Speech and Language Therapy - BSc (Hons)


Course Overview

Speech and Language Therapists (SLTs) work with people of all ages with speech, language and communication difficulties, and swallowing disorders. Our course offers you the opportunity to join this exciting profession and gain a Health and Care Professions Council approved qualification as an SLT.

This is a vibrant and stimulating course with an excellent reputation. Students are taught by a dedicated team of lecturers which 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. There is also the opportunity to undertake a clinical placement in the United States.

Why study with us?

  • Our facilities include 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 enthusiam 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 91% overall student satisfaction in the most recent National Student Survey and received multiple commendations in the most recent institutional review.

  • 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.

​Further details can be found on the Speech and Language Therapy department pages here.

Due to this programme being NHS funded, unfortunately deferred applications cannot be considered.

Course information on this page relates to September 2017 entry.​

​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 in which practising speech and language therapists discuss their specialist areas of working. Off campus you learn about child development in a nursery placement, and you are also given the opportunity to interact with older adults who may have communication difficulties.

Specific contents (all modules are core):

  • Phonetic Transcription (10 Credits)
  • Phonetic and Phonological Theory (20 Credits)
  • Linguistics 1 (20 Credits)
  • Biological Sciences (10 Credits)
  • Lifespan Psychology & Language Development (20 Credits)
  • ​Clinical Foundations / Sylfeini Clinigol* (30 Credits)

Year Two:

In the second year of the course, the focus of teaching becomes more clinical, and you start to learn to apply your knowledge of the core subjects you studied in Year 1 to the 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 individuals with learning disabilities. You will also begin to develop your clinical understanding through contact with clients on your placements.

Specific contents (all modules are core):

  • Phonetics & Linguistics  (20 Credits)
  • Linguistics 2 (20 Credits)
  • Speech & Language Pathology 1 (20 Credits)
  • Speech & Language Pathology 2 (20 Credits)
  • Medical Sciences (20 Credits)
  • Clinical Practice 1 / Ymarfer Clinigol 1* (20 Credits)​

Year Three:

In the third year of the course, you will begin to study more specialised clinical areas, such as bilingualism, audiology, stammering, multiple disability, and alternative and augmentative communication. On your placements, you will now have responsibility for the management of your own caseload, with guidance and supervision.

Specific contents (all modules are core):

  • Communication Science and Technology (10 Credits)
  • Speech and Language Pathology 3 (20 Credits)
  • Bilingual and Bicultural Studies (10 credits)
  • Audiology (20 Credits)
  • Psycholinguistics and Cognitive Neuropsychology (20 Credits)
  • Clinical Practice 2 / Ymarfer Clinigol 2* (40 Credits)

Year Four:

In the fourth year of study, you will continue to develop your understanding of clinical specialisms and the wider aspects of practising speech and language therapy within a professional context. A large part of your time will be taken up on clinical placement, and you will also carry out your own research project.

Specific contents (all modules are core):

  • Acquired Neurological Disorders (10 Credits)
  • Professional Practice and Adult Learning Disability (20 Credits)
  • Project / Prosiect*​ (40 Credits)
  • Clinical Practice 3 (40 Credits)

*These modules can be studied through the medium of either Welsh or English.

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, Specific Language Impairment, 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 designed 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, learning about communication across the lifespan. In Year 2 you begin clinical placements, building on these skills further in years 3 and 4. Students experience a wide range of client groups on placement, with all students undertaking a minimum of 550 hours across the duration of the course. Alongside communication, students undertake dedicated eating, drinking and swallowing difficulty training placements. We run an international exchange programme with Western Illinois University, where students can apply to undertake their year 3 summer block placement.


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 dissertation which focuses in depth on a topic of your own choice.

The assessments are carefully designed to enable you to develop the knowledge and skills which are central to working as a speech and language therapist. The innovative nature 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 our graduates have been successful in obtaining employment. There is a 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 SLTs 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

Please note: The following entry requirements relate to September 2017 entry and use the new UCAS tariff.  Please refer to our Entry Requirements for further information on the new tariff, or contact Admissions if you have any questions.​

All applicants must have a minimum of five GCSE passes with at least a B grade in English Language, Mathematics and Science.  For applicants holding newly reformed GCSEs in England, grades 5, 5 and 6 are required with the grade 6 to be achieved in any of the required subjects.  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.
  • Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Diploma 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.
  • 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 A2 and 1 x A1 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 specific information on entry requirements or if your qualification isn't listed, please either contact Admissions or refer to the UCAS Course Search.

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.

Interview dates for 2017 entry are to be January 28th 2017 with an one alternative date to be provided for those unable to attend. Early applications are encouraged in order that interview invitations can be processed effectively.

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. 

NHS Bursaries

Our intake numbers are decided by the NHS in Wales.

Allocation is made on the basis of academic achievement. On occasions, when there are more applicants that meet our entry requirements than places, we will consider the interview scores when allocating the bursaries. Unfortunately, due to the limited numbers of bursaries available, applicants who choose us as Insurance cannot always be guaranteed a place.

For more information on the NHS Bursary scheme and how to apply please click here.

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.

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Key Facts

Approved by:
Health and Care Professions Council

Accredited by: Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists

Place of Study:
Cardiff School of Health Sciences
Llandaff Campus

Course Length:
Four years full-time

International Applicants:
It is not possible for students from outside the EU to be accepted for the course.

Tuition Fees, Financial Support and NHS Bursary Scheme
​Tuition fees are paid by the NHS bursary scheme. All students receive a non-means tested grant of £1000. For further information please visit: http://www.nwsspstudentfinance.wales.nhs.uk/home

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 leader, Dr Calum Delaney:
Email: cdelaney@cardiffmet.ac.uk
Tel: 029 2041 6881

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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