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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

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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Student satisfaction*
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Course Features

  • 24/7 Library
  • Expert careers service
  • TEF Silver Award
  • University accommodation
  • Part-time study available
  • Placements
  • Professional accreditations
  • Professional recognitions
  • Specialist facilities
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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).).

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.

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

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. At interview you will be tested on the values which promote quality care and a positive patient, staff and student experience.

We will evaluate your personal statement in relation to your research into the SLT profession, 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.

International Baccalaureate

27 Points

IELTS:

IELTS 7.5 with no skills below 7.0, or an equivalent

ENHANCED CRIMINAL HISTORY CHECKS:

Satisfactory enhanced criminal history checks will be required by all applicants prior to acceptance on the course, (processed through the University only). The University is unable to accept DBS checks obtained through another institution (this includes those registered with the DBS Update Service); the checks undertaken by the University are appropriate to the course of study and relevant regulated activity placements. For important information on the UK Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check process click here.

SELF DECLARATION:

You will be asked to complete this online form as part of the DBS check process. You will be asked to identify on the self-declaration form if you have any cautions/convictions that would not be filtered out on a DBS certificate. For details on filtering, please click here. The form will also ask if you have resided outside of the UK after the age of 16, to establish if an Overseas Police Record check may be required.

Overseas Police Checks/Letter of Good Conduct

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 of 12 months or more after the age of 16; therefore, require a criminal records check or certificate of good conduct from their home/overseas country(ies) prior to entry on to the course. A UK DBS check will also be required prior to enrolment; the DBS team will send you guidance on how to apply following your offer of a place. The application process and timeframes for Overseas Police checks can differ from country to country and so it is recommended that you start the process as soon as possible after you have been made a conditional/Unconditional offer to ensure you have enough lead in time to obtain the check prior to enrolment. For some countries, an individual can only apply in person and so it is preferable for those applicants still resident in the relevant country, to apply before entering the UK.

HEALTH CHECKS:

For certain Professional Body courses, Occupational Health checks are also part of the entry requirements. Applicants will be asked to complete an on-line Health Questionnaire and sent guidance and links on how to complete this following your offer of a place.

ADDITIONAL ENTRY REQUIREMENTS:

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).).

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.

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

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. At interview you will be tested on the values which promote quality care and a positive patient, staff and student experience.

We will evaluate your personal statement in relation to your research into the SLT profession, 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.

International Baccalaureate

27 Points

IELTS:

IELTS 7.5 with no skills below 7.0, or an equivalent

ENHANCED CRIMINAL HISTORY CHECKS:

Satisfactory enhanced criminal history checks will be required by all applicants prior to acceptance on the course, (processed through the University only). The University is unable to accept DBS checks obtained through another institution (this includes those registered with the DBS Update Service); the checks undertaken by the University are appropriate to the course of study and relevant regulated activity placements. For important information on the UK Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check process click here.

SELF DECLARATION:

You will be asked to complete this online form as part of the DBS check process. You will be asked to identify on the self-declaration form if you have any cautions/convictions that would not be filtered out on a DBS certificate. For details on filtering, please click here. The form will also ask if you have resided outside of the UK after the age of 16, to establish if an Overseas Police Record check may be required.

Overseas Police Checks/Letter of Good Conduct

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 of 12 months or more after the age of 16; therefore, require a criminal records check or certificate of good conduct from their home/overseas country(ies) prior to entry on to the course. A UK DBS check will also be required prior to enrolment; the DBS team will send you guidance on how to apply following your offer of a place. The application process and timeframes for Overseas Police checks can differ from country to country and so it is recommended that you start the process as soon as possible after you have been made a conditional/Unconditional offer to ensure you have enough lead in time to obtain the check prior to enrolment. For some countries, an individual can only apply in person and so it is preferable for those applicants still resident in the relevant country, to apply before entering the UK.

HEALTH CHECKS:

For certain Professional Body courses, Occupational Health checks are also part of the entry requirements. Applicants will be asked to complete an on-line Health Questionnaire and sent guidance and links on how to complete this following your offer of a place.

ADDITIONAL ENTRY REQUIREMENTS:

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.
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Careers

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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.

Core Modules
Academic & Clinical Skills

Speech, Language & Communication Needs (SLCN)

Medical Sciences for SLT

Explore the ideas, concepts and theories associated with psychological development across life and across cultures. 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 psychology, such as Life History Theory, and how to apply them to yourself and to the people around you.

Introduction to EBP (Evidence-Based Practice)

Phonetics & Phonology

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.

