BSc (Hons) Speech and Language Therapy placements

As a BSc (Hons) Speech and Language Therapy student, you will experience a number of practical placement opportunities throughout the course that will to help you develop different aspects of your learning.

Conversation Skills Practice

For some people, having a conversation is not as easy as they would like because of a communication difficulty.

In your first year, we ask students to become conversation partners with a person who has a communication difficulty.

This enables our students to learn how to adapt their communication skills in order to help their partner take part in conversation.


During your first year, you will organise a visit to a local nursery to undertake an observation placement lasting one week. You can organise this within the University area or in your home area if you prefer.

During their first year, students are provided with the opportunity to observe a Speech and Language Therapist in practice, this is typically a half day visit to an external setting organised by the university’

Clinical placements

Clinical placements take place across a range of environments including NHS hospitals, schools and community health clinics.

For students on the full-time course, the second year placement lasts eight weeks, from November to January. In your final year of study, the placement lasts twelve weeks from February to May. You will attend placement for four days a week and one day each week is your study day.

On the part-time route, you will attend placement for two days a week for 16 weeks in your third year of study from January to May. In your sixth and final year of the course, you will go on placement for two days a week for 24 weeks. This takes up much of the academic year from September to May.

We place a large proportion of our students in the West Midlands for their placement blocks, we also use some national placements.  Placements take place in a range of settings including NHS services and independent organisations.