Institute of Society and Community (IoSC)

Social Care and Deaf Studies

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

Students on this course will consider a variety of issues and perspectives surrounding deaf people and their relationship with society.

Students on this course will consider a variety of issues and perspectives surrounding deaf people and their relationship with society.

  • Institute Code W75
  • UCAS Code BL65
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  • Start Date(s) 19 September 2022
  • Award BA (Hons)
  • Study Mode Full-time, Part-time
  • Course Length Full-time (3 years), Part-time (6 years)
  • Campus Location Wolverhampton City Campus
  • School Institute of Society and Community (IoSC)
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Why choose this course?

Students on this course will consider a variety of issues and perspectives surrounding deaf people and their relationship with society.  You will study and critically analyse key issues for social care in a contemporary setting, the impact these social issues have on people’s lives and how they are dealt with. In studying social care and deaf studies, you will gain a deeper insight into the experiences of those who are engaged in the social care sector whether as professionals, paid carers or service users.


What happens on the course?

  • Your first year studies will give you knowledge of deafness and the lives of deaf people. Studying communication issues especially the learning of British Sign Language will support your understanding of minority and diverse groups in society. You will study the social groups most likely to be in need of social care services and take a comprehensive look at how social care services are organised. You will have the chance to undertake a period of supervised voluntary work in a voluntary or community-based organisation.
  • In your second year you will expand your knowledge of deaf children and their development. You will explore the management and provision of contemporary social care services. You can continue to learn British Sign Language at Intermediate level and will have an opportunity to develop research skills essential to year 3 study.
  • This final year encourages the development of analytical skills to compare the provision and delivery of social care within European states and to further explore quality care and support services, especially with regard to issues such as staff management, health and safety, and financial management. As well as the opportunity to continue to develop BSL skills you will also study modules related to deaf art and literature and campaigning. Final year studies include a full analysis of critical issues affecting the lives of deaf and disabled people. You will learn to analyse requirements, policies and funding in the context of the above groups.

Below you will see an example of the structure and modules you may study whilst at this university.

Course Modules

Potential Career Paths

Upon completing this course, students will have the potential to work within a variety of settings in connection with the social care field.  With further training, you could become a teacher, counsellor, audiologist, keys skill co-ordinator, NVQ assessor, communication support worker etc. Some of our previous graduates have undertaken postgraduate qualifications including Masters Degrees.  




Additional Information

Everything you need to know about this course!

  • We're proud to confirm our £300 travel fund helping eligible new UK full-time undergraduate entrants* with the costs of travel continues for students starting in 2019/20 and 2020/21! For further information please click here. 

  • You will have the opportunity to learn British Sign Language which will enable you to communicate with deaf service users and fellow professionals when working in social care.
  • Our lecturing team consists of both deaf and hearing staff that have worked within a wide range of services.
  • Support for your academic skills and pastoral care are provided and the opportunity to experience peer mentoring is also available.
  • During the course you will have the opportunity to gain academic credits while volunteering in a local agency or care setting.


1.    To demonstrate the ability to process and analyse and evaluate concepts and theories related to deafness and deaf peoples’ lives within legal, cultural and political contexts of disability

2.     To demonstrate a conceptual understanding of the range and type of formal and informal social care and the legal and policy context of social care in Britain and other European countries

3.    To 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

4.     To critically appraise theories about society, welfare states and social care in particular those relating to the impact of inequality and discrimination on social care services and service users.

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.     To demonstrate an effective level of awareness of the contribution of professional/social care practice, use of information technology and the management and organisation of care environments to the quality of social care provision.




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

Additional Course Costs

Optional Costs

  • Various certified courses are available via My Course + More, ranging from £0-£200

Further information on these additional costs will be provided prior to the start of your studies

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

      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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