Level 1 Award in BSL Studies

This course is designed to give students a basic ability to communicate with Deaf people using BSL in familiar day-to-day environments such as work, school or college, and social occasions.

Learn how to meet & greet, give and understand simple instructions, give directions, discuss the weather. This course includes fingerspelling, dates, times, transport methods and other everyday vocabulary.

Students will start to learn BSL structure, grammar and placement.

Why learn BSL Level 1 Award with Dot?

Our Level 1 teachers are fully qualified and committed to delivering stimulating, enjoyable lessons tailored to meet the needs of all students. Extra support is given where needed so everyone has the best possible chance of gaining the qualification. Students are encouraged to form a strong team and to support each other with their studies.

Every course, we have high pass rates with our Level 1 students, so you know you are in good hands with Dot Sign Language.

Course Schedule

BSL Level 1 – Full Signature Level 1 qualification including 3 assessments – BSL101, BSL102 and BSL103. Usually run over an academic year.

Introduction to BSL – A 10 week course including 1 assessment -Signature BSL101. Ideal for a taster, Duke of Edinburgh etc.

In addition to teaching hours, you will need to do homework and practice outside of the lessons to get the most out of the course. Many of our students meet up with others to practise together!

Dot Sign Language makes every effort to ensure that courses are run as advertised. However, a course may be cancelled if insufficient students enrol, so please do not delay in signing up!

Course Units

The Signature Level 1 qualification consists of 3 units and an assessment for each unit.

The three units are:

  • BSL101  – Introduction to BSL
  • BSL102 – Receptive Skills in BSL
  • BSL103 –Conversational Skills in BSL

BSL101 is taken after 10 weeks.

BSL102 and BSL103 are taken at the end of the course.

Level 1 Qualification Specification

Guildford - BSL Level 1 courses


10 Week ‘Introduction to BSL’

Date & Time: Monday evenings, February 3rd – April 2020

6.30 – 8.30pm     Timetable

Venue: United Reform Church, 83 Portsmouth Road,   GU2 4BS

How To Find Us

Full Level 1 Courses:

New Level 1 courses start September 2020. Contact us if you are interested in starting a Level 1 course before this date.



Current Course Timetables:

Monday Level 1 Timetable – September 2019 – June 2020

Wedenesday Level 1 Timetable – September 2019 – June 2020

Woking - BSL Level 1 course


10 Week ‘Introduction to BSL’

Date & Time: Saturday afternoons, February 1st – April 2020

1.30 – 3.30pm     Timetable

Venue:  The Trinity Methodist Church, Brewery Road, Woking, Surrey, GU21 4LH


Full Level 1 Courses:

New Level 1 courses start September 2020. Contact us if you are interested in starting a Level 1 course before this date.

Current Course Timetables:

Saturday Level 1 Timetable – September 2019 – June 2020



BSL Level 1 Learning Resources

A good dictionary for Level 1 is  Let’s Sign Dictionary: Everyday BSL for Learners, by Cath Smith ISBN 1-905913-10-9

Other BSL books by Cath Smith can be found on Amazon and other retailers.

Download our Learn to Fingerspell Poster-pdf poster to practice the manual alphabet.

There are online resources and mobile smart phone apps that use moving images.




When searching for BSL resources online but make sure it is BSL you are looking at and not ASL (American Sign Language).



What our Level 1 Students Say

I am learning BSL because my son, who is now 4, was born deaf and I want our whole family to be able to sign with him as well as speak. I did a Family Sign course with Surrey Deaf Children’s Society and am now doing Level 1. I sign in everyday life, especially signs relating to home life with children and school. His school have been brilliant and have taught all the infant classes to sign and how to fingerspell so he can communicate with his friends.

I am enjoying learning something new as well as meeting people on the course, our group is very friendly! Most challenging is remembering new signs, especially the ones which aren’t visual, but our teacher Paul helps us feel confident. – Claire.


Many years ago I was on a ferry to Ireland and saw a group of people signing. I wanted to be able to join in, and ever since I have wanted to learn British Sign Language.

Previously I worked as a nurse and believe that nurses should all be taught Deaf Awareness and some signing as part of their training. It would really help to be able to communicate even basically with Deaf patients when there is no interpreter there. I also think BSL should be taught in schools.

It has been interesting for me to learn that some deaf people can speak as well as sign. I am also enjoying learning and meeting new people. The challenge is remembering the signs and finding opportunities to practise between classes. – Clodagh.