Skills for Life & Work

British Sign Language (BSL) Level 1 (Part 1) - Z061

Conway Park Part Time Level 1

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This is part one of the L1 BSL qualification with the opportunity to complete the course with a College Certificate in December or continue and complete the full L1 qualification in June.

Course Details
  • Different forms of signing including Makaton and regional variations
  • Signing Structure (understanding placement, use of verbs & phrases, non-manual features, sign order, handshapes, direction, orientation)
  • The range of people who use BSL and how they acquire BSL, i.e through Deaf families or membership of deaf communities including schools
  • The range of people who use other methods of communication in preference to BSL
  • Know how a deaf person's language and cultural background affects communication
  • Understand why deaf people who use BSL may identify themselves as a minority group
  • Awareness of the issues around the deaf community
  • Meeting people (identifying common courtesies and information, understanding simple question forms, and the fingerspelling names & places)
  • Using numbers (use of local numbering systems for counting people, things, telling the time, age and currency variants)
Entry Guidelines

Communication skills - You will need to be able to follow instructions, work as part of a group or pair and demonstrate the manual dexterity to copy signs effectively..

GCSE English Language at Grade 2/E or equivalent.

GCSE Maths at Grade 2/E or equivalent.

Satisfactory interview and assessment.

If English is not your first language, you may need an assessment before enrolling on this course. To discuss further, please contact the ESOL department on 0151 551 7144.

Office Use Only. Non Standard 52a (part 1)
Assessment Method

End of course assessment

Deaf Awareness Test

Where can I progress to?

If you pass the December assessments you can progress to the Signature L1 BSL Part 2 Award, starting in January and lasting until June. Following this we offer BSL at Levels 2.

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Planned Timetable

Day Times Campus
Monday 12:00 — 15:00 Conway Park

If you are aged 19 or over:

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Fee : £100.00

The fee quoted is for the academic year 22/23.

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