for your course, research, access a range of software, improve your typing and practice/review what you have covered in class. You will need to book a place on these sessions – ask your tutor how. Help with literacy or numeracy is available through the basic education programme and the ESOL programme offers help for speakers of other languages. Additional support can be provided for students with learning difficulties and/or disabilities. If you have a disability and feel you need support to get the best from your course you can contact Sean Buckley ( to have a confidential discussion on how best we can support your learning. The Learner Support Fund is a discretionary scheme, funded by the Skills Funding Agency, to assist learners who may be experiencing difficulties in paying for essential equipment/materials, travel costs, childcare, registration fees and other necessary expenses. These funds are only available to learners studying towards an approved qualification and who are on a low household income of under £20,000. Parental income will not be taken into consideration but the income of any spouse or partner will. Proof of low income will be required. Please discuss this with your tutor at interview or enquire at reception for full details of these funds. Details of all available support can be found on our website (, in the Guide and the Student handbook, or from teaching or Reception staff.