British Sign Language

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This course is designed for beginners and will teach learners to communicate with deaf people on a range of general topics. You will be taught by a professional Deaf Tutor in a friendly and supportive environment.

This course leads to a qualification* that is divided into three units, each of which can be achieved separately. The Entry units (no previous knowledge required) are as follows: Institute of British Sign Language (iBSL) Level 1 Award in British Sign Language Studies.

Qualification Aims

This qualification aims to enable learners to develop suitable and sufficient skills to
communicate with Deaf people in British Sign Language (BSL) on everyday topics in accordance with the National Language Standards at Level 1.

Courses & Qualification Structure

The qualification is divided into three courses/units as follows:
Level 1 - Part 1: iBSL1A2: Descriptive Skills in BSL
Level 1 - Part 2: iBSL1A3: Conversational Skills in BSL
Level 1 - Part 3: iBSL1A1: Receptive Skills in BSL

*This qualification is optional and can be achieved by undertaking iBSL's (the awarding body) assessment (the exam fees for all three Entry Units are £32 each).


For this course Languages@Leicester is working in partnership with The lead Tutor for these courses is Frank Sly. He has been teaching BSL and deaf awareness for over 25 years and has been an assessor and moderator for CACDP/Signature for the best part of two decades. Frank has a special interest in maintaining excellence in teaching standards in BSL and holds the PTLLS and CAVA qualifications.


Levels offered: British Sign Language

Institute of British Sign Language

iBSL 'Level 1 Award' - Part 1 (Unit 1A2)

You have little or no prior knowledge of British Sign Language.

iBSL 'Level 1 Award' - Part 2 (Unit 1A3)

You have completed the 'Level 1 Award - Part 1' and you would like to continue learning British Sign Language.

iBSL 'Level 1 Award' - Part 3 (Unit 1A1)

You have completed the 'Level 1 Award - Part 2' and you would like to continue learning British Sign Language.


BSL Summer School - 2-week Intensive course: 'Full Level 1 Award' Units 101, 102 & 103

You have little or no prior knowledge of British Sign Language.

Not sure which level you want? Please contact us.


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2018-2019 Term Dates

Classes run during the University terms and take place during evenings, afternoons and Saturdays:

Term 1: Autumn term (10 weeks)

Monday 8 October – Saturday 15 December 2018

Term 2: Spring term (10 weeks)

Monday 21 January – Saturday 30 March 2019

Term 3: Summer term (10 weeks)

Monday 29 April – Saturday 6 July 2018

Summer School (2 intensive weeks)

Monday 10 – Friday 21 June 2019