British Sign Language


British Sign Language (BSL) is the first or preferred language of over 87,000 deaf people in the UK. By studying BSL you are part of journey to a more communicative and accessible world, supported by a team of BSL users from all walks of life no matter your skills, knowledge, or background.


I had hoped to learn how to be able to communicate in BSL, even if it was only the basics, but I have learned so much more. The benefit for me now, is a greater understanding, and the ability to be able to communicate with a Deaf person, rather than feeling I was being rude, by not knowing how to ask , or answer questions if I met then in, or out of work.

Linda Caton, British Sign Language Intermediate 2 Student

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Future roles of those that continue in the career path of BSL can include:

  • working alongside Deaf BSL users in the workplace
  • becoming a BSL/English Interpreter

Learning BSL will not only give you the opportunity to learn a beautiful, visual language, but it will also have a positive effect on your interpersonal, communication and memory skills as well as making it easier for learning any future languages.

Emma Carey, British Sign Language Lecturer

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