British Sign Language Unit 1

Key facts

  • Cost: £150
  • Credits: 5


This introduction to British Sign Language will help you to develop basic communication skills in the language. Learn 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. 

Choose this course if you want to:  

  • Learn basic, familiar everyday expressions and interact with others. 
  • Familiarise yourself with the basics of fingerspelling. 
  • Develop Deaf awareness and Deaf culture skills. 
  • Have opportunities to practise your skills with other users of the language. 

Who is this course for?

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


Course assessment is optional but on successful completion you will obtain 5 credits at Level 1 (SCQF 7). 

Mode of study

Language classes are interactive and collaborative, with plenty of exposure to the language and many opportunities to practise and learn with your peers.  


At this level you’ll be able to exchange personal details with other British Sign Language users. 

Progress to the next step, British Sign Language Unit 2, to continue to develop your skills in the language 

Find out more

The University holds open days throughout the year where you can meet with staff to discuss our short course provision. Find out more about University of Glasgow open days