Introduction to British Sign Language »

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.

Signature Level 1 Award in British Sign Language »

This course is designed to give students a basic ability to communicate with Deaf people using BSL in familiar day-to-day environments such as work, school or college, and social occasions.

Learn how to meet & greet, give and understand simple instructions, give directions, discuss the weather. This course includes fingerspelling, dates, times, transport methods and other everyday vocabulary.

Students will start to learn BSL structure, grammar and placement.

In addition to class time, students will be expected to research vocabulary and practise outside class.

Signature Level 2 Certificate in British Sign Language »

The Level 2 Certificate follows on from Level 1 and develops further the ability to communicate using BSL in a range of social and school, college or work-related contexts. Students will be expected to participate in longer and more open-ended exchanges than in Level 1.

Level 2 will be of interest to those wanting to progress onto higher BSL qualifications which are required for certain careers and roles such as a BSL/English Interpreter, Communication Support Worker, Teacher of the Deaf and other jobs working with the Deaf.

Qualification: Signature Level 2 Certificate in British Sign Language (QCF) BSL Level 2
(Ref: QAN500/6105/7, BSL2)

This qualification has been developed in accordance with the National Language Standards at Level 2.

Pre-Level 3 British Sign Language Course »

Our Pre-Level 3 course is designed to be a ‘bridging’ course for those who have passed BSL Level 2 and want to go on to achieve the Level 3 Certificate but feel that they need more practice and experience. It is also useful for students who wish to continue learning British Sign Language but do not wish to take an assessment.

Signature Level 3 Certificate in British Sign Language »

The learner will develop an advanced knowledge of the structure and function of British Sign
Language and an understanding of the Deaf Community and Deaf Culture, and will be able to understand and use varied BSL in a range of work and social situations. Level 3 is a nationally-recognised qualification equivalent in standard to a GCE Advanced Level and Level B2 on the common European Framework.

Most Communication Support Worker (CSW) roles require a Level 3 qualification.  This qualification is also suitable for Deaf people who would like to achieve a qualification in their own language.

NEW: BSL Pre-Level 6 »

This will be a relaxed course running over an academic year. It is designed for learners who wish to develop their knowledge and skills in British Sign Language before deciding whether to start BSL Level 6 in September 2020.

It will incorporate in-depth teaching of BSL Linguistics to Level 4 standard which is a requirement in order to join a Level 6 course.

For learners who have passed BSL Level 3. If you are waiting for Level 3 results or need to re-sit assessments you are welcome to apply.

Also suitable for Deaf BSL users wishing to study their own language.

 

 

 

NEW: Signature Level 6 Certificate in British Sign Language »

Dot Sign Language Director and qualified teacher Kathleen Grehan is extremely excited to be teaching the NEW Signature Level 6 qualification from September 2019. This course has been completely updated with new content.

Upon successful completion of this qualification, learners will be able to demonstrate language skills equivalent to an undergraduate degree in Modern Languages. If they wish they can then progress to interpreter training.

You must be age 19+ to take this qualification.

 

1 to 1 Tutorials »

Our teachers are happy to arrange 1 to 1 private tuition when requested. Students require these services for various reasons, for example, to catch up on work missed, to help with areas that some students may find challenging, to fast-track through a qualification.

BSL Workshops Vocabulary, Receptive & Linguistics »

BSL order is very different and sometimes we lack the awareness, vocabulary or receptive skill to get the full meaning of a phrase.

Often, it is crucial ‘non-verbal’ connectors that we fail to see. It results in us ‘missing the point’ despite understanding most of the signs. That is frustrating.

In this series of workshops we will completely dissect a range of video clips on various topics. This will increase your vocabulary and improve your receptive, linguistic and grammar skills. Each session will also focus on ‘sticking areas’ that students often struggle with – such as turn-taking convention, mouth pattern, aspect, tenses etc.

‘Improvers’ workshops are for signers of Levels 2, 3, and 4. Each session lasts 2 hours and are £20.00 each. This is discounted to £15.00 per session if you book five or more.

Students will be issued with a certificate of attendance.

Workplace Training »

  • Ensure your company is accessible to Deaf customers.
  • Comply with your legal obligations under The Equality Act.
  • Motivate your staff

Whether you are a private company, a public-sector service or an NHS provider of health or social care, we can provide a Deaf Awareness session tailor-made to meet your needs.

We discuss what it means to be a Deaf customer or patient, knowing what laws apply to your place of work, and think about practical steps every employee can take to make the business accessible and welcoming to a Deaf British Sign Language user. The majority of the session is ‘hands-on’ learning BSL signs. We will teach the signs you need, and incorporate Deaf awareness issues which you need covering.

Whether you need 1 hour, 2 hours, a half day, full day or multiple sessions; we will design bespoke training to suit your needs.