Undergraduate

BSc (Hons) Speech and Language Therapy

This course will equip you with all the knowledge and skills that you need to start a rewarding career as a speech and language therapist. You’ll learn the theory of speech and language therapy, and placements will immerse you in a variety of clinical environments. We are passionate about original research and you’ll have the chance to specialise in an area that inspires you.

Our ability to communicate with others is a vital part of who we are as individuals, and how we fit in with society. Speech and language therapists play a vital role in assessing and treating people who have communication and swallowing difficulties, both developmental and acquired. Clients can be of all ages, from newborn to the elderly. If you are passionate about applying scientific principles to support communication and want to make a difference to others’ lives, we can help you forge a fascinating career.

See the foot of the page for some student case studies/ staff profiles

 

 

 

Why QMU?

  • Our classes are small compared with some other universities, so you will enjoy more personal support and guidance from lecturers.
  • Your learning will be boosted by input from experienced speech and language therapists working in the NHS and independent sectors.
  • Learning from our research-active team, you’ll be fully involved in relevant research.
  • QMU is internationally renowned for its research in speech and language.

 

About the course

Our ability to communicate with others is a vital part of who we are as individuals, and how we fit in with society. Speech and language therapists play a vital role in assessing and treating people who have communication and swallowing difficulties, both developmental and acquired. Clients can be of all ages, from newborn to the elderly. If you are passionate about applying scientific principles to support communication and want to make a difference to others’ lives, we can help you forge a fascinating career.

You’ll develop a strong theoretical understanding of speech and language therapy through modules in linguistics, psychology, biological and medical sciences, and research methods. Regular clinical placements will build your practical skills.

Year One provides a grounding in the area. You will develop knowledge and apply it at observational placements in local early years settings and primary schools and with older people, usually in a social care setting.

Year Two focuses predominantly on childhood and developmental speech and language disorders. You will attend weekly placements in local clinics in Semester One. You will also attend a 17-day block placement at the end of Year Two.

Year Three focuses on disorders of communication acquired in adulthood and you will attend weekly clinic placements in both semesters.

Year Four allows students to study selected subjects in greater depth. This year has a strong research focus and the honours project allows you to develop research skills as you conduct your own research project on a topic of your choice. Practical clinical work is bolstered by a series of seminars on professional issues, and weekly clinic placements continue throughout.

We have implemented an interprofessional education (IPE) focus within all of our undergraduate healthcare courses, including this one, to help produce graduates who are confident in their own professional identity but with additional skills that will allow them to work as effective team members.

 

Structure

This is a four year, full-time honours degree. You will complete a range of modules each year, as outlined, and a dissertation in Year Four.

 

Teaching, learning and assessment

You will be taught in lectures, seminars, practical workshops and laboratories. Outside these timetabled sessions you will be expected to continue learning through self-study. You will be assessed by a range of assessments throughout the course. >>Click for more information on 'Teaching, Learning and Assessment'

Modules

Year One

  • Professional Practice Foundations
  • Interprofessional Education 1: Foundation Skills for Health Professionals
  • Linguistics for Speech & Language Therapy
  • Methods of Psychological Enquiry
  • Introductory Physiology and Anatomy
  • Neurobiological Foundations of Communication
  • The Lifespan: Typical Development, Variation and Change

Year Two

  • Clinical Placements 1 and 2
  • Interprofessional Education 2: Professional Roles and Interprofessional Team Working
  • Developmental Impairments of Language and Communication
  • Specific Speech Impairment
  • Phonetic Sciences
  • Applications of Cognitive Psychology in Speech and Language Therapy/ Neurology
  • Developmental and Acquired Dysphagia

Year Three

  • Clinical Placements 3 and 4
  • Interprofessional Education 3
  • Acquired Language and Neurogenic Communication Impairments
  • Acquired Speech Impairment and Voice Disorder
  • Sensory, Cognitive and Physical Impairment
  • Psycholinguistics
  • Investigative Methods

Year Four

  • Clinical Placements 5 & 6
  • Preparation for Professional Practice as a Speech and Language Therapist
  • Professional Practice in Specialist Areas
  • Elective modules in, for example: Advanced Studies in Dysphagia; Clinical Technologies; Adult Acquired Language & Neurogenic Communication Disorders; Disorders of Fluency; Developing Communication Skills in Underprivileged Children (The Carol Spragge Endowment option); Vowel Systems in Speech and Language Therapy
  • Research Project

The modules listed here are correct at time of posting (Feb 2019) but may differ slightly to those offered in 2020. Please check the website for any updates.

