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Course Mode
Start Date
Start / End Time
6:00pm - 8:00pm
30 Weeks
Milnthorpe Road Campus

Health & Social Care

It is clear that the UK’s health and social care system is struggling, and with an increasingly ageing population, there is a significant demand for more people to enter the industry. In fact, around two million new workers will need to be trained and recruited by 2022.

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Course Overview

Recognised as a language in its own right in 2003 and legally as an official language of Britain in 2022, thankfully more and more people are becoming aware of this beautiful language and diverse culture. For too long, Native BSL users have experienced communication barriers on a daily basis. Taking the time to learn some fundamentals can go a long way to supporting an inclusive society.

This Level 1 course will introduce you to basic conversational content. It is suitable for those considering higher level BSL qualifications in the future. It is also beneficial to those that simply wish to learn another language, are studying for personal development or have friends and family that are BSL users.

While written and online resources are invaluable, the nature of this three-dimensional language lends itself to in-person tutorials. The classes at college will be a very interactive experience.

The qualification is split into three units: Introduction to BSL; Conversational BSL and Communication in BSL about everyday life. The first unit is assessed internally, the second two are assessed externally. Upon completion, you will receive a Level 1 qualification and certificate.

Entry Requirements


After Your Course

A British Sign Language level 2 course.

Whilst this qualification might enhance careers in the health, care and education sectors, it is likely to be beneficial in most industries.



The fee displayed is the course fee. Course fees are per year for full-time & degree-level courses and per course for part-time courses.

There may be other costs associated with this course, e.g. kit, equipment, books, trips etc. Financial support may be available to support you with these. See the Student Money pages for more information.

Courses fees

The current full-time & degree-level fee information is related to the 2024/25 academic year.

Entry Level, Level 1 & Level 2 Courses

You may qualify for financial support to cover the cost of a government-funded qualification if any of the below apply to you:

  • Receive an eligible means-tested benefit, e.g. JSA, ESA or Universal Credit
  • Have an annual salary of less than £25,000
  • Are aged 16-18 on 31/08/24 and are not studying at another school/college
  • Do not already have a level 1, 2 or 3 qualification
  • Have a household income under £35,000 and are in financial hardship

See the Student Money pages for more information.