1. 2015 Entry

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.


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Why study Speech and Language Science at City?

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) in 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. The BSc (Hons) Speech and Language Science is a unique course which 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.

Should you be awarded an upper second class Honours degree classification on this course, you are guaranteed a place on City's Postgraduate Diploma in Speech and Language Therapy.

  • 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:

340 UCAS tariff points. Typically gained from 'A' Level grades AAB or ABB plus an 'AS' Level.


Course Fees:

  • Full-time EU: £9,000 per year
  • Full-time Non EU: £14,500 per year

Start Date:

September 2015

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 points.
  • Access to HE Diploma - Relevant Health or Science subject.
  • BTEC - Extended Diploma in Health and Social Care or Science-related subject: DDD.

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.


Unless studying towards an Access to HE Diploma in a relevant subject, all applicants must have 5 GCSEs including Mathematics and English Language at A*-C.

For 2015 entry, applicants studying towards an Access to HE Diploma must have either GCSE English Language or Mathematics at grade C or above at the point of application. From 2016 entry onwards, Access applicants must hold both GCSE English Language and Mathematics at grade C or above at the point of application
Please note: we will not accept any equivalent qualification, only GCSEs.

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 the spoken and written 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; 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 this course part-time.

For more information see our main Visa page.

When and Where

Start Date:
September 2015
Full-time: 3 years

Course Content

Year one

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

Year two

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 a further two optional modules.

Year three

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 two more optional modules to complement your studies.


Course Structure

Year one

Core modules include:

  • Hearing and speech sciences I: phonetics
  • Language sciences I: linguistics
  • Biomedical sciences I: anatomy and physiology
  • Lifespan studies.

Examples of optional modules:

  • Social context
  • History and theory of psychology
  • Introduction to sociology 

Year two

Core modules include:

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

Examples of optional modules include:

  • Instrumental techniques in speech and hearing sciences
  • Forensic phonetics
  • Cognitive psychology
  • Social psychology.

Year three

Core modules include:

  • Language sciences III: language processing, brain and behaviour
  • Research project.

Examples of optional modules include:

  • Sociolinguistics
  • Language and gender: critical approaches
  • Language, cognition and communication disabilities
  • Health psychology
  • Positive psychology.


Teaching and Assessment

Teaching 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. The final degree mark is weighted from years one to three in the ratio 20:40:40.

Moodle 2

Moodle 2 is an enhanced Virtual Learning Environment that provides students with 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.


  • Full-time EU: £9,000 per year
  • Full-time Non EU: £14,500 per year


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

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.

This course will enable you to...

...move on to further study. City offers a range of Masters degree courses related to Speech and Language Science, including:

Speech and Language Science

UCAS code: B621

Applications for degree courses must be made through 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.

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UCAS Customer Service Unit telephone numbers:

  • For callers in the UK: 0871 468 0 468
  • For callers outside the UK: +44 (0)871 468 0 468
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  • From the UK use the Text Relay service on 18001 0871 468 0 468
  • From outside the UK dial +44 151 494 1260 (text phone) and then ask the operator to dial 0871 468 0 468.
You can apply for up to five universities on the form. Please take care to enter the correct course code, particularly for subjects with a foundation year or with BSc and BEng options. UCAS has implemented an 'invisibility of choices' policy so that, on the initial application and while you are receiving decisions, each university can only see their entry and not those of other universities you have chosen. This ensures that your application for a course at City University London is considered solely on your academic and personal qualities. You should submit your completed application form to UCAS with a £21 application fee. If you want to apply to City only, you can make a single choice application at a reduced rate of £11. The UCAS code for City University London is C60.

When to apply

Your application for entry in September 2015 should arrive at UCAS between 1 September 2014 and 15 January 2015. Applications that arrive after 15 January 2015 will be considered only at the University'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.


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