Access to BSL  |  BSL Level 1

BSL Level 1

Course outline

What is the course about?

Level 1 in BSL (British Sign Language) is for those who wish to learn BSL starting from scratch, or those who have already learnt some BSL and wish to expand their knowledge. You will learn BSL at level 1 standard in British Sign Language (BSL) on a range of topics using simple, everyday language.

What topics will we cover?

You will learn BSL level 1 in communication skills relating to the following topic areas:

– Meeting people

– Using numbers

– Weather

– Transport

– Directions

– People, animals and objects in the home

– Interests and activities

– Refreshments

– Getting around.

By the end of this course you should be able to:

– Understand and use a limited range of simple words and sentences in BSL

– Take part in simple conversations in BSL

– Give and understand simple directions in BSL

– Give and understand simple descriptions in BSL.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

You will need to have basic literacy as you will need to read basic words during class. You will write down briefly what you have learned.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the lesson?

– Demonstration

– Pair/group work

– Receptive skills from DVDs

– Role play

– Discussion

– Narrative short story

– Handouts will be provided for every lesson

Is there anything I need to bring?

Paper, pen and a willingness to learn.

What feedback will I get?

You will receive regular feedback from your tutor throughout the course, as and when appropriate. At the end of the course you and your tutor will assess the progress you have made. One-to-one feedback is given during the course.

When I’ve finished, what course can I do next?

The qualification is divided into three units, each of which can be achieved separately. Students who are new to BSL should take unit 101 first as it is introductory. Units 102 and 103 build on this knowledge. Unit BSL 101 is internally assessed. Units 102 and 103 are externally assessed by a Signature assessor.

If you are successful in passing level 1 in BSL assessment, you can progress to a level 2 in BSL course.