An Introduction to British Sign Language Cert

An Introduction to British Sign Language Cert
An Introduction to British Sign Language (BSL) certificate aims to enable you to use BSL in everyday situations, to communicate with Deaf people, and to raise students’ awareness of British Deaf people’s language, community and culture. It is an interesting and enjoyable certificate, which will also enhance your employability by gaining credits towards your CPD plan.

Entry and Admissions

Award Type:


Ancillary Award:



Short Course / CPD

Study Mode:

Part time

Delivery Method:


Course Length:

1 Semester


School of Humanities, Language and Global Studies

Partner Colleges:

No Partner College



Start Date:

January to May

Entry Requirements:


Course Content

Course Outline:
The Introduction to BSL certificate is designed to enable you to acquire a basic ability to communicate with Deaf people using British Sign Language (BSL) in everyday situations. The BSL content will resemble essential, real-life vocabulary, and vital language functions necessary for common situations and experiences where students may encounter Deaf people.

• Greeting, family and friends, meeting people
• Number and quantity
• Work
• Hobbies and activities
• Describing people and animals
• Objects and location
• Placements
• Food and drink
• Calendar
• Holiday
• Good and services
• Chores and tools
• Weather
• Feelings

Learning Environment & Assessment:

This course will take place across the Lecture Room and Sign Language Lab, you will be assessed via a Portfolio including: Signed Conversation and Sign Production.

Academic Expertise

Dr Junhui Yang

Learning outcome & aims

The aims of this certificate are:
• to provide students with an introduction to the essential elements of BSL
• to enable students to acquire a basic ability to communicate with Deaf people using BSL.
• to raise students’ awareness of Deaf people’s language, community and culture.

On successful completion of this module a student will:
• identify some of the basic grammatical constructions of BSL;
• be able to use basic BSL receptive skills;
• demonstrate their ability to sign straightforward information in descriptive or narrative BSL;
• show awareness of some of their own strengths and weaknesses in their current use of BSL.
• be able to hold a conversation in BSL;
• be aware of current issues pertaining to the Deaf community

Industry links & professional accreditation

We have great links with employers including household names such as Sony, BAE Systems and Apple. We also have links with the smaller companies in the region and offer help and assistance to more than 1,000 of these – with many of our graduates staying in the region it is important we develop these relationships.

Work experience and international opportunities

At UCLan we work with a range of businesses and organisations, many of which provide work experience opportunities and project briefs to enable to you gain real work experience whilst you undertake your postgraduate programme. Your course tutor will advise on opportunities available within your course and the UCLan Careers Team can provide help, advice and guidance on how to apply for them and how to make the most of these opportunities.

Graduate Careers

The UCLan Careers Team offer ongoing supportive careers advice and guidance throughout your course and after graduation, along with a range of modules, work experience opportunities and events to help you acquire the skills to make you stand out to potential employers in today’s competitive market.


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Progression Routes

From foundation courses through to world-leading research degrees, you can study a wide range of subject areas at UCLan. Whether you want to develop your knowledge in a subject you enjoy or gain further qualifications to enhance your career, at UCLan there are numerous progression routes for you to follow.

Fees & Funding

You can contact the Student Fees and Funding Team via phone, email, or post. If you are on the campus you can call into The 'i', for advice.
Tel: +44 (0)1772 892440
Student Fees and Funding Team, Foster Building 117, UCLan, Preston, PR1 2HE

For 2018/19 fees please refer to our fees page.

How to Apply

To apply for this course please contact Dr Junhui Yang direct: 

Tel: +44 (0) 1772 89 2251

About UCLan

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