BSL Level 1


Our next Level 1 Award in British Sign Language courses start this October 2022 in person, Farnborough or online on a variety of days and times.

Sign for Thoughts is a local centre and our courses are competitively priced. We offer quality teaching, a friendly service, and our consistently high assessment results are testimony to our success. Many of previous Level 1 students have enjoyed BSL so much, that they have gone on to further levels.
We care about our students and we will support you every step of the way throughout your BSL journey. Our tutors and assessors are extremely talented in their field and have many years of experience behind them. Our 14 years delivering high quality teaching has given us a good reputation with students and the Deaf community alike.

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We offer payment via instalments for all of our courses

Qualification Structure

Qualification Objectives

Your new BSL skills are assessed over 3 distinct units:

  • BSL101: Introduction to BSL
  • BSL102: Conversational BSL
  • BS 103: Communication about BSL in everyday life

To achieve the full Level 1 Award in British Sign Language, candidates must pass all units. Unit BSL101 is internally assessed by the teacher. Units BSL102 and BSL103 are externally assessed by a Signature assessor.
Visit the Signature website for more information.

This is an ideal course for anyone interested in starting to learn BSL and requires no previous experience or knowledge. Learning is made fun and we will guide you through from absolute beginner to being able to hold simple conversations in Sign.

Our BSL Level 1 course is fully accredited by Signature, as recognised by Ofqual (the Office of the Regulator for Qualifications, Examinations and Assessments in England).

In your class you will participate in 60 hours of training from a fully qualified and experienced BSL Teacher. The course is a balanced mix of direct teaching, with supported practice and group work to fully consolidate your learning. The course is designed for you to incorporate another 26 hours practice outside of class through homework and joining in with activities in the Deaf community. The assessments will take place towards the end of your course.

Costs and Dates

Why choose us?

*Dates and Times

Tuesday morning: 10am-12noon in FARNBOROUGH
Tuesday Evenings: 7-9pm in FARNBOROUGH
Thursday Evenings: 7-9pm in FARNBOROUGH

Tuesday Evenings: 7-9pm in ONLINE (Zoom)
Course dates
Thursday Evenings: 7-9pm in ONLINE (Zoom)

Course fees are £420 (VAT included)
Plus Assessment fees of £115

Total = £535*
* in addition we advise student to sign up for a 1 year subscription to SignWorld

*Organisations please contact directly by email for course costs

Course fees, assessment fees are all subject to change

Payment of fees by instalments maybe agreed upon arrangement . The instalment plan would consist of 4 instalments to cover the course cost plus a final instalment for the assessment fee. The first 2 instalments or 50% of the course fee must be paid before the start of the course.

SignWorld is an online resource made up of video and clips for students to watch making it ideal for home learning supplementing their class work. Students can work through the package at their own pace and time. Homework is also set using SignWorld by your teacher.
We recommend all students purchase a yearly subscription to SignWorld (details will be sent).

Regarding the best device to use for your zoom classes. We do advise using a tablet or laptop/desktop/macbook
(not a chromebook which do not seem compatible - we have had experiences with students having problems using chrome books.
for Zoom classes).
We also advise not to use a phone.
The size of the phone screen and problems with orientation can make it tricky using this type of device, so we also advise not using a mobile phone.
A strong WIFI connection is important for stability.

Here at Sign for Thoughts we maintain low class numbers so you can expect a lot of individual attention and concentrated learning. We a number of effective tools to help you to polish your skills to the desired level, and to show your progress throughout the course. We want you to enjoy and have fun with us in a free-stress zone.

Our centre is in Farnborough. We have a lovely, well designed Training room, which is quiet, tranquil and has been designed and setup for optimum learning, with up-to the-minute technology to aid your training. Limited car parking is available on site.

Sign for Thoughts uses an online sharing platform to share classwork and homework, and this gives you the ability to ask your teacher questions in-between classes. We also create WhatsApp groups for students to communicate, and have an exclusive Facebook group for SFT students and teachers to share resources and share knowledge between other learners. These are both optional to join and allow the students to enrich their learning experience.

We genuinely care about your success!

How do online classes work?

We're aware that online classes provide flexibility for those that need it. Perhaps there are no BSL classes offered in your area, the travel time is too far but you're desperate to learn. Maybe you are unable to get childcare. Online classes allow students to learn in the comfort of your own home, alongside others to create a classroom environment.

What we need from you

  • A willingness to learn!
  • A good internet connection for the duration of the class
  • Commitment and focus

How does it work?
What we know from running online classes is that a full 2 hour class is very taxing on the students and the teacher. We found it really beneficial keeping the class sizes small so that each student gets enough focus from the teacher, and keeping the class short meant the focus was kept up throughout. This is why our online classes are 2 hours, and students will receive a task after class to complete and be fed back by SFT in the next session.
We use the software Zoom, which is free to download and use.