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Award in British Sign Language – Level 1

**This course may be free if you earn less than £25k** Would you like to gain basic British Sign Language (BSL) skills and the confidence to communicate about everyday topics? Then this course is for you. It covers production and reception of BSL on a range of topics.

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Course Summary

Subject Area: Adult Community Learning
Adult and Community
Location: Ilkeston
Full Time or Part Time: PT
Level: 1
Number Of Years: 1
Interview Required?: Y
Weeks: 30
Hours: 2.00
Start: 09/09/2024
Tuition: £384
Days/Times: Thursdays 18:30-20:30

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Course Information for Students

**This course may be free if you earn less than £25,000p.a. Other learners may receive a 50% fee reduction. In addition, we will fully fund up to two learners per course who are deaf or hearing impaired.** 

This course is for anyone who wishes to be able to communicate in BSL to cover everyday topics.  You will learn how to take part in everyday conversations in BSL, to give and follow simple directions or instructions in BSL, and to follow descriptions around familiar topics.

No prior knowledge is required for this Level 1 Award course.

  • Everyday phrases on familiar topics
  • New language skills
  • Deaf awareness
  • Simple conversations
  • Simple directions and instructions
  • Descriptive language on a range of familiar topics

You will learn in classroom sessions by taking part in individual, pair and group work.

You will need a willingness to learn a new language and should be eager to take part in pair and group activities as well as completing independent (homework) tasks. (You will be videoed for external assessment, so you need to be accepting of this.)

There will be three assessments:

  • BSL101 Introduction to BSL
  • BSL102 Conversational BSL
  • BSL103 Communicate in BSL about everyday life

You could consider progressing to the Level 2 Certificate in British Sign Language. 

You can also use your newly acquired skills within your workplace.

For more information, contact Derby College Group on 0800 0280289 or

Course Information for Employers

If you are an employer and would like to know more about the apprenticeships and professional training we deliver or how you can get involved in co-creating and co-delivering the curriculum, please contact us via email on, call us on 01332 387 421 or visit our employer pages here.

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Donna Burton

Derby College sign language student Donna becomes Amazon UK BSL ambassador.

Going to college at 55, and with my condition, might have made me nervous and made my tics worse, but everyone at college has been so welcoming and friendly. When I went to enrol, I was greeted with a warm smile from the lovely person on Reception, which immediately put me at my ease.

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Course Information Last Updated On: June 5, 2024 4:55 pm