The University of Wolverhampton

BA (Hons)Deaf Studies and English

Why choose this course?

The Deaf Studies and English integrated joint offers students the chance to explore a range of social and language-related topics in a stimulating and multi-cultural environment. By means of high quality teaching and a flexible, responsive and vocationally relevant curriculum, students will learn to identify and understand the challenges faced by deaf people, and gain a detailed knowledge of the history and interpretation of literary texts.

Students will have opportunities to consider a variety of issues and perspectives surrounding working with deaf people. They will study current policies, laws, procedures and practices to develop professional strategies useful for their future working lives. They will also learn how literary meaning is created through both the formal structures and conventions of literary texts and the formation of cultural norms and values.

The programme will develop a range of subject specific and transferable skills, including higher- order conceptual and communication skills, enterprise, digital literacy and IT awareness, all of which are of immense value in graduate employment. The course fosters cooperative and independent work, as well as critical reflection.

What happens on the course?

Your first year of Deaf Studies will give you knowledge of deafness and the lives of deaf people. Communication issues especially learning British Sign Language will support your understanding of minority and diverse groups in society. In your second year you will acquire the skills needed to research the experiences of deaf/disabled children and adults. In the final year students will learn Deaf Blind Communication, Guiding Policies and Practice. Final-year studies include a full analysis of critical issues affecting the lives of deaf/disabled people.

Core modules in English in the first year will introduce approaches to literature in its historical context, author-studies, reception and interpretation and as a source of individual and national identity.

In the second and third year, a range of optional modules encourage students to develop personal interests in literature from Shakespeare and Milton to American writing and the literature of deviance and transgression.

Throughout the programme, students have the option to elect English language modules exploring topics such as regional and national variations or discourse analysis to complement their literary studies.

Year 1 (Level 4)

Semester 1

Semester 2

4EN001 Reading Literature


4EN002 The Story of English

4DF007 Introduction of Deaf Identities and BSL


4DF008 Deaf People Today & introduction to BSL part 2

4IG003 Introduction to Sign Linguistics

4GK006 Success in HE

4HU001 Myth

4HU003 First Year Seminars

4WL002 Basic Language

4WL003 Elementary Language


4GK006 Success in HE

4GK004 Volunteering in the Community

4HU002 Popular Culture

4HU003 First Year Seminars

4WL002 Basic Language

4WL003 Elementary Language

Year 2 (Level 5)

Semester 1

Semester 2

5EN007 Children’s Literature


5EN006 American Literatures

5DF004 BSL: People and Places Part 1 & Research into Language Development and Deafness


5DF005 BSL: People and Places Part 2 Deaf Blind Policy and Practice

5IG003 Syntax and Translation

5HU001 The Enlightenment

5HU002 Popular Texts

5WL001 Basic Language

5WL002 Elementary Language


5GK005 Volunteering in Action

5EN004 Shakespeare and the English Renaissance

5WL001 Basic Language

5WL002 Elementary Language

Year 3 (Level 6)

Semester 1

Semester 2

6EN004 Victorian Literature, Art, Culture


6EN006 Romanticism

6DF004: British Sign Language Skills within Work and Community Domains


6DF005: Transforming Deaf People’s Lives

6EN0007 Positions: Literature, Society, Geography

6GK008 Business and Community Link

6WL001 Intermediate/Advanced Language


6DF002: Deaf Studies Independent Study


6DF003 Community Link: Research and

Work in the Deaf Community


6EN013 Independent Study in English

Why Wolverhampton?

  1. Being taught British Sign Language, using digital and analogue facilities, adds a unique dimension to the study of inclusive practices in society.
  2. Students are taught to understand a bi-lingual and bicultural approach towards Deaf sign language users.
  3. Academic and pastoral support is provided as a priority by deaf and hearing tutors from day one of the course. Peer mentoring offers an extra support mechanism.
  4. Students can combine modules in both literature and language studies.
  5. Students will undertake interdisciplinary modules that place literary studies within the broader concerns of popular culture and the history of ideas.
  6. Wolverhampton has pioneered the use of interactive web-based forums for teaching and assessment. These activities have proved very popular with students.

