This practical speech and language therapy course is approved by the Health and Care Professions Council. It is accredited by the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists.
On completion of the programme, you'll have an in-depth understanding of the causes, symptomatology and consequences of the range of human communication disorders. You'll also develop the clinical skills necessary for effective intervention practice.
You'll gain a thorough awareness of relevant legislation, statutory codes and policy affecting speech and language therapy practice.
You need to be able to identify with NHS values as stated in the NHS constitution.
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What you'll learn
You'll complete compulsory modules which are supported by clinical placements from early on in both years.
In year one you'll cover the following modules that underpin the discipline:
- practical anatomy
You'll also begin to work on speech and language therapy (SLT) cases. These will give you your first experiences of working clinically under guided supervision.
In year two, more complex problems are set in speech and language pathology. This year is more specialised. You'll study topics including:
- mental health
There will be a focus on:
- head and neck
- cognitive impairment
You will study modules on this course. A module is a unit of a course with its own approved aims and outcomes and assessment methods.
Module information is intended to provide an example of what you will study.
Our teaching is informed by research. Course content changes periodically to reflect developments in the discipline, the requirements of external bodies and partners, and student feedback.
Full details of the modules on offer will be published through the Programme Regulations and Specifications ahead of each academic year. This usually happens in May.
Optional modules availability
Some course have optional modules. Student demand for optional modules may affect availability.
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How you'll learn
The programme is taught at our Newcastle city campus. You'll also attend a variety of internal and external clinical placements. The course runs from 09:00 to 17:00 on weekdays from September to July in both years.
Clinical days may extend beyond a typical working day to allow for travel. This is an intense programme with approximately 25-30 contact hours per week. There is also the possibility of additional contact hours during clinical placements. You will undertake clinical placements in the summer months in both years.
Teaching is delivered through case-based problem solving. This means you'll participate in guided self-directed learning and collaborate with your peers in group work.
Depending on your modules, you'll be assessed through a combination of:
- Aural examination
- Case study
- Design or creative project
- Lab exercise
- Professional skills assessments
- Oral examination
- Practical lab report
- Problem-solving exercises
- Written examination
- Written exercise
Clinically based research project
An important element of year two is the extended case report. You'll:
- manage a clinical case
- provide intensive treatment
- evaluate the effectiveness of the treatment
- write up your findings in dissertation format
You'll be supported by a practice educator (clinical supervisor) and academic supervisor.
Your teaching and learning is also supported by Canvas. Canvas is a Virtual Learning Environment. You'll use Canvas to submit your assignments and access your:
Throughout your studies, you’ll have access to support from:
- our University Student Services Team
You'll also be assigned an academic member of staff. They will be your personal tutor throughout your time with us. They can help with academic and personal issues.
We take a student-centred approach to your development of:
- professional identity
You'll receive tailored supervision, with a focus on reflective practice. We also provide transparent and fair assessment procedures with clear and specific marking criteria for coursework. This will help you to achieve your potential.
You'll have the opportunity to complete clinical placements in our campus-based clinics and in a range of external settings where speech and language therapists work. These could include schools and NHS settings, eg community clinics and hospitals.
In year one, you'll complete:
- one placement in the Tavistock Aphasia Centre
- one placement in the Children’s Speech and Language Clinic
- an external six-week block placement
In year two, you'll complete a placement where you work with an individual client for the extended case report and a final block placement.
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Fees and funding
Tuition fees for 2022 entry (per year)
English-domiciled students have access to undergraduate tuition fee loans and living cost loans for this course. Students from non-EU UK countries can apply for a tuition fee loan (but not a maintenance loan).
Students domiciled in Wales and Northern Ireland should apply for a Postgraduate Master’s Loan.
Scottish-domiciled students are eligible to apply for a Postgraduate Master’s Loan only if no equivalent course is offered in Scotland.
If your studies last longer than one year, your tuition fee may increase in line with inflation.
Depending on your residency history, if you’re a student from the EU, other EEA or a Swiss national, with settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme, you’ll normally pay the ‘Home’ tuition fee rate and may be eligible for Student Finance England support.
EU students without settled or pre-settled status will normally be charged fees at the ‘International’ rate and will not be eligible for Student Finance England support.
If you are unsure of your fee status, check out the latest guidance here.
We support our EU and international students by providing a generous range of Vice-Chancellor's automatic and merit-based scholarships. See our searchable postgraduate funding page for more information.
What you're paying for
Tuition fees include the costs of:
- tuition (or supervision)
- library access
Some of our degrees involve additional costs which are not covered by your tuition fees.
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- additional costs
- living costs
- tuition fees, including how to pay them and available discounts
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The entrance requirements below apply to 2022 entry.
Qualifications from outside the UK
English Language requirements
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