This degree equips you with the specialist knowledge and practical skills needed to become a Speech and Language Therapist (SLT).
At a Glance
UCAS Institution Name and Code
A Level: AAB
IB: 35 points
SLTs are responsible for assessing and treating people who have difficulty communicating. This might include:
- children learning to talk, read or write
- adults who have trouble expressing themselves as a result of a health issue
- people who have difficulty swallowing or using their voice
We use case-based teaching and high levels of clinical work to prepare you for your future career. This includes experience in our campus clinics and placements in the community.
The degree is professionally accredited and graduates will be qualified to practise in speech and languages therapy. This is a highly rewarding career that can significantly improve patients' quality of life.
Quality and rankingQuality and ranking
Newcastle was the first UK university to offer a degree leading to a clinical qualification in speech and language therapy in 1959. Today, we continue to offer one of the UK’s leading speech and language sciences degrees.
We are ranked in the top ten in the UK for Aural and Oral Sciences in The Complete University Guide 2017. We also rank 4th in the UK for overall student satisfaction in the 2016 National Student Survey, with a score of 93% (in the Aural and Oral Science category).
Professional accreditationProfessional accreditation
This programme is professionally accredited by the:
Graduates will be eligible to apply for professional registration with the Health and Care Professions Council, and qualified to practise as a speech and language therapist.
You can also become a full member of the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists.
What you will studyWhat you will study
This degree teaches you to accurately describe the symptoms of communication disorder, after which you learn to analyse patterns of disorder, make a diagnosis, and devise a treatment plan.
Stage 1 lays the foundation for more advanced study at later Stages. We introduce you to case-based problem solving and you study topics such as:
- the anatomy of speech and language
- developmental psychology
In Stage 2 you begin to take responsibility for assessment and treatment of cases in the University clinics, under the supervision of our expert staff. You continue to learn topics such as:
Stage 3 delivers more advanced modules on topics such as:
- research methods and statistics
You also undertake placements in a community clinic.
In Stage 4 you have another placement to further develop your practical skills for your career. You also conduct in-depth studies, including a dissertation on subject that interests you .
See the Course Details section for more in-depth information on the modules available at each Stage.
Clinical experienceClinical experience
We know that practical experience is important to help prepare you for your future career, so at Newcastle you gain clinical experience throughout your degree. The amount of time you spend on clinical practice increases in each year of the course.
You will have substantial experience of clinical work with adults and children in:
- community clinics
- specialist units
In Stage 2, you gain individual and group therapy experience in our campus clinics.
At Stage 3 you spend half a day each week on a placement in a clinic in the community in the first semester and a six-week block placement in the second semester.
At Stage 4 you undertake a second six-week placement, as well as gaining supervised experience of evaluating a clinical service.
Facilities and supportFacilities and support
You will be based in the School of Education, Communication and Language Sciences.
You will have access to:
- a language analysis lab for transcription and analysis of recorded samples of language and for teaching
- an audio visual lab
- a recording studio
Our on-site clinics where you will gain practical experience include:
- the Tavistock Aphasia Centre
- The Literacy Clinic - specialising in literacy and dyslexia
- the Children's Speech and Language Clinic
Visit the School website to take a virtual tour of our facilities.
You will have an academic member of staff as a personal tutor throughout your degree. They can help with academic and personal issues.
Peer mentors will help you in your first year. They are fellow students who can help you settle in and answer any questions you have.
We have a very active student society, which organises a wide range of social events. The Society also organises a range of activities to raise awareness of speech and language therapy amongst students and the general public.
Teaching and assessmentTeaching and assessment
Study at the cutting edge
Research shapes the content of our undergraduate degrees and makes sure that you have the chance to cover the most up-to-date theories and discoveries. We engage in research in partnership with the NHS through the North East Speech and Language Therapy Research Collaboration (NESLTRC).
Our research covers the following areas:
Small group case-based problem solving is central to clinical teaching. This is supplemented by lectures, seminars and, in Stages 2 to 4, clinical placements.
You will be assessed by a combination of:
- formal examinations
- class tests
- essay assignments
- oral and written case presentations
Find out more
Teaching and assessment methods may vary from module to module. More information about each module including specific assessment methods, credits and contact hours, can be found in the Course Details section.
Visit our Teaching and Learning pages to read about the outstanding learning experience available to all students at Newcastle University.
Compare this course
See how this course compares with others for topics such as student satisfaction, fees and costs and prospects after graduation using the Unistats Key Information Set.
Our degrees are divided into Stages. Each Stage lasts for an academic year and you need to complete modules totalling 120 credits by the end of each Stage.
Please be aware that programme modules do change and therefore may differ for your year of entry.
