Community Learning Wales Addysg Cymunedol Cymru
Community Learning WalesAddysg Cymunedol Cymru

BSL Level 1

If you are unemployed and have a PaCE or CfW advisor, you may be able to get funding for our Level 1 BSL classes.  Speak to your advisor who can book you on.




This course is aimed at beginners.  No prior experience of sign language is required.  We will teach the Signature Level One Curriculum, giving students the opportunity to achieve (via 3 assessments) the Level One Certificate in BSL, a nationally recognised qualification.


The course length is 30 weeks and consists of one 2 hour session per week (60 hours in total).  It is not advisable to start the course late.


This course is also available for residential / intensive.





The assessments involve a 4 to 5 minute conversation using BSL with the course trainer and take place when the Unit has been fully studied.  The first assessment is marked by your tutor and the remaining two will be videoed and sent to a Signature Assessor for marking / validation.  They are based on :


Unit 101 ~ Introduction to BSL

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


Unit 102 ~ Conversational BSL

  • Be able to understand signed communication in a range of topics
  • Use BSL to communicate in a given range of topics
  • Be able to maintain a basic social conversation in BSL


Unit 103 ~ Communicate in BSL about everyday life

  • Be able to understand signed communication and answer simple questions about everyday situations
  • Be able to communicate in BSL using a simple range of vocabulary and signing structures
  • Be able to take part in a basic conversation in BSL






Minimum numbers apply and CLW reserves the right to cancel courses at any time.

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Community Learning Wales

68 Kings Road  
CF11 9DD

Tel: +44 7773 790027



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