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    1. 2021
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BSc (Hons) Speech and Language Science

Entry Year:
The BSc (Hons) Speech and Language Science is a flexible and innovative degree that will provide you with a fundamental understanding of how communication develops, how it works and how it can break down.

Key information

Start date

September 2021

Academic year dates


3 years


Full-time: £9,250 *


Full-time: £17,860 **


Full-time: £17,860 **

UCAS code



Northampton Square

Who is it for?

The BSc in Speech and Language Science is a non-clinical degree intended for students who are looking for a career or further study in human communication. This course equips students with a thorough understanding of the processes involved in speech and language. This programme provides an excellent basis for further postgraduate study in areas such as Speech and Language Therapy, Audiology, Forensic Phonetics and Linguistics, Intercultural Communication, Language Teaching, Language Documentation, Speech Technology and Library Science.


As a student on the BSc (Hons) Speech and Language Science course you will develop crucial skills in analytical thinking, written and verbal communication, critical appraisal, team-working and organisation. You will benefit from a high-quality and research-informed education and share some of your core modules with City's BSc (Hons) Speech and Language Therapy students. This flexible and innovative degree provides a fundamental understanding of how human communication develops, how it works and how it can break down.

This non-clinical degree provides knowledge and understanding of subjects including speech and hearing sciences, linguistics, and psychology and their application to normal and impaired human communication. This is a unique course that is academically challenging with a strong focus on an understanding and application of research. The focus on developing an understanding of the process of human communication is supplemented by various modules ranging from psychology to media and forensic applications of speech research.

Requirements and how to apply

Entry requirements

  • 'A' Level: BBC
  • Tariff: 112 UCAS tariff points (typically BBC or BCC with a relevant EPQ). Read more about the new UCAS tariff.
  • BTEC: DDD - Extended Diploma in Health and Social Care or Science-related subject.
  • IB: 29 points.

The following is also required:

  • GCSE: A minimum of five passes grade 4 (C) in GCSE, including English and Mathematics. GCSE requirements for applicants studying an Access to HE Diploma are detailed below.

Access to HE Diploma

Pass in a QAA recognised Access to HE Diploma in a health or science related subject achieving 60 credits overall with 45 at Level 3 (36 at Distinction and 9 at Merit). Applicants must hold GCSE English and Mathematics at grade C (4) or above.

If your written application is successful, you’ll be asked to visit our campus to confirm your current academic qualifications and your eligibility to study in the UK. The Qualifications and Residency Check list details the documents you will need to bring with you. During this visit you’ll have the opportunity to meet with current staff and students to find out more about studying Speech and Language Science at City, and to tour our campus and facilities.

International Qualification

We accept a wide range of European and international qualifications for direct entry to our programmes. For more information, please contact

Other suitable qualifications

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.

If you do not qualify for direct entry, you may wish to take a foundation programme first. These programmes are designed to prepare students for entry to City's undergraduate courses.

*Subject to change.

INTO City, University of London

Don't meet the entry requirements? INTO City, University of London offers a range of academic and English language programmes to help prepare you for study at City, University of London. You'll learn from experienced teachers in a dedicated international study centre.

These programmes are designed for international students who do not meet the required academic and English language requirements for direct entry. To prepare for this degree course, learn more about the International Foundation in Business and Economics with Society and Culture and the International Foundation in Humanities and Law.

Kaplan International College (KIC) London

City works in partnership with KIC London to provide a range of preparatory courses for international students. KIC London courses offer comprehensive support to students - including regular one-to-one tuition. Students who successfully complete the KIC London Foundation course at the required level have a guaranteed progression route to City, University of London degree courses.

If you do not meet the entry requirements for this course, you may be interested in our Introduction to Health Sciences course. This is completed over one year and provides an introduction to clinical and professional healthcare, enabling you to progress on to this course on successful completion (subject to meeting progression criteria, please visit the Introduction to Health Sciences course page for more details).

English requirements

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

  • TOEFL iBT: 79 overall with at least 24 in Writing, 19 in reading and Listening and 20 in Speaking sections.

For more information you can visit TOEFL iBT Special Home Edition

English language programmes

Don't meet the English language requirements? INTO City, University of London offers English language programmes to help prepare you for study at university. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability for entry to degree courses.

Visa requirements

International Students (EEA and Non EEA) coming to study in the UK, 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:

  • EEA nationals joining the programme in 2020 and EEA nationals joining from January 2021
  • Students on courses of more than six months
  • Students on courses of less than six months
  • Students on a pre-sessional English language course.

