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Speech and Language Therapy

BSc (Hons) |
City's BSc (Hons) Speech and Language Therapy course has an established reputation for delivering excellent teaching and research. The course sits within City's Division of Language and Communication Science, the largest provider of speech and language therapy education in the UK.

Key Information

Start date

September 2017


4 years


Full-time: TBC


Full-time: £14,500 per year (2016/17 fee; 2017/18 fee TBC) (fees may increase in subsequent years in line with the Retail Prices Index)

UCAS code


Application period

From 6th September 2016

Until 15th January 2017

Who is it for?

This degree is designed for students who are looking for a rewarding and lifelong career within the speech and language profession.


As a student on the BSc (Hons) Speech and Language Therapy course you will learn in a world-leading environment from academics who are at the forefront of the field. The course covers the foundations of speech and language therapy including both the social and clinical context of human communication. In the fourth year of the course you will partake in clinical placements to develop your practical and clinical skills and knowledge of the field.

The innovative and research-informed curriculum is supported by the Roberta Williams Speech and Language Therapy Centre, our in-house SLT clinic led by specialist practitioners which offers excellent practice placement opportunities to students. You can also take advantage of 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 primary degree, City also offers a two year fast-track Postgraduate Diploma in Speech and Language Therapy.


As a graduate, you can register with the Health and Care Professions Council and practise as a speech and language therapist within the NHS and other settings.

Requirements and how to apply

Entry requirements

  • 'A' Level: ABB.
  • Tariff: 128 UCAS tariff points (typically ABB or BBB with a relevant EPQ). Read more about the new UCAS tariff from September 2017.
  • BTEC: DDD - Extended Diploma in Health and Social Care or Science-related subject.
  • Extended Project Qualification (EPQ): We welcome applications that include the EPQ. Where relevant, this may be included in our offer, resulting in an 'A' Level offer reduced by one grade.
  • IB: 33 points.

The following is also required:

  • GCSE: A minimum of five passes grade 4 (C) in GCSE, including English and Mathematics.

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

As part of the selection process, if shortlisted you will be invited to a selection day where you will be required to demonstrate that your values match those of the NHS Constitution.

Read more about the Selection Day.

English requirements

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 spoken and written components and 7.0 in the listening and reading components.

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 the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (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.

You can apply to up to five universities on the form. The UCAS code for City University London is C60.

Please take care to enter the correct course code when applying, particularly for subjects with a Foundation year or with BEng (Hons) and MEng (Hons) or BSc (Hons) and MSci (Hons) options.

UCAS has implemented an 'invisibility of choices' policy so that, on the initial application and while you are receiving decisions, each university can see only their entry and not those of other universities you have chosen. This ensures that your application for a course at City is considered solely on your academic and personal qualities.

You should submit your completed application form to UCAS with a £23 application fee. If you want to apply to City University London only, you can make a single choice application at a reduced rate of £12.

When to apply

Your application for entry in September 2017 should arrive at UCAS between 1st September 2016 and 15th January 2017. Applications that arrive after 15th January 2017 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.


For general enquiries about the admissions process at City, please contact our Admissions Office:

Telephone: +44 (0)20 7040 8716.

If your enquiry is about admission to a particular course, please use the contact details provided on the course page.

Contacting UCAS

Address: Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS), Rosehill, New Barn Lane, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL52 3LZ
Telephone: from inside the UK 0871 468 0468; from outside the UK +44 (0)871 468 0468
For callers with hearing difficulties: from inside the UK use the Text Relay service on 18001 0871 468 0468; from outside the UK dial +44 151 494 1260 (text phone) and then ask the operator to dial 0871 468 0468.

of students said staff have made the subject interesting
of students said staff are good at explaining things
in London for Speech and Langauge, according to The Guardian league tables, 2017


Explore up-to-date information about funding options, available financial support and typical living costs.

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Find out more funding information for studying nursing, midwifery and the allied health professions in England from the official Council of Deans of Health website.

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Our clinics

City Sight and The Roberta Williams Centre

Staff and students at City's School of Health Sciences showcase the School's brand-new, purpose-built clinics. These state-of-the-art facilities provide a comprehensive range of services and educational resources in vision and language sciences for our students, researchers and patients.


Placements are essential for developing the professional and interpersonal skills necessary to practise as a speech and language therapist. Students undertake clinical placements in our in-house clinic, health centres, schools and hospitals, with the opportunity to observe a range of communication disabilities and apply theoretical understanding to clinical practice in settings throughout London.

Academic facilities

Speech and language therapy students have access to specialist equipment such as ultrasound and laryngographs to help them understand speech production. The laryngograph is a device that permits the analyst or student to examine the patterns of vocal fold vibration using gold-plated electrodes placed to either side of the larynx or 'voice box'. The technique is non-invasive and is thus ideal for teaching.

The Roberta Williams Speech and Language Therapy Centre, opened in January 2016, is our specialist speech and language therapy clinic. The Centre contains state-of-the-art and equipment to enable staff within the Division of Language and Communication Science to deliver cutting edge research and services to patients.

Learn a language for free

We offer a free language course for City University London students.

Find out how to apply

Teaching and learning

The BSc (Hons) Speech and Language Therapy course 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.

A typical week consists of three days at City, one day in the clinic and one day of private study. The course is assessed through coursework, clinical reports and written and practical examinations.

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 Roberta Williams Speech and Language Therapy 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.

Assessment weightings by year

  • Year 1: 10%
  • Year 2: 20%
  • Year 3: 35%
  • Year 4: 35%


Over the duration of the Speech Therapy and Language undergraduate course, you will cover the foundations of speech and language therapy including both the social and clinical context of human communication.  The four year course will provide you with clinical placements to develop your practical, clinical skills and knowledge of the field.

Year 1

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

  • Hearing and speech sciences 1
  • Language sciences 1
  • Biomedical sciences 1
  • Lifespan studies
  • Social context
  • Professional studies.

Year 2

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

  • Hearing and speech sciences 2
  • Language sciences 2
  • Biomedical sciences 2
  • Developmental psychology
  • Speech, communication and swallowing disabilities
  • Professional studies.

Year 3

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

  • Research and evidence-based practice
  • Language sciences 3
  • Language, cognition and communication disabilities
  • Professional studies.

Year 4

The focus is on research, professional development and entry to the profession. You will conduct a small-scale piece of research and complete a block clinical placement. Core modules include:

  • Research and evidence-based practice
  • Professional studies.

Career prospects

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 may 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 have gone on to secure roles such as:

  • Clinical specialists
  • Senior managers
  • Research leaders
  • Heads of education services.
95% of graduates are in full time employment / further study

Statistics from Unistats.

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