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Sign language – Beginners 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.

Course description in brief

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

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

Preparation for progression to a level one BSL course.

By the end of the course I will have learned:

    A basic understanding of deaf people , community, culture and issues

    Developed a basic understanding of BSL that will enable me to communicate with deaf people

    Learned sufficient BSL to enable me to progress to a Level 1 course

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

No – just enthusiasm and a willingness to join in

What equipment will I need for the course?

None needed. You will be given the opportunity to buy a small dictionary if you wish

What materials will I need for the course?


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

This 10 session course will cover an introduction to :

Deaf Awareness and Deaf Culture

Appropriate methods of communication

Basic vocabulary

Body language and facial expression

Finger Spelling

Each session consists of

Demonstration, practise and checking learning

Resources used are mainly visual with practical demonstration of BSL .

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

You will be expected to attend each week and be on time for the class.

If you are not able to attend you are expected to let the centre know and give a reason

How will my learning be assessed and reviewed?

Learning is assessed by the tutor through practical tasks and feedback throughout the course

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

You may progress to a level 1 BSL course .

How will I say what I think about the course?

You can speak to the tutor or programme manager at any time

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

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
L401a 2 Wednesday 10am – 12pm 26 Sep to 5 Dec 2018 (10 weeks) Full rate £63.00; R rate £19.00; A rate £3.00 (funder_code:L)
S403a 2 Thursday 6:30pm – 8:30pm 27 Sep to 6 Dec 2018 (10 weeks) Full rate £112.00; R rate £84.00; A rate £56.00 (funder_code:S)

Course Funding

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

Courses with course codes pre-fixed by a letter ‘F’, ‘L’ or ‘N’ are subsidised and have age restrictions.

  • ‘F’: courses are accredited and are funded by the ‘Skills Funding Agency’ for those aged 16 and over.
  • ‘L’ & ‘N’ courses for those aged 19 and over.
  • ‘L’ 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.