BSc Speech and Language Sciences
Speech and Language Sciences is a three year full time undergraduate programme that combines psychology, linguistics and social science to the study of how people communicate. You will learn about disorders of speech, language and literacy in children and adults with experience inside and outside the classroom.
Develop yourself and your graduate profile
You’ll gain a good understanding of human communication based in traditional subjects such as linguistics and psychology. You will apply your knowledge to the study of communication disorders and their effects on the individual in society. You will have options to select topics in areas of special interest such as education or audiology.
Where can it lead?
Our graduates are well placed for a range of destinations. Many go directly into employment, others combine postgraduate study with work. Graduates from the BSc in Speech and Language Sciences have built successful careers as teachers, psychologists, speech and language therapists, and audiologists. Others have taken employment in private sector companies or in the NHS. Many graduates find rewarding work in the charity sector.
Our tutors are experienced in guiding students to plan their studies and their pathway through their university course. We also help our students build confidence in applying their knowledge and skills through project work and volunteering in our clinic or local schools.
BMedSci Speech and Language Therapy
BMedSci Speech and Language Therapy is a three year full time undergraduate programme that to a professional qualification in Speech and Language Therapy.
Approaches to learning
The course provides an interactive learning experience involving active participation, case based and inquiry based learning and small group teaching with an overall emphasis on integrating theoretical knowledge with clinical expertise. You will learn from a team of clinical and research specialists including speech and language therapists, psychologists, audiologists, linguists, information technologists, and medical practitioners. You will be working closely with your peers and tutors in a supportive environment. Studying alongside and sharing with others will build your confidence as you develop your knowledge and skills toward becoming an independent practitioner.
What will you learn?
You will investigate a range of subjects, including biomedical sciences, psychology, linguistics and communication. You will also develop your clinical expertise through work placements and hands-on training from health professionals such as speech and language therapists, neurologists and audiologists. We’re one of only a few departments of our kind to run an in-house clinic. So as a BMedSci student at Sheffield, you’ll benefit from specialist facilities and training. To maximise your clinical skills, you’ll go on placements in our clinic and in settings throughout Sheffield and surrounding areas such as Barnsley, Doncaster, Rotherham, Chesterfield, Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire. .
Where can it lead?
The course leads to a professional qualification which allows graduates to be eligible to register with the Health and Care Professions Council and, therefore, practice as a speech and language therapist. This enables the individual to work in a diverse range of settings and roles, from schools and hospitals to higher education and research.
Advanced Certificate Language and Communication Impairment in Children (LACIC)
Advanced Certificate LACIC looks at how children develop their thinking, speech, language and communication and at how some children need support in these areas.
Develop yourself and your practice
You’ll find out more about children’s typical development in terms of their speech, language and communication (SLC) and overall learning, as well as the difficulties they can face in these areas. The course guides you to reflect on your own practice all the way through, making links between what you’re learning about SLC and children’s needs and how we can best support children.
Where can it lead?
The course gives you a qualification from a leading UK university and an in-depth understanding of SLC and related needs that is relevant to your work role. These may help open doors for promotion, or allow a sideways step to a new type of role supporting children. Or, the course may help you gain a place on further training, to become a speech and language therapist or teacher for example.
You’ll be supported by tutors with backgrounds in education/speech and language therapy, and experience of working with mature, part-time learners. Studying alongside and sharing with others who work in similar roles will build your confidence as well as your ideas for practice – and you may find out about new roles of interest too!