UK's first online sign language course launches at Scottish university

THE UK’s first fully online masters course in British Sign Language (BSL) has been launched at a Scottish university.

The Scottish Government’s BSL national plan, which was published last year, aims to make the country the best in the world for BSL users to live, work and visit.

Queen Margaret University in Edinburgh has now launched its masters degree in BSL-English interpreting to help public bodies make the goal a reality.

The programme is the only one of its kind in the UK and the institution expects interest from around the British Isles.

Lecturer Dr Rachel Mapson said: “Scotland is ahead of the game here, but as other countries are sure to follow suit we expect significant interest in the programme from around the UK.

“As public bodies begin to face up to their responsibilities under the BSL (Scotland) Act 2015, demands on BSL interpreters are likely to increase.

“Justice, healthcare, education and mental health are key issues within the act that our programme is responding to.”

Lessons will begin in September.