Integrated SLT Studies 1

SLT Clinical placement L4 (non-credit bearing)

Core Modules
Language Disorders

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

Applied EBP for SLT

Speech Disorders

Applied Phonetics & Phonology

Applied psychology

Integrated SLT Studies 2

Applied Medical Sciences for SLT

SLT Clinical placement L5 (non-credit bearing)

Core Modules
Communication Disorders

Current Issues in SLT

This module develops your theoretical knowledge and clinical skills to support speech and language therapy practice with clients who have eating, drinking and swallowing difficulties.

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.

Integrated SLT Studies 3

Transition to Practice

SLT Clinical Placement L6 (Non-Credit bearing)

Download 2020/21 Course Spec Download
Core Modules
Academic & Clinical Skills

Speech, Language & Communication Needs (SLCN)

Medical Sciences for SLT

Explore the ideas, concepts and theories associated with psychological development across life and across cultures. 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 psychology, such as Life History Theory, and how to apply them to yourself and to the people around you.

Introduction to EBP (Evidence-Based Practice)

Phonetics & Phonology

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.

Integrated SLT Studies 1

SLT Clinical placement L4 (Non-Credit bearing)

Core Modules
Language Disorders

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

Applied EBP for SLT

Speech Disorders

Applied Phonetics & Phonology

Applied psychology

Applied Medical Sciences for SLT

Integrated SLT Studies 2

SLT Clinical placement L5 (Non-Credit bearing)

Core Modules
Communication Disorders

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.

This module develops your theoretical knowledge and clinical skills to support speech and language therapy practice with clients who have eating, drinking and swallowing difficulties.

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.

Integrated SLT Studies 3

Transition to Practice

SLT Clinical Placement L6 (Non-Credit Bearing)

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.
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Fees & funding

Fees information is not available for this selection of attendance, location and start date. Please re-select.
Fees for this course are not yet confirmed.
Fees for this course are not yet confirmed.
The tuition fee rates for undergraduate applicants, commencing their course in the 2020/21 academic year, are yet to be set at this time by the UK Government. We expect these fee rates will be set in October 2019. Should you wish to view the fee charges for this course for the previous year you can do so by changing the entry point to September 2019 in the 'Start Date' section of this page above.

Additional course costs

Tuition fees
Your tuition fees cover the cost of registration, tuition, academic supervision, assessments and examinations.
The following are also included in the cost of your course:

  • 24/7 Library and student IT support
  • Free wifi via eduroam
  • Skills workshops and resources
  • Library membership, giving access to more than 500,000 printed, multimedia and digital resources
  • Access to software, including five free copies of Microsoft Office 365 to install on your PC, laptop and MAC, and access to free high-end software via the Leeds Beckett remote app
  • Loan of high-end media equipment to support your studies

Additional costs
In many cases, costs associated with your course will be included in your course fee. However, in some cases there are ‘essential’ additional costs (those that you will be required to meet in addition to your course fee), and/or ‘optional’ additional costs (costs that are not required, but that you might choose to pay). We have included those essential or optional additional costs that relate to your course, below.

Course-specific essentials

  • Placements: Placement locations and experiences will vary throughout the course but any additional travel or dual accommodation costs will be reimbursed by the NHS Business Services Authority (applies to UK students only). Students may also be eligible for a Child Dependants Allowance and Exceptional Support Funding dependant on their circumstances. Details of this NHS Learning support Funding can be found here. Speech and Language Therapy placements are predominantly in a variety of NHS Trusts and Schools across Yorkshire and the Humber but alternative placements in Private Independent and Voluntary Organisations may be selected. This may be subject to change due to NHS policy.

Course-specific optional costs

  • Study materials: We provide core materials during your studies and you may choose to purchase additional materials. This is not compulsory and will depend upon the projects you undertake. The SLT resources room gives students reference access to a well stocked library of assessments and therapy resources.
  • Field trips: Educational visits may be arranged. The cost for these trips covers travel, accommodation and subsistence. The price varies year by year and attendance is optional.
  • Dissertation/final project: Students will normally be required to print and bind two copies of their Dissertation/Final Project. Mostly optional, the majority of assessment submissions are now on Turnitin so require no printing.
  • RCSLT membership: Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists student membership - £37.00 per year.

Other study-related expenses to consider: materials that you will need to complete your course such as books (the library stocks books from your module reading list and can order books from other locations for you if a copy isn’t available but you may wish to purchase copies for yourself); placement costs (these may include travel expenses and living costs); student visas (international students only); printing, photocopying and stationery (you will need to pay for multiple copies of your dissertation or final project to be printed and bound); events associated with your course such as field trips; study abroad opportunities (travel costs and accommodation, visas and immunisations). Other costs could include academic conferences (travel costs) and professional-body membership (where applicable). The costs you will need to cover for graduation will include gown hire and guest tickets, and optional extras such as professional photography.

