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Speech and Language Therapy
Undergraduate course
BSc (Hons)

Speech and Language Therapy

International Scholarships available

Overview

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.

Funding
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.
University Funding PDF

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.

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This course offers the opportunity to take a ‘sandwich’ year – a year of paid employment in industry which will build your skills and experience. This is usually taken between the second and third year of your degree, typically making your course four years in total.

Students who choose the sandwich route find it helps with both their studies and getting a job after graduation. It can build your confidence, contacts, and of course your CV. Leeds Beckett advertise lots of placement opportunities and provide support in helping you find the right placement for you.

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Entry Requirements

104
POINTS REQUIRED
If you're applying via UCAS, find out more about how your qualifications fit into the UCAS tariff.

Additional Requirements

Must include 40 points from either Chemistry; Physics; Biology; English Language; Psychology or any foreign language.All applicants must demonstrate current study skills by means of successful academic study within the five years leading up to entry. If the main qualification was completed too long ago current study skills can be demonstrated by an appropriate AS-level with a good Grade.
GCSEs:
GCSE Maths, English Language at Grade C or above and Double Science at Grade CC or above (Grade 4 for those sitting their GCSE from 2017 onwards) or equivalent qualifications. Key Skills Level 2, Functional Skills Level 2 and the Certificate in Adult Literacy/Numeracy are accepted in place of GCSE English Language and Maths.
Selection Criteria:
Students will be recruited on the basis that their values align with those of the NHS Constitution, as well as having the right skills and aptitude, in accordance with Value Based Recruitment, (Health Education England, Value Based Recruitment Framework, October 2014) click here and if selected will need to attend an interview.

In particular, we will evaluate your personal statement in relation to your research into the SLT profession, any experience relating to relevant client groups and evidence of interpersonal and teamwork skills. You may wish to include information such as how you have researched the SLT profession and a career in SLT, examples of how you have worked with relevant client groups or in related settings, how you have gained insight into the course (e.g. open days), your personal qualities which you feel are related to SLT, including what motivates you to choose SLT as a career.

The selection sessions will include written exercises and discussions with university tutors, practising SLTs and service users / carers. These exercises will look in more detail and depth at the same qualities as those scrutinised in evaluating personal statements. You will also have the opportunity to meet with some current students, learn more about the course and have access to a campus and accommodation tour.

Health and Enhanced Criminal History Checks
Satisfactory health and enhanced criminal history checks will be required by all applicants prior to acceptance on the course. For further information on DBS checks, click here.

The DBS in the UK is currently not able to conduct overseas criminal record checks. International applicants, those without British Citizenship and British Citizens with a significant period of overseas residency therefore require a criminal records check or certificate of good conduct from their home/overseas country prior to entry on to the course. A UK DBS check will be required after enrolment.

English Language Requirement: IELTS 7.5 with no skills below 7.0, or an equivalent qualification. The University provides excellent support for any applicant who may be required to undertake additional English language courses.
Mature Applicants
Our University welcomes applications from mature applicants who demonstrate academic potential. We usually require some evidence of recent academic study, for example completion of an access course, however recent relevant work experience may also be considered. Please note that for some of our professional courses all applicants will need to meet the specified entry criteria and in these cases work experience cannot be considered in lieu.

If you wish to apply through this route you should refer to our University Recognition of Prior Learning policy that is available on our website.

Please note that all applicants to our University are required to meet our standard English language requirement of GCSE grade C or equivalent, variations to this will be listed on the individual course entry requirements.

Additional Requirements

Must include 40 points from either Chemistry; Physics; Biology; English Language; Psychology or any foreign language.All applicants must demonstrate current study skills by means of successful academic study within the five years leading up to entry. If the main qualification was completed too long ago current study skills can be demonstrated by an appropriate AS-level with a good Grade.
GCSEs:
GCSE Maths, English Language at Grade C or above and Double Science at Grade CC or above (Grade 4 for those sitting their GCSE from 2017 onwards) or equivalent qualifications. Key Skills Level 2, Functional Skills Level 2 and the Certificate in Adult Literacy/Numeracy are accepted in place of GCSE English Language and Maths.
Selection Criteria:
Students will be recruited on the basis that their values align with those of the NHS Constitution, as well as having the right skills and aptitude, in accordance with Value Based Recruitment, (Health Education England, Value Based Recruitment Framework, October 2014) click here and if selected will need to attend an interview.

