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Speech and language therapy student
Undergraduate course
BSc (Hons)

Speech and Language Therapy

Speech and Language Therapy

Speech and Language Therapy

Speech and Language Therapy

Speech and Language Therapy


Speech and language therapists (SLT) are privileged to work with people throughout their entire lifespan, from neonatal to end of life care. This course is one of the few that will enable you to gain a professional qualification as an SLT in three years. As an SLT, you will provide assessment and intervention for communication impairments and difficulties with eating, drinking and swallowing. You will study a variety of subjects such as psychology, linguistics and speech pathology, and attend guest lectures from specialist clinicians and medics to ensure your learning is current and to expand your networks.

We adopt a mixed placement model, which means that you'll have the opportunity to experience on-going and block placements. An on-going placement means that you are on placement one day per week, whilst in university the remaining days. On a block placement, you will spend all week on placement, with no lectures during these periods. You will be required to travel to placements independently and these will be located throughout the Yorkshire & Humberside region.

From 1 August 2017 there will be a new funding system for new students on nursing, midwifery and AHP pre-registration courses in England, with the system moving from NHS grants to student loans. Download the University Funding PDF below for more information.
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Research Excellence Framework 2014
Research Excellence Framework 2014: 20% of our research in the Public Health, Health Services and Primary Care unit is world leading or internationally excellent.
In preparation for your professional career, you'll undertake on-going and block work placements in all three years of your course. You'll also be able to make the most of course-related opportunities within both our Faculty and the wider university, such as campaigning and raising awareness of people with communication difficulties, getting involved in the speech and language therapy society and volunteering in the UK and abroad. These will give you a wide range of clinical experiences with both children and adults.

A heavily subsidised Makaton course will be available to you, and we have strong collaborations with the professional body, the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists.

We understand that full-time study does not suit everyone. That’s why we offer courses which give you the opportunity to decide where, when and how you can get involved in learning. Studying a distance learning course offers the convenience and flexibility to make education work for you. Whether you’d like to fit your studies around childcare, develop your skills while working or, quite simply, want to learn from the comfort of your own home, we can help you gain a qualification at a time and pace that suits your lifestyle.

Like our students on campus, you will have the same excellent teaching and learning resources, however you’ll find these online instead of in a lecture theatre. Not only are all the modules taught online, but you will also have access to an online community and more than 140,000 books and journals in our online library.

To study this course, you will require broadband internet connection with a speed of 2mbps and working speakers. You will need Windows 7 / Mac OSX 10.8 or above and have access to Chrome v63 or higher (recommended), Edge v42+, Firefox v57+ or Safari v6+. Java and Adobe Acrobat Reader will need to be enabled and you will need a minimum screen resolution of 1024 x 768.

Visit our distance learning guide for a complete list of technical requirements.

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Teaching and learning

Please note that the delivery of modules is subject to change if you choose to study part-time with us.

Dr Sarah James
Dr Sarah James
Head of Subject
Sarah joined the University from clinical practice in 2006. As principal lecturer and professional lead for speech and language therapy, she works with the team to maintain and develop professional partnerships with colleagues, service users and carers in the public, private & voluntary sectors. Sarah’s current teaching is in fluency disorders, applied psychology and evidence based practice. Her research interests include the application of health psychology in speech and language therapy and clinical education.
We are passionate about the speech and language profession. You will be meeting and working with people with communication difficulties from the very early stages of your course and have opportunities to get involved in awareness-raising, campaigning and volunteering. In your final year, you will have the option to focus on adult, paediatric or combined practice.
Social Sciences at Leeds Beckett

Fees & funding

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