You may prefer to have your own mobile phone/tablet (to access university online services) but you can book and borrow AV equipment through the media equipment service accessed online via the student hub and located in the library at each campus. Equipment includes: such as 360 Cameras, iPads, GoPros, MacBooks, portable data projectors, portable projection screens, flipchart stands, remote presenters, digital cameras and camcorders, SLR cameras, speakers, microphones, headphones, headsets, tripods, digital audio recorders and PC/laptops (a laptop loans service is provided on campus in social learning spaces and in the library on both campuses). Student laptops are also available from the laptop lockers located on the ground floor of the libraries.

This list is not exhaustive and costs will vary depending on the choices you make during your course. Any rental, travel or living costs are also in addition to your course fees.

The tuition fees for this course, for applicants commencing their course in the 202021 academic year, are yet to be set at this time. These fee rates will be set in October 2019. Should you wish to view the fee charges for this course for the previous year you can do so by changing the entry point to September 2019 in the 'Start Date' section of this page above.

Additional course costs

Tuition fees
Your tuition fees cover the cost of registration, tuition, academic supervision, assessments and examinations.
The following are also included in the cost of your course:

  • 24/7 Library and student IT support
  • Free wifi via eduroam
  • Skills workshops and resources
  • Library membership, giving access to more than 500,000 printed, multimedia and digital resources
  • Access to software, including five free copies of Microsoft Office 365 to install on your PC, laptop and MAC, and access to free high-end software via the Leeds Beckett remote app
  • Loan of high-end media equipment to support your studies

Additional costs
In many cases, costs associated with your course will be included in your course fee. However, in some cases there are ‘essential’ additional costs (those that you will be required to meet in addition to your course fee), and/or ‘optional’ additional costs (costs that are not required, but that you might choose to pay). We have included those essential or optional additional costs that relate to your course, below.

Course-specific essentials

  • Placements: Placement locations and experiences will vary throughout the course but any additional travel or dual accommodation costs will be reimbursed by the NHS Business Services Authority (applies to UK students only). Students may also be eligible for a Child Dependants Allowance and Exceptional Support Funding dependant on their circumstances. Details of this NHS Learning support Funding can be found here. Speech and Language Therapy placements are predominantly in a variety of NHS Trusts and Schools across Yorkshire and the Humber but alternative placements in Private Independent and Voluntary Organisations may be selected. This may be subject to change due to NHS policy.

Course-specific optional costs

  • Study materials: We provide core materials during your studies and you may choose to purchase additional materials. This is not compulsory and will depend upon the projects you undertake. The SLT resources room gives students reference access to a well stocked library of assessments and therapy resources.
  • Field trips: Educational visits may be arranged. The cost for these trips covers travel, accommodation and subsistence. The price varies year by year and attendance is optional.
  • Dissertation/final project: Students will normally be required to print and bind two copies of their Dissertation/Final Project. Mostly optional, the majority of assessment submissions are now on Turnitin so require no printing.
  • RCSLT membership: Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists student membership - £37.00 per year.

Other study-related expenses to consider: materials that you will need to complete your course such as books (the library stocks books from your module reading list and can order books from other locations for you if a copy isn’t available but you may wish to purchase copies for yourself); placement costs (these may include travel expenses and living costs); student visas (international students only); printing, photocopying and stationery (you will need to pay for multiple copies of your dissertation or final project to be printed and bound); events associated with your course such as field trips; study abroad opportunities (travel costs and accommodation, visas and immunisations). Other costs could include academic conferences (travel costs) and professional-body membership (where applicable). The costs you will need to cover for graduation will include gown hire and guest tickets, and optional extras such as professional photography.

You may prefer to have your own mobile phone/tablet (to access university online services) but you can book and borrow AV equipment through the media equipment service accessed online via the student hub and located in the library at each campus. Equipment includes: such as 360 Cameras, iPads, GoPros, MacBooks, portable data projectors, portable projection screens, flipchart stands, remote presenters, digital cameras and camcorders, SLR cameras, speakers, microphones, headphones, headsets, tripods, digital audio recorders and PC/laptops (a laptop loans service is provided on campus in social learning spaces and in the library on both campuses). Student laptops are also available from the laptop lockers located on the ground floor of the libraries.

This list is not exhaustive and costs will vary depending on the choices you make during your course. Any rental, travel or living costs are also in addition to your course fees.

Facilities

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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

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