Undergraduate Course

BSc Speech and Language Therapy

BSc Speech and Language Therapy

Overview

The details
Speech and Language Therapy
B630
October 2022
Full-time
3 years
Colchester Campus

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.

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 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.

The School of Health and Social Care is proud to work closely with our Service User Reference Group (SURG). SURG is made up of service users, carers, and volunteers who generously share their first-hand experiences of health and social care. We work collaboratively with SURG to design our courses to ensure that we truly are putting the needs of patients and clients at the heart of what we do. SURG are involved as part of our course application processes and often form part of our interview panels. This helps us to be confident that we are selecting the right applicants for the course and their future careers. SURG members also support the delivery of our teaching sessions and research activity, which means you’ll benefit from an insight into their lived experiences of living with a diagnosis, health condition, or circumstance. You’ll find that not only does your clinical knowledge expand, but your empathy, compassion and ability to advocate develops also. You can find out more about SURG by reading their blog here.

You share some learning experiences with other healthcare students on similar undergraduate courses. The learning includes inter-professional collaboration, especially during placements. Working alongside other health professionals means that you also have the opportunity to gain expert knowledge from them.

The cost of required uniform will be fully covered by the school.

Placement information

Placements are an integral part of this course and are sourced for you from across a variety of settings (e.g.NHS organisations, independent/private SLT services, charities, and Schools) and client groups (e.g. paediatrics, adults, etc). Your placements will vary in length and are linked to the objectives of the modules you are studying. You will have a minimum of 150 clinical experience sessions (approximately 75 days). Placements will have different structures which include face-to-face, virtual, via telehealth. If you have significant experience in a particular field, we may not return you to that setting so you have the opportunity to advance your skillset.

Speech and Language Therapy placements tend to fall Monday-Friday and within office hours (e.g between 8am -6pm). To provide the best opportunities, we use a wide network of placements across the Eastern region, which means you will likely have to travel approximately 90 minutes from campus. We allocate students on placements throughout the entire East of England region (e.g. Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Essex, Hertfordshire, Norfolk, Suffolk) and surrounding areas. Subject to eligibility, you may be able to claim the NHS Learning Support Fund which provides reimbursement of excess travel (i.e. above your regular commute to campus, and inclusive of costs such as hire cars, etc) or accommodation costs incurred due to undertaking practical training on clinical placement. When you start your course, the SLT Placements Team will collect information about your previous work experience, whether you can drive, and other circumstances in order to aid placing you.

DBS and Occupational Health Checks

This course requires a satisfactory Occupational Health Check and enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Check (including child and adult barred list check) - both of these are organised by the University. Please contact our DBS team if you have any questions relating to getting your DBS check.

You will also be required to register for the DBS Update Service (information relating to this service can be found here). You will need to register for this within 30 days of your DBS certificate being issues. The Update Service costs £13 per year, which the University will reimburse. You will need to keep the subscription to this Service active for the duration of your course. If you do not register for the Update Service within 30 days, or your registration lapses, and you later attend placement where this is a requirement, you will have to pay for a new DBS check, which will enable you to sign up to the Update Service. Please contact our DBS team if you have any questions relating to this.

A satisfactory Overseas Criminal Record Check/Local Police Certificate is also required, in addition to a DBS Check, where you have lived outside of the UK in the last 5 years for 6 months or more. Further information about how to obtain an Overseas Criminal Record check can be found on the Gov.uk website.

Mandatory Vaccinations

As you may be aware, the UK government has now revoked legislation that requires all health and social care staff working in sites regulated by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) in England to be fully vaccinated against Covid-19. Whilst vaccination is not essential, we encourage our applicants and students to be fully vaccinated. Find out more about what this means for applicants to this course.

Professional accreditation

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.

Why we're great.
  • Grounded in social model approach to disability
  • Consistently links theory to practice
  • Opportunity to extend learning through year abroad or placement year

Study abroad

Your education extends beyond the university campus. We support you in expanding your education through offering the opportunity to spend a year or a term studying abroad at one of our partner universities. This four-year version of our degree allows you to spend the third year abroad or employed on a placement abroad, while otherwise remaining identical to the three-year course.

