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 August, 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 measures are currently being put in place to ensure the safety of everyone who enters our building once it re-opens.

Available courses

In-house class (at the Deaf Action office, Edinburgh)

Live online class (using Zoom)
Tuesday evening
Course dates: 18th August 2020 – 19th January 2021 (inclusive)
Price: £280 (£50 deposit at the time of booking. Payment options available for the remaining balance. See booking form below)

Number of available places: 5


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 

If there are fewer than 2 places remaining on your chosen course, please call 0131 556 3128 to check availability before continuing with this application.

The application forms are monitored manually between 9am-5pm, Monday-Friday and there is no automatic cut off if the course quota is reached. If you complete the form you will be asked to pay your deposit so please check availability if places are limited before booking to avoid disappointment.


SQA Level 1 book a place
If you did not complete your Introduction level qualification with Deaf Action, but do have some experience of BSL (e.g. CODAs or other family members of a Deaf person or non-accredited course taken elsewhere), please email learn@deafaction.org or call 0131 550 0998 to book an online skills test before proceeding with this application. A place will be held for you pending the outcome of the skills test.
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The £50 deposit must be paid at the time of booking. You will be taken to the payment page for this once you have submitted this form. 
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When you click submit, you will be re-directed to the deposit payment page. We are only able to accept online payment at this time.
When you are taken to the payment page, do not be concerned that it says you are 'setting up a Direct Debit with Deaf Action'. It is a restricted direct debit which means we will only take one individual payment of £50 at this time.
You will then be re-directed again to the data protection form and candidate procedures contact. Both of these forms are a compulsory part of this process.
You will receive an email confirmation and further instructions regarding payment of your remaining balance from learn@deafaction.org. We aim to get this to you as soon as possible after you have sent your application but on rare occasions, this can take up to 2 working days.



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