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British Sign Language 2020/21

Our next enrolment for British Sign Language is for September 2020 and non-priority booking opens on Monday 10 August 2020. If you are interested in enrolling for September 2020, you will find the full brochure online here.

As a registered Centre for Signature awards in British Sign Language (BSL), we are delighted to offer accredited courses at Level 1, in 2020.

For BSL 1, we allow payment on a termly basis, as with our other courses. There is an expectation, however, that students will continue for the full 30 week course in order to gain accreditation. Exam sessions are included in these weeks.

There is a break for the school holidays. If classes are missed due to unforeseen circumstances (such as tutor illness), it is sometimes necessary for Level 1 classes to last for 2.5 hours and for start/finish times to vary by half an hour, in order to fit the necessary hours into one academic year.

The course is examined, with 3 examinations over the course of the 30 weeks. 

Students who pass each of the 3 exams in each qualification are awarded the appropriate certificate. We hope that students will pass the exams, but in the event of failing a module, resits or appeals are offered, in consultation with your tutor, with the appropriate fee payable.

Course Day Time Tutor
BSL Level 1 Continuation Monday 7 - 9pm (7 to 8.30pm online in Autumn Term) Karen Healy
BSL Level 1 - new students Wednesday 7 - 9pm (7 to 8.30pm online in Autumn Term) Karen Healy

Signature Level 1 Award in British Sign Language 

The Level 1 Award in BSL provides an introduction and is suitable for all learners. A range of topics are studied that involve simple, everyday language use:

Weeks 1-10

BSL Unit 101

to BSL

Meeting people, numbers, weather, transport, directions

Weeks 11-20

BSL Unit 102

Conversational BSL

At home: people, animals and objects, numbers, interests and activities, weather

Weeks 21-30

BSL Unit 103

BSL in Everyday Life
(School, College & Work)

Getting around, exchanging information, refreshments, numbers

The termly course fee includes the exam fee for that term’s assessment unit, fees for Term 2 and 3 will be slightly more expensive, due to exam fees increasing (roughly £10):

Level 1 course fees INCLUDE exam fees


Full time student or
Over 60 and in full time retirement

School pupil (age 11+) or
In receipt of means-tested benefits

Sign Language Level 1* (New Students) 

Term 1 (BSL101)




Sign Language Level 1* (Continuing Students) 

Term 1 (BSL101)

£125 £115 £108