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

We offer both Online and Face to Face courses, with a choice of daytime and evening tuition times.

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 £475 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 Sophie Jackson for further information at 

Please download the application form here and send this to Sophie Jackson 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 Sophie Jackson by email for more information.

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

Online via Zoom, Thursday Morning

Time: Thursdays, 9:30 - 13:30
Start date: 22nd September 2022
End date: 19th January 2023
Duration: 15 weeks


Online via Zoom, Wednesday Evening

Time: Wednesdays, 18:30 - 21:00
Start date: 21st September 2022
End date: 29th March 2023
Duration: 24 weeks


Maidstone, Monday Evenings 

Time: Mondays, 19:00 - 21:30
Start date: 10th October 2022
End date: 15th May 2023
Duration: 24 weeks


Maidstone, Tuesday Mornings 
Time: Tuesdays, 9.30 - 13.30
Start date: 4th October 2022
End date: 7th February 2023
Duration: 15 weeks


Sittingbourne, Wednesday Evenings

Time: Wednesdays, 19:00 - 21:30
Start date: 5th October 2022
End date: 26th April 2023
Duration: 24 weeks


Online via Zoom, Thursday Morning

Time: Thursdays, 9:30 - 13:30
Start date: 23rd February 2023
End date: 22nd June 2023
Duration: 15 weeks