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Speech and Language Science

BSc (Hons) |
The BSc (Hons) Speech and Language Science is a flexible and innovative degree that will provide you with a fundamental understanding of how communication develops, how it works and how it can break down.

Key Information

Start date

September 2017

Duration

3 years

Fees

UK/EU

Full-time: £9,250 per year (fees in subsequent years may be subject to increases (limited to the Retail Prices Index) dependent on governmental policy)

Non-EU

Full-time: £15,000 per year

UCAS code

B621

Application period

From 6th September 2016

Until 15th January 2017

Who is it for?

The BSc Speech and Language Science degree is designed for students who are looking for a rewarding career in the communications and related industries. The course equips students with the skills and knowledge to enter a range of professions, recent graduates have gone on to careers in speech and language therapy and audiology, social work, the law, PR, advertising and marketing, teaching and HR and future study or research.

Objectives

As a student on the BSc (Hons) Speech and Language Science course you will develop crucial skills in analytical thinking, written and verbal communication, critical appraisal, team-working and organisation. You will benefit from a high-quality and research-informed education and share core modules with City's BSc (Hons) Speech and Language Therapy students. This flexible and innovative degree provides a fundamental understanding of how human communication develops, how it works and how it can break down.

You will obtain knowledge and an understanding of subjects including speech and hearing sciences, linguistics, and psychology and their application to normal and impaired human communication. This is a unique course that is academically challenging with a strong focus on an understanding and application of research. The focus on developing an understanding of 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.

Requirements and how to apply

Entry requirements

  • 'A' Level: ABB.
  • Tariff: 128 UCAS tariff points (typically ABB or BBB with a relevant EPQ). Read more about the new UCAS tariff from September 2017.
  • BTEC: D*DD - Extended Diploma in Health and Social Care or Science-related subject.
  • Extended Project Qualification (EPQ): We welcome applications that include the EPQ. Where relevant, this may be included in our offer, resulting in an 'A' Level offer reduced by one grade.
  • IB: 33 points.

The following is also required:

  • GCSE: A minimum of five passes grade 4 (C) in GCSE, including English and Mathematics. GCSE requirements for applicants studying an Access to HE Diploma are detailed below.

Access to HE Diploma

Pass in a QAA recognised Access to HE Diploma in a health or science related subject achieving 60 credits overall with 45 at Level 3 (36 at Distinction and 9 at Merit). Applicants must hold GCSE English and Mathematics at grade C (4) or above.

Other suitable qualifications

If you do not qualify for direct entry, you may wish to take a foundation programme first. These programmes are designed to prepare students for entry to City's undergraduate courses.

INTO City, University of London

Don't meet the entry requirements? INTO City, University of London offers a range of academic and English language programmes to help prepare you for study at City, University of London. You'll learn from experienced teachers in a dedicated international study centre.

These programmes are designed for international students who do not meet the required academic and English language requirements for direct entry. To prepare for this degree course, learn more about the International Foundation in Business and Economics with Society and Culture and the International Foundation in Humanities and Law.

English requirements

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

  • IELTS: 6.5 overall with a minimum of 6.5 in spoken and written components.

English language programmes

Don't meet the English language requirements? INTO City, University of London offers English language programmes to help prepare you for study at university. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability for entry to degree courses. Learn more about INTO's English for University Study programme.

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. There are different rules for:

  • Students on courses of more than six months
  • Students on courses of less than six months
  • Students on a pre-sessional English language course.

If you require a Tier 4 student visa to study in the UK, you cannot undertake any City courses on a part-time basis.

For more information see our main Visa page.

How to apply

Applications for degree courses must be made through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS). You can apply through your school or college using the Apply system, which enables you to submit your application directly to the UCAS website.

www.ucas.com

You can apply to up to five universities or institutions on the form. The UCAS code for City, University of London is C60.

Please take care to enter the correct course code when applying, particularly for subjects with a Foundation year or with BEng (Hons) and MEng (Hons) or BSc (Hons) and MSci (Hons) options.

UCAS has implemented an 'invisibility of choices' policy so that, on the initial application and while you are receiving decisions, each institution can see only their entry and not those of other institutions you have chosen. This ensures that your application for a course at City is considered solely on your academic and personal qualities.

You should submit your completed application form to UCAS with a £23 application fee. If you want to apply to City, University of London only, you can make a single choice application at a reduced rate of £12.

When to apply

Your application for entry in September 2017 should arrive at UCAS between 1st September 2016 and 15th January 2017. Applications that arrive after 15th January 2017 will be considered only at City's discretion.

When your application is acknowledged by UCAS, you will be sent a personal identification number so that you can access your records via Track on the UCAS website.

