British Sign Language and Deaf Studies BA (Hons)

British Sign Language 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 years.

  • Level:


  • Delivery:

    Campus, Full-time and Part-time

  • UCAS Code:

    Q160; Short form: BA/BSKDS

  • Campus:

    Preston (Campus code: U)

  • Start Date:


  • Award Type:

    BA (Hons)

Why study this course?

British Sign Language (BSL), sign linguistics and deaf studies at UCLan have long been recognised for world-leading research, continuous top student satisfaction rates and pioneering work on the development of employability skills, which by studying your degree with us, means that you can benefit from UCLan as the leading Higher Educational Institution in the UK for the training of BSL-English interpreters. You’ll study an undergraduate course which cover all aspects of deafness as a social and cultural phenomenon and will enable you to develop a fluency in British Sign Language. The wealth of modules available to choose from will give you the advantage to design a course to meet your individual interests and career goals.

2016 National Student Survey

Students who completed the 2016 National Student Survey (NSS) and studied BSL and Deaf Studies courses at UCLan had 100% overall student satisfaction while the course also came top in the UK for overall student satisfaction.

Entry Requirements

112 points at A2General Studies accepted
BTEC Extended Diploma : Distinction, Merit, Merit
BTEC Diploma : Distinction*, Distinction*
Pass Access To HE : 112 UCAS Points
International Baccalaureate: 28P
IELTS: 6.0 with no subscore lower than 5.5
GCSE : English & Maths Grade C or equivalent

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.

Further Information

BSL is compulsory in the first two years of the course but no prior knowledge or fluency is required for entry.

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Course at a Glance

Year 1

Compulsory Modules

  • BSL 100 OR BSL 200
  • BSL 150 OR BSL 250
  • Deaf People in Society
  • Communities, Cultures and Identities
  • Historical Development of BSL
  • Employability and the Deaf Community


Year 2

Compulsory Modules

  • Deaf World Debates
  • BSL 200 OR BSL 300
  • BSL 250 OR BSL350

Optional Modules

  • Sign Linguistics
  • Translation Theory
  • Issues in Deaf Education
  • Families, Deafness and Disability
  • Work Placement
  • Student Initiated Module
  • Childhood Diversity and Inclusive Practice
  • Sociology and Education
  • Sign Language Literatures

Year 3

Compulsory Modules

  • Dissertation

Optional Modules

  • Insiders and Outsiders
  • Principles of Sign Language Interpreting
  • Introduction to the Roles of Public Service Interpreters
  • Political Activism and the Deaf World
  • Debating Disability
  • BSL 375 OR BSL300
  • BSL400 OR BSL350
  • Work Placement
  • Sexy Bodies: Sexuality and the Body
  • Sociolinguistics

Further Information

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Our BA (Hons) British Sign Language (BSL) and Deaf Studies degree is a ground breaking course which will appeal to anyone with an interest in working with deaf people.

The BSL and Deaf Studies course combines historical and contemporary aspects of deaf life in the UK and beyond, providing a knowledge base for students to specialise in Interpreting Studies or Cultural Studies, each tailored to a wide variety of careers.

The latest National Student Survey (NSS) results show 96% of BSL and Deaf Studies students stated that they were satisfied with the BSL and Deaf Studies programme.

Throughout the course you will take six compulsory modules, three more compulsory modules plus three optional modules. The options allow students to construct a programme of study to match individual career paths. These include BSL/English interpreting, communication support work, educational roles (including teaching) and a wide variety of other roles working with and for deaf people. You will be taught by a mixed deaf and hearing team, many of whom are experts in a range of topics including linguistics, interpreting practice and translation studies, community and culture, history, education, media, politics and family relationships

BSL is a compulsory element of the course in the first two years and is highly practical to ensure continued development. BSL can be continued up to level 6 through the optional modules available. There is no BSL fluency or knowledge required to gain entry to the course but for those who do hold qualifications and skills, there are various modules available to allow the continuing enhancement of practical skills and theoretical knowledge. You will be assessed on your BSL skills at the interview stage in order to be placed in the most appropriate class once your studies commence.

There are opportunities to take a work placement module. Students can only take on work placement modules as part of their overall programme of study.


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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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. Currently the 2018/19 fee level, which is due to increase in line with UK Retail Price Index inflation rates has not been announced by the Government.

Further information:

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

Scholarships and bursaries

Learning Environment and Assessment

The minimum period of study for part-time students is five years but this may be extended in particular circumstances.

Facilities for this programme include dedicated BSL teaching rooms and BSL language lab. Assessment methods include coursework and practical BSL assessments.

course academic staff


Graduates from BSL and Deaf Studies degree courses enter a variety of careers and professions, which include: Lecturers (HE and FE), Teachers (Primary, Secondary, Specialist Teacher of the Deaf), BSL/English Interpreters (freelance and agency, Deaf Welfare organisations, Social Workers, Educational Support Workers, Media, Police, Higher degrees and research, and running their own businesses.

BSL and Deaf Studies students will have opportunities for overseas study and work placements within the deaf community. In recent years, students have studied in Finland, Germany, the US and Holland, but there a wide range of other opportunities available.

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BSL & Deaf Studies Magazine

You can now view October's edition of the BSL & Deaf Studies Magazine.