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BA (Hons)

British Sign Language & Deaf Studies

3 Years
September 2024
Campus Taught
Foundation Entry

Interested in visual language learning and exploring deaf culture? Do you want to begin training to become a BSL/English Interpreter? Our British Sign Language and Deaf Studies degree is the ground-breaking course for you.

Why study with us

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  • You will participate in Community Engagement that will help you to gain real-world experience at local and regional events where sign language users are gathering.
  • You will undertake field trips and visit places of interest, such as the British Deaf History Museum.
  • We offer you modules which will inspire you and provide you with the skills you need to enable you to gain employment within the Deaf community or within the wider world of work.

What you'll do

  • You will be taught by a mixed deaf and hearing team comprised of experts in the field of Deaf Studies, BSL/English interpreting and Deaf Studies-related research.
  • You’ll be offered study and work placements in deaf communities.
  • Facilities for this programme include dedicated BSL teaching rooms and a BSL language lab. BSL is taught solely in sign language; theory sessions in English or BSL via an interpreter.
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Module overview

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Year 1

Compulsory modules
  • DF1112: Deaf People in Society
  • DF1113: Communities, Cultures and Identities
  • DF1300: Employability and the Deaf Community
  • SI1005: Historical Development of British Sign Language
  • SI1100: British Sign Language 100
  • SI1150: British Sign Language 150
  • SI1200: British Sign Language 200
  • SI1250: British Sign Language 250

DF1112: Deaf People in Society

This module aims to increase your understanding of deafness and the experiences of deaf people, to explore the different models of deafness and how these affect deaf people within society and to give you an insight into the wider international deaf world and encourage you to compare and contrast individual and collective experiences.

Course delivery

This course is taught face-to-face at one of our UK campuses.


Please note the delivery information for this course is accurate for the academic year 2023/24. The information displayed in this section may not yet accurately reflect how the course will be delivered in 2024/25 but this information will be updated by October 2023.

Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of our published course information. However, our programmes are subject to ongoing review and development. Changing circumstances may cause alteration to, or the cancellation of, courses. Changes may be necessary to comply with the requirements of accrediting bodies or revisions to subject benchmarks statements. As well as to keep courses updated and contemporary, or as a result of student feedback. We reserve the right to make variations if we consider such action to be necessary or in the best interests of students.

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I love the sense of community from being at the University of Central Lancashire. It genuinely feels like the staff are rooting for you and want you to do as well as you can.
Adele Vickers
BA (Hons) British Sign Language and Deaf Studies
United Kingdom

Future careers

There are many careers and professions you could join with a BA (Hons) British Sign Language and Deaf Studies degree, including lecturing in higher and further education, teaching, and working as an interpreter.

Fees and funding

Full-time£9,250 per year
Part-time£1,540 per 20 credits
Full-time£14,900 per year
Full-time£9,250 per year
Part-time£1,540 per 20 credits
Full-time£16,500 per year

Scholarships and bursaries

We have a wide range of bursaries, scholarships and funds available to help support you whilst studying with us.

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  • Care Leaver Bursary

    Our Care Leaver Bursary is for students who need extra support because they have been in care or are estranged from their parents.

    Find out more about Care Leaver Bursary
  • Estranged student support

    Estranged Student Support Bursary is for students who need extra support because they are estranged from their parents.

    Find out more about Estranged student support
  • Dependants Bursary

    Students with financially dependent children may be eligible for our Dependants Bursary as part of our financial support package. 

    Find out more about Dependants Bursary
  • Contextualised Admissions Bursary

    We recognise that the last two years have been very challenging for young people and learning has been impacted. To help support students eligible for a contextualised offer we are offering a bursary of £250 in their first year of study.

    Find out more about Contextualised Admissions Bursary

This course is based in the School of Psychology and Humanities

For information on possible changes to course information, see our essential and important course information

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