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Speech and Language Therapy BSc Honours

  • UCAS code: B621
  • Full time
  • 3 years

This accredited degree uses innovative teaching, state-of-the-art facilities, and high levels of clinical work to prepare you for a career as a speech and language therapist.

You are currently viewing course information for entry year: 2024-25

Next start date:

  • September 2024

Fees (per year)

  • Home: £9250
  • International: £22800

Entry requirements and offers

  • A-Level: AAB
  • IB: 35 points

UCAS Institution name and code:

  • NEWC / N21

Course overview

Gain the knowledge and experience needed to undertake speech and language therapy practice.

On our Speech and Language Therapy degree you'll study core modules in speech and language pathology. These include causes, diagnosis, assessment, and treatment of speech, language, communication and swallowing disorders in adults and children.

You'll gain an understanding of speech and language therapy practice through case-based teaching. You will discuss real-life scenarios and high levels of clinical work.

The progamme includes clinical experience during each year. You'll put theory into practice and gain a scientifically-oriented theoretical understanding of speech and language therapy. This ensures you'll graduate a confident and skilled Speech and Language Therapist.

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Professional accreditation and recognition

All professional accreditations are reviewed regularly by their professional body.

Modules and learning


The information below is intended to provide an example of what you will study.

Most degrees are divided into stages. Each stage lasts for one academic year, and you'll complete modules totalling 120 credits by the end of each stage. 

Our teaching is informed by research. Course content may change periodically to reflect developments in the discipline, the requirements of external bodies and partners, and student feedback.

To find out more please see our terms and conditions.

Optional module availability
Student demand for optional modules may affect availability.

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.

We lay the foundation for later work with topics including anatomy and physiology of speech and language, linguistics and phonetics, developmental psychology, child language and development, clinical education, speech and language pathology and research methods.

You will be introduced to case-based problem-solving and case management. You will observe speech and language therapists at work, and complete a child study, working with a child and their family to observe and analyse typical development.


Compulsory Modules Credits
Anatomy & Physiology for Speech and Language 20
Research Methods in Practice I 10
Linguistics and Phonetics I 20
Introduction to Speech and Language Pathology 20
Clinical and Professional Education I 10
Brain and Behaviour Across the Lifespan I: Introduction to Psychology and Social Interaction 20
Child Development (Child Development and Speech Language Acquisition) 20

You'll continue to study linguistics, phonetics, psychology and speech and language pathology. You'll apply learning to cases of developmental and acquired communication disorder. You'll start to take responsibility for the assessment and treatment of clients in our campus clinics under the supervision of expert staff.


Compulsory Modules Credits
Research Methods in Practice II 10
Clinical and Professional Education II 20
Linguistics and Phonetics II 40
Brain and Behaviour across the Lifespan II: Neuropsychology 10
Speech and Language Pathology II: Developmental and acquired disorders of speech, language and communication 40

You'll undertake clinical placements in a range of speech and language therapy services, including:

  • Hospitals
  • Nurseries
  • Schools
  • rehabilitation settings
  • charities

You'll develop your knowledge and understanding of specific client groups such as clients with autism or dementia.

You’ll apply your knowledge to the understanding of communication disorders.

Within the dysphagia module, you'll complete the RCSLT pre-registration Eating, Drinking and Swallowing competencies.

There is also an increasing consideration of the professional context in which speech and language therapists work.


Compulsory Modules Credits
Clinical and Professional Education III 20
Professional Issues for Clinical Practice 10
Speech and Language Pathology III: Dysphagia 10
Speech and Language Pathology: Disorders of voice; motor speech and dementia 20
Brain and Behaviour across the Lifespan III: Neuropsychology and Psychiatric Disorders 20
Clinical and Professional Education III: Extended 20
Speech and Language Pathology 1: Sensory 10
Speech and Language Pathology: Disorders of fluency; motor and cognitive impairments 30

Teaching and assessment

Teaching methods

We use innovative teaching methods and models in our academic and clinical teaching. Case-based teaching and problem-based learning accompany lectures and seminars. You will also benefit from the experience and expertise of our visiting lecturers who are experts in their field.

Our teaching methods develop deep learning, critical thinking, reflection skills and creativity. This enables you to deal with the diverse nature of speech and language therapy practice.

Assessment methods

You'll be assessed through a combination of:

  • Assignments – written or fieldwork

  • Case studies

  • Essays

  • Examinations – practical or online

  • Group work

  • Presentations

  • Reflective report/journal

  • Reports

  • Seminar tasks/exercises

Skills and experience

Professional skills

You will have access to state-of-the-art facilities as a Speech and Language Therapy student, including our language analysis lab for the transcription and analysis of recorded samples of language.

