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Speech and Language Therapy (Degree Apprenticeship) - BSc (Hons)

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Speech and Language Therapists support people of all ages who have communication and/or swallowing difficulties. We are one of only three universities offering this new apprenticeship in Speech and Language Therapy, which will prepare you to achieve excellence and professional autonomy in clinical practice. This course is approved by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). 

  • Level Apprenticeship
  • Study mode Full Time
  • Location City South
  • Award BSc (Hons)
  • Start date January 2025
  • School School of Health Sciences
  • Faculty Faculty of Health, Education and Life Sciences

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Speech and Language Therapists support people of all ages who have communication and/or swallowing difficulties. We are one of only three universities offering this new apprenticeship in Speech and Language Therapy, which will prepare you to achieve excellence and professional autonomy in clinical practice. This course is approved by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). 

How to apply

You apply for a degree apprenticeship in the same way you apply for a normal job. You’ll need to submit an application to the recruiting employer.

Employers advertise degree apprenticeships throughout the year and there is no application cycle like there is with university applications. The vacancy will state when the application deadline is, and when the apprenticeship is due to start.

You cannot apply directly to the University for a degree apprenticeship. To apply for an apprenticeship, you first need to find one that you are interested in applying for.

The NHS Jobs website is where the vacancies are advertised. It only shows live jobs (so it won’t tell you previous vacancies, nor what’s coming up), so you will need to check it regularly to see new vacancies as the employers advertise them.

Apply through the employer

This course is not open to International students.

What's covered in this course?

This course prepares you to apply to register with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) to work as a Speech and Language Therapist on graduation.

Over the four years of the course, you’ll learn about anatomy, psychology, linguistics and phonetics, and issues around both communication and swallowing difficulties.

You will apply theory to practice and learn about assessing client's speech, language, communication and swallowing needs. As you get further into your studies, you'll learn about managing your client's speech, language, communication and swallowing needs.

Approximately 20% (one day per week)  of the course will delivered by Birmingham City University, through face-to-face (on campus) teaching. 20% of your time (one day per week) is allocated for guided study time and placement, and 60% is carried out with your employer undertaking work-based learning.

Placements are an important part of the apprenticeship, and will take place in a number of settings covering paediatric and adult care. These are separate to the work-based practice element of the course, and may comprise of face-to-face and telehealth experiences.

More information on placement requirements are outlined on the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists website.

What do apprenticeships offer?

  • Work based learning – the opportunity to build on existing knowledge and skills
  • A wide range of placement opportunities to broaden your understanding of healthcare provision across the lifespan
  • Highly experienced tutors who are all professionally qualified to support you at university
  • Work based clinical educators to support you in practice
  • A wide range of support services available to you at university to support your learning journey
  • We have been training Speech and Language Therapists for over 50 years, so you are guaranteed excellent support, training and access to a wealth of knowledge
  • Learn from passionate and experienced staff – the course team offers a wealth of experience and knowledge for you to learn from – plus they are actively involved in campaigns and lobbying to make a difference
  • Our City South Campus features two specialist SLT clinics with cutting-edge technology, a resource room, home environment room and simulation suites to aid your learning.


Application for the apprenticeship is through the employer organisation. Your application will be assessed by both your employer and the academic team at Birmingham City University.

To secure a place on the apprenticeship, you will also need to pass an interview with representatives from both your employer and Birmingham City University.

Entry requirements

Three GCSEs at grade C/4 or above, including Mathematics and English language. Level 2 equivalent qualifications (e.g. Functional Skills) are accepted.

Level 2 qualifications must have been achieved at the point of enrolment.

Plus one of the following:

  • 112 UCAS points (Grades BBC) from 3 A levels or an equivalent L3 qualification examples include:
  • BTEC National/Extended Diploma DDM
  • Access to HE Diploma (Health or Science related pathway) - Pass with 60 credits overall; 45 credits at level 3 with 12 at Distinction and 24 at Merit. If applying with an Access course you only need GCSE mathematics and English language at grade C/4 or above. You are not required to hold three GCSEs in total.

This is not an exhaustive list of qualifications so please contact your employer for further clarification.

Applicants who do not meet typical Level 3 qualifications who have relevant and sufficient experience* can still apply by successfully completing a portfolio of evidence set by our university admissions team. (The same GCSE qualifications are still required.)

*Speech and Language Therapy Assistant, Teaching Assistant, Senior Health Care Support Worker


  • 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.
  • To register with the Health and Care Professions Council, applicants for whom English is not a first language will require an overall IELTS score of 8, with no subtest below 7.5.
  • If English is studied at GCSE Level but as a second language, IELTs must be completed to qualify for UK L2 requirement

Places are subject to:

  • Occupational Heath Clearance
  • Advanced Disclosure and Barring Service report
  • Successful interview
  • Proof of qualifications
  • Pre-employment checks
  • Successful formal application to university through APTEM system and eligibility checks e.g. qualification checks

How will I study?

