British Sign Language Level 1

Level 1 is designed to teach learners to communicate with D/deaf people in British Sign Language (BSL) on a range of topics that involve simple, everyday language use. They will gain basic skills and confidence in production and reception of BSL. Our Level 1 BSL course is suitable for complete beginners, no prior experience necessary! At the end of Level 1 learners will be able to:

  • understand and use a limited range of simple words and sentences in BSL
  • take part in simple, everyday conversations in BSL
  • give and follow simple directions or instructions in BSL
  • give and follow simple familiar statements or descriptions in BSL

For a full overview of this qualification, please visit Signature's website here. Please note you must be 16 or over to enrol on this course.

Upcoming Courses

Date: Tuesday 25th January 2022
Time: 18:00 - 20:00
Location: Online Course via Zoom
Duration: 30 Weeks
Accreditor: Signature
Fee: £380 (inc. exams)
Teacher: Anita Kanji
Location: Zoom


Date: Thursday 27th January 2022
Time: 18:00 - 20:00
Location: Online Course via Zoom
Duration: 30 Weeks
Accreditor: Signature
Fee: £380 (inc. exams)
Teacher: Anita Longstaffe-Cox
Location: Zoom


Should Government guidelines state that this course is unable to be taught in the classroom at MDC, this course will be taught online via the platform Zoom. Please familiarise yourself with this platform. We would highly recommend using either a laptop or PC computer when studying BSL online, unfortunately a mobile or tablet device will not be suitable due to the screen size and inability to view PowerPoint presentations at the same time as viewing the teacher on screen.

***You should not enrol on this course if you are not willing to transition to online learning should Government guidelines dictate we do so. Unfortunately no refunds will be given should courses need to transition to online learning.

Additional Information

Course Attendance

Attendance every week is vital in order for you to ensure you are benefitting and learning as much as you possibly can. Please note: a record of your attendance will be kept and poor attendance could impact whether or not you pass the course successfully. If you fail to attend 90% of the course or more, you may not be eligible to sit your exams.

Course Fees

There will be 2 payment options. Students can either pay course fees in full prior to 31/12/21 or agree to the following payment plan:



Payment Date



*To be paid no later than 31/12/21

Instalment 1



Instalment 2



Instalment 3



*Please note: payment plans MUST be agreed and implemented with MDC’s finance officer. If full payment (when paying in full) or a deposit (when paying via instalments) is not received by 31/12/21, this may result in your place being offered to another applicant.

*If you decide to withdraw from the course within 2 weeks of the start date you will be eligible for a full refund. If you withdraw after 2 weeks we will not be able to offer you a refund.




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Manchester Deaf Centre,
Crawford House,
Booth Street East,
M13 9GH

09:00 – 17:00


0161 273 3415

Registered Charity Number: 1110373