SQA Introduction to BSL – Access 3

Available in the following locations:
  • Edinburgh

If you’re new to sign language the best place to start is with our SQA Introduction to British Sign Language course.

This course will teach you the basics of the language and give you a solid foundation to build on as you progress through the levels.

You don’t need any prior experience or knowledge to join this course.

Applications have now closed for the February 2019 term.

Application forms and class timetable for the August 2019 term will be available from May 2019


Course content

Throughout this course you will cover various topics including: numbers & time, family and home life, travelling to work / holidays, giving directions, food & drink, hobbies, activities and shopping.  You will also begin to learn how to structure sentences using BSL grammar and syntax, begin to use non-manual features (facial expression and body language) and learn how to describe the placement of objects, rooms within buildings and people.

Course objectives

At the end of this course you will be able to:

  • Produce personal information for users of British Sign Language
  • Respond to personal information produced by users of British Sign Language
  • Receive information from simple presentations in British Sign Language

SQA Introduction to BSL Unit Specification


This course costs £350.  This includes all course fees and SQA registration.  A £50 non-refundable deposit is required to secure your place on the course.

For all applications, excluding work sponsored places; a non-refundable deposit of £50 must be received with the application in order to secure a place on the course, with the remaining balance due for payment by the class start date.

ITA funding

This course is eligible for Skills Development Scotland’s ITA funding scheme. However, applications for ITA funding have closed for 2018-2019 as they have met their funding target. Applications for ITA funding will re-open in April 2019. Click here for more information

Application forms

Application forms will be available from May 2019

Payment plans are available. Information in application pack

Return completed applications to learn@deafaction.org or F.A.O Training Co-ordinator. Deaf Action, 49 Albany Street, Edinburgh, EH1 3QY

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