British Sign Language Introduction


This course is for anyone who wishes to learn some basic techniques of British Sign Language. You do not need any previous experience of British Sign Language to start this class, it will introduce you to techniques used to help you decide if you would like to progress to an accredited course. Signatures, the awarding body, set entry requirements for learners to have sufficient sight, manual dexterity, facial and body movement to produce and receive BSL

The BSL introduction course will include the following topics:


  • An introduction to deaf awareness
  • Finger spelling names and places
  • Meeting and greeting others
  • Numbers, travel, and directions
  • Describing and asking about the weather
  • Describing people, animals, and objects around the home
  • Time, dates, and money
  • Activities and interests, food, and drink.


The course will be very practical, and you will be given lots of opportunities to practice in pairs and small groups. Your tutor is a BSL user, and your first session will be supported by a BSL interpreter

You will feel comfortable using the One File system and raise any concerns with the tutor. You will also find out about the expectations of the course and how you will be assessed.

Course Length
5 Weeks

You will be expected to attend every week. If you cannot attend, you will be set work to ensure you meet your learning outcomes.

What else do I need to know?
You do not need to do any written work at home. However, practising between sessions will help you to reinforce signs and can be fun to do with family and friends, just as you would if you were learning a foreign language.


This is not an accredited course but may encourage you to progress to the Level 1 in BSL.

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