British Sign Language (BSL) Level 1

Two sets of hands using British Sign Language

I have only been to a couple of classes  learning BSL level 1 so far, but I have thoroughly enjoyed it. We have a great tutor, he is very enthusiastic, supportive and makes learning BSL very interesting.

Carissa, Maidstone BSL student

About The Course

This course teaches you how to communicate using BSL about a range of topics using simple, everyday language and can be taken without any previous BSL experience.

By the end of the course, you will be able to:

  • Understand and use a range of simple words and sentences;
  • Participate in simple, everyday conversations;
  • Give and follow simple directions.

Our BSL Level 1 course is suitable for those who:

  • Would like to learn basic skills to communicate simple conversations with other BSL users;
  • Would like to progress to more advanced study and/or employment using BSL in the future;
  • Are studying for personal development;
  • Have parents, children, family, friends or colleagues who are Deaf BSL users.

The tutor makes the lessons fun and although I was nervous when I started, he doesn’t mind if you make mistakes or he has to repeat the signs over and over! Everyone starts with little or no knowledge so you learn together.

Sandie, Maidstone BSL Student


All Level 1 Courses cost £430 per person (including assessment fees). Payments can be made by debit/credit card, cheque, cash at one of our offices or we can invoice your employers if they are funding the course. 

Early enrolment is recommended, as our outstanding success rates mean that our courses always fill up quickly. 

Contact & Booking

Please contact Naomi Lemar for further information at or on 01622 691151.

Please download the application form here and send this to Naomi Lemar at Hi Kent as soon as possible. We look forward to welcoming you to your course!

Download application form

Course Dates

Hi Kent is continually starting new BSL Level 1 courses, so, if you don't see a suitable time and/or location, please continue to check back here or contact Naomi Lemar for more information.

Please note: All courses take a break during school holiday times.

Deal, Tuesday Mornings
Time: Tuesdays, 09:30 - 13:30
Start date: 6 October 2020
End date: 2 February 2021
Duration: 15 weeks

Gravesend, Monday Mornings
Time: Mondays, 10:00 - 14:00
Start date: 14 September 2020
End date: 11 January 2021
Duration: 15 weeks

Maidstone, Tuesday Mornings
Time: Tuesdays, 09:30 - 13:30
Start date: 22 September 2020
End date: 19 January 2021
Duration: 15 weeks

Maidstone, Tuesday Evenings
Time: Tuesdays, 19:00 - 21:30
Start date: 6 October 2020
End date: 27 April 2021
Duration: 24 weeks

Maidstone, Wednesday Mornings
Time: Wednesdays, 09:30 - 13:30
Start date: 3 March 2021
End date: 30 June 2021
Duration: 15 weeks

Maidstone, Thursday Mornings
Time: Thursdays, 09:30 - 13:30
Start date: 5 March 2021
End date: 9 July 2021
Duration: 15 weeks

Broadstairs, Wednesday Mornings
Time: Wednesdays, 09:30 - 13:30
Start date: 7 October 2020
End date: 3 February 2021
Duration: 15 weeks