BSc (Hons) Speech and Language Therapy

Speech and Language Therapy - BSc (Hons) Degree

 

Key Facts

UCAS Code: B620

Place of Study: 
Llandaff Campus

School:
Cardiff School of Sport & Health Sciences

Course Length:
Three years full-time

Accredited by:

Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists

Approved by:

Health and Care Professions Council

Course Overview

Please note this course will re-commence in September 2018.

Speech and language therapists work with people of all ages with speech, language and communication difficulties, and swallowing disorders. Our Speech and Language Therapy degree offers you the opportunity to join this exciting profession and gain a Health and Care Professions Council approved qualification as a speech and language therapist.

This is a vibrant and stimulating Speech and Language Therapy degree with an excellent reputation. Students are taught by a dedicated team of lecturers that includes experienced speech and language therapists with a wide range of specialisms, as well as researchers whose work is known internationally. There are guest lectures from clinical specialists and service users who share their perspectives. We have long-established links with the NHS, and all of our students have the chance to gain hands-on clinical experience with a range of adult and paediatric clients. 

Placement opportunities are very varied, ranging from our in-house clinics to hospitals, clinics and schools. You will develop your expertise in assessing and treating a diverse range of client groups.

​Why study with us?

  • We have up to date facilities, including an in-house clinic, a clinical simulation suite and two speech science laboratories, in which you will gain hands-on experience with the latest software and equipment.
  • You will learn from practising speech and language therapists with a genuine enthusiasm for their clinical specialism and a desire to pass on their knowledge and skills to you.
  • You will gain extensive clinical experience in a wide range of settings, including paediatric and adult placements.
  • You will have excellent employment prospects with 100% of our graduates obtaining a professional post, or studying and working, within 6 months of completing our course, according to Unistats.
  • Our course achieved 93% overall student satisfaction in the most recent National Student Survey (2017).
  • We give Welsh-speaking students the choice to study some of the degree through the medium of Welsh, making our course the only one in the UK with a bilingual provision. 

​Course Content​

This is a full and comprehensive programme, which requires daily attendance, and some lectures may finish after 5pm. Specific course content is as follows: 

Year One:
The first year of the course provides you with a firm foundation in subjects which are core to the speech and language therapy profession, such as linguistics, phonetics, anatomy, physiology, and psychology. You also begin your clinical education with lectures and tutorials in which practising speech and language therapists provide an introduction to speech and language pathology and therapy. Off campus you learn about child development in a nursery placement, interact with older adults in a communication partner placement, and begin your initial clinical practice placement at the end of the year. 

Specific contents (all modules are core, number of credits in brackets): 

  • Grammar and Meaning (20) 
  • Phonetics and Phonology (20) 
  • Speech and Language Therapy Foundations (also in Welsh) (10) 
  • Speech and Language Pathology 1 (10) 
  • Contemporary Collaborative Practice (10) 
  • Professional Development 1 (also in Welsh) (10) 
  • Anatomy and Physiology (10) 
  • Introduction to Psychology (10) 
  • Lifespan Psychology & Language Development (20) 


Year Two:
In the second year of the course, the focus of teaching becomes more clinical, and you extend your knowledge of the core subjects you studied in Year 1 to build your understanding of a variety of specific speech and language disorders. You explore ways of assessing and managing a range of client groups, including children with speech and language difficulties, adults with acquired language and voice disorders, and people with learning disabilities. On your two block placements, you will begin to have responsibility for the management of your own caseload, with guidance and supervision. 

Specific contents (all modules are core, number of credits in brackets): 

  • Language and Use (10) 
  • Clinical Speech and Analysis (20) 
  • Dysphagia (10) 
  • Speech & Language Pathology 2 (20) 
  • Sound, Hearing and Audiology (20) 
  • Professional Development 2 (also in Welsh) (10) 
  • Medical Sciences (10) • Research 1 (also in Welsh) (10) 
  • Psychology of Cognition (10) 


Year Three:
In the third year of the course, you will begin to study more specialised clinical areas, such as bilingualism, stammering, multiple disability, and alternative and augmentative communication. You will also develop your understanding of the wider aspects of practising speech and language therapy within a professional context. A larger part of your time will be taken up on clinical placements in both terms, and you will also carry out data collection and analysis as part of your own research project. 

Specific contents (all modules are core, number of credits in brackets): 

  • Bilingual and Bicultural Studies (10) 
  • Voice Disorders (10) 
  • Learning Disability and AAC (15) 
  • Speech and Language Pathology 3 (10) 
  • Fluency Disorders and Counselling (15) 
  • Professional Development 3 (also in Welsh) (10) 
  • Speech and Language Pathology Specialisms (20) 
  • Research 2 (also in Welsh) (20) 
  • Psycholinguistics (10)

Learning & Teaching

A variety of approaches to learning and teaching are employed throughout the course. These include lectures, seminars and tutorials alongside practical workshops in our clinical simulation suite, as well as one-to-one supervision for final-year research projects. Our emphasis is on supporting students to translate theory into practice to become confident speech and language therapists. 

The members of staff in the SLT Centre have expertise in Phonetics and Linguistics, Child Language Development, Audiology, Developmental Language Disorder, Fluency Disorders, Voice Disorders, Learning Disabilities and AAC, Swallowing Disorders and Adult Neurological Disorders. External specialist speech and language therapists provide teaching in other specialisms, alongside service users. Many of our staff are research-active with 74% of the research submitted by the Cardiff School of Health Sciences, including by Speech and Language Therapy staff, rated as internationally excellent or world-leading in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework. Throughout the course students are supported individually by their own personal tutor who helps to guide them on their journey to becoming a professional speech and language therapist.

