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Level 1 Award in British Sign Language (RQF) – Official Exam Included

Level 1 Award in British Sign Language (RQF) – Official Exam Included

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Ofqual Regulated Ofqual Regulated
Live Zoom Class Live Zoom Class
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Interactive Video Training Interactive Video Training

The Signature BSL Level 1 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 the production and reception of BSL. The course specification has been designed using the UK Occupational Language Standards 2010 at Level 1.

Hello, Good News. This is a great opportunity for those who want to learn British Sign Language directly from a BSL expert.

I am Adam Linsdell, your British Sign Language Tutor and I have years of teaching experience in BSL. We have arranged a live virtual classroom session via Zoom to teach you the Signature BSL Level 1 Online Course. You will be guided step by step to successfully complete the BSL Level 1 awarded qualification. This course is accredited by Signature and regulated by Ofqual which is a nationally recognised qualification.

The class will be held every Saturday from 10:00 pm to 1:00 pm. This is the perfect solution for those who want to know how to learn BSL for communication purposes or want to be BSL professionals like interpreters or teachers but have zero or very little knowledge.

Only a few seats left, so book your seat ASAP.

Signature BSL Level 1 Award, Summer 2023

Please book your place in advance

Weekly via Zoom Online Live Class. You can attend the class online from home/workplace.

Day & Time: 10:00 am – 01:00 pm (Every Saturday, 3 hours per week)

Class Starts: July 08, 2023 – January 27, 2024

Level 1 Certificate in BSL Class Schedule

Level 1 BSL Qualification Full Specification

Venue: Zoom Online

Teacher: Adam Linsdell

Learning outcomes:

At the end of this unit, the successful learners will:

  • Understand and communicate basic conversation when meeting people
  • Know basic numbers
  • Know different weather conditions and respond to questions about the weather
  • Know a range of transport modes
  • Communicate a range of directions
Qualification objectives

At the end of the qualification, learners will be able to:

  • Understand and use a limited range of simple words and sentences in BSL
  • Take part in simple, everyday conversations in BSL
  • Give and follow simple directions or instructions in BSL
  • Give and follow simple familiar statements or descriptions in BSL
Meet the Trainer
Adam Linsdell

Hello. My name is Adam and I am a British Sign Language Teacher. I am Deaf and have been using British Sign Language since I was a teenager. My personal experience of Deafness was my primary reason for learning BSL and why I have such a deep passion for this beautiful and expressive language.

I have studied BSL to NVQ Level 6 and trained to become a teacher, enabling me to achieve my dream of teaching BSL in my local community. This opportunity has enabled me to work with the local Deaf community, building strong relationships and links.

I have taught sign language throughout Cambridge, teaching at Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge Regional College, Cambridgeshire Deaf Association and Cottenham Village College. Usually, I teach face to face but during lockdown, my classes moved online – this has been a new experience and a great opportunity for my learners and me.

Level 1 Award in British Sign Language is suitable for those who:
  • Want to learn basic language skills to communicate simple conversations with Deaf people
  • Want to learn new language skills as part of a programme of study
  • Want to progress to more advanced study and/or employment using BSL in the future
  • Are studying for personal development
  • Are parents, family, friends or colleagues of Deaf people.
  • Level 1 Award in British Sign Language is suitable for all ages, including pre-16.

Level 1 Award in British Sign Language can be taken without any previous BSL experience at any level. This qualification allows learners to gain basic skills and confidence in the two areas of production and reception of BSL.

Total Learning Hours: 90 hours

Guided Learning Hours (GLH): 64 hours

GLH includes assessment time. Additional study hours include private study, homework, practice, etc

Progression routes

On completion of Signature BSL Level 1 Award, a wide range of further qualifications are available, including:

  • Signature Level 2 Certificate in British Sign Language
  • Signature Level 3 Certificate in British Sign Language
Nationally Recognised Qualification:

After successfully passing the official exam you will achieve Ofqual regulated nationally recognised Level 1 Award in British Sign Language Qualification that is valued by all the employers and academic institutes in the UK.

Official Exam

You will be assessed remotely via an online zoom exam that you can take from the comfort of your own home. The official exam fee is included with the course price.

Recognised Accreditation

About Signature Accreditation 

Signature is the leading awarding body to provide British Sign Language (BSL) and other Deaf and Deafblind qualifications in the UK. It is a recognised BSL awarding body in the UK, which means, a qualification accredited by signature will boost your career goals and open your doors to mass communication opportunities. Students pursuing a Signature-accredited course will undoubtedly obtain teaching expertise that is endorsed by Signature as well as a certification that will be acknowledged and accepted in the global arena.

Certificate of Achievement

Nationally Recognised Qualification:

After successfully passing the official exam you will achieve Ofqual regulated nationally recognised Level 1 Award in British Sign Language Qualification that is valued by all the employers and academic institutes in the UK.

Course Reviews


BSL Stands for British Sign Language and is used to communicate with deaf people or people with hearing problems. It is a popular language worldwide and in the UK, especially as BSL was recognized as an official language by the UK in 2003. So you must acquire this skill and learn it at Lead academy at a budget-friendly price.

Learning British Sign Language (BSL) from Level 1 to Level 6 is a unique journey that varies from person to person. It depends on the learning pace, dedication, and commitment to the language. On average, it can take between 60-100 hours of study to complete each level of BSL. Achieving all six levels would require 360 to 600 hours of learning.

A notable difference between ASL and BSL is the use of the manual alphabet – ASL uses a one-handed manual alphabet, whereas BSL uses a two-handed manual alphabet. In terms of vocabulary, ASL has a broader range of loanwords from English, while BSL has more iconic signs or visually representing the word’s meaning. Additionally, the two languages' grammatical structure differs, ASL follows a subject-verb-object (SVO) sentence structure, and BSL uses a subject-object-verb (SOV) structure.

Yes. you can enrol to the BSL Level 2 course after completing the level 1. This is the upgrade course of BSL Level 1.

The course instructor will be using Zoom to conduct the class. Thus you have to install the app before joining the BSL classes.

The signature BSL level 1 teaching method will be live online classes, engaging videos, and the teacher will provide course materials and more.

First, select your desired course plan among the multiple existing course plans on the right side of your screen, then select the payment type, and once you made the payment, you can access the course any time you want.

A confirmation email will be sent to your registered email after payment. Hereafter anytime, you can start your learning journey with Lead Academy.

Yes, you can. Since it is an e-learning course, anyone from anywhere can enrol in our courses.

The professional body approves the procedures if any e-learning platform claims its courses are accredited.

You will only realize the benefit of having an accredited certificate once you face the corporate world. As employees, job places, and more value the accredited certificate, you must own this certificate by doing the course with us.

The Signature is the awarding body of the BSL community. If any course provider says the BSL course is Signature accredited, the leading awarding body approves that course. So, lead academy BSL courses are approved by the governor body.