Course details

A Levels AAB Other entry requirements
UCAS code QC18
Duration 3 years
Fees and additional costs Home/EU students International students
Related subjects Human Communication Sciences Speech Therapy

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Admissions Secretary
Division of Human Communication Sciences, Health Sciences School
Telephone +44 114 222 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 multidisciplinary degree explores linguistics, phonetics, psychology, neuroscience, neuropsychology, education and language pathology.

You'll learn about disorders of speech, language and literacy in children and adults through experiences inside and outside the classroom.

The course differs from many comparable degrees in the UK. Most focus on typical communication alone or on the nature of communication impairment in the context of speech and language therapy. Our BSc explores human communication and impairments of human communication in their own right, but also contends that studying communication disorders can deepen our understanding of communication processes.

You'll gain a good understanding of human communication based in traditional subjects such as linguistics and psychology and you'll apply your knowledge to the study of communication disorders and their effects on the individual in society. You'll also have the option to select topics in areas of special interest within the course structure.

Our tutors will help you plan your studies throughout your course. We'll help build your confidence in applying your knowledge and skills through project work and volunteering in our in-house clinic or through Sheffield Volunteering.

This degree provides a strong academic basis for applying to train as a speech and language therapist at postgraduate level.

Modules: what you study and when

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 M2 M2
Scottish Highers AAAAB
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
  • At least one of your three A Levels should be in acceptable subjects
    Guidance on acceptable A Level subjects
  • 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 4/C; IELTS grade of 8.0 with a minimum of 7.5 in each component; or an alternative acceptable English language qualification
  • DBS + Health Check required
  • A Level in General Studies is not accepted
  • 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.

Human Communication Sciences website

First year

Core modules:

Introduction to Practical Linguistics
Participation and Society
Speech, language, communication and literacy development in children
Information Skills for Human Communication Sciences
Introduction to Behavioural Observation in Human Communication Sciences
Special Topics in Human Communication Sciences

Optional modules:

Cognitive Psychology I
Developmental Psychology I
Language cognition and communication in adults 1
Neuroscience and Clinical Psychology I
Social Psychology I

Second year

Core modules:

Developmental disorders of communication
Speech and Hearing Science
Research Methods and Statistics

Optional modules:

Cognitive Psychology II
Developmental Psychology II
Language, cognition and communication in Adults 2
Neuroscience and Clinical Psychology II
Social Psychology II
Language and Communication in the Classroom
Speech and Language Analysis: Sound and Structure
Understanding and supporting children with speech, language and communication needs

Third year

Core modules:

Dissertation
Extended Essay in Human Communication Sciences

Optional modules:

Evaluating the evidence base in speech and language therapy :. Principles and Methods
Cognitive Development
Cognitive Neuroscience
Health Psychology
Hearing Science
Literacy: Theory and Assessment
Occupational Psychology
Practical Project in Human Communication Sciences
Speech Technology
The Bilingual Brain

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 the 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 Health Sciences School in the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health.

Human Communication Sciences website

What our graduates do

Our Speech and Language Therapy graduates are recognised as qualified speech and language therapists. They go on to rewarding careers working with adult and child clients with a range of communication or eating, drinking and swallowing difficulties. This might include difficulties associated with neurological impairments, degenerative conditions, mental health issues, voice problems, stammering, hearing impairment, physical disabilities or learning disabilities.

Graduates are employed by the NHS, Education providers, charitable organisations or Independent Practices. 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

You have the option to spend part of your course overseas through the Study Abroad or Erasmus programmes.

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Division of Human Communication Sciences, Health Sciences School
Telephone +44 114 222 2405
Email hcs-admissions@sheffield.ac.uk

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