British Sign Language Training

Our Training Courses

We offer a number of different British Sign Language classes: Beginning with our Taster Sessions and 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 businesses and organisations and provide training both online and face-to-face options.

All of our BSL trainers are profoundly deaf and are first language BSL users. We believe that training should be led by people with a lived experience of deafness; training others about their own culture and language.

British Sign Language Taster Session

Our BSL Taster Session is a great first introduction to Sign Language. Learn the basics with teaching from one of our excellent and experienced Deaf teachers. You will learn such things as; greetings, introducing yourself, fingerspelling, numbers, and much more on this highly interactive and fun course.

It’s a one-off session of 2 hours and at only £20 per person it’s a great opportunity for everyone.


We’re thrilled to announce that we have some new Taster dates for Spring/Summer 2022!

Saturday 18th June 10-12pm

Tuesday 28th June 6-8pm

Both taking place at our building in Nottingham.

Why not book yourself a place now? Just go to our course booking page to get started.

Introduction to British Sign Language

A 9 week course providing you with an introduction to British Sign Language. This is a perfect course for beginners who don’t have the time to commit to a full Level 1 course but would like more than a one-off Taster. You’ll learn many topics including meeting and greeting, fingerspelling, family, weather, transport, etc, from one of our excellent deaf teachers. All attendees will also get a certificate at the completion of the course, following an informal assessment.

The course is taught face-to-face at our building in Nottingham in one of our spacious, airy training rooms. We only have a maximum of 14 places available per class so there is a high level of teacher-support and practice time.

Register your interest for our next course intake by emailing to be the first to hear about the new dates!

Signature BSL Level 1, 2 & 3

New courses starting in September 2022!


If you’re looking for an accredited course to get a nationally recognised qualification, then these courses are for you:

We offer three levels of British Sign Language qualifications accredited by the exam body, Signature. Running either in the daytime or evening, these 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 follow Signature’s qualification specification to ensure all course material is covered and we have a team of highly experienced tutors and support staff. 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

£1,185 including Registration, Teaching Hours and Assessments.

Direct Debit Payment Plan:

  • Initial Deposit £520
  • Followed by 7 monthly payments of £95

Prices current at 1st May 2022. 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.