School of Social, Historical and Political Studies

Deaf Studies and Social Policy

BA (Hons) Part-time 6 years, Full-time 3 years

Students will be able to identify and understand the challenges faced in society when trying to adopt an inclusive approach to all aspects of life within a diverse society.

Students will be able to identify and understand the challenges faced in society when trying to adopt an inclusive approach to all aspects of life within a diverse society.

Why choose this course?

Students will be able to identify and understand the challenges faced in society when trying to adopt an inclusive approach to all aspects of life within a diverse society. They will have opportunities to consider a variety of issues and perspectives surrounding working with diverse groups, deaf people being considered in detail. Concepts of poverty, inclusion, social justice will be studied in relation to government response and policy. The course fosters cooperative and independent work as well as critical reflection. Students will be encouraged to develop effective communication in an interactive context utilising digital literacy.

Further information on Deaf Studies

Further information on Social Policy 

Course Modules

Potential Career Paths

You will have a real advantage when entering work because a degree in Deaf Studies and Social Policy will enable you to immediately enter a range of careers.

  • You can work directly in the Deaf Community or in Public Administration, Youth and Community Working, Housing and Health Service or in the Voluntary Sector.  With further training you could become a teacher of a National Curriculum.
  • Other career destinations have included Communication Support, Key Skills Coordinator, NVQ Assessor, Lecturers, Researcher Roles and Local Authority positions in related fields.
  • Graduates go on to undertake post graduate diplomas such as Social Work and Audiology as well as Masters Degrees in Disabilities Studies, Speech & Language Therapy and Human Communications.

Additional Information

Everything you need to know about this course!

Students are taught to understand the relationships between policy funding and provision with practical reference to diverse groups in society by investigating social fairness and justice.

Amongst diverse groups in society is the Deaf Community in the UK and students have the opportunity to learn British Sign Language, to appreciate notions of bilingualism and biculturalism by completing research for a voluntary agency.

As a priority, academic and pastoral support is provided by tutors from day one of the course. Peer mentoring offers an extra support mechanism. The course offers academic rigour and relevance to future professional life.

Comment from our External Examiner on provision:

For Social Policy:

"Three areas stand out. First, the enthusiasm and commitment of the course team is very impressive and one gets the feel of a student body that receives significant support. Second, the courses continue to have a strong contemporary orientation, with policy developments reflected quickly in course material. Third, the use of case study type assessment was particularly impressive".


By the end of the course, you will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate the ability to process and analyse and evaluate concepts and theories related to deafness and deaf peoples’ lives within the context of disability.
  2. Effectively communicate in British Sign Language ( BSL) to intermediate level, supported by theoretical knowledge of BSL and Sign Linguistics utilising live communicative strategies as well as digital communication facilities.
  3. Analyse inclusion concepts, theories and issues in a systematic way, identifying and reflecting on potential connections and discontinuities between aspects of subject knowledge and their application in social policies and concepts.
  4. Reflect upon social, political and cultural diversity and apply a critical approach to methods of enquiry and evaluation in a social policy context.
  5. Apply social policy theories to analyse social needs and critically asses policy intervention policy intervention.
  6. Process and synthesise a range of relevant empirical data to present and justify your own chosen position.

Location Mode Fee Year
Home/EU Full-time £9250 per year 2020-21
Home/EU Part-time £3050 per year# 2020-21
Home Full-time £9250 per year 2021-22
Home Full-time £9250 per year 2022-23
Home Part-time £3100 per year# 2021-22
Home Part-time £3120 per year# 2022-23
International Full-time £12250 per year 2020-21
International Full-time £12950 per year 2021-22
International Full-time £13450 per year 2022-23
International Part-time £6125 per year# 2020-21
International Part-time £6475 per year# 2021-22
International Part-time £6725 per year# 2022-23

The University is committed to a transparent fee structure, with no hidden costs, to help you make an informed decision. This includes information on what is included in the fee and how fees are calculated and reviewed

# Undergraduate part-time fees for 50% rate of study

Typical entry requirement: 96 UCAS points

  • A Levels - grades CCC / BCD
  • BTEC L3 Extended Diploma or OCR Cambridge L3 Technical Extended Diploma - grades MMM
  • BTEC L3 Diploma - grades DD
  • Access to HE Diploma: 45 L3 credits at Merit

Use the UCAS Tariff calculator to check your qualifications and points

Other Requirements

Students must usually have studied for a minimum of two years post GCSE level. However, we will consider applications from mature students who do not have two years of post-16 study, where they have relevant work experience. Please see for further information.

Tuition Fees Loan (Home Fee Status):

Most students will be able to apply for a loans to pay for these subject to eligibility. To find out more information please refer to the government Student Finance website.

Changes for EU students:

The UK government has confirmed that EU students starting courses from 1 August 2021 will normally be classified as having Overseas Fee status. More information about the change is available at UKCISA:

EU citizens living in the UK with 'settled' status, and Irish nationals living in the UK or Ireland, will still be classified as Home students, providing they meet the usual residency requirements, for more information about EU Settlement Scheme (EUSS) click here.


If you don’t want to take out a loan to pay your fees or if you aren’t eligible to receive a loan, you might want to take advantage of the University’s scheme to pay by instalments: See How to pay.

For more information please contact the Gateway.

Your employer, embassy or organisation can pay for your Tuition fees:

If your employer, embassy or organisation agrees to pay all or part of your tuition fees; the University will refer to them as your sponsor and will invoice them for the appropriate amount.

We must receive notification of sponsorship in writing as soon as possible, and before enrolment, confirming that the sponsor will pay your tuition fees.

Financial Hardship:

Students can apply to the Dennis Turner Opportunity Fund.

for help with course related costs however this cannot be used for fees or to cover general living costs.

Bursaries and Scholarships:

In addition the University also offers a range of Bursaries and Scholarships packages

You can find more information on the University’s Funding, cost, fee and support pages.


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