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BSL : British Sign Language

Level 1 Award in British Sign Language | Awarded by Signature | Ofqual Regulated | Assessment Included | Tutor Support

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Study method
64 hours · Self-paced
Access to content
365 days
Level 1 Award in British Sign Language (RQF)
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  • Exam(s) / assessment(s) is included in price
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Level 1 Award in British Sign Language (BSL)

The Ofqual regulated Level 1 – Award in British Sign Language (BSL) awarded by Signature UK is a perfect course to help learners recognise and use finger spelling techniques. Signature is the leading awarding body for deaf communications qualifications in the UK. The BSL covers a wide range of topics that involves everyday language used to help deaf people improve basic skills and live confidently.

BSL is a visual-gestural language, with its own grammar and principles, which are completely different from the grammatical structure of English.

Level 1 – Award in British Sign Language is designed according to the UK’s Occupational Language Standards 2010.

The course covers BSL basics, conversational BSL, and communicating using BSL in everyday life. Learners can meet, greet and perform basic communication tasks while meeting other people. At the end of the course, learners can communicate a range of directions and mingle with unfamiliar people without hesitation.


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The course will:

  • Assist the learner to initiate and conclude basic conversations with BSL
  • Prepare the learner to practice a range of vocabulary using BSL
  • Help learners become proficient in BSL

According to Signature UK, there are more than 150,000 hearing impaired people using the British Sign Language

Why Choose Global Edulink?

Global Edulink (GEL) is the fastest growing online education providing organisation based in the UK that offers thousands of vocational training and personal development courses and diplomas to help individuals grow and shine. We provide learners the most experienced and competent tutors along with amazing support to maximise their learning. Choosing GEL as your learning partner will help you maximise your return on investment (ROI) and equip you with the latest techniques to apply knowledge in the practical world.

GEL has won several quality awards over the years. Enrolling into this course will benefit BSL learners in manifold ways:

  • Experienced and senior tutor attributed by Signature
  • Signature approved training centre
  • Signature approved course contents
  • Ample practical examples
  • Engaging video training
  • High-quality study materials
  • Unlimited tutor support
  • Flexible payment methods and no hidden costs
  • 24-hour online support
  • Endless career opportunities


Level 1 Award in British Sign Language (RQF)

Awarded by Signature
Regulated by Ofqual

Course media


  • Award in British Sign Language (BSL) - Level 1 -


Learning Outcomes

  • To help learners improve communication by using sign language
  • To provide great opportunities to help you grow skills and knowledge of signing and conversation
  • To help people deaf since childhood use sign language effectively
  • To help the aging population to cope with their hearing loss
  • To save deaf people from social isolation and exclusion
  • To encourage the widespread use of British Sign Language
  • To enable deaf people, pursue successful careers
  • To allow learners follow simple statements or descriptions in BSL


➽Module 01 : Introduction to British Sign Language

  • Greeting People
  • Fingerspelling
  • Fingerspelling Tips
  • Fingerspelling Practice
  • Names
  • Places
  • Questions
  • Numbers
  • Age
  • Time
  • How Long?
  • Money
  • Dates
  • Weather
  • Describing Weather
  • Transport
  • Transport Places
  • Simple Directions
  • Directions Indoors
  • Signing Tips

➽Module 02 : Conversational British Sign Language

  • Introduction
  • Family
  • Family Conversation
  • Colours
  • Describing People
  • Describing People Conversation
  • Clothes
  • Dressing for Occasions
  • Clothes Conversation
  • Describing Clothing
  • Pets
  • Pets Conversation
  • Homes
  • Rooms
  • Objects
  • Placement and Objects – Living Room
  • Placement and Objects – Bedroom
  • Placement and Objects – Kitchen
  • Placement and Objects – Bathroom
  • Describing Rooms Conversation
  • Daily Meals
  • Basic Food
  • Menus
  • Restaurants
  • Takeaways
  • Food and Drink Conversation
  • Everyday Activities
  • Everyday Activities Conversation
  • Hobbies
  • Sports
  • Hobbies Conversation
  • Weekend Plans
  • British Sign Language Grammar
  • British Sign Language Order