Studying abroad allows you to experience other cultures and languages, to broaden your degree socially and academically, and to demonstrate to employers that you are mature, adaptable, and organised.

If you spend a full year abroad you'll only pay 15% of your usual tuition fee to Essex for that year. You won't pay any tuition fees to your host university

Placement year

Alternatively, this four year version of our degree allows you to spend your third year with an external organisation. This is an opportunity to further develop professional skills in the workplace by working in a field associated with Speech and Language Therapy practice, for example as a Teaching Assistant, a Speech and Language Therapy Assistant, a Care Assistant, etc.

Your HCPC and RCSLT pre-registration placement hour requirements are met within the standard three years of the BSc Speech and Language Therapy programme.

If you complete a placement year you'll only pay 20% of your usual tuition fee to Essex for that year.

Specialist facilities

Our School of Health and Social Care is located at two sites:; in the Kimmy Eldridge Building at our Colchester Campus and in The Gateway Building at our Southend Campus. Our Speech and Language Therapy courses are delivered at our Colchester Campus.

Within our School of Health and Social Care, we have a range of specialist clinical laboratories and IT facilities to assist you with the effective learning and acquisition of new skills; for students of our BSc and MSc Speech and Language Therapy, we have two specialist labs with equipment for researching speech including a wide range of assessment and intervention planning materials.

We offer excellent physical and online resources in terms of libraries, computer labs, datasets, archives and other research materials. Take advantage of our links with the Institute of Social and Economic Research (ISER), which conducts large-scale survey projects, many for government, EU and other public agencies, and has its own library.

The UK Data Archive is also based at our Colchester Campus and stores national research data.

Your future

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.

97% of our School of Health and Social Care students are in employment or further study (Graduate Outcomes 2020).

Find out more careers in speech and language therapy from the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists.

Entry requirements

UK entry 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.

If you are taking or have achieved any qualifications that are not listed here, please contact the Undergraduate Admissions Office.

GCSE/level 2 requirements

All applicants must have, or be working towards, acceptable level 2 mathematics and English qualifications such as GCSE grade C/4 or equivalent.

  • We can accept a number of level 2 maths qualifications in place of GCSE Maths C/4, including Functional Skills level 2, Key Skills level 2 or numeracy units taken as part of an Access to HE Diploma.
  • If you do not require a Student visa and are either a first language English speaker or have a lived in the UK for over three years, we can accept a number of level 2 English qualifications, including Functional Skills level 2, Key Skills level 2 or literacy units taken as part of an Access to HE Diploma, in place of GCSE English C/4.
  • If you have not listed a suitable maths or English qualification in your application this may form part of any offer given to you.

Additional requirements

You must also have a satisfactory Occupational Health Check and enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Check (including child and adult barred list check) - both of these are organised by the University. Please contact our DBS team if you have any questions relating to this.

A satisfactory Overseas Criminal Record Check/Local Police Certificate is also required, in addition to a DBS Check, where you have lived outside of the UK in the last 5 years for 6 months or more.

Students accepted onto the course will undertake practice placements involving travel or lodging (funding is expected to be available to reimburse some travel and dual accommodation costs through the government funding available for health students. To find out the latest information of this please go to Student Funding Information or Bursaries.

Students accepted onto the course are recommended to join RCSLT for access to closed member information and study opportunity.

For 2021 entry, applicants must be aged 18 or over on 1 December 2021.

Working overseas

  • Applicants are strongly advised to contact the registering organisation of the country they plan to work in to check the recognition of UK qualifications and professional accreditation.
  • The RCSLT has a Mutual Recognition of Credentials Agreement (MRA)
  • with some international organisations. We recommend you find out more about the MRA alongside researching the professional association of the country you are considering practicing in.

Application process

If your achieved or pending qualifications meet our requirements, you will be invited to attend a compulsory interview via Zoom.

Flexible offers

Eligible applicants that choose us as their firm choice will be able to take advantage of a flexible offer. This offer will specify alternative entry requirements than those published here so, if your final grades aren’t what you had hoped for, you could still secure a place with us. Visit our undergraduate application information page for more details.

