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Our guide to British Sign Language courses

British sign language courses offer an opportunity for beginners and intermediate students to learn to communicate with deaf people. Typically a programme designed for those with no prior experience, courses will help you to learn at your own pace, teaching basic skills in conversation with the everyday vocabulary and grammar necessary to gain greater fluency in the language, with the eventual aim of communicating fully with members of the deaf community. This is useful for socialising and for those working in community roles.

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an introduction to bsl
An Introduction to British Sign Language DVD (Booked online with Hotcourses)
by Laurence - October 2014

It's very good & easy to follow.

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Awarding organisations

  • Signature
  • Signature is an organisation that promotes quality communication with deaf and deafblind people. Signature provides qualifications that are Ofqual (The Office of the Qualifications and Examinations Regulator) accredited.  The qualifications offered range from beginner to professional levels in Deaf and Deafblind Awareness, British sign language, Irish sign language, Deafblind communication, communication support, sign language interpreting, and translation. Services are generally provided to promote smooth communication with the deaf and deafblind in any given situation.

  • Institute of British Sign Language
  • The Institute of British Sign Language (iBSL) is an organisation that is committed to offering standard qualifications in sign language and deaf studies. iBSL works with other providers of British Sign Language studies and ensures that these meet the standards set by Ofqual. The Institute of British Sign Language’s qualifications range from entry level through to level 4.  iBSL also conducts training for individuals looking to teach and assess the iBSL qualifications. Most of iBSL’s qualifications have e-assessment and e-portfolios, with the option of storing the work of its students online. 

  • Qualifications & Curriculum Authority
  • The Qualifications and Curriculum Authority (QCA) closed down in March 2012. It used to accredit qualifications as per the QCA National Qualifications Framework to meet employer and learner needs. The QCA were also involved in developing the UK curriculum, and regulating the UK exam system – these roles have now been taken on by the Standards and Testing Agency (STA). 

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