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BA (Hons)

British Sign Language & Deaf Studies

3 Years
September 2022
Campus Taught
Foundation Entry

Interested in visual language learning and exploring deaf culture? Our British Sign Language and Deaf Studies degree is the ground-breaking course for you.

The University has long been recognised for world-leading research, continuous top student satisfaction rates and pioneering work on employability skills.

Over 60% of British Sign Language/English interpreters working in the UK have studied here.

We’re also a UK leader in the training of BSL-English interpreters.

We have nearly 30 years expertise in teaching British Sign Language and Deaf Studies.

You’ll study all aspects of deafness as a social and cultural phenomenon and you’ll develop fluency in British Sign Language.

Why study with us

  • Bachelor of Arts with Honours in British Sign Language and Deaf Studies is ranked 2nd in the UK with 80% of students in graduate-level work or further study after graduating (Complete University Guide 2021)
  • Bachelor of Arts with Honours in British Sign Language and Deaf Studies is ranked 3rd in the UK with 94% of students satisfied with the teaching quality (Times Good University Guide 2021)
  • Given the wealth of modules on offer you’ll be able to tailor the course to meet your interests and career goals.

What you'll do

  • You’ll be taught by a mixed deaf and hearing team including Lynne Barnes, a National Teaching Fellow with award-winning work in deaf studies.
  • 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.

The BSL Bill – what you need to know

Module Overview

Course Delivery

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


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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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.

You could also work for deaf welfare organisations, become a social worker or educational support worker. Maybe you’ll want to find a job in the media or police or go on to study higher degrees, take up research, be a freelancer or run your own business? All are valid career options on graduation.

Fees and Funding

Full-time£9250 per year
Part-time£1540 per 20 credits
Full-time£13000 per year
Part-time£1540 per 20 credits
Full-time£13000 per year
Full-time£9250 per year
Part-time£1540 per 20 credits
Full-time£14250 per year

Scholarships and Bursaries

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

Select your country and see eligibility information and how to apply by selecting more info on the cards below.


This course is based in the School of Humanities, Language & Global Studies located in the Faculty of Culture and Creative Industries

For information on possible changes to course information, see our Essential and Important Course Information

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