Course details

A Levels AAB Other entry requirements
UCAS code B621
Duration 3 years
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Related subjects Human Communication Sciences Speech Therapy

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Department of Human Communication Sciences
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Department of Human Communication Sciences

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Research Excellence Framework 2014

Course description

This three-year course leads to a professional qualification to practice as a speech and language therapist. 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'll learn from a team of clinical and research specialists including speech and language therapists, psychologists, audiologists, linguists and information technologists. You'll work 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 towards becoming an independent practitioner.

You'll study a range of subjects including biomedical sciences, psychology, linguistics and communication. You'll develop your clinical expertise through work placements and hands-on training from health professionals.

A key feature of the course is our in-house clinic where you'll benefit from specialist facilities and training. You'll maximise your clinical skills through placements in a diverse range of settings such as schools and hospitals throughout Sheffield and the surrounding areas.

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.

Modules: what you study and when

  • Approved by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) for the purpose of providing eligibility to apply for registration with the HCPC as a speech and language therapist.
  • Recognised by the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists (RCSLT) for the purpose of applying for newly qualified practitioner membership.

Financial help from the University - bursaries

If you're a UK student, you could be entitled to a University bursary. A bursary is the same as a grant - you don't have to pay it back.

How our bursary scheme works

Entry requirements

Qualification Grades
A Levels AAB
A Levels + Extended Project Qualification ABB + B. The Extended Project should be in a relevant subject
International Baccalaureate 34
BTEC DDD in a Healthcare or Science subject
Cambridge Pre-U D3 D3 M2
Scottish Highers + 1 Advanced Higher AAABB + A
Welsh Baccalaureate + 2 A Levels B + AA
Access to HE Entry requirements for mature students
Other qualifications Other UK qualifications
Other EU/international qualifications
Other requirements
  • DBS plus Health Check required
  • A Level General Studies is not accepted
  • You must demonstrate that your English is good enough for you to successfully complete your course. For this course we require: GCSE English Language at grade C/4; IELTS grade of 8.0 with a minimum of 7.5 in each component; or an alternative acceptable English language qualification
  • Equivalent English language qualifications
  • Access Sheffield - find out if you're eligible for additional consideration or an alternative offer
If you have any questions about entry requirements, please contact the department

Modules - what you study and when

The modules listed below are examples from the last academic year. There may be some changes before you start your course. For the very latest module information, check with the department direct.

Course information on Department of Human Communication Sciences website

First year

Core modules:

Professional Practice 1
Biomedical Science
Introduction to Practical Linguistics
Participation and Society
Speech, language, communication and literacy development in children
Language cognition and communication in adults 1

Second year

Core modules:

Developmental disorders of communication
Key Clinical Topics 1
Language cognition and communication in adults 2
Professional Practice 2
Speech and Hearing Science
Language Analysis: Sound and Structure
Research Methods and Statistics

Third year

Core modules:

Evaluating the evidence base in speech and language therapy II. Clinical dissertation
Key Clinical Topics 2
Professional Practice 3
Evaluating the evidence base in speech and language therapy :. Principles and Methods
Transition to Professional Autonomy

The content of our courses is reviewed annually to make sure it's up-to-date and relevant. Individual modules are occasionally updated or withdrawn. This is in response to discoveries through our world-leading research; funding changes; professional accreditation requirements; student or employer feedback; outcomes of reviews; and variations in staff or student numbers.

In the event of any change we'll consult and inform students in good time and take reasonable steps to minimise disruption.

Department of Human Communication Sciences

Our courses are taught by some of Britain's leading experts in the field. What they teach is often based on their own internationally recognised research.

We'll give you access to specialist facilities, detailed feedback on all your work, and one-to-one support throughout your degree.

Department of Human Communication Sciences website

What our graduates do

Our Speech and Language Sciences course can be tailored to suit a variety of interests. Graduates will be well-placed for careers in education, psychology, social work, audiology and speech and language therapy.

Our Speech and Language Therapy graduates are recognised as qualified speech and language therapists. They go on to rewarding careers in paediatrics, children's special needs, adult learning disability and adult neurology. Many also go on to postgraduate education and research.

Student profile

"It is one of the top universities for speech and language therapy. The department is really nice. It is set up as a clinic so people get speech therapy here."

Anneleen Verlinden
Speech Science

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