Languages for all: British Sign Language Module

School of Humanities

Learn how to communicate with other British Sign Language users and follow simple conversations, studying in evening classes for a full 26-week course

Date of entry

September 2020

Start date

September 2020


26 weeks

Study mode

Part Time


Online / Dundee City Campus

Due to the coronavirus pandemic this course will be taught partially online during Semester 1. We hope to return to full on-campus teaching for Semester 2 (January 2021).

British Sign Language (BSL) enables D/deaf people full access to a language that is their own, that they create and that reflects their experience of living in an intensely visual world. It gives rise to a full and rich culture like BSL poetry and even sign-song – singing in sign language using visual beauty in movement as an art form.

On this course you will easily learn how to hold or follow a general conversation, and understand and make requests in BSL. Through role-playing, tutorials, and practice conversations you will be introduced to the language function and grammar such as placement, use of verbs & phrases, non-manual features, sign order, handshapes, direction, orientation, signing space and fluency.

This course is part of the Languages for All programme at Dundee, offering everyone the opportunity to study a language, whether for personal or professional reasons.

Classes are taught in the evening and you can choose from a wide range of languages, many of which are available at different levels.

Benefits of studying with us include use of library facilities with language-specific support material, and the full range of online resources and software available to full time students.

You may be eligible for a Part-Time Free grant from SAAS depending on your circumstances.

Current University of Dundee students

If you are a student at the University of Dundee, you may be able to join a Languages for All course for free:

  • undergraduates on many MA or BSc courses can take an Languages for All module during Level 1 or 2, in place of one of their 20-credit modules
  • postgraduates studying an MLitt degree who need to acquire or improve their foreign language skills to enhance their postgraduate studies (such as to read texts in a native language) can enrol on a Languages for All module for free in addition to your required modules

All other students can enrol on Languages for All courses in addition to their main area of study for the normal fee.

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