Skills for Life & Work

Introduction to Signed Communication - Z061

Conway Park Part Time Level 1

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This is a 14 week introduction to the range of signed communication used around the UK with the main focus on BSL. At the end of the course students will be able to sit a Deaf Awareness exam, which is highly valued by employers. On completion of this course students can decide to go on to complete the Level 1 BSL qualification.

Course Details
  • Different forms of signing including Makaton and regional variations
  • Signing Structure (understanding placement, use of verbs & phrases, non-manual features, sign order, handshapes, direction, orientation)
  • The range of people who use BSL and how they acquire BSL, i.e through Deaf families or membership of deaf communities including schools
  • The range of people who use other methods of communication in preference to BSL
  • Know how a deaf person's language and cultural background affects communication
  • Understand why deaf people who use BSL may identify themselves as a minority group
  • Awareness of the issues around the deaf community
  • Meeting people (identifying common courtesies and information, understanding simple question forms, and the fingerspelling names & places)
  • Using numbers (use of local numbering systems for counting people, things, telling the time, age and currency variants)
Entry Guidelines

Relevant Entry Level qualification or 3GCSEs at Grade 2/E or above.

Satisfactory interview, assessment, school report and/or satisfactory reference.

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.

Assessment Method

End of course assessment

Deaf Awareness Test

Where can I progress to?

You can progress immediately to the L1 BSL Award, starting in January and lasting until June. Following this we offer BSL at Levels 2, 3, 4 and 6.

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Starting 5th September 2019 - Ending - 12th December 2019REF Z061L003

If you are aged 19 or over:

Fee : £75.00

Please see our fees & discounts leaflet.

This course is FREE if you are aged 19+, unemployed/in receipt of eligible benefits or in work earning less than £17,550 annual gross salary (or £9/hour), and you do not have a level 3 qualification. Please see our Fees and Discounts leaflet for details, or call 0151 551 7777.

The fee quoted is for the academic year 2020-21.

Planned Timetable

Day Times Campus
Thursday 18:00 — 21:00 Conway Park

For advice and guidance, please contact Student Services on 0151 551 7777 or call into our Conway Park Campus. Open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 11 to 4pm and Wednesdays 4 to 6.30pm (term time only).


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