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British Sign Language Level 1 Award

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Key Info

Learning Area   Children, Schools & Families
Delivery Mode   Part-time
Duration   32 Weeks
Course Code   10482-CAM-22,10658-STA-22

Dates & Locations

Course Type   Adult
Location   Cornwall College Camborne
Start Date   14/09/2022
Day/Time   Wednesday, 18:00-20:00
Fees   Tuition Fees: £400.00

Course Type   Adult
Location   Cornwall College St Austell
Start Date   13/09/2022
Day/Time   Tuesday, 18:00-20:00
Fees   Tuition Fees: £400.00

This Level 1 Award 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.

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

Level 1 Award in British Sign Language is suitable for those who:
* want to learn basic language skills to communicate simple conversations with Deaf people
* want to learn new language skills as part of a programme of study
* want to progress to more advanced study and/or employment using BSL in the future
* are studying for personal development
* are parents, family, friends or colleagues of Deaf people.

This is an evening course and normally runs one evening a week from 6.00pm to 8.00pm for 32 weeks.

  What You Will Learn

At the end of the qualification, learners will be able to:

* understand and use a limited range of simple words and sentences in BSL
* take part in simple, everyday conversations in BSL
* give and follow simple directions or instructions in BSL
* give and follow simple familiar statements or descriptions in BSL

The qualification is divided into three units, each of which can be achieved separately. Learners who are new to BSL should cover BSL101 first, as units BSL102 and BSL103 build on this knowledge. Units BSL102 and BSL103 can be taken in any order.

To achieve the full Level 1 Award in British Sign Language, candidates must pass all units.

  Entry Requirements

BSL competence standards include requirements for candidates to have sufficient sight, manual dexterity, facial and body movement to produce and receive BSL. Level 1 Award in British Sign Language can be taken without any previous BSL experience at any level. This course is aimed at 19+ students.


On completion of Signature Level 1 Award in British Sign Language you can progress on to Signature Level 2 Certificate in British Sign Language.




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