Level 1 Award in British Sign Language (BSL)

Access Duration - 365 Days
Awarded By  'Signature' Awarded By 'Signature'
Guided Learning Hour 64 Guided Learning Hours (64)
12 Credits Total Qualification Time (90 Hours)
Course Material Course Materialr Course Material
Number of Modules 03 Number of Modules 03
Qualification Number Qualification Number 500/6070/3
Assessment Included Assessment Included
Ofqual Regulated Qualification
Self-study Online
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What Will I Learn?

To help learners improve communication by using sign language
To provide great opportunities to help you grow skills and knowledge of signing and conversation
To help people deaf since childhood use sign language effectively
To help the aging population to cope with their hearing loss


The Ofqual regulated Level 1 – Award in British Sign Language (BSL) awarded by Signature UK is a perfect course to help learners recognise and use finger spelling techniques. Signature is the leading awarding body for deaf communications qualifications in the UK. The BSL covers a wide range of topics that involves everyday language used to help deaf people improve basic skills and live confidently.

BSL is a visual-gestural language, with its own grammar and principles, which are completely different from the grammatical structure of English.

Level 1 – Award in British Sign Language is designed according to the UK’s Occupational Language Standards 2010. The course covers BSL basics, conversational BSL, and communicating using BSL in everyday life. Learners can meet, greet and perform basic communication tasks while meeting other people. At the end of the course, learners can communicate a range of directions and mingle with unfamiliar people without hesitation.

The course will:

  • Assist the learner to initiate and conclude basic conversations with BSL
  • Prepare the learner to practice a range of vocabulary using BSL
  • Help learners become proficient in BSL

According to Signature UK, there are more than 150,000 hearing impaired people using the British Sign Language.

Why Choose Global Edulink?

Global Edulink GEL is the fastest growing online education providing organisation based in the UK that offers thousands of vocational training and personal development courses and diplomas to help individuals grow and shine.  We provide learners the most experienced and competent tutors along with amazing support to maximise their learning. Choosing GEL as your learning partner will help you maximise your return on investment (ROI) and equip you with the latest techniques to apply knowledge in the practical world.

GEL has won several quality awards over the years. Enrolling into this course will benefit BSL learners in manifold ways:

  • Experienced and senior tutor attributed by Signature
  • Signature approved training centre
  • Signature approved course contents
  • Ample practical examples
  • Engaging video training
  • High-quality study materials
  • Tutor Support Available
  • Flexible payment methods and no hidden costs
  • 24-hour online support
  • Endless career opportunities
  • About the tutor
  • Awarding body
  • Learning outcomes
  • Course pre-requisites
  • Assessment method
  • Certification
  • Access duration
  • Course highlights
  • Who is this course for?
  • Career progression
  • What's next?

Marios Costi is a British Sign Language Tutor in the United Kingdom. Marios has experience working as a deaf Presenter at ITV SignPost presenting Sports News for the channel. He was a BSL Teacher at City Lit and Frank Barns School for Deaf Children. He has a wealth of skills and knowledge in British Sign Language training and enjoys teaching students this course. Marios is deaf and passionate about educating students to be culturally aware, empowering deaf people, and building a good rapport with his learners.

Millions of people worldwide use sign language to communicate successfully with their friends and peers. Signature is the leading awarding organisation in the United Kingdom to certify your ‘hearing impaired qualifications’. The organisation has been autonomously operating since 1982 and promoted British Sign Language to help more than 460,000 learners worldwide.

The organisation focuses on providing deaf communication qualifications to help individuals build fruitful careers. Signature is a charitable organisation that creates quality qualifications accredited by The Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation (Ofqual). In 2019, Signature was also ranked highest as the ‘Awarding Organisation of the Year’.

  • To help learners improve communication by using sign language
  • To provide great opportunities to help you grow skills and knowledge of signing and conversation
  • To help people deaf since childhood use sign language effectively
  • To help the aging population to cope with their hearing loss
  • To save deaf people from social isolation and exclusion
  • To encourage the widespread use of British Sign Language
  • To enable deaf people, pursue successful careers
  • To allow learners follow simple statements or descriptions in BSL
  • The Level 1 - Award in British Sign Language is suitable for people of ALL ages.
  • You can learn BSL even if you are 16 or younger

Each module is assessed according to learning outcomes. Learners must provide proof of skill level or competence to meet all the learning outcomes for each required unit.   Teachers will create activities to cover all the learning outcomes which will become a part of learners’ e Candidate Assessment Record (CAR).

Once you complete the course assessment and all modules, you will receive a certificate in Level 1 Award in British Sign Language.

You will have 12 months access to your online learning portal from the date you join the course. The course is self-paced; you can complete it in stages by revisiting lectures at your own schedule.

