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Uniform on placement

As a Speech and Language Therapy student at Birmingham City University, placements will be a big part of your learning experience.

Working with the NHS and independent partners from across the region (including: Coventry & Warwickshire NHS Trust, Birmingham Community Healthcare NHS Trust and Talk Therapy) we will provide you with opportunities throughout your programme to develop your knowledge and skills in practice, whilst being supported by a skilled and supportive clinical team.

Whilst there is no specific Speech and Language Therapy uniform, you will be expected to adhere to the BCU dress code and uniform policy, which will be shared with you when you start. key points to note include:


On placement, you’ll be expected to dress in a way that is smart, professional and unlikely to cause offence. Here’s some tips on items of clothing to avoid:

  • High heeled or open toe shoes
  • Clothing which restricts movement
  • Clothing likely to snag on any equipment
  • Unsecured neck ties or scarves
  • Mini-skirts (Skirts should not be 7cm or more above the knee)
  • Lycra clothing
  • Transparent or ‘see-through’ clothing
  • Tracksuits
  • Low-cut tops or crop-tops
  • Denim
  • Political badges or emblems
  • Large logos or graphics
  • Long-sleeved clothing. (many clinical environments will require you to be 'bare below the elbow').


Footwear should be plain black, low-heeled, lace-up or slip-on full shoes that can be wiped clean. Suede or fabric shoes, ballerina-type shoes and sandals are not usually permitted. 


  • Make-up must be worn with restraint so that it’s not readily noticeable and false eyelashes are not permitted
  • Tattoos must be covered up and body piercings must be removed
  • The only jewellery that you’ll be permitted to wear on placement is one smooth metal band ring and one plain pair of small stud earrings
  • Wrist watches can usually be worn in non-clinical areas
  • Nails must be trimmed, clean and unvarnished
  • If your hair reaches your collar, you'll need to tie this up, with hair accessories kept to a minimum.

Ultimately, you should be wearing something that makes you feel comfortable but looks professional.