BSc Speech and Language Sciences

bsc courseSpeech and Language Sciences is a three-year honours degree for students with an interest in the theoretical aspects of normal human communication and how it may be impaired across the human lifespan. It is a multi-disciplinary degree, taught by experts in linguistics, phonetics, psychology, neuroscience, neuropsychology, education and language pathology, and approached from the perspectives of behavioural, cognitive and medical science.

Overview

The BSc in Speech and Language Sciences differs from most comparable degrees in the UK. Most focus either on typical communication alone, or on the nature of communication impairment in the context of speech and language therapy. The University of Sheffield BSc in Speech and Language Science focuses on the nature of human communication, and of impairments of human communication, in their own right, but also contends that the study of communication disorders has a key role in enabling us to achieve a deeper understanding of the nature of normal communication processes.

The degree provides a strong academic basis for applying to train as a speech and language therapist at a postgraduate level, and is therefore an option for individuals who wish to delay making the decision to pursue a career in speech and language therapy until after their undergraduate study.bsc course

Some of the main questions it addresses are:

  • What is the nature of speech and language and how do humans use speech and language to communicate?
  • How are speech and language acquired and processed across the lifespan?
  • What are the cognitive and social factors which affect different types of communication?
  • Why do some children fail to acquire speech and language normally?
  • How is communication impaired by factors as diverse as brain damage, autism and dyslexia?
  • How can the study of communication impairments inform our understanding of the nature of normal communication?

Programme outline for September 2018 entry

The current course is full-time over three calendar years.

The degree includes some components common to the BMedSci Speech and Language Therapy degree, but also allows you to take some modules from other departments in the University (e.g. Psychology; Sociology; English Language & Linguistics; Modern Languages; Philosophy; Information Studies) in order to extend the range of approaches to the study of language and communication.

Level 1

6 compulsory modules:
Information Skills for Human Communication Sciences [10 credits]
Introduction to Behavioural Observation in Human Communication Sciences [10 credits]
Special Topics in Human Communication Sciences [10 credits]
Introduction to Practical Linguistics [20 credits]
Participation and Society [20 credits]
Speech, Language, Communication and Literacy Development in Children [20 credits]

And 20 credits from the following:
Essential Social Psychology [10 credits]
Memory, Skills and Everyday Life [10 credits]
Neuroscience and Evolutionary Psychology [10 credits]
Language, Cognition and Communication in Adults 1 [10 credits]
Discovering Psychology [20 credits]
The remaining 10 credits may be made up from modules offered by the Human Communication Sciences department or modules from other departments, subject to approval.

Level 2
3 compulsory modules:
Research Methods and Statistics [10 credits]
Speech and Hearing Science [20 credits]
Developmental Disorders of Communication [20 credits]
And 40 credits from the following:
Understanding and Supporting Children with Speech, Language and Communication Needs [10 credits]
Language and Communication in the Classroom [10 credits]
Language Analysis: Sound and Structure [10 credits]
Developmental Psychology [10 credits]
Cognitive Psychology [10 credits]
Language, Cognition and Communication in Adults 2 [20 credits]
Neuroscience [20 credits]
Social, Health and Environmental Psychology [20 credits]
Making Ideas Happen [20 credits]
The remaining 30 credits may be made up from modules offered by the Human Communication Sciences department or modules from other departments, subject to approval.

Level 3
2 compulsory modules:
Extended Essay [10 credits]
Dissertation [30 credits]
And 50 credits from the following:
Practical Project in Human Communication Sciences [10 credits]
Speech Technology [10 credits]
Hearing Science [10 credits]
Literacy: Theory and Assessment [10 credits]
The Bilingual Brain [10 credits]
Neural Bases of Learning and Development [10 credits]
Cognitive Neuroscience [10 credits]
Clinical Psychology I: Theories and Models of Psychopathology [10 credits]
Clinical Psychology II: Psychological Interventions [10 credits]
Making Ideas Happen [20 credits]
The remaining 30 credits may be made up from modules offered by the Human Communication Sciences department or modules from other departments, subject to approval.

Careers & testimonials

The degree provides a good basis for a wide range of careers where good communication skills and an understanding of the processes of communication are important. These include careers in personnel management, public relations work, marketing and teaching English as a foreign language, as well as a number of different careers in one of the caring professions, where people with communication difficulties are commonly encountered. Previous graduates from this course have also gone on to further study in order to enter various professions, including social work, nursing, special needs teaching, primary education, educational psychology, audiology, and speech and language therapy.

Testimonials

"I have been very well supported by my personal tutor and course director. They helped ease the transition from school to university, supported me through my academic work, gave me feedback on exam and coursework results and advice on my career."

Sarah Hutchison
BSc Graduate

Further Information about the course is available from:

Admissions Secretary, Tel: 0114 2222405