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What career opportunities can this lead to?

This qualification may assist students to gain work, or progress their career in care, education or any other area where an ability to sign is required.

What are the entry requirements?

There are no formal entry requirements necessary for this course; this course is suitable for anybody who needs to gain a qualification in British Sign Language.

What does this programme involve?

The Level 1 British Sign Language course is divided into three units.

Learners will be introduced to the following:

- Recognise variations in the way deaf people communicate.
- Signing at a basic level (approximately 400 signs).
- Finger spelling, names and places.
- Responding to simple signed questions.
- Being able to retell a short signed story.
- Understanding receptive skills in sign.
- Demonstrating signing skills.

The skills gained will be enable you to communicate with deaf people, and gain a better understanding of the deaf culture and community.

The BSL Level 1 Certificate is a commonly recognised starting point for people involved, or working, with the Deaf Community, and Level 1 needs to be passed before moving on to the Level 2 Certificate in British Sign Language.

You can learn more about the qualification, and its structure by visiting the awarding body's website at

How is the programme taught and assessed?

You will be taught and assessed by various methods including:

- Practical demonstration
- Group and pair work
- Games
- Role mode and role play
- DVDs
- Conversation

Assessments will largely be conducted by the course tutor, though they may be recorded for submission to the Awarding Body.

Assessments will take place on three evenings during the year; the dates will be agreed early on in the course. If you do not wish to undertake these formal assessments, please enrol on our non-vocational British Sign Language course.

What else do I need to know?

Students are responsible for the purchase of materials relevant to the course.

Students can purchase a Sign Language Book; this is optional and at the students' cost. Please make sure you bring pen and paper to every class for making notes.

Dates for the diary

Our part-time open event is held every June. For specific dates and times please see the events section of our website or telephone 023 8091 1270.

How do I apply?

Apply by clicking on the APPLY NOW link on this page. Alternatively, you can apply by completing an application form through our Adult and Community Learning team by telephone 023 8091 1270 or via email at

*Fees will apply if you are over 18. You may be eligible for fee support or a loan. To find out an accurate cost, based on your individual circumstances, please contact our Adult and Community Learning team.

Course Code


Session Venue Starts Days Time Weeks Fees* 24+ Fees*
C232V Eastleigh College 4/10/2017 Wed 19:00 – 21:00 30 Apply now

* Please note that although this tool looks to give customers the best indication of course costs, a final cost can only be confirmed once all submitted information is verified by our information, advice and guidance team.

Need any further advice?

If you require further advice and guidance about any course costs and/or the funding options available to you, the College has a dedicated Adult and Community Learning team who can be contacted on telephone 023 8091 1270.

The Equality Act

The College wishes to ensure that it complies with the requirements of the Equality Act 2010. If you are a disabled person, please ensure that we know what you need so that we can make all reasonable adjustments to help you succeed.

Please note all courses descriptions may be subject to change.

Course Notice

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