British Sign Language Training

New BSL courses launching in 2021

We offer a number of different British Sign Language classes: Beginning with our Introduction to BSL courses which run throughout the year and progressing to our Signature accredited courses in BSL Level 1 to Level 3. We also offer courses for business and organisations and provide training both online and face-to-face.

Online Introduction to BSL Course

Our online Introduction to BSL course is a great way to start learning BSL. Learn the basics with teaching from one of our excellent and experienced Deaf Tutors. You will learn such things as; greetings, introducing yourself, fingerspelling, numbers, weather, directions, and much more on this highly interactive and fun course.

The course is taught online via Zoom over 8 weeks with a 2 hour lesson once a week, you will then have an assessment on the 9th week. Upon completing the course you will have achieved the first module of Signature’s Level 1 Award in BSL, you can then chose to carry the credits forward onto a continuation course running later in the year to achieve the full Level 1 qualification.

Course details:

Mondays 10-12pm starting 22nd March 2021

Tuesdays 6-8pm starting 23rd March 2021

Wednesdays 1-3pm starting 24th March 2021

Courses are £150 including all teaching, registration and assessment fees

Find out more and book your place here

Signature BSL Level 1, 2 & 3

Our current training schedule is suspended due to restrictions under the COVID-19 pandemic but we’re hard at work in the background making plans for an Autumn 2021 course enrolment.

We offer three levels of the nationally recognised British Sign Language qualifications accredited by Signature. running either in the daytime or evening, our classes are taught face-to-face and held in the heart of the Deaf community in Nottingham.

These courses are aimed at individuals who would like to learn BSL because they work with, or aspire to work with, Deaf service users, have Deaf colleagues, friends or family, or simply wish to learn a new skill.

Using a variety of resources, teaching methods and activities, these qualifications will give learners with the ability and confidence to communicate with Deaf people in a range of situations.

All our courses offer the number of teaching hours recommended by Signature, to ensure all course material is covered. Our results have been consistently above the national average, demonstrating that our Tutors deliver the highest quality of teaching.

Further Information

For more details about our Signature BSL courses, please visit:

If you’re thinking about doing some training, there are many reasons to choose NDS

Current Prices

£495 including Registration, Assessments and Recommended Learning Hours.

Direct Debit Payment Plan:

  • Initial Deposit £195
  • Followed by 6 monthly payments of £50

£690 including Registration, Assessments and Recommended Learning Hours.

Direct Debit Payment Plan:

  • Initial Deposit £300
  • Followed by 6 monthly payments of £65

£970 including Registration and Recommended Learning Hours.

Direct Debit Payment Plan:

  • Initial Deposit £400
  • Followed by 6 monthly payments of £95

Assessment fees for Level 3 are charged at time of assessment. Current fee for all Level 3 assessments is £147.

Prices current at 1st January 2020. Discounted prices available for 14-17 year olds. Please refer to the course booking system.

Corporate Training

We also offer bespoke BSL courses to companies where a trainer will come to your workplace to deliver the training. This can be anything from 3 hours to a short course fitted around your needs and availability. Topics would include meeting and greeting, fingerspelling, exchanging information, family, weather, and much more. We will work with you to design the teaching to include useful workplace vocabulary so that you are best able to offer access and quality of service to your deaf staff, clients and service users.

We can offer this as stand-alone training or combined with our Deaf Awareness Training, for more information about this please click here.

Corporate training can be offered face-to-face or online, depending on your preference and requirements.