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Learn British Sign Language

Find out about the course and how to enrol.

Two people communicating using sign language.
Learn British Sign Language to enhance your employability

Learning to sign is a great way to demonstrate your commitment to inclusivity and to enhance your employability skills.

This course is open to University of Bath students and staff.

You can find out more about our other language courses on the general information page.

Course descriptions

The Skills Centre is working with Signs4Life to provide a 10-week accredited British Sign Language (BSL) programme for students and staff.

At the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • understand and use a limited range of simple education related words and sentences
  • take part in simple, everyday conversations
  • give and follow simple directions or instructions
  • give and follow simple familiar statements or descriptions

In the final week of the course, you will enter for the BSL Level 1 Award which is assessed in class by the teacher-examiner. You will receive a certificate of achievement when you pass the exam.

Refresher sessions

Following the course, you will be able to access regular refresher programmes online throughout the year. You can use these to continue practising BSL to maintain your skills and knowledge.

There is no additional charge for these refresher sessions.

Course dates and times

The course consists of 3 hours of teaching per week over 10 weeks. All sessions will be delivered in person on campus by a Signs4Life Deaf tutor.

The course will run on the following dates and times:

Course Delivery Day Time Start date End date Enrolment
British Sign Language in-person Wednesday 16:00 to 19:00 7 Feb 8 May Closed

Please note that there will be a break over Easter from Wednesday 27 March to Wednesday 10 April inclusive.

Cost and enrolment

The fee for the course is £295. This covers teaching, examination fees, and refresher sessions throughout the year.

Please follow the link in the Course dates and times table to enrol.

Financial support for students

We do not want finance to be a barrier to your participation on this course. Please complete the BSL funded place application form to apply for a funded place if you are a University of Bath student:

  • in receipt of a Bath Bursary, or
  • from a household where the annual income is lower than £42,000

Places will be allocated on a first come, first served basis, with applications waitlisted once the course is full.

Cancellation policy

You have the right to cancel your enrolment within 14 days of the date that payment is made via the University's online store, and you will receive a refund of the course fees. Thereafter, if you withdraw from a course at any time, you will not be entitled to a refund.

Whilst every effort is made to avoid changes to the programme, published details may be altered without notice at any time. We reserve the right to withdraw or amend any part of this programme without prior notice.

In cases where we cancel a course, we will issue a full or partial refund of course fees, as appropriate.


If you have any questions, please contact us.

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