Learn the BSL Basics

If you don’t have time to commit to a full Level 1 course right now or just want to learn the basics, we can offer short introductory courses.

If you can get a group together and have a venue you can host training we are happy to come to you for training. Perfect for workplaces, community organisations or groups of friends; we can come to you at a time which suits. Course price quote is dependent on location and size of group.


We also run 10 week Introduction to BSL courses in Guildford and Woking.

Students join the first 10 weeks of the Level 1 course and take 1 assessment – Signature BSL101. They can then stop or choose to carry on and complete a full Level 1 qualification.

See our Level 1 page for full information.

An introductory course can be taught in 18-20 hours (e.g. 10 sessions of 2 hours), and there is the option to take the Signature BSL101 assessment for a recognised qualification.

We will cover everyday essentials – meeting and greeting, directions, Fingerspelling, numbers, days and months, travel, weather. We will introduce linguistics – how BSL uses a ‘topic-comment’ structure and how to construct a sentence, as well as explaining use of timelines and placement. We can also include some specialist vocabulary targeted at your workplace needs. For more information contact 

Customised Training - An Example

Dot Sign Language have taught two 10 week BSL courses for the Government Department For International Development (DFID) in preparation for their Global Disability Summit. We have designed a customised course incorporating the vocabulary which their team needs, including discussion on humanitarian projects, sanitation and disease prevention.

This Spring Dot is teaching a short BSL course for The Recovery College in Frimley to help their team communicate with Deaf people attending their workshops. We have included vocabulary related to mental health and wellbeing.