As an apprentice on this course you will be released by your employer to study part-time at university while having exposure to a range of practice placement settings. In university, you will experience a mixture of face-to-face and virtual teaching, self-directed study and practice-based clinical placements. On the job, you will engage with practice partners and service users to learn the knowledge, skills and behaviours required to care for a wide range of patients.

Apprentices are required to complete an End Point Assessment (EPA) on completion of the programme. The EPA is independently assessed outside of the university.

Facilities & Staff

We have invested over £400 million in our facilities, including an upgrade to our Skills and Simulation facilities at City South Campus. We boast up-to-date, innovative facilities that simulate the real situations that you may come across in the workplace. These resources are essential in offering you a hands-on introduction to health and social care practice.

Mock Wards

These are set up to look like typical hospital wards, with four to six bays. Depending on the topic in hand, different manikins can be used as patients and relevant equipment is provided to practise clinical skills. Some of the manikins are interactive and can simulate different scenarios e.g. some allow you to cannulate, check pulses, intubate etc, and some can talk to you. One ward is often used as an adult ward, and the other as a child ward.

These rooms also allow for scenarios to be set up for other professions such as dietetics, paramedic science and social work.

The Operating Theatre and Recovery Suites

The operating theatre and recovery suite gives you the sense of what it would be like in a real surgical environment.

These spaces emulate the full surgical journey from anaesthetics, through surgery and into recovery. ODP students can practice a range of skills including gowning, hand washing, preparing instrument trays, and working with a patient. Nurses and midwives may experience a surgical placement and need to go to theatre or be part of the midwifery team involved with caesarean sections. Many other Allied Health Professionals may also see patients in recovery if necessary.

Home Environment Room

This space is used to simulate non-clinical settings, as not everything health professionals deal with is hospital based. This is used for simulations of home visits and home births. It also houses soft matting and a bubble machine that are used by the Learning Disability Nursing team.

Assisted Living Space

This space replicates a flat and is used for scenarios such as home visits. The sitting room area provides a different space to practise skills and simulations and work with service users and other students.

Assisted Kitchen

This specially designed kitchen has different areas where you can practice cooking, cleaning, boiling the kettle etc., with someone who has actual or simulated visual impairments. There are adapted devices to help, and simulation glasses for you to wear to experience visual impairments.

Physiotherapy Room

This is a space for physiotherapy students to use, with various equipment to practise client meetings.

Radiotherapy Planning Computer Suite

Our computers allow you to plan hypothetical treatments, in terms of angles and directions, ensuring that radiotherapy reaches where it is needed on a patient’s body.

Radiography Image Interpretation and Reporting Stations Computer Suite

These facilities allow you to view and analyse x-rays.

VERT - Virtual Environment for Radiotherapy Training

This room contains 3D technology to view virtual patients and look at trajectories for treatment.


This room contains the same bed/couch used when patients are given radiotherapy treatment. While students of course do not administer radiotherapy in this room, it does allow them to practise adjusting the equipment to make sure both it and a patient would be in the correct position to receive treatment.

Telehealth Room

This room allows for small group teaching in a central area (large boardroom type table) with five small telehealth booths down either side. These are to allow all our health professions students to practise delivering healthcare and advice remotely, either over the phone or on a video call. This addition to our teaching reflects moves in the sector to offer more flexible access to healthcare services, particularly as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Imaging Academy

This new facility is a larger version of our existing image interpretation computer facilities and forms part of the Midlands Imaging Academy Hub, funded by Health Education England. These expanded facilities will mean we can further develop our courses and expertise in radiography and imaging.

Speech and Language Therapy Resource Room

Our Speech and Language Therapy Team have developed a collection of tools, books and resources to help you learn and understand the implications of a speech or swallowing limitation. You can practise one to one client meetings and clinics and use the video recording equipment to review role play scenarios.

Ultrasound simulation suite

Students have access to a wide range of Ultrasound simulation equipment to develop their clinical skills and aid in training. The equipment includes two ultrasound machines with a range of phantoms, scan training stations and eve body works.

Our staff

Victoria Lundie

Senior Lecturer and Programme Lead for BSc (Hons) Speech and Language Therapy

Victoria has been a part of the SLT teaching team at BCU since 2012. She is joint course lead for BSc (Hons) Speech and Language Therapy and has specific responsibility for student experience as a part of this role.  She is part of the placements team working with two colleagues to ensure that students and placement educators...

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Richard Armstrong

Lecturer in Speech and Language Therapy

Richard qualified as a speech and language therapist from Newcastle University. He has worked with teenagers and adults with autism, learning disabilities, and mental health difficulties in several psychiatric settings. Most recently he worked on an acute rehabilitation trauma unit with patients with acquired neurological conditions (e.g. spinal...

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