Beginners Sign Language

What is special about this course?

This course is an introduction to basic sign language.  This course is for students who have no knowledge of British Sign Language. It will help you develop your basic sign language skills.

The course will explore Deaf Awareness in some detail and the history and development of BSL.

Students can work towards gaining their Level 1 qualification in BSL.

Entry requirements

There are no formal entry requirements.

  •  You will learn a wide variety of signs and how to use them in different contexts and situations
  • You will put them together to achieve a basic level of communication in BSL

How will I study my course?

    How long will my course last?

    8 Week

    You will join a taught class for 2.5 hours in the evenings over 8 weeks.

    This course can be scheduled in any of our ten college centres but is dependent on adequate numbers.

    Where can I study my course?

      • Auchtertyre
      • Broadford
      • Fort William
      • Gairloch
      • Kilchoan
      • Kinlochleven
      • Mallaig
      • Portree
      • Strontian
      • Ullapool

    Start date

    Call your local college centre for up to date information.




    You may be eligible for an Individual Training Account (ITA) from Skills Development Scotland to help pay for this course.

    Skills Development Scotland (SDS) Individual Training Accounts are for people who are 16 or over, living in Scotland and either in low paid work or actively seeking work. You must have an income of £22,000 a year or less or be on certain benefits to be eligible to get up to £200 towards the cost of learning or training.

    You can apply for an ITA if you are not undertaking any secondary, further or higher education, SDS funded training or participating on the Community Jobs Scotland programme.

    ITAs are available if you are interested in learning something new or developing an existing skill to support you in work. There is a wide range of courses to choose from and you can study with any ITA approved learning provider, including learning centres, local colleges, universities and private training providers. To find out more or to apply, visit

    What can I do on completion of my course?

    Advanced British Sign Language

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    We are delighted that you are thinking about studying at West Highland College UHI. West Highland College operates a fair and open admissions system committed to equality of opportunity and non-discrimination. We consider all applications on merit and on the basis of ability to achieve, without discrimination on grounds of age, disability, gender identity, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity status, race, religion and/or belief, sex, sexual orientation or socio-economic background. We welcome applications from all prospective students and aim to provide appropriate and efficient services to students with disabilities.

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