British Sign Language

British Sign Language

"The perfect place to hone your BSL skills" - Evening Standard

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.

Courses available both in-person and online

We offer a range of courses allowing you to choose between online and in-person learning. All our courses are live, interactive, and taught by expert tutors. No matter how you prefer to learn, you’ll receive the same great City Lit experience. See our guide to online learning for more information about accessing our live online courses.

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  1. BSL Taster Session
    Last Few Places
    Course start date:  Thu 8 Sep 2022 (and 9 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Peter Brown
    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.
    Full fee £0.00 Senior fee £0.00 Concession £0.00
    Rating:
    97% of 100
  2. BSL 1:1 coaching
    Course start date:  Tue 13 Sep 2022

    Location on this date:  Mixed Mode (Online and In Person)

    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 course 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.



    Sessions can be face-to-face or via Zoom.



    This course will be delivered online and in person. 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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    100% of 100
  3. BSL level 1
    Course start date:  Mon 19 Sep 2022 (and 8 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Marios Costi
    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.
    Full fee £599.00 Senior fee £503.00 Concession £454.00
    Rating:
    96% of 100
  4. Beginners BSL
    Last Few Places, Evening
    Course start date:  Tue 20 Sep 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Carolina Delgado Espejo
    Are you interested in learning BSL? Join us to learn some basic vocabulary and grammar and decide if you want to progress to the level 1 qualification.
    Full fee £99.00 Senior fee £99.00 Concession £69.00
  5. Introduction to BSL
    Course start date:  Tue 20 Sep 2022 (and 7 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Marios Costi
    Interested in learning British Sign Language? Learn some basic vocabulary and grammar, and decide if you want to progress to the level 1 qualification.
    Full fee £199.00 Senior fee £159.00 Concession £139.00
    Rating:
    99% of 100
  6. Level 3 certificate in BSL
    Evening
    Course start date:  Wed 21 Sep 2022 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Pat Parke
    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.
    Full fee £1,499.00 Senior fee £1,499.00 Concession £1,499.00
  7. Deaf history: one-day course
    ONLINE, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 24 Sep 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Peter Brown
    A brief introduction to 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
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  8. BSL level 2
    Course start date:  Wed 28 Sep 2022 (and 4 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Marios Costi
    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.
    Full fee £799.00 Senior fee £674.00 Concession £611.00
    Rating:
    98% of 100
  9. Level 4 certificate in BSL
    Course start date:  Tue 4 Oct 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Emma Iliffe
    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.
    Full fee £1,299.00 Senior fee £1,299.00 Concession £1,299.00
  10. Pre level 6 in BSL
    Last Few Places
    Course start date:  Wed 5 Oct 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Emma Iliffe
    This course is the language development part of the Level 6 in BSL Studies. Ideal for you if you have passed level 3 in BSL or Level 4 in BSL - depending on your BSL skills. This course is suitable for you if you want to continue to develop your skills up to the appropriate standard for progression to the Level 6 in BSL.
    Full fee £499.00 Senior fee £499.00 Concession £499.00
  11. Pre-level 3 in BSL
    Course start date:  Fri 7 Oct 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  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.
    Full fee £599.00 Senior fee £479.00
    Rating:
    90% of 100
  12. Sign Language Teacher Training Course
    Course start date:  Fri 7 Oct 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Mark Hopkinson
    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 7th October 2022 to 10th June 2023.



    The hours are 10.00-17.00 Fridays and Saturdays.
    Full fee £999.00 Senior fee £999.00 Concession £999.00
  13. Teaching methods for BSL teachers workshop
    Course start date:  Fri 21 Oct 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Richard Carter
    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.
    Full fee £89.00 Senior fee £89.00 Concession £89.00
    Rating:
    95% of 100
  14. Pre-level 2 in BSL: refresher
    Course start date:  Mon 31 Oct 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Pat Parke
    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.
    Full fee £329.00 Senior fee £263.00 Concession £230.00
    Rating:
    100% of 100
  15. BSL intensive fingerspelling practice
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 19 Nov 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Peter Brown
    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.
    Full fee £89.00 Senior fee £89.00 Concession £89.00
    Rating:
    95% of 100

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