You'll also have access to our campus clinics, the Children's Speech and Language Clinic, and the Tavistock Aphasia Centre, where you will benefit from observing qualified therapists at work, and begin your clinical work experience treating both adults and children with communication difficulties.

Business skills

Develop your practical, workplace skills through clinical experiences included throughout your degree programme.

After three years of study, you'll have extensive experience in the assessment, diagnosis and treatment of clients with communication and swallowing difficulties.

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One of my favourite aspects about learning Speech and Language Sciences is the variety of modules we are taught.

Nurnaily 'Naily' Effendy, Speech and Language Sciences


You'll undertake a variety of work placements throughout your degree.

The clinical placement opportunities embedded throughout your degree will provide you with the clinical experience you need to apply for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council.

This experience will include:

  • video and live observations of a range of clients with communication difficulties
  • child study – working with a child and their family to observe and analyse typical development
  • clinical placements in our in-house campus clinics: The Children’s Speech and Language Clinic, and The Tavistock Aphasia Centre throughout your second year
  • two external placements in local settings such as hospitals, clinics and schools

Facilities and environment


As a speech and language sciences student, you'll be based in the School of Education, Communication and Language Sciences at our city-centre campus.

You will benefit from excellent facilities, including well-established in-house clinics. These are equipped with observational facilities and the latest recording technology to maximise your learning.

Our facilities include:

You will also have access to: 

  • a language analysis lab for transcription and analysis of recorded samples of language
  • our resource centre
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You'll have the support of an academic member of staff as a personal tutor throughout your degree to 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 when starting university.

Your future

Speech and language therapy career paths

Our degree provides a direct pathway to a career as a qualified speech and language therapist. The successful completion of this degree provides eligibility to apply for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) as a Speech and Language Therapist. You can also apply for membership to the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists (RCSLT).

Many speech and language therapist graduates work for the NHS, in:

  • hospitals
  • clinics
  • paediatric assessment centres
  • adult rehabilitation centres
  • in the community.

Other graduates work for schools and charities or work in private practice.

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.

Once you qualify, you can specialise in a particular area of speech and language therapy.

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 gone on to take up research posts.

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.

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Recognition of professional qualifications outside of the UK

From 1 January 2021 there is an update to the way professional qualifications are recognised by countries outside of the UK

Entry requirements

All candidates are considered on an individual basis and we accept a broad range of qualifications. The entrance requirements and offers below apply to 2024 entry.

International Baccalaureate

Other UK and the Republic of Ireland qualifications

Contextual Offers

Through one of our contextual routes, you could receive an offer of up to three grades lower than the typical requirements.

What is a contextual offer? Find out more and if you’re eligible for this or our PARTNERS Programme supported entry route.

Qualifications from outside the UK

English Language requirements

Entrance courses (INTO)

International Pathway Courses are specialist programmes designed for international students who want to study in the UK. We provide a range of study options for international students in partnership with INTO. 

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Credit transfer and Recognition of Prior Learning

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) can allow you to convert existing relevant university-level knowledge, skills and experience into credits towards a qualification. Find out more about the RPL policy which may apply to this course.

Important information for students

Students undertaking a Speech and Language Science degree have unsupervised contact with children or vulnerable adults. The School of Education, Communication and Language Sciences must ensure students undergo an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check to confirm they are fit to practise.

The School reserves the right to discontinue the studies of any student who receives an unsatisfactory DBS disclosure.

Visit the UK Government's website for more DBS information

What we are looking for in applicants

You'll need the following to study this degree:

  • excellent spoken and written communication and organisational skills
  • to be able to work in a physically demanding environment (e.g. on clinical placement)
  • emotional resilience when helping people who find it hard to communicate
  • to be personally attuned to the NHS values as stated in the NHS constitution

You will be asked to undertake Occupational Health checks prior to the course. Find out more about how health conditions and disabilities may affect your studies and the support that will be available:

Tuition fees and scholarships

Tuition fees for 2024 entry (per year)

Qualification: BSc Honours

Home students

full time 3 years

Tuition fees (per year)


International students

full time 3 years

Tuition fees (per year)


NHS Learning Support Fund

You may be eligible for a Training Grant of up to £5,000 per academic year, plus financial support, via the NHS Learning Support Fund.

Year abroad and additional costs

For programmes where you can spend a year on a work placement or studying abroad, you will receive a significant fee reduction for that year. 

Some of our degrees involve additional costs which are not covered by your tuition fees.


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