School of Social, Historical and Political Studies

Deaf Studies and Special Educational Needs, Disability and Inclusion Studies with Foundation Year

BA (Hons) Full-time 4 years, Part-time 8 years

Why choose this course?

This course will enable you to identify and understand the challenges faced when trying to adopt an inclusive approach to all aspects of life, and how you can meet and address these challenges in a positive way as members of a diverse global society. 

You will be able to:

  • Have opportunities to consider a variety of issues and perspectives surrounding working with deaf, deafblind and disabled people that you, as future professionals, need to be able to recognise. 
  • Study current policies, procedures and practice that you will be able to influence in order to develop inclusive strategies. 
  • Study all forms of deafness, the identity of deaf people who communicate in British Sign Language and those who do not.
  • Study in depth the Audiological and environmental technologies related to deaf people’s lives and issues of their language development.
  • Study relevant linguistic theory whilst learning British Sign Language Skills as well as Deafblind Communication and Guiding skills to prepare you for work in relevant domains.
  • Modules will be delivered using a range of interactive teaching strategies, in order to develop digital literacy and professional skills and attributes.

The foundation year of this course is designed to offer applicants who do not have the required qualifications, a programme which will equip them with a robust toolkit of academic, digital and personal skills required for successful study in higher education. It also provides an understanding of, and insight into, a range of disciplines that underpin their chosen programme of study. In the foundation year students will develop their ability to gain the most out of structured in-class study, and also to manage and evaluate their own independent learning. This wide range of transferable skills is of immense value in both undergraduate study and graduate employment. Upon successful completion of the foundation year, students will have the opportunity to develop their knowledge and understanding of their subject area to degree level.

What happens on the course?

Semester 1 Starters:


Year 1 (Foundation)

3GK003 Academic Skills (20 Credits)

3GK005 Critical Thinking (20 Credits)

3GK007 Wolverhampton and its People (20 Credits)

3GK004 The World at Work: Careers and Personal Development (20 Credits)

3GK006 Extended Project (20 Credits)

3GK008 Culture and Nationality in Conflict (20 Credits)

Indicative Core Modules 

Introduction to Deaf Studies

Introduction to Disability, Diversity and Inclusion

Autism: Themes and Perspectives

From Segregation to Inclusion

Professionalsin Context

Flourishing Deaf lives

Research Methods

Educating Deaf children and young people

Course Modules

Potential Career Paths

Students completing the course are awarded a BA (Hons) Joint Deaf Studies and Special Educational Needs, Disability and Inclusion Studies. Graduates have a range of career opportunities including teacher training, social work, mentoring and advocacy posts, inclusion managers and positions within support groups and charities related to Deafness and Disability. Alumni have gone onto lecturing posts, researcher roles and local authority positions relating to inclusion with many graduates completing PGCE. Others have completed Masters level degrees in a range of areas including speech and language therapy, audiology, cognition and deafness, social work and special needs.

Additional Information

Everything you need to know about this course!

Being taught British Sign Language, using digital and analogue facilities, adds a unique dimension to the study of Inclusive practices in society.

Students are taught to understand a bi-lingual and bicultural approach towards Deaf sign language users.

Academic and pastoral support is provided as a priority by deaf and hearing tutors from day one of the course. Peer mentoring offers an extra support mechanism.

The team believes in interactive learning and encourages full participation from all our students: external examiners have consistently highlighted our innovative assessments as a major strength.

Wolverhampton has pioneered the use of interactive web-based forums for teaching and assessment. These activities have proved very popular with students.

At completion of study a student will be able to:

  1. Communicate in British Sign Language, using digital and analogue facilities, which adds a unique dimension to the study of Inclusive practices in society.
  2. Understand a bi-lingual and bicultural approach towards Deaf sign language users.
  3. To be able to reflect critically on their own value system and relate this to the construction of deafness disability and social diversity.
  4. Demonstrate the underlying values and principles relevant to the working with deaf people and ideologies of inclusion, developing a personal stance drawing upon knowledge and understanding of the complexity of the inclusion process and working with people considered as deaf or disabled.
  5. Work both cooperatively and independently whilst fostering critical reflection upon your own value system, the study of deafness and of disability. In order to facilitate further training and/or professional development exercise initiative, personal responsibility and decision making in complex contexts.
  6. Demonstrate the qualities and transferable skills necessary for employment requiring:      

            -           The exercise of initiative and personal responsibility.

            -           Decision making in complex and unpredictable contexts.

            -           Ongoing skills including IT and communication strategies.

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: 48 UCAS points

  • A Levels - grades DD
  • BTEC L3 Extended Diploma or OCR Cambridge L3 Technical Extended Diploma - grades PPP
  • BTEC L3 Diploma - grades MP
  • Pass Access to HE Diploma (Full Award)

Use the UCAS Tariff calculator to check your qualifications and points

  • If you've got other qualifications or relevant experience, please contact The Gateway for further advice before applying.
  • International entry requirements and application guidance can be found here

 Other Requirements

Students must have studied a minimum of two years post GCSE level. However, it is expected that some applicants will be mature students with work experience, who wish to further their career development. These applicants will be processed through standard procedures, which may involve an interview as part of the process. 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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