Female student with elderly patient

Speech and Language Therapy BMedSci

Division of Human Communication Sciences, Health Sciences School

This course is no longer taking applications for 2021-22 entry. View 2022-23 entry or find another undergraduate course.

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Course description

Students with elderly patients at communication clinic

This degree leads to a professional qualification to practise as a speech and language therapist. Speech and language therapists provide treatment and support for adults and children who have difficulties with communication, or with eating, drinking and swallowing.

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.


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 directly.

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Title: Speech and Language Therapy BMedSci course structure
UCAS code: B621
Years: 2021

Core modules:

Professional Practice 1

This module aims to introduce the student to the professional practice of the speech and language therapist (SLT). The module combines students' learning of theoretical knowledge of clinical methods, people with communication impairments and inter-personal and professional skills with clinical placements with children and adults with communication impairments. The module introduces the student to their first clinical placements with children and adult clients across placements in the Philippa Cottam Communication Clinic (PCCC) (the clinic in HCS), plus external placements in the NHS and independent sectors.

30 credits
Biomedical Science

This module will explore components of anatomy, physiology, and neuroscience that are relevant to the understanding of human communication throughout the lifespan. This will include the respiratory, cardiovascular and nervous systems, the development, structure and function of head, and neck, and the auditory system.

20 credits
Introduction to Practical Linguistics

This module will introduce students to the scientific study of the structure and function of language. Students will learn basic linguistic concepts and theoretical constructs with special application to how these ideas help us understand speech in both typically and atypically developing populations.

20 credits
Participation and Society

This module aims to introduce students to issues related to understanding persons as individuals, and as members of society. Content includes: theoretical models of disability; psychosocial impact of disability across the lifespan; concepts of self and identity; concepts of attitudes and their measurement; health beliefs and behaviours and the role of gender, socioeconomic and cultural factors in healthcare and education. Students will be encouraged to reflect on their own experiences, attitudes and interpersonal skills in the context of their impact on interactions with clients, their families and other professionals.

20 credits
Speech, language, communication and literacy development in children

This module will cover children¿s development of speech, language, communication and literacy from 0 ¿ 18 years. It addresses the following topics: speech sound / phonological development, language production and comprehension, development of pragmatics abilities, psycholinguistic models, early literacy development, the associations between speech, language and literacy, theoretical models of literacy development, understanding drivers and competing theories of how children learn language, bilingualism and the impact on language learning. The lectures will cover developmental norms and trajectories. It will also cover factors which influence typical development. The theoretical basis of the topic will be considered from a multidisciplinary perspective, covering psychology, education, sociolinguistics, and linguistics.

20 credits
Language cognition and communication in adults 1

This module introduces students to theoretical accounts of language, cognition and communication in adults. It provides conceptual frameworks and a detailed elementary coverage of the following areas: the communication chain, verbal and non-verbal communication, conversation analysis, grammar, vocabulary, multilingualism, attention, memory and executive function. It also introduces students to the impact of ageing on the above domains, and the impact of stroke, traumatic brain injury and progressive degenerative conditions on language and cognition.
Professional note: BMedSci Speech and Language Therapy; Royal Colledge of Speech and Language Therapists; HCPC

10 credits

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. We are no longer offering unrestricted module choice. If your course included unrestricted modules, your department will provide a list of modules from their own and other subject areas that you can choose from.

Learning and assessment


You will learn through lectures, independent study and clinical placements.

We invest to create the right environment for you. That means outstanding facilities, study spaces and support, including 24/7 online access to our online library service.

Study spaces and computers are available to offer you choice and flexibility for your study. Our five library sites give you access to over 1.3 million books and periodicals. You can access your library account and our rich digital collections from anywhere on or off campus. Other library services include study skills training to improve your grades, and tailored advice from experts in your subject.

Learning support facilities and library opening hours


You will be assessed by exams, coursework and practical tasks.

Programme specification

This tells you the aims and learning outcomes of this course and how these will be achieved and assessed.

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Entry requirements

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Standard offer
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The A Level entry requirements for this course are:

The A Level entry requirements for this course are:

A Levels + additional qualifications | ABB + B in a relevant EPQ ABB + B in a relevant EPQ

International Baccalaureate | 34 33

BTEC | DDD in a Healthcare or science subject DDD in a Healthcare or science subject

Scottish Highers | AAAAB AAABB

Welsh Baccalaureate + 2 A Levels | B + AA B + AB

Access to HE Diploma | 60 credits overall in a relevant subject with 45 at Level 3 including 36 at Distinction and 9 at Merit with Distinctions in 30 Level 3 credits and Merits in 15 Level 3 credits. 60 credits overall in a relevant subject with 45 at Level 3 including 30 at Distinction and 15 at Merit with Distinctions in 30 Level 3 credits and Merits in 15 Level 3 credits.

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English language requirements

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

Equivalent English language qualifications

Visa and immigration requirements

Other requirements
  • DBS + Health Check required

  • A Level in General Studies is not accepted

We also accept a range of other UK qualifications and other EU/international qualifications.

If you have any questions about entry requirements, please contact the department.

Division of Human Communication Sciences, Health Sciences School

Human Communication Sciences Students in lecture

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.

Speech and Language Therapy students will be based at our Human Communication Sciences Building, but will also have the opportunity to use our on-site communication clinic, as well as go on placements in a diverse range of settings throughout Sheffield and the surrounding areas; including schools and hospitals.


The Philippa Cottam Communication Clinic opened in 1993, and is based on-campus. As a speech and language therapy clinic, it supports children and adults with a range of communication disabilities every day. Having an on-site clinic gives students studying human communication sciences courses the opportunity to gain practical experience during their studies. The clinic’s observation and treatment rooms give our students opportunities to work with people who have communication difficulties.

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Why choose Sheffield?

The University of Sheffield

  A Top 100 university 2021
QS World University Rankings

  Top 10% of all UK universities
Research Excellence Framework 2014

  No 1 Students' Union in the UK
Whatuni Student Choice Awards 2019, 2018, 2017

Division of Human Communication Sciences, Health Sciences School

100% of our research is world-leading or internationally excellent

Research Excellence Framework 2014

University of Sheffield is within the top 100 in the world for clinical and health subjects

Times Higher Education (THE) World Subject Rankings 2021

Graduate careers

Why study a degree in speech and language therapy?

Division of Human Communication Sciences, Health Sciences School

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.

More information

Clinical placements are a compulsory element of the degree, which means that there will be an additional expense for items such as Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks, travel and accommodation, and clinical material printing costs.

If you are a UK student you will be able to apply for reimbursement of travel and accommodation costs. For EU and international students the additional placement costs will be self-funded.

Fees and funding


Clinical placements are a compulsory element of the degree, which means that there will be an additional expense for items such as Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks, travel and accommodation, and clinical material printing costs.

If you are a UK student you will be able to apply for reimbursement of travel and accommodation costs. For EU and international students the additional placement costs will be self-funded.

Additional costs

The annual fee for your course includes a number of items in addition to your tuition. If an item or activity is classed as a compulsory element for your course, it will normally be included in your tuition fee. There are also other costs which you may need to consider.

Examples of what’s included and excluded

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Depending on your circumstances, you may qualify for a bursary, scholarship or loan to help fund your study and enhance your learning experience.

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Additional funding

If you're studying one of our health care courses, you could be eligible for funding from the NHS.

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