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. Discover Music
    Last Few Places
    Course start date:  Tue 27 Sep 2022

    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 £169.00 Senior fee £169.00 Concession £169.00
  2. Percussion orchestra (for people with learning difficulties)
    Course start date:  Wed 28 Sep 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    A class for students who have a recognised instrumental ability. Learn to play percussion instruments. Compose original music as a group. Listen and respond to group members. There are opportunities to perform your music to an audience throughout the year. This is a partnership class with the Royal Academy of Music. The group will be joined fortnightly by three RAM post graduate instrumentalists.
    Full fee £359.00 Senior fee £359.00 Concession £359.00
  3. Art workshop (for people with learning difficulties)
    Course start date:  Wed 28 Sep 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    For students with recognised drawing and painting skills. Build a portfolio of work, participate in a group project. There is an annual opportunity to show your work in an exhibition. Visit galleries and museums for ideas and inspiration.
    Full fee £359.00 Senior fee £359.00 Concession £359.00
  4. Video Stories (for people with learning difficulties)
    Last Few Places
    Course start date:  Thu 29 Sep 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Share your thoughts and ideas on your favourite subjects by making a video or audio recording and posting it on Youtube or other social media. We will explore what people are saying and thinking on the internet.
    Full fee £169.00 Senior fee £169.00 Concession £169.00
  5. Introduction to BSL
    Course start date:  Tue 20 Sep 2022 (and 7 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Pat Parke
    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 £219.00 Senior fee £219.00 Concession £153.00
    Rating:
    99% of 100
  6. Soundscapes (for people with learning difficulties)
    Course start date:  Thu 29 Sep 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Compose music with computers. Make music with keyboards and synthesizers. Upload your music to Soundcloud.



    Present your work in performance.
    Full fee £169.00 Senior fee £169.00 Concession £169.00
  7. Mixed Media Art (for people with learning difficulties)
    Course start date:  Fri 30 Sep 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Explore ways to combine and collage using a range of materials including fabric, photocopies, found materials and painting to create contemporary art works.
    Full fee £169.00 Senior fee £169.00 Concession £169.00
  8. Discover Art (for people with learning difficulties)
    Last Few Places
    Course start date:  Fri 30 Sep 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    This is a foundation course for students with an ability in art. In the art studio you will explore a range of art materials and equipment.
    Full fee £169.00 Senior fee £169.00 Concession £169.00
  9. BSL level 1
    Evening
    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
    Rating:
    96% of 100
  10. Basic DS skills for deaf people: getting started with online learning (pre-entry) - part 1
    Last Few Places
    Course start date:  Mon 12 Sep 2022

    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 a) you are on a Low Wage or b) you are either on Jobseekers' Allowance (JSA) or Employment & Support Allowance(ESA) or c) you want to get a job or progress into a better job and you receive other state benefits (including Universal Credit). For more information click here
    Full fee £0.00 Senior fee £0.00 Concession £0.00
  11. BSL 1:1 coaching
    Course start date:  Tue 13 Sep 2022

    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 £59.00 Senior fee £59.00 Concession £59.00
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    100% of 100
  12. BSL level 1 for Deaf people
    Last Few Places
    Course start date:  Tue 20 Sep 2022

    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.
    Full fee £0.00 Senior fee £0.00 Concession £0.00
  13. Lipreading and managing hearing loss: improvers
    Last Few Places, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Tue 20 Sep 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    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.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £359.00 Senior fee £233.00 Concession £180.00
    Rating:
    93% of 100
  14. BSL practice for Deaf people
    Course start date:  Thu 22 Sep 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Pat Parke
    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 Senior fee £0.00 Concession £0.00
    Rating:
    80% of 100
  15. Performance Art (for people with learning difficulties)
    Last Few Places
    Course start date:  Mon 26 Sep 2022

    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 £169.00 Senior fee £169.00 Concession £169.00

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