BSc Speech and Language Therapy

University of Essex
3-4 years
Full time
Bachelor's degree
Scholarships available

About this program

BSc Speech and Language Therapy

Do you enjoy working with people? Want to make a difference in people’s lives? If you are keen to become a registered speech and language therapist and want to shape the future of communication, our BSc Speech and Language Therapy pre-registration course can help you achieve your goals. Alternatively, if you are already in full-time employment in a relevant role, and have the support of your employer, you may be interested in our Speech and Language Therapy Degree Apprenticeship which also leads to BSc Speech and Language Therapy.

There's never been a better time to train as you can now apply for a £5000 grant that you won't need to pay back! There is also an extra £3000 funding available depending on your personal circumstances. You can find more information about eligibility and how to apply on the HSC Scholarships and Funding page.

Speech and language therapists work with people of all ages who experience communication and swallowing difficulties, enabling them to maximise their independence in their social, academic and working lives. Successful completion of our BSc Speech and Language Therapy Program leads to eligibility to apply for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) as a speech and language therapist.

This is a client-focused course which uses varied learning methods to integrate theory and clinical practice.

Admission requirements

UK entry requirements

GCSE: Mathematics, Science and English C/4. Acceptable alternatives to our GCSE Maths and English requirements are listed further down this page.

Plus one of the following:

  • A-levels: BBB
  • BTEC: DDD, depending on subject studied - advice on acceptability can be provided.
  • Access to Higher Education Diploma in a relevant pathway, e.g. Health Professions - 45 Level 3 credits at Merit or above.
  • IB: 30 points or three Higher Level certificates with 555, including Standard Level Mathematics and Science grade 4 or Higher Level Mathematics grade 3.

We are also happy to consider a combination of separate IB Diploma Programs at both Higher and Standard Level. Exact offer levels will vary depending on the range of subjects being taken at higher and standard level, and the course applied for. Please contact the Undergraduate Admissions Office for more information. Maths in the IB is not required if you have already achieved GCSE Maths at grade C/4 or above or 4 in IB Middle Years Maths. We accept grade 4 in either Standard Level Mathematics: Analysis and Approaches or Standard Level Mathematics: Applications and Interpretation.

International & EU entry requirements

We accept a wide range of qualifications from applicants studying in the EU and other countries. Get in touch with any questions you may have about the qualifications we accept. Remember to tell us about the qualifications you have already completed or are currently taking.

English language requirements

English language requirements for applicants whose first language is not English: IELTS 8.0 overall with a minimum of 7.5 in each component (or equivalent).

Other English language qualifications may be acceptable so please contact us for further details. If we accept the English component of an international qualification then it will be included in the information given about the academic levels listed above. Please note that date restrictions may apply to some English language qualifications.

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website.

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Program content

Year 1

  • Lifelong Study Skills
  • Understanding Typical Communication
  • Anatomy & Physiology for Speech & Language Therapy
  • Culture of Communication
  • Development of Individuals Throughout their Lifespan
  • Practice Placement 1

Year 2

  • Identification of Developmental Communication Abilities and Difficulties
  • Identification of Acquired Communication Abilities and Difficulties
  • Dysphagia
  • Practice Placement 2
  • Professional Enquiry

Final Year

  • Enhancing Communication for People with Developmental & Acquired Communication Difficulties
  • Practice Placement 3
  • Professional Enquiry Proposal

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please check the university website for more information.

Program delivery

BSc Speech and Language Therapy: 3 years

BSc Speech and Language Therapy (Including Year Abroad): 4 years

BSc Speech and Language Therapy (Including Placement Year): 4 years

  • Enquiry based learning
  • Interactive Lectures
  • Practical learning in university and on placement


  • Home/UK fee: £9,250
  • International fee: £20,650


Approved by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) for the purpose of providing eligibility to apply for registration with the HCPC as a speech and language therapist.

Recognised by the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists (RCSLT) for the purpose of applying for newly qualified practitioner membership.

Career paths

We currently have graduates working in clinical and management positions in local and national NHS trusts, hospitals, schools, local authorities, justice system, private and not for profit organisations, reflecting the range of locations in which speech and language therapists are employed.

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University of Essex

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Contact info

University of Essex

Wivenhoe Park
CO4 3SQ Colchester

Phone no: +44 (0) 1206 873333


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