Introduction to British Sign Language »

If you don’t have time to commit to a full Level 1 course right now or just want to learn the basics, we can offer short introductory courses.

These courses are run at our venues in Guildford or Woking or alternatively if you are a group or an organisation and you have a venue to host the training we can come to you (subject to Covid restrictions). We also run this course online using Zoom which is very suitable for organisations working remotely.

The ‘Introduction to Sign Language’ (Unit 101 of BSL Level 1) is perfect for workplaces, community organisations or groups of friends; we will tailor the course to your needs.

The cost is dependent on location and size of group. Contact us for more information and a quote.

Our next ‘Introduction to BSL’ (Unit 101) course will run face to face in Guildford this September 2021.

The course runs from 8th September 2021 till 17th November 2021 (Unit 101 Timetable)

Day & Time:Wednesday Evenings, 6.30-8.30pm

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

Online classes on Zoom if we cannot use a physical venue due to Covid restrictions

How To Find Us 

Fees: 

£160 (including £25 Signature assessment fee)

Full payment or first instalment due two weeks prior to the start of the course in order to secure your place.

If you wish to pay in instalments, please complete the instalment plan form below and return to us.

Unit 101_Instal plan_Wed PM September 2021

Unit 101 Signature Specification

N.B – there is a £10 admin fee for payment via instalment plan

What next?

Students can join the first unit of the Level 1 course and take 1 assessment – Signature BSL101 or they can then stop or choose to carry on and complete a full Level 1 qualification.

See our Level 1 page for full information.

Teaching via Zoom Video Conferencing »

During this difficult time Dot Sign Language want to do everything we can to support your BSL studies. For this reason we will be offering teaching through a video conferencing platform called Zoom.

Zoom is a recognised secure video streaming service. The first time you view the video window please check the top left hand corner. It should have a small padlock symbol. This means that your video chat is secure with end to end encryption.

You will be sent an invitation to a Zoom meeting with an allocated time for you to join, (it is smoother to have one long meeting which students come and go from rather than starting / stopping new meetings.)

You will need a laptop / tablet with a camera set up so you have both hands free to sign.

Tablets and smartphones will need the Zoom app downloaded:

Via App Store: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/id546505307

Via Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=us.zoom.videomeetings

You must reply to our email and give written permission regarding recording on Zoom before you can take part in a session.

 

 

Signature Level 1 Award in British Sign Language »

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.

Signature Level 2 Certificate in British Sign Language »

The Level 2 Certificate follows on from Level 1 and develops further the ability to communicate using BSL in a range of social and school, college or work-related contexts. Students will be expected to participate in longer and more open-ended exchanges than in Level 1.

Level 2 will be of interest to those wanting to progress onto higher BSL qualifications which are required for certain careers and roles such as a BSL/English Interpreter, Communication Support Worker, Teacher of the Deaf and other jobs working with the Deaf.

Pre-Level 3 British Sign Language Course »

Our 10 week Pre-Level 3 course is designed to be a ‘bridging’ course for those who have passed BSL Level 2 and want to go on to achieve the Level 3 Certificate but feel that they need more practice and experience.

It is also useful for students who wish to continue learning British Sign Language but do not wish to take an assessment.

Signature Level 3 Certificate in British Sign Language »

Updated by Signature for 2020 – The Level 3 Certificate in British Sign Language meets the learning needs of those who already have competence in BSL at Level 2 and are interested in developing their skills and knowledge.

The learner will be able to understand and use varied BSL in a range of work and social situations, as well as developing an advanced knowledge of the structure and function of BSL and an understanding of the Deaf Community and Deaf Culture.

This qualification is also suitable for Deaf people who would like to achieve a qualification in their own language.

We hope to be back in a physical classrooms after Easter subject to Covid restrictions. We are working closely with our venue who is following Government guidelines to provide a safe environment for all their user groups. If we are unable to meet in person, we will teach courses entirely using Zoom until we can.

You will need basic computer skills  to join this course – Sending / receiving emails, downloading / uploading videos, ability to use Zoom.

Signature Level 4 Certificate in British Sign Language »

The Level 4 Certificate in British Sign Language (BSL) meets the learning needs of those who already have competence in British Sign Language at Level 3 and are interested in developing their skills and knowledge.

It is designed for those who work with, or want to work with, Deaf people (e.g. social workers, teachers of the Deaf, voluntary workers, workers within Deaf organisations, schools, etc.), and those who wish to expand their knowledge and skills in British Sign Language.

In order to be entered for a course and assessment leading to this qualification, learners
must be able to demonstrate competence in BSL at Level 3. You must be age 19+ to take this qualification.

We hope to be back in a physical classroom in Guildford after Easter subject to Covid restrictions. We are working closely with our venue who is following Government guidelines to provide a safe environment for all their user groups. If we are unable to meet in person, we will teach courses entirely using Zoom until we can.

You will need basic computer skills to join this course – Sending / receiving emails, downloading / uploading videos, ability to use Zoom.

Signature Level 6 Certificate in British Sign Language »

This qualification may be used as evidence of full professional proficiency in BSL. It may be
useful for those who already work, or wish to work, in a professional capacity with Deaf people,
such as teachers of the deaf, social workers for deaf people, voluntary workers with deaf people
and employees within a deaf organisation. It may also be used as evidence of proficiency in
BSL for sign language interpreters and sign language translators.

You must be age 19+ to take this qualification.

We hope to be back in a physical classroom in Guildford after Easter. We are working closely with our venue who is following Government guidelines to provide a safe environment for all their user groups.  If we are unable to meet in person, we will teach courses entirely using Zoom until we can.

You will need basic computer skills to join this course – Sending / receiving emails, downloading / uploading videos, ability to use Zoom.

 

1 to 1 Tutorials »

Our teachers are happy to arrange 1 to 1 private tuition when requested. Students require these services for various reasons, for example, to catch up on work missed, to help with areas that some students may find challenging, to fast-track through a qualification.

Workplace Training »

Whether you are a private company, public sector service or NHS provider; our workshops are a great way to find out about issues that affect Deaf friends, family members, employees, work colleagues and customers.