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 Start to Sign or BSL for Work courses can be delivered by an experienced trainer at your workplace.

December offer

Get 10% OFF workplace assessments, deaf awareness training, and British Sign Language BSL courses booked during December 2020*. Just mention code OFFER10 when booking.

*The 10% offer applies to Louder than Words services from RNID booked between 1st – 24th December 2020.Excludes communication support, loop installations and contract rates.

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


Start to Sign course

This course will provide your staff with basic BSL skills to communicate with people who are Deaf and use BSL. They’ll learn how to:

  • use appropriate greetings
  • introduce themselves using fingerspelling
  • explain their job title/role in BSL
  • hold a brief conversation with a Deaf person using everyday vocabulary
  • recognise and apply basic grammatical structures in BSL.

British Sign Language (BSL) training


BSL for Work course

This course can be tailored to include BSL signs which are relevant for your organisation. By the end of the course, your staff will be able to:

  • sign the BSL alphabet to fingerspell names of people and places
  • count in BSL and express money and quantities
  • give and receive basic information at work using BSL
  • understand the structure of BSL and how it differs from spoken English.

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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?
  • Start to Sign: There are half-day (3 hours) or full-day (6 hours) courses available.
  • BSL at Work: This course lasts for 18 hours and can be delivered in three full-day sessions or six half-day sessions.
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.

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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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