Signature Level 1 Award in British Sign Language

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A BSL class

BSL Level 1 class in progress

British Sign Language is the first or preferred language of over 70,000 Deaf people in the UK, and is a means of communicating, using hand shapes, facial expressions and body language, with a grammatical structure completely separate from English.

BSL Level 1 is aimed at those who would like to begin learning how to communicate with Deaf people. It is divided into three units: Introduction to BSL, Conversational BSL and Communicate in BSL about Every Day Life. By the end of the course, learners will be able to demonstrate basic competence in both productive and receptive skills. They will have enough knowledge and understanding to engage in simple conversations, and will be able to use simple everyday language and finger spelling.

Our Tutors teach to the highest standard, demonstrated by the fact that we have been achieving results consistently above the national average. We also offer the full number of teaching hours (64) recommended by Signature, to ensure that all the course material is covered, and make sure our students are as prepared as possible for their exams. Students will be taught in a variety of ways, using a number of different activities, within smaller groups and in pairs in a friendly and supportive atmosphere.

As one of our students, you will have the unique opportunity to socialise with members of the Deaf Community, who will welcome you into their Social Club on Wednesday evenings in our Bar, where you will have the chance to practise signing with them.

Level 1 Award in British Sign Language

Our next BSL Level 1 course.

It’s a 30-week accredited course with a 2-hour lesson once a week, teaching dates largely follow the Nottingham/shire school schedule. You can find more information on our course booking page where you can also apply for a place on the course! Our training team will then contact you to confirm your place and send you the details.


Please let us know if you have any questions, by email or phoning 0115 9700 516, and we look forward to having you come and learn with us!