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.

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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

If you are an international student requiring a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK please see our immigration webpages for the latest Home Office guidance on English language qualifications.

If you do not meet our IELTS requirements then you may be able to complete a pre-sessional English pathway that enables you to start your course without retaking IELTS.

Structure

Course structure

These carefully selected modules will give you the chance to explore, question, and create powerful ideas. Picked to give you an extensive and in-depth education, they’ll equip you with the specialist knowledge, vital transferrable skills, and the confidence to make a genuine difference to the world around you.

We’re reactive, we’re pioneering, we never stand still, so modules might change from year to year in response to new developments and innovation. Those listed below show how a typical course might look, but more detail on course structure, including details of all optional modules, is available on our Programme Specification.

We understand that deciding where and what to study is a very important decision for you. We’ll make all reasonable efforts to provide you with the courses, services and facilities as described on our website. However, if we need to make material changes, for example due to significant disruption, or in response to COVID-19, we’ll let our applicants and students know as soon as possible.

Components and modules explained

Components

Components are the blocks of study that make up your course. A component may have a set module which you must study, or a number of modules from which you can choose.

Each component has a status and carries a certain number of credits towards your qualification.

Status What this means
Core
You must take the set module for this component and you must pass. No failure can be permitted.
Core with Options
You can choose which module to study from the available options for this component but you must pass. No failure can be permitted.
Compulsory
You must take the set module for this component. There may be limited opportunities to continue on the course/be eligible for the qualification if you fail.
Compulsory with Options
You can choose which module to study from the available options for this component. There may be limited opportunities to continue on the course/be eligible for the qualification if you fail.
Optional
You can choose which module to study from the available options for this component. There may be limited opportunities to continue on the course/be eligible for the qualification if you fail.

The modules that are available for you to choose for each component will depend on several factors, including which modules you have chosen for other components, which modules you have completed in previous years of your course, and which term the module is taught in.

Modules

Modules are the individual units of study for your course. Each module has its own set of learning outcomes and assessment criteria and also carries a certain number of credits.

In most cases you will study one module per component, but in some cases you may need to study more than one module. For example, a 30-credit component may comprise of either one 30-credit module, or two 15-credit modules, depending on the options available.

Modules may be taught at different times of the year and by a different department or school to the one your course is primarily based in. You can find this information from the module code. For example, the module code HR100-4-FY means:

HR 100  4  FY

The department or school the module will be taught by.

In this example, the module would be taught by the Department of History.

The module number. 

The UK academic level of the module.

A standard undergraduate course will comprise of level 4, 5 and 6 modules - increasing as you progress through the course.

A standard postgraduate taught course will comprise of level 7 modules.

A postgraduate research degree is a level 8 qualification.

The term the module will be taught in.

  • AU: Autumn term
  • SP: Spring term
  • SU: Summer term
  • FY: Full year 
  • AP: Autumn and Spring terms
  • PS: Spring and Summer terms
  • AS: Autumn and Summer terms

COMPONENT 01: CORE

Lifelong Study Skills
(15 CREDITS)

This module introduces students to core skills required for academic study, professional thinking and lifelong learning.

View Lifelong Study Skills on our Module Directory

COMPONENT 02: CORE

Understanding Typical Communication
(30 CREDITS)

This module introduces students to transcription of typical English (and non-English sounds in languages commonly spoken in the UK), using broad (phonemic) and narrow (phonetic) transcription, including awareness of accent differences. This module also introduces students to the analysis of typical language grammar, including an awareness of dialectal differences. The human speech chain (receptive processing & expressive production) will also be explored.

View Understanding Typical Communication on our Module Directory

COMPONENT 03: CORE

Anatomy & Physiology for Speech & Language Therapy
(15 CREDITS)

This module introduces you to anatomy and physiology relevant to the Speech & language therapy profession. You will consider how structures and functions of the body relate to typical speech, language and swallowing processes and developmental & acquired difficulties.

