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BSL and Deaf Studies

Let’s learn to gain more than a language. Let’s learn to connect with a community and culture.

BSL and Deaf Studies at the University of Central Lancashire has great heritage with over 25 years of teaching. It is estimated that more than 60% of BSL/English interpreters working in the UK have been taught at the University.

British Sign Language (BSL), sign linguistics and deaf studies at the University of Central Lancashire 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 with us, means that you can benefit from us as the leading Higher Educational Institution in the UK for the training of BSL-English interpreters.

You can study at both undergraduate and postgraduate level, with the courses covering all aspects of deafness as a social and cultural phenomenon, enabling you to develop a fluency in British Sign Language and academic route to progress with your professional career as a BSL interpreter. 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.

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Why choose us?

  • It is estimated that more than 60% of British Sign Language/ English interpreters working in the UK have been taught on our courses.

  • The University of Central Lancashire celebrated 25 years of teaching British Sign Language and Deaf Studies in 2018.

  • Staff include Fellow of the Higher Education Academy Lynne Barnes, who was awarded for her work in BSL and Deaf Studies.
Sounds Interesting?

Graduates from our undergraduate BSL and Deaf Studies programmes 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. Successful graduates from our postgraduate course will be eligible to register and work as Professional British Sign Language interpreters.

Join us for an Open Day this Autumn

Our Open Days are designed to give you a taste of what it's like to study with us and explore the very facilities you will be making use of during your studies.

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Meet the team

The BSL and Deaf Studies Team is a partner in the Deaf Museums Project, a transnational project funded under the Erasmus+ programme of the EU. The consortium consists of 7 organisations from 6 European countries.

Our long-term objective is to help preserve, protect, and share the Deaf Heritage, Deaf History in Europe.

We will be involved in the creation of both a virtual and a live Deaf Museum exhibition. We will also collate case studies of Deaf people’s lives to enrich the exhibition and website. More information can be found on the project's website.