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      Level 1 Award in British Sign Language (BSL)

      Do you work, or come into contact with, British Sign Language (BSL) users at your business or organisation?

      Learn British Sign Language (BSL) and you’ll help make the world a more friendly and accessible place for people who use it as their first or preferred language.

      Our Signature accredited BSL Level 1 course will enable you to communicate with Deaf people using BSL on a range of topics using simple everyday language.

      After one of our BSL courses, you should be able to:

      • understand and use a limited range of simple words and sentences in BSL
      • take part in simple, predictable conversations in BSL
      • give and follow simple directions or instructions in BSL
      • give and follow simple statements or descriptions in BSL.

      Read what the London Fire Brigade have to say about our British Sign Language courses.

      How is the BSL Level 1 course delivered?

      The Level 1 Award in BSL runs for six hours a day for 10 days. Once you have completed the course, you can progress to the Level 2 Certificate in BSL.

      Qualification structure


      The British Sign Language Level 1 qualification is divided into three units – to achieve the full Level 1 qualification, candidates must pass all units:

      Signature Unit code Unit title 
      BSL 101  Introduction to BSL 
      BSL 102 Conversational BSL 
      BSL 103  BSL at school, college or work 


      Each of the above unit assessments will be videoed and assessed externally by Signature.

      Further information and arranging a training session


      For further information, or to arrange a British Signe Language Level 1 course, please contact our Access Solutions team:

      Telephone: 0333 240 5658 (calls welcome using Next Generation Text)
      Email: access.solutions@hearingloss.org.uk

      Alternatively, please complete our quick and easy online enquiry form.

      Arrange a training session

      Our training has helped to solve a variety of accessibility issues across many different organisations – providing support for new and existing staff and encouraging businesses to meet the requirements of the Equality Act 2010.