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This popular course is no. 1 in England for student satisfaction in Speech and Language Therapy (Complete University Guide 2022) and scores 92% student satisfaction (NSS 2021).
and support people with communication difficulties
Three A-levels at grades BBB or above
Or BTEC triple grades DDM or above
Or Access 45 D/M with min 24D
And GCSE English Language with Maths and Science at grade 5 or grade C or above
UCAS points 120
UCAS code B620
UCAS institution code P63
Duration Three years full-time or up to six years part-time.
You will be expected to have GCSEs at Grade 5 or above (formerly Grade B-C) in five subjects, which must include English Language, Mathematics and a science.
Irish Leaving Certificate: Mathematics, English and a Science at ordinary level grade B3/O3 or higher.
Scottish qualifications: a minimum of five Intermediate Standard 2 or above, including English, Mathematics and a science.
We also require:
BBB at A level (120 tariff points). Subjects such as English Language, Psychology, Biology (and other sciences), Modern Foreign Languages provide a good foundation for SLT. The Welsh Baccalaureate will be accepted in lieu of one A level. General Studies and Critical Thinking are not included.
OR BTEC national diploma in a related area (e.g. health studies or early years) at Distinction/Distinction/Merit.
OR Access to HE in a related area (e.g. Sciences or Health Professions) 45 level 3 credits D/M with minimum 24 D. Modules should include Biology and Psychology.
OR CACHE Health and Social Care qualification at Grade B.
OR Irish Leaving Certificate: a minimum of 5 Highers at Grade B2/H3 including a science or social science.
OR 5 grades at A or B from a combination of Scottish Highers and Advanced Highers.
OR Degree/foundation degree.
OR International Baccalaureate 28-30. Individual offers will vary depending on subjects studied.
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.
An interview, occupational health check and DBS check are also required.
Speech and language therapists (SLTs) enjoy a rewarding, specialist career working with parents, teachers, carers, nurses, doctors and occupational therapists. Almost one in five experience communication difficulties and this is where SLTs support people to develop, restore, or give strategies to build communication. SLTs also support people who struggle to eat, drink or swallow. SLTs work in hospitals, schools, community clinics and specialist units.
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 a Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) approved programme provides eligibility to apply for admission to the HCPC Register. ‘Speech and language therapist’ is a protected title, and you will only be entitled to use it if you are registered with the HCPC. Please be aware that having a disability should not be a barrier to becoming HCPC registered and refer to their advice on disability and becoming a health and care professional. This course has secured HCPC approval.
Funding of at least £5000 per year is available to students on pre-registration SLT courses.
We have been training Speech and Language Therapists for 25 years. Our regular Speech and Language Therapy Career Days are designed to give potential applicants an opportunity to discover more about the SLT’s role.
Part-time SLT students will study 60 credits in each year with part-time block placements being undertaken in years 2, 4, and 6. Please contact us for more information should this route be of interest to you.
The timetable in year three (or year six for the part-time route) typically extends four weeks beyond the end of the usual academic year to enable students to complete adequate placement experience. Students will therefore complete their studies in early July in the final year (only).
Gillian: I think in terms of the campus, I think why people choose Marjon because it's small and friendly, so when they come we get to know the students on a personal level, as well as keeping up with how they're studying. And so when they go out on placement, again, we've got that dual role in terms of not just supporting their academic studies but supporting how they're doing as professionals when they're out there in the workplace and really looking at developing those skills that are going to equip them, not just to work with clients, but to actually be part of that healthcare workforce, which is going through such a period of change with the shrinking finance and the complexities of healthcare. It's going to become more challenging out there. We are all practicing clinicians ourselves, so we're not simply lecturing them in aspects of speech and language and communication. We actually are all practitioners who have a clinical expertise.
Sophie: It's a really small course so we get to socialize quite a lot together.
Georgina: The teachers are really specialists and they're so friendly. No one's too professional to speak to you, everyone wants to give you all of their time or all of their help so that you end up as good as they are.
Sophie: There's loads of variation with it, from dealing with people who have had strokes to traumatic brain injury to little children with cleft palates, so very varied.
