BA (Hons) British Sign Language, Deaf Studies and Linguistics

BA (Hons) British Sign Language, Deaf Studies and Linguistics

Whether you are a beginner or have previous experience, we can help you advance your BSL skills. We will place you at the appropriate level when you arrive. By the end of the course you will be able to hold fluent conversations in BSL, allowing you to use the language for academic, social and professional purposes. If you have studied BSL previously you can still join this course, but the British Sign Language modules may contain some element of revision for you.

Our approach to teaching Deaf Studies draws on the latest research. You will explore the experiences of deaf people and consider how they have changed over time. Together we will explore different perceptions of deafness and how deaf communities in the UK are changing. In your second year you will examine the challenges faced by BSL users in the workplace on a dedicated work based module. You can also choose to study for nationally recognised Signature British Sign Language qualifications for no extra fee.

The Linguistics part of the course allows you to learn how language is structured, learnt and used. You can choose from different linguistics modules that interest you and support your ambitions. This could include exploring attitudes to language or examining multilingual classrooms. Linguistics can help you discover how language relates to identity, society and culture.

As your language skills develop you will gain an understanding of how society impacts the use of BSL. You will develop this by engaging with our welcoming community of BSL speakers. Together with your tutors and classmates, you will consider the development of the language. This includes exploring the translation processes between BSL and English.

Entry Requirements


  • 104 UCAS Tariff points
  • 3 GCSEs at grade C/4 (or equivalent) including English Language.

International Students

If you are an international student you will need to show that your qualifications match our entry requirements.

Information about international qualifications and entry requirements can be found on our International pages.

If English is not your first language you will need to show that you have English Language competence at IELTS level 6.0 (with no skill below 5.5) or equivalent.

Mature Learners Entry Scheme

If you have been out of education for 3 years or more and have a grade C GCSE in English Language or equivalent, you are eligible for our entry scheme for mature learners. It's a scheme that recognises non-traditional entry qualifications and experience for entry onto this course. Information on how to apply can be found on our dedicated page.

Career Prospects

This degree will give you skills and experience that can lead to a variety of different career paths. You will gain research, communication and critical thinking skills that are in high demand in a range of professions.

This degree could be the first step toward your career as a:

  • British Sign Language interpreter
  • Social researcher
  • Speech and language therapist
  • Teacher
  • Translator

Course Details

Year 1

Accelerated British Sign Language 1 OR Enhanced British Sign Language 1
Deaf History
Introduction to Language and Linguistics
Accelerated British Sign Language 2 OR Enhanced British Sign Language 2
Deaf Cultures
Descriptive Grammar of English

Year 2

British Sign Language for Education
Sociolinguistics of British Sign Language
Analysing Texts
Applied Phonetics and Phonology
Linguistic Diversity in the Classroom
British Sign Language for Employment
Deaf Social Theory
Language at Work

Year 3

British Sign Language for Recreational Activities
Attitudes to Language
Language, Identities and Cultures
Speech and Language Pathology
British Sign Language for Mental and Physical Health

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