iBSL Level 1 Award in British Sign Language Studies

This qualification aims to enable learners to develop suitable and sufficient skills to communicate with Deaf people in BSL on everyday topics in accordance with the National Language Standards at Level 1.


This qualification is divided into three units:

  • Receptive Skills in BSL
  • Descriptive Skills in BSL
  • Conversational Skills in BSL

Each unit is assessed separately and success in all three units will lead to the full Level 1 Award in BSL.


These topics will be covered - Meeting People, Work, School, College, Numbers, Weather, Instructions, Directions, Opinions and Ideas, Signing Structure, People and Personal Information, Issues, Events, Calendar, Expressing Opinions, Meeting People, Daily Activities, Food and Drink.


At the end of the course, learners will be able to:

  • understand narrations of simple information presented to them in BSL;
  • develop the ability to describe events, issues or matters in BSL, particularly at work, school or college;
  • engage in simple conversation with Deaf people, both in social situations and in the workplace or at school/college.


Target group

The Level 1 Award in BSL Studies is suitable for those who:

  • wish to acquire basic BSL skills for the purpose of holding simple communication with Deaf people, including family, friends and colleagues;
  • need to acquire BSL skills as part of a programme of study or professional development;
  • are studying for personal development with a view to future employment.

No previous experience of BSL is required for entry into a programme leading to the Level 1 Award in BSL Studies.


Length of course (50 classroom hours plus 20 hours of personal study)

This course can be taught in different formats, e.g. 

  • 2 hours sessions for 25 weeks
  • 3 hours sessions for 17 weeks
  • 9 full days

Learners must be committed to at least 20 hours of personal study which include access to online resources provided by  and 


Are you an individual wanting to learn British Sign Language?  Click here to look at our BSL courses.

Or are you an organisation wanting a BSL course at your workplace? Contact us for further details.



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