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BSc (Hons) Speech and Language Therapy

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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.

The three year BSc SLT course entitles graduates to register and work as Speech and Language Therapists. We also offer the option of taking an extra year to complete the Master in Speech and Language Therapy (MSLT).

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 course is designed for students who are looking for a rewarding and lifelong career within the speech and language therapy profession. You will need to have:

  • Good listening and communication skills
  • Good problem-solving skills
  • Good organisational skills
  • An ability to learn a range of academic subjects and to apply your learning to clinical practice
  • An enthusiasm for working with children and adults and as part of a team.

Read our blogs to learn more about their experiences at City.


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. The optional MSLT year offers a range of elective modules and is designed to enhance your knowledge of clinical specialisms and develop your skills in research and clinical leadership.

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 MSc in Speech and Language Therapy.


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.

Requirements and how to apply

Entry requirements

  • 'A' Level: BBC.
  • Tariff: 112 UCAS tariff points (typically BBB or BBC with a relevant EPQ). Read more about the new UCAS tariff.
  • BTEC: DMM - Extended Diploma in Health and Social Care or Science-related subject.
  • IB: 30 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.

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

Shortlisted applicants will be required to attend a Selection Day held at City, University of London before an offer can be made. At the Selection Day applicants are interviewed to assess their values match those of the NHS constitution, as well as having the opportunity to find out more about the course from our staff and students. For further information, please visit our Selection Day page.

Master in Speech and Language Therapy (MSLT) entry

Students who achieve an aggregate of at least 60% across years one and two of the BSc (Hons) Speech and Language Therapy course have the option of transferring to the MSLT at the start of the third year.  The MSLT has the same UCAS code as the BSc (Hons).

*Subject to change.

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 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 appropriate English Language proficiency.

IELTS (Academic): 8.0 overall band score; with at least 7.5 in the listening, reading, writing and speaking sections.

TOEFL iBT: 110 overall with at least 30 in Writing, 29 in reading and Listening and 28 in Speaking sections.

For more information you can visit TOEFL iBT Special Home Edition

English Language Programmes

If you need to improve your English language skills before you enter this course, our partner, INTO City, University of 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.

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.

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On-campus specialist SLT clinic
Roberta Williams Speech and Language Therapy Centre
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.


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

Funding update: Non-repayable grants of at least £5,000

The Government has announced that from September 2020 students studying undergraduate and postgraduate pre-registration nursing, midwifery and many allied health courses, including radiography and speech and language therapy, will receive a non-repayable and non-means tested (universal) grant of £5,000 a year. This is in addition to existing mainstream student support accessed through the Student Loans Company.

The Government has also announced additional funding for specific courses or to help students with childcare costs. We will update our website once more details have been announced by the Government. Non-repayable grants of at least £5,000 - read the news article

Applications for this new funding can be made from Wednesday 1st July 2020, please visit the NHS Learning Support Fund website for more information.  You can also read their FAQs for more information about the funding available, how to apply and eligibility.

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.

Find further information about our placement partners and trusts under our School of Health Sciences section.

International opportunities

Current Speech and Language Therapy students at City can apply to volunteer abroad at the end of their course, with schemes which have included the City-Cambodia project, the Kyaninga Child Development Centre in Uganda, or Lockerbie College in Barbados. Students apply for such opportunities directly through the Division 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; Helena volunteered in Cambodia, Alex in Uganda, and Dimitri in Barbados.

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.

Campus tour

Take a tour of the School of Health Sciences at City, University of London, a world-leading provider of healthcare education and research in the heart of London. Our Clinical Skills Centre, specialist labs, radiography suite and optometry and speech and language clinics ensure our students are well prepared for clinical placements and future careers in healthcare.


We operate a Guarantee Scheme for first year undergraduates which means you will be offered place in one of City's affiliated Halls if you meet the Scheme's criteria.

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Please note that all academic timetables are subject to change.

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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

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.

Assessment methods

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

  • exams
  • tests
  • coursework
  • 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.

Year 1

Written examination: 33% Coursework: 67%

Year 2

Written examination: 25% Practical: 19% Coursework: 56%

Year 3

Written examination: 41% Coursework: 59%


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 speech and the process of human communication in the social and clinical context. Core modules include:

  • Articulatory Phonetics, Phonology and Speech Development
  • Biomedical Sciences 1, Anatomy and Physiology
  • Lifespan Studies
  • Speech Disorders, Dysfluency and Augmentative and Alternative Communication
  • Professional Studies 1.

Year 2

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

  • Applied Phonetics and Phonology
  • Biomedical Sciences 2, ENT/Neurology/Brain and Behaviour
  • Developmental Psychology and Research Methods
  • Language Sciences: Linguistics and Language Development
  • Dysphagia, Voice, Motor Speech Disorders, Dementia
  • Professional Studies 2.

Year 3

You will examine the nature of cognition, language and communication disabilities in children and adults. You will attend weekly clinical placements. Students on the BSc (Hons) Speech and Language Therapy will study the following Core modules include:

  • Evidence Based Practice and Data Analysis
  • Acoustic Phonetics, Audiology and Deafness
  • Acquired and Developmental Language Disorders
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder, Learning Disability, Child Mental Health, Cerebral Palsy, Cleft Palate
  • Professional Studies 3
  • Research Project

Research Project

Students on the MSLT will study the following Core Modules:

  • Evidence Based Practice and Data Analysis
  • Acoustic Phonetics, Audiology and Deafness
  • Acquired and Developmental Language Disorders
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder, Learning Disability, Child Mental Health, Cerebral Palsy, Cleft Palate
  • Professional Studies 3
  • Research Project (Part 1).

Year 4

Students studying on the MSLT will continue to refine and develop the clinical skills, begin to develop clinical leadership skills and further develop their knowledge of theory and skills in research. They will also complete their research project in this year. Core modules:

  • Research Project (Part 2)
  • Advanced Clinical Practice

Students studying on the MSLT also undertake three elective modules. Elective modules include:

  • Acquired Language Impairment
  • Cognitive Communication Impairments
  • Developmental Language Impairment
  • Dysphagia and Disorders of Eating and Drinking
  • Habilitative Audiology
  • Instrumental Techniques in Speech Sciences
  • Language Learning and Development
  • Identity Inclusion and Living with Disability

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 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 2018/19.

Year 1

Scheduled learning: 23% Independent learning: 64% Placement: 13%

Year 2

Scheduled learning: 22% Independent learning: 62% Placement: 16%

Year 3

Scheduled learning: 19% Independent learning: 66% Placement: 15%
After you graduate

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.

Working Abroad

After qualifying, you may wish to work in another English-speaking country. The qualification you will obtain leads to registration as a 'newly qualified practitioner' (NQP) with the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists (RCSLT) in the UK.

By completing your NQP framework in your first year of practice and becoming fully certified members of the RCSLT, you will be able to access a 'Mutual Recognition Agreement' (MRA) which enables you to register with professional bodies in Canada, Australia, the USA, New Zealand and Ireland.

If you intend to practise in any of these countries, please access further information on the MRA through the RCSLT website, which also links to the websites of other regulatory bodies with up-to-date information on requirements in different countries.

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