Graduates from the programme will be qualified to practise as speech and language therapists (subject to registration with the Health and Care Professions Council after graduation).
The current 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.
Please note: The following entry requirements relate to September 2018 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. A level Double Award in any subject will only be counted as one A level.
Welsh Baccalaureate – Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate 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, preferably with grades Distinction, Distinction, Distinction, although Distinction, Distinction, Merit may be considered.
- Scottish Advanced Highers with grades BCC. (Under the old tariff, minimum grades are 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.
- 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.
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.
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
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