Clinical Placements Students undertake both weekly and block placements during the course. This allows for the development of a broad range of clinical skills. We have newly refurbished dedicated in-house clinic facilities which host clinics for adults with acquired neurological difficulties and for children with developmental communication difficulties.

All of our clinical staff are practising speech and language therapists who offer clinical placements alongside their teaching. The clinical journey starts in year 1 where you gain experience of working with children and older adults, and begin your clinical placements, building on these skills further in years 2 and 3. Students experience a wide range of client groups on placement, with all students undertaking over 650 placement hours across the duration of the course.

Assessment

You will be assessed in a wide variety of ways during the course. Assessments include essays, case reports, presentations, written examinations, a clinical viva, and a research project which focuses in depth on a topic of your own choice.

The assessments are carefully designed to enable you to develop the knowledge and capabilities which are central to working as a speech and language therapist. The innovative nature of some of our assessments has been praised by external examiners.

Employability & Careers

Graduates from the programme are qualified to practise as speech and language therapists (subject to registration with the Health and Care Professions Council after graduation). 

The course has a good reputation throughout the UK, and the most recent figures show that 95% of our graduates were employed in Speech and Language Therapy posts six months after finishing the course. There is demand for speech and language therapists both in the NHS and in the Education Service.

Information on current salaries can be found at: http://www.nhscareers.nhs.uk/working-in-the-nhs/pay-and-benefits/agenda-for-change-pay-rates/. (Newly qualified speech and language therapists start at Band 5). 

Opportunities exist for speech and language therapists in hospitals, health centres, schools and specialist units. Graduates may also choose to progress to postgraduate study and/or research in the department. Some clinicians are employed by charitable organisations or undertake private practice. There are also opportunities to work abroad

Entry Requirements​ & How to Apply

All applicants must have a minimum of five GCSE passes at grade C with at least a B grade in Mathematics*.  For applicants holding newly reformed GCSEs in England, a grade 5 is equivalent to a grade B.  A  foreign language at GCSE is desirable.  In addition to this, applicants must have one of the following:

  • An academic degree (minimum 2.2) completed not more than ten years ago
  • Three A levels, in three clearly separate subject areas, with grades ABB. It is desirable, but not essential, that one or more of these is a science (i.e.​ biology, chemistry, physics or maths) and that they are academic subjects. A level Double Award in any subject will only be counted as one A level. 
  • Welsh Baccalaureate – Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate, minimum grade B accepted along with three A levels in three clearly separate subject areas, with grades BBB. It is desirable, but not essential, that one or more of these is a science (i.e. biology, chemistry, physics or maths) and that they are academic subjects.
  • RQF National Extended Diploma / Cambridge Technical Diploma, preferably with grades Distinction, Distinction, Distinction, although Distinction, Distinction, Merit may be considered.
  • Scottish Advanced Highers with grades BCC.  It is desirable, but not essential, that one or more of these is a science (i.e. biology, chemistry, physics or maths) and that they are academic subjects.
  • Irish Leaving Certificate with a minimum of 3 x H2 and 1 x H1 grades at Higher level. It is desirable, but not essential, that one or more of these is a science (i.e. biology, chemistry, physics or maths) and that they are academic subjects.
  • Access to Higher Education Diploma in Science or Nursing/Healthcare to include a minimum of 30 credits with Distinction and the remaining credits with Merit. An applicant’s previous academic profile will also be taken into account.

*For Welsh applicants sitting the reformed Mathematics GCSE, we will accept either GCSE Mathematics or Mathematics – Numeracy.

For specific information on entry requirements or if your qualification isn't listed, please either contact Admissions or refer to the UCAS Course Search. Further information on our entry requirements, including qualifications from the EU can be found by clicking here.

International Applicants:
As it is not possible to provide placements for students from outside the EU, it will not be possible for international students to be accepted for the programme.

Applicants whose first language is not English are required to achieve a minimum IELTS score of 7.5, with a minimum of 7 in any component.

For prospective students applying within five years of completing school, it is a requirement that they have met the school-leaving requirements in addition to any other qualifications they may have.

For all applicants, evidence is required of successful academic study at a recognised pre-university level (e.g. relevant A-level(s) or an Access course) within the past five years, and an academic reference should be provided on the UCAS form. Applicants who do not hold the qualifications specified above, including those with overseas qualifications, will be considered on an individual basis. If the qualification you hold is not mentioned here please refer to the UCAS website.​

Selection Procedure and Interviews:
Admission to this programme is subject to applicants being successful at interview.

Selection for interview is based on the information submitted on the UCAS application form. Applicants who meet the entry requirements will be invited to undertake a structured interview, which is designed to assess the values of a future NHS employee. In addition, an assessment of applicants’ communication skills and their understanding of the profession will be made.

The first interview date for 2018 entry will be 27th January 2018. Early applications are encouraged in order that interview invitations can be issued in good time. 

DBS and Occupational Health Checks

All students must undertake appropriate immunisation and health checks prior to entry and a completed Enhanced DBS disclosure is required.  More information about criminal records procedures can be found at www.cardiffmet.ac.uk/dbs. Further information about occupational health checks can be found by visiting by www.cardiffmet.ac.uk/ohq. 

How to Apply:

Applications for this course should be made online to UCAS at www.ucas.com. For further information please visit our How to Apply pages at www.cardiffmet.ac.uk/howtoapply.

NHS Bursary & Financial Support

For further information about the NHS Bursary Scheme, please click here.

Contact Us

For general enquiries please contact the Admissions Team on 029 2041 6044 or email askadmissions@cardiffmet.ac.uk.

For course specific enquiries, please contact the programme team:
Email: SLTAdmissions@cardiffmet.ac.uk


Full terms and conditions in relation to accepting an offer to study at Cardiff Metropolitan University can be found by visiting www.cardiffmet.ac.uk/terms