BSc (Hons) Speech and Language TherapyB620

    Course Overview

    Duration: Three and a half years full-time for 2017 entrants or three years full-time for 2018 entrants
  • Speech and language therapists (SLTs) are health professionals who work closely with parents, carers, teachers, nurses, doctors and occupational therapists.  Nearly 20% of the population may experience communication difficulties and it is the SLT’s role to help affected children and adults. Our popular speech and language therapy degree offers you an exciting opportunity to explore your vocation as a speech & language therapist.

    What’s more, on completion of the programme, you’ll be eligible to apply to the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) to register as a speech and language therapist (SLT). SLTs provide life-improving support and care for children and adults who have difficulties with communication, eating, drinking or swallowing. SLTs work in a wide range of setting to assess and treat speech, language and communication problems in people of all ages, these might include hospitals, schools, community clinics and specialist units. The majority of our course tutors are themselves HCPC registered SLTs, many with current clinical practice to support their teaching.

    This is the only pre-registration SLT programme in the South West of the UK. It is the first and only speech and language therapy degree the UK where you can graduate with full competency to work with people with eating, drinking and swallowing difficulties, and this makes our graduates extremely attractive to employers.

    Our well-appointed on-site clinic has state of the art voice analysis equipment and a fully equipped speech science lab. It gives our students the chance to apply theory in practice, equipping them with extensive real-world experience and valuable employability skills. We also have a well-stocked SLT therapy resource room open for all SLT students to explore the clinical tools they will use in clinical practice.

    The SLT programme covers a broad curriculum in order to allow to you to register for professional practice. You will learn core skills in topics such as linguistics, phonetics, science, psychology, and speech and language pathology. You will also develop your clinical and professional skills through practical placements and modules that cover counselling and professional skills.

    Successful completion of this programme provides eligibility to apply for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). It is a legal requirement that anyone who wishes to practice using a title protected by the Health and Social Work Professions Order 2001 is on the HCPC Register. For more information, please see the HCPC website at

    We are holding a Speech & Language Careers Day on 22 September 2017, book your place to find out more about becoming an SLT.

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All modules are compulsory:

1st Year
  • Evidence-based practice
  • Professional knowledge & skills 1
  • Child development
  • People in context
  • Biosciences for SLT
  • Introduction to linguistics
  • Phonetics & phonology
2nd Year
  • Professional knowledge & skills 2
  • Developmental communication disorders
  • Motor speech & swallowing disorders 1
  • Advanced communication & counselling
  • Clinical linguistics & phonetics
  • Speech language & cognition
  • Disorders of voice & fluency


3rd Year
  • Professional knowledge and skills 3
  • Developmental communication disorders 2
  • Acquired language disorders
  • Advanced dysphagia
  • Alternative and augmentative communication
  • Cognitive communication disorders
  • Evidence-based practice 2
4th Year
  • Professional knowledge and skills 4
  • Advanced evidence-based practice
  • Leadership in context

Entry Requirements & Fees

Career Opportunities

Each year of the programme includes a clinical placement. These take place in a wide range of settings and areas eg hospitals, schools, clinics.  During placement you will be supervised by a SLT who will help you integrate the theory you have learned at university with practical work with clients. The final semester of the programme includes a long placement during which you will be fully immersed in your clinical practice and will not have to attend university. This provides a very successful bridge into practice as a new graduate.

Graduates who successfully complete the academic and clinical aspects of the programme will be eligible to apply to the Health and Care Professions Council to register to work as speech and language therapist in the UK. Most SLTs work for the NHS but many also work in education, private practice and other settings. Career progression can include working in areas of clinical specialism, research as well as management opportunities.

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Current Students


Course Leader

Julia Stewart leads our team supported by Sarah Griffiths, Gille Stoneham, Corinne Dobinson, Esther Pettit, Sally Bates, Marianne Bos-Clark, Flora Hall, Lynsey Parrot, Alex Malinson, Hazel Bending, Jane Cleverly-Smith and Pedro Amarante Andrade. This passionate, dedicated team possesses extensive experience and fascinating research specialisms. With such a dynamic team behind them, SLT students enjoy plenty of inspiring encouragement and support. Please contact Sarah Griffiths, Admissions Tutor, ( with any enquiries about this course.


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    From September 2018 we will be delivering a three year programme. The BSc (Hons)  Speech & Language Therapy programme is being re-validated as a three year course which is carefully designed to include all the necessary academic and clinical content to enable you to register with the Health and Care Professions Council  (HCPC) to practise as a speech and language therapist. The course will also be approved by the Royal College of Speech & Language Therapists (RCSLT). Please click for information on the changes to funding for allied health courses.


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