Speech and Language Therapy BSc (Hons) Course overview
Speech and language therapists work with a range of different clients including children with learning disorders, people who have experienced stroke, dementia, head and neck cancer, eating drinking and swallowing problems, and congenital or acquired deafness.
The course covers the foundations of speech and language therapy including both the social and clinical context of human communication.
- Learn in a world-leading environment from academics who are at the forefront of the field
- Benefit from practical placements in City’s state-of-the-art Roberta Williams Speech and Language Therapy Centre – our in-house SLT clinic – led by specialist practitioners
- Develop clinical skills and train to use specialist equipment such as ultrasound and laryngographs
- Undertake clinical placements in a variety of settings including our in-house clinic, health centres, schools and hospitals, which take advantage of City's close links with speech and language therapy services throughout London
- Receive a non-repayable and non-means tested government grant of £5,000 per year
- Apply to volunteer abroad at the end of your course, with schemes in Cambodia, Uganda and more.
Optional fourth year at master's level
An optional additional master’s-level year offers a range of elective modules that are designed to enhance your clinical experience.
Students who are achieving at 2.1 level at the end of year two of the BSc have the option to join the Master in Speech and Language Therapy (MSLT). The MSLT runs alongside the BSc, with students on the MSLT completing an additional fourth year of study where they learn about clinical leadership and develop their skills to master’s level in specialist clinical areas and research.
As a graduate, you will be eligible to apply for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council and practice as a speech and language therapist within the NHS and other settings.
If you already have an undergraduate degree, City offer a two year MSc in Speech and Language Therapy, which also enables you to register with the Health and Care Professions Council and work as a speech and language therapist.
Over the three years of this BSc Speech and Language Therapy degree, you will study the foundations of speech and language therapy including the social and clinical context of human communication.
You have the option to apply to take an additional fourth year and graduate with a master’s degree.
Articulatory Phonetics, Phonology and Speech Development (30 credits)
You will develop your understanding of how speech sounds are produced (articulatory phonetics), and used within language (phonology). This module will underpin your studies throughout your degree.
Biomedical Sciences 1, Anatomy and Physiology (15 credits)
This module will enable you to develop a good understanding of the anatomy and physiology, neuroanatomy and neurophysiology relevant to the production of speech.
Lifespan Studies (15 credits)
This module will enable you to develop an understanding of normal development and the process of change across the lifespan. You will be introduced to the major theories of human development from infancy through to childhood, adolescence and old age.
Speech Disorders, Dysfluency and Augmentative and Alternative Communication (15 credits)
This module will equip you with a foundation understanding of the knowledge and skills that are required when planning assessment, intervention and clinical management for clients with communication difficulties associated with child speech disorders and/or dysfluency.
Professional Studies 1 (45 credits)
This module will introduce you to the key components of Speech and Language Therapy practice. It will provide you with a foundation for clinical practice which will be built upon in future years.
Applied Phonetics and Phonology (15 credits)
This module builds on the phonetics, phonology and speech development module in year 1 to equip you to work with phonetics in the future. You will revise and extend your knowledge of normal speech production and your understanding of phonology.
Biomedical Sciences 2, ENT/Neurology/Brain and Behaviour (15 credits)
You will be introduced to essential neurological and ENT theory to develop your understanding of anatomical, physiological and neurological processes that underpin language, language disorders, communication and swallowing and different methods of neurological investigation.
Developmental Psychology and Research Methods (15 credits)
The module will develop your understanding of the processes of typical child development and will help you to use this knowledge in applied settings. You will be introduced to psychological research methods which you will use in your third year.
Language Sciences: Linguistics and Language Development (30 credits)
You will study linguistics and child language development in this module. Key areas covered are levels of language; word class and the acquisition of first words; morphology and morphological development; sentence syntax and syntactic development; word semantics and sentence semantics.
Dysphagia, Voice, Motor Speech Disorders, Dementia (15 credits)
This module will teach you about communication and swallowing difficulties in children and adults. You will learn about typical and disordered eating, drinking and swallowing, voice disorders, motor speech disorders and dementia.
Professional Studies 2 (30 credits)
In this module you will build on the foundation clinical skills you have developed in the first year. You will further develop your understanding of the processes of speech and language therapy practice and your skills in clinical practice.
Evidence Based Practice and Data Analysis (15 credits)
This is a research methods module where you will cover the relationship between different forms of research evidence and clinical practice. You will study data analysis for descriptive statistics, correlation and association, parametric and non-parametric comparative statistical tests.
Acoustic Phonetics, Audiology and Deafness (15 credits)
This module provides you with knowledge and understanding of the mechanisms of speech, hearing and the management of people with hearing loss. You will gain a practical understanding of acoustic phonetics, audiology and deafness in line with the RCSLT curriculum.
Acquired and Developmental Language Disorders (15 credits)
This module will give you an understanding of the knowledge and skills required when working with clients who have acquired and developmental language impairments. This includes planning and interpreting assessment findings, interpreting and making diagnoses and planning and evaluating intervention.
Autism Spectrum Disorder, Learning Disability, Child Mental Health, Cerebral Palsy, Cleft Palate (15 credits)
This module equips you with a foundation understanding of the knowledge and skills required when planning assessment, intervention and clinical management for clients who have communication difficulties associated with Autistic Spectrum Conditions, Learning Disability, Child Mental Health and Cerebral Palsy.
