SQA Level 1 BSL (SCQF 4)

Available in the following locations:
  • Edinburgh & Lothians
  • Nationwide

This course is designed for those who have completed the SQA Introduction to BSL course.

If you have not completed the Introduction course but do have experience of using BSL, you may be able to go straight into Level 1. This would apply to CODAs (children of deaf* adults) or siblings / other family members of BSL users. In this circumstance, you will need to attend a skills test with one of our tutors to assess which level you are best suited to joining. The skills test is free of charge. To book a skills test email learn@deafaction.org

COVID-19 information

We take the safety of our students and tutors very seriously. As we are currently unsure what the government guidance will be in February 2021, we have taken the decision to reduce the number of students accepted on to the in-house classes to 8 people instead of 16. This will ensure that social distancing can be observed in the classroom. Other hygiene measures are in place to ensure the safety of everyone who enters our building. Should the restrictions be lifted by February, we will increase the numbers for the in-house classes in line with Government guidance.

Available courses:

Next term will be February 2021. Applications will open early November. Dates & time information will be released with the application form.

In-house course – £350

Online course – £280

Course content

The Level 1 course builds on what you learned in your Introduction to BSL course. You will cover similar topics but go into more depth with the vocabulary and context. You will continue to develop your understanding of BSL grammar, syntax, non-manual features and your receptive skills.

Course objectives

At the end of this course you will be able to:

  • Communicate using straightforward BSL
  • Understand straightforward presentations in BSL

SQA Level 1 Unit Specification


Application form 

Not available at present




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