Frequently Asked Questions 

What are the employment prospects for Cardiff Met Speech and Language Therapy graduates?
Graduates from our programme are qualified to practise as Speech and Language Therapists (SLT) (subject to successful post-graduation registration with the Health Professions Council). The large majority work in Education or the National Health Service, so the employment situation will always be subject to the economic and political climate prevailing at the time of graduation. However to date Cardiff Met SLT graduates have an excellent employment record. Of the 28/30 SLT graduates from 2008 whose destination is known, 27 are in full time employment as SLTs and 1 has gone on to further study. 100% of the 30 graduates from 2007 are in full time employment as SLTs. (The figures for 2009 graduates are not yet complete).

What kind of student does well on the programme?
Students from many different backgrounds have been and continue to be successful on the programme, but we have found that students with good analytical and problem-solving skills do particularly well. As is evident from our entrance criteria, an A-level in a science subject will be an advantage. All applicants should have a strong interest in linguistics and phonetics. Good communication skills are important and applicants need to be committed to study, with a real desire to work in educational and healthcare environments.

What quality assurance checks is the programme subject to?
The course is accredited by the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapy and approved by the Health Professions Council. In the most recent Quality Assessment by the Higher Education Funding Council (Wales) the course was rated as “Excellent” (the highest possible rating).

Do I need to take specific subjects at A2 level?
Currently no subjects are specified, (although this is under review), but any potentially more practical subjects e.g. Art & Design, Drama, would preferably need to be at least 70 per cent theoretical and the other 2 A levels chosen should be more academic in nature. A science A-level gives applicants an advantage.

Are 2 subjects at A2 combined with 2 subjects at AS level acceptable?
No, only 3 subjects at A2 at specified grades are considered as meeting minimum entry requirements. Offers are based on grades and not UCAS tariff points.

Do I really need a language other than English at GCSE Grade C or above?
Yes, this is a definite requirement.

Is Welsh acceptable as the “other language”?
Yes, this is welcome in this category.

Are there examinations other than A levels that could make me eligible to apply?
School leavers may offer a Baccalaureate or a BTEC, but are advised to contact 02920 416889 to discuss their profile with the Admissions Co-ordinator. Mature students with a non-standard profile of achievements are also advised to contact this number.

I’m a mature student. Are experience, specific Open University modules, work-related tests / exams sufficient for entry requirements?
These will enhance your application, but are not acceptable as sole entry criteria. We ask for an A2 or Access within the past 5 years. A degree would also need to have been completed within a reasonably recent time period.

What if I live outside the United Kingdom?
Applicants from outside the UK who are EU citizens are eligible to apply for the course. However, all applicants from outside the United Kingdom (including the Republic of Ireland, the Isle of Man, the Channel Islands and Gibraltar, as well as overseas (non EU) applicants) are advised to contact our Centre on 02920 416889 to discuss their profiles and check their eligibility to apply to join the programme.

Applicants from non-English speaking countries are required to demonstrate proficiency in English by achieving a high IELTS score (i.e. a minimum of 7.5).

Non-UK applicants’ eligibility for funding will depend on where they live (see FAQ on funding).

How can I enhance my application?
Evidence of relevant work experience, voluntary work or evidence of knowledge acquired from background reading could be of benefit. It’s also advisable to observe a Speech and Language Therapist at work if possible, and/or attend an Open Day organised by Speech and Language Therapists in your local NHS Trust.

When and how should I apply?
All applications are via the UCAS system. If you are not currently attending school or a Further Education course then forms can be obtained direct from UCAS. Applications can be made via their web-site as well as in traditional paper format, but please be aware that you will still need a reference. Apply as early as possible in the Autumn preceding your planned year of entry. DO NOT WAIT FOR THE UCAS DEADLINE IN JANUARY as all Speech and Language Therapy courses have a high number of applications.

How many places are there on the programme?
Local NHS services commission a negotiated number of funded places and confirmation of a place on the programme is currently dependent on a student having been allocated an NHS bursary for payment of fees (i.e. a ‘fees bursary’ - see FAQ on funding). Annual intake on the course takes into account available clinical training placements as well as workforce planning needs. In recent years the number of places commissioned has been between 35 and 40. In our case commissioning is carried out by the National Leadership and Innovation Agency for Healthcare (NLIAH) on behalf of the Welsh Assembly Government, but students from any part of the UK are eligible to apply to the programme, as are residents of the EU.

What funding is available?
All UK and EU students on the programme receive a bursary for payment of their fees (the NHS ‘fees bursary) and UK students are eligible to apply for an additional means-tested NHS bursary. EU students from outside the UK are eligible for the fees bursary, but not the additional means-tested bursary. Top-up payments are available for some mature students and those with dependents. It is open to all students to apply, in addition, for a student loan.

The number of fees bursaries available is limited to the number of places commissioned (see FAQ on number of places). All offers of a place on the programme will be conditional on the applicant obtaining a fees bursary. In extremely rare instances there may be insufficient fees bursaries available, which may result in a student being unable to take up his/her place. Please note that the decision to offer a student a place rests with Cardiff Met, but decisions regarding the award of fees bursaries and means-tested bursaries rest with the Welsh Assembly. Click here for more information on the Welsh Assembly’s NHS bursary scheme.

I am a student with a degree. Am I also eligible to apply for an NHS Bursary?
Yes, even if you received the old LEA grant when studying for your degree

What is the timetabled commitment on campus and in Clinics during the course?
Year 1 on campus for 4/5 days, and a nursery placement in the first term
Year 2 on campus for 4 days, and a set number of sessions in clinic for one half of two terms
Year 3 on campus for 3 days, and one half day or a concentrated number of full days in clinic during term time
Year 4 on campus for 2 days per week, and a number of session/s per week in clinic during term-time.
There will also be some block clinical placements between the end of Year 2 and the beginning of Year 4.

Can I visit to view the campus?
Information about general and SLT specific Open Days and how to book for can be found here. We regret that we are unable to offer visits on an individual basis.