Basic British Sign Language (for Cheshire and Warrington residents)

Ref: C3845463

This basic course if designed to teach learners to communicate with Deaf people in BSL and covers a variety of topics that involve simple everyday language use. Learners will gain basic skills and confidence in production and reception of BSL.

Additional information about this course

Enrolment for this Cheshire East contract course open only to Cheshire East, Cheshire West and Chester, and Warrington residents

Course aim

Aimed at learning essential skills to aid communication with Deaf people. To be able to understand a limited range of simple words, sentences in BSL. To be able to take part in simple, everyday conversations in BSL.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is for beginners
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • Demonstrate some of the barriers to communication and how to use fingerspelling.
  • Demonstrate basic signing relating to topics ‘family/meeting people’, ‘numbers’ (to include money, age, dates and time).
  • Demonstrate basic signing relating to topics ‘weather’, ‘directions’ and ‘transport’.
  • Demonstrate confidence when meeting Deaf people and be equipped to sign in basic everyday situations/conversations using appropriate language conventions relating to BSL structure/culture.
  • Demonstrate an awareness of turn taking and two-way conversational skills in BSL.

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning
  • You may be asked to undertake additional work in your own time to support your learning
  • You will be expected to carry out a range of activities in your own time

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • A range of informal activities will be used by the tutor to see what you are learning which may include quizzes, question and answer, small projects and discussion
  • A file of work will be kept which will help to record your progress
  • Learners will be asked to complete an ILP and tutor can mark learner progress within this.

What else do I need to know?

  • Nothing else is needed

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required

What can I do next?

  • Progress to a course with another provider
  • At the end of the course the tutor will explain further areas for study such as Deaf Awareness Course and level 1 Award in BSL (both of which are recognised and accredited courses, monitored by the awarding body Signature)

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Basic British Sign Language (for Cheshire and Warrington residents)


As a registered charity, and to meet our funders’ requirements, we need to check a few things with you before you enrol. Please check the details below to ensure you meet the basic eligibility critiera:

  • You are paying the standard fee (with a credit or debit card) or you are on any of the qualifying benefits
  • You have a valid email address so that you can receive confirmation of your booking
  • You have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • You are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2020
  • You declare that the address you provide is correct and that you will provide evidence of this and your eligibility to live and work in the UK
  • You have read and accept our standard terms and conditions

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