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. Maths for deaf people: Measurements (pre-entry - entry 1)
    Course start date:  Mon 9 Sep 2024

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    This course will help you learn how to measure. You will learn measurements like length, mass, weight, volume, time and temperature. We will practice measuring in the classroom. This means you can use these skills in everyday life.



    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
  2. English grammar for deaf people (entry 1) - part 1
    Course start date:  Mon 9 Sep 2024

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    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 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
  3. Basic DS skills for deaf people: Getting started with online learning (pre-entry - entry 1) - part 1
    Course start date:  Tue 10 Sep 2024

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    This complete course for beginners will help to become a confident user of your computer from setting it up to understanding and using basic digital skills functions.



    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
  4. English for deaf people: Getting started with vocabulary - part 1 (pre-entry - entry 1)
    Course start date:  Wed 11 Sep 2024

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    This course is suitable if you have recently arrived in the UK from abroad and/or missed out on the education at school due to communication barriers. This course will help you to develop your basic communication skills in various social settings such as starting, maintaining and ending the conversations, confirming your understanding of the conversation flow and/or ask for clarification if/when necessary, asking and answering questions on various social topics etc. You will develop your basic vocabulary linked to everyday life, spelling and punctuation.You will also develop basic study skills to help you to complete simple tasks and do homework on your own. This course has no exam. To be able to participate in this course, you will need to have basic BSL skills.



    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
  5. English for deaf people: Communicating confidently at work (entry 1- entry 2) - part 1
    Course start date:  Wed 11 Sep 2024

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    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
  6. English for deaf people: Reading for pleasure (entry 1) - part 1
    Course start date:  Thu 12 Sep 2024

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    The aim of this course is to develop your reading skills in a friendly and supportive environment. During this course you will read various book stories chosen by the tutor. You will also be discussing your reading materials in BSL, learning new vocabulary and exploring the structure of English. 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
    Full fee £0.00 Senior fee £0.00 Concession £0.00
  7. Digital skills and English for deaf people: Improve your English via Word (entry 2) - part 1
    Course start date:  Fri 13 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.You will also learn all the basic functions of creating Word documents: adding, copying, moving and formatting text, inserting pictures and creating tables, checking spelling and grammar, changing the page layout and printing different documents accurately. 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
    Full fee £0.00 Senior fee £0.00 Concession £0.00
  8. Lipreading and managing hearing loss: improvers
    Course start date:  Mon 18 Sep 2023 (and 4 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 £379.00 Senior fee £246.00 Concession £190.00
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  9. Lipreading 1:1 coaching
    Course start date:  Mon 18 Sep 2023 (and 1 other date)

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

    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 can be delivered face-to-face or online by arrangement with the lipreading department.



    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 £59.00 Senior fee £59.00 Concession £59.00
  10. Lipreading and managing hearing loss: beginners
    Course start date:  Mon 18 Sep 2023 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Nicola Hicks
    Develop your lipreading and fingerspelling skills and build your confidence in understanding conversations. Suitable if you are new to lipreading, or if you have already completed the 6 or 8 week Introduction to Lipreading course at City Lit.







    This course will be taught in spoken English and not in sign language.
    Full fee £379.00 Senior fee £246.00 Concession £190.00
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  11. BSL 1:1 coaching
    Course start date:  Tue 19 Sep 2023 (and 1 other date)

    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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  12. BSL level 1
    Course start date:  Thu 18 Apr 2024 (and 11 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Antony Rabin
    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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  13. Inclusive choir (for people with learning difficulties)
    Course start date:  Mon 25 Sep 2023 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Improve your vocal ability. Compose original group vocal pieces. Listen to music from different parts of the world. Perform to an audience.
    Full fee £179.00 Senior fee £179.00 Concession £179.00
  14. Performance Art (for people with learning difficulties)
    Course start date:  Mon 25 Sep 2023 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Your body and everyday objects can be sculptures - use them to create a piece of performance art.
    Full fee £179.00 Senior fee £179.00 Concession £179.00
  15. Discover Music
    Course start date:  Tue 26 Sep 2023 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    A foundation course for students new to music making. You will discover a range of musical instruments and study the basic building blocks of music.
    Full fee £179.00 Senior fee £179.00 Concession £179.00
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