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Level 1 Award in British Sign Language

Course Title:

Level 1 Award in British Sign Language

Course Number:

LRKR L10377


Rycote Centre

Learning Area:



Level 1


Marie Foulk, Sally Petch

Start Date:

15 January 2018

End Date:

02 July 2018

Session Time(s):

Monday between 18:30 and 21:00

Total Sessions:


Total Hours:


Class Size:

Between 8 and 18 learners.


NOTE: This course has already finished.

Course Information

British Sign Language – Level 1 Award – 50 hours

What will I be learning?

This course is for learners who wish to work towards Signature Level 1 in British sign language to enable them to converse at a basic level with people who are deaf Sign language users.

Topics we will cover:

  • Meeting people
  • Getting and Giving Information
  • Numbers
  • Weather
  • Transport
  • Directions
  • At Home – People, Animals and Objects
  • Interests and Activities
  • Food and Drink
  • Getting Around

Does the course lead to a qualification?

Understand and use a limited range of everyday phrases in BSL

 Take part in simple conversations in BSL

 Give and understand simple directions in BSL

 Give and understand simple descriptions in BSL

 To achieve the full Certificate in Level 1 BSL, learners must pass all 3 unit assessments:-

  •   BSL 101 - Introduction to British Sign Language
  •   BSL 102 - Conversational British Sign Language – Family, Pets, Hobbies, Home or Weather
  •   BSL 103 - Communicate in British Sign Language about Everyday Life

Please note:

Assessment dates will be fixed and may be different to your regular class day and time.

Your course tutor will give you more information at the start of the course

Who is the course for?

This course is for those who have knowledge of British Sign Language (BSL) and want to acquire basic competence and confidence in two skill areas of production and reception of BSL.

Learners must have achieved Entry Level 3 British Sign Language before attending the Level 1 British Sign Language course. You will need to attend an assessment before you can enrol.

What do I need to bring?

Please bring a pen to complete the enrolment forms. Bring a Ring Binder Folder to collect the handouts.

Handouts will be provided

Are there any additional costs?

Assessments fee is £90 for 3 unit assessments (to be confirmed)

How will I know how I am progressing during the course?

Continuous and regular assessments in the course with feedbacks and reviews from your tutor.

What support services are there?

Learner Support

If you need support to learn, for example, a communicator, large print, personal care, specific equipment, or extra time, let us know.  We will work with you to identify what you need and how we can best support you.

Learner Support Fund

If you are struggling to pay your exam fees or have a disability and need help to pay for transport to the course, we may be able to help you.   Ask the centre staff or your tutor for more information and an application form.  We have a small fund available to help learners who are experiencing genuine hardship. You are advised to apply as soon as you can.

How is this course supported by DerbyLearn?

DerbyLearn is a learning platform that supports and complements most classes.  To find out more, please go to and sign up, it’s free and well worth a look!

After the course, what next?

We have lots of courses planned to ensure you have a variety of progression routes.  If you are interested in another course, please ask for more information or telephone our helpline on Derby (01332) 717900 or

Progression within DALS

On completion of this course, you could progress to:


  • Accredited  BSL Level 2.

Health and Wellbeing

The slogan you see on our brochures and leaflets is:

meet enjoy learn achieve

This is because we believe that taking part in adult and community learning can open the door to new friendships, give you something enjoyable and worthwhile to do with your time, enable you to learn something new and give you a sense of achievement. That's got to make you feel good!


Volunteering opportunities

We have a number of rewarding volunteering opportunities both within DALS and with other organisations.  These can offer you a number of benefits, including the ability to enhance your employment prospects, and the ability to learn whilst supporting others.  If you are interested in finding out more about volunteering opportunities, please contact Pat Ward on 01332 642308 or email  You can also find information on volunteering opportunities on our noticeboards and website.

Venue Information

Rycote Centre


Parker Street, Derby, DE1 3HF


Limited Car Parking

Disability Support:

Disabled Access to all floors/building
Disabled Toilets
Disabled Parking available
Loop System


Limited Facilities
Monday, Tuesday & Thursday - Ryecafe


Crèche Unavailable


From the city centre head towards Kedleston Road along King Street and Garden Street. At the 'Five Lamps' traffic lights on Garden Street you will see a sign for the Rycote Centre, turn left down Parker Street then turn right and the Centre is on the right hand side, parking is on the street and the main entrance is through the Social Service's car park. The Centre can also be accessed from Kedleston Road - opposite the Polish Club - but there is no parking at this entrance other than on Kedleston Road 01332 717930 or 717924

Bus Routes:

Allestree Bus, Trent Barton, and No. 6, Notts and Derby University bus during University term time.

Enrolment Information

In Person

If you would like more information about this course or wish to enrol, please contact via:

Enrolment Centre:

Rycote Centre

Opening Times:


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01332 717930


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