Learning BSL

Deaf Connexions provides a range of opportunities to learn British Sign Language.

We have three inhouse Deaf qualified BSL tutors.

“Signature” is the leading nationally recognised accredited body who provide a range of Sign Language and communication courses. www.signature.org.uk

Deaf Connexions regularly runs a BSL level one and BSL level two fully accredited courses. These courses are your first stepping stones towards carers with Deaf people.
BSL level one is a 32 week course 64 tutored hours and has three assessments at the end two of which are externally examined and has 9 credit value.
BSL level two is a 50 week course 100 tutored hours and has three assessments at the end which are all externally examined and has 15 credit value. Deaf Connexions provides free assessments for anyone wishing to join our BSL level two courses
For both the above course you must pass all assessments to be awarded your pass certificate
Deaf Connexions does not provide ABC sign language courses

We also offer a 5 or 10 week basic BSL course at your work place or venue. The current costs per student are £50 for 5 weeks and £100 for ten weeks. We do need a minimum of 6 students to run a course.

Please contact us to discuss your needs.

Learning BSL

  • BSL Level 1 & 2 . Deaf Connexions is running three BSL Signature credited, courses, starting this September and October. These will take place in Norwich, Wymonham and Downham Market. Please see the table below for more information.
  • "Start to Sign". This is our own “inhouse” sign language course. We have developed this ourselves working with the Deaf community and our Deaf tutors. The course is 20 weeks long and for two hours a session. It covers a range of basic BSL vocabulary and Deaf awareness. It is a good starting place and will prepare you for a level one course. The course takes place in the Deaf Centre, Johnson Place, Norwich. Please contact us for the next start date.
  • Five and Ten week basic sign language course. This can be delivered to you at you venue, in the work place, or schools or community centres. It will give you the signs you need for basic communication and can be tailored to your requirements. Both courses are for two hours each week.

Practising BSL

  • Thursday Morning BSL Coffee Morning. Every Thursday 10.00 to 12.00 we run a BSL coffee morning at the Deaf Centre, Johnson Place, Norwich. It is an informal friendly place for you to come and learn sign language with Deaf and hearing people of all ages and abilities. It is free to attend and anyone is welcome to come along.
  • "Sign Zone". Closed for holidays from December. Every Wednesday evening 6.30 to 8.30 at the Deaf Centre, Johnson Place, Norwich. We welcome BSL students who are learning level one or level two or anyone who wishes to brush up their skills.
  • The "Talking Hands" BSL Cafe is open at the Deaf Centre Tuesday, Wednesday and Thrsday. You can buy a tea or coffee and light snacks.

All our sessions and training are provided by qualified Deaf Tutors.

Latest Courses

Start Date
BSL Level ONE 27th September 7-9pm Wymondham - more info
BSL Level TWO 9th September 7-9pm King Lynn - more info


9th September 7-9pm Kings Lynn - more info


If you are interested in doing BSL Level Two, please contact us to make an appointment for an informal chat and free assesment with our Sign Language Tutor. He willl advise you if you are ready for the course.


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Coffee and Sign

We run a number of BSL conversation sessions for anyone interested in improving their British Sign Language skills. The sessions are open to Deaf and hearing people and we particularly welcome parents and relatives of Deaf children. The sessions vary, but are all lively and fun, and are a very good opportunity to meet other signers in a relaxed and friendly environment. They run all year round (with only a Christmas/New Year break) at the following times and places:

Norwich - BSL Coffee morning

Coffee Morning and Sign! - provides an opportunity for people to come and learn BSL. The group is run by our BSL level 6 Deaf community worker, Julie Dwyer..

Opening times: Every Thursday morning 10.00 to 12.00

Venue: At the Deaf Centre, Johnson Place, Vauxhall Street, Norwich, NR2 2SA

Norwich - Sign Zone

Sign Zone Every Wednesday evening 6.30 to 8.30 at the Deaf Centre, Johnson Place, Norwich. We welcome BSL students who are learning level one or level two or anyone who wishes to brush up their skills.

Opening times: Wednesday evenings 6.30 to 8.30 pm

Venue: The Deaf Centre, Johnson Place, Norwich, NR2 2SA

Great Yarmouth - Tea and Sign

26 week basic BSL & Deaf Awareness course for Adult beginners. Start date: 11th September 2017 Every Monday ( term times only ) 4:00pm - 5:30pm St. Nicholas Priory Middle school For Further info. Call or text :- Lisa King-Mobile:-07799350520

About Us

Deaf Connexions is a register charity, reg no 1077229. Working across Norfolk we provide a range of services to support Deaf people and their families through the provision of information, and communication support.


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Deaf Centre

The Deaf Centre is open Monday to Friday from 10am to 3pm.

There is always something happening at the centre. The Talking Hands Cafe is open Tues, Weds and Thurs, and offers a comfy lounge where you can use the Internet have a cup of coffee and catch up on the latest information.

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Get in Touch

  • Phone:
    01603 660889
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    01603 661113
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    07932 069352
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    Deaf Connexions
    Rotary House, King Street
    Norwich, NR1 2BL