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.




    A Fee Waiver or funding of up to £200 could be available to help with payment of course fees, depending on your personal circumstances.

    This support will be available for people who are 16 or over, living in Scotland and either in low paid work or actively seeking work. To be eligible, you must have income of £22,000 a year or less, or be on certain benefits.

    You will also not be undertaking any secondary, further or higher education, SDS funded training or participating on the Community Jobs Scotland programme.

    Please contact your local college centre for more information about eligibility, or call us on 01397 874000.

    What can I do on completion of my course?

    Advanced British Sign Language

    Is there more information available online?

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    We are delighted that you are thinking about studying at UHI West Highland. UHI West Highland 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.