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Speech & Language Therapy

Speech and Language Therapy Interview Day

Interview structure

  • 10.00am -10.25am - Arrival and registration and TOUR OF CAMPUS for candidates and guests.
  • 10.25am - 10.30am - Welcome talk for candidates and guests.
  • 10.30am - 10.45am - Group task for candidates
  • 10.50am - 11.10am - Writing task for candidates, facilitated by tutors
  • 11.15am - 12.45am - Individual Interviews - Guests welcome to stay in waiting area with to talk to/ask questions of student ambassadors.

All short-listed candidates will be invited to an interview, which takes place as part of the University Applicant Day or stand alone interview days. This allows you to experience a range of activites that enable you to find out more about our University, whilst also being interviewed for the course. The interview itself will will include an information session about the programme , a 20 minute writing task, a 15 minute interactive group task and and a 15 minute individual interview. Activities are facilitated by several of the teaching staff alongside local clinicians. 

Areas focused upon in interview

Throughout the interview process, applicants will be rated on their demonstration of the following skills and values:

  • Capacity to study
  • Commitment to the profession
  • Oral and written communication skills
  • Analytical ability 
  • Self-reflection
  • Knowledge and demonstration of selected NHS core values (see such as compassion, respect and dignity

Applicants who do not have English as their first language and/or have not received their education through the medium of English, must achieve an IELTS score of 7.5 and no element below 7.0 at the start of the programme. A good standard of spoken English and good inter personal skills are a pre-requisite for all candidates.

Students will be working with vulnerable groups, therefore, applicants will be obliged to undertake a successful enhanced Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) check through the University. All offers and registrations will be subject to satisfactory checks. There will be ongoing monitoring of status throughout the course.

After you accept your offer

Upon acceptance of an offer students will be required to take part in an occupational health screening procedure to ensure that they are fit to practice in a healthcare setting. 

Healthcare students are required to engage with the University's occupational health provider who will check immunisation history and ensure this is up to date. Students must consent to receiving the Hepatitis B vaccination as a condition of entry.

It has now been confirmed that mandatory Covid vaccinations for health and social care workers, and students on placements, in England will no longer be legally required.

However, the Health Secretary has said he still considers it “a professional responsibility for health and care staff, and others who work in the health and social care sectors, to be vaccinated” and as such, we strongly recommend that all students are fully vaccinated (unless medically exempt) before undertaking clinical placement activities. We will discuss Covid vaccination and implications for placement with students on commencement of the programme.