Speech and Language Therapy - BSc (Hons)

UCAS Code:
Full-time: B620
Part-time: apply direct to the University
Full Time (3 years), Part Time (6 years)
September 2016, September 2017

Course now closed for applications in 2016/17

The next available start date for this course will now be September 2017. We are no longer accepting any more deferred applications for the Speech and Language Therapy - BSc (Hons) because the course is full for September 2016. As a result of this we’re unable to process any more applications or offer further interview dates for this course.

A course in Speech and Language Therapy will help you become a professional, able to deliver much needed help in assessing, diagnosing and working with people of all ages with communication, eating, drinking or swallowing difficulties.

And an important part of your future role as a speech and language therapist involves working closely with other professionals from health, education and social care, such as teachers and nurses in addition to supporting and advising parents and carers.

What's covered in the course?

The course covers the range of disciplines that contribute to an understanding of the nature of human communication, communicators and communication difficulties.

You'll leave the course with a comprehensive understanding of the role of a speech and language therapist - and we are the only course in the UK to offer the flexibility of a full and part-time option to fit around your other commitments. This is also the only course to offer long block placements to provide you with the clinical experience as a speech pathologist.

Why Choose Us?

  • You will develop practical skills in simulated environments in a safe and structured way.
  • We are the only provider of speech and language therapy training in the West Midlands.
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  • We will prepare you to deliver fully evidence-based practice as a valued member of the speech and language therapy profession.
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Please note: we are currently reviewing our entire course provision for 2017/18. Details will be included in your registration email.

This course is not open to International students
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Where our students go

Our students have gone on to work with organisations such as:

  • Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust
  • Birmingham Community Healthcare NHS Trust
  • Talk Therapy

And in jobs such as:

  • Speech and Language Therapist

Entry Requirements

We now recruit to the values of the NHS constitution. This influences our selection criteria and especially the values we are seeking to be demonstrated in both your application and interview, which we view as essential in any individual involved in patient care.

A minimum of Grades BBB (300 UCAS tariff points):

Level 2 qualifications which must be achieved prior to application:
GCSE at Grade C or above in five subjects, which must include English Language and Mathematics. (GCSE equivalents are not accepted, e. g. Key Skills Level 2, Adult Numeracy, Adult Literacy and GCSE Science is not specified).
Irish Leaving Certificate: a minimum of five Ordinary Levels at Grade B3 or above, must include English, Mathematics and a Science subject.
Scottish qualifications: a minimum of five Intermediate Standard 2 or above, must include English, Mathematics and a Science subject.
Plus one of the following Level 3 qualifications which you may be working towards:
GCE A/A2 level
300 UCAS tariff points from a minimum of three A/A2 level passes which must include a Science or Social Science subject for example one of Psychology, Sociology, Biology, Geography, Chemistry, Physics or Mathematics. A typical offer would be BBB. General Studies and Critical Thinking excluded.
GCE/AVCE Double Award in Health and Social Care
GCE/AVCE Double Award with remaining UCAS tariff points from a minimum of one GCE A/A2 Level in a Social Science or Science subject. General Studies and Critical Thinking excluded.
BTEC National Diploma in Health Studies or Early Years
Award has to be equivalent to 300 UCAS points or higher
International Baccalaureate Diploma
Minimum Grade 30 required.
Access to HE Diploma in Health, Nursing or Midwifery
Overall pass of 60 credits of which 45 credits must be at level 3. A minimum of 12 level 3 credits must be at Distinction and 24 at Merit. A total of 24 level 3 credits must be in health/science related subjects.
Irish Leaving Certificate
Minimum of 5 Highers at Grade B2 including a science.
Honours Degree
Full award or completion of at least 1 year of a relevant honours degree programme (transcripts will be required).

Other qualifications:

Applicants’ qualifications that are not listed will be considered on an individual basis.

In addition:

  • Applicants must have evidence of study within the last 5 years.
  • Applicants are required to attend a visit day and complete a written interview.
  • Second reference for Access/BTEC students from the original referee to be provided to the institution by 30 April of the enrolment year.

