The University of Wolverhampton

BA (Hons)Deaf Studies and Social Policy

Why choose this course?

Students will be able to identify and understand the challenges faced in society when trying to adopt an inclusive approach to all aspects of life within a diverse society. They will have opportunities to consider a variety of issues and perspectives surrounding working with diverse groups, deaf people being considered in detail. Concepts of poverty, inclusion, social justice will be studied in relation to government response and policy. The course fosters cooperative and independent work as well as critical reflection. Students will be encouraged to develop effective communication in an interactive context utilising digital literacy.

Further information on Deaf Studies

Further information on Social Policy

What happens on the course?

What will I study in Deaf Studies

Your first year studies will give you knowledge of deafness and the lives of deaf people in the context of key issues related to the inclusion all disabled children and adults.

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.

Building upon level one you will expand your knowledge of deaf children and their development.

You will be challenged to consider the appropriate educational provision. Throughout your second year you can continue to learn British Sign Language at Intermediate level.

In your final year as well as British Sign Language you will learn Deaf Blind Communication, Guiding Policies and Practice. Final year studies include a full analysis of critical issues affecting the lives of deaf people.

You may opt for Research Placement in either subject.

You will cultivate your approaches to supporting inclusive practices for future professional life.

What will I study in Social Policy?

Year one offers an introduction to social policy and critical thinking. The development of the post war welfare state and related social change are followed by a consideration of the theories and concepts that underpin the study social policy : theories of fairness, equality and social justice

Year two looks at policy responses to poverty, social exclusion, crime, ill health and social care and how these are linked to the economy. Research skills are development in readiness for year three

Year three focuses on the application of theory and practice examining how welfare is managed and the “ joined up” nature of policy implementation in preparation for jobs in social research.

Why Wolverhampton?

Students are taught to understand the relationships between policy funding and provision with practical reference to diverse groups in society by investigating social fairness and justice.

Amongst diverse groups in society is the Deaf Community in the UK and students have the opportunity to learn British Sign Language, to appreciate notions of bilingualism and biculturalism by completing research for a voluntary agency.

As a priority, academic and pastoral support is provided by tutors from day one of the course. Peer mentoring offers an extra support mechanism. The course offers academic rigour and relevance to future professional life.

Comment from our External Examiner on provision:

For Social Policy:

"Three areas stand out. First, the enthusiasm and commitment of the course team is very impressive and one gets the feel of a student body that receives significant support. Second, the courses continue to have a strong contemporary orientation, with policy developments reflected quickly in course material. Third, the use of case study type assessment was particularly impressive".

Career path

You will have a real advantage when entering work because a degree in Deaf Studies and Social Policy will enable you to immediately enter a range of careers.

  • You can work directly in the Deaf Community or in Public Administration, Youth and Community Working, Housing and Health Service or in the Voluntary Sector. With further training you could become a teacher of a National Curriculum.
  • Other career destinations have included Communication Support, Key Skills Coordinator, NVQ Assessor, Lecturers, Researcher Roles and Local Authority positions in related fields.
  • Graduates 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.

Comment from our External Examiner on employability:

For Social Policy:

"The assessment strategy and methods of assessment continue to be impressive and effectively address the learning outcomes of courses. Forms of assessment are suitably varied and in particular, I feel that the 'case study' type work is helpful - this allows students to explore an aspect of their own experience of work in the context of policy theory".

What skills will you gain?

  • Demonstrate the ability to process and analyse and evaluate concepts and theories related to deafness and deaf peoples’ lives within the context of disability.
  • 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.
  • Reflect upon and understand social political and cultural diversity in aspects of subject knowledge and their application in social policies and concepts.
  • Apply a critical approach to methods of enquiry and evaluation in a social policy context.
  • Apply social policy theories to analyse social needs and policy intervention leading to the critical assessment of policy intervention.
  • In order to facilitate further training and/or professional development exercise initiative, personal responsibility and decision making in complex contexts.

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 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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