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Speech and Language Science (formerly Human Communication)  BSc (Hons)

This course was formerly called BSc (Hons) Human Communication. The title has been updated to better reflect the speech and language content and the scientific credentials of the course. The content of the course has not changed.


Why study Speech and Language Science at City?

This flexible and innovative degree provides a fundamental understanding of how human communication develops, how it works and how it can break down.

Students gain a knowledge and understanding of subjects including speech and hearing sciences, linguistics, and psychology and their application to normal and impaired human communication. It is a unique course which is academically challenging with a strong focus on an understanding and application of research.

The focus on understanding the process of human communication is supplemented by optional modules which can be tailored to meet your specific interests and career aspirations. Areas of study range from psychology and sociology to media and criminology.

  • Gain access to careers where good communication skills and an understanding of the processes of communication are crucial
  • Integrate your theoretical learning with practical skills in speech and hearing sciences
  • Learn from a teaching team who have diverse perspectives and can offer high quality, research-informed teaching
  • Personalise your learning by choosing modules from a range of complementary disciplines
  • Learn through a range of teaching methods from lectures, workshops to laboratory work and online learning - ensuring you have the skills to excel in the workplace
  • Study in the heart of London and benefit from its exciting arts and cultural scene

Entry Requirements:

Typical offers require one of the following:

  • A Level: 340 UCAS tariff points. Typically gained from 'A' Level grades AAB or ABB plus an 'AS' Level.
  • IB: 33, 6 in all highers.
  • Access to HE Diploma: Relevant Health or Science subject.
  • BTEC: Extended Diploma in Health and Social Care or Science related subject: DDD.

Course Fees:

  • Full-time EU: £9,000
  • Full-time Non EU: £14,300 (2014/15 entry)

Start Date:

September 2014

UCAS code:


Entry Requirements

Typical offers require one of the following:

  • A Level: 340 UCAS tariff points. Typically gained from 'A' Level grades AAB or ABB plus an 'AS' Level.
  • IB: 33, 6 in all highers.
  • Access to HE Diploma: Relevant Health or Science subject
  • BTEC: Extended Diploma in Health and Social Care or Science related subject: DDD.

Accreditation of Prior Learning process (APL)

The Accreditation of Prior Learning process (APL) allows students' previous relevant learning to be assessed and included within their degree. For this course students from similar courses may be able to apply to do this. Applicants can apply for this before they start the course. All APL claims will be reviewed on an individual basis.

Undergraduate Preparatory Courses for International Students

If you do not qualify for direct entry, INTO City University London offers an International Foundation programme. Successful completion to the required standard of the International Foundation Programme in Humanities & Law at INTO City University London means guaranteed progression to this degree.

English Requirements

If your first language is not English, we will require evidence of English language proficiency. Minimum requirements are:

  • IELTS: An overall band score of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.5 in all components

Please note that due to changes in the UKVI's list of SELTs we are no longer able to accept TOEFL as evidence of English language for students who require a CAS as of April 2014.

English Language Programmes

If you need to improve your English language skills before you enter this course, our partner, INTO City University London offers a range of English language courses. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability for entry to this degree. Please click the links below for more information.

English for Undergraduate Study

Pre-sessional English

Visa Requirements

If you are not from the European Economic Area / Switzerland and you are coming to study in the UK you may need to apply for a visa or entry clearance to come to the UK to study.  

The way that you apply may vary depending on the length of your course at City, there are different rules for:

  • Students on courses of more than 6 months
  • Students on courses of less than 6 months
  • Students on a pre-sessional English Language course

Please note: If you require a Tier 4 student visa to study in the UK, you cannot undertake a part-time course.

For more information see our main Visa page.

Course Content

Year one

The first year of the course establishes the foundations of hearing, speech and language. You will gain the knowledge to understand the process of human communication in its social context by studying four core modules and one or two optional modules.

Year two

The second year explores the nature of speech and communication in children and adults and introduces research methods. You may choose optional modules that relate to year one options or select new areas that are of interest.

Year three

In your third year, the focus is on both a research project and the nature of cognition and language in children and adults. In addition, you will choose two more optional modules to continue to broaden the scope of your studies.

Course Structure

Year one

Core modules

  • Hearing and speech sciences 1: phonetics
  • Language sciences 1: linguistics
  • Bio-medical sciences 1: anatomy and physiology
  • Lifespan studies.

