British Sign Language

British Sign Language

British Sign Language (BSL) is an officially recognised language in its own right, with a unique grammatical structure. Using BSL will enable you to communicate with Deaf sign language users. Progression to advanced levels can also open up a range of employment opportunities to work with Deaf people. City Lit offers the fullest range of courses, enabling you to progress from introductory or beginner level right through to advanced level 6 .

Many of our courses are delivered online. For more information about our live online courses, please see our guide to online learning.

For more information on how the Centre for Deaf Education has adapted during the COVID-19 pandemic, please visit our 'adapting to change to support the deaf community' page.

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  1. BSL Taster Session
    Course Date:  Thu 9 Sep 2021 (and 9 other dates)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    This is a one-off free session to give you a taste of what happens in a British Sign Language class. The class will be a fun and relaxed group where you will learn some basic signs in BSL. If you enjoy the class, you can discuss course options with the tutor at the end.



    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee £0.00 Senior fee £0.00 Concession £0.00 Senior fee £0.00 Concession £0.00
    Rating:
    97% of 100
  2. BSL 1:1 coaching
    Course Date:  Tue 14 Sep 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Mixed Mode (Online and Onsite)

    These sessions can be taught at any level and are designed to help you improve your BSL. You can ask your teacher to give guidance on specific areas of BSL. This can also be used to ‘brush up’ and practise before assessments and exams. If you are on one of our BSL courses and wish to undertake further practice in your own time then this is for you! Please contact the department for further details and to discuss your requirements. You will then be assigned one of our BSL teachers to work with you.



    This course will be delivered online and onsite. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £59.00 Senior fee £59.00 Concession £59.00
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  3. BSL level 2
    Evening
    Course Date:  Mon 20 Sep 2021 (and 5 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Have you passed your BSL level 1 and are you ready for a level 2 course? Build your skills and knowledge and achieve a level 2 qualification, accredited by Signature.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £879.00 Senior fee £879.00 Concession £652.00
    Rating:
    98% of 100
  4. BSL level 1
    Course Date:  Mon 20 Sep 2021 (and 7 other dates)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Have you always wanted to learn British Sign Language and communicate with Deaf people? Develop the skills you need to gain the level 1 BSL qualification, accredited by Signature. The fees for BSL level 1 courses include a year's subscription to Signworld.







    You may wish to study BSL without the pressure of an exam, or just for fun. We can arrange for you to be taught without a formal final assessment and you will receive a certificate of attendance.



    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee £599.00 Senior fee £502.00 Concession £444.00
    Rating:
    96% of 100
  5. Introduction to BSL
    Course Date:  Tue 21 Sep 2021 (and 10 other dates)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Interested in learning British Sign Language? Learn some basic vocabulary and grammar, and decide if you want to progress to the level 1 qualification.



    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee £189.00 Senior fee £151.00 Concession £129.00
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    99% of 100
  6. Level 3 certificate in BSL
    Evening
    Course Date:  Wed 22 Sep 2021 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Ideal if you have passed level 2 in BSL and are ready to develop the knowledge and skills you need to achieve the level 3 qualification, accredited by Signature.



    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee £1,499.00 Senior fee £1,499.00 Concession £1,499.00
  7. Pre-level 2 in BSL: refresher
    Course Date:  Mon 4 Oct 2021 (and 4 other dates)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    If you have passed level 1 in BSL but are not quite ready to do level 2, this course is for you. Practise storytelling, having conversations and presenting information to others in an unhurried and friendly class. This is not an exam class, but you will receive an attendance certificate.



    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee £299.00 Senior fee £239.00 Concession £203.00
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  8. Level 4 certificate in BSL
    Course Date:  Tue 5 Oct 2021

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Ideal if you have completed level 3 in BSL and are ready to develop your skills to level 4 standard. This is a new way to progress onto level 6. This is a Level 4 qualification course accredited by Signature. You will work though a practical programme designed and taught by our experienced teacher.



    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee £1,199.00 Senior fee £1,199.00 Concession £1,199.00
  9. Pre level 6 in BSL
    Course Date:  Wed 6 Oct 2021

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street





    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee £499.00 Senior fee £499.00 Concession £499.00
  10. Pre-level 3 in BSL
    Course Date:  Fri 8 Oct 2021

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Have you have passed your level 2 in BSL but need more confidence and advice before moving on to a level 3 course? You will improve the standard of your productive and receptive BSL skills to enable you to converse comfortably with a BSL user.



    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee £499.00 Senior fee £399.00 Concession £339.00
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  11. Sign Language Teacher Training Course
    Course Date:  Fri 8 Oct 2021

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Are you deaf and fluent in BSL? Interested to teaching BSL? This specialist BSL teacher training course leads to a national teaching qualification and includes knowledge of BSL and the Deaf Community.







    The Level 3 Award in Education and Training is designed to give you the knowledge and confidence to teach in the post-16 education sector. This could be as a trainer in the private training industry or as a teacher/lecturer in further education







    You will attend City Lit for lecture blocks over 8 sessions from 8th October 2021 to 11th June 2022.



    The hours are 10.00-17.00 Fridays and Saturdays.



    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee £999.00 Senior fee £999.00 Concession £999.00
  12. Teaching methods for BSL teachers workshop
    Course Date:  Fri 22 Oct 2021

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Are you a BSL teacher? Would you like to improve or learn new ways to teach BSL in your class? Richard Carter comes highly recommended - he will teach you how to find the best way for your students to learn BSL. This will help you to become confident and motivate your teaching. Please come and enrol on this one off workshop!



    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee £79.00 Senior fee £79.00 Concession £79.00
    Rating:
    95% of 100
  13. Deaf history: one-day course
    ONLINE,Weekend
    Course Date:  Sat 6 Nov 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Find out about the history of Deaf people in Britain and the development of British Sign Language. This fascinating course is taught in BSL, with a BSL-English interpreter available.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £89.00 Senior fee £89.00 Concession £89.00
    Rating:
    100% of 100
  14. BSL intensive fingerspelling practice
    Weekend
    Course Date:  Sat 20 Nov 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Are you on a level 1 or 2 BSL course and would like to improve your ability to use and understand BSL fingerspelling? This workshop is taught by a highly experienced teacher and provides a perfect opportunity to focus on this particular area of BSL.



    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee £89.00 Senior fee £89.00 Concession £89.00
    Rating:
    95% of 100
  15. Level 3 BSL receptive skills practice
    Weekend
    Course Date:  Sat 26 Feb 2022

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Are you currently on a Level 3 course in BSL? If you need some guidance by an experienced teacher, this course will provide guidance and tips to help you develop strategies for how best to approach the level 3 receptive exam (Unit 321).



    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee £89.00 Senior fee £89.00 Concession £89.00
    Rating:
    80% of 100

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