View Anatomy & Physiology for Speech & Language Therapy on our Module Directory

COMPONENT 04: CORE

Culture of Communication
(15 CREDITS)

This module will introduce you to the range of social contexts in which communication takes place. You will also consider cultural, linguistic and environmental factors that can influence patterns of communication and access to core social contexts. Emphasis will be placed on valuing and respecting cultural, linguistic and environmental diversity.

View Culture of Communication on our Module Directory

COMPONENT 05: CORE

Development of Individuals Throughout their Lifespan
(30 CREDITS)

This module will introduce you to typical development across the lifespan. You will explore language, cognitive, social and emotional development from birth to older aging adults.

View Development of Individuals Throughout their Lifespan on our Module Directory

COMPONENT 06: CORE

Practice Placement 1
(15 CREDITS)

This module will introduce you to the knowledge, skills and placement style of learning that will enable you to begin developing your readiness for becoming an SLT in the multi professional workplace.

View Practice Placement 1 on our Module Directory

COMPONENT 01: CORE

Identification of Developmental Communication Abilities and Difficulties
(30 CREDITS)

This module will introduce you to observation and assessment techniques alongside the professional reasoning skills required to make decisions regarding which techniques to use and how to interpret findings. The module will incorporate learning around service users who are likely to present with developmental difficulties of speech, language and communication across the lifespan.

View Identification of Developmental Communication Abilities and Difficulties on our Module Directory

COMPONENT 02: CORE

Identification of Acquired Communication Abilities and Difficulties
(30 CREDITS)

This module will introduce you to observation and assessment techniques alongside the professional reasoning skills required to make decisions regarding which techniques to use and how to interpret findings. The module will incorporate learning around service users who are likely to present with acquired difficulties of speech language and communication.

View Identification of Acquired Communication Abilities and Difficulties on our Module Directory

COMPONENT 03: CORE

Dysphagia
(15 CREDITS)

This module will revise and build upon anatomy, physiology and neurology from year 1 of the degree and introduce students to observation, investigation and intervention techniques alongside the professional reasoning skills required to underpin practical management of dysphagia. Aspects of the work will be practical, for example role playing of oro-motor and assessment techniques.

View Dysphagia on our Module Directory

COMPONENT 04: CORE

Practice Placement 2
(30 CREDITS)

This module will introduce you to the knowledge, skills and work based learning that will enable you to develop SLT specific professional reasoning skills around the identification and understanding of speech language and communication ability and difficulty across the lifespan, including aspects of multi professional investigation.

View Practice Placement 2 on our Module Directory

COMPONENT 05: CORE

Professional Enquiry
(15 CREDITS)

With a mixture of interactive and practical classroom-based lectures, this module focuses on literature searching, synthesising literature within a critical review and identifying a topic for further professional enquiry. Students will gain practical experience of collecting and handling a variety of data and developing analytical skills to gain an understanding of evidence in its widest sense.

View Professional Enquiry on our Module Directory

COMPONENT 01: CORE

Enhancing Communication for People with Developmental & Acquired Communication Difficulties
(60 CREDITS)

This module will build upon your understanding of typical communication from year one of the degree programme and identification of developmental and acquired speech language and communication difficulties in year two of the programme. Models of intervention, ethics, outcomes and management approaches will be introduced, along with extension of professional reasoning skills to include intervention planning for individual's difficulties across the range of the speech and language therapy caseload. There will be an emphasis on transferable skills, problem solving, evidence-based intervention and multi professional working. A biopsychosocial approach will be taken, enabling you to understand intervention for, and impact of, communication difficulties from a range of perspectives.

View Enhancing Communication for People with Developmental & Acquired Communication Difficulties on our Module Directory

COMPONENT 02: CORE

Professional Enquiry Proposal
(30 CREDITS)

This module will develop evidence-based practice and research through self-directed learning. This autonomous working method will help to prepare students as pro-active professionals once qualified. Learners will work towards preparing and submitting an in-depth literature review and research proposal or service improvement project proposal.

View Professional Enquiry Proposal on our Module Directory

COMPONENT 03: CORE

Practice Placement 3
(30 CREDITS)

This module will enable you to develop professional reasoning and management skills in supervised practice across the lifespan in varied contexts.

