Level 1, Part Time

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iBS Level 1 Award in British Sign Language is designed to enable students to communicate with deaf people in British Sign Language (BSL). A range of topics are studied that involve simple, everyday language use. It provides an introduction to BSL and is suitable for all students.

Course details

Topics and Content: Mandatory

  • Meeting people (identifying common courtesies and information, understanding simple question forms, and the fingerspelling names & places)
  • Work, school and/or college (identifying types of work or educational institutions, occupations or courses being learnt, length of time worked or number of years in school/college, eg. final year)
  • Using numbers (use of local numbering systems for counting people, things, telling the time, age and currency variants)
  • Weather (identifying comments about the weather and seasonal variants)
  • Instructions and Directions (being able to understand instructions and directions of what to do/where to go/how to do something)
  • Opinions and Ideas (understanding the difference between facts and ideas/opinions in simple descriptions or statements)
  • Use of simple linking conventions and prepositions (i.e. use of sign structures linking words and phrases)
  • Signing Structure (understanding placement, use of verbs & phrases, non-manual features, sign order, handshapes, direction, orientation)
Entry guidelines

Communication skills - You will need to be able to follow instruction and work as part of a group. Literacy - Ability to sign and finger spelling. Numeracy - Basic numeracy skills including money, age, time and calendar.

If English is not your first language, you may need an assessment before enrolling on this course. To discuss further, please contact the ESOL department on 0151 551 7144.

Additional Information

The course requires you to attend on a regular basis, concentration is required to practise signs during home study. The course is aimed at the complete beginner.

Where can I progress to?

iBSL Level 2 Certificate in British Sign Language.

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When does this course run?

For advice and guidance, please contact Student Services on 0151 551 7777 or call into our Conway Park Campus Monday to Friday from 10am to 4pm (all year round) and Wednesdays and Thursdays 10am-6.30pm (term time only).