Speech, Language and Communication Development

Course code HCS275
15 credits

This module considers speech, language and communication from the perspective of linguistics, including speech sounds, grammar, meaning and social use. It presents development of these skills in typically-developing children from birth to adolescence. Students also develop skills in the analysis of children’s language.

Suitable for

Learning Support and Teaching Assistants, Speech and Language Therapy Assistants, Nursery Nurses and others working in a support role with children with Special Educational Needs.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the module students are expected to be able to:

  • Outline the process of speech, language and communication development in typical development
  • Be familiar with terminology and models developed by linguists and phoneticians
  • Describe current theories in language development
  • Carry out a basic analysis of language in terms of form, content and use.

Teaching Methods

The module content is delivered online and includes guided independent study, using online reading material available from the University Library. Students are supported by University tutors via online discussion boards and email. Online learning will be supplemented by an optional 1-day study block in Sheffield.


The module starts in January of each year. The module runs over a period of 12 weeks, and this 15 credit module should take about 150 hours to complete (including preparation for the assignment). See timetable for the year.


A 3,000-word assignment.

Associated programmes

CORE Module on Advanced Certificate Language & Communication Impairment in Children

Fees and funding for the module

Fee information 

Fully funded places may be available for NHS employees in Yorkshire and the Humber and East Midlands, please contact us for more information.

How to apply for the module

Please visit our how to apply page.

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