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 2018

This course is now full for 2018/19. You can apply for 2019/20 via UCAS from September 2018.

If you'd still like to apply for September 2018, take a look at some of our other available courses.

If you want a client-centred, evidence-based education in the field of speech and language therapy, our three-year BSc programme is the right choice for you.

Our course, which is approved by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) uses a variety of innovative activities and placements. On graduation you will be ready to apply to the HCPC for registration as a speech and language therapist.

What's covered in the course?

Speech and language therapists support people of all ages who have communication and/or swallowing difficulties. Delivered at the West Midlands’ only training site for speech and language therapists - and the largest provider of qualified staff to the NHS and social care professions - this course is designed to prepare you to achieve excellence and professional autonomy in clinical practice.

You will learn through a variety of formats, including workshops, interactive lectures, and simulation sessions, which are run in state-of-the-art facilities on our Edgbaston campus. You will also benefit from the Virtual Case Creator (VCC), which enables us to simulate clinical scenarios in a virtual environment.

Throughout the course, you will develop your understanding of research and evidence-based practice, so that you will be able to contribute to the future development of the speech and language therapy profession.

You will undertake two major clinical placements, during which you will be immersed in all aspects of clinical practice. Towards the end of your clinical placement in your third year, you are likely to be managing your own caseload of clients, and you will have the option to participate in a number of extracurricular activities, including an opportunity for international exchange. Our graduates work as speech and language therapists in a wide range of settings in the NHS, but also in schools, for charities and in private practice.

“There is a strong sense of community amongst staff and students on the course, with an overwhelming amount of support and respect - it really feels like family”
Robin Haigh

Why Choose Us?

  • Students are satisfied with this course! We scored 96 per cent for overall satisfaction in the National Student Survey 2018.
  • The course is approved by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)* and the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists, which also commended our virtual simulated practice activities that help prepare you for practice
  • We have been training SLT's for over 50 years! Our long – established course has a history of training speech and language therapists for over 50 years, so you are guaranteed excellent support, training and access to a wealth of knowledge
  • Gain practical experience - from the first week of the course, you will have the opportunity to carry out valuable work experience in a variety of different settings and through simulation events, to establish exactly what sort of therapist you would like to be and to develop your employability skills
  • Brand new £41 million campus with state-of-the-art facilities - our brand new extension features two specialist SLT clinics with cutting-edge technology to aid your learning, resource room and a simulation suites
  • Flexible learning - you have the option to study either full time and part time and the option to switch between them
  • Student loan finance - have you already studied an undergraduate degree but would like to do a new one in Speech and Language Therapy? You may be eligible for funding

*The Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) formerly known as the Health Professions Council (HPC).

To welcome all new home and EU undergraduate degree students starting in 2018 or 2019, we're giving at least £150 worth of credit to spend in a host of ways, on books and a range of learning materials. Even better, it doesn’t have to be repaid. Terms and conditions apply.

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This course is not open to International students

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 (120 UCAS tariff points):

Level 2 qualifications which must be achieved prior to application:
GCSE at Grade 4 or above (formerly Grade C) 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: Mathematics and English at ordinary level grade B3/O3 or higher.
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
120 UCAS tariff points from a maximum 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 120 UCAS points or higher
CACHE Extended Diploma in Health and Social Care
Minimum Grade B required (120 UCAS tariff points)
City and Guilds Level 3 Advanced Technical Extended Diploma
Distinction, must be in a relevant subject, i.e. Health and Social Care
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. Must possess GCSE Mathematics and English at Grade 4 or above.
Irish Leaving Certificate

Minimum of 5 Highers at Grade B2/H3 including a science or social 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.

Further guidance on tariff points can be found on the UCAS website.

In addition:

  • Applicants must have evidence of study within the last 5 years.
  • Applicants are required to attend a visit day and complete an 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 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.

UK or EU students

Award Start Mode Duration Fees
BSc (Hons) Sep 2018 FT 3 years £9,250 per year Applications Closed
PT 6 years £1,542 per 20 credit module Applications Closed

International Students

Sorry, this course is not available to international students.

If you're unable to use the online form for any reason, you can complete our PDF application form and equal opportunities PDF form instead. The University reserves the right to increase fees in line with inflation based on the Retail Prices Index or to reflect changes in Government funding policies or changes agreed by Parliament up to a maximum of five per cent.

This course is now full for 2018/19. You can apply for 2019/20 via UCAS from September 2018.

If you'd still like to apply for September 2018, take a look at some of our other available courses in Clearing.

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.

Additional costs

There are no compulsory additional costs or charges associated with studying on this course. While you may choose to purchase personal copies of text books, all our key text books are available from our library or online (subject to normal library loan and online access arrangements).

Based on the past experience of our students, you might find it helpful to set aside about £50 for each year of your studies for your personal stationery and study materials.

Learning Support Fund

From 1 November 2017 you may be able to apply for elements of the learning support fund if:

  • you are studying a pre-registration healthcare course
  • are studying in England and
  • your course started on or after 1 August 2017

Visit NHS student services for more information

Worried about personal statements?

