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Speech and Language Therapy  BSc (Hons)

City’s BSc (Hons) Speech and Language Therapy has an excellent reputation and is based within the largest education, research and clinical division in the UK for language and communication science.

Overview

Why study Speech and Language Therapy at City?

As a student on the BSc (Hons) Speech and Language Therapy course you will learn in a world-leading environment from academics who are leaders in the field. The innovative and research-informed curriculum is supported by an in-house speech and language therapy clinic led by specialist practitioners. City has close links with speech and language therapy services throughout London. This degree leads to work in a challenging and varied field - you could be working with autistic children, people who stammer or adults who have lost their speech following a stroke.

According to the National Student Survey 2014, City is ranked number one in London for Aural and Oral Sciences and second in the country for student satisfaction. City's BSc (Hons) in Speech and Language Therapy has an excellent reputation, and is based within the largest, teaching, research and clinical department in the UK for language and communication science.

If you have already graduated with a primary degree, City also offers a two year fast-track Postgraduate Diploma in Speech and Language Therapy.

  • Undertake clinical placements in health centres, schools and hospitals in London's diverse communities - working with client groups from different ages and backgrounds
  • Learn from experts in speech and language therapy and specialist areas such as phonetics, linguistics and audiology - and clinical tutors who are practising clinicians
  • Gain registration with the Health and Care Professions Council and entry to a respected profession
  • Enhance your career prospects enabling you to work with clients of all ages in different settings in the UK, abroad and in the independent sector
  • Access to up to date equipment in our in-house speech and language therapy clinic, the Compass Centre
  • Gain with tuition fees paid by the NHS - bursaries are also available.

 

Entry Requirements:

380 UCAS tariff points. Typically gained from 'A' Level grades A*AA or AAB plus an 'AS' Level.

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Course Fees:

  • Full-time EU: £Tuition fees for home and EU students studying the BSc (Hons) Speech and Language Therapy course are paid by the NHS.
  • Full-time Non EU: £14,500 per year
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Start Date:

September 2015

UCAS code:

B620

Entry Requirements

Typical offers require one of the following:

  • 'A' Level - 380 UCAS tariff points. Typically gained from 'A' Level grades A*AA or AAB plus an 'AS' Level.
  • IB - 35 points, 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: D*DD.

Special requirements: Students are required to have occupational health and enhanced disclosure and barring service clearance.

Pre-requisites

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

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.

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

  • IELTS: 7.5 overall with a minimum of 7.5 in the spoken and written components and 7.0 in the listening and reading components.

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 this part-time course.

For more information see our main Visa page.

When and Where

Start Date:
September 2015
Duration:
Full-time: 4 years

Course Content

Year one

The first year of the course establishes the foundations of hearing, speech and language. These modules will equip you with the knowledge to understand the process of human communication in the social and clinical context.

Year two

In your second year, you will explore the nature of speech, communication and swallowing in children and adults. In addition, you will attend weekly clinical placements in a variety of settings.

Year three

In the third year, the course examines the nature of cognition, language and communication disabilities in children and adults. You will continue to attend weekly clinical placements.

Year four

In the fourth year the focus is on research and professional development, with an emphasis on preparation for entry to the profession. You will conduct a small-scale piece of research and complete a block clinical placement in the spring term.

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
  • Social context
  • Professional studies.    

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
  • Speech, communication and swallowing disabilities
  • Professional studies.

Year three

Core modules include:

  • Research and evidence-based practice
  • Language sciences III: language processing, brain and behaviour
  • Language, cognition and communication disabilities
  • Professional studies.

Year four

Core modules include:

  • Research and evidence-based practice
  • Professional studies.

Teaching and Assessment

The BSc (Hons) Speech and Language Therapy is taught by expert staff who are leaders in the field of speech and language therapy and specialist areas such as phonetics, linguistics and audiology, in addition to clinical tutors who are practising clinicians.

Many of our academic staff members have written core textbooks that are used on the course. For example:

  • Hilari, K. and Botting, N. (2011) The Impact of Communication Disability Across the Lifespan.
  • Knight, R.A. (2012) Phonetics, A Coursebook.

A typical week consists of three days at City, one day in the clinic and one day of private study. Academic subjects are taught through lectures supported by video presentations, small group problem-solving sessions, practical classes and tutorials. You will also have access to the most up-to-date equipment in the Speech Acoustics Laboratory and City's in-house speech and language therapy clinic and the Compass Centre.

Your progress will be monitored during the year through assessed coursework and reports on your clinical work. At the end of the year there are written and practical examinations, the results of which contribute to your final degree mark.

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.

Fees

  • Full-time EU: £Tuition fees for home and EU students studying the BSc (Hons) Speech and Language Therapy course are paid by the NHS.
  • Full-time Non EU: £14,500 per year

Funding

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

You may be entitled to a means-tested bursary from the NHS: please see www.nhsbsa.nhs.uk/students for more information.

Placements

Clinical placements are essential for developing the professional and interpersonal skills necessary for you to practice as a speech and language therapist. Through clinical placements in health centres, schools and hospitals, you will be able to observe a range of communication disabilities and apply your theoretical understanding to clinical practice.

The clinical placements sit within the professional studies modules in each year. In the first year you will be placed within community settings such as nurseries. In the subsequent years you will undertake weekly and block placements in different settings. You will be supported by clinical tutors and supervisors whilst on placement.

The University also offers some international exchange opportunities, for example, previous students have travelled to Cambodia and Australia.

Career Prospects

On graduation you can register with the Health and Care Professions Council and practise as a speech and language therapist within the NHS and other settings. Speech and language therapists can work with a range of clients at different ages, including children with speech and language difficulties, stroke patients, head and neck cancer patients, deaf children and adults and those with learning difficulties.

A career in speech and language therapy offers opportunities to work in a range of settings including health centres, hospitals, day centres, schools, charities and universities. You can also work abroad and in the independent sector, or follow a career path in management, research or education.

Qualified speech and language therapists can earn a starting salary of £21,000 per annum and this can quickly rise to between £25,000-£34,000. Principal and lead speech language therapists can go on to earn up to £58,000 per annum.

City graduates go on to secure roles such as clinical specialists, senior managers, research leaders and heads of education services.

Graduates can also go on to study an advanced practice MSc at City.

Speech and Language Therapy

UCAS code: B620


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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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.

Enquiries

For general enquiries about the admissions process, please contact the
School of Health Sciences Admissions Office.

T: +44 (0)20 7040 5000
E: health@city.ac.uk