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Award in British Sign Language - Level 1

Level 1
Course Code:
North Devon Campus
25 weeks

This qualification is designed to teach learners to communicate with deaf people in British Sign Language (BSL) on a range of topics that involve simple, everyday language use. You will gain basic skills and confidence in production and reception of BSL. This is a certificated course so you will be required to sit exams and study and practice at home.

Learn how to use handshapes, facial expressions and body language to communicate with deaf people.


The qualification is divided into three units, each of which can be achieved separately. Learners who are new to BSL should cover BSL101 first, as units BSL102 and BSL103 will build on this knowledge.

BSL101 - Introduction to BSL
BSL102 - Conversational BSL
BSL103 - Communicate in BSL about everyday life

At the end of the qualification, you 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.
Unit BSL101 is internally assessed by the teacher. Units BSL102 and BSL103 are externally assessed by a Signature assessor.

To achieve the full Level 1 Award in British Sign Language, candidates must pass all units.
BSL competence standards include requirements for candidates to have sufficient sight, manual dexterity, facial and body movement to produce and receive BSL.
Please contact the Recreation Team on 01271 852356 for more information.