Worried about personal statements?

If you've got no idea where to start or just want to check you're on the right track, we’ve got expert advice and real examples from our students to help you nail your personal statement. You can even download our ultimate personal statement guide for free.

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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.

Student loan finance - have you already studied an undergraduate degree but would like to do a second one in Speech and Language Therapy? You may be eligible for funding.

Year one

Foundations of Professional Practice (double module)
40 credits

This module starts your development towards meeting the HCPC Standards of Proficiency through providing you with the foundational skills needed to safely operate as a student professional within the context of current and future speech and language therapy services.

Foundations in Phonetics and Linguistics
20 credits

This module will introduce you to key areas in phonetics and linguistics, including speech articulation, phonological theory, sociolinguistics, and syntactic analysis. You will also devote considerable time to building your phonetic  transcription skills in small group workshops

Applied Anatomy & Physiology
20 credits

This module will introduce you to profession-specific knowledge of the main structures and functions of the body systems and the relationships between these in human communication and swallowing so that you can understand the implications of this for the work of the speech and language therapist.

Psychology and the Development of Language
20 credits

This module introduces you to psychological theory and aims to provide insight into the development of language and communication through the lifespan with focus on early years, adolescence and the ageing population. The module also highlights the relevance that psychological theory has to the development of language and communication and how this is applied to SLT.

Communication and Swallowing Impairments and their Impact
20 credits

In order to deliver effective care for clients communication and swallowing needs you will require a sound knowledge of their impairments and needs. This module will introduce you to the profession-specific knowledge and skills base that you will need before moving on to appraise and manage clients with communication and swallowing needs.

Year two

Appraising Communication and Swallowing Needs
20 credits

This module builds on the knowledge and skills acquired in year 1 within the Communication and Swallowing Needs strand. We will   introduce you to the principles of appraisal in speech and language therapy across a range of paediatric and adult client groups. The module will help you develop your clinical decision-making skills.

The Intermediate Professional
20 credits

The focus in this module is on developing professionalism as a values system. You will explore traits, attributes, behaviours and acts, alongside the development of effective interactions and relationships will be explored. You will have the opportunity to support your development through practical, interactive tasks and reflective work.

Appraisal in Professional Clinical Practice
20 credits

This module covers the first block clinical placement of the programme (8 weeks). You will observe and appraise clients with a variety of communication and swallowing needs within different settings, drawing upon the knowledge and skills acquired in the level 5 modules ‘The Intermediate Professional’ and ‘Appraising Communication and Swallowing Needs’.

Research and Evidence-Based Practice
20 credits

In this module you will learn how to develop research questions, conduct and write a literature review, and propose appropriate methodologies and data analysis methods.  You will take data analysis workshops to gain hands on experience in dealing with real data. You will also learn about principles of ethics in research.

Analysis of Communication and Swallowing
20 credits

In this module you will extend your theoretical knowledge of communication and swallowing, and gain additional practical skills in the analysis of communication and swallowing data. We will introduce you to a number of theoretical frameworks, such as Conversation Analysis, and instrumental methods, including the acoustic analysis of speech.

Principles of Client- Centred Management of Communication and Swallowing Needs
20 credits

In this module you will learn the principles of client-centred management and gain the essential skills necessary for planning management for clients with communication and swallowing needs. You will cover a spectrum of client groups such as people with aphasia, motor speech disorders, dysphagia and children with speech disorders/delay.

Year three

Management of Communication and Swallowing Needs (double module)
40 credits

In this module you will complete your learning about the clinical management of people with communication and swallowing needs. You will work on cases with different levels of severity and complexity, including cases, where a person may have more than one area of impairment or need. You will also develop skills in working effectively in partnership with others.

Application of Research and Evidence- Based Practice (double module)
40 credits

This module caps the research and evidence-based practice strand of the course. You will construct a research proposal, in which you formulate an SLT practice-related research question, critically evaluate the relevant academic literature, and design a study to address the research question that is both methodologically sound and ethically appropriate.

The Entry-Level Professional
20 credits

In this module, you will consider the knowledge and skills necessary to support your development into a practice-ready final year student. You will study in more detail the key threads for professional development, under the topics of: reflection; interaction; communication and meta-communication; resilience; confidence and professional values.

Management in Professional Clinical Practice
20 credits

This module covers the second block clinical placement of the programme (12 weeks). It provides you with opportunities to apply your knowledge, skills and professionalism in the management of a range of clients. Towards the end of this module, there are study days to support  you with the writing of your CV and to prepare you for job interviews.

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 12-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.

Overseas opportunities 

During year 3 of the course up to 20 students have the opportunity to undertake a week of joint learning with SLT students from other EU countries, under the ‘IP light’ programme. The IP light event is usually hosted by a partner institution in continental Europe.

Trips and visits

During the third year students participate in off-site visits to clinical teams, for example to the cleft palate team at Birmingham Children’s Hospital (BCH).

