This 10-week online course is for complete beginners or people who wish to refresh their British Sign Language skills.
Through practical exercises and group discussions, you will have the opportunity to practice what you have learnt. The course will cover topics such as how to introduce yourself and how to discuss your hobbies and interests – with the aim that participants will be able to hold a basic conversation and have fun learning along the way.
After each session you will have access to re-cap videos that will allow you to practice between classes.
Participants will also learn how BSL is different to English grammar and will gain an insight to the structure of BSL, the culture and etiquette. The course is led by Deaf artist and producer, Jamie Rea, and supported by a communication facilitator.
Please note, on application you will be asked to confirm that you have read and understood our Online Teaching Policy – please read this in advance of applying.
For more information about how our online courses work please see our FAQs.
We offer multiple course and siblings discounts on our summer school courses – find out more.
If you have any questions in advance of booking, please contact us at email@example.com.
These classes are suitable for British Sign Language beginners or people with some experience who would like to progress their knowledge.
You will need access to a device such as a desktop computer, laptop or tablet which allows you to access the internet with a screen large enough to see the group members during online sessions.
Please note, due to the nature of online learning Introduction to BSL works best with a laptop or desktop computer. You can participate with a tablet, however please be aware at times when screen sharing is in operation you may not be able to see the tutor and class fully.
You will need internet connection which is fast enough to take part in live teaching sessions.
You may also want to consider whether you have a space you can use where you can work without interruption. Please keep in mind that the other students taking part in the course will be able to see what’s behind you when you are online.
If you have any questions in advance of booking, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
In partnership with Solar Bear theatre company, we offer BSL courses for people who want to explore different ways of communicating. Some courses are suitable for BSL beginners and some may be of interest to D/deaf students considering applying to the BA Performance in BSL and English programme at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland — the only course of its kind in Europe.
If you are D/deaf or hard of hearing and interested in drama we would love to invite you into the rehearsal room to observe our BA Performance students at work. To organise a visit please contact: email@example.com
Feedback for Introduction to BSL courses at RCS….
“The tutor was excellent at incorporating everyone’s learning needs into the class. He was also open to us requesting us requesting different topics.”
“The course is a very good first step to learning BSL. The focus is very much on building confidence in a relaxed environment.”
“If you’re looking to start your journey into BSL, this is a great place to start. Also good to give you a taste of BSL before embarking on an accredited course.”
“An opportunity to learn conversational BSL, its structure and methodology in a supportive environment. Using group exercises and a non-verbal classroom environment, you quickly learn basic proficiency in the language.”
“It is a brilliant course that widens your knowledge and improves cognitive skills.”
Agnes Allan Bursary
Agnes Allan was a teacher, passionate about inclusion, and this bursary scheme exists to offer support to students to participate in the performing or production arts.
The Agnes Allan Bursary provides some support to students who may require financial assistance to take part in a short course in dance, drama, music, production or screen.
Anyone who wishes to take part in our Short Courses and faces a financial barrier can apply for bursary support to help meet the cost of tuition fees.
More information about the Agnes Allan Bursary.