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 online and in-person learning. 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. See our guide to online learning for more information about accessing our live online courses.

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  1. Managing hearing loss at work
    Course start date:  Wed 20 Mar 2024 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Nicola Hicks
    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 taught in spoken English and not in sign language.
    Full fee £59.00 Senior fee £59.00 Concession £59.00
  2. English entry 3 for deaf people - part 3
    Last Few Places
    Course start date:  Wed 10 Apr 2024

    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 has no exams.



    This course is FREE if you are employed and on a low wage or you are claiming benefits. 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
  3. BSL level 1
    Evening
    Course start date:  Wed 20 Sep 2023 (and 5 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Peter Brown
    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 £699.00 Senior fee £699.00 Concession £524.00
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  4. Beginners BSL
    Course start date:  Wed 24 Apr 2024

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Alesia Parshutsina
    Are you interested in learning BSL? Join us to learn some basic vocabulary and grammar and decide if you want to progress to the level 1 qualification.
    Full fee £99.00 Senior fee £99.00 Concession £69.00
  5. Lipreading and managing hearing loss: introduction
    Course start date:  Wed 24 Apr 2024 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Nicola Hicks
    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 taught in spoken English and not in sign language.
    Full fee £179.00 Senior fee £116.00 Concession £90.00
  6. Living well with hearing loss
    Course start date:  Wed 26 Jun 2024

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Lisa Cox
    This course will give you practical strategies for coping with your hearing loss and will help improve your confidence and well-being.







    This course will be taught in spoken English and not in sign language.
    Full fee £59.00 Senior fee £38.00 Concession £30.00
  7. English for deaf people: Communicating confidently at work (entry 2)
    Course start date:  Wed 10 Jan 2024 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Do you want to develop your communication skills to participate, express and progress at work? This course will use a range of techniques to teach you how to get ahead in work situations. You will be introduced to practical language, vocabulary and skills. You will learn through realistic activities that are based on various work situations. This course has no exam.



    This course is FREE if you are employed and on a low wage or you are claiming benefits. For more information Click here
    Full fee £0.00 Senior fee £0.00 Concession £0.00
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