Speech and language therapists are responsible for assessing, diagnosing and treating people of all ages with a wide range of communication and swallowing difficulties, both developmental and acquired. Applicants must have an interest in applying scientific principles to person-centred support for people with communication disorders.

With a range of learning and teaching methods, including placements in each year, and an opportunity to get involved in relevant research as you learn, this course will equip you with all the knowledge and skills that you require to work as a speech and language therapist.

 

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Why QMU?

  • 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.

 

About the course

On this course you will develop strong practical skills alongside a sound understanding of the theory of speech and language therapy. A range of teaching and assessment methods is 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 a grounding in the area. You will develop knowledge and apply it at observational placements in local nursery 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 clinical evaluation seminars, and weekly clinic placements continue throughout.

We have implemented an interprofessional education (IPE) focus within all of our undergraduate healthcare courses 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. The IPE component will develop your mutual understanding of roles, expertise and values of other team members; skills and strategies in working in teams; problem solving, team decision-making skills; role flexibility; and ability to learn from others.

 

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

The information on teaching, learning and assessment for entry in 2019 is not yet available, but will be accessible from here. 
The information below is for entry in 2018 and will give you an idea of what to expect.

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Modules

Year One modules

  • 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 modules

  • 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 modules

  • 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 modules

  • 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)
  • Research Project

The modules listed here are correct at time of print (Feb 2018) but may differ slightly to those offered in 2019. Please check the website for any updates.

 

 

Placements

Placements provide the opportunity to integrate practice with theory, by working directly with patients and qualified staff. They are undertaken 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. Students also attend a 17-day placement which takes place in the summer period between Years Two and Three. This placement is typically completed within a four-week period somewhere in Scotland. It is sometimes possible that the summer clinical placement can be organised overseas. QMU manages the sourcing and allocation of placements for each student on the course.

 

Exchange opportunities

N/A

Careers

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. A number of graduates have gone on to further study or have taken

up research posts.

 

Entry requirements

Scottish Higher: AABBB

A level: AAB

International Baccalaureate: 32 points

Irish Leaving Certificate: H1 H2 H2 H2 H3

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. English and Maths at S/Int2/N5/GCSE level.

Mature/ Access: See related Access courses. 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.

 

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 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

 

Course Overview

Duration
4 years
Start Date
September 2019
Location
On campus
Study Abroad
No
School
School of Health Sciences
Division
SHS
Subject Area
Fees & Funding
UCAS Code
B630

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