British Sign Language

British Sign Language is an expressive language, and will allow you to communicate with sign language users in the most effective way. Not only will you learn a valuable skill, but it will also open up a whole new culture you - just wait until you learn how to tell a joke in BSL!

These modules are designed for students with no previous experience of British Sign Language (BSL), and who wish to gain basic BSL skills and deaf awareness.

At Keele we offer 6 levels of British Sign Language, available to all Keele students and staff.

Semester 1 Semester 2
British Sign Language 1 British Sign Language 2
British Sign Language 3 British Sign Language 4
British Sign Language 5 British Sign Language 6


Improved career prospects

You will increase your employment prospects.

Additional qualifications

You have the opportunity to gain an extra qualification alongside your degree.

Enhanced experience

You will develop communicative as well as linguistic skills and a better understanding of other cultures.

Increased choice

You have a wide variety of languages and courses to chose from.

And it's fun!

You have the chance to learn in an atmosphere which is professional but also relaxed and enjoyable.

You may choose to enrol for one semester only or take a number of modules for more systematic language learning and the opportunity to achieve an Enhanced Degree Title or a record of achievement on your HEA report.

The Language Centre offers up to 12 levels (stages 1 - 12), from absolute beginner to post A level. It is important to select the appropriate level based on your previous experience. To help you decide please click here for a helpful guide or contact our administration team ( who will be happy to discuss this further with you.

These stages are comparable to the Common European Framework Reference (CEFR) for further details please see Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.

Times for classes are dependent on the Keele undergraduate timetable and may be any time between 9.00 am and 7.00 pm Monday to Friday. Times will be available from the beginning of each semester.  Please note that a number of language classes will be timetabled on Wednesday afternoons to avoid clashes with core modules.

Every effort is made to minimize timetable clashes for students. However, as each language module caters for students from all years of study and all three subject timetable blocks this is not possible in all cases. If an unresolvable timetable clash occurs your core module takes priority.