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. Lipreading and managing hearing loss: long term learners advanced

    Course Date: Tue 22 Sep 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Are you an experienced lipreader, confident in your theory, but wishing to keep up your skills with continued practice? Suitable if you have been coming to lipreading classes for a while and want to continue to be stretched.



    Term 1 of this course will be delivered online up to Dec 2020 and will be a mixture of live streaming with a tutor and pre-filmed content for home study. Face-to-face teaching for this course in the building may resume if feasible after Dec 2020.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £339.00
    Senior fee: £207.00
    Concession: £149.00

  2. BSL level 2

    Course Date: Wed 23 Sep 2020 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: Online
    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.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £799.00
    Senior fee: £673.00
    Concession: £597.00

  3. Level 3 certificate in BSL

    Evening
    Course Date: Wed 23 Sep 2020 (and 1 other date)
    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 £1265, plus an upfront fee of £234 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: £1,499.00
    Senior fee: £1,499.00
    Concession: £1,499.00

  4. Lipreading and managing hearing loss: improvers 1

    Course Date: Wed 23 Sep 2020 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: Online
    If you are a beginner, or have already attended lipreading classes, this is a great way to brush up your skills.



    Term 1 of this course will be delivered online up to Dec 2020 and will be a mixture of live streaming with a tutor and pre-filmed content for home study. Face-to-face teaching for this course in the building may resume if feasible after Dec 2020.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £339.00
    Senior fee: £207.00
    Concession: £149.00

  5. Introduction to BSL

    Introduction to BSL

    Evening
    Course Date: Thu 24 Sep 2020 (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

  6. Lipreading and managing hearing loss: advanced

    Course Date: Thu 24 Sep 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Build on your lipreading skills, practise your communication tactics and update your knowledge of relevant equipment and services. Suitable if you have practised lipreading skills at improvers' level.



    Term 1 of this course will be delivered online up to Dec 2020 and will be a mixture of live streaming with a tutor and pre-filmed content for home study. Face-to-face teaching for this course in the building may resume if feasible after Dec 2020.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £339.00
    Senior fee: £207.00
    Concession: £149.00

  7. BSL practice for Deaf people

    BSL practice for Deaf people

    Course Date: Thu 24 Sep 2020
    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.

    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

  8. Lipreading 1:1 coaching

    Course Date: Mon 28 Sep 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Individually tailored 1-1 lipreading coaching sessions. These can be taught at any level. Sessions normally last one hour. Timing and day can be flexible dependant on tutor availability. Fee of £59 is for one hour's tuition.



    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: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £59.00

  9. Improve your English and maths with social media (entry 2 - entry 3)

    Course Date: Fri 2 Oct 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    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 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. Introduction to lipreading

    Introduction to Lipreading

    Course Date: Tue 6 Oct 2020 (and 3 other dates)
    Location on this date: Online
    Find out about the skills involved in lipreading and build your confidence in understanding conversations. Suitable if you have little or no experience of lipreading.



    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: £119.00
    Senior fee: £73.00
    Concession: £52.00

  11. Google Classroom for deaf people (pre-entry - entry 1)

    Course Date: Tue 6 Oct 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    This course will help you to be confident with Google Classroom. By the end of this course, you will be able to sign in your Google account, complete assignments and post comments.

    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

  12. Deaf history part 1

    Evening
    Course Date: Thu 8 Oct 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Find out about the history of Deaf people in Britain and the development of BSL. This fascinating course is taught in BSL. Hearing people with a minimum of level 2 BSL are welcome.

    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

  13. Digital skills for deaf people: booking, shopping and finding directions with your phone (pre-entry - entry 1)

    Course Date: Thu 8 Oct 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    This course will help you to be confident on how to search and find information using search engines on your smartphone. By the end of this course, you will be able to book on-line, shopping and find directions.

    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. Pre-level 3 in BSL

    Course Date: Fri 9 Oct 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Have you have passed your level 2 in BSL but need more confidence and advice before moving on to a level 3 course? You will improve the standard of your productive and receptive BSL skills to enable you to converse comfortably with a BSL user.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £499.00
    Senior fee: £399.00
    Concession: £339.00

  15. Teaching methods for BSL teachers workshop

    Course Date: Fri 9 Oct 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Are you a BSL teacher? Would you like to improve or learn new ways to teach BSL in your class? Richard Carter comes highly recommended - he will teach you how to find the best way for your students to learn BSL. This will help you to become confident and motivate your teaching. Please come and enrol on this one off workshop!

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £79.00
    Senior fee: £79.00
    Concession: £79.00

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