Places subject to a satisfactory Occupational Heath Check, a Disclosure and Barring Service report and registration with the Independent Safeguarding Authority.

Applicants should be aware that qualifications, personal statement, reference and written interview all form part of the selection criteria for this course.

English language:
A particularly high standard of spoken and written English is necessary to cope with linguistics, phonetics and clinical work on the Speech and Language Therapy course. However, there is a great need for therapists who are fluent in more than one language and graduates with such skills would be a valuable addition to the profession; such candidates are therefore encouraged to apply.

Applicants who have not received their secondary school education in English will require an overall IELTS score of 7.5 with no subtest below 7.0. To register with the Health and Care Professions Council on qualification applicants for whom English is not a first language an IELTS score of 8.0 with no subtest below 7.5 is required.

The UCAS tariff is changing

If you're considering applying for this course to start in September 2017 onwards, it's important to know that the UCAS tariff system is changing.

UCAS tariff points – the points system most universities use to compare different qualifications – will be introducing a new system on how points are calculated.

More about the new tariff

UK or EU students

Award Start Mode Duration Fees
BSc (Hons) Sep 2016 FT 3 years NHS Funded
PT 6 years NHS Funded
Sep 2017 FT 3 years TBC - see bottom of this tab for more information Apply via UCAS
PT 6 years TBC - see bottom of this tab for more information

International Students

Sorry, this course is not available to international students.

The University reserves the right to increase fees broadly in line with increases in inflation, or to reflect changes in government funding policies or changes agreed by Parliament.

Guidance for UK/EU students


UK and EU students applying for most undergraduate degree courses in the UK will need to apply through UCAS.

The Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) is a UK organisation responsible for managing applications to university and college.

Applying through UCAS
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 Complete your details
 Select your course
 Write a personal statement
 Get a reference
 Pay your application fee
 Send UCAS your application

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Additional costs

We offer a wide range of professionally accredited and vocational courses that require the purchase of, among other things, uniforms, equipment, subscriptions, professional body memberships and DBS checks, and may require you to pay to attend conferences or participate in placements.

The link below provides our estimate of the possible costs associated with key activities on specific courses. Please bear in mind that these are only estimates of costs based on past student experience and feedback. The actual costs to you could vary considerably (either greater or lower than these estimates) depending on your choices as you progress through the course. We set out where we can, based on experience, where these indicative costs are for activities that are optional or compulsory.

All our students are provided with 100 free pages of printing each year to a maximum total value of £15.

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Your personal statement

Your personal statement is a highly important part of your application. It gives you a crucial opportunity to say why you’re applying and why the institution should accept you.

Here are the key areas you’ll need to address:

Course choice

Why does this course appeal? What areas are of particular interest?

Career plans

If you have a specific career in mind, say how your chosen course will help you pursue this goal.

Work experience

Mention any work that is relevant to your subject, highlighting the skills and experience gained.

School or college experience

Highlight skills gained at school/college, eg summer schools or mentoring activities.

Non-accredited skills or achievement

eg Duke of Edinburgh Award, Young Enterprise scheme.

You should also mention your future plans – if you’re planning to take a year out, don't forget to give your reasons. Talk about any subjects you’re studying that don’t have a formal assessment and any sponsorships or placements you’ve applied for. And don't be scared to add in details about your social, sports or leisure interests.

Get more information on writing personal statements.

NHS funding

Places on this course are funded by the NHS in September 2016 only.

Get more information about NHS funding

Changes to funding

From 1 August 2017, new students in England on nursing, midwifery and most allied health professional (AHP) pre-registration courses will have access to the standard student support package of loans for tuition fees and living costs, rather than getting an NHS grant.

Download information about fees for health students in 2017/18

This course is available part-time

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Loans and Grants

Financial Support

We offer further information on possible undergraduate financial support. This includes the type of loans, grants and scholarships available both from the government and from Birmingham City University.

Year one

In your first year, you will take the following modules:

Describing communication development and change

This includes a range of subjects such as phonetics, linguistics and psychology. You will learn about typical communication and how communication develops and changes throughout the lifespan.

