British Sign Language: Intermediate 1 SCQF Level 4

What is special about this course?

If you already use or have a British Sign Language qualification at introduction level, this award will help you develop your ability to communicate clearly, think critically and to use your own language creatively.

This SCQF Level 4/5 award will also allow you to gain a deeper insight into the history and cultural heritage of British Sign Language.

This programme delivers the requirement of the British Sign Language (Scotland) Act 2015 and the development of the British Sign Language National Plan 2017–2023.

Specific aims of this programme are to develop your:

  • understanding of simple and straightforward information expressed in British Sign Language
  • ability to express information in a simple and straightforward monologue using British Sign Language
  • conversational skills using British Sign Language
  • ability to adapt to the regional varieties of British Sign Language
  • ability to use appropriate cultural conventions in British Sign Language
  • understanding and use of a visual and spatial language modality (ie. sign linguistics)
  • knowledge of specific historical events that have shaped the development of British Sign Language
  • your knowledge of the diverse experiences of members of the Deaf Community

Special features:

  • Practical based course
  • You will receive a group award certification
  • Opportunity to progress onto a higher level BSL course
  • Blended learning approach


Entry requirements

  • British Sign Language: Introduction (SCQF Level 3) qualification or equivalent OR
  • Experience in basic British Sign Language use.

Course content includes:

  • British Sign Language: Understanding Language and Linguistics
  • British Sign Language: Using Language in Context (SCQF Level 4)
  • British Sign Language: History and the Deaf Community

How will I study my course?

  • Part Time
  • Evening

This is a practical based course with face-to-face classes on campus supplemented with our Virtual Learning Environment (VLE).

How long will my course last?

18 Weeks

Mondays, 6.15–9.00pm 

Course cost: £120

Where can I study my course?

    • UHI Moray

Start date

Session 2024-25


If you are studying part time and are on low income or in receipt of certain benefits your course fees may be covered by a fee waiver.

If you are not Ordinarily Resident in Scotland, you may need to pay course fees.

Please refer to our Fees and Funding section for more information.


Our Student Finance Advisers can advise you on all aspects of student funding. The support available depends upon your personal circumstances.

Please refer to our Fees and Funding section for more information.

What can I do on completion of my course?

On successful completion of this course you may:

  • Progress on to British Sign Language: Intermediate 2 (SCQF Level 5)
  • Engage in conversation and interaction within the British Sign Language Community

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We are delighted that you are thinking about studying at UHI Moray. UHI Moray operates a fair and open admissions system committed to equality of opportunity and non-discrimination. We consider all applications on merit and on the basis of ability to achieve, without discrimination on grounds of age, disability, gender identity, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity status, race, religion and/or belief, sex, sexual orientation or socio-economic background. We welcome applications from all prospective students and aim to provide appropriate and efficient services to students with disabilities.