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First Steps in British Sign Language

First steps in British Sign Language is the perfect start to learning sign language basics for fun, or to progress to a certificated programme.

During the course, you will learn the following:
– Addressing yourself and greetings
– Finger spelling and numbers
– Food and drink
– Where you live, giving directions
– Travel and weather
– Basic conversations

The course runs for 6 weeks, either every Monday or every Tuesday:

Cohort 1: Starts Monday 3 June, from 15:30 to 16:45
Cohort 2: Starts Tuesday 4 June from 17:00 to 18:15

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Anytime from Jun 2024 : North Devon : Part-time
Course Code : PTB681
Level : Entry Level
Duration : 6 Weeks

Cost : Free

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Course details


There are no formal assessments for this course.

Entry Requirements

For all learners joining Entry Level Study Programmes, there are no formal entry requirements, however you will have a one-to-one interview to discuss your personal learning needs. You will also be required to study English and Maths at an appropriate level to suit your ability.


Upon completion of this course you can progress onto certificated British Sign Language qualifications.

Facilities and resources

The course will be held in the Liberty Centre at Petroc’s North Devon Campus in Barnstaple.


Q: What is sign language?

A: Sign Language is a visual means of communicating using gestures, facial expression, and body language. Sign Language is used mainly by people who are deaf or have hearing impairments.

Q: Do I need any previous experience?

A: This is a beginner course that requires no previous experience.

Q: Will I receive a certificate?

A: Learners will receive a certificate of attendance on completion of the 6-week course.

Q: Do I need to be employed?

A: The course is suitable for unemployed and employed people, parents and carers.

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Starting Date : 03/06/2024
Course Code : PTB681 North Devon Campus Apply

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Petroc offers high quality education and training across North and Mid Devon. We provide outstanding learning, excellent facilities, strong connections to employers and a supportive environment to help you fulfil your education goals and set you on your path to the career of your dreams.

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