➽Module 03 : Communicate in British Sign Language about Everyday Life

  • Directions Outside
  • Describing Buildings
  • Describing Modern Buildings
  • Describing an Old Building
  • Places and Shops
  • COVID Vocabulary
  • Social Media
  • Work Vocabulary
  • Office Jobs
  • Medical Jobs
  • Trade Jobs
  • Public Service Jobs
  • Design Jobs
  • Hospitality Jobs
  • What’s their Job?
  • School Vocabulary
  • Describing your Boss and Workplace
  • Talking About the Weather
  • Weather and Activities
  • Large Numbers
  • Calendar
  • Fingerspelling Practice
  • Handshape Practice
  • Work Story
  • Weather Story
  • Travel Story
  • Out for a Meal Conversation

Method of Assessment

Each module is assessed according to learning outcomes. Learners must provide proof of skill level or competence to meet all the learning outcomes for each required unit. Teachers will create activities to cover all the learning outcomes which will become a part of learners’ e Candidate Assessment Record (CAR).


Once you complete the course assessment and all modules, you will receive a certificate in Level 1 Award in British Sign Language.

Awarding Body

Millions of people worldwide use sign language to communicate successfully with their friends and peers. Signature is the leading awarding organisation in the United Kingdom to certify your ‘hearing impaired qualifications’. The organisation has been autonomously operating since 1982 and promoted British Sign Language to help more than 460,000 learners worldwide.

The organisation focuses on providing deaf communication qualifications to help individuals build fruitful careers. Signature is a charitable organisation that creates quality qualifications accredited by The Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation (Ofqual). In 2019, Signature was also ranked highest as the ‘Awarding Organisation of the Year’.

Access Duration

You will have 12 months access to your online learning portal from the date you join the course. The course is self-paced; you can complete it in stages by revisiting lectures at your own schedule.

About the Tutor

Mario Costi is a British Sign Language Tutor in the United Kingdom. Mario has experience working as a deaf Presenter at ITV SignPost presenting Sports News for the channel. He was a BSL Teacher at City Lit and Frank Barns School for Deaf Children. He has a wealth of skills and knowledge in British Sign Language training and enjoys teaching students this course. Mario is deaf and passionate about educating students to be culturally aware, empowering deaf people, and building a good rapport with his learners.

Progression Routes

Upon completion of the Signature Level 1 Award in British Sign Language, the learners can further expand qualifications by following a wide range of courses, including:

  • Signature Level 2 Certificate in British Sign Language
  • Signature Level 3 Certificate in British Sign Language


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's)

1) Question: What is the importance of British Sign Language?

Answer: British Sign Language is for everyone. Improve your communication skills, cognition, problem-solving skills, and academic advantage. Learning sign language will open many doors, enhance your job opportunities, and bring value to your resume.

2) Question: Is the tutor qualified?

Answer: Marios Costi is a British Sign Language tutor who has a wealth of knowledge and expertise in British Sign Language training. He has been a BSL Teacher and Deaf Presenter for ITV Signpost.

3) Question: Can anyone take the course?

Answer: The course is for everyone. There are no formal pre-requisites except to have an interest for learning British Sign Language.

4) Question: How long do I have access to the course material?

Answer: You will have access to the course material 24/7, 365 days upon the purchase of the course. You are given complete access to the learning platform for 12 months, however, you can complete the course in a shorter period.

5) Question: What about career progression after the completion of the course?

Answer: The BSL qualification is supported by over 500 centres in the United Kingdom from schools, academics, and higher education establishments. Learners can progress to the Level 2 and Level 3 British Sign Language Certificates. The qualification has the potential to open up exciting employment opportunities across a wide spectrum.



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Who is this course for?

  • To master BSL to effectively communicate with others
  • To master new sign language skills
  • To get ahead in their careers despite hearing loss
  • To study sign language for training others
  • To learn sign language for personal growth


  • The Level 1 - Award in British Sign Language is suitable for people of ALL ages.
  • You can learn BSL even if you are 16 or younger

Career path

  • Special Education Teacher - £46,000 (Approximately)
  • British Sign Language Teacher - £50,000 (Approximately)
  • Speech Language Pathologist - £60,000 (Approximately)
  • Sign Language Interpreter - £45,000 (Approximately)

Questions and answers


Certificate of completion

Hard copy certificate - Included

  • Upon successful completion of ALL 3 units (MODULES) the learner will receive the original printed certificate (Hardcopy Certificate) - NO ADDITIONAL FEES!


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