British Sign Language Unit 1 ADED11779

  • Academic Session: 2019-20
  • School: Short Courses
  • Credits: 0
  • Level: Level 1 (SCQF level 7)
  • Typically Offered: Full Year
  • Available to Visiting Students: No
  • Available to Erasmus Students: No

Short Description

In this course you will develop basic communication skills in British Sign Language, learning how to greet people, exchange personal details and talk about yourself. You will be introduced to fingerspelling and will use it to spell names of people and places. You will also develop deaf awareness, improving your communication skills when addressing British Sign Language users.


Block 1: 2 hours per week for 10 weeks:

■ Mondays 18.00-20.00

■ Wednesdays 15.00-17.00

■ Saturdays 10.00-12.00

Block 2: 2 hours per week for 10 weeks:

■ Thursdays 15.00-17.00

■ Saturdays 14.30-16.30

Block 3: 2 hours per week for 10 weeks

■ Wednesdays 15.00-17.00

■ Saturdays 12.30-14.30

Requirements of Entry

This course is recommended for absolute beginners who have had no contact with the language before.

Excluded Courses




Are reassessment opportunities available for all summative assessments? No

Reassessments are normally available for all courses, except those which contribute to the Honours classification. For non-Honours courses, students are offered reassessment in all or any of the components of assessment if the satisfactory (threshold) grade for the overall course is not achieved at the first attempt. This is normally grade D3 for undergraduate students and grade C3 for postgraduate students. Exceptionally it may not be possible to offer reassessment of some coursework items, in which case the mark achieved at the first attempt will be counted towards the final course grade. Any such exceptions for this course are described below. 

Course Aims

This course aims to: 

■ Develop familiarity with deaf awareness culture

■ Introduce learners to basic, familiar everyday expressions

■ Familiarise learners with the basics of fingerspelling

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to: 

■ Demonstrate awareness of deaf culture and terminology

■ Introduce themselves to others and interact in a basic manner

■ Ask and answer simple questions in areas of very specific need

■ Produce and recognise fingerspelling for names of people and places

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits