Centre for deaf education

City Lit has had provision for deaf people at its heart right from the start. Some of the first courses ever offered by City Lit were lipreading classes for deafened soldiers returning from World War 1. Over the years, we have grown to become an internationally-renowned centre of a wide range of provision - it is the largest centre of its kind in Europe. Our staff is a mixed group of deaf and hearing professionals; all highly skilled in their own areas of specialist expertise. Learn British sign language with City Lit today.

As well as courses, we also offer support and services for deaf people.

Watch Samba, a student in the Centre for Deaf Education, discuss his experiences of studying at City Lit.

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  1. Assertiveness and hearing loss

    Course Date: Thu 8 Mar 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Do you sometimes find it hard to tell people you have a hearing loss and to ask them for the support you need? This short course will help you to develop your assertiveness skills.
    Full fee: £79.00
    Senior fee: £48.00
    Concession: £35.00

  2. Award in education and training for lipreading teachers

    Course Date: Fri 15 Sep 2017 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    City & Guilds 6502 qualification: Level 3 Award in Education and Training. Interested in teaching lipreading to adults? This course covers the basics and leads to a national initial teaching award. This course is for people who want a teaching qualification and is specifically for teaching lipreading. You will attend City Lit for lecture blocks on the following dates: September 15th,16th, 29th and 30th 2017.
    Full fee: £671.50
    Senior fee: £671.50
    Concession: £671.50

  3. Basic BSL workshop for hard-of-hearing people

    Course Date: Mon 17 Jul 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Would you like to learn some everyday signs so you can expand your range of communication methods and communicate with other British Sign Language users? This practical session will give you an introduction to the basics. Suitable for beginners or those who would like a refresher.
    Full fee: £39.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £39.00

  4. Basic Maths skills for deaf people

    Course Date: Mon 18 Sep 2017 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This course will help you get confident in working with numbers and measurements in your everyday life. Your course tutor will discuss with you whether you are ready to take an exam at the end of the course (it will depend on your mock exams results).
    Full fee: £0.00
    Senior fee: £0.00
    Concession: £0.00

  5. Become more lipreadable

    Course Date: Tue 3 Oct 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Do you know a hard of hearing or deaf person who needs to lipread you? Find out how lipreading works and how you can make some small adjustments in order to become more 'lipreadable'.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £49.00
    Concession: £49.00

  6. Brush up your lipreading theory

    Course Date: Mon 18 Sep 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Have you forgotten why a drain looks like a train when you are lipreading? This series of five practical lessons will help you brush up your lipreading theory, looking at consonant and vowel confusion groups. Ideal if you have attended lipreading lessons before and need a refresher.
    Full fee: £79.00
    Senior fee: £48.00
    Concession: £35.00

  7. BSL intensive fingerspelling practice

    Course Date: Sat 27 Jan 2018 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Are you on a level 1 or 2 BSL course and would like to improve your ability to use and understand BSL fingerspelling? This workshop is taught by a highly experienced teacher and provides a perfect opportunity to focus on this particular area of BSL.
    Full fee: £89.00
    Senior fee: £89.00
    Concession: £89.00

  8. BSL level 1

    Course Date: Tue 12 Sep 2017 (and 9 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Have you always wanted to learn British Sign Language and communicate with Deaf people? Develop the skills you need to gain the level 1 BSL qualification, accredited by Signature. The fees for BSL level 1 and 2 courses include a year's subscription to Signworld.



    You may wish to study BSL without the pressure of an exam, or just for fun. We can arrange for you to be taught without a formal final assessment and you will receive a certificate of attendance.
    Full fee: £629.00
    Senior fee: £629.00
    Concession: £427.00

  9. BSL level 1 for Deaf people

    Course Date: Tue 19 Sep 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This course is for Deaf learners who want to learn BSL at level 1. You will be able to communicate in BSL in a range of everyday topics and achieve a level 1 qualification, accredited by Signature.
    Full fee: £299.00
    Senior fee: £261.00
    Concession: £225.00

  10. BSL level 1 intensive evenings

    Course Date: Mon 6 Nov 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    The same syllabus as our Level 1 courses, but offered as 2 evening classes each week for those requiring a more condensed period of study.
    Full fee: £629.00
    Senior fee: £629.00
    Concession: £427.00

  11. BSL level 2

    Course Date: Wed 6 Sep 2017 (and 7 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Have you passed your BSL level 1 and are you ready for a level 2 course? Build your skills and knowledge and achieve a level 2 qualification, accredited by Signature.
    Full fee: £799.00
    Senior fee: £674.00
    Concession: £556.00

  12. BSL level 2 for Deaf people

    Course Date: Tue 19 Sep 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This course is for Deaf people who already have BSL level 1. Build up your BSL skills and knowledge in a range of topics. You can achieve a level 2 qualification, accredited by Signature.
    Full fee: £399.00
    Senior fee: £354.00
    Concession: £312.00

  13. BSL poetry workshop

    Course Date: Sat 18 Nov 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Find out about BSL poetry and have the opportunity to perform your own. This workshop is delivered in BSL.
    Full fee: £89.00
    Senior fee: £89.00
    Concession: £89.00

  14. BSL practice for Deaf people

    Course Date: Thu 5 Oct 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This course will help you to develop confidence, and is a chance to practise everyday BSL at beginner and intermediate level. You will build on and expand your skills ready for the next level of BSL. This is not a course with an exam but you will receive a certificate of attendance.
    Full fee: £159.00
    Senior fee: £127.00
    Concession: £97.00

  15. BSL Roleshift / referent practice workshop

    Course Date: Sat 24 Feb 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Are you on a level 2 or 3 BSL course and would like to get a better understanding of how role shift and referents are used in BSL? This workshop is taught by a highly experienced teacher and provides a perfect opportunity to focus on this important area of BSL to improve your knowledge and fluency.
    Full fee: £89.00
    Senior fee: £89.00
    Concession: £89.00

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