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British Sign Language

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    Learners on this course are working towards the Signature level 1 Award in British Sign Language.

    This is a 54 hour course, plus at least 30 hours for homework, and is designed to enable students to acquire a basic ability to communicate with deaf people about familiar topics and activities using sign language. Learners must have successfully completed the Introduction to BSL course or have passed an assessment prior to enrolling onto this course. Please contact the Languages department for further information. At the end of the course students should be able to:

    • Identify instructions and guidance from simple commonly used expressions
    • Take appropriate action on the basis of instructions and guidance received
    • Express themselves in British Sign Language (BSL)

    All learners are required to take the three level 1 exams (101, 102 and 103). The tutor will provide assessment information. Please refer to for more detailed information.

    Learners are encouraged to attend local deaf associations to develop their skills. In order to be successful, learners should practise regularly outside the classroom. Please bring an A4 binder for handouts. Internet access and DVD playback facilities will be advantageous.

    If numbers are low for both Cheltenham and Gloucester the groups will be merged into one. Classes will then take place on the campus closest to the majority of students. 

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