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Speech & Language Therapy
Undergraduate course
BSc (Hons)

Speech & Language Therapy

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 will enable you to qualify as an SLT in three years. As an SLT, you will provide assessments and interventions 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, which will help expand your professional networks and ensure your learning is current.

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.
100%
Student Satisfaction
Student Satisfaction*
*National Student Survey 2017

Entry Requirements

128
POINTS REQUIRED
If you're applying via UCAS, find out more about how your qualifications fit into the UCAS tariff.
UCAS Tariff Points: 128 points required. (Minimum grades ABB at A level or equivalent, this must include 40 points from either Chemistry; Physics; Biology; English Language; Psychology or any foreign language. If you are studying Biology, Chemistry or Physics to meet this requirement you must also achieve a 'Pass' in the practical assessment, where that practical assessment is separated (from 2017)).
If you're applying via UCAS, find out more about how your qualifications fit into the UCAS tariff.
Additional Requirements: All applicants must demonstrate current study skills by means of successful academic study within the two years leading up to entry (or five years if a degree has been completed in that time). 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.
Access Diploma:
Pass overall with a minimum of 128 UCAS tariff points. Must include a minimum of 15 Merits in scientific subjects.
BTEC National Diploma:
Grade DDM, including 6 units in scientific or foreign language subjects.
Scottish Awards:
Advanced Highers - Grades BBB to include at least one of the following subjects: Chemistry; Physics; Biology; English Language; Psychology; Sociology or any foreign language.
Scottish Highers - Grades ABBBB to include at least 2 of the following subjects: Chemistry; Physics; Biology; English Language; Psychology; Sociology or any foreign language.
Irish Leaving Certificate:
5 subjects at Higher Level at Grade B2 or above of which at least 2 must be at B1. Must include Grade B1 in one of the following: Chemistry; Physics; Biology; English Language; Psychology; Sociology or any foreign language.
Undergraduate degree:
2:1 or above is acceptable in lieu of the above A-level and related qualifications.
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.

International Baccalaureate: 27 points including scores of 5, 5, 5 in Higher Subjects.

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.

UCAS Tariff Points:128 points required. (Minimum grades ABB at A level or equivalent, this must include 40 points from either Chemistry; Physics; Biology; English Language; Psychology or any foreign language. If you are studying Biology, Chemistry or Physics to meet this requirement you must also achieve a 'Pass' in the practical assessment, where that practical assessment is separated (from 2017)).
If you're applying via UCAS, find out more about how your qualifications fit into the UCAS tariff.
Additional Requirements: All applicants must demonstrate current study skills by means of successful academic study within the two years leading up to entry (or five years if a degree has been completed in that time). 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.
Access Diploma:
Pass overall with a minimum of 128 UCAS tariff points. Must include a minimum of 15 Merits in scientific subjects.
BTEC National Diploma:
Grade DDM, including 6 units in scientific or foreign language subjects.
Scottish Awards:
Advanced Highers - Grades BBB to include at least one of the following subjects: Chemistry; Physics; Biology; English Language; Psychology; Sociology or any foreign language.
Scottish Highers - Grades ABBBB to include at least 2 of the following subjects: Chemistry; Physics; Biology; English Language; Psychology; Sociology or any foreign language.
Irish Leaving Certificate:
5 subjects at Higher Level at Grade B2 or above of which at least 2 must be at B1. Must include Grade B1 in one of the following: Chemistry; Physics; Biology; English Language; Psychology; Sociology or any foreign language.
Undergraduate degree:
2:1 or above is acceptable in lieu of the above A-level and related qualifications.
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.

International Baccalaureate: 27 points including scores of 5, 5, 5 in Higher Subjects.

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.
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Careers

Katie Owens

Careers

Katie Owens
Therapist in Private Practice

BSc (Hons) Speech & Language Therapy

“My course was fantastic in developing the knowledge I needed to work with children with Autism. It opened my eyes to the different careers I could do and I had lots of support in applying for the job I do now.

Modules & learning

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Speech & Language Pathology 1

Clinical & Professional Skills 1

Linguistics

Clinical Phonetics & Phonology

Lifespan Development

Medical Science 1

Research for Clinical Practice

Clinical Practice & Research

Language & Cognition

Medical Science 2

Analysis of Speech & Voice

Speech & Language Pathology (Acquired & Developmental)

Clinical & Professional Skills 2

Speech & Language Pathology 3

Current Issues in Speech & Language Therapy Practice

Evidence for Practice

Clinical & Professional Practice

Advanced Clinical Skills

Eating, Drinking & Swallowing Disorders

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

Fees for this course are not yet confirmed.
Fees for this course are not yet confirmed.

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  • 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
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