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.

All of our BSL tutors 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.

BSL Taster

Our BSL Taster course is back and ready to deliver to those who are wanting to learn what British Sign Language is all about.

The BSL Taster course is taught over 2 hours by our highly qualified and experienced Deaf tutors.

Go to our Training Course Bookings page for more information about dates, and to book your place.


If you have had a sudden hearing loss or have suffered with hearing loss for quite some time, then our lipreading classes may be the ones for you.

The lipreading sessions are offered face to face or online for those who wish to brush up on their lip reading skills to improve their communication with others.

The group is great for meeting other people who have the same issues when it comes to communicating and is perfect for that peer support.

Head to our lipreading page to find out more!

Signature BSL Level 1, 2 & 3

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 are 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 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

£515 including Registration, Assessments and Recommended Learning Hours.

Direct Debit Payment Plan:

  • Initial Deposit £215
  • Followed by 6 monthly payments of £50

£710 including Registration, Assessments and Recommended Learning Hours.

Direct Debit Payment Plan:

  • Initial Deposit £320
  • Followed by 6 monthly payments of £65

£1,205 including Registration, Teaching Hours and Assessments.

Direct Debit Payment Plan:

  • Initial Deposit £540
  • Followed by 7 monthly payments of £95

Prices current at 1st May 2023

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.