Computing and digital skills for Deaf people

Computing for Deaf People

City Lit offer computing classes at different levels for deaf people, from beginners to European Computer Driving Licence (ECDL) level 2. Our tutors will help you find the right course to meet your needs. Classes are taught in BSL.

For deaf computing courses you will need to come to an initial assessment session to make sure you find the right class. Please contact us by SMS text on 07642818557 or email deafskills@citylit.ac.uk to make an appointment.

In order to join our deaf computing courses, you need to have an interview and initial assessment first.

Watch computing student Pooja discuss her experience of studying at City Lit.

Courses available both in-person and online

We offer a range of courses allowing you to choose between online and in-person learning. All our courses are live, interactive, and taught by expert tutors. No matter how you prefer to learn, you’ll receive the same great City Lit experience. See our guide to online learning for more information about accessing our live online courses.

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  1. Digital skills and Maths for deaf people: improve your Maths via social media (entry 1 - entry 2)
    Course start date:  Mon 31 Oct 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    On this course you will be introduced to various apps, websites and Facebook groups that would enable you to improve your English and maths skills.
    Full fee £0.00 Senior fee £0.00 Concession £0.00
  2. Digital and English skills for deaf people: understand, express and capture your emotions (pre-entry)
    Last Few Places
    Course start date:  Wed 2 Nov 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Learn how to share and express your hobbies and interests to friends, family and the wider world through drawings and photographs.



    This course is FREE if a) you are on a Low Wage or b) you are either on Jobseekers' Allowance (JSA) or Employment & Support Allowance(ESA) or c) you want to get a job or progress into a better job and you receive other state benefits (including Universal Credit). For more information click here
    Full fee £0.00 Senior fee £0.00 Concession £0.00
  3. Digital and English skills for Deaf people: improve your communication skills through e-mails and texts (entry 1)
    Evening
    Course start date:  Thu 3 Nov 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    On this course you will learn how to improve your English and Maths with social media - emails and text. You will learn how to send and receive emails and text.



    This course is FREE if a) you are on a Low Wage or b) you are either on Jobseekers' Allowance (JSA) or Employment & Support Allowance(ESA) or c) you want to get a job or progress into a better job and you receive other state benefits (including Universal Credit). For more information click here
    Full fee £0.00 Senior fee £0.00 Concession £0.00
  4. Digital Skills and Maths for Deaf people: managing your time (pre-entry - entry 1)
    Course start date:  Mon 9 Jan 2023

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    This complete course for beginners will help to become a confident user of your computer from setting it up to understanding and using basic digital skills functions.



    This course is FREE if a) you are on a Low Wage or b) you are either on Jobseekers' Allowance (JSA) or Employment & Support Allowance(ESA) or c) you want to get a job or progress into a better job and you receive other state benefits (including Universal Credit). For more information click here
    Full fee £0.00 Senior fee £0.00 Concession £0.00
  5. Basic DS skills for deaf people: getting started with online learning (pre-entry) - part 2
    Course start date:  Mon 9 Jan 2023

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    This complete course for beginners will help to become a confident user of your computer from setting it up to understanding and using basic digital skills functions.



    This course is FREE if a) you are on a Low Wage or b) you are either on Jobseekers' Allowance (JSA) or Employment & Support Allowance(ESA) or c) you want to get a job or progress into a better job and you receive other state benefits (including Universal Credit). For more information click here
    Full fee £0.00 Senior fee £0.00 Concession £0.00
  6. Digital and English skills for deaf people: describe your personal experiences via words, photos or videos (entry 2 - entry 3)
    Last Few Places, Evening
    Course start date:  Thu 12 Jan 2023

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Learn how to set up a web camera or use your mobile phone camera to make a vlog and then learn how to upload and edit it onto YouTube, Facebook and Vimeo. By the end of the course you will have produced a professional looking vlog!



    This course is FREE if a) you are on a Low Wage or b) you are either on Jobseekers' Allowance (JSA) or Employment & Support Allowance(ESA) or c) you want to get a job or progress into a better job and you receive other state benefits (including Universal Credit). For more information click here
    Full fee £0.00 Senior fee £0.00 Concession £0.00
  7. Get confident with digital skills - for deaf people (Entry 2)
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Thu 19 Jan 2023

    Location on this date:  Online

    This course will help you to get more confident, knowledgeable and skilful with Digital Skills. By the end of this course you will be able to use your device, Internet and emails confidently.



    This course is FREE if a) you are on a Low Wage or b) you are either on Jobseekers' Allowance (JSA) or Employment & Support Allowance(ESA) or c) you want to get a job or progress into a better job and you receive other state benefits (including Universal Credit). For more information click here



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £0.00 Senior fee £0.00 Concession £0.00
  8. Digital skills for deaf people: improve your English vocabulary via research, presentation and video editing (Entry 3 - Level 2)
    Course start date:  Wed 22 Feb 2023

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    The focus of the course is to develop learners’ vocabulary pertaining to differnet topics (money/finance, the body, transport, employment etc) and also looks at phrasal verbs, idioms and fixed expressions. As part of all that, the course simultaneosuly sets out to develop learners’ digital skills as part of the bigger picture behind the topic focus. This course has no exams.



