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. English entry 3 for deaf people - part 1
    Last Few Places
    Course start date:  Mon 9 Sep 2024

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    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 is free for learners who have not achieved a GCSE grade C (4) and higher in English. For more information Click here

    Full fee £0.00
  2. English for deaf people: English for work - reading and writing skills (entry 3) - part 1
    Last Few Places, Evening
    Course start date:  Mon 9 Sep 2024

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    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 is free for learners who have not achieved a GCSE grade C (4) and higher in English. For more information Click here

    Full fee £0.00
  3. Lipreading and managing hearing loss: advanced
    Last Few Places, Evening
    Course start date:  Tue 17 Sep 2024 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Helen Perry
    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 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 £329.00 Senior fee £329.00 Concession £165.00
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  4. BSL 1:1 coaching
    Course start date:  Tue 17 Sep 2024

    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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  5. Award in education and training for lipreading teachers
    Course start date:  Fri 20 Sep 2024

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Lorraine Braggins
    Interested in teaching lipreading to adults? This introductory course leads to the City and Guilds Level 3 national teaching qualification. Combined with our GT106, you can become a qualified lipreading teacher.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £599.00 Senior fee £599.00 Concession £599.00
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  6. Deaf history: one-day course
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 21 Sep 2024 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Peter Brown
    A brief introduction to the history of Deaf people in Britain and the development of British Sign Language. This fascinating course is taught in BSL, with a BSL-English interpreter available.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £89.00 Senior fee £89.00 Concession £89.00
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  7. Level 3 certificate in BSL
    Last Few Places, Evening
    Course start date:  Wed 25 Sep 2024 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Pat Parke
    Ideal if you have passed level 2 in BSL and are ready to develop the knowledge and skills you need to achieve the level 3 qualification, accredited by Signature.
    Full fee £1,579.00 Senior fee £1,579.00 Concession £1,579.00
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  8. Level 4 certificate in BSL
    Course start date:  Tue 1 Oct 2024

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Emma Iliffe
    Ideal if you have completed level 3 in BSL and are ready to develop your skills to level 4 standard. This is a new way to progress onto level 6. This is a Level 4 qualification course accredited by Signature. You will work though a practical programme designed and taught by our experienced teacher.
    Full fee £1,369.00 Senior fee £1,369.00 Concession £1,369.00
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  9. Level 3 certificate in BSL for Deaf people
    Course start date:  Tue 1 Oct 2024

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Pat Parke
    If you are deaf, have passed level 2 in BSL and are ready to further develop your use of BSL, this level 3 qualification, accredited by Signature will give you further knowledge of BSL and the deaf community in the UK .



    The Free Courses for Jobs initiative is for Londoners aged 24 or over at the start of the course who are: on a low-income; or on certain benefits; or do not have a full level 3 qualification. For more information Click here

    Full fee £0.00
  10. Pre level 6 in BSL
    Course start date:  Wed 2 Oct 2024

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Emma Iliffe
    This course is the language development part of the Level 6 in BSL Studies. Ideal for you if you have passed level 3 in BSL or Level 4 in BSL - depending on your BSL skills. This course is suitable for you if you want to continue to develop your skills up to the appropriate standard for progression to the Level 6 in BSL.
    Full fee £629.00 Senior fee £629.00 Concession £629.00
  11. Pre-level 3 in BSL
    Course start date:  Fri 4 Oct 2024 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Pat Parke
    Have you have passed your level 2 in BSL but need more confidence and advice before moving on to a level 3 course? You will improve the standard of your productive and receptive BSL skills to enable you to converse comfortably with a BSL user.
    Full fee £629.00 Senior fee £503.00 Concession £440.00
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  12. Working with adults who stammer: a course for speech and language therapists
    Course start date:  Wed 16 Oct 2024 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Carolyn Cheasman, Corinne Moffatt-Santos
    Designed for speech and language therapists, this four-day interactive workshop will cover assessment and selection, stammering modification, interiorised stammering, cluttering, acquired stammering and an introduction to mindfulness. Opportunity to practise teaching techniques to clients included.







    Note: this course runs on these days: October 16-18; and a final follow-up day on March 31.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £549.00 Senior fee £549.00 Concession £549.00
  13. Lipreading teacher training course
    Course start date:  Fri 18 Oct 2024

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

    Tutors:  Lorraine Braggins, Anita Thornton
    Part-time 19 days spread over 10 lecture blocks







    This course will be a mixed delivery mode. Students will attend City Lit, Covent Garden, London for some of the teaching blocks and access some of the blocks online.







    You will attend lecture and teaching practice blocks on the following dates.



    2024: October 18th/19th November 15th/16th December 13th/14th



    2025: January 10th/11th February 7th/8th March 7th/8th



    April 4th/5th May 9th May 16th/17th June 13th/14th







    If combined with a teaching qualification such as our GT105 Award in Education and Training, this will qualify you to teach Lipreading in the Further Education sector.







    You cannot enrol online for this course. Please contact us at lipreading@citylit.ac.uk to request an application form.



    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 £2,599.00 Senior fee £2,599.00 Concession £2,599.00
    Rating:
    93% of 100
  14. Teaching methods for BSL teachers workshop
    Course start date:  Fri 25 Oct 2024

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Richard Carter
    Are you a BSL teacher? Would you like to improve or learn new ways to teach BSL in your class? Richard Carter comes highly recommended - he will teach you how to find the best way for your students to learn BSL. This will help you to become confident and motivate your teaching.
    Full fee £89.00 Senior fee £89.00 Concession £89.00
    Rating:
    95% of 100
  15. Train the Trainer
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 16 Nov 2024

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Trevor England
    'Train the Trainer' is a practical 2 day course designed to help you gain ideas for effective facilitation and managing groups. It is suitable if you are thinking of becoming a trainer and want to gain confidence in planning and facilitating the training, or if you are an experienced trainer and want to refresh your practice. You will leave with some tools and techniques that will ensure your training is engaging and productive for your learners. On day 2 you will have the opportunity to deliver a short micro-training or interactive presentation. You are required to attend both days of this course.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £189.00 Senior fee £189.00 Concession £129.00
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