BSL Level One Courses

British Sign Language Course

Language coaching comes in all shapes and sizes but with Deaf Active it’s a language for all ages.  We do not only teach the standard Level 1 & Level 2 Signature approved British Sign language courses, but we also tailor make our classes to suit the needs of companies, organisations and business, both  in the public and private sector.
​Maybe you have thought of learning sign language as a past time, or maybe you see it as the beginning of a new career as a British Sign Language Interpreter, and why not, after all the current salary of a British Sign Language Interpreter ranges from £30,000 – £70,000 per annum!
Whatever your interest, Deaf Active has the course for you!

British Sign Language Level 1: £- + £- assessment fee

After the deposit secures a place on the course, this can be paid in full by varying means i.e. per week, per month or in lump sums (as long as the total is paid before the course finishes)

Course Dates 

The course will be delivered over 21 weeks, this is not inclusive of national holidays (Christmas etc.) A £50 deposit will be required to secure our place on the course and this must be paid prior to commencing the course. Admissions will be taken on a first come first served basis, so please enrol and secure your place as quickly as possible to avoid any unnecessary disappointment.

Deaf Active follow all government guidelines and practice safe social distancing measures. Every student will be provided with a face-guard on commencement of the course.

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Course Duration:
21 weeks

Course fee:
£- + £- assessment fee (Optional)
(You can also pay in weekly instalments)

The course will be held at:
Deaf Active
The Joseph Lappin Centre,
Mill Lane,
Old Swan,
Liverpool,
L13 5TE

Qualification aim
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. They will gain basic skills and confidence in production and reception of BSL.
The specification has been designed using the UK Occupational Language Standards 2010 at Level 1.

Qualification structure
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 build on this knowledge. Units BSL102 and BSL103 can be taken in any order.
To achieve the full Level 1 Award in British Sign Language, candidates must pass all units.
BSL101F/502/4513 – Introduction to BSLPractical assessment of skills
BSL102J/504/0762 – Conversational BSL Conversation in BSL
BSL103F/504/0761 – Communicate in BSL about Everyday Life Conversation in BSL

Unit BSL101 is internally assessed by the teacher. Units BSL102 and BSL103 are externally assessed by a Signature assessor.

Essential requirements
BSL competence standards include requirements for candidates to have sufficient sight, manual dexterity, facial and body movement to produce and receive BSL. It is the responsibility of the centre to explain these requirements before accepting a candidate for this qualification.

Qualification objectives
At the end of the qualification, 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

Target Group

Level 1 Award in British Sign Language can be taken without any previous BSL experience at any level. This qualification allows learners to gain basic skills and confidence in the two areas of production and reception of BSL.
The qualification is supported by over 500 centres throughout the UK ranging from Further and Higher Education establishments to schools and academies.

Level 1 Award in British Sign Language 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.

Level 1 Award in British Sign Language is suitable for all ages, including pre-16.

Progression routes

On completion of Signature Level 1 Award in British Sign Language, a wide range of further qualifications are available, including:

  • Signature Level 2 Certificate in British Sign Language
  • Signature Level 3 Certificate in British Sign Language

These qualifications would potentially lead an individual to various employment opportunities.

Deaf Awareness Training

Our training courses will improve staff confidence and communication skills when meeting customers who are deaf or have a hearing loss.

We offer a variety of training with flexible course options to meet the specific requirements of your organisation. All of our trainers are profoundly Deaf and use British Sign Language (BSL) as their first language. This means they are able to bring to bear their personal experience of the barriers Deaf people face every day, guaranteeing delegates an immersive training experience.