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Edinburgh hearing loss support directory: lipreading and BSL learning


Deaf Action lipreading course

Visit the lipreading courses page of the Deaf Action website or email the lipreading team at Deaf Action


City of Edinburgh Council Deaf learners service lipreading courses

This course is free for two years. When a new two year course is recruiting it will be advertised on Join in Edinburgh or you can email Fiona Stewart at Deaf learners for details of upcoming courses.


City of Edinburgh Council adult education courses

The council often runs lipreading classes which you pay for according to your means. They are advertised on Join in Edinburgh.


Scottish course to train tutors of lipreading

You can visit the Scottish course to train tutors of lipreading website to find out more about lipreading. The website includes a number of resources to help you decide if lipreading classes are right for you.


Lipreading practice online

If you cannot find a place on a lipreading course, you can try lipreading online.


BSL Learning

BSL Sign Language Dictionary

Search and compare thousands of words and phrases in BSL. The largest collection online:
Sign BSL


BSL Glossary

The Scottish Sensory Centre hosts an online glossary of BSL curriculum terms. Teams of BSL linguists and subject specialists have created this resource by gathering any existing terms and creating new terms in BSL for those that do not:
BSL glossary of curriculum terms

The glossary is also available as an app for Android and Apple devices.


BSL learning for people with hearing loss

Free British Sign Language class for people with hearing loss.

Starting Tuesday 1 February 2022, 6pm to 8pm at South Bridge Resource Centre, 6 Infirmary Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1BT

To book a place or for more information contact Fiona Stewart, Lifelong Learning Development Officer (Deaf and Hard of Hearing (Adult) Learners Service), South Bridge Resource Centre, Infirmary Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1LT.


Tel: 0131 558 3545 (main office)


The University of Edinburgh BSL Courses

Details of upcoming courses and costs can be found on the University of Edinburgh website.


Edinburgh College BSL Courses

BSL Introduction

A ten-week evening course that gives attendees an introduction to BSL and Deaf Awareness. It is aimed at family, friends, health professionals and carers of those with hearing impairments.

Further details, including dates and cost can be found on the Edinburgh College website: BSL Introduction.


BSL Level 1

A 40 hour evening class building on the communication skills and vocabulary areas covered in the Introduction to BSL course, including topics such as family, occupations and hobbies. You will further develop your ability to take part in interactions using BSL.

Further details, including dates and cost can be found on the Edinburgh College website: BSL Level 1.


DeafAction BSL Courses

DeafAction’s BSL courses are taught by qualified tutors and are ideal for anybody who’s interested in learning or further developing their signing skills.

Deaf Action, only use native users to teach their BSL courses. They offer a comprehensive scale of courses, ranging through:

  • BSL Taster Course
  • Introduction to BSL
  • BSL Level 1
  • BSL Level 2
  • BSL Level 3

More detail on what each level of their sign language courses includes can be found on the DeafAction website.


British Sign online BSL course

An online signing course providing a comprehensive introduction for anybody who is interested in learning BSL. You can learn wherever and whenever you like. Study at your own pace and at a time that’s convenient to you. You can access the course for 1 year. Designed to be studied over approximately 16 to 20 hours (1.5 to 2 hours per week).

Ideal for anyone interested in learning BSL.

  • Beginners
  • Level 1 Revision
  • School Use (staff & students)
  • Staff Training (medical, education, retail, childcare etc.)
  • Duke of Edinburgh Award – Bronze/Silver

For more details, including cost (available on a “pay what you can” basis during Covid), visit the British Sign website.


Heriot Watt University: MA (Hons) BSL

In this four year course BSL is studied to professional level. Students are trained to work as BSL/English Interpreters and Translators and to use BSL proficiently in related professional areas.

For for more information, including course content and entry requirements, visit the Heriot Watt University website.


English Literacy for deaf people

Deaf and Heard of Hearing (Adult) Learning Service English literacy group

Want to improve your English?

Free English literacy group is a fun and friendly learning environment for deaf people wanting to learn English.

Date: Thursday 3 February 2022

Time: 11am to 1pm

Venue: South Bridge Resource Centre, 1 Infirmary Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1LT

Interested? Want to know more? Please contact Fiona Stewart:


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