Recognising communication and swallowing needs

You will learn about a wide range of speech, language, communication, and swallowing difficulties.

Introduction to professional practice

You will learn about professionalism and reflection. You will also have opportunities to develop your interaction and presentation skills.

Introduction to research and evidence based practice

This module introduces you to the foundation skills for the research proposal project that you will undertake in year three.

Year two

In the second year, will take the following modules:

Appraising communication and swallowing needs

You will learn to assess the speech, language, communication and swallowing needs of children and adults.

Professional practice

This module includes an eight-week clinical placement where you will work with a variety of clients.

Interpreting communication and swallowing needs
Research and evidence-based practice

Year three

Full-time students in their third year will take the following modules:

Management of communication and swallowing needs

You will learn about the management of clients with a range of speech, language, communication and swallowing needs.

Professional practice for qualification

This module includes a 15-week clinical placement.

Application of research and evidence based practice

You will undertake a desk-based project to demonstrate your ability to plan a research project.

Course structure

In your first year you'll learn the basics in the areas of anatomy, psychology, linguistics and phonetics.

The year acts as a strong introduction to the most common issues around both communication and swallowing difficulties.

In year two, you'll begin to apply theory to practice and you'll learn about assessing client's speech, language, communication and swallowing needs. You will also have your first clinical placement in your second year.

In your third year, you'll learn about managing your client's speech, language, communication and swallowing needs, and you put your learning into practice on your final 15-week clinical placement.

We offer a part-time route which gives you the opportunity to still train as a speech and language therapist if you feel that you cannot commit to a full time degree. The part-time course takes six years to complete and you'll attend university for two days per week. You'll also have the chance to swap to the full-time route if you decide you want to finish in less than six years.


The course is approved by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).

Teaching breakdown

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53 Time in independent study RoyalBlue
19 Time on placement LightSkyBlue

Assessment breakdown

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23 Practical exams #fece5a

Student stories

BSc (Hons) Speech and Language Therapy Student Clara Macdonald talks about her motivations for choosing this particular Birmingham City University degree course.

Recent BSc (Hons) Speech and Language Therapy graduate Mark Askey highly recommends this Birmingham City University degree course.

Claire Johnston

Claire's story

Claire fulfilled a long-held ambition by coming to the University as a mature student to study Speech and Language Therapy. She now works for a school, has set up her own Facebook group and raises awareness with the Giving Voice campaign. She's also received an Alumni of the Year award.

Study and work abroad

If you are interested in undertaking part of your studies abroad, the Erasmus scheme may be of interest to you. It allows higher education students to study for part of their degree in another European country.

It is open to undergraduates in their second year (or above) and offers a unique opportunity to enhance your CV and experience new cultures. If you study with us you will have access to an Erasmus co-ordinator, who can provide information about which institutions we have links with.

Find out more

Further study

Once employed as a speech and language therapist you have the option to apply to study on the MSc Advanced Practice or Advanced Health Care Programmes.

Student stories

Mature 3rd year student Lisa Gateley talks about her experience on degree course BSc (Hons) Speech and Language Therapy at Birmingham City University. The challenges she has faced in balancing her studies with being a mother of 3 children.

Enhancing Employability Skills

Once qualified you'll have a range of career opportunities available to you within hospitals, community health centres, mainstream and special schools, care homes, nursing and residential homes, young offenders' institutions, prisons and clients' own homes.

You'll also have the option to work in independent practice once you have gained some experience, and to work abroad. We have an excellent reputation for producing successful speech and language therapists.

You'll learn from our philosophy of holism - where we work with a client as a whole rather than focussing on their disability.


You will experience two block placements as part of the speech and language therapy course, eight weeks in year two and 15 weeks in your final year. These allow you to be fully emersed in the professional environment.

More about our placement opportunities...


OpportUNIty Student Ambassador

OpportUNIty: Student Jobs on Campus ensures that our students are given a first opportunity to fill many part-time temporary positions within the University. This allows you to work while you study with us, fitting the job around your course commitments. By taking part in the scheme, you will gain valuable experiences and employability skills, enhancing your prospects in the job market.

