British Sign Language Courses


MDC strive to deliver a range of educational courses in various settings. We teach full, Signature accredited courses for Levels 1 and 2 in British Sign Language, with a view to starting a Level 3 course in January 2021. We deliver Deaf Awareness sessions, 10-hour Introduction to Sign Language courses and can also offer bespoke training sessions to cater to the needs of our clients and service users. We are currently developing a training package which we will offer to employers who are keen to make their place of work as inclusive as possible. In line with bespoke training, we can also offer 1:1 tutoring. Our teachers are professional, fully qualified, experienced, reputable, and profoundly deaf native BSL users. Our training is delivered in British Sign Language to ensure an authentic learning experience. Where necessary, a fully qualified BSL Interpreter will be present to assist with the facilitation of communication between teacher and participants.


5 Week Introduction to British Sign Language

We are delighted to now offer online courses! This is the perfect option if you are unable to gather everyone in the same place at the same time, for continued professional development away from the work-place or even for online team and skill building. There are plenty of online courses out there,

British Sign Language Level 1

Level 1 is designed to teach learners to communicate with D/deaf people in British Sign Language (BSL) on a range of topics that involve simple, everyday language use. They will gain basic skills and confidence in production and reception of BSL. Our Level 1 BSL course is suitable for complete

British Sign Language Level 2

Level 2 is designed to enable learners to develop their skills to communicate with Deaf people using British Sign Language (BSL) in a range of everyday situations. The qualification will allow learners to participate in longer and more varied conversations than at Level 1. The course will develop

British Sign Language Level 3

The Level 3 Certificate in British Sign Language (BSL) meets the learning needs of those who already have competence in BSL at Level 2 and are interested in developing their skills and knowledge. Successful learners must be able to demonstrate competence at Level 3 of the UK Occupational Language

Not quite what you're looking for? If you want to book a course or training for your organisation, you can find out more here.

Meet our Staff

Emma Andrews – Courses Booking Officer

"I’m Emma, the Booking Officer at MDC. I work full time and coordinate all aspects of the BSL courses. I am qualified up to Level 6 BSL and understand just how exciting this journey can be- we are here to give you the best experience possible. If you have any queries regarding your course, you can always contact me and I’ll do my very best to help."

Tel: 0161 273 6699




Jonathan Slack - BSL Teacher Levels 1, 2 & 3

"I’m a qualified teacher, assessor and internal verifier and have been teaching for many, many years at a range of different places. I’ve had experience teaching British Sign Language Levels 1 – 6, as well as courses focussing on Deaf Awareness, Communication Methods and Deaf Culture. I really enjoy teaching and I believe communication is so important to help members of the Deaf and hearing communities understand and connect with each other – that is why I am so passionate about sharing BSL. I love helping hearing people understand more about Deaf people and their culture so we can breakdown those communication barriers and I try to ensure my lessons are also fun, encouraging and enjoyable, with a bit of Deaf humour thrown in!"




Anita Kanji - BSL Teacher Level 1 and Level 3 Teaching Assistant

"I am a deaf tutor for BSL. I have been teaching BSL for the last 20 years in a number of
different places. I became a qualified teacher (PGCE) in 2015."






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If you would like to know more about
any of our services, please get in touch.

Manchester Deaf Centre,
Crawford House,
Booth Street East,
M13 9GH

09:00 – 17:00


0161 273 3415

Registered Charity Number: 1110373