The Deaf Studies and Linguistics 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 how sign and spoken languages work.
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 meaning is created, not only through choices of signs and words and grammatical structures, but through wider social and cultural contextual factors.
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.
You will have the oppurtunity to undertake a 40 credit placement at Level 5 of study.
5LW022 Supervised Work Experience (40 Credits)
Being taught British Sign Language, using digital and analogue facilities, adds a unique dimension to the study of Inclusive practices in society.
Students are taught to understand a bi-lingual and bicultural approach towards Deaf sign language users.
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.
The Deaf Studies and Linguistics lecturers have a variety of teaching and professional qualifications, and undergraduates are taught by full-time members of staff, not by PhD students.
The team believes in interactive learning and encourages full participation from all our students: external examiners have consistently highlighted our innovative assessments as a major strength.
Wolverhampton has pioneered the use of interactive web-based forums for teaching and assessment. These activities have proved very popular with students.
A degree in Deaf Studies and Linguistics 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 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 postgraduate diplomas such as Social Work and Audiology as well as Masters Degrees in Disabilities Studies, Speech & Language Therapy and Human Communications.
By the end of your study you will be able to:
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 http://wlv.ac.uk/mature for further information.
Those who do not meet the entry requirements may be offered an alternative course.
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 2019/0. If you have any queries regarding the fees listed please contact
These fees are for the current academic year only. Any subsequent years may be subject to an annual increase, usually in line with inflation.