In particular, we will evaluate your personal statement in relation to your research into the SLT profession, any experience relating to relevant client groups and evidence of interpersonal and teamwork skills. You may wish to include information such as how you have researched the SLT profession and a career in SLT, examples of how you have worked with relevant client groups or in related settings, how you have gained insight into the course (e.g. open days), your personal qualities which you feel are related to SLT, including what motivates you to choose SLT as a career.

The selection sessions will include written exercises and discussions with university tutors, practising SLTs and service users / carers. These exercises will look in more detail and depth at the same qualities as those scrutinised in evaluating personal statements. You will also have the opportunity to meet with some current students, learn more about the course and have access to a campus and accommodation tour.

Health and Enhanced Criminal History Checks
Satisfactory health and enhanced criminal history checks will be required by all applicants prior to acceptance on the course. For further information on DBS checks, click here.

The DBS in the UK is currently not able to conduct overseas criminal record checks. International applicants, those without British Citizenship and British Citizens with a significant period of overseas residency therefore require a criminal records check or certificate of good conduct from their home/overseas country prior to entry on to the course. A UK DBS check will be required after enrolment.

English Language Requirement: IELTS 7.5 with no skills below 7.0, or an equivalent qualification. The University provides excellent support for any applicant who may be required to undertake additional English language courses.
Verify your qualifications
If you are an international student, we can help you to compare and verify your qualifications. Please contact our International Office on +44 (0)113 812 1111 09.00 to 17.00 Mon-Thurs / 09.00 to 16.30 Fri GMT or email internationaloffice@leedsbeckett.ac.uk.
Need to improve your English Language skills?
Don't worry if you don't have the level of English required for your chosen course. We offer a wide range of courses which have been designed to help you to improve your qualifications and English language ability, most of which are accredited by the British Council. Check your English and find out more about our English courses.


More questions?
No matter what your questions, we are here to answer them, visit our International website to get more information and find out about our online open days.

Careers

Speech and Language Therapy

Careers

Teaching and learning

Core Modules

Gain an introduction to the profession of speech & language therapy in its broadest context. You will build a foundational theoretical knowledge of speech and language pathology and therapy.

Develop your interpersonal and communication skills, required for speech and language therapy practice and interprofessional working. You will commence the development of a professional e-Portfolio that demonstrates evidence of the HCPC Standards of Proficiency and reflective practice. The module includes placement experience and small group work with opportunities for feedback, including peer feedback and video analysis.

Build your knowledge of linguistics, pragmatics, typically-developing child language, accent and dialect. You will develop background theoretical knowledge in all these areas and applied linguistic analysis skills with particular reference to grammatical analysis.

Develop your interpersonal and communication skills, required for speech and language therapy practice and interprofessional working. You will begin the development of a professional e-Portfolio that demonstrates evidence of the HCPC Standards of Proficiency and reflective practice. The module includes placement experience and small group work with opportunities for feedback, including peer feedback and video analysis.

Explore the ideas, concepts and theories associated with psychological development across life, and across cultures, where that information is available. You will have the opportunity to consider development from before birth to very old age, within a social context. You will be able to learn about new developments in the psychology such as Life History Theory, and to apply them to yourselves, and to people around you.

Investigate the anatomy and physiology of speech and language. You will study anatomical structures and processes involved in speaking, hearing and swallowing.

Gain an introductory understanding of the knowledge and skills needed to consume and create research in Speech and Language Therapy, and to effectively engage in evidence-based practice. You will focus on key theories in research methods, understand associated terminology, and study a range of research approaches, designs and procedures of importance in the field.

Core Modules

Develop your ability to understand and evaluate research for planning speech and language therapy intervention. You will learn how to apply a critical understanding of research principles and processes to the evidence-based management of speech and language therapy clients.

Develop your knowledge of linguistics and cognitive psychology including attention, memory, the mental lexicon, clinical grammar, thinking, emotion, and communication and pragmatics.

Enhance your expertise in the key medical conditions relevant to speech and language therapy practice, including presenting features, pathophysiology, and medical investigations and management.

