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Speech and Language Therapy BMedSci

Division of Human Communication Sciences, Health Sciences School

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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.

    You're required to complete pre-registration eating, drinking and swallowing competencies as part of the course.

    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.


    A selection of modules are available each year - some examples are below. There may be changes before you start your course. From May of the year of entry, formal programme regulations will be available in our Programme Regulations Finder.

    Choose a year to see modules for a level of study:

    Title: Speech and Language Therapy BMedSci course structure
    UCAS code: B621
    Years: 2022, 2023
    First year

    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 and eating, drinking and swallowing impairments and inter-personal and professional skills with clinical placements with children and adults with communication (and in some cases eating, drinking and swallowing) 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.

    Find programme specification for this course

    Entry requirements

    With Access Sheffield, you could qualify for additional consideration or an alternative offer - find out if you're eligible.

    Standard offer

    The A Level entry requirements for this course are:

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

    International Baccalaureate 34

    BTEC Extended Diploma DDD in a healthcare or science subject

    BTEC Diploma Not accepted

    Scottish Highers AAAAB

    Welsh Baccalaureate + 2 A Levels B + AA

    Access to HE Diploma Award of Access to HE Diploma in a relevant subject, with 45 credits at Level 3, including 36 at Distinction and 9 at Merit

    Other requirements
    • We are unable to accept transfer requests from current University of Sheffield students wishing to transfer onto this programme from other courses

    Access Sheffield offer

    The A Level entry requirements for this course are:

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

    International Baccalaureate 33

    BTEC Extended Diploma DDD in a healthcare or science subject

    BTEC Diploma Not accepted

    Scottish Highers AAABB

    Welsh Baccalaureate + 2 A Levels B + AB

    Access to HE Diploma Award of Access to HE Diploma in a relevant subject, with 45 credits at Level 3, including 30 at Distinction and 15 at Merit

    Other requirements
    • We are unable to accept transfer requests from current University of Sheffield students wishing to transfer onto this programme from other courses

    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 qualifications | UK and EU/international

    Due to the large number of applications we receive, we are unable to provide individual and specific feedback to applicants who do not receive an offer for a place on the course. 

    Health clearance

    All new students must obtain occupational health clearance, which may require an individual assessment. This is to ensure that you meet the fitness to practice standards detailed on the Higher Education Occupational Practitioners (HEOPS) guidance.

    We offer support to students with additional needs, for example, through the Disability and Dyslexia Support Service or Student Support Services. You can find out more about the network of support services we provide. A very small number of conditions might, on health and safety grounds, affect your registration with the appropriate regulatory body and your ability to practise in certain clinical situations.

    If you're offered a place, you'll need to comply with the Department of Health and Social Care mandatory immunisation requirements.

    You should have at least two Covid vaccinations to protect yourself and vulnerable people in your placement areas.

    Disclosure and Barring Service

    All applicants are required to undergo a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Enhanced Disclosure check.

    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.

    Health Sciences School

    Why choose Sheffield?

    The University of Sheffield

      A top 100 university
    QS World University Rankings 2023

      92 per cent of our research is rated as world-leading or internationally excellent
    Research Excellence Framework 2021

      Top 50 in the most international universities rankings
    Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2022

      No 1 Students' Union in the UK
    Whatuni Student Choice Awards 2022, 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017

      A top 10 university targeted by employers
    The Graduate Market in 2022, High Fliers report

    Division of Human Communication Sciences, Health Sciences School

    94% of our research is world-leading or internationally excellent

    Research Excellence Framework 2021

    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

    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.

    Fees and funding


    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

    Funding your study

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

    Use our Student Funding Calculator to work out what you’re eligible for.

    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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    If you've received an offer to study with us, we'll invite you to one of our offer holder days, which take place between February and April. These open days have a strong department focus and give you the chance to really explore student life here, even if you've visