Deaf Awareness and Basic Sign Language (BSL) Course

Sign language uses hand movements, facial expressions and body language to communicate and is mainly used by the deaf and people who can hear but cannot speak. In addition it is also used by some hearing people, most often families and relatives of the deaf, and interpreters who enable the deaf and wider communities to communicate with each other.

If you have contact with deaf or hard of hearing people and would like to improve your confidence and communication skills, then this course is for you. By learning about deaf awareness and basic sign language an understanding of the barriers deaf people face can be gained, by knowing how to communicate with awareness and basic BSL skills.

This 4 week course is ideal for anyone wishing to develop their sign language skills for either professional use or for personal use.


*This course is not available to learners under 18.

This short course is not government funded, therefore low income or unemployment fee waivers are not available and additional learning support cannot be provided.

Please call (01206) 712777 for more information.

Who is this course for?

The Deaf Awareness and Basic Sign Language ( BSL ) Course is suitable for

  • Parents
  • Teachers
  • Learners who wish to gain a CPD ( Continuing Personal Development ) Certificate
  • Learning support assistants
  • Care workers
  • Reception staff
  • Customer service staff

The course is also suitable for other professions or individuals who wish to learn new skills and improve their ability to communicate more effectively with a wider range of people.

Course Content

During the 4 weeks Deaf Awareness and Basic Sign Language ( BSL ) Course we will cover areas such as:

  • Alphabet
  • Numbers
  • Time
  • Greeting
  • Weather
  • Individual support needs

Upon completion of this course learners will receive a certificate of attendance.

How To Apply

Entry Requirements

There are no formal entry requirements for this course and as such it does not require an application form to be submitted.

How to book your place

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Deaf Awareness and Basic Sign Language ( BSL ) Course
Duration3 weeks
Campus / Adult Skills CentreColchester Campus
Start DateTBC
AttendanceThursdays: 6:30pm - 9pm


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