Frequently Asked Questions -

BA (Hons) Deaf Studies (Combined Awards)

Why should I study Deaf Studies at the University of Wolverhampton?

Deaf Studies gives students a broad context in which to investigate and analyse Deaf issues and develop communication skills in British Sign Language (BSL). Combined with another subject this can lead to careers such as ‘Teacher of the Deaf’, ‘Counsellor’ and/or Social Work related employment.


Where will I study?

The Deaf Studies course is based at the University of Wolverhampton’s City Campus in Buildings MC & MB. Your other chosen subject may be taught on one of our other three campuses.


How will I decide what to study?

When you arrive for your induction, your personal tutor can offer advice on your academic programme


What support is available?

You will have a personal tutor and an academic counsellor in your School.  Module tutors are also available for subject related tutorials.  Gateway Services offer services including support for students who are dyslexic, disabled, visually impaired, partially hearing/deaf.  Personal counselling, financial advice and welfare services are also available.  The school also provides study support to assist with academic, writing and assignment skills, exam techniques etc.


How much will it cost?

There may be help from LEA’s and you may be entitled to a bursary or other financial assistance from the University. For more information on Fees and other financial information please contact or see our university Website under money matter.

Will there be an opportunity to work?

The University has a service called 'Gateway Services' which provides professional advice and support on a wide range of student concerns and queries, from part time work to personal problems to financial and careers advice. They are situated on the ground floor (by the lift) in the MB building on City Campus.

Is there a Work Placement module during the course?

Deaf Studies students have the option of taking a work placement module (student link) in semester 2 of their final year.  This is an opportunity to undertake research within the community.  It is also an extremely good way of meeting future employers and can and has in the past led to job offers and opportunities for graduates


How will I be assessed?

All modules will be assessed by coursework.  There are no formal examinations.  Theory modules are assessed via written assignments and formal presentations. Sign language assignments are assessed live or submitted on disc/video.


How will I be taught and who will teach me?

Teaching sessions are in the form of lectures, seminars and tutorials.  These may be held in language laboratories, interactive teaching rooms and tutorial rooms.  You will be taught by Deaf and Hearing members of staff, using British Sign Language or Spoken English.


Who are the other students?

Students at Wolverhampton are from diverse backgrounds, of different ages, with a variety of life experiences and may be Deaf or Hearing


Will I have external work activities related to my chosen subject?

Yes, there are opportunities for working within deaf organisations via student link.


Can I get accreditation for prior experience and qualifications?

Yes, if you can show previous qualifications that meet the assessment outcomes.

Language certificates have a ‘shelf-life’ of approximately 2 years. If it is more than 2 years then a skills assessment may need to be conducted (this shelf-life can be flexible if there is evidence of active language use since certification).  For further information please contact the Admissions Tutor.

Do I need to apply through UCAS?

Yes, all full time undergraduate students must apply through UCAS (this only changes in Clearing and will be dealt with by Clearing staff).

Apply via the UCAS website online.

If you have any further questions, please contact the Admissions Tutor.


Sandra Pratt

Admissions Tutor