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 3 ADED11781

  • 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 expand your basic communication skills in British Sign Language, learning how to use a wider variety of signs to exchange information on a range of everyday situations. You will develop the accuracy of your fingerspelling and become confident in the use of other elements of British Sign Language, such as hand shapes, location and orientation, placement, signing space and using facial expressions.


Blocks 1, 2 and 3

2 hours per week for 10 weeks

Requirements of Entry

British Sign Language unit 2 or equivalent

Excluded Courses





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

Course Aims

This course aims to: 

■ Further learners' knowledge of basic, familiar everyday expressions and simple phrases to satisfy specific needs;

■ Develop productive and receptive skills;

■ Expand learners' range of basic signs;

■ Develop the use of additional signing and non-manual components.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

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

■ Communicate using simple phrases and sentences to ask and answer questions in areas of specific need or familiar topics;

■ Recognise and use familiar signs and basic phrases concerning personal information and immediate needs;

■ Identify and use fingerspelling, signing space, placement and facial expressions.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

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