BSc (Hons) Speech and Language Therapy

Speech and Language Therapy - BSc (Hons) Degree


Key Facts

UCAS Code: B620

Place of Study: 
Llandaff Campus

Cardiff School of Health Sciences

Course Length:
Three years full-time (from September 2018 entry).

Course Overview

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

In response to developments in higher education and the NHS, and in line with most other undergraduate courses in the UK, the Cardiff Metropolitan University BSc (Hons) Speech and Language Therapy degree is being redesigned as a three-year course, instead of the current four-year course.

In order to manage the changeover to the new course, it will be necessary for there to be a year in which no students are admitted.  Therefore there will be no intake to the course in September 2017.  Students will be admitted onto the course again in September 2018.  

It is anticipated that this change will be beneficial in a number of ways.  It will make it easier for the NHS Speech and Language Therapy Service in Wales to plan its workforce, and it will allow the course to respond more quickly to the changing needs of the people of Wales.  It will also enable students to enter work sooner.

The redesign of the course will help to enhance clinical education, by making it possible for students to undertake more block placements than they do at present.  In addition to the immersion of students in the clinical environment, and their integration into the SLT teams that provide the placements, students will be able to obtain clinical experience in a wider range of locations and clinical settings across Wales than is currently possible.  

Information on the new course is likely to be made available in July 2017.

​Course Content​

This information will be available from July 2017.

Learning & Teaching

This information will be available from July 2017.


This information will be available from July 2017.

Employability & Careers

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: (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 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.

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.


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 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 For further information please visit our How to Apply pages at

NHS Bursary & Financial Support

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

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

For course specific enquiries, please contact the programme leader, Dr Calum Delaney:
Tel: 029 2041 6881

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