British Sign Language

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This course is designed for beginners and will teach learners to communicate with Deaf people on a range of general topics. You will be taught by a professional Deaf Tutor in a friendly and supportive environment.

This course leads to a qualification* that is divided into three units, each of which can be achieved separately. The Entry units (no previous knowledge required) are as follows: Institute of British Sign Language (iBSL) Entry Level Award in BSL Units EB1, EB2 and EB3.

*This qualification is optional and can be achieved by undertaking iBSL's (the awarding body) assessment (the exam fees for all three Entry Units are £25 each).

Students who have already completed any of our courses can continue learning BSL and achieving the Signature's award. Level 1 and Level 2 Awards in British Sign Language, candidates must pass all units.

*This award is optional and can be achieved by undertaking Signature's (the awarding body) assessment (exam fees: Level 1 Unit 101: £20; Units 102 & 103 £35; and Level 2 Part 1 Unit 202: £50).

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Levels offered: British Sign Language

Institute of British Sign Language

iBSL Entry Level

You have little or no prior knowledge of British Sign Language.


Beginners level 1, BSL unit 102

You can manage the basics of British Sign Language in simple situations.

BSL Level 2 - Part 1

You can converse with some fluency on a range of topics.

Not sure which level you want? Please contact us.

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NEW Courses 2018

Enrolments for courses starting in January 2018 will open on 1st December 2017.

2017-2018 Term Dates

Classes run during the University terms and take place during evenings, afternoons and Saturdays:

Term 1: Autumn term (10 weeks)

Monday 9 October – Saturday 16 December 2017

Term 2: Spring term (10 weeks)

Monday 22 January – Saturday 31 March 2018

Term 3: Summer term (10 weeks)

Monday 30 April – Saturday 7 July 2018

Summer School (2 intensive weeks)

Monday 18 – Friday 29 June 2018

Please note Languages at Leicester courses will be running during University of Leicester Reading Weeks.