BA (Hons)

British Sign Language & Deaf Studies

Duration
3 Years
Start
September 2024
UCAS Code
Q160
Delivery
In Person
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.
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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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Modules

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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Meet the team

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Dr JunHui Yang
Senior Lecturer
School of Psychology and Humanities

JunHui teaches Sign Linguistics, Deaf People in Society, Sign and Society, and British Sign Language courses in BSL & Deaf Studies Team. She supervises postgraduate project on sign languages and international Deaf cultural studies. Her international collaborations are constantly …

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Dr Lynne Barnes
Principal Lecturer in British Sign Language and Deaf Studies
School of Psychology and Humanities

Lynne developed the British Sign Language (BSL) and Deaf Studies course in 1993. She also helped to develop the university support service for deaf students. Lynne is Academic Team Lead for the disciplines of BSL & Deaf Studies, English Language and Linguistics and Religion, Cult…

SignTeach Online

Our BSL and Deaf studies offering is part of SignTeach Online, a European project funded by the Erasmus+ programme. SignTeach Online will host resources and examples of good practice of teaching online for anyone trying to educate via this route.

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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.
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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

2024/25
UK
Full-time£9,250 per year
Part-time£1,540 per 20 credits
International
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.

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

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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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