Adult Skills and Community Learning

Learning BSL is a real challenge, but it's a fascinating and very rewarding skill to acquire. Did you know, for example, that British Sign Language has a completely different grammar from normal spoken English?

Our BSL classes are very informal and practical. They involve a lot of activities to help you remember the signs you learn. Some of these activities are carried out between the learner and the tutor; others between groups or pairs of learners. 

Introduction to BSL course

This course is for anyone interested in learning BSL for personal, professional or social reasons, whether you're hearing impaired or not.

We start off with some basic finger spelling (so that you can sign your name, for example), and we include greetings and general introductions. For you to communicate successfully, it's also important to understand deaf culture and how to behave towards deaf people, so we also include deaf awareness at an early stage in the course.

See our course listing for British Sign Language for details of the days and times for these courses.

Length of course

5 weeks

Course content

  • Signs for basic greetings
  • Finger spelling
  • Some differences between hearing and deaf cultures

Entry requirements

No previous knowledge is required

Course fees

This course is free of charge

How to apply 

Give us a call for more information or to book your place. You'll need to take your National Insurance number to the first session.

What our learners say

  • I enjoyed everything in the course. Great tutor and friendly people.
    Adult learner
  • The tutor made it a relaxed and enjoyable course while creating the right atmosphere to learn
    Adult learner
  • I enjoyed every single week and cannot believe how much I've learnt in this short time. Our tutor was fabulous. Thank you.
    Adult learner