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, meeting and greeting, using numbers, transport methods, discussing interests, family, food and drink, and other everyday vocabulary.

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

Why learn BSL Level 1 Award with Dot?

Our Level 1 teachers are 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.

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

We hope to be back in physical classrooms in Guildford and Woking by Autumn 2020. We are working closely with our venues who are following Government guidelines to provide a safe environment for all their user groups.

If we are unable to meet in person, we will continue to teach online through Zoom until we can.

Course Schedule

BSL Level 1 – Full Signature Level 1 qualification including 3 assessments – BSL101, BSL102 and BSL103.

Introduction to BSL – Attend the first unit of the BSL Level 1 course including 1 assessment -Signature BSL101. Ideal for a taster, Duke of Edinburgh skills 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.

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 – Conversational BSL
  • BSL103 –Communicate in BSL about Everyday Life

BSL101 is taken after 8 – 10 weeks.

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

Level 1 Qualification Specification

Course Pricing

BSL Level 1 Course:

  • £455 (including £105 Signature assessment fees)

Please note when you pay by instalments there is an additional £10 administration charge.

BSL Level 1 Instalment Plan – September 2020

‘Introduction to BSL’:

  • £155 (including Signature fee for 1 assessment)

Please note when you pay by instalments there is an additional £10 administration charge.

Full course fee / first instalment is payable 1 month before the start of the course to secure your place.

Introduction to BSL Instalment Plan – September 2020

 

 


Guildford Courses

‘Introduction to BSL’

Date: 5th October – 14th December 2020

Day & Time: Monday evenings, 6.30 – 8.30pm (See Timetable.)

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

Online classes on Zoom if we cannot use a physical venue.

Full Level 1 Course:

Date: 5th October 2020 – 19th July 2021

Day & Time: Monday evenings, 6.30 – 8.30pm (See Timetable.)

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

Online classes on Zoom if we cannot use a physical venue.

How To Find Us

Woking Courses

‘Introduction to BSL’ 

Date: 3rd October – 12th December 2020

Day & Time: Saturday afternoons, time TBC (See Timetable.)

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

Online classes on Zoom if we cannot use a physical venue.

Full Level 1 Courses:

Date: 3rd October 2020 – 17th July 2021

Day & Time: Saturday afternoons, time TBC (See Timetable.)

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

Online classes on Zoom if we cannot use a physical venue.

Introduction to BSL and Level 1 Timetable

 

 


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 to practice the manual alphabet.

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

https://bsl.surrey.ac.uk/

http://bslsignbank.ucl.ac.uk/dictionary/

https://www.signworldlearn.com/

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.