Placements

Placements help you integrate practice with theory by letting you work directly with patients and qualified staff. You’ll be placed in a variety of settings including hospitals, schools and clinics to ensure you gain a range of experience. Clinical placements occur weekly in Semester One of Year Two and weekly through both semesters in Years Three and Four. You’ll also attend a 17-day placement in the summer period between Years Two and Three. This placement is typically completed within a four-week period somewhere in Scotland. The summer clinical placement can sometimes be organised overseas. QMU manages the sourcing and allocation of placements for each student on the course.

 

Exchange opportunities

N/A

Careers

As a graduate in speech and language therapy your career prospects are generally excellent. Many of our graduates work within the NHS in community clinics, hospitals and schools across the UK. Some graduates have travelled to work abroad, chosen to study further or taken up research posts.

 

 

Entry requirements

Scottish Higher: Standard AABBB, Minimum: ABBBB

A Level: AAB

Irish Leaving Certificate: H1 H2 H2 H2 H3

International Baccalaureate: 32 points

International: IELTS of 7.5 with no element lower than 7.0.

Required subjects:  At least one of the following subjects at Higher/ A Level or equivalent: Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Psychology or Maths. In addition English and Maths at Nat 5/GCSE (B) (equivalent to O3 or H4 in the Irish Leaving Certificate).

Mature/ Access: Related Access course – see our website for details at www.qmu.ac.uk/college-qualifications.  Applicants with Access qualifications must demonstrate a strong academic profile. We welcome applications from mature students with other relevant qualifications and/or experience.

Direct Entry: Not available. Relevant HN qualifications may be considered for entry to Year One.

Other requirements: A satisfactory criminal records check is also required.

Associate student places

N/A

Professional registration/ accreditation

This course meets the professional standards of the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists and is accredited by the Health and Care Professions Council. Successful completion enables application for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council as a speech and language therapist, which is a requirement for employment in the UK.

 

Teaching staff, class sizes and timetables

For more information, please see ‘How we teach and how you’ll learn’.

Awarding body

Please Note:

The delivery of this course is subject to the terms and conditions set out in our 2019/20 Entry - Terms and Conditions (Undergraduate).

Teaching staff may be subject to change.

Special Information for EU Applicants The Scottish Government has confirmed that undergraduate EU students enrolling in the 2019/20 academic year will be entitled to free tuition fees in Scotland for the duration of their course. Those assessed as eligible will remain so for the duration of their course. You must apply to the Student Awards Agency for Scotland (SAAS) for funding. For guidance on eligibility and funding please visit the SAAS website

Please Note:

The delivery of this course is subject to the terms and conditions set out in our 2020/21 Entry - Terms and Conditions (Undergraduate).

Special Information for EU Applicants: EU students starting their studies up to and including academic year 2020/21 will have the costs of their tuition fees met by the Scottish Government for the duration of their course. For more information, see https://www.qmu.ac.uk/brexiteu-student-funding-update/

Teaching staff may be subject to change.

Course Overview

Duration
4 years
Start Date
September 2020
Location
On campus
Study Abroad
No
School
School of Health Sciences
Division
SHS
Subject Area
Fees & Funding
UCAS Code
B630

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A Student Story - more at foot of page

- BSc (Hons) Speech and Language Therapy "The highlight of my course so far has no doubt been the placements I’ve been on. The different exposure to a range of clients has provided me with an insight into the health system, the different service users and the positive impact I will potentially have on individuals."