Enquiries

For general enquiries about the admissions process at City, please contact our Admissions Office:

Email: ugadmissions@city.ac.uk
Telephone: +44 (0)20 7040 8716.

If your enquiry is about admission to a particular course, please use the contact details provided on the course page.

Contacting UCAS

Website: www.ucas.com
Address: Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS), Rosehill, New Barn Lane, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL52 3LZ
Telephone: from inside the UK 0871 468 0468; from outside the UK +44 (0)871 468 0468
For callers with hearing difficulties: from inside the UK use the Text Relay service on 18001 0871 468 0468; from outside the UK dial +44 151 494 1260 (text phone) and then ask the operator to dial 0871 468 0468.

93%
of students are satisfied with teaching on the course (NSS, 2016).
1st
in London for Speech and Language, according to The Guardian league tables, 2017.
10th
in the UK for Aural & Oral Science, according to The Complete University Guide 2017.

The Lord Mayor of London Scholarship

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Teaching and learning

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

As a student on the BSc (Hons) Speech and Language Science course you will spend 42% of your time in lectures, 35% undertaking practical study, and the remainder of the time in tutorials, undertaking independent study and external visits. You will have on average 25 hours per week of direct contact with staff in teaching sessions. You will be supported throughout your studies by your personal tutor and teaching staff.

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.

Assessment weightings by year

  • Year 1: 20%
  • Year 2: 40%
  • Year 3: 40%

Modules

Year 1

The course establishes the foundations of hearing, speech and language. You will study four core modules and two optional modules.

Core modules include:

  • Hearing and speech sciences 1
  • Language sciences 1
  • Biomedical sciences 1
  • Lifespan studies

Optional modules include:

  • Social context
  • History and theory of psychology
  • Language and medium

Year 2

In the second year, you will explore the nature of speech and communication in children and adults and study research methods as well as selecting further optional modules.

Core modules include:

  • Hearing and speech sciences 2
  • Language sciences 2
  • Biomedical sciences 2
  • Developmental psychology
  • Research and evidence based practice

Optional modules include:

  • Instrumental techniques in speech and hearing sciences
  • Forensic phonetics

Year 3

During the final year, the focus is on both a research project and the nature of cognition and language in children and adults. You will select further optional modules to complement your studies.

Core modules include:

  • Language sciences 3
  • Research project

Optional modules include:

  • Sociolinguistics
  • Language and gender: critical approaches

Career prospects

The degree gives pathways to careers in which communication skills and processes are central. These can include roles in both the public and private sectors, including law, social work, teaching, audiology, PR, advertising and media, human resources and speech and language therapy.

Graduates can also progress to postgraduate study in areas including education, speech and language therapy, audiology or foreign language teaching.

80% of graduates in employment or further study six months after completing the course

Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education survey 2014-15

Speech and Language Science

UCAS code: B621

Application Deadline

15th January 2017


Applications for degree courses must be made through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS). You can apply through your school or college using the Apply system, which enables you to submit your application directly to the UCAS website.

www.ucas.com

You can apply to up to five universities or institutions on the form. The UCAS code for City, University of London is C60.

Please take care to enter the correct course code when applying, particularly for subjects with a Foundation year or with BEng (Hons) and MEng (Hons) or BSc (Hons) and MSci (Hons) options.

UCAS has implemented an 'invisibility of choices' policy so that, on the initial application and while you are receiving decisions, each institution can see only their entry and not those of other institutions you have chosen. This ensures that your application for a course at City is considered solely on your academic and personal qualities.

You should submit your completed application form to UCAS with a £23 application fee. If you want to apply to City, University of London only, you can make a single choice application at a reduced rate of £12.

When to apply

Your application for entry in September 2017 should arrive at UCAS between 1st September 2016 and 15th January 2017. Applications that arrive after 15th January 2017 will be considered only at City's discretion.

When your application is acknowledged by UCAS, you will be sent a personal identification number so that you can access your records via Track on the UCAS website.

Enquiries

For general enquiries about the admissions process at City, please contact our Admissions Office:

Email: ugadmissions@city.ac.uk
Telephone: +44 (0)20 7040 8716.

If your enquiry is about admission to a particular course, please use the contact details provided on the course page.

Contacting UCAS

Website: www.ucas.com
Address: Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS), Rosehill, New Barn Lane, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL52 3LZ
Telephone: from inside the UK 0871 468 0468; from outside the UK +44 (0)871 468 0468
For callers with hearing difficulties: from inside the UK use the Text Relay service on 18001 0871 468 0468; from outside the UK dial +44 151 494 1260 (text phone) and then ask the operator to dial 0871 468 0468.

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