Learn through an interdisciplinary approach the study of voice and speech science, integrating acoustic and perceptual analysis to provide a basis for clinical practice. You will acquire knowledge and understanding of clinical skills for the assessment and treatment of voice disorders.

Develop your knowledge and understanding of adult acquired speech, language, communication, and swallowing disorders. You are also expected to learn theories, principles, models and evidence based approaches to assessment and intervention from both medical and social perspectives.

Develop your clinical and professional skills, required for speech and language therapy practice and interprofessional working. This includes interpersonal and communication skills and professional procedures. The development of a professional ePortfolio demonstrates evidence of the HCPC Standards of Proficiency and reflective practice.

This course offers the opportunity to take a ‘sandwich’ year – a year of paid employment in industry which will build your skills and experience. This is usually taken between the second and third year of your degree, typically making your course four years in total.

Students who choose the sandwich route find it helps with both their studies and getting a job after graduation. It can build your confidence, contacts, and of course your CV. Leeds Beckett advertise lots of placement opportunities and provide support in helping you find the right placement for you.

Core Modules

Develop your knowledge and clinical skills in specialist areas of speech and language therapy practice such as fluency, learning disabilities, hearing impairment and mental health. It allows you to undertake advanced learning in complex topics, building on the content of previous modules.

Build on your critical understanding of the contribution of the most recent theories and research to evidence-based and cost-effective management of specialist areas of adult and/or paediatric speech and language therapy practice. You will develop advanced skills in assessment and management of specialist areas of speech and language therapy.

Enhance your skills of evidence-based practice. You will identify a research question that will contribute to evidence-based practice in speech and language therapy, You will also demonstrate a critical understanding of appropriate primary and secondary strategies for answering a research question and execute these through writing a research proposal or a literature review.

Undertake 35 days of clinical practice placements, alongside university based learning, which will support the clinical and professional practice requirements to meet the HCPC Standards of Proficiency, ultimately supporting and preparing you for your first professional post.

Develops your ability to apply an understanding of social, health and counselling psychology to enhance effective speech and language therapy practice. Psychological and therapeutic theories, as well as specific techniques that can be used when working with clients, will be introduced to you. There will be opportunity for you to practise techniques through the use of simulation. In small groups, you will listen to details of disordered speech, reporting what you hear and discussing it with an expert tutor and your peers.

This module develops your theoretical knowledge and clinical skills to support speech and language therapy practice with clients who have eating, drinking and swallowing disorders. You will develop your ability to assess and manage children and adults with dysphagia, with the exception of adults with learning difficulties. You will focus on case-based learning to develop clinical reasoning skills in this area.

Leeds Beckett University
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.
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Fees & funding

The tuition fee for the year for students entering in 2018/19 is £9250. The amount you will pay may increase each year to take into account the effects of inflation.
See further information on financing your studies or information about whether you may qualify for one of our Bursaries and Scholarships.
The tuition fee for the year for students entering in 2018/19 is £12000. The amount you will pay is fixed at this level for each year of your course.
See further information on fees and finance on our Financing Your Studies webpage.

Facilities

  • Library
    Library

    Our Library is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, every day of the year, providing you with access to specialist books and journals, learning spaces, computers, multimedia facilities and media equipment hire. Tens of thousands of our Library's digital resources, including ebooks, ejournals and databases, can be accessed online at a time and place to suit you.

  • Clinical Skills Suite
    Clinical Skills Suite

    The £1 million suite has been designed to meet the learning needs of a range of health professionals, with specialist equipment in purpose-built rooms enabling a variety of sessions to be carried out in a suitable and safe environment.

  • Gym and Sports Facilities
    Gym and Sports Facilities

    Keeping fit is easy at Leeds Beckett - our fitness suites are easy to get to, kitted out with all the latest technology and available to all sports members.

Location

City Campus

City Campus

It is not every university that can offer you the chance to study in the best tall building in the world. But we can. Our City Campus is home to such award-winning learning environments as Broadcasting Place, voted best tall building in the world in 2010. Other buildings include the Rose Bowl, home to our Business School, which was awarded Best Commercial Property Development in the 2009 Yorkshire Property awards. Just over the road from the Rose Bowl is the Leslie Silver building which houses one of our impressive libraries across five floors. The library is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week throughout the year.

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