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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 2016


Full-time: 3 years



Full-time: £9,000 per year


Full-time: £14,500 per year (fees may increase in subsequent years in line with the Retail Prices Index)

UCAS code


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.


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

Typical offers require one of the following:

  • 'A' Level - 320 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 with 60 credits, 45 at level 3 of which 36 must be distinctions.
  • BTEC - Extended Diploma in Health and Social Care or Science-related subject: D*DD.

In addition to the entry requirements, you are required to have 5 GCSEs A*-C with a grade C or above in English Language and Mathematics.

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 any City University London 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 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.

Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS)
Rosehill, New Barn Lane,
Cheltenham, Gloucestershire GL52 3LZ

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
  • For callers with hearing difficulties
  • 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 2016 should arrive at UCAS between 1 September 2015 and 15 January 2016. Applications that arrive after 15 January 2016 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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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%


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 I
  • Language sciences I
  • Biomedical sciences I
  • Lifespan studies.

Examples of optional modules include:

  • Social context
  • History and theory of psychology
  • Acquired Language Impairments.

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 a further two optional modules.

Core modules include:

  • Hearing and speech sciences II
  • Language sciences II
  • Biomedical sciences II
  • Developmental psychology
  • Research and evidence-based practice.

Examples of 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 two more optional modules to complement your studies.

Core modules include:

  • Language sciences III
  • Research project.

Examples of optional modules include:

  • Sociolinguistics
  • Language and gender: critical approaches

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 education, speech and language therapy, audiology, forensic science and forensic phonetics.

95% of graduates are in full time employment / further study

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