Please note: there may be some adjustments to the teaching arrangements published in the course catalogue for 2020-21. Given current circumstances related to the Covid-19 pandemic it is anticipated that some usual arrangements for teaching on campus will be modified to ensure the safety and wellbeing of students and staff on campus; further adjustments may also be necessary, or beneficial, during the course of the academic year as national requirements relating to management of the pandemic are revised.

British Sign Language Unit 1 ADED11779

  • Academic Session: 2020-21
  • School: Short Courses
  • Credits: 5
  • 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.


Blocks 1, 2 and 3: 2 hours per week for 10 weeks

Requirements of Entry

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

Excluded Courses



Practical skills task (typically 4-5 minutes) evaluating students' competence in productive and receptive kills in the language, including appropriate use in context.

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

Students must submit 100% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.