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 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 £23 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 £12.

When to apply

Applications for entry in September 2021 should be made between 1st September 2020 and 29th January 2021, in accordance with UCAS guidelines. We welcome applications after 29th January 2021, but you are encouraged to apply as soon as possible as places may be limited.

More information on late application deadlines, UCAS Extra and Clearing.

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.


The School of Health 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.

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

Telephone: +44 (0)20 7040 5000.

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.

in UK for student satisfaction in Aural and Oral Sciences, including Speech and Language Therapy (Complete University Guide 2021)
in London for subjects allied to medicine (The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019)
During your course

More about fees

* The fee for this course will be £9,250 for each year of study for the duration of your studies.

** The institution reserves the right to increase your tuition fees annually to take account of the institution's increased costs of delivering educational services. The increase will normally be 2% but this is kept under review with reference to the RPI. If the institution intends to increase your tuition fees you will be advised of this alongside the published entry fee.


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Course content and assessment

To make sure that you can begin or continue your studies with us during the COVID-19 pandemic, we have reviewed and adapted our courses to ensure a safe learning environment for our students and staff. We have modified the way some of our courses are delivered, with many programmes being made available online.

Contact us to find out more about how our programmes will be delivered.

Teaching and learning

During the first two years of the course most of your modules involve scheduled contact (i.e. lectures, tutorials, labs etc.) on a weekly basis. This will take place during the autumn and spring terms and will involve approximately 20 to 30 contact hours per 15 credits. This should be supplemented by self directed study hours to a total of 150 hours (including contact hours) per 15 credits. Self directed study will be supported by web-based resources, reading materials, etc (see below).

During the third year of the course, a larger proportion of your study will become self directed, mainly as a result of the fact that you will be carrying out a research study in your third year.

Assessment methods

You will be assessed using a variety of methods, depending on module choices:

  • Written assignments (e.g. essay; case-based project; literature review, etc)
  • Poster presentations
  • Lab assignments
  • Work sheets
  • Class tests
  • Multiple choice questionnaires
  • Written examinations.

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 2018/19 entry is as follows:

Year 1

Written examination: 55% Coursework: 45%

Year 2

Written examination: 13% Practical: 6% Coursework: 81%

Year 3

Written examination: 19% Coursework: 81%


The course establishes the foundations of hearing, speech and language.

Year 1

The focus during the first year is on the typical and atypical aspects of speech. You will study six core modules and one of two optional modules. The total number of credits to be acquired is 120.

Core modules include:

  • Articulatory Phonetics, Phonology and Speech Development
  • Language and Medium 1
  • Biomedical Science: Anatomy & Physiology
  • Lifespan studies
  • Speech Disorders, Dysfluency and Alternative and Augmentative Communication
  • Acoustic Phonetics and Audiology

Optional modules include:

  • History and Theory of Psychology
  • Cognitive Approaches to Mind and Behaviour

Year 2

In the second year there is a stronger focus on the study of language in typical and atypical populations, as well as on developing research skills. The total number of credits to be acquired is 120.

Core modules:

  • Applied Phonetics and Phonology
  • Language Sciences: Linguistics and Language Development
  • Biomedical Science: ENT/Neurology/Brain and Behaviour
  • Developmental Psychology and Research Methods
  • Forensic Phonetics
  • Instrumental Techniques
  • Language and Medium 2.

Students will have the option to apply to do a microplacement to gain professional experience. This microplacement is non-credit bearing but will be recorded on students’ transcript after successful completion.

Year 3

During the final year, the focus is on both a research project and the nature of cognition and language in children and adults. The total number of credits to be acquired is 120.

Core modules:

  • Acquired and Developmental Language Disorders
  • Sociolinguistics
  • Language and Gender
  • Practical Audiology
  • Research Project

The programme specification contains more information on how the course is organised, the requirements for progression for each part and credits required for awards.

Overall workload

Approximate study time based on 2018/19 entry is as follows:

Year 1

Scheduled learning: 22% Independent learning: 78%

Year 2

Scheduled learning: 20% Independent learning: 80%

Year 3

Scheduled learning: 9% Independent learning: 91%
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After you graduate

Career prospects

The degree gives pathways to careers in which communication skills and processes are central. These can include roles in both the public and private sectors, including law, social work, teaching, audiology, PR, advertising, media and human resources.

Graduates can also progress to postgraduate study in areas including education, speech and language therapy, audiology or foreign language teaching.

80% of graduates in employment or further study six months after completing the course

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