View Practice Placement 3 on our Module Directory

Placement

On a placement year you gain relevant work experience within an external business or organisation, giving you a competitive edge in the graduate job market and providing you with key contacts within the industry. The rest of your course remains identical to the three-year degree.

Year abroad

On your year abroad, you have the opportunity to experience other cultures and languages, to broaden your degree socially and academically, and to demonstrate to employers that you are mature, adaptable, and organised. The rest of your course remains identical to the three-year degree.

Teaching

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

Assessment

  • You will be assessed through a range of techniques including coursework, examinations and placements.

Fees and funding

Home/UK fee

£9,250

The Learning Support Fund is available for healthcare students starting their course on or after 1 August 2017. Please see the NHS BSA for more info.

International fee

£20,650

Fees will increase for each academic year of study.

Home/UK fees and funding information

International fees and funding information

What's next

Applying

Applications for our full-time undergraduate courses should be made through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS). Applications are online at: www.ucas.com. Full details on this process can be obtained from the UCAS website in the how to apply section.Our UK students, and some of our EU and international students, who are still at school or college, can apply through their school. Your school will be able to check and then submit your completed application to UCAS. Our other international applicants (EU or worldwide) or independent applicants in the UK can also apply online through UCAS Apply.

The UCAS code for our University of Essex is ESSEX E70. The individual campus codes for our Loughton and Southend Campuses are ‘L’ and ‘S’ respectively.

You can find further information on how to apply, including information on transferring from another university, applying if you are not currently at a school or college, and applying for readmission on our How to apply and entry requirements page.

Interview

If you are an undergraduate student who has received an offer from us to study with us from October 2022, you will be invited to interview with us by Zoom from the comfort of your own home. We use the interview as an opportunity to get to know you, to find out about your ambitions, and to hear about how prepared you are for the course. It’s important for us to be sure that you know what you’re signing up for, so we’d expect you’ve done some research about the course and the associated careers it may lead to. We have some more information about how to demonstrate you have what it takes at the bottom of our undergraduate page.

Applicant Days

If you are an undergraduate student from the UK who has received an offer to study with us in October 2022, you will receive an invitation to attend an Applicant Day. Our Colchester Campus Applicant Days run from December to May on various Wednesdays and provide the opportunity to meet your department, tour our campus and accommodation, and chat to current students. For further information, please head to our Applicant Days webpage. If you are an EU or International student, or can’t make any of our Applicant Days, we’ll be running a series of virtual events called Experience Essex Online throughout the year. To find out more, check out our Visit Us webpage.

Colchester Campus

Visit Colchester Campus

Home to 15,000 students from more than 130 countries, our Colchester Campus is the largest of our three sites, making us one of the most internationally diverse campuses on the planet - we like to think of ourselves as the world in one place.

The Campus is set within 200 acres of beautiful parkland, located two miles from the historic town centre of Colchester – England's oldest recorded town. Our Colchester Campus is also easily reached from London and Stansted Airport in under one hour.

 

Virtual tours

If you live too far away to come to Essex (or have a busy lifestyle), no problem. Our 360 degree virtual tours allows you to explore our University from the comfort of your home. Check out our Colchester virtual tour and Southend virtual tour to see accommodation options, facilities and social spaces.

Exhibitions

Our staff travel the world to speak to people about the courses on offer at Essex. Take a look at our list of exhibition dates to see if we’ll be near you in the future.

Open Days

Our events are a great way to find out more about studying at Essex. We run a number of Open Days throughout the year which enable you to discover what our campus has to offer. You have the chance to:

  • tour our campus and accommodation
  • find out answers to your questions about our courses, student finance, graduate employability, student support and more
  • meet our students and staff

Check out our Visit Us pages to find out more information about booking onto one of our events. And if the dates aren’t suitable for you, feel free to book a campus tour here.

At Essex we pride ourselves on being a welcoming and inclusive student community. We offer a wide range of support to individuals and groups of student members who may have specific requirements, interests or responsibilities.


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