Sarah: I would definitely recommend Marjon because it has a wide range of knowledge with the adults, children, and it's really good reputation for dysphagia which is a big part of speech language therapist's job these days. Our little [inaudible 00:01:43] group, we all really gelled and got on well, because it didn't matter about age, you were all in the same boat. It's just a really friendly campus. Small campus. The lectures are very supportive. It gives you opportunities to become part of a community, but also to extend yourself out. There's security in the smallness of it and then there's the opportunity to branch out.
You have the option to graduate with full competency to work with people with eating, drinking and swallowing difficulties (dysphagia) and this makes our graduates extremely attractive to employers
This is the only pre-registration SLT programme in the South West of the UK
Close partnerships with SLT services across the region enable us to offer a broad range of placement opportunities
On-site clinic facilities with specialist speech lab, containing state-of-the-art equipment for voice swallowing and speech analysis
Clinical simulation, using actors to help students gain vital therapeutic skills
Our curriculum includes innovative modules in subjects such as Leadership and Alternative and Augmentative Communication (AAC)
“ The first year was about learning the basic skills a speech and language therapist should have. It covered linguistics, phonology and the anatomy of speech. The second year involved taking the skills we had learnt in first year and applying them to clinical practice. We built up knowledge of assessment and therapy techniques and learnt how to use them with people. In our third year we are looking at the specific details of some complex conditions and learning how to create full intervention plans for someone with communication difficulties.”
How does the brain control language?
Do bilingual children learn language faster?
How can we work with people who struggle to swallow after a stroke?
What is phonetic transcription for?
How do communication difficulties impact on self-identity?
What is clinical simulation?
“ We interviewed yesterday and there were two current Marjon Year 4 students that we met, I wanted to let you know how well they performed. They were ranked first and second in the process and were both a huge compliment to the training they have received. I was particularly impressed with the level of dysphagia competence they were able to describe and demonstrate. Their competence was robust and credible. It really shone out compared to other institutions.”
“I had some fantastic placements whilst being a student. I think it was vital to start placements early on in the course as it enables you to link theory to practice straight away. Our lecturers were very passionate, which was inspiring. I really enjoy working with such a wide variety of clients and I work in a supportive team who have taught me so much. My favourite thing about this profession is being able to see how the work we do makes a positive difference in someone’s life.”
May is an SLT for Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust.
"SLT is about having a key interest in communication and wanting to help people. I really like the placements, all have been excellent in giving me opportunities to apply what I’ve learnt to real clients, each one has been a boost to my confidence. I can go forward, knowing what I’m good at and where I need to put in that bit more work. Plus the lecturers have been absolutely fantastic."
Jack is now an SLT for the NHS in Hertfordshire.
“I really enjoyed the small year group we had, it gave us the chance to really get to know one another and to challenge and support each other. Our lectures were informative and engaging and complimented by valuable real-world skills development including working with clients and with actors in role-playing days to develop our skills in a clinically simulated environment. The dysphagia strand of the course was very valuable and I'm convinced it led me to having the edge at job interviews.”
Hayley is an SLT for the NHS specialising in acute and rehabilitation services for adults with acquired disorders.
On completion you will able to apply to the Health and Care Professions Council for registration as a Speech and Language Therapist and, once registered, you will be able to apply for SLT jobs, for example in the NHS.
How are you finding the course?
Sophie: I chose Marjon because it's such a nice atmosphere. Everyone was really welcoming and friendly to me. I'm on the SLT course and I love it. It's a great community. It's got 40 people in it, so you get to know them really well.
How good is the teaching on this course?
Allanah: Your tutors and lecturers here are so personal. They know every single student by their name and you can talk to them at any point if you have any difficulties or issues in your modules and courses, which makes it a really friendly, awesome university to come to.
Sophie: They prepare you all for placements, with placements in every year. I've just finished my first year placement, which it can be in a hospital or a community, and it really sets you up for the future.Focus on employability – dysphagia competencies are incorporated into the course.
RCSLT is the professional body for SLTs in the UK, it's accreditation of this course enables graduates to apply to Health and Care Professions Council for registration as a Speech and Language Therapist.
