Level 1 Award in British Sign Language Qualifications is designed to teach learners to communicate with Deaf people in British Sign Language (BSL) on a range of topics that involve simple, everyday language use. They will gain basic skills and confidence in production and reception of BSL.
The specification has been designed using the UK Occupational Language Standards 2010 at Level 1.
The qualification is divided into three units, each of which can be achieved separately. Learners who are new to BSL should cover BSL101 first, as units BSL102 and BSL103 build on this knowledge. Units BSL102 and BSL103 can be taken in any order.
To achieve the full Level 1 Award in British Sign Language, candidates must pass all units.
|Unit||QAN unit number||Unit title||Assessment|
|BSL101||F/502/4513||Introduction to BSL||Practical assessment of skills|
|BSL102||J/504/0762||Conversational BSL||Conversation in BSL|
|BSL103||F/504/0761||Communicate in BSL about Everyday Life||Conversation in BSL|
Unit BSL101 is internally assessed by the teacher. Units BSL102 and BSL103 are externally assessed by a Signature assessor.
The recommended guided learning hours are 64 hours as shown below:
|Unit||Guided Learning Hours (GLH)||Additional study hours||Total learning hours||Credit value|
GLH includes assessment time
Additional study hours include private study, homework, practice, etc.
BSL competence standards include requirements for candidates to have sufficient sight, manual dexterity, facial and body movement to produce and receive BSL. It is the responsibility of the centre to explain these requirements before accepting a candidate for this qualification.
At the end of the qualification, learners will be able to:
Level 1 Award in British Sign Language can be taken without any previous BSL experience at any level. This qualification allows learners to gain basic skills and confidence in the two areas of production and reception of BSL.
The qualification is supported by over 500 centres throughout the UK ranging from Further and Higher Education establishments to schools and academies.
Level 1 Award in British Sign Language is suitable for all ages, including pre-16.
On completion of Signature Level 1 Award in British Sign Language, a wide range of further qualifications are available, including:
These qualifications would potentially lead an individual to various employment opportunities.
Our online BSLHomework package is perfect for anyone studying towards a Signature Level 1, 2 or 3 Award in British Sign Language. BSLHomework is a comprehensive online library of video clips and support materials to help you understand the assessments, develop your vocabulary and linguistics skills, and practice your receptive BSL skills from wherever you are.
Packages start from £30.00 ex VAT
In the Signature online shop you can buy homework DVDs for both BSL level 1 & 2. These DVDs will help you to practice what you have learnt as part of your course, and allow you to prepare for your upcoming assessments.