    This course is FREE if a) you are on a Low Wage or b) you are either on Jobseekers' Allowance (JSA) or Employment & Support Allowance(ESA) or c) you want to get a job or progress into a better job and you receive other state benefits (including Universal Credit). For more information click here
    Full fee £0.00 Senior fee £0.00 Concession £0.00
  9. Digital skills for deaf people: introduction to Office 365: Word for work (Entry 3 - Level 2)
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Thu 23 Feb 2023

    Location on this date:  Online

    This course will give you the skills and confidence to create a well-written and well-presented Word documents. We will focus on how to create and write short documents such as letters and forms so you can format them correctly, arrange the text and layout appropriately and add footers and headers and other layout features. We will look at how to use tables, insert them into documents and format them. We will also practise inserting images and altering those images. Finally, we will practise printing documents so that the documents maintain their formatting and managing your files so they are easy to find. Throughout the course, there will be an emphasis on making sure your files are safe and private.



    This course is FREE if a) you are on a Low Wage or b) you are either on Jobseekers' Allowance (JSA) or Employment & Support Allowance(ESA) or c) you want to get a job or progress into a better job and you receive other state benefits (including Universal Credit). For more information click here



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £0.00 Senior fee £0.00 Concession £0.00
  10. Digital skills for deaf people: introduction to Office 365: Excel for work (Entry 3 - Level 2)
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Tue 28 Feb 2023

    Location on this date:  Online

    This course will help you to develop your understanding of how to use Office 365 Excel for work related tasks



    such as time management, managing finances and data.



    This course is FREE if a) you are on a Low Wage or b) you are either on Jobseekers' Allowance (JSA) or Employment & Support Allowance(ESA) or c) you want to get a job or progress into a better job and you receive other state benefits (including Universal Credit). For more information click here



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £0.00 Senior fee £0.00 Concession £0.00
  11. Basic DS skills for deaf people: getting started with online learning (pre-entry) - part 3
    Course start date:  Mon 17 Apr 2023

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    This complete course for beginners will help to become a confident user of your computer from setting it up to understanding and using basic digital skills functions.



    This course is FREE if a) you are on a Low Wage or b) you are either on Jobseekers' Allowance (JSA) or Employment & Support Allowance(ESA) or c) you want to get a job or progress into a better job and you receive other state benefits (including Universal Credit). For more information click here
    Full fee £0.00 Senior fee £0.00 Concession £0.00
  12. Digital skills and Maths for deaf people: shopping and spending (pre-entry to Entry 1)
    Course start date:  Mon 17 Apr 2023

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    This course will build your confidence on how to use digital devices and the internet. This course has no exams.



    This course is FREE if a) you are on a Low Wage or b) you are either on Jobseekers' Allowance (JSA) or Employment & Support Allowance(ESA) or c) you want to get a job or progress into a better job and you receive other state benefits (including Universal Credit). For more information click here
    Full fee £0.00 Senior fee £0.00 Concession £0.00
  13. Digital skills for deaf people: improve your English by researching life stories of famous people and sharing their stories in BSL (Entry 3 - Level 2)
    Evening
    Course start date:  Thu 4 May 2023

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    You will learn different research strategies, understanding where to look for information. You will learn how to skim and scan different texts to find the details you need. You will make notes identifying the source of your information and then finalise scripts to help you to deliver the presentation. You will be able to give a well-structured presentation with an introduction and conclusion, and use features of BSL such as: timelines, placements, referencing and enumeration. You will also learn BSL presentation skills such as how to introduce your topic, share the main points of information and summarise what you have covered.
    Full fee £0.00 Senior fee £0.00 Concession £0.00
  14. Digital skills for deaf people: using SignVideo, SignLive, NGT or Relay UK for essential communication (entry 2 - entry 3)
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Thu 8 Jun 2023

    Location on this date:  Online

    This course will help you to set up a new account with different communication and relay services - SignVideo, SignLive, NGT or Relay UK. You will be able to make your own phone calls through relay services.



    This course is FREE if a) you are on a Low Wage or b) you are either on Jobseekers' Allowance (JSA) or Employment & Support Allowance(ESA) or c) you want to get a job or progress into a better job and you receive other state benefits (including Universal Credit). For more information click here



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £0.00 Senior fee £0.00 Concession £0.00
  15. Digital skills for deaf people: have an effective interview via video call (entry 2 - Level 1)
    Course start date:  Fri 23 Jun 2023

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Learn how to set up a web camera or use your mobile phone camera to make a video call through Skype, Google Hangouts, Facetime or Zoom, and then learn how to prepare for an effective interview.



    This course is FREE if a) you are on a Low Wage or b) you are either on Jobseekers' Allowance (JSA) or Employment & Support Allowance(ESA) or c) you want to get a job or progress into a better job and you receive other state benefits (including Universal Credit). For more information click here
    Full fee £0.00 Senior fee £0.00 Concession £0.00

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