DSN’s Communication Team delivers a range of essential services to D/deaf people, ensuring equality of access to a broad range of services.

Interpreters for BSL/English and D/deafblind


Professional lip-speakers

Speech-to-text operators

Free BSL interpreter service for health professionals - Courtesy of 'Sign Health'

Sign Health – the national Deaf Health Charity and a key partner for the Faculty’s SORD (Social Research with Deaf People) team led by Professor Alys Young – has launched a new national service for immediate BSL (British Sign Language) interpreter access in health situations.
This means that any health professional – staff or student – who needs to communicate with a Deaf BSL user and vice versa can now do so immediately via remote access interpreting in real time.

The service covers all NHS funded services in England and Wales and is free for all who use it during the coronavirus pandemic.

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Our Interpreters

All of our Interpreters are registered with The National Registers of Communication Professionals working with Deaf and Deafblind People (NRCPD).

To book an Interpreter, or other communication support, please contact us.

Training Services

We offer courses that are interactive, informative, enjoyable and designed to improve communication between D/deaf people and hearing people.

We can also tailor and personalise courses to the needs of organisations or groups of individuals.

All of our training staff are experts in their subject and crucially, also have personal experiences of D/deafness in all its forms. The D/deaf community has a rich culture and history and our trainers reflect this.

Training is suitable for everyone and can include:

  • Deaf Awareness (DAT)
  • British Sign Language course (BSL Levels 1, 2, 3 and 4)
  • Hearing aid awareness
  • Communication tactics
  • Taster courses in a range of topics

Courses are certified by, and offer a recognised qualification from, the awarding body SIGNATURE, and the INSTITUTE OF BRITISH SIGN LANGUAGE (IBSL).

“I have completed all my BSL courses through DSN. I am currently doing my Level 4. I have enjoyed all the courses I have completed and had much fun doing them!”

“DSN provides a relaxed and friendly learning environment. I have learnt a lot from my tutor and have gone on to use the skills and qualifications I have gained in to my career. I would recommend to anyone to complete their courses through DSN and their tutors.”

British Sign Language Course - Level 1

This qualification is designed to enable learners to understand and use a limited range of simple words and sentences in BSL.

The qualification will allow learners to take part in simple, everyday conversations in BSL, give and follow simple directions or instructions in BSL and give and follow simple familiar statements or descriptions in BSL.

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British Sign Language Course - Level 2

This qualification 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 communication in BSL about real life, routine, and daily experiences.

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British Sign Language Course - Level 6

This qualification aims to further the learning needs of those who have already acquired competence at Level 4 in British Sign Language (BSL) in order to communicate with Deaf people at an extended level.

Learners successfully acquiring Level 6 BSL Studies must be able to demonstrate competence at this level of the UK Occupational Language Standards.

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