BSL Level 1: Part 2 - Online Course

This is for you if you have prior knowledge of British Sign Language or you have completed the iBSL Level 1 Award - Part 1 (1A2 unit). You will continue developing basic conversational skills to enable you to make yourself understood and to find out information in everyday situations. 

You will be taught by a trained and experience deaf BSL tutor enabling students to acquire real experience communicating with deaf people and have a better understanding of how interaction with signs takes place. 

Key information

  • Session information: Thursdays from 6-8pm
  • Timeline: Starting 15 October 2020 - running until 17 December 2020
  • Term 1: 10 weeks 15 October - 17 December 2020. 
  • Fees: Full Course £125. There is an additional fee of £33 for the 1A3 exam, the exam fee can be paid at the time or enrolment or once the course has started.

    This course will be taught in a group size of a minimum 7 and maximum 11 students. Course fee includes all tuition, access to VLE (virtual learning environment), handouts.

DUE TO COVID-19 this course will begin online.  If there is an opportunity for us to resume face to face classroom teaching on campus we will do so providing all learners can access the campus. 

This course will start in October and run for 10 weeks. It comprises 30 learning hours over two terms. Lessons are two hours long and take place once a week.  When enrolling you are committing to the full 10 weeks.  

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Entry level

You should have completed the iBSL Level 1 Award - Part 1 Unit 1A2.

Course content

Topics and content

  • Meeting people (identifying common courtesies and information, understanding simple question forms, and the fingerspelling names & places)
  • Work, school and/or college (identifying types of work or educational institutions, occupations or courses being learnt, length of time worked or number of years in school/college, e.g. final year)
  • Using numbers (use of local numbering systems for counting people, things, telling the time, age and currency variants)
  • Weather (identifying comments about the weather and seasonal variants)
  • Instructions and Directions (being able to understand instructions and directions of what to do/where to go/how to do something)
  • Opinions and Ideas (understanding the difference between facts and ideas/opinions in simple descriptions or statements)
  • Use of simple linking conventions and prepositions (i.e. use of sign structures linking words and phrases)
  • Signing Structure (understanding placement, use of verbs & phrases, non-manual features, sign order, handshapes, direction, orientation)

Comprehension skills

  • Learners should demonstrate they can understand their teacher and others, answer questions correctly, and can read fingerspelling and BSL delivered at a pace and flow appropriate to the level
  • Learners should be able to differentiate between facts and ideas/opinions in brief statements or descriptions
  • Learners should demonstrate they can understand instructions being given to them, using appropriate placement, orientation and location of signs, and use of simple directional verbs

Intended learning outcomes

By the end of this course learners should be able to:

  1. extract information in British Sign Language.
  2. extract simple ideas and opinions in British Sign Language.

Assessment criteria

  • Identify personal or social facts from statements or descriptions consisting of simple set phrases
  • Identify work-related facts from statements or descriptions consisting of simple set phrases
  • Understand instructions and directions given using simple, set phrases
  • Understand the main points of simple statements or descriptions
  • Understand personal, social or work-related ideas and opinions from statements or descriptions consisting of simple set phrases

Progression route

If you wish to gain formal accreditation (iBSL Qualification Specification) for this course you can take the 'Level 1 Award in British Sign Language Studies' – Part 2 (iBSL-1A3) exam, awarded by the Institute of British Sign Language (iBSL), for which there is an additional fee of £33.

You may wish to continue your learning with the Level 1 Part 3 (1A1) course.