Level 1 British Sign Language

Start (w/c): 12/09/2022 Monday (18:00 to 20:00) Ystrad Mynach

Course Information

This course is for learners who wish to acquire basic British Sign Language for the purpose of conducting elementary communication with Deaf people including family, friends and colleagues. It is also suitable for those who need to acquire BSL skills as part of a programme of study or professional development or for those who are studying for personal development with a view to future employment.

What Will I Learn?

The aim of this qualification is to enable learners to develop suitable skills to communicate with Deaf people in British Sign Language on everyday topics in accordance with the National Language Standards at Level 1.

This course will enable you to demonstrate that you can understand your teacher and others, answer questions correctly, can read fingerspelling and understand BSL delivered at a pace and flow appropriate to the level. Learners will also learn to differentiate between facts, ideas and opinions in brief statements or descriptions.

You will also learn to understand given instructions using appropriate placement, orientation and location of signs and the use of simple directional verbs.

Entry Requirements

No previous experience of British Sign Language is required for the Level 1 programme, but learners must possess GCSE English grade C or equivalent.


An external examiner will visit the college to assess learners.


Coleg y Cymoedd takes every effort to ensure the information on this website is accurate at time of being live. Coleg y Cymoedd reserves the right to make changes or withdraw without notice any of the courses, course facilities or support described.

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Please note: Fees are payable for each year of study.

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Career Progression

  • On successful completion of this course learners can progress to the IBSL Level 2 Certificate in British Sign Language Studies.


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