- SPE1014 Anatomy for Speech and Language
- SPE1015 Physiological Foundations for Speech and Language
- SPE1030 Research Methods in Practice I
- SPE1031 Brain and Behaviour I
- SPE1032 Speech and Language Pathology I: Cases
- SPE1034 Linguistics and Phonetics I
- SPE1035 Child Development and Speech Language Acquisition
- SPE1036 Clinical and Professional Education I
- SPE2040 Research Methods in Practice II
- SPE2041 Clinical and Professional Education II
- SPE2042 Linguistics and Phonetics II
- SPE2043 Brain and Behaviour II
- SPE2044 Speech and Language Pathology II: Cases
- SPE3026 Clinical and Professional Education III
- SPE3027 Research Methods in Practice III
- SPE3033 Speech and Language Pathology III: Head and Neck
- SPE3034 Speech and Language Pathology III: Sensory
- SPE3035 Speech and Language Pathology III: Motor
- SPE3036 Speech and Language Pathology III: Cognitive
- SPE3025 Brain and Behaviour III
All candidates are considered on an individual basis.
If your qualifications are not listed here, please see our additional entry requirements web pages to find out which other qualifications are considered.
Additional entry information beyond specific grades for this programme is provided under ‘Important Information for All Students' below.
The entrance requirements below apply to 2017 entry.
Important Information for All StudentsImportant Information for All Students
For further information, including the selection process and what selectors are looking for, see Undergraduate Speech and Language Sciences Admissions Policy 2016 Entry (PDF: 75KB).
Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks
- Students undertaking the Speech and Language Sciences degree have unsupervised contact with children or vulnerable adults
- The School of Education, Communication and Language Sciences must therefore ensure that students undergo a Disclosure and Barring Services (DBS) enhanced check to ensure they are ‘fit to practise’
- The School of Education, Communication and Language Sciences reserves the right to discontinue the studies of any student for whom an unsatisfactory DBS disclosure is received
- The School understands that the Independent Safeguarding Scheme has been halted and is currently under review by the government; this situation may change
- For further information visit: https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/disclosure-and-barring-service
- We are seeking candidates who are personally attuned to NHS values as stated in the NHS constitution, which can be found at https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/the-nhs-constitution-for-england
A LevelsA Levels
AAB normally including Biology. Biology required at AS level grade B if not offered at A level. Desirable subjects at A level include (but are not exclusive to): Psychology, Biology, Maths, Chemistry, Physics, English Language; a modern language(s), Geography and History. Please note that the following subjects are not acceptable in place of Biology: Health and Social Care, Physical Education, Nutrition and Food, Environmental Science or Applied Science. For Biology, Chemistry and Physics A levels, we require a pass in the practical element. General Studies not accepted as a full A Level. GCSE Mathematics required (minimum grade B) if not offered at a higher level.
Scottish QualificationsScottish Qualifications
AAABB at Higher Grade including Biology. Mathematics required at grade 2 Standard Grade (or Intermediate 2 equivalent) if not offered at Higher Grade. Combinations of Highers and Advanced Highers accepted.
Scottish qualifications can be taken in more than one sitting.
International BaccalaureateInternational Baccalaureate
A minimum of 35 points with three subjects grade 5 or above at Higher Level. Biology grade 6 and Mathematics or Mathematical Studies grade 5 required at Standard Level if not offered at Higher Level.
Irish Leaving CertificateIrish Leaving Certificate
A1A1A1B1B at Higher Level, to include Biology.
Access QualificationsAccess Qualifications
30 level 3 credits at Distinction including 15 credits in biological sciences, and 15 level 3 credits at Merit or above.
BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma (formerly BTEC National Diploma)BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma (formerly BTEC National Diploma)
Applicants are considered on an individual basis, but BTEC modules studied must include at least 30 credits in Physiology/Anatomy. Please note that Extended Diplomas in Health and Social Care, Children's Care or Sport Science are not normally accepted unless accompanied by AS level Biology at grade B.
Cambridge Pre-UCambridge Pre-U
D3,D3,M2 in Principal Subjects normally including Biology. Desirable subjects include: Psychology; English Language; a modern language; Maths; an additional science, and History. GCSE Mathematics required (minimum grade B) if not offered at a higher level.
PARTNERS - A LevelsPARTNERS - A Levels
BBB normally including Biology. Biology required at AS level grade B if not offered at A level. Desirable subjects at A level include (but are not exclusive to): Psychology, Biology, Maths, Chemistry, Physics, English Language; a modern language(s), Geography and History. Please note that the following subjects are not acceptable in place of Biology: Health and Social Care, Physical Education, Nutrition and Food, Environmental Science or Applied Science. For Biology, Chemistry and Physics A levels, we require a pass in the practical element. General Studies not accepted as a full A Level. GCSE Mathematics required (minimum grade B) if not offered at a higher level.
The PARTNERS Programme is Newcastle University’s supported entry route for students from schools and colleges in England. Find out more about the PARTNERS Programme.
