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.

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


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  1. Refresh, revise stammering therapy
    Course start date:  Thu 27 Oct 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street (other locations are available)

    Tutors:  Anita McKiernan
    Do you feel like a refresh or a fresh start? This 8 week course will help you tackle fears around stammering while working on personal goals, within a supportive group. There will be a focus on exploring more of your natural expressiveness and spontaneity, while challenging beliefs and habits that you wish to tackle. You will also have opportunities to review your strategies, stretch your comfort zones and build your confidence.
    Full fee £79.00 Senior fee £55.00 Concession £16.00
  2. BSL level 1
    Course start date:  Wed 21 Sep 2022 (and 8 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Marios Costi
    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.
    Full fee £599.00 Senior fee £503.00 Concession £454.00
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  3. Introduction to BSL
    Course start date:  Tue 20 Sep 2022 (and 7 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Carolina Delgado Espejo
    Interested in learning British Sign Language? Learn some basic vocabulary and grammar, and decide if you want to progress to the level 1 qualification.
    Full fee £199.00 Senior fee £199.00 Concession £139.00
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  4. 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)
    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
  5. Managing challenging behaviour
    Course start date:  Thu 18 May 2023

    Location on this date:  Online

    Do you work in a setting where you find yourself dealing with individuals who present challenging behaviour? Do you want to feel more confident in understanding and responding to challenging behaviour? This is a practical, one-day course where you will gain strategies to diffuse and de-escalate challenging situations and develop incident and risk management skills for your workplace.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £69.00 Senior fee £69.00 Concession £0.00

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