BSL Level 1


Our next Level 1 Award in British Sign Language Course will start January 2021

Our current classes started in October - it's not too late to book a place if you hurry!

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 12 years delivering high quality teaching has given us a good reputation with students and the Deaf community alike.

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Sign for Thoughts is committed to keeping our community safe.
We follow the current Government Guidelines around reducing the spread of the virus and adapt our risk assessments, hygiene and safety practices to follow the medical advice as and when this changes.

We have moved some of our BSL courses online

While we are still permitted, some of our courses continue to take place in our Centre in Farnborough.
The centre has space for 6 people whilst allowing 2 metres social distancing. We have classes with only 6 or fewer people in the well ventilated and intensively cleaned room.

For courses with more than 6 people, we work in Partnership with Wavell School in Farnborough, to use their larger, safe classrooms so that social distance can still be maintained.

We have full COVID risk reduction policy that we will send to you on request.


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
January 2021 start:
Thursday evening: 7pm-9pm

October 2020 start:
Tuesday ONLINE CLASS: 6-7.30pm
Tuesday ONLINE CLASS: 7.45-9pm
Tuesday evening: 7pm-9pm - in class

Course fees are £390 (including VAT).
Plus Assessment fees of £99
Signworld £25
Total: £514

Course fees are subject to change

Payment of fees by installments may be agreed upon arrangement.

1 year subscription to SignWorld an online BSL resource, including a bonus Deaf Culture package.

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?

Through COVID-19, Sign for Thoughts - like many other businesses - moved all our work online. Although we have plenty of experience with 1:1 tutorials online, it was our first time trying full classes online. We had regular reviews and checked in with our students, and after ironing out some of the creases, we're really proud of what we've achieved during lockdown.

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 1.5 hours, and students will receive a task after class to complete and be fed back by SFT in the same week.
We use the software Zoom, which is free to download and use.