British Sign Language for Beginners

Ref: C3533426

This course is suitable for anyone interested in learning how to improve their British Sign Language (BSL) communication skills with D/deaf people in everyday situations.

Course aim

This course aims to introduce learners to some simple basic skills in British Sign Language (BSL) to enable them to communicate with D/deaf people.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is for beginners
  • No skills or experience needed.

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • Demonstrate and recognise fingerspelling using the British fingerspelling alphabet.
  • Understand simple, basic information presented in British Sign Language.
  • Provide simple, basic information in British Sign Language of a personal, social, and, or work-related nature.
  • Participate in simple conversation with Deaf people using British Sign Language, whether in social situations or work-related.

How will I be taught?

What kind of feedback can I expect?

What else do I need to know?

You may wish to bring a notebook and pen. It could be useful to have a folder to keep any handouts in.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

What can I do next?

View full course information sheet

British Sign Language for Beginners


As a registered charity, and to meet our funders’ requirements, we need to check a few things with you before you enrol. Please check the details below to ensure you meet the basic eligibility critiera:

  • You are paying the standard fee (with a credit or debit card) or you are on any of the qualifying benefits
  • You have a valid email address so that you can receive confirmation of your booking
  • You have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • You are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2021
  • You declare that the address you provide is correct and that you will provide evidence of this and your eligibility to live and work in the UK
  • You have read and accept our standard terms and conditions

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