PARTNERS - BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma (formerly BTEC National Diploma)PARTNERS - BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma (formerly BTEC National Diploma)
Applicants are considered on an individual basis.
The PARTNERS Programme is Newcastle University’s supported entry route for students from schools and colleges in England. Find out more about the PARTNERS Programme.
English Language RequirementsEnglish Language Requirements
Other International QualificationsOther International Qualifications
ABB at A level is typically the minimum required for entry to an undergraduate course. You can check the equivalent grades for qualifications offered in your country.
Undergraduate Admissions Policy
See our Newcastle University Admissions Policy for 2016 Entry (PDF: 109 KB).
Speech and Language Sciences careers
Most speech and language therapist graduates become employed by the NHS to work in hospitals, clinics, paediatric assessment centres, adult rehabilitation centres or in the community. Speech and language therapists usually work as part of a multidisciplinary team, alongside other health professionals such as doctors, nurses, psychologists, physiotherapists and occupational therapists. They may also liaise with professionals in education and the social services.
Once you qualify, you can specialise in a particular area of speech and language therapy, for example, with children or adults or with a particular type of impairment.
If you wish to work with language-disordered children in a classroom setting, you may want to take a one-year teaching qualification (PGCE) after your degree.
A number of our graduates have also taken up research posts. A good Honours degree is, however, far more than just a professional training and, like all other graduates, our students have a wide range of opportunities open to them at the end of their degree programme.
Find out more about the career options for Speech and Language Sciences from Prospects: The UK's Official Careers Website.
What our graduates go on to do: employment and further study choices
See what our recent graduates went on to do and view graduate destinations statistics. These statistics are based on what graduates were doing on a specific date, approximately six months after graduation. The most recent data available is for graduates who completed their course in 2014/15.
The destination data is available in varying levels, beginning with the University and moving through Faculty and School down to individual course reports. This final level may give you some useful ideas about possible options after your course or a course you are considering.
Careers and employability at Newcastle
Newcastle University consistently has one of the best records for graduate employment in the UK.
94% of our 2014/15 UK/EU graduates progressed to employment or further study within six months of graduating.
Of our graduates who entered employment 85% were in a professional or managerial position.
We provide an extensive range of opportunities to all students through an initiative called ncl+. This enables you to develop personal, employability and enterprise skills and to give you the edge in the employment market after you graduate.
Fees & Funding
Tuition Fees (UK and EU students)Tuition Fees (UK and EU students)
Our undergraduate tuition fees for UK/EU students for 2017-18 will be set and published when the government establishes limits for tuition fees.
From 1 August 2017, new students starting this programme will no longer receive NHS bursaries. Instead, they will have access to the same student loans system as other students. See more information.
You will not have to pay any tuition fees for this four-year course because it is funded by the NHS. Eligible students will receive a non-repayable £1,000 grant per year. They will also be able to apply for an additional NHS means-tested bursary of up to £4,395 per year.
- The maximum fee that we are permitted to charge for UK/EU students is set by the UK government.
- As a general principle, you should expect the tuition fee to increase in each subsequent academic year of your course, subject to government regulations on fee increases.
- Newcastle University has guaranteed that EU students entering our University in 2016 and 2017 will pay the UK (Home) rate of fee for the full duration of their programme of study.
- Some of our degrees involve additional costs which are not covered by your tuition fees.
- See more information on all aspects of student finance relating to Newcastle University.
Tuition Fees (International students)Tuition Fees (International students)
£17,935 per year
£17,080 per year
You will be charged tuition fees for each year of your degree programme (unless you are on a shorter exchange programme).
If you spend a year on placement or studying abroad as part of your degree you may pay a reduced fee for that year.
Please note that the tuition fee amount you will pay may increase slightly year on year as a result of inflation.
See more information on all aspects of student finance relating to Newcastle University.
Scholarships and Financial Support (UK and EU students)Scholarships and Financial Support (UK and EU students)
Scholarships and Financial Support (International students)Scholarships and Financial Support (International students)
You may be eligible for an International Undergraduate Merit Scholarship (IUMS) or an International Family Discount (IFD).
Before you apply you will need to check the entry requirements for your chosen degree. We accept a wide range of qualifications offered for entry to our degrees. We welcome applications from international students.
Applying to Newcastle University through UCAS
To apply for undergraduate study at Newcastle you must use the online application system managed by the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS).
UCAS codes for Newcastle University
- institution name - NEWC
- institution code - N21
Ask your teacher or adviser from your school or college for the UCAS buzzword. You need the buzzword when you register on the Apply system. This makes it clear which school or college you are applying from.
All UK schools and colleges and a small number of EU and international establishments are registered with UCAS.
If you are applying independently, or are applying from a school or college which is not registered to manage applications, you will still use the Apply system. You will not need a buzzword.
Making your application
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