It will also allow you to become more involved in University life by delivering, leading and supporting many aspects of the learning experience, from administration to research and mentoring roles.


BCU Graduate+

Through our courses we give you the skills and experience needed to get a head start when applying for jobs. But we offer something extra too – Graduate+.

Our unique programme gives you the chance to develop valuable skills outside of the more formal classroom learning. We award points for Graduate+ activities (including firewalking!) and these can be put towards a final Graduate+ award.

More about Graduate+

Graduate Jobs

Our graduates find employment in either the NHS, local authorities, the Third Sector - and increasingly, even in private providers as a Speech and Language Therapist. After qualifying, you'll be able to register with the Health and Care Professions Council which allows you to practice as a speech and language therapist.

90 per cent of graduates from the Speech and Language Therapy course who responded to our survey entered employment (and/or further study), earning an average salary of £18,000 after six months. Employers included Birmingham City Council and Birmingham Community Healthcare Trust in positions such as Social Worker and District Nurse.


We are constantly investing in our estate and are currently in the process of spending £260 million on new learning facilities.

We boast up-to-date, innovative facilities that simulate the real situations that medical staff may come across.

These resources are essential in offering students a hands-on introduction to health and social care practice. Much of our teaching is carried out within our state-of-the-art, £30m Seacole Building, which houses some of the best learning facilities in the UK.

Take a virtual tour of our skills suites at Seacole

In a sector where new techniques are constantly being discovered, we work hard to ensure that students learn using the most up-to-date equipment available. These include the only mock operating theatre in an English university and a cutting-edge radiography virtual clinical training facility, virtual ward and virtual case creator.

Speech Resource Room

This is a dedicated resources room for speech and language therapy students. It houses a vast range of up to date assessment and therapy materials that students will develop their knowledge and skills of during their programme of study in readiness for clinical practice. A two way mirror in the room allows for simulation activities for students to practice their clinical skills. This is a place where SLT students can study individually or in small groups to prepare for practice related activities.

Skills Practice and Clinical Enhancement facility

The SPACE (Skills Practice And Clinical Enhancement) learning facility lets you further practice the skills taught in class, at your own pace and convenience.

It is fully stocked with the specialist items and equipment needed for procedures such as taking blood pressure, giving an injection, abdominal examination of a pregnant woman and caring for ill babies in an incubator.

Mary Seacole Library

The Seacole library, based at City South Campus, is one of the UK's largest specialist health education libraries. The state-of-the art facility offers an extensive range of range of information and reference materials set out in a relaxing environment, conducive to studying. There are comfortable seating areas, group study areas, a silent study area and private study rooms.

You will have access to all of the University’s libraries, including the main Kenrick Library on the City North Campus, which is open for almost 90 hours a week and holds more than 320,000 books, 2,000 print journals and carries more than 4,000 electronic journals online.

Computer Facilities

The Seacole building houses a large open access IT Suite which comprises of 96 PCs, full colour printers, photocopiers and scanners. Our PCs utilise the latest Intel i5 core technology, all with:

  • Fast (unrestricted) internet connectivity
  • Ability to save files to USB, DVD & CD
  • Microsoft Office software
  • Research and statistical software
  • Storage space which can be accessed from any PC across the University and from home

Our PCs are also designed to support students who may have difficulties with reading and writing, featuring specialised software with zooming/magnification and screen reading capabilities, which may also be customised for individual student needs.

The IT Suite offers extended opening hours and is supported by a specialist Open Access Assistant during term time. In addition to the open access PCs within the IT Suite, there are 12 networked student PCs available within Seacole library.

Staff Introduction

A range of staff teach on the Speech and Language Therapy course - including Speech and Language Therapists, Linguistics, Psychologists and Physiologists.

UK prospective students:

UK enquiry form

+44 (0)121 331 5595

EU / International prospective students:

International enquiry form

+44 (0)121 331 5389

Already applied?

Email the applications team

+44 (0)121 331 6295