The University of Wolverhampton

BA (Hons)Linguistics and Deaf Studies with Foundation Year

Why choose this course?

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.

The foundation year of this course is designed to offer applicants who do not have the required qualifications, a programme which will equip them with a robust toolkit of academic, digital and personal skills required for successful study in higher education. It also provides an understanding of, and insight into, a range of disciplines that underpin their chosen programme of study. In the foundation year students will develop their ability to gain the most out of structured in-class study, and also to manage and evaluate their own independent learning. This wide range of transferable skills is of immense value in both undergraduate study and graduate employment. Upon successful completion of the foundation year, students will have the opportunity to develop their knowledge and understanding of their subject area to degree level.

What happens on the course?

Semester 1 Starters:


Year 1 (Foundation)

3GK003 Academic Skills (20 Credits)

3GK005 Critical Thinking (20 Credits)

3GK007 Wolverhampton and its People (20 Credits)

3GK004 The World at Work: Careers and Personal Development (20 Credits)

3GK006 Extended Project (20 Credits)

3GK008 Culture and Nationality in Conflict (20 Credits)

Year 2

4LN001 Language in Use (20 Credits)

4DF010 Introduction to Deaf Studies (20 Credits)

4LN002 Language Patterns (20 Credits)

4DF009 Introduction to British Sign Language (20 Credits)

4GK006 Success in Higher Education or 4HU001 Myth or 4GK001 Raising Intercultural Awareness or 4PO005 Campaigning and Citizenship: Women in Britain and its Empire from 1800 to 1950 or 4WL002 Basic Language or 4WL003 Elementary Language (20 Credits)

4GK006 Success in Higher Education or 4HU002 Popular Culture or 4SL011 Volunteering in the Community or 4PO006 Contemporary Capitalism or 4WL002 Basic Language or 4WL003 Elementary Language (20 Credits)

Year 3

5DF007 Flourishing Deaf lives (20 Credits)

5LN001 Language and Society (20 Credits)

5LN004 Sounds and Structure (20 Credits)

5DF008 Educating Deaf children and young people (20 Credits)

5SL008 Volunteering in Action or 5WL001 Basic Language or 5WL002 Elementary Language or 5LN002 Research Methods for English Language, Linguistics and TESOL (20 Credits)

5WL001 Basic Language or 5WL002 Elementary Language or 5LN003 Pragmatics and Conversation (20 Credits)

Year 4

6DF009 Engaging with services (20 Credits)

6LN005 Language and the Mind or 6WL001 Intermediate/Advanced Language or 6LN001 Language Variation and Change or 6DF007 Level 6 BSL - Intermediate (20 Credits)

6LN005 Language and the Mind or 6WL001 Intermediate/Advanced Language or 6LN001 Language Variation and Change or 6DF007 Level 6 BSL - Intermediate (20 Credits)

6DF006 Welfare and campaigning or 6DF008 Deaf Art, Literature and Culture (20 Credits)

6LN002 Independent Study (Linguistics) or 6DF002 Deaf Studies Project or 6DF003 Business and Community Link in the Deaf Community or 6LN004 Morphology or 6WL001 Intermediate/Advanced Language (20 Credits)

6LN002 Independent Study (Linguistics) or 6DF002 Deaf Studies Project or 6DF003 Business and Community Link in the Deaf Community or 6LN004 Morphology or 6WL001 Intermediate/Advanced Language (20 Credits)

Why Wolverhampton?

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.

Career path

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.

What skills will you gain?

By the end of your study you will be able to:

  1. Develop the ability to process and analyse and evaluate concepts and theories related to deafness and deaf peoples’ lives within the legal, cultural and political contexts of disability
  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. Demonstrate the underlying values and principles relevant to the ideologies of inclusion, and reflect on the potential connections and discontinuities between aspects of subject knowledge and their application in social policies and concepts
  4. Exhibit a knowledge and understanding of the forms and functions of language at the levels of phonology, lexis, syntax and text
  5. Apply a range of linguistic and critical approaches to the analysis of language and synthesise a range of relevant empirical data
  6. Work both co-operatively and independently whilst developing the expertise required to progress to related studies at postgraduate level, and the skills and knowledge necessary for successful employment.

Entry requirements

2019 Entry

  • DD from A level
  • BTEC QCF Extended Diploma grade PPP, BTEC QCF Diploma grade MP
  • Pass Access to HE Diploma (Full Award)
  • If you've got other qualifications or relevant experience, please contact The Gateway for further advice before applying.
  • International entry requirements and application guidance can be found here

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.

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

Course fees and finance

2019/0 Home/EU International
Full time £9,250 £12,000
Part time # £2,975

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.

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

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