Level 1 British Sign Language in Leeds/Wakefield

Blended learning in Wakefield

£ 375 VAT inc.


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    25 Weeks


Learn how to communicate with Deaf people using British Sign Language on everyday topics. No previous knowledge of BSL required. Assessment at the end of the course.




Wakefield (West Yorkshire)
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To take into account

You must be committed to attend at least 80% of the course. You need access to the Internet as we provide online resources to back-up your learning in the classroom. 20 hours of personal study.

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  • Sign language
  • Communication
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Teachers and trainers (1)

Alison Spear

Alison Spear

Qualified BSL teacher

Director Absolute BSL April 2012 – Present Trainer & Consultant, Deaf Issues & BSL (Freelance) Freelance January 2009 – Present (4 years 7 months) Trainer & Consultant, Deaf Issues & BSL (Freelance) January 2009 – Present Associate Lecturer in Deaf Studies University of Central Lancashire January 2010 – May 2011

Course programme

This qualification aims to enable learners to develop suitable and sufficient skills to communicate with Deaf people in BSL on everyday topics in accordance with the National Language Standards at Level 1.

This qualification is divided into three units:

  • Receptive Skills in BSL
  • Descriptive Skills in BSL
  • Conversational Skills in BSL

Each unit is assessed separately and success in all three units will lead to the full Level 1 Award in BSL.

These topics will be covered - Meeting People, Work, School, College, Numbers, Weather, Instructions, Directions, Opinions and Ideas, Signing Structure, People and Personal Information, Issues, Events, Calendar, Expressing Opinions, Meeting People, Daily Activities, Food and Drink.

At the end of the course, learners will be able to:

  • understand narrations of simple information presented to them in BSL;
  • develop the ability to describe events, issues or matters in BSL, particularly at work, school or college;
  • engage in simple conversation with Deaf people, both in social situations and in the workplace or at school/college.

Target group

The Level 1 Award in BSL Studies is suitable for those who:

  • wish to acquire basic BSL skills for the purpose of holding simple communication with Deaf people, including family, friends and colleagues;
  • need to acquire BSL skills as part of a programme of study or professional development;
  • are studying for personal development with a view to future employment.

No previous experience of BSL is required for entry into a programme leading to the Level 1 Award in BSL Studies.

Length of course (50 classroom hours plus 20 hours of personal study)

This course can be taught in different formats, e.g.

  • 2 hours sessions for 25 weeks
  • 3 hours sessions for 17 weeks
  • 9 full days

Learners must be committed to at least 20 hours of personal study which include access to online resources

Level 1 British Sign Language in Leeds/Wakefield

£ 375 VAT inc.