British Sign Language (BSL)

Students studying in breakout area at Riverside campus.

Students who use BSL

If your language is BSL, you will be very welcome at the college and language support will be put in place for you.  You will have a Communication Support Worker / Trainee or Registered Sign Language Interpreter in class with you at all times and you will have a dedicated Learning Support lecturer who will be your first point of contact during your college journey.  A Communication Support Worker / Trainee or Registered Sign Language Interpreter will also be available outwith class time for booking Students' Association events, Learning Support appointments, Graduations, Open Days, Welcome Tours etc.  

Support for your Mental Health

See Me is Scotland's Programme to tackle mental health stigma and discrimination funded by Scottish Government and managed by SAMH and The Mental Health Foundation. Mental health issues can affect us all, but it can be difficult for people with visual or hearing impairments to access valuable mental health services and information. See Me have partnered with Deaf Scotland to make its content accessible to all.

Welcome to City of Glasgow College

This new signed welcome video introduces the college, its facilities, courses and the support available to you while you are studying at City of Glasgow College.

National BSL Plan 2017

The Scottish Government produced a British Sign Language (Scotland) Act in 2015 and a National Plan in 2017 to set out Scotland’s ambition to be the best place in the world for BSL users to live, work and visit.  The Government required that each college, university and other public bodies produce their own Local Plans to reflect the aspirations of the National Plan. The Plan is now available in both BSL and written format.

The Scottish Government has published a Progress Report on the British Sign Language (BSL) National Plan.

BSL Action Plan 2017 – 2023 Video

The college BSL Action Plan is available in an accessible format for all those who use BSL.  

The Plan highlights the steps, actions and aspirations that we have set out to make studying at City of Glasgow College an inclusive, safe and supportive experience.

BSL Action Plan 2017 – 2023 Written

You can read the College BSL Action Plan.

If you have any comments on the College BSL Plan please contact Nancy Mitchinson:


We are now using an online interpreter service called contactSCOTLAND.

Access to Work (ATW) 

Access to Work (ATW) is a publicly funded employment support programme that aims to help more disabled people start or stay in work. Thinking of applying for work? If you apply for a job and are offered an interview, but need an interpreter or a note taker to help you communicate, you may not feel you want to approach the employer directly to ask for that support. Instead, you can contact Access to Work, who will cover the costs of support.