Education and Deaf Studies BA (Hons)

Education and Deaf Studies BA (Hons)

School of Humanities and Social Sciences




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Foundation Entry Route

If you do not meet the formal entry requirements specified, Foundation Entry offers an alternative route to study this degree.

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  • Duration:

    Full-time: Three years, Part-time: five to six years.

  • Level:


  • Delivery:

    Campus, Full-time and Part-time

  • UCAS Code:

    BX63; Short form: BA/DSEd

  • Campus:

    Preston (Campus code: U)

  • Start Date:


  • Award Type:

    BA (Hons)

Why study this course?

If you are looking to work in the field of educational support and inclusion, then this is an ideal subject combination. Our Education and Deaf Studies degree helps you to gain an understanding of educational theories, policies and practice, and apply these in the real world to issues surrounding the educational inclusion of deaf learners. These skills will then allow you, if you have an interest in working in an educational setting, to gain hands on experience of the day to day tasks associated with the role of a teacher, and can be a valuable insight into a potential career option.

Entry Requirements

112 Points at A2; General Studies accepted
BTEC Extended Diploma:
 Distinction, Merit, Merit 
BTEC Diploma: Distinction*, Distinction*
Pass Access Course: 112 UCAS Points  
International Baccalaureate Diploma: 28P
IELTS: 6.0 with no component lower than 5.5
GCSE: 5 at grade C including Maths & English or equivalent 

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For changes to 2017 UCAS tariff entry requirements please see our important information. UCLan requires all undergraduate applicants to have a minimum attainment of five GCSEs at grade C and above, or equivalent, (including Maths and English). In 2017 and beyond we will view the new Grade 4 as being equivalent to a C grade and will therefore require students to achieve GCSE Grade 4 or above. However, if the subject is relevant to our degree programme and requires a higher GCSE grade (e.g. GCSE B grade), and/or includes a Professional body that governs the entry requirements, Grade 5 or above may be required.

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Course at a Glance

Year 1

  • British Sign Language (BSL100) or British Sign Language (BSL200)
  • British Sign Language (BSL150) or British Sign Language (BSL250)
  • Deaf People in Society
  • Introduction to Education Studies
  • Education for Everyone?
  • Observing Education in Action

Year 2

  • British Sign Language (BSL200) or British Sign Language (BSL300)
  • British Sign Language (BSL250) or British Sign Language (BSL350)
  • Issues in Deaf Education
  • Deaf World Debates

And a choice of Education modules from the following:

  • Sociology and Education
  • Models of Teaching and Learning
  • Preparing for Academic Writing and Research in Education
  • Experiential Learning in Educational Settings (a placement module)
  • Representations of Education in Literature and Film
  • Diversity and Incl. Practice with Children and Adults
  • Student Initiated Module

Year 3

  • A Deaf Studies or Education Dissertation

And a choice of modules from the following:

  • Insiders and Outsiders
  • Political Activism and the deaf community
  • Debating Disability
  • Deaf Families
  • Work Placement
  • Education in Developing Countries
  • The Education of Vulnerable Young People
  • Policy & Practice in Educational Settings
  • Learning, Curriculum and Assessment
  • Families, Schools and Society
  • The professional Role and its Context
  • Reflective Practice in Educational Settings
  • Student Initiated Module

Further Information

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The course combines Deaf Studies modules such as history, education, culture, community and language of Deaf people, such as British Sign Language. These are complimented by Education modules, such as those looking at theories of learning, diversity and inclusion in the education system, vulnerable learners, and opportunities to undertake a placement in an educational setting at each stage of your programme. 

You will study British Sign Language and issues relating to Deaf people, their history, education, culture, community and language, learn aspects of current education policy and provision in England and explore the concept of inclusion in education. There is also the opportunity to gain experience in educational settings of your choice and to obtain credits towards your degree for this experience.

Both staff members and past students agree that the course is interesting and highly motivating, and the varied teaching and assessment methods make it a positive course of study. The vibrant Deaf community in the area means that students have ample opportunities to practise their language skills with native language users.

You will have an opportunity to undertake a work placement with deaf people, as well as in an educational setting at each stage of your degree.

Volunteering opportunities are also made available with deaf children. There are Education modules available in each year of your programme where you can attend an educational setting of your choice for one semester, during which students will undertake a range of activities in their placement, varying according to the educational environment and needs of the pupils/ students and teacher/ tutor that they are working with. Typically time spent on placement might involve assisting the teacher with preparation for lessons and tasks; welcoming children into classes; organising resources; listening to children read; assisting individual children on a one to one basis; leading small group work and other supportive activities in the classroom.

These experiences enable individuals who have an interest in working in an educational setting to gain hands on experience into the day to day tasks associated with the role of a teacher, and can be a valuable insight into a potential career option. Observations undertaken in the placement (in the form of a diary) encourage students to consider the dynamics of classroom processes and interaction and identify noteworthy instances or aspects of the teaching and learning process.


For detailed information about studying this course at UCLan, please see the course handbook for your year of entry:

For information on possible changes to course information, see our Important Information.

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You should apply through UCAS to start September 2018 by the UCAS deadline of 15 January 2018

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Fees 2018/19

Full-time: £9,250* per year (UK/EU)
Part-time: £1,540* per 20 credits studied (UK/EU)

*Tuition Fees are per year unless otherwise stated.

Further information:

For 2017/18 fees please refer to our fees page.

Scholarships and bursaries

DBS Checks

This course will involve access to children and/or vulnerable adults. You will be required to obtain a satisfactory Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service clearance (formerly termed CRB) and we will guide you through this process.

Professional Accreditation

Volunteering opportunities are also made available with deaf children and through the Centre for Volunteering and Community Leadership of which a number of modules are accredited by the ILM.

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Learning Environment and Assessment

Course facilities include well equipped classrooms and a sign language lab with extensive Blackboard (Virtual Learning Environment) resources for receptive and productive practice work. Teaching is supplemented with guest speakers and students are encouraged to attend community events and social gatherings with the local and national Deaf community.

Assessment strategies are varied. Modules are assessed by coursework, with no exams, including student presentations, reflective diaries; project work, signed videos, poster, and reflective essays.

Deaf studies staff


Students have gone onto careers such as: Educational support workers; Communication support in educational settings; Teaching assistants; Primary teaching; Early Years teaching and support; Social work; Working with children and families; and Youth work.

There are also opportunities to progress with your studies and undertake post graduate study and research in this area.

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