British Sign Language (BSL) training

BSL is a language used by Deaf people to communicate using hand signs, gestures, facial expressions and lip patterns. It’s a totally different language to English. Help your staff have a basic conversation with colleagues and customers whose first or preferred language is BSL.

Our BSL training can now be delivered remotely by an experienced trainer.

To book a course, call us on 0333 240 5658 or submit an initial enquiry form.


Remote BSL training

During the COVID-19 pandemic we’re unable to provide face-to-face training so we’ve developed a remote Start to Sign course. Get in touch for more details.

We’re currently working on a remote BSL at Work course. To register your interest, please fill in an enquiry form.

We’re also offering a shorter remote BSL taster session which can be booked online now.

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More about BSL training

How many people in the UK use BSL?

BSL is the preferred language of over 87,000 Deaf people in the UK for whom English may be a second or third language. A total of 151,000 people in the UK can use BSL – this figure does not include professional BSL users, interpreters and translators, unless they use BSL at home.

Source: British Deaf Association

How long is each course?

Our remote Start to Sign course involves three, one-hour sessions – ideally delivered on consecutive days.

Who delivers the training?

All of our sign language trainers use BSL as their first or preferred language. This means they are able to use their personal experience of the barriers faced by people who are Deaf.

Blog – essential articles on British Sign Language (BSL) training

Our blog has some great articles on British Sign Language (BSL) training to help your staff have a basic conversation with colleagues and customers whose first or preferred language is BSL. Visit blog >

Why choose RNID?

As the UK’s largest charity for people living with deafness, tinnitus and hearing loss, we’re expertly placed to provide BSL courses for the public, private and voluntary sectors.

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