We are still accepting applications for September 2020 starts.

Our campuses remain closed for the foreseeable future 

Easter Closure and return to study

The College will be closed from Saturday 4th April to Tuesday 14th April (inclusive), there will be no work set for classroom based courses over this normal 2 week holiday period, however we will be returning to remote working on Wednesday 15th April for staff to continue to prepare online learning and resources.

UCC students and Apprentices will return to their online remote learning on Monday 20th April.

Further Education students will return to online remote learning on Wednesday 22nd April. This delay is to allow teaching staff to prepare materials for the next few weeks of online learning on Monday 20th and Tuesday 21st April.

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.

We do not currently have a start date for this course, please click on the blue ‘Register an Interest’ button and we will contact you when we have a start date.

*This course is not available to learners under 18.

As these programmes are not government funded 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.

Deaf Awareness and Basic Sign Language ( BSL ) Course
Duration4 weeks
CampusColchester Institute
Start DateTBC
AttendanceWednesday | 6:30pm - 8:30pm


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The College reserves the right to update and amend information as and when necessary. Colchester Institute will do its best to provide the courses shown, but may have to modify or withdraw a course depending on customer demand and other factors.