Centre for English and World Languages

high quality language and pathway programmes

Level 1 Award in British Sign Language

This is a 60 hour (20 week) course in British Sign Langauge (BSL) open to anyone who wants to learn BSL.

There is no need to be a University of Kent student to take this course and you do not need any previous experience of BSL.

The course is run by Palm Deaf BSL Training Ltd and accredited by Signature, the awarding body for BSL qualifications.

The qualification allows you to gain basic skills and confidence in the production and reception of BSL.

It is suitable for anyone who:

  • wants to learn basic language skills to communicate simple conversations with deaf people
  • wants to progress to more advanced study and/or employment using BSL
  • wishes to study BSL for personal development
  • is the parent, family, friend or colleague of a deaf person

For more details of the qualification, please see the Signature website

Day and time Autumn term classes Spring term classes
Wednesdays 14:00 - 17:00 11 Oct -13 Dec 2017 24 Jan- 28 March 2018

One hour additional study per week is recommended. The course is assessed by the teacher as part of the 60 hours of instruction.

Course fees
External applicants University of Kent staff University of Kent students
£455 £425 £395

Please note

BSL competence standards include requirements for candidates to have sufficient sight, manual dexterity, facial and body movement to produce and receive BSL. Please email us if you have any questions about this.

Further information

E: cewl@kent.ac.uk

T: 01227 824401



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If you are a Kent student, you will earn 30 Employability Points if you pass Level 1. You will need log these points through MyFolio.

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Centre for English and World Languages, Keynes College, University of Kent, CT2 7NP

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Last Updated: 10/08/2017