  • Qualification Type: Level 1 Qualification by ‘Signature’
  • Course Title: Award in British Sign Language (BSL)
  • Level: Level 1
  • Accreditation Status: Accredited
  • Guided Learning Hours: 64
  • Additional Study Hours: 26
  • Total Qualification Time: 90
  • Availability: UK & International
The qualification is suitable for those looking,
  • To master BSL to effectively communicate with others
  • To master new sign language skills
  • To get ahead in their careers despite hearing loss
  • To study sign language for training others
  • To learn sign language for personal growth

Once you successfully qualify for the British Sign Language Level 1 Award, learners can confidently communicate with deaf people in BSL. The qualification is supported by over 500 centres in the United Kingdom from schools, academics, and higher education establishments. Your skills will give you a generous-paying job, plenty of benefits, and a wide array of opportunities.

Given below are job titles you can compete for, along with the average UK salary per annum (approximately) according to https://www.glassdoor.com.

  • Special Education Teacher - £46,000 (Approximately)
  • British Sign Language Teacher - £50,000 (Approximately)
  • Speech Language Pathologist - £60,000 (Approximately)
  • Sign Language Interpreter - £45,000 (Approximately)

On completion of the Level 1 Award in British Sign Language by Signature, you can pursue a successful career in myriad sectors and industries by overcoming your weaknesses. You can further enhance your knowledge level by enrolling in the following qualifications:

  • Signature Level 2 Certificate in British Sign Language
  • Signature Level 3 Certificate in British Sign Language

Sneak Peek

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Getting Started
Tutor Introduction 00:05:00
Introduction to BSL – Level 1
Qualification Specification
Chapter Summary
Awarding Body Registration
Awarding Body Registration – British Sign Language (BSL)
BSL101 – Introduction to British Sign Language (RQF Unit Number: F/502/4513)
Chapter 1.1 – Greeting People 00:05:00
Chapter 1.2 – Fingerspelling 00:04:00
Chapter 1.3 – Fingerspelling Tips 00:02:00
Chapter 1.4 – Fingerspelling Practice 00:03:00
Chapter 1.5 – Names 00:03:00
Chapter 1.6 – Places 00:06:00
Chapter 1.7 – Questions 00:03:00
Chapter 1 – Lecture Notes
Chapter 2.1 – Numbers 00:08:00
Chapter 2.2 – Age 00:03:00
Chapter 2.3 – Time 00:04:00
Chapter 2.4 – How Long? 00:02:00
Chapter 2.5 – Money 00:03:00
Chapter 2.6 – Dates 00:08:00
Chapter 2 – Lecture Notes
Chapter 3.1 – Weather 00:02:00
Chapter 3.2 – Describing Weather 00:07:00
Chapter 3 – Lecture Notes
Chapter 4.1 – Transport 00:08:00
Chapter 4.2 – Transport Places 00:01:00
Chapter 4.3 – Simple Directions 00:01:00
Chapter 4.4 – Directions Indoors 00:06:00
Chapter 4 – Lecture Notes
Chapter 5.1 – Signing Tips 00:01:00
Chapter 5.2 – Practice and Homework 00:04:00
Chapter 5 – Lecture Notes
BSL101 – Assessment Information 00:02:00
BSL101 – Example Assessment 00:10:00
BSL101 – Assessment Information Notes
Online Assessment Ground Rules 00:03:00
How to Book Your Assessment 00:02:00
BSL102 – Conversational British Sign Language (RQF Unit Number: J/504/0762)
Introduction 00:01:00
Chapter 1.1 – Family 00:10:00
Chapter 1.2 – Family Conversation 00:09:00
Chapter 1.3 – Colours 00:03:00
Chapter 1.4 – Describing People 00:10:00
Chapter 1.5 – Describing People Conversation 00:08:00
Chapter 1.6 – Clothes 00:09:00
Chapter 1.7 – Dressing for Occasions 00:11:00
Chapter 1.8 – Clothes Conversation 00:07:00
Chapter 1.9 – Describing Clothing 00:01:00
Chapter 1.10 – Pets 00:09:00
Chapter 1.11 – Pets Conversation 00:08:00
Chapter 1.12 – Homes 00:02:00
Chapter 1.13 – Rooms 00:02:00
Chapter 1.14 – Objects 00:08:00
Chapter 1.15 – Placement and Objects – Living Room 00:05:00
Chapter 1.16 – Placement and Objects – Bedroom 00:04:00
Chapter 1.17 – Placement and Objects – Kitchen 00:05:00
Chapter 1.18 – Placement and Objects – Bathroom 00:04:00
Chapter 1.19 – Describing Rooms Conversation 00:08:00
Chapter 1 – Lecture Notes
Chapter 2.1 – Daily Meals 00:18:00
Chapter 2.2 – Basic Food 00:12:00
Chapter 2.3 – Menus 00:08:00
Chapter 2.4 – Restaurants 00:02:00
Chapter 2.5 – Takeaways 00:02:00
Chapter 2.6 – Food and Drink Conversation 00:07:00
Chapter 2 – Lecture Notes
Chapter 3.1 – Everyday Activities 00:11:00
Chapter 3.2 – Everyday Activities Conversation 00:09:00
Chapter 3.3 – Hobbies 00:10:00
Chapter 3.4 – Sports 00:05:00
Chapter 3.5 – Hobbies Conversation 00:08:00
Chapter 3.6 – Weekend Plans 00:03:00
Chapter 3 – Lecture Notes
Chapter 4.1 – British Sign Language Grammar 00:04:00
Chapter 4.2 – British Sign Language Order 00:03:00
Chapter 4 – Lecture Notes
BSL102 – Assessment Information 00:02:00
BSL102 – Example Assessment 00:06:00
BSL102 – Assessment Information Notes
Online Assessment Ground Rules 00:03:00
How to Book Your Assessment 00:02:00
BSL103 – Communicate in British Sign Language about Everyday Life (RQF Unit Number: F/504/0761)
Introduction 00:01:00
Chapter 1.1 – Directions Outside 00:07:00
Chapter 1.2 – Describing Buildings 00:03:00
Chapter 1.3 – Describing Modern Buildings 00:04:00
Chapter 1.4 – Describing an Old Building 00:01:00
Chapter 1.5 – Places and Shops 00:05:00
Chapter 1.6 – COVID Vocabulary 00:06:00
Chapter 1.7 – Social Media 00:03:00
Chapter 1.8 – Work Vocabulary 00:06:00
Chapter 1 – Lecture Notes
Chapter 2.1 – Office Jobs 00:02:00
Chapter 2.2 – Medical Jobs 00:02:00
Chapter 2.3 – Trade Jobs 00:02:00
Chapter 2.4 – Public Service Jobs 00:02:00
Chapter 2.5 – Design Jobs 00:02:00
Chapter 2.6 – Hospitality Jobs 00:01:00
Chapter 2.7 – What’s their Job? 00:03:00
Chapter 2.8 – School Vocabulary 00:08:00
Chapter 2.9 – Describing your Boss and Workplace 00:05:00
Chapter 2 – Lecture Notes
Chapter 3.1 – Talking About the Weather 00:03:00
Chapter 3.2 – Weather and Activities 00:05:00
Chapter 3 – Lecture Notes
Chapter 4.1 – Large Numbers 00:07:00
Chapter 4.2 – Calendar 00:06:00
Chapter 4 – Lecture Notes
Chapter 5.1 – Fingerspelling Practice 00:04:00
Chapter 5.2 – Handshape Practice 00:05:00
Chapter 5.3 – Work Story 00:03:00
Chapter 5.4 – Weather Story 00:03:00
Chapter 5.5 – Travel Story 00:03:00
Chapter 5.6 – Out for a Meal Conversation 00:05:00
Chapter 5 – Lecture Notes
BSL103 – Assessment Information 00:02:00
BSL103 – Example Assessment 00:06:00
BSL103 – Assessment Information Notes
Online Assessment Ground Rules 00:03:00
How to Book Your Assessment 00:02:00
Conclusion 00:01:00


