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Speech & 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 communcation science.

Overview

Why study Speech & Language Therapy at City?

  • 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.

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 and you will benefit from City's 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.If you have already graduated with a first 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
  • Register as a speech and language therapist with the Health and Care Professions Council, after Graduation.
  • Gain with tuition fees paid by the NHS - bursaries are also available.

 

Entry Requirements:

  • 'A' Level: 380 UCAS tariff points. Typically gained from 'A' Level grades A*AA or AAB with an 'AS Level'.
  • IB: 35 points, including 6 in all Higher Level subjects.
  • 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*D*D.
  • GCSE: 5 GCSEs at A*-C with a grade C or above in English Language and Mathematics.
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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 (2015/16 fee; 2016/17 TBC)
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Start Date:

September 2016

UCAS code:

B620

Entry Requirements

Typical offers require one of the following for 2016:

  • '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 Higher Level subjects.
  • 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*D*D.

Pre-requisites

  • 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.
  • You are required to have occupational health, enhanced disclosure and barring service clearance.
  • As part of the selection process, shortlisted prospective students will be invited to a selection day where you will be required to demonstrate your values match those of the
    NHS Constitution.


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; 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.

When and Where

Start Date:
September 2016
Duration:
Full-time: 4 years

Course Content

Year one

You will explore the foundations of hearing, speech and language and the process of human communication in the social and clinical context.

Year two

You will explore the nature of speech, communication and swallowing in children and adults and attend weekly clinical placements.

Year three

You will examine the nature of cognition, language and communication disabilities in children and adults. Students attend weekly clinical placements.

Year four

The focus is on research, professional development and entry to the profession. Students conduct a small-scale piece of research and complete a block clinical placement.

Course Structure

Year one core modules:

  • Hearing and speech sciences I
  • Language sciences I
  • Biomedical sciences I
  • Lifespan studies
  • Social context
  • Professional studies.

Year two core modules:

  • Hearing and speech sciences II
  • Language sciences II
  • Biomedical sciences II
  • Developmental psychology
  • Speech, communication and swallowing disabilities
  • Professional studies.

Year three core modules:

  • Research and evidence-based practice
  • Language sciences III
  • Language, cognition & communication disabilities
  • Professional studies.

Year four core modules:

  • 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 (2015/16 fee; 2016/17 TBC)

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.

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 Division of Language and Communication Science is currently offering some student exchange opportunities in Australia (Curtin University), Spain (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona), and Cambodia. Please note that these are subject to change, and new exchange opportunities are likely to be available from one year to the next.

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.

This course will enable you to...

Graduates can also go on to study an Advanced Practice in Health and Social Care (Speech, Language and Communication) MSc at City.

Speech & 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 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.

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