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This course is designed to teach you how to communicate using British Sign Language (BSL) on a range of topics that involve simple, everyday language use.

What you will learn:

You will learn how to fingerspell correctly and how to use BSL structure when exchanging information. You will also learn a range of vocabulary including numbers, time, food, drink, people, directions and weather.


The qualification is divided into three units, each of which can be achieved separately. Learners who are new to BSL should cover 101 first, as units 102 and 103 build on this knowledge. Units 102 and 103 can be taken in any order.

To achieve the full Level 1 Award in British Sign Language, candidates must pass all units.

Unit code                        Unit Title                                Assessment method

BSL101 *                      Introduction to BSL                   Practical assessment of skills

BSL102                         Conversational BSL                   Assessed conversation in BSL

BSL103                         Communicate in BSL                Assessed conversation in BSL
                                       about Everyday Life     


* Alternative BSL101 units available. These are designed for young people, people working in healthcare and frontline staff, and contain language more applicable to these specific learners.

These  units can be studied separately. Successful candidates can go on to complete units BSL102 and BSL103 to achieve the full Level 1 Award in British Sign Language. 

The cost for the assessments of all three modules is £87 which is separate and in addition to course fees advertisied on other websites.

Essential requirements

BSL competence standards include requirements for candidates to have sufficient sight, manual dexterity, facial and body movement to produce and receive BSL.

Please note the number of weeks advertised is the minimum number of weeks to complete the course. The maximum number of weeks to complete the course is 32 weeks. To achieve the Level 1 Award you will need to ideally complete 64 guided learning hours which includes assessment time.

Learners are expected to do 26 additional study hours of private study and practice which we support by providing resources online.


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We are a community interest company providing support to deaf and hard of hearing people in and around Milton Keynes.

We support people by teaching courses such as sign language, Deaf and Disability awareness to individuals and organisations.

All profits from our activities goes back into community projects to create equality of access and reduce social exclusion.
Access Ambassadors CIC
Tanfield Lane, Milton Keynes, Broughton, United Kingdom MK10 9NJ
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