BSc (Hons) Speech and Language Therapy

What is speech and language therapy?

Speech and language therapists are responsible for assessing, diagnosing and treating people of all ages who have difficulties in communicating.

About the Course

Speech and language therapists assess, diagnose and treat children and adults with a wide range of communication and swallowing difficulties, both developmental and acquired. The profession welcomes people from a wide range of backgrounds, but you must have excellent communication skills and an interest in applying scientific principles to the management of communication disorders. This course leads to a professional qualification as a speech and language therapist.

On this course you will develop strong practical skills alongside a sound understanding of the theory of speech and language therapy. A wide range of teaching and assessment methods are used and theoretical knowledge is integrated and applied through regular placements. Clinical work is underpinned by modules in linguistics, psychology, biological
and medical sciences , and research methods.

Year One provides you with a grounding in the area. The knowledge that you acquire will be used and developed as you attend observational placements in local nursery and primary schools and with older people, usually in a social care setting. In Year Two, you will focus predominantly on childhood and developmental speech and language disorders. You will attend weekly placements in local clinics in Semester One. In the summer break after Year Two you will attend a 17 day block placement which is typically completed within a four week period.

The focus of Year Three is on disorders of communication acquired in adulthood and you will attend weekly clinic placements in both semesters. In Year Four, you will be able 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 clinical evaluation seminars, and weekly clinic placements continue throughout Year Four.

Course Structure

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

Entry Requirements

Scottish Higher: AABBB

A level: AAB

International Baccalaureate: 32 points

Irish Leaving Certificate: H1 H2 H2 H2 H3

Required Subjects: At least one of the following subjects at H/A Level or equivalent; Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Psychology or Maths. English and Maths at S/Int2/N5/GCSE level.

Mature/ Access: SWAP Access to science. We welcome applications from mature students with other relevant qualifications and/ or experience.

Advanced Entry: NOT available. Relevant HN qualifications are considered for entry to Year One.

Other: A satisfactory criminal records check is required.

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


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 and 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)/ Research Project

NB The modules listed here are correct at time of the printing of our Undergraduate Prospectus 2018 (Feb 2017) but may differ slightly to those offered in 2018. Please check the website for any updates.


There is a continuing demand for speech and language therapists. Many graduates work within the NHS. Recent graduates work in community clinics, hospitals and schools across the UK and abroad. Several graduates have gone on to further study or have taken up research posts.

Quick Facts

  • Our teaching is boosted by input from experienced speech and language therapists working in the NHS and independent sectors.
    Our research-active team gets you involved in relevant research as you learn.

Learning and Teaching

You will spend 10-15 hours per week in a classroom setting in Years One and Two and relatively fewer hours in the final two years where there is more independent learning. In Year One, you will attend social placements for one day a week, starting in October. In Years Two to Four, your weekly placements will be in clinic settings. In the summer between Years Two and Three, you will have a 17 day block placement.

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Professional Registration

Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists and the Speech and Language Therapists’ Board of the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).


Term-time placements are provided in local hospitals, schools and clinics, while a block placement between Years Two and Three offers an opportunity to travel and work further afield.

Please Note:

The delivery of this course is subject to the terms and conditions set out in our 2018/19 Entry - Terms and Conditions (Undergraduate).

Special Information for EU Applicants:   The Scottish Government has confirmed that undergraduate EU students enrolling in the 2017/8 and 2018/9 academic years 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.


Course Overview

4 years
Start Date
September 2018
Study Abroad
School of Health Sciences
Subject Area
Fees & Funding
B630 BSc/SLT

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