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BSc Speech and Language Therapy

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

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.

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 programme 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. You undertake day visits and blocks of practice education with speech and language therapists in the workplace. This practical experience helps prepare you for your future as a qualified therapist.

Our course is continuously developed to reflect contemporary health, education and social care practice. Clients, voluntary groups, other allied health professionals, speech and language therapy clinicians and service managers continue to be involved, in order to ensure that changes in speech and language therapy practice are incorporated, keeping your course up to date.

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 Programmes 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 contact the school or the inquiries team.

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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

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


Tuition fee for the academic year 2020-21

  • Home/UK fee: £9,250
  • International fee: £19,670

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.

About this institute

University of Essex

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University of Essex

Wivenhoe Park
CO4 3SQ Colchester


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