Optional modules*

  • History and theory of psychology
  • Cognitive approaches to mind and behaviour
  • Introduction to sociology
  • Media history and politics
  • Contemporary issues in media studies

Year two

Core modules

  • Hearing and speech sciences 2: further phonetics
  • Language sciences 2: speech and language development
  • Bio-medical sciences 2: neurology and disorders of the ear, nose and throat
  • Developmental psychology
  • Research and evidence-based practice.

Optional modules*

  • Instrumental phonetics**
  • Forensic phonetics** 
  • Sociolinguistics**
  • Gender and language**
  • Cognitive psychology
  • Social psychology
  • Understanding social change
  • Media, culture and society

Year three

Core modules

  • Language sciences 3: language processing, brain and behavior
  • Research project.

Optional modules*

  • Language, cognition and communication disabilities
  • Memory: trends and issues
  • Health psychology
  • Positive psychology
  • The information society
  • Gender and society
  • Youth, crime and society
  • Media law and ethics

* This is a sample of modules available. Please note that not all options are available every year.

** These options are available in the second and third year as they are provided specifically for the BSc (Hons) Speech and Language Science course.

Read the full programme specification

Teaching and Assessment

Teaching methods include large-group lectures, small-group workshops, tutorials, laboratory work, online and self-directed learning.

The course is assessed through coursework - essays, multiple-choice tests, exercises, labs, vivas, and presentations - as well as written and oral examinations and a research project. The final degree mark is weighted from years one to three in the ratio 20:40:40.

Moodle 2

Students will have the opportunity to use an enhanced Virtual Learning Environment, Moodle 2, launching in September 2013. Moodle provides students with web access to online course materials, resources, interactive activities, assessment and communication tools and is a key element of our blended learning approach; combining face to face teaching with online activity.

The new Moodle 2 environment brings with it new and improved features offering greater flexibility, navigation and functionality.

Read the full programme specification. 


  • Full-time EU: £9,000
  • Full-time Non EU: £14,300 (2014/15 entry)

Tuition Fees

  • Full-time EU: £9,000
  • Full-time Non EU: £14,300

For up-to-date information about financial support, visit Undergraduate Fees and Finance.


For up-to-date information about tuition fees, living costs and financial support, visit Undergraduate Fees and Finance.

Accommodation and Living Costs

All first year undergraduate students are guaranteed a place in hall. Conditions apply - read further infomation. The deadline to apply for first year undergraduate students is 30 June 2013. Apply for accommodation here.

If you are living in our halls of residence, you can expect your accommodation to be between £180 and £285 per week depending on which Hall you are allocated - this includes heating, lighting, utility bills and internet access. Costs for private accommodation can range from £100 to £250 depending on facilities offered and the location and it is also very likely you will have to pay for your utility bills.

You will also need to pay for and manage any cost of living expenses - this list gives you an idea of what your weekly costs may be for some essentials in London. You may also find our money management tips and budgeting tips helpful so you can budget for and plan your weekly expenses.


Lord Mayor of London Scholarships for Academic Excellence

City is offering a scholarship of up to £2,000 per year to UK and EU undergraduate students achieving exceptional grades at 'A' level, International Baccalaureate or other equivalent qualifications. Read more here to see if you might qualify.

Career Prospects

The degree gives pathways to careers where good communication skills and an understanding of the processes of communication are important.

Future careers can include law, social work, teaching, audiology, PR, advertising and media, human resources and speech and language therapy.

There are also opportunities for further research and postgraduate study in speech and language therapy, audiology, forensic science and forensic phonetics.

The Career and Skills Development Service at City also provides a professional, high quality careers and information service for students and recent graduates of City.  We support and develop students by providing essential tools to enhance employability. Students can also apply for the Professional Mentoring Scheme which matches students with experienced professionals to develop their skills, confidence and future employability. Find out more.

About the School and Department

School of Health Sciences

Speech and Language Science (formerly Human Communication)

UCAS code: B621

Applications should be made via the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS). The UCAS website also has lots of information and advice to help you. Please note our institution name is CITY and institution code is C60. We will then consider your application and if you are shortlisted we will contact you.

How do we make our decision?

In reaching our selection decisions we will take into account your:

  • A-level performance (actual or predicted)
  • Personal Statement and reasons for choice of course / career
  • Evidence of intellectual ability
  • Tutor references
  • Relevant work experience.

Find out more:

Contact us:

Admissions (UG & pre-registration)
School of Health Sciences
City University London
Northampton Square
United Kingdom

T: +44 (0)20 7040 8716