Specialist learning

Specialist Learning Courses

From vocational courses and qualifications in care work, Access to Higher EducationBritish Sign Language (BSL) and teacher training to specialist courses in speech therapy and courses for students with learning difficulties.

Courses available both in-person and online

We offer a range of long and short courses allowing you to choose between in-person and online learning.

Learn in the centre of London with our in-person courses. Our purpose-built facilities in Covent Garden mean we are ideally located and easy to get to. 

See our guide to online learning for more information about accessing our live online courses.

All our courses are live, interactive, and taught by expert tutors. No matter how you prefer to learn, we've got the class for you.

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  1. English entry 3 for deaf people - part 1
    Last Few Places
    Course start date:  Mon 9 Sep 2024

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    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 is free for learners who have not achieved a GCSE grade C (4) and higher in English. For more information Click here

    Full fee £0.00
  2. English for deaf people: Word classes (entry 2 - entry 3)
    Last Few Places
    Course start date:  Tue 29 Apr 2025 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Online

    The aim of the course is to help you to develop your language awareness and knowledge of English grammar in terms of word classes and their functions. You will learn about nouns, verbs, adjectives, adverbs, pronouns, determiners, prepositions and connectives. You will be signposted to online sources of information and practical exercises which can be used to refine and revise your knowledge throughout the course and after the course has concluded. This course has no exams.



    This course is free for learners who have not achieved a GCSE grade C (4) and higher in English. 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.
  3. Lipreading and managing hearing loss: improvers
    Last Few Places
    Course start date:  Mon 16 Sep 2024 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Nicola Hicks
    Develop your lipreading skills and strategies for face-to-face communication and keep up-to-date with relevant equipment and services. This course is suitable if you have completed a beginners class or attended lipreading class at improvers' level.







    This course will be taught in spoken English and not in sign language.
    Full fee £399.00 Senior fee £259.00 Concession £200.00
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  4. Lipreading and managing hearing loss: advanced
    Last Few Places, Evening
    Course start date:  Tue 17 Sep 2024 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Helen Perry
    Develop your lipreading skills and strategies for face-to-face communication and keep up-to-date with relevant equipment and services. This course is suitable if you have completed a lipreading class at improvers' level.







    This course will be taught in spoken English and not in sign language.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £329.00 Senior fee £329.00 Concession £165.00
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  5. BSL 1:1 coaching
    Course start date:  Tue 17 Sep 2024

    Location on this date:  Blended (learn both online and in-person)

    These sessions can be taught at any level and are designed to help you improve your BSL. You can ask your teacher to give guidance on specific areas of BSL. This can also be used to ‘brush up’ and practise before assessments and exams. If you are on one of our BSL courses and wish to undertake further practice in your own time then this course is for you! Please contact the department for further details and to discuss your requirements. You will then be assigned one of our BSL teachers to work with you.



    Sessions can be face-to-face or via Zoom.



    This course will be delivered online and in person. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £69.00 Senior fee £69.00 Concession £69.00
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  6. BSL level 1 for Deaf people
    Course start date:  Tue 24 Sep 2024 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Peter Brown
    This course is for Deaf learners who already use sign language in their everyday lives and want to further develop their skills in British Sign Language 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.



    This course is FREE if you are a resident in London and your preferred language is BSL

  7. BSL level 2 for Deaf people
    Course start date:  Tue 24 Sep 2024 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Peter Brown
    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.



    This course is FREE if you are a resident in London and your preferred language is BSL

    Full fee £0.00
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  8. BSL level 2
    Course start date:  Wed 25 Sep 2024 (and 5 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Alesia Parshutsina
    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 £839.00 Senior fee £709.00 Concession £644.00
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    98% of 100
  9. BSL practice for Deaf people
    Course start date:  Mon 30 Sep 2024

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    This course is for Deaf people who already use sign language in their everyday lives.







    It 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 if you attend 80% of the course.
    Full fee £0.00
    Rating:
    80% of 100
  10. Level 3 certificate in BSL for Deaf people
    Course start date:  Tue 1 Oct 2024

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Pat Parke
    If you are deaf, have passed level 2 in BSL and are ready to further develop your use of BSL, this level 3 qualification, accredited by Signature will give you further knowledge of BSL and the deaf community in the UK .



    The Free Courses for Jobs initiative is for Londoners aged 24 or over at the start of the course who are: on a low-income; or on certain benefits; or do not have a full level 3 qualification. For more information Click here

    Full fee £0.00
  11. English entry 3 for deaf people - part 2
    Last Few Places
    Course start date:  Mon 6 Jan 2025

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    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 is free for learners who have not achieved a GCSE grade C (4) and higher in English. For more information Click here

    Full fee £0.00
  12. Award in education and training (City & Guilds 6502)
    Course start date:  Fri 10 Jan 2025 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Laila Shariff
    The City & Guilds (6502) Award in Education and Training is an initial teacher training course ideal for anyone who teaches adults - or has experience of teaching adults - in Further Education or Adult and Community Learning. We may also consider you if you do not have teaching experience, but are qualified in your subject and have worked in a related field. This course will me mainly online with two sessions at City Lit towards the end of the course. Please note this course will be mainly online, except for sessions 8 and 10, and possibly 11.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £599.00 Senior fee £599.00 Concession £407.00
  13. Lipreading and managing hearing loss: beginners 2
    Course start date:  Tue 21 Jan 2025

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Adam Gurney
    Develop your lipreading and fingerspelling skills and build your confidence in understanding conversations. Suitable if you have already completed the 6 or 8 week Introduction to Lipreading course at City Lit. This course will be delivered online using Zoom.







    This course will be taught in spoken English and not in sign language.



    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 £220.00 Concession £170.00
  14. English for deaf people: English for work - reading and writing skills (entry 3) - part 3
    Last Few Places
    Course start date:  Mon 28 Apr 2025

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    This course is suitable if you are looking for or already are in employment. The aim of the course is to help you to acquire English skills necessary for communication at work via e-mails, memos, reports etc. This course has no exams.



    This course is free for learners who have not achieved a GCSE grade C (4) and higher in English. For more information Click here

    Full fee £0.00
  15. English Entry 2 for deaf people - part 1
    Course start date:  Tue 10 Sep 2024

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    This course will help you to get confident in reading, writing and communication. You will learn to read pieces of texts, write sentences, spell correctly and use punctuation. This course has no exams.



    This course is free for learners who have not achieved a GCSE grade C (4) and higher in English. For more information Click here

    Full fee £0.00
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