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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Admissions Secretary
Human Communication Sciences in the Health Sciences School
Telephone +44 (0)114 222 2405
Email hcs-admissions@sheffield.ac.uk
Website sheffield.ac.uk/health-sciences/undergraduate

Human Communication Sciences

100% of our research is world-leading or internationally excellent
Research Excellence Framework 2014

Course description

This degree leads to a professional qualification to practise as a speech and language therapist. A key feature of the course is our in-house clinic where you'll benefit from specialist facilities and training.

You'll be taught by clinical and research specialists and study a range of subjects, including biomedical sciences, psychology, linguistics and communication.

We use a case-based and inquiry-based approach, as well as small-group teaching, to give you an interactive learning experience. You'll develop theoretical knowledge alongside clinical expertise.

Work placements and hands-on training from health professionals will develop your clinical expertise. You'll go on placements in a diverse range of settings throughout Sheffield and the surrounding areas, including schools and hospitals.

The course is designed around the following themes:

Communication
You'll study linguistics, psychology and how this relates to speech and language pathology.

Participation and society
You'll explore how the study of sociology and social and health psychology impact on speech and language therapy.

Research
You'll develop valuable research skills that are essential to providing evidence-based health care.

Biomedical sciences
This theme gives you an in-depth understanding of anatomy, physiology, audiology and neurology. You'll learn how to link this medical knowledge to speech and language pathology.

Key clinical topics and professional practice
This theme develops your clinical skills and professional competence so that you can work with a range of clients who have communication impairments.

The course is approved by the Health and 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 HCPC 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

Accreditation
  • 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 + additional qualifications ABB + B in a relevant EPQ
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.

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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.

Human Communication Sciences

Our on-site communication clinic gives you the opportunity to gain valuable practical experience during your degree. 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 detailed feedback on all your work and one-to-one support throughout your degree.

We're part of the University's Heath Sciences School in the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health.

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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

Speech and language therapists work with people of all ages to help them communicate better. They might be based in a school or nursery, in the individual’s home, or in a clinic or hospital.

Therapists take a collaborative approach, working alongside the individual’s carer, teacher or family, as well as other professionals.

There are many different types of communication problems, ranging from stammering, hearing loss and autism, to cleft palate, head injury and losing the ability to communicate after a stroke.

The role of the speech and language therapist is to identify the communication problem and help the individual communicate better. To do this, speech and language therapists study a range of subjects including biomedical sciences, psychology, linguistics and communication. They also develop clinical skills.

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