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British Sign Language

British Sign Language (BSL) is the fourth most widely used indigenous language in the UK with the British Deaf Association estimating that 151,000 people use the language in the UK and 12,556 in Scotland.

The BSL Scotland Act (2015) set out the Scottish Government’s plans for Scotland to be the best place in the world for BSL users to work, live study and visit. This means that there is an increasing demand for BSL Interpreters, BSL Communication Support Workers and Professionals in all areas with BSL skills.

Whether you are looking to learn BSL for personal interest or for professional development, we have a range of part-time, full-time and evening courses to suit:

  • Our BSL Studies courses allow you to study BSL with Deaf lecturers to offer an immersion method, while also learning about the Deaf community, history and culture. You will work towards a range of SQA qualifications, including an SQA British Sign Language Award.
  • Our evening courses offer a focus on learning BSL as a language and usually run one evening per week to work towards an SQA qualification.
  • Our ‘Love to Learn’ evening and weekend leisure courses offer you the opportunity to learn BSL without the pressure of working towards a qualification.

Watch the clip to find out more about the Love to Learn sign language course.

(1) Love to Learn - Sign Language and Woodwork courses - YouTube