BSL Beginners Summer School (Level 1)

BSL-iconThis British Sign Language Intensive Summer School is intended for learners with no prior knowledge of BSL (or so little that you effectively want to start again from scratch). You will learn basic skills to enable you to make yourself understood and to find out information in everyday situations.

The BSL Summer School covers the full BSL Beginners level, which comprises three Units 101, 102 and 103.

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.

Entry level

No previous knowledge of BSL is required. Although it would be beneficial, the course is suitable for absolute beginners..


This Intensive Summer course will run for two weeks commencing on Monday 18th June and ending on Friday 29th June 2018. Lessons will take place mornings and afternoons, both followed by Supported Independent Learning sessions and Oral & Listening sessions.


Course Fee + accommodation*

● £315 Course only (60 guided learning hours)

This course will be taught in a small group: Minimum 6 and maximum 12 students.

Includes all tuition, access to VLE (virtual learning environment), handouts and any tests/exams, but not textbook.

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The deadline to register is Friday 15th June 2018. For more information on this course please contact us: (subject: "Intensive summer course BSL") / 0116 252 2662.

Exam fee

If you wish to gain formal accreditation (BSL Qualification Specification) for this course you can take the 'Level 1 Award in British Sign Language' (BSL Units 101, 102 & 103) exams awarded by Signature, for which there is an additional fee of £90 - as described below (see the Signature BSL's Fees Booklet 2017/18).

BSL Exams and Accreditation fees for the 3 Units is £ 90
● BSL Unit 101 fee £ 25
● BSL Unit 102 fee £ 35
● BSL Unit 103 fee £ 35

Notice that registration to take these Signature exams to gain accreditation, which is optional, must be done by Monday 11th June. This can be done at the point of enrolment or later, by following this link.

Course content - BSL level 1

Qualification aim

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.

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

Qualification structure

The qualification is divided into three units, each of which can be achieved separately. Learners who are new to BSL should cover 101 first, as units 102 and 103 build on this knowledge. Units 102 and 103 can be taken in any order.

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

Signature Unit CodeUnit title
BSL101 Introduction to BSL
BSL102 Conversational BSL
BSL103 Communicate in BSL about Everyday Life


The full Qualification Specification can be found following this link. This document provides information about the content, learning outcomes and the assessment criteria for the full Level 1.

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Drop-in sessions

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