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Speech and Language Therapy  BSc (Hons)

This degree leads to work in a challenging and varied field - you could be working with patients who stammer or those who have lost their speech following a stroke.

Overview

Why study Speech and Language Therapy at City?

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.

The degree is taught by expert staff who are leaders in the field of speech and language therapy. The innovative and research-informed curriculum is supported by a busy in-house speech and language therapy clinic led by specialist staff.

At City we have close links with speech and language therapy services throughout London, with many practitioners from these services acting as clinical tutors on our courses.

97% of students have indicated they are satisfied with the quality of the course (The Key Information Set).

  • 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.

Download tuition fees and bursary information for NHS funded courses

Entry Requirements:

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

Course Fees:

  • Full-time EU: £Tuition fees are paid by the NHS for home and EU students.
  • Full-time Non EU: £14,500 per year.
More...

Start Date:

September 2014

UCAS code:

B620

Entry Requirements

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.

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, 6 in all highers.
  • Access to HE Diploma: Pass in a QAA recognised Access to HE Diploma in a relevant health or science field.  Full award (60 credits) of which a minimum of 45 credits must be at Level 3 including 36 credits at Distinction and 9 credits at Merit; 15 credits at Level 2, must include Mathematics and English Language GCSE equivalent passed at first attempt, if not already achieved.
  • BTEC: D*DD (Health and Social Care or Science related subject only)
  • Irish Leaving Certificate: 380 UCAS points gained at Higher grades A1-A2. English Language and Mathematics from Ordinary Level grades A1-B3, unless part of Higher.
  • Scottish Highers: 380 UCAS points gained at Advanced Highers Grade A-C.  English Language and Mathematics from Highers grades A-C, if not already part of Advanced Highers.

Special entry requirements

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

All shortlisted applicants are invited to attend a post-offer day. The post-offer day allows students and their families to visit the University, meet academic and professional staff and find out more about studying at City.

English Requirements

If your first language is not English, we will require evidence of English language proficiency. The minimum requirement is:

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

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. 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

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

Year two

  • 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
  • Speech, communication and swallowing disabilities
  • Professional studies

Year three

  • Research and evidence-based practice
  • Language sciences 3: language processing, brain and behaviour
  • Language, cognition and communication disabilities
  • Professional studies

Year four

  • Research and evidence-based practice
  • Professional studies

Read the full programme specification.

Teaching and Assessment

The degree 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 - and clinical tutors who are practising clinicians. Many of our academic staff have written core textbooks used on the course.

For example:

  • Chiat, S. (2000) Understanding Children with Language Problems. Cambridge: CUP

A typical week consists of three days at City, one day in 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 that contribute to the final degree mark.

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.

Fees

  • Full-time EU: £Tuition fees are paid by the NHS for home and EU students.
  • Full-time Non EU: £14,500 per year.

Tuition Fees

  • Full-time EU - Tuition fees are paid by the NHS for home and EU students. Applicants need to meet the general immigration and residence requirements set down by the Secretary of State for Health. Further information on eligibility is available here
  • Non-EU international students
  • Non-EU International students are self-funded

Download tuition fees and bursary information for NHS funded courses

Funding

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

Funding

Students may be entitled to a bursary from the NHS. You can apply for a non-means tested grant and a means tested bursary to help you pay living expenses while you study. Further information on eligibility and application is available on www.nhsbsa.nhs.uk

Additional support is available for students with dependents and / or a disability as follows:

  • Dependants' Allowances
  • Parents Learning Allowance
  • Child Care Grant
  • Disabled Students' Allowance

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

Accommodation and Living Costs

All first year undergraduate students are guaranteed a place in halls. Conditions apply - check here for further information. The deadline to apply for first year undergraduate students is 30 June 2013. Apply 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.

Scholarships

Lord Mayor of London Scholarships for Academic Excellence

City is offering a scholarship of up to £500 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.

Bursaries

Students may be entitled to a bursary from the NHS. You can apply for a non-means tested grant and a means tested bursary to help you pay living expenses while you study. Further information on eligibility and application is available on www.nhsbsa.nhs.uk

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 students are placed within community settings such as nurseries. In the subsequent years students undertake weekly and block placements in different settings. Students are 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 in 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 career paths in management, research or education.

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

Our 2011 graduates have gone on to secure jobs with employers such as Barts Health NHS Trust, Wye Valley NHS Trust, Homerton Hospital; Education settings such as Dilkes Primary Schools, Fortune Green Nursery; Local Authorities such as London Borough of Greenwich, Maidenhead Council. City graduates have gone onto secure roles such as clinical specialists, senior managers, research leaders and head of education services.

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

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.

Find out how studying at City University London helps you to improve your job prospects.

Speech and Language Therapy

UCAS code: B620


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.

It is recommended that you submit your application as early as possible.

How do we make our decision?

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

  • Exam 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
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London
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United Kingdom

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