Level 1 BSL (online)

Level 1 BSL (online)

Upcoming courses:
September 2023
Last Updated: 20-09-22
At a glance:
Beginners (A1)
3 exams
15 weeks
3 hours/week
Online course

£360 (inc. VAT) + £99 exam fees
Guide to BSL Courses
How to become a Sign Language Interpreter

LEVEL 1 BSL - Course content

The aim of this course is to introduce learners to the basics of British Sign Language. Teaching begins by exploring the visual-gestural modality of human language. You will learn about deaf people and their language and culture. There is an emphasis on building vocabulary relating to a wide range of topics, including fingerspelling, eating and drinking, transport, directions, holiday, family, hobbies and interests, work and school.

The course is delivered in an informal and relaxed environment and your teacher will use a variety of teaching and learning methods to cater for all learning styles and to meet the needs of all learners. The course is designed to be fun, engaging and meaningful and will give you the opportunity to practise your productive and receptive skills by means of group work, pair work, role-plays, games, presentations and discussions.

The Level 1 BSL course is useful for anybody who is in regular contact with deaf people, be it through work or social life.
UnitTitleTopics covered
101Introduction to British Sign Language
  • Manual alphabet (finger spelling)
  • Attracting the attention of a deaf person/deaf people
  • Meeting familiar and unfamiliar people
  • Requesting clarification
  • Leave taking
  • Basic numbers
  • Weather
  • Travelling
  • Giving and describing simple directions
102Conversational British Sign Language
  • Describing people
  • Giving and receiving information about people
  • Describing animals
  • Describing objects and furniture
  • Locations
  • Using the local number system
  • Give information and ask about age
  • Telling the time
  • Ask for and given information about money
  • Days, weeks and years (the calendar)
  • Describing interests and activities at home
  • Describing day-to-day activities of self and others
  • Sharing information about food and drink
103Communicate in British Sign Language about everyday life
  • Giving and asking for directions in a building
  • Describing places and buildings
  • Travelling
  • Giving and asking for information about everyday life
  • Giving and asking for information about people
  • Commenting on and describing the weather
  • Using the local number system
  • Telling the time
  • Asking for and giving calendar information


There are total of 3 assessments for this qualification:
101Introduction to BSLConversation with teacher (4-5 minutes)
102Conversational skillsConversation with teacher (4-5 minutes)
103Everyday lifeConversation with teacher (4-5 minutes)

Entry Requirements

There are no entry requirements for this course.


After you complete this course, you can move on to the Signature Level 2 Certificate in British Sign Language course.

Dates and times

September 2023


Course fee inc VAT: £360
Exam fee: £99

£90 deposit required to reserve your place (this will be subtracted from the total cost)

Deposit (25%): £90
Instalment 1: £90
Instalment 2: £90
Instalment 3: £90
Instalment 4: £99 (exam fees)

Fees include awarding body assessment fees and access to Moodle. Monthly Direct Debit payment plan comes as standard. Our fees are always all-inclusive so there are never any unexpected costs!


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