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British Sign Language

British Sign Language (BSL) is used by approximately 150,000 people in the UK. Learning BSL is a powerful skill which allows you to communicate with d/Deaf colleagues, friends and family. Now, with the historic passing of the BSL Act in the UK Parliament in 2022, BSL is more visible and celebrated than ever before.

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Our face-to-face BSL courses are taught exclusively by d/Deaf tutors (with our hearing tutor only teaching our online courses) and we make sure to blend the learning of signs with Deaf Awareness as well as some knowledge of d/Deaf history and culture. Courses are non-accredited, so there are no exams – and tutors work hard to make sure you learn in a fun and social environment.

No formal qualifications or previous experience is required for our BSL Beginners 1 and Introductory courses, just an interest in BSL and a willingness to have a go!

If you need more information, want to discuss levels and course content, or wish to enrol, you can visit our Learning Centres in-person, call our FREEphone Enrolment Line or email us on the details listed below.

  • 0800 988 0308
  • If you need help with your choice of learning, training, career, work and life goals, please book an appointment with one of our Learning and Work Advisors who can provide free, 1:1, impartial advice.

Our British Sign Language Courses

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British Sign Language - An Introduction

This non-accredited course is designed to give you a brief introduction to d/Deaf awareness and British Sign Language and help you to communicate better with someone who is d/Deaf.

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British Sign Language - Beginners Part 1

This course is designed to enable beginners to develop an ability to communicate using BSL in a range of familiar situations. The course consists of topics such as: finger spelling, numbers, food and drink, your interests and more vocabulary around home life. We use fun, practical teaching methods to help you to learn how to sign and communicate at a basic level. By the end of this course you should be able to have a brief conversation in BSL.

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British Sign Language - Beginners Part 2

This course is designed to build on beginners part 1, or may be right for you if you already have a very basic level of BSL. This course will help you to improve your ability to communicate using BSL in a range of situations. We will use similar topics to beginners part 1, but learn more vocabulary and work on improving fluency and knowledge of BSL so that you are a more confident signer.

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British Sign Language - Basics Online

BSL basics is a short course designed to be just that – the very basics of BSL, you will learn basic signs and a little about the structure and word order of BSL.

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Staff Training for Employers

We can offer you a tailored course to suit your needs, enabling you to communicate with staff or clients/customers who have a hearing loss. The course can consist of Deaf Awareness, together with learning basic British Sign Language (BSL) with tailored signs. We can deliver the training to your preferred venue at a competitive price and have experience of working in both education and healthcare settings.

Call us on FREEphone 0800 988 0308 for more information, or to talk to a member of our team about your businesses needs.

Learner Voice – Millie & Tracey

Millie and Tracey wanted to develop a basic understanding of British Sign Language. They didn’t have anyone in their immediate family who used sign language however, they felt it would be a very useful skill to have in their day-to-day lives. They also wanted to better understand the deaf community.

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