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Deaf Studies

Deaf Studies is offered as a joint honours degree. This means you study it in combination with another subject.

This would suit those interested in policy related work including political, campaigning, and third sector work in national and international non-governmental organisations including those with a deaf focus.

This would suit those interested in languages, language teaching and language research.

This would suit those interested in education support and teaching assistant work, teaching and education policy work. With further training, you could become a teacher, communication support worker etc.

This would suit those interested in working 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 and so on. (The Social Care and Deaf Studies course is part of the Faculty of Education, Health and Wellbeing.)

Why study Deaf Studies with us?

Deaf Studies gives students a broad context in which to consider and analyse the lived experiences of deaf people. The course introduces you to British Sign Language (BSL), the language of the British Deaf Community. There are a variety of volunteer opportunities across the Midlands, which can be combined with your studies via our Deaf Studies Community Link project module as well as volunteering modules as part of your studies. The Community Link module provides 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.

There's more information in our Frequently Asked Questions section.

Deaf Studies graduates Phoebe and Sophie share their experiences of studying at the University.