Examples of classroom activities 

In order to ensure that you can get the most out of clinical placements, we offer a range of simulation methodologies which enables you to practise in a safe ‘forgiving’ environment with no risk of harm to service users. We are currently the only SLT programme to offer extensive simulation opportunities and expertise.

Teaching breakdown

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64 Time in independent study RoyalBlue
16 Time on placement LightSkyBlue

Assessment breakdown

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35 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.

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Practise your skills in SPACE 

Filled with state-of-the-art equipment, our SPACE (Skills Practice and Care Enhancement) area is the perfect place for you to practise a wide range of skills at your own pace.

Watch our video to see how access to SPACE has helped our students to succeed.

Explore SPACE

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 you graduate  from our course you will be eligible to register with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) to work as a speech and language therapist. You'll have a range of career opportunities available to work as a speech and language therapist in 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.

In applying for your first job you’ll be able to draw on the experiences from your block clinical placements, during which students are immersed in all aspects of clinical practice. You will have completed a personal development portfolio, and as a participant in Professional Practice Day you will have shared in the ideas and experiences of employers and alumni.


The programme includes two block clinical placements, during which you are immersed in all aspects of clinical practice. The first block placement is in year two and takes 8 weeks to complete (16 weeks in year 3 for part time students); the second block placement consists of 12 weeks in year 3 (24 weeks in year 6 for part time students). Towards the end of the second block placement students are expected to be able to manage their own small caseloads. You will work with various different client groups during your placements (both adults and children), and work in different settings, e.g., community clinics, hospitals, schools.

During your first year you will undertake a number of placement-related activities, and you will work with speech and language therapy service users from your first week on the course.

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 a Speech and Language Therapist. 

100%...of students are in work or full time study six months after graduating2016/17 DLHE Response


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 cutting-edge learning facilities.

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 a mock operating theatre and a cutting-edge radiography virtual clinical training facility, virtual ward and virtual case creator.

Speech and Language Therapy (SLT) 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.

Skills Practice and Care Enhancement facility

The SPACE (Skills Practice And Care 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.

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, Linguists, Psychologists and Physiologists.

Lesley Ann Docherty

Senior Lecturer

Lesley Ann qualified in 2001 from UCE and worked at Selly Oak Hospital and the Queen Elizabeth Hospital until joining the University in 2014. She worked in the Stroke Unit and supported patients in the Burns Unit and ITU. Lesley Ann currently holds an honorary contract at a local NHS hospital.

Elaine Duddy

Senior Lecturer

Elaine is a senior lecturer on the BSc (Hons) Speech and Language Therapy degree. Her area of specialisation is cleft palate.

Juliette Gaunt

Associate Professor

Qualified Speech and Language Therapist with professional registration and HCPC licence. Clinical specialism paediatric dysphagia and professional practice.

Specialist interest in preparation for practice and wider professionalism teaching in healthcare.

Passion for working with High Achieving Students and developing the BCU scheme with supports these students in levels 5 and 6.

Claire Hartley

Claire Hartley

Senior Lecturer

Claire Hartley is a Speech and Language Therapist (SLT) and Senior Lecturer (in acquired communication difficulties) at Birmingham City University. She is also the Programme Director for the Return to Practice in SLT Programme. Her interests include aphasia, motor speech disorders, simulated practice in SLT, and working with service users. She is a Better Conversations Champion, Lee Silverman voice treatment (LSVT) Certified clinician and Chairs the Central Neuro Rehab CEN. She also supervises the department's placements with the Stroke Association.

Dr Thomas Hopkins


Having completed a BSc in Psychology at Nottingham Trent University in 2006, Tom moved to Sheffield to study a part-time MSc in Psychological Research Methods at Sheffield Hallam University.

After gaining a distinction he was accepted onto a PhD scholarship at the University of Sheffield in the department of Human Communication Sciences in 2010. His research involved studying the language literacy and communication abilities of young offenders using a mixed methods approach.

Dr Wouter Jansen

Senior Lecturer in Clinical Linguistics and Admissions Tutor

Wouter lectures on the BSc Speech and Language Therapy degree, and also acts as Admissions Tutor for this course. He teaches (clinical) linguistics, phonetics, and research methods and currently leads two modules: SPR5018 Appraising Communication and Swallowing Needs, and SPR6015, the final year research and evidence-based practice module for SLT students. Wouter's academic background is in linguistics, especially phonetics and phonology.

Wouter has a degree in English Language and Literature from the University of Groningen (cum laude, 1997; equivalent to an MA in the pre-2002 Dutch HE system). He has a PhD in Linguistics, also from the University of Groningen (completed in 2004; supervisors: Dicky Gilbers and John Nerbonne). Wouter was a Lecturer in Linguistics at University College Dublin in 2003-2004, and taught a module on advanced phonological theory at University College London in 2004-2005. In 2005-2006 he was a Senior Lecturer in Linguistics in the department of Clinical Language Sciences at Leeds Metropolitan University. Wouter joined Birmingham City University as Senior Lecturer in Clinical Linguistics in 2006.