A. British Sign Language is for everyone. Improve your communication skills, cognition, problem-solving skills, and academic advantage. Learning sign language will open many doors, enhance your job opportunities, and bring value to your resume.
A. While this depends on which country you are in, British Sign Language is similar to spoken languages and each country has its own sign language. There are differences in sign languages used in different countries, however, there are some similarities in the Australian and New Zealand sign languages because of existing historical links.
A. The course has 3 main units, and in order for the learner to be qualified, they must complete all 3 assessments after each unit. To enable the learner to be better prepared for the final assessments, the tutor has recorded sample assessments for each unit similar to a demo for the learner to have a better understanding of what they might say/not say or do/not do.
A. Marios Costi is a British Sign Language tutor who has a wealth of knowledge and expertise in British Sign Language training. He has been a BSL Teacher and Deaf Presenter for ITV Signpost.
A. Yes, there is a demo of the course available which can be freely accessed and a brochure which can be downloaded on the course page for further reference.
A. The course is for everyone. There are no formal pre-requisites except to have an interest for learning British Sign Language.
A. The BSL qualification is supported by over 500 centres in the United Kingdom from schools, academics, and higher education establishments. Learners can progress to the Level 2 and Level 3 British Sign Language Certificates. The qualification has the potential to open up exciting employment opportunities across a wide spectrum.
A. Use the chat on the course page that will connect you to qualified or experienced support staff. You can also call or email at info@globaledulink.co.uk.
A. You will have access to the course material 24/7, 365 days upon the purchase of the course. You are given complete access to the learning platform for 12 months, however, you can complete the course in a shorter period.

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    Brynn Dean

    August 12, 2022
    I am very impressed!

    I recommend this course to everyone interested in sign language. I believe this course will not disappoint anyone.

    B M

    Bret Murphy

    June 24, 2022
    Glad I Chose This Platform

    Very well-structured course with easy-to-remember sign language techniques.

    J L

    Jody Lee

    January 27, 2022
    Fantastic Course!

    I cannot wait to use the British Sign Language I learned in real life scenarios. The course is great.

    L R

    Lane Richards

    January 07, 2022
    10 out of 10

    This course was amazing and fun. I give your team full credit 10/10.

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