HCPC register and set the standards for health professionals including SLTs, and they approve the courses which professionals must complete to register as a practitioner in their field.
Includes lectures, seminars, tutorials, practical workshops and placement experiences. As a professional training, the course is akin to being in a full time job.
While traditional exams feature, you will have a range of assignments including online exams, essays, case files, oral presentations, posters, clinical exams, designing and producing SLT resources. You will also be assessed on your clinical competencies developed through placements.
Course leaderView full profile
Julia is a senior academic who is an experienced speech and language therapist. She has extensive experience of working with children with a range of disorders and has worked with children of all ages. Her clinical experience includes work in a trailblazer Sure Start Project; in specialist provision for children with developmental language disorders and in community clinics. Julia's research supports her work with students' practice education and professional development. She is currently working with the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists to shape the future of practice placement education.
Fees UK students: £9,250 per annum
Fees for International students: £12,500 per annum
This fee covers your tuition and access to course-specific equipment and facilities, as well associated services including access to the library, study skills support, IT support, student support and wellbeing services and membership of the Student Union. There may be additional costs by course.
Please see additional costs for SLT students.
Senior Lecturer in Speech and Language TherapyView profile
Sally is a dual trained phonetician and speech and language therapist with a clinical specialism in developmental speech disorders. She teaches clinical linguistics and phonetics, psycholinguistics and developmental speech and language disorders.
Senior LecturerView profile
Jane is a speech and language therapist with a clinical background in paediatrics. She lectures in biosciences for SLTs; speech, language and communication development and disorders. She works with SLT placement providers to ensure the quality of our SLT placements.
Senior LecturerView profile
Steve's background is in language, linguistics and human communication. He has particular interests in the power of language in human interactions, global use of language and the history of words.
Lecturer - Speech and Language TherapyView profile
Senior LecturerView profile
Alex is a qualified speech and language therapist and lecturer specialising in learning disabilities. She teaches on aspects of the course relating to practice based learning, dysphagia and communication in neurodevelopmental disorders and mental illness.
Senior LecturerView profile
Lynsey is a senior lecturer and qualified speech and language therapist, having originally trained in Australia. She specialises in working with people who use augmentative and alternative communication.
Senior LecturerView profile
Esther is a speech and language therapist and clinical academic. Her specialist area is aphasia (acquired language disorder) and she runs University-based clinic for people with acquired literacy difficulties
Senior LecturerView profile
We look for a well written personal statement showing a good understanding of a Speech & Language Therapist’s role. It’s important to explain the reasons for choosing SLT as a profession. Visiting the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists (RCSLT) website is a good place to start. We also look for people who have some experience (e.g. voluntary) working with people who have communication difficulties. It’s difficult to get this kind of experience with the NHS, however there are a number of organisations with local branches, that may welcome volunteers e.g. Connect, Headway, Stroke Association, Parkinson’s UK, National Autistic Society, Afasic and Sense.
At Marjon we also run a ‘SLT Career Day’ that can add to your evidence of relevant experience. Email email@example.com if you would like to be on our mailing list for this.
We look at an applicant’s whole profile when making a decision about whether to invite them for interview so do contact us if you are unsure about your qualifications and/or experience. We want you to succeed so if you have any queries please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Second degree or career change?
Students who already have a degree and are planning to undertake the BSc (Hons) Speech & Language Therapy degree as a second degree can access a second student loan through the student loans system. For further information see the Student Finance England website.
SLT Student Conference
We run an annual SLT Student Conference to showcase our students research achievements which is attended by students as well as our SLT graduates and clinical colleagues.
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. This provides a very successful bridge into practice as a new graduate as evidenced by the following feedback on our students:
“We had the pleasure of interviewing some of your final year students for a post with our service this week. We were very impressed with the quality of these students – their answers to the interview questions were reasoned, thoughtful and evidence based, demonstrating an excellent breadth and depth of knowledge. They also demonstrated great professional standards and should be very proud of how they came across at interview.”
Debbie White, Speech & Language Therapy Team Leader, Livewell South West
Important information regarding the admissions and recruitment process
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.
Mandatory vaccinations of healthcare workers and placement students
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.
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