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Beginners Sign Language course timetables

Brief description

A basic non-accredited Sign language course for people who want to learn how to communicate using sign language

Course Outline

Who is the course aimed at?

People who want to learn how to communicate using British Sign Language.

This course is for anyone who would like to build confidence and learn new skills.

If you have been out of learning or work for some time then this could be just the course for you.

We welcome people from all parts of our community with the intention of offering an opportunity for people to improve their health and well being by being part of a friendly learning environment.

Course description in brief

To develop a basic understanding of sign language to enable you to communicate with deaf people.

Understand that BSL grammar is different to English Grammar.

To provide an introduction to the deaf community, culture and issues.

By the end of the course I will have learned:

    The sessions will cover an introduction to :-
    • Deaf Awareness and Deaf Culture
    • Appropriate methods of communications
    • Basic Vocabulary
    • Body Language and facial expressions
    • Finger Spelling

Do I need any skills, experience or qualifications before I join the course?

No experience required, just enthusiasm and a willingness to join in.

What equipment will I need for the course?


What materials will I need for the course?


What activities will I take part in and how will my course be structured?

Each session consists of demonstration, practice and checking learning.

What will be expected of me in terms of personal or time commitment?

To attend each session. It would help your learning to practice what you have learned at home.

How will my learning be assessed and reviewed?

Through use of your individual learning plan you will be able to record your progress and achievements against goals.

Learning is assessed by the tutor through practical tasks and feedback throughout the course. You will also get regular written feedback.

What could I go on to do after I have finished the course?

You can speak to your tutor or our student adviser for opportunities available at the end of the course.

How will I say what I think about the course?

You will be asked to complete a learner feedback form towards the end of the course.

You can also speak to your tutor or ask to speak to the programme manager at any time.

Available timetables for this course

Please make a note of the course Ref for the course you are interested in.

Course Ref Hours per week Days(s) Time Course Dates Costs
401a 2 Wednesday 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM 18 Sep 2019 to 11 Dec 2019 (12 Sessions) Full Rate £78; R Rate £26; A Rate £6
401b 2 Wednesday 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM 08 Jan 2020 to 01 Apr 2020 (12 Sessions) Full Rate £78; R Rate £26; A Rate £6
401c 2 Wednesday 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM 22 Apr 2020 to 08 Jul 2020 (11 Sessions) Full Rate £72; R Rate £24; A Rate £6

Course Funding

Swarthmore provides a variety of courses some of which are subsidised by public funding.

Courses with course codes marked by ‘LCC’ and ‘CityC’ are subsidised and have age restrictions.

  • ‘LCC’ and ‘CityC’ courses for those aged 19 and over.
  • ‘LCC’ courses are supported by Leeds City Council for Leeds Metropolitan area residents, priority given to those living in disadvantaged areas, people not in employment and/or in receipt of benefits, those with low skills, no qualifications, disadvantaged groups or individuals with specific needs e.g. lone parents, BAME groups, adults with LDD.

For information funding and eligibility see the ‘costs’ page.

Unless stated otherwise - all courses take place at Swarthmore Education Centre Leeds

What next?

To enrol in a course complete the enrolment form on the download page using the correct course reference (Course Ref) from above.