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Signature Level 1 Award in British Sign Language (BSL)

Course Title:

Signature Level 1 Award in British Sign Language (BSL)

Course Number:

LRMV L40100


Village Learning Centre

Learning Area:



Level 1


Rachel Shaw

Start Date:

19 September 2019

End Date:

21 May 2020

Session Time(s):

Thursday between 18:00 and 20:30

Total Sessions:


Total Hours:


Class Size:

Between 8 and 13 learners.


NOTE: This course has already started.

Course Information

Signature Level 1 Award in British Sign Language (LRMV L40100)

What will I be learning?

This qualification is designed to teach learners to communicate with Deaf people in British Sign Language (BSL) on a range of topics that involve simple, everyday language use. They will gain basic skills and confidence in production and reception of BSL. There will be 65 guided learning hours in the classroom.

The qualification specification has been designed using the UK Occupational Language Standards 2010 at Level 1

Does the course lead to a qualification?

Yes, after successful completion of three units.

BSL 101  Introduction to BSL

BSL 102  Conversational BSL

BSL  103  Communicate in BSL about Everyday Life.

The tutor reserves the right to determine whether the candidate has reached competency standards which includes having sufficient sight, manual dexterity, facial and body movement to produce and receive BSL.

Who is the course for?

Level 1 Award in British Sign Language can be taken without any previous BSL experience. This qualification allows learners to gain basic skills and confidence in understanding BSL as well as producing it.

What do I need to bring?

Paper and pen

Are there any additional costs?

Yes. There are assessment fees for the three units which are payable in Term 1.

£22 + £37 + £37 = £96 in total

Exam dates in 2019/2020 are as follows:-

101 unit on Thursday 24th October 2019 at 6pm

102 unit on Thursday 19th March 2020 at 6pm

103 unit on Thursday 7th May 2020 at 6pm

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

You will receive ongoing feedback from your tutor and peers.  An Individual Learning Progress Log will be completed at the end of each session.

Can I have help in the class?

Learner Support

If you need support to learn, for example, a support worker with BSL skills, a volunteer with BSL skills, 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

DerbyLearn2  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!

On completion of this course, you could progress to:

Study BSL at Level 2 within DALS

Then study BSL Level 3 up to Level 6 and train to become an interpreter.

Health and Wellbeing

The slogan you see on our brochures and leaflets is:
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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 Liz Zowada on 01332 642309 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

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

Enrolment Centre:

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We are open: * Monday - Friday 9am to 4pm * Wednesday & Thursday 6pm to 9pm (Term time only) * Saturday 9.30am to 12.30pm (Term time only)


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