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 2 ADED11780

  • Academic Session: 2020-21
  • 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 further develop basic communication skills in British Sign Language, learning to use a small range of signs to exchange information in some common everyday situations. You will develop your fingerspelling skills to understand and spell back, as well as becoming familiar with other elements of British Sign Language, such as placement, signing space and using facial expressions.


Block 1: 2 hours per week for 10 weeks:

■ Saturdays 12.30-14.30

Block 2: 2 hours per week for 10 weeks:

■ Mondays 18.00-20.00

■ Wednesdays 15.00-17.00

■ Saturdays 10.00-12.00

Block 3: 2 hours per week for 10 weeks:

■ Thursdays 15.00-17.00

■ Saturdays 14.30-16.30

Requirements of Entry

British Sign Language unit 1 or equivalent

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: 

■ Introduce learners to basic, familiar everyday expressions and very simple phrases to satisfy specific needs;

■ Develop basic productive and receptive skills;

■ Introduce learners to a limited range of basic signs;

■ Familiarise learners with additional signing components.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

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

■ Identify and produce very simple signed communication to ask and answer questions in areas of specific need and very familiar topics;

■ Recognise fingerspelling and spell back;

■ Begin to use signing space, placement and facial expressions.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits