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.
Due to this programme being NHS funded and therefore limited places being available which may fluctuate each year, unfortunately deferred applications cannot be considered.
Why study with us?
- We are committed to providing an environment where everyone is valued as an individual, and where students and staff can work, learn, flourish and develop their skills and knowledge in an atmosphere of dignity and respect. We welcome applications from
all backgrounds and protected characteristics.
- We work closely with the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists to provide prospective and existing learners with information about the ways in which the speech and language therapy profession is embedding equality, inclusivity and diversity into its admissions processes, in the teaching of speech and language therapy degrees, on placements and in support for students from diverse backgrounds.
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- Tuition fees will be paid in full for students starting their studies in 2022 and committing to working for the NHS in Wales for at least 2 years after qualifying. For further details, see NHS Bursary and Financial Support below.
- You will have excellent employment prospects.
- We give Welsh-speaking students the choice to study some of the degree through the medium of Welsh.
- We have state-of-the-art 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
This is a full and comprehensive programme, which requires daily attendance, and some lectures may finish after 5pm. Specific course content is as follows:
For Welsh-speaking students there is a dedicated pathway which allows you to study up to a third of the course through the medium of Welsh.
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.
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 as well as extending your knowledge in areas such as sound, hearing and audiology. You will also undertake teaching on Dysphagia and begin to develop your competency in this area. On your two block placements, you will begin to have responsibility for the management of your own caseload, with guidance and supervision.
In the third year of the course, you will begin to study more specialised clinical areas, such as bilingualism, stammering, voice, 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.
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 Speech and Language Development, Audiology, Developmental Language Disorder, Speech Sound Difficulties, ASD, Fluency 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 Sport & 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 speech and language therapists, some of whom offer placements in our in-house clinic. 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 550 directly supervised clinical placement hours across the duration of the course.
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 our graduates gain posts working in a wide variety of SLT specialisms. 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/4 or above to include English Language & Science and at least grade B/5 or above in Mathematics or Mathematics - Numeracy. 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, considered with grades DDD. Dependant on subject studied and strength of overall application.
- 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 2 x H2 and 2 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.
- T Level in a Science subject may be considered alongside a further Level 3 academic qualification.
- Access to Higher Education Diplomas are accepted in the areas of Biosciences, Health Care, Health Science and Science with 30 Distinctions including both Biology and equivalent Science credits, and Merits from the remaining level 3 credits. A minimum of 5 GCSEs at grade C/4 or above in English language and Science and grade B/5 or above in Maths are also required.
Please note: We will interview all eligible applicants who are studying, or have studied, an appropriate Access to Higher Education Health related Diploma; level 3 or 4 work based learning qualification or similar level 3 programme; that meets the Professional, Statutory and Regulatory Bodies (PSRB) requirements for the programme.
It is a professional requirement that all applicants who speak English as a second language must have adequate command of English, with an IELTS score of 7.5, with at least 7 in all elements.
Unfortunately, due to limited numbers, applicants who choose the university as an Insurance choice cannot be guaranteed a place.
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
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.
As it is not possible to provide placements for students from outside the UK and the Republic of Ireland, it is not possible to consider international students for this programme.
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
NHS Bursary & Financial Support
The Welsh Health Minister has a responsibility for NHS Wales workforce planning and for the training and development of healthcare professionals in Wales. As part of that responsibility, the University will be required to provide information on your progress during your studies. For those students who are not supported by the NHS Wales Bursary scheme, this information is anonymised as part of a statistical report which includes details relating to your progression in your studies and the outcomes that you achieve.
All healthcare students, including those who have not subscribed to NHS Wales Bursary which provides financial support for tuition fees and for some aspects of maintenance in return for their commitment to work in Wales after graduation, are eligible for support from NHS Wales in the form of reimbursement of clinical placement travel and subsistence expenses which may be claimed through the Cardiff Metropolitan University Student Services Placements Office
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