In the UK one in six people have some degree of hearing loss. That's about 10 million people. It is also estimated that there are around 250,000 people who are deafblind or have sensory impairments. This means that you are likely to come into daily contact with people who are deaf or deafblind.

If you are looking for a basic knowledge of communication issues affecting deaf and deafblind people, then Level 1 Award in Deaf Awareness and Communication is for you.

Qualification aim

This qualification is designed to provide introductory knowledge and skill for enhancing communication with deaf people.

Qualification structure

To achieve the full Level 1 Award in Deaf Awareness and Communication, learners are required to achieve two units.

Unit K101 is the theory unit, and Unit T101 is the practical unit. Units can be taken in any order and can be achieved separately.

Unit QAN unit number Unit title Assessment
K101 L/600/0516 Deaf and Deafblind Awareness Multiple choice examination
T101 F/503/9805 Communication Tactics with Deaf and Deafblind People Practical assessment of skills

Suggested duration

The following table details the recommended learning hours required to achieve this qualification.

Unit Guided Learning Hours (GLH) Additional study hours Total learning hours Credit value
K101 10 10 20 2
T101 10 10 20 1
Total 20 20 40 3

Guided learning hours include assessment time.

Additional study hours include private study, homework, practice, etc.

Signature approved centres will deliver this qualification over agreed timescales.

Essential requirements

No previous experience of British/Irish Sign Language or knowledge is needed.

Target group

Level 1 Award in Deaf Awareness and Communication is suitable for those who:

  • wish to acquire basic knowledge of how deafness and deafblindness affect communication;
  • wish to acquire basic skills to facilitate basic communication with deaf people.

Progression routes

On completion of Signature Level 1 Award in Deaf Awareness and Communication, a range of further qualifications are available, including:

  • Level 2 Award in Communicating with Deafblind People
  • Level 2 Award in Communicating and Guiding Skills with Deafblind People
  • Level 1 Award in British Sign Language
  • Level 1 Award in Irish Sign Language