BMedSci Speech and Language Therapy

bmedsci courseBMedSci Speech and Language Therapy is a three year course and is recognised as a qualification to practise as a speech and language therapist*.  This interdisciplinary degree includes teaching from academic departments across the University, for example Biomedical Sciences and other health professionals such as neurologists and audiologists.  

Many children and adults have difficulties with communication. Speech and language therapists work with these individuals to help them to communicate.  Speech and language therapists usually work with the individual as well as their families and carers. This can take place in the individual's home or in a clinic or hospital. Speech and language therapists who work with children usually do so in the children's school or nursery in collaboration with teachers and other professionals.  There are many different types of communication problems. Some of these are well known, for example stammering, hearing loss and autism.  Others are less well known, such as cleft palate, head injury and losing the ability to communicate after a stroke.

Communication problems are complex. The role of the speech and language therapist is to identify the type of communication problem and then how to help the individual to communicate more effectively. To do this, speech and language therapists study a range of subjects including biomedical sciences, psychology, linguistics and communication. They also need to develop clinical skills to enable them to work with individuals with communication problems.

The programme is approved by The Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC) and its curriculum is informed by the QAA benchmarks for speech and language therapy, the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists (RCSLT) curriculum guidelines and subsequent Health & Care Professions Council Standards of proficiency and standards of education and training for speech and language therapists. The HCPC** and the RCSLT approve and accredit the programme.

*Successful completion of the BMedSci programme provides eligibility to apply for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). It is a legal requirement that anyone that wishes to practice using a title protected by the Health and Social Work Professions Order 2001 is on the HCPC register. For more information please see the HCPC.

**The BMedSci Speech and Language Therapy is a new three year programme and is currently pending HCPC approval. This change is happening in response to Health Education England no longer funding students wishing to train as Speech and Language Therapists.

Programme outline for September 2018 entry

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The course is designed around six themes which enable students to understand the relationships between the course components and to integrate learning across the degree as a whole.

  • In the communication theme, students study linguistics, psychology and how this relates to speech and language pathology.
  • In the participation and society theme, students understand how the study of sociology and social and health psychology impact on speech and language therapy.
  • In the research theme, students develop valuable research skills that are essential to providing evidence based health care.
  • The biomedical sciences theme provides students with an in-depth understanding of anatomy, physiology, audiology and neurology and how to link this medical knowledge to speech and language pathology.
  • The key clinical topics theme and professional practice theme develops students’ clinical skills and professional competence to enable them to work with a range of clients with communication impairments.

The course provides an interactive learning experience involving active participation, case based learning and small group teaching with an overall emphasis on integrating theoretical knowledge with clinical expertise.

Summary of the BMedSci Speech and Language Therapy programme

Level 1
Biomedical Science
Participation and society
Introduction to practical linguistics
Professional practice 1
Speech, language, communication and literacy development in children
Language, cognition and communication in adults 1
Achieve More – IPM101 Health Challenge – Local Engagement Global
Level 2
Key clinical topics 1
Professional practice 2
Speech and hearing science
Developmental disorders of communication
Language, cognition and communication in adults 2
Research methods and statistics
Language analysis: sound and structure
Level 3
Key clinical topics 2
Professional practice 3
Evaluating the evidence base in SLT: clinical dissertation
Transition to professional autonomy