An Introduction to British Sign Language

Ref: C3747585

This course will introduce you to the wonderful world of British Sign Language. Learn the alphabet, simple greetings and basic conversations. Acquire a varied vocabulary through weekly themes and topics. This is an exciting opportunity to harness the fundamentals of BSL within a relaxed and supportive environment. You’ll be amazed at how much you can learn and the progress you will make.

Course aim

To provide an understanding and knowledge of basic British Sign Language with a view to applying learned vocabulary through basic conversation and communication.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is for beginners

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

  • Successfully sign the full English alphabet in BSL
  • To be able to fingerspell, and understand someone else fingerspelling, at least 8 different words
  • To gain the knowledge of at least 20 new BSL signs
  • Give a simple description of yourself and your life in BSL
  • Conduct a basic conversation in BSL (Asking questions and responding)

How will I be taught?

What kind of feedback can I expect?

What else do I need to know?

No prior knowledge is needed to apply for this course. Just a desire to learn. A pen and paper might be useful but not essential. Resources will be available (on Canvas) prior to each weekly class for you to prepare for our online sessions.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

What can I do next?

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An Introduction to British Sign Language


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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