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Speech and Language Therapy - BSc (Hons) 

Course Overview

Professionally accredited by the Health and Care Professions Council, speech and language therapy requires the integration of knowledge from several disciplines. Linguistics and phonetics are core components of the programme. Students learn to apply knowledge from these disciplines, together with psychology and biological sciences, to developmental and acquired speech, language, communication and swallowing difficulties. Further details can be found on the Speech and Language Therapy department pages here.

Due to this programme being NHS funded, unfortunately deferred applications cannot be considered.

Course Content

This is a full and comprehensive programme, which requires daily attendance, and some lectures may finish after 5pm. Specific course content is as follows:

Year One:

  • Phonetic Transcription
  • Phonetic and Phonological Theory
  • Linguistics 1 
  • Biological Sciences
  • Lifespan Psychology & Language Development
  • Clinical Foundations

Year Two:

  • Phonetics & Linguistics 1
  • Linguistics 2
  • Speech & Language Pathology 1
  • Speech & Language Pathology 2 
  • Medical Sciences
  • Clinical Practice 1

Year Three:

  • Communication Science and Technology
  • Speech and Language Pathology 3
  • Bilingual and Bicultural Studies
  • Audiology
  • Psycholinguistics and Cognitive Neuropsychology 
  • Clinical Practice 2

Year Four:

  • Speech & Language Pathology 4
  • Advanced Clinical Studies
  • Project
  • Clinical Practice 3.

Learning & Teaching

A variety of approaches to learning and teaching are utilised throughout the course.  These include lectures, discussion and other group activities within lectures, seminars and tutorials alongside the lecture programme, practical workshops and student presentations. The members of staff in the SLT Centre have expertise in Phonetics and Linguistics, Hearing Impairment, Specific Language Impairment, Fluency Disorders, Voice Disorders, Learning Disabilities and AAC, and Adult Neurological Disorders. External lecturers are employed to provide teaching in other areas. Students are assigned to a personal tutor who can be approached for academic guidance and pastoral support, and students are encouraged to approach any member of staff or Student Services when they encounter difficulties.

Clinical Placements
Students experience a wide range of client groups on placement, with all students undertaking a minimum of 150 clinical sessions across the duration of the course. These sessions will include observation placements in Year 2, and on-going treatment clinics in Years 3 and 4 working with adult and paediatric clients in a variety of settings. Students also have a placement in a nursery in Year 1


Modules are assessed by a combination of essays, assignments, presentations and examinations. Honours classification is determined by performance in modules in years 3 and 4.

Clinical placements are assessed by placement educators’ observation of students’ performance on placement, and by tutors’ visits to placements and video tutorials.

Employability & Careers

Graduates from the programme are qualified to practise as Speech and Language Therapists (subject to registration with the Health and Care Professions Council after graduation). The course has a good reputation throughout the UK and our graduates have been successful in obtaining employment. There is demand for Speech and Language Therapists both in the NHS and in the Education Service. Information on current salaries can be found at: (Newly qualified SLTs start at Band 5).

Opportunities exist for Speech and Language Therapists in hospitals, health centres, schools and specialist units. Graduates may also choose to progress to postgraduate study and/or research. Some clinicians are employed by charitable organisations or undertake private practice. There are also opportunities to work abroad.

Entry Requirements.

Applicants must have a minimum of five GCSE passes with at least a B grade in both Maths and Science and at least a C grade in both English and a modern foreign language, together with one of the following:

  • An academic degree (minimum 2.2) completed not more than ten years ago
  • Three A levels, in three clearly separate subject areas. Where one of the A levels is a science (i.e. Biology, Chemistry, Physics or Maths), the grades required are BBB. If none of the A levels offered is a science, the grades required are ABB with the A being in a fully academic subject.
  • BTEC Extended Diploma, preferably with grades DDD although DDM may be considered.
  • Scottish Advanced Highers with grades BBB where Biology, Chemistry, Physics or Maths are included; or ABB where no science has been studied.
  • Irish Leaving Certificate with a minimum of 4 x A2 grades at Higher level to include a science (Biology, Chemistry, Physics or Maths), or 3 x A2 and 1 x A1 grades at Higher level if no Science is included.
  • Access in Science or Nursing/Healthcare with 45 credits at Level 3, to include a minimum of 27 credits with Distinction and 12 credits with Merit. An applicant’s previous academic profile will also be taken into account.
  • Welsh Baccalaureate accepted along with three A levels in three clearly separate subject areas, grades BBC with a B grade in a Science (i.e. Biology, Chemistry, Physics or Maths); grades BBB without a Science.

For prospective students applying within five years of completing school, it is a requirement that they have met the school-leaving requirements in addition to any other qualifications they may have.

For all applicants, evidence is required of successful academic study at a recognised pre-university level (e.g. relevant A-level(s) or an Access course) within the past five years, and an academic reference should be provided on the UCAS form. Applicants who do not hold the qualifications specified above, including those with overseas qualifications, will be considered on an individual basis. If the qualification you hold is not mentioned here please refer to the UCAS website. (See also the Frequently Asked Questions)

N.B. Entry on to this programme is subject to a satisfactory disclosure barring service check. Visit for more information. Clinical Placements will require specific immunisations.

Selection Procedure:
Our intake numbers are decided by the NHS in Wales.

Selection is made on the basis of the information in the UCAS form. We use a points system based on academic achievement or predicted grades, the personal statement and the academic reference. We look for evidence of analytical and communication ability, reflection, motivation, relevant reading, observation of a speech and language therapist and/or attendance at a career-specific NHS Open Day, and/or relevant volunteer experience. Early application may increase the likelihood of obtaining a place.

Key Facts

Accredited by: Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)

UCAS Code(s): B620

Place of Study:
Cardiff School of Health Sciences
Llandaff Campus

Course Length: Four years full-time

How to Apply:
Applications for this course should be made online to UCAS at For further information please visit our How to Apply pages at
International Applicants:
It is not possible for students from outside the EU to be accepted for the course.

Tuition Fees and Financial Support:
Tuition fees are paid by the NHS bursary scheme. All students receive a non-means tested grant of £1000. For further information please visit:

Contact Us

For general enquiries please contact the Student Recruitment Team on 029 2041 6044 or email

For course specific enquiries, please contact the programme leader, Dr Calum Delaney:
Tel: 029 2041 6865

Come and see us
If you’d like to find out more, then why not come and see us at one of our undergraduate Open Days. To book a place, click here.

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