Centre for Deaf Education Courses at City Lit

City Lit has provided support for deaf people at its heart right from our establishment, in 1919. Some of the first courses ever offered by City Lit were lipreading classes for deafened soldiers returning from World War I. 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.

Many of our courses are delivered online. For more information about our live online courses, please see our guide to online learning.

For more information on how the Centre for Deaf Education has adapted during the COVID-19 pandemic, please visit our 'adapting to change to support the deaf community' page.

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

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. BSL taster session

    Evening
    Course Date: Wed 2 Dec 2020 (and 3 other dates)
    Location on this date: Online
    This is a one-off free session to give you a taste of what happens in a British Sign Language class. The class will be a fun and relaxed group where you will learn some basic signs in BSL. If you enjoy the class, you can discuss course options with the tutor at the end.

    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

  2. Managing hearing loss at work

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 5 Dec 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    This course is for people who have a hearing loss and who work in an office environment. It covers a range of common office scenarios and issues that arise for people with hearing loss.



    This course will be delivered online.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £49.00
    Concession: £49.00

  3. Pre-level 2 in BSL: refresher

    Course Date: Tue 5 Jan 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    If you have passed level 1 in BSL but are not quite ready to do level 2, this course is for you. Practise storytelling, having conversations and presenting information to others in an unhurried and friendly class.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £299.00
    Senior fee: £239.00
    Concession: £203.00

  4. Digital skills for deaf people: do research and deliver a PowerPoint Presentation (entry 2 - entry 3)

    Course Date: Wed 6 Jan 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    Are you new to PowerPoint? This course will help you to understand the basics of PowerPoint including creating and delivering a presentation. By the end of the course you will be able to give a presentation using different transitions and animations.

    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

  5. BSL level 1

    Evening
    Course Date: Thu 7 Jan 2021 (and 5 other dates)
    Location on this date: Online
    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 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.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £659.00
    Senior fee: £659.00
    Concession: £485.00

  6. Level 3 certificate in BSL

    Course Date: Fri 8 Jan 2021 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Ideal if you have passed level 2 in BSL and are ready to develop the knowledge and skills you need to achieve the level 3 qualification, accredited by Signature.

    The course fee is £1211, plus an upfront fee of £188 payable at the time of your enrolment.

    If you are unable to pay the course fee upfront, you can choose to apply for an Advanced Learner Loan from Student Finance England (SFE) to help cover the cost, repayable after the course ends. You can find more information about the Advanced Learner Loan www.citylit.ac.uk/advanced-learner-loans

    If you are unable to pay the upfront fee, you can talk to our Information, Advice and Guidance team who will advise you on other financial support available. You can contact the Advice and Guidance Team by phone on 020 7492 2500 or by email: advice@citylit.ac.uk

    For more information, please call Sign Language and Lipreading (pre 1920) on 020 7492 2725.

    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee: £1,399.00
    Senior fee: £1,399.00
    Concession: £1,399.00

  7. BSL level 2

    Course Date: Mon 11 Jan 2021 (and 4 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.



    The assessments could take place either online or face to face. If the assessment takes place online, it will be via Zoom. If the face to face process is used, it will be on a one to one basis with your course tutor.

    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee: £799.00
    Senior fee: £673.00
    Concession: £597.00

  8. Introduction to BSL

    Introduction to BSL

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 11 Jan 2021 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: Online
    Interested in learning British Sign Language? Learn some basic vocabulary and grammar, and decide if you want to progress to the level 1 qualification.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £199.00
    Senior fee: £199.00
    Concession: £135.00

  9. English entry 3 for deaf people

    Course Date: Mon 11 Jan 2021 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: Online
    This course will help you get become confident in your everyday communication including reading and writing. We will focus on topics that interest you and use these to help you improve the key elements of reading and writing as well as communication skills to enable you to express your thoughts and feelings including in difficult situations. You will learn to how write whole sentences and paragraphs, use adjectives effectively, organise your writing, make notes and complete drafts, spell important common words, use punctuation correctly and develop reading and writing strategies most suited to you. And you will learn some digital skills including reading and finding information from websites.

    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. English grammar for deaf people (entry 1)

    Course Date: Mon 11 Jan 2021 (and 5 other dates)
    Location on this date: Online
    This course is suitable if you have enough vocabulary to be able to read and write basic sentences. During this course, you will learn more vocabulary and grammar to help you talk, read and write about yourself, your family and friends and complete forms, short sms and e-mails. This course has no exams.

    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. Everyday maths for deaf people (pre-entry - entry 1)

    Course Date: Mon 11 Jan 2021 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This course is suitable if you have arrived in the UK from abroad and need to acquire basic Maths skills or if you missed out on education at school here in UK due to communication barriers. During this course you will work with basic numbers, measures, shapes and use of data. It is a very practical course and the skills you learn can be applied to your every day life contexts. This course has no exams.

    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee: £0.00
    Senior fee: £0.00
    Concession: £0.00

  12. English for deaf people: reading and writing (entry 2)

    Course Date: Tue 12 Jan 2021 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: Online
    Are you able to read and write short texts and simple emails? This course will help you learn more vocabulary and grammar so that you can read and write about more interesting subjects and make fewer mistakes. This course has no exams.

    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

  13. English for deaf people: reading and writing (entry 1)

    Course Date: Tue 12 Jan 2021 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: Online
    This course is suitable if you have enough vocabulary to be able to read and write basic sentences. During this course, you will learn more vocabulary and grammar to help you talk, read and write about yourself, your family and friends and complete forms, short sms and e-mails. This course has no exams.

    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

  14. Level 6 in BSL - part 1 (language development)

    Course Date: Wed 13 Jan 2021
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This course is the language development part of the Level 6 in BSL Studies. Ideal for you if you have passed level 3 in BSL or Level 4 in BSL - depending on your BSL skills. This course is suitable for you if you want to continue to develop your skills up to the appropriate standard for progression to the Level 6 in BSL studies. This course will enable you to understand and use complex BSL in a range of work and social situations.

    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee: £999.00
    Senior fee: £999.00
    Concession: £999.00

  15. Get confident with digital skills - for deaf people (Entry 2)

    Course Date: Wed 13 Jan 2021
    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 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

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