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. Communication with older people with a hearing loss
    Last Few Places
    Course start date:  Fri 1 Jul 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Lorraine Braggins
    The course will cover the features of age-related hearing loss and how these relate to what, and how, older people hear and understand. Participants will learn communication strategies so that older people can understand them better.







    This course will be taught in spoken English and not in sign language.
    Full fee £49.00 Senior fee £49.00 Concession £49.00
  2. English entry 3 for deaf people - part 1
    Last Few Places, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Mon 12 Sep 2022

    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. Your course tutor will discuss with you whether you are ready to take exams at the end of the course (it will depend on your mock exams results).



    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 1:1 coaching
    Course start date:  Tue 14 Sep 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Mixed Mode (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 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.



    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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  4. English Entry 2 for deaf people - part 1
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Tue 13 Sep 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    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. Your course tutor will discuss with you whether you are ready to take exams at the end of the course (it will depend on your mock exams results).



    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
  5. English for deaf people: English tenses (entry 3 - Level 2)
    Last Few Places
    Course start date:  Wed 14 Sep 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Online (other locations are available)

    This course is suitable for you if wish to improve your knowledge of English tenses. You will learn the names of the different tenses, for what situations we use them and their structure form. 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 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
  6. English for deaf people: Reading for pleasure (entry 3 - Level 2)
    Last Few Places
    Course start date:  Wed 14 Sep 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Online (other locations are available)

    Do you enjoy reading stories and wish to improve your communication and discussion skills? Then this is the course for you. Extend your reading skills by working out meaning, and learn how to express yourself and your opinions across a range of different types of stories.



    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
  7. Digital and English skills for deaf people: understand, express and capture your emotions (pre-entry)
    Course start date:  Wed 14 Sep 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Learn how to share and express your hobbies and interests to friends, family and the wider world through drawings and photographs.



    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
  8. Digital and English skills for deaf people: describe your personal experiences via words, photos or videos (entry 2 - entry 3)
    Last Few Places
    Course start date:  Wed 14 Sep 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Learn how to set up a web camera or use your mobile phone camera to make a vlog and then learn how to upload and edit it onto YouTube, Facebook and Vimeo. By the end of the course you will have produced a professional looking vlog!



    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
  9. English for deaf people: Understanding the British Government (entry 3 - Level 2)
    Last Few Places
    Course start date:  Thu 15 Sep 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    The course will focus on the topic of the British Government. Learners will explore the range of roles in the government to understand who runs it and how different departments work together. The learners will also identify the key dates and events which have influenced the way government has been run as well what the difference between Government and Parliament is and how the different houses within Parliament work.
    Full fee £0.00 Senior fee £0.00 Concession £0.00
  10. English for deaf people: Communicating confidently at work (entry 3 - Level 2)
    Last Few Places, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Thu 15 Sep 2022

    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 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
  11. English for deaf people: English for work - reading and writing skills (entry 3 - Level 1) - part 1
    Last Few Places, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Fri 16 Sep 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    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 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
  12. Lipreading and managing hearing loss: long term learners advanced
    Last Few Places
    Course start date:  Tue 21 Sep 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Anita Thornton
    Are you an experienced lipreader, confident in your theory, but wishing to keep up your skills with continued practice? Suitable if you have been coming to lipreading classes for a while and want to continue to be stretched.







    This course will be taught in spoken English and not in sign language.
    Full fee £359.00 Senior fee £233.00 Concession £180.00
  13. BSL level 2 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 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.
    Full fee £0.00 Senior fee £0.00 Concession £0.00
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  14. Lipreading and managing hearing loss: improvers
    Last Few Places
    Course start date:  Tue 21 Sep 2021 (and 4 other dates)

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

    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 £359.00 Senior fee £233.00 Concession £180.00
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    93% of 100
  15. Lipreading and managing hearing loss: advanced
    Last Few Places
    Course start date:  Thu 23 Sep 2021 (and 2 other dates)

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

    Tutors:  Anita Thornton
    Build on your lipreading skills, practise your communication tactics and update your knowledge of relevant equipment and services. Suitable if you have practised lipreading skills at improvers' level.







    This course will be taught in spoken English and not in sign language.
    Full fee £359.00 Senior fee £233.00 Concession £180.00
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