BSL Signature Level 1 Award

The course will enable you to communicate with Deaf People using British Sign Language and finger spelling. Learners who pass all 3 Units will achieve the Signature Level 1 Certificate in British Sign Language.

Course Content

There are 3 Units: Introduction to BSL, Conversational BSL and BSL at School, College or Work. Teaching and Learning activities: demonstration, role-play, video, pair/group work, story building exercises. Communication throughout the course is without voice.

Safety Information
We want to keep you safe while you are at RHACC and as such all on-site classes will have additional hygiene procedures in place, as per government guidelines. Please note that if guidance changes, we may need to make changes to your course, such as reducing numbers attending onsite, or in the event of lockdown, postponing or moving the course online. Please act responsibly and do not attend the class if you display any of the symptoms of Covid-19 or have been in recent contact with someone who has. Please see government advice here.

Entry Requirements

To be eligible for this course you must be 19 or over on 31st August prior to the course start date.

Students who wish to enrol on the course must have completed an Introduction to British Sign Language (minimum 12 weeks).

First Class Requirements

Pen and Paper

Attendance Requirements

Regular attendance is advisable as if you miss a class, you may miss important new signs

Assessment Methods

Homework and monitoring progress in class

Please note that, as part of their assessment for the qualifications, all learners will have to be filmed.

Further Study Options

other programmes include Certificate in Deaf and Deaf Blind Awareness Open College Bridging Course recommended British Sign Language Level 2 intensive Related Employment: Sign Language Interpreters, Communication Support Workers, Learning Support Assistants, Care Workers. Please cosult with your tutor

Additional Information

This government funded/co-funded course leads to the BSL Signature level 1 qualification. The different units are examined at different points during the academic year and are marked externally by Signature examiners. Please note that any appeals against grades awarded for the units need to be addressed to Signature via the college’s examinations officer and will incur an additional charge


Remote Learning:
Some of our courses are now delivered through remote learning, including video conferencing (using Microsoft Teams, Zoom, Skype) and email contact with your tutor.

If your course is indicated as an ONLINE COURSE, you will need either a PC (with a camera and microphone), laptop, tablet, smartphone and access to the internet to be able to join the lessons. Lessons will run at the published time – so be ready and set up to join in.

We hope you will enjoy this new approach to learning – many of our learners have commented on how they are enjoying the classes and have improved their IT and digital skills in the process.

Please don't worry if some of this is new to you - you are not alone! See here for guidance on how to use our simple software. If you are experiencing any problems with connection or installing software for your online class please contact our eLearning support team via the Student Intranet Portal: We are here to help you.