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Entry 3 Level Award in British Sign Language Studies

Course Title:

Entry 3 Level Award in British Sign Language Studies

Course Number:

LRKV L40672


Village Learning Centre

Learning Area:





Shahnaz Bibi

Start Date:

11 January 2018

End Date:

24 May 2018

Session Time(s):

Thursday between 09:30 and 11:30

Total Sessions:


Total Hours:


Class Size:

Between 8 and 12 learners.


NOTE: This course has already finished.

Course Information

What will I be learning?

This course is for learners who wish to work towards Institute of British Sign Language (IBSL) Entry Level 1 in British Sign Language Studies to enable them to converse at a simple and basic level with people who are deaf Sign language users. 

Topics we will cover:

  • Common courtesies
  • Personal Information (basic)
  • Work, School and / or College – everyday signs (basic)
  • Using numbers (basic)
  • Weather (basic)
  • Timeframes (basic) / seasonal variants
  • Signing Structure, including basic sign principles
  • Use of simple linking conventions and prepositions
  • Personal pronouns and possessives
  • Simple day to day activities


Does the course lead to a qualification?

At the end of this course, learners will be able to:

  • Understand simple, basic information presented to them in BSL
  • Develop strategies to acquire, basic BSL information of a personal, social and work-related nature
  • Partake in simple conversation with Deaf people, whether in social situations or work-related.

To achieve the full Award in Entry Level BSL Studies, learners must pass all 3 units :-

1st Assessment for Unit IBSLEA1

  • IBSLEA1: Understand Basic Information in BSL   -   DVD assessment

2nd Assessment for Unit  IBSLEA2

  •  IBSLEA2: - Reflective  Learning on Developing BSL Skills – Reflective Log

 3rd Assessment for Unit IBSLEA3

  •  IBSLEA3: Take part in and follow basic conversations in BSL –  BSL Conversation assessment with Tutor/Assessor  – video recording

Important information about your Assessment/Test

  • Two of the BSL assessments - IBSLEA1 AND IBSLEA3 will take place at your Learning Centre or Rycote Centre.
  • 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:

  • Wish to acquire basic BSL skills for the purpose of holding simple communication with Deaf people, including by family, friends and colleagues;
  • Need to acquire BSL skills as part of a programme of study or professional development;
  • Are studying for personal development with a view to future employment     

No previous experience of BSL is required for entry to this course

What do I need to bring?

  • A pen to fill in the enrolment forms.
  • Bring a Ring Binder Folder to collect the handouts.
  • Handouts will be provided.

Are there any additional costs?

The assessments fee is £75 for all 3 units.

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

Feedback will be given, both verbally and by the evaluation of completed tasks & projects.  You will receive verbal feedback on the results of your practical exercises.

There is no formal exam, although there is continual evaluation throughout the course.

Towards the end of each session you will use a DerbyLearn forum to record what you have done in class and comment on how you think you got on.  Before the next session your tutor will reply with their feedback.  This is a very good method of recording your own progress, reflecting on the session and a great way to receive motivation from your tutor.

Can I have help in the class?

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!

Progression within DALS

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

On completion of this course, you could progress to:


  • Level 1 Award  BSL
  • Level 2 Certificate BSL

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

Village Learning Centre


Browning Street, Derby, DE23 8DN


Ample Car Parking
Ample Cycle Parking



Disability Support:

Disabled Access to Ground Floor only
Disabled Toilets
Disabled Parking available
Loop System


Limited Facilities
Drinks Machine


Crèche Unavailable


From the city centre, take A5250 road (Burton Rd),go along to the main crossroads with A5111 (Ring Road), turn left on A5111 Warwick Ave, take 2nd exit (straight over) at roundabout, continue and then take 1st right onto Village St and then we are on the left hand side next to Village Primary School. 01332 711371

Bus Routes:

Arriva No. 7 from the bus station and Arriva No. 5 and 5A from Babington Lane

Enrolment Information

In Person

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

Enrolment Centre:

Village Learning Centre

Opening Times:

We are open: * Monday - Friday 9am to 4pm * Monday, Tuesday & Thursday 6pm to 9pm (Term time only)


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01332 711371


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