Comment from our External Examiner on provision:

For English:

"The subject curriculum continues to be highly relevant both in terms of the student experience at Wolverhampton and in terms of reflecting the benchmark statements for English, which stress the importance of providing a full range of modules and a diversity of teaching and assessment methods. The English team is to be congratulated once again on ensuring that standards are maintained through the provision of a varied diet of modules, combining traditional and non-traditional courses, with a variety of teaching and assessment methods. The detailed level of feedback provided on all modules remains an example of good practice".

What our students think


Career path

A degree in Deaf Studies and English gives you the perfect grounding for any career requiring critical thinking, literacy competence, and a range of analytical and presentation skills.

Deaf Studies offers you a research placement in the final year within the UK Deaf Community while Linguistics offers frequent opportunities to meet professionals from relevant sectors, including speech and language therapists, academic authors, forensic linguists, and computational linguistics researchers. You will have a real advantage when entering work because this degree will enable you to immediately enter a range of careers in the Deaf Community.

Other career destinations have included communication support, key skills coordinator, NVQ assessor, lecturers, researcher roles and local authority positions in related fields. Many graduates have gone on to take a PGCE qualification (in conjunction with other subjects such as TESOL and Languages), and several have enrolled on higher degrees (including two in the last two years who are completing PHDs in related fields). Others go on to undertake post graduate diplomas such as Social Work and Audiology as well as Masters Degrees in Disabilities Studies, Speech & Language Therapy and Human Communications.

What skills will you gain?

On successful completion of this course you will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate the ability to process and analyse and evaluate concepts and theories related to English studies, deafness and deaf peoples’ lives.
  2. Effectively communicate in British Sign Language ( BSL) to intermediate level, supported by theoretical knowledge of BSL and Sign Linguistics utilising live communicative strategies as well as digital communication facilities
  3. Engage in the comprehension, analysis and appreciation of literary and non-literary texts;
  4. Develop a range of transferable skills intrinsic to both subject areas and of value to graduate employment.
  5. Process and synthesise a range of relevant empirical data to present and justify your own chosen position using a range of written and digital resources;
  6. Work both cooperatively and independently whilst fostering critical reflection upon your own value system, in a global and multi-cultural context.

Entry requirements

2016 Entry

  • 240-280 UCAS points with a minimum of 180 points from at least two ‘A’ levels
  • BTEC QCF Extended Diploma grade MMM, BTEC QCF Diploma grade DD
  • Access to HE Diploma full award (Pass of 60 credits - of which a minimum of 45 credits must be at level 3 including 18 at Merit or Distinction).
  • If you've got other qualifications or relevant experience, please contact The Gateway for further advice before applying.
  • Successful completion of the foundation year of our BA (Hons) Law and Social Sciences with Foundation Year guarantees entry on to this course
  • International student language requirements and application guidance can be found at
  • Successful completion of the International Foundation Year in Social Sciences guarantees entry on to this course

Other Requirements

Students must have studied a minimum of two years post GCSE level. However, it is expected that some applicants will be mature students with work experience, who wish to further their career development. These applicants will be processed through standard procedures, which may involve an interview as part of the process. Please see for further information.

You will also be required to provide satisfactory reference.

Those who do not meet the entry requirements may be offered an alternative course.

Course fees and finance

2016/7 Home/EU International
Full time £9,000 £11,250
Part time # £2,780

The University also offers a range of Bursaries and Scholarships in addition to other financial support packages

These fees are applicable for new entrants in 2016/7. If you have any queries regarding the fees listed please contact 01902 321137

These fees are for the current academic year only. Any subsequent years may be subject to an annual increase, usually in line with inflation.

# Undergraduate part-time fees for 50% rate of study

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