Professional Studies 3 (30 credits)
You will develop skills, values and knowledge to equip you to become eligible for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council as a speech and language therapist. You will learn through interactive teaching, tutorials, self-directed learning and clinical placement.
Research Project (30 credits)
The project requires you to collect or manage data on a research project in small groups. You will demonstrate knowledge of your chosen area for research, your methodology, validity and reliability issues and appropriate methods for the analysis of data.
In this optional fourth year you will learn about clinical leadership and develop your skills to master’s level in specialist clinical areas and research. The year comprises two core modules and three elective modules.
Research Project (Part 2) (30 credits)
This core module aims to develop your data management and analysis skills, critical evaluation skills and ability to synthesise and interpret research evidence, using real data.
Advanced Professional Practice (45 credits)
In this core module, you will develop clinical supervision and leadership skills and enhance your clinical practice, maintaining your clinical competencies as required to be eligible for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council as a speech and language therapist.
Acquired Language Impairment (15 credits)
This module aims to update your theoretical understanding of aphasia and help you apply that knowledge. You will explore issues such as conversation and outcome measurement, and specific manifestations, such as jargon aphasia and aphasia in bilingual language users.
Cognitive Communication Impairments (15 credits)
This module will lead you through current research on the nature of cognitively based communication impairments such as dementia and head injury, and cognitive deficits in communication impairments such as acquired aphasia and developmental language impairment. You will learn about current theories of relations between cognition and language in different clinical populations, and current approaches to intervention.
Dysphagia and Disorders of Eating and Drinking (15 credits)
This module will help to deepen your understanding of the assessment, treatment and management options of dysphagia resulting from different pathologies across the lifespan (from neonates to older people). Issues around service provision and ethics will also be explored.
Practical Audiology (15 credits)
The module is designed for Speech and Language Therapists and other professionals with experience of working with clients with hearing disorders. This module will help to deepen your understanding of the assessment and management of hearing loss in children and adults.
Case Based Clinical management (15 credits)
This module aims to provide you with advanced clinical experience through case based learning focusing on clinical areas not addressed in other modules. You, through your choice of client, will become familiar with the body of literature driving clinical practice in a specific area.
Instrumental Techniques in Speech Sciences (15 credits)
This module will introduce you to the instrumental techniques used to investigate speech production and their applications in the domain of speech pathology. You will learn about the technical aspects of the analysis equipment and be taken through practical demonstrations and exercises relating to aspects of speech physiology (neural, respiratory, phonatory and articulatory) and speech acoustics.
Language, Learning, Development and Disorder (15 credits)
This module aims to develop an understanding of the link between theory and practice in the area of language, learning and development, and the application of this interface to educational and speech and language therapy contexts for children and young people with speech, language and communication needs.
Developmental Language Disorder (15 credits)
This module will extend your perspectives on language and communication problems in children and give you access to current issues in research on Developmental Language Disorder (DLD), with opportunities to reflect on the implications for support and intervention in a range of settings.
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Teaching and assessment
The BSc (Hons) / MSLT 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.
You will be assessed using a variety of methods, depending on module choices:
- clinical placements.
Percentage of the course assessed by coursework
The balance of assessment by examination, practical examination and assessment by coursework will to some extent depend on the optional modules you choose. The approximate percentage of the course assessment, based on 2019/20 entry is shown below.
Approximate study time based on 2019/20 entry is shown below. Please note that the distribution of workload in the BSc Speech and Language Therapy course now offered by City will differ to the course delivered in 2019/20.
Fees and funding
Fees for year 2023/24
The tuition fees indicated are for the 2023/24 academic year only. Fees for each subsequent year of study are subject to an annual increase to take account of City's increased costs of delivering educational services. This increase will be 5% for each subsequent year of study. You should expect your fee to increase by this amount and budget accordingly.
- There are no fee waivers available for this course
- Means tested support is available for 2023/24 entry
- The same funding support is available over four years for students who opt to take the MSLT.
NHS Learning Support Fund: Non-repayable grants of at least £5,000 a year for eligible healthcare students.
Some of our degrees may involve additional expenses which are not covered by your tuition fees. Find out more about additional expenses.
A career in speech and language therapy offers opportunities to work in a range of settings including:
- health centres
- day centres
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.
Current Speech and Language Therapy students at City can apply to volunteer abroad at the end of their course.
Schemes have included:
- City-Cambodia project
- Kyaninga Child Development Centre in Uganda
- Lockerbie College in Barbados
- Student placement exchange with Curtin University, Perth, Australia.
Students apply for such opportunities directly through the Department of Language and Communication Science or through City, University of London’s volunteering team. These opportunities offer a great experience to practise what has been learnt on the course and further develop skills in an international setting.
You can find out more from students who’ve already benefitted from these experiences;
Please note that these student experiences took place prior to the Covid-19 pandemic, which subsequently paused some of these activities. We are pleased to share that opportunities for international experiences are now opening up again, and we hope to share newer stories soon.
How to apply
Applications for degree courses must be made through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS).
You will be able to 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 or institutions on the form. The UCAS code for City, University of 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 institution can see only their entry and not those of other institutions 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 £26.50 application fee. If you want to apply to City, University of London only, you can make a single choice application at a reduced rate of £22.
The School of Health & Psychological Sciences Admissions team have put together some handy tips and advice about the application process. You can also contact them to organise a drop-in session for additional advice and support.
When to apply
Your application for entry in September 2023 should arrive at UCAS between September 2022 and 25th January 2023. Applications that arrive after 25th January 2023 will be considered only at City's discretion.
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