iBSL Level 1 Award in Deafblind Awareness


We are delighted to be delivering the iBSL Level 1 Award in Deafblind Awareness Course at Sign for Thoughts.

Next course dates
Course online via Zoom.
Thursday 23rd September (assessment 27th Sept)

With around 330,475 Deafblind people in the UK, we need to spread awareness and improve communication and access for all.

You will be in great hands with our very experienced teacher Penny Gunn teaching you a basic-level knowledge and understanding about Deafblind awareness, and what it means to be deafblind and what can be done to improve access in society for this group of people.

The great news is that as the course is delivered in BSL as well as English, it is ACCESSIBLE FOR DEAF AND HEARING STUDENTS.

This qualification introduces the learner to a basic level knowledge and understanding about Deafblind awareness, and what it means to Deafblind.

The Level 1 Award in Deafblind Awareness is suitable for anyone and especially those who:

  • wish to acquire a basic understanding and awareness of Deafblind Issues and Deafblind people;
  • need to acquire the knowledge as part of a programme of study or professional development;
  • are studying for personal development with a view to future employment.e Deafblind and what can be done to improve access in society for this group of people.

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Qualification Structure

Qualification Objectives

No previous experience of deafblindness is required for entry into a programme leading to the Level 1
Award in Deafblind Awareness.

The qualification consists of just one stand-alone unit of the same title which will be delivering courses ONLINE.

The assessment for the qualification will take place remotely (via ZOOM). It will be a 30-minute written assessment consisting of multi-choice questions (plus 30 minutes preparation time before hand) in 30minutes slots from 4.30-7.30pm

The pass mark for the assessment is 67% overall.

Your teacher will take you through the course objectives at the start of the ZOOM session.

For the assessment you will be emailed a written Q&A paper set by IBSL (which includes 30 minutes of preparation time beforehand and a 30 minute written assessment paper)

At the end of the qualification, learners will be able to:

  • Know the different types of Deafblind people.
  • Identify common causes of Deafblindness.
  • Know the numbers and types of Deafblind people in Britain
  • Identify unnecessary barriers for Deafblind people which have a hearing focus.
  • Understand different modes of communication for Deafblind people.
  • Understand different modes of reading for Deafblind people.
  • The range of equipment and technology available to Deafblind people.

Costs and Dates

Why choose us?

Dates and Times
The next courses are:

Thursday 23rd September (assessment 27th Sept)

9am until 5pm (there will be screen breaks for 15 minutes every hour throughout the day, plus a 45 minute lunch break)

Trainer: Penny Gunn

Looking for Level 2? Click Here to read about Level 2 Award in Deafblind Communication Course

Enrol ASAP to avoid disappointment!

Course fees are £120 (including VAT).
Plus Assessment fee of £29
Total: £149

Fees due in total before the course (No instalments offered or split fees)
*Organisations please contact directly by email for course costs

Course fees are subject to change

This course may launch you towards a rewarding and fulfilling career working for a deafblind person. Would you like to work in an environment of providing practical assistance to enable a person to fully access their community, or where you would be promoting their personal and social development and well-being?

Whether you are interested in a new career, developing your existing job, or are just interested in learning more please join us on this course.