What is the course about?
The course is designed to enable you to communicate with Deaf people in British Sign Language at level 1 standard within a range of everyday topics. The course leads to the Level 1 Award in BSL, accredited by the Signature award body. The qualification comprises three units: introduction to British Sign Language, conversational British Sign Language and British Sign Language at school, college or work. You will have the opportunity to undertake the examinations for these three units within the course.
To achieve the full certificate in BSL, you must pass all three units. Unit BSL101 is internally assessed. Units BSL102 and BSL103 are externally assessed by a Signature assessor.
What will we cover?
You will learn level 1 BSL communication skills relating to the following topic areas:
- meeting people
- using numbers
- people, animals and objects in the home
- interests and activities
- getting around.
What will I achieve?
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 be asked to write some self-evaluations and read topics and instructions for examinations.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
- pair/group work
- questions and answers
- receptive skills from DVDs.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
Examination fees are included in the course fees.
DVDs and books are available for loan from the library at Build.
'SignworldLearn' on-line resource is included in the course fee.
BSL for Dummies book can be purchased at a special price subject to availability.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Successful candidates can apply for a place on a Level 2 in BSL course or on a Pre-level 2 course.
General information and advice on courses at Build is available from the Student Centre and Library on Monday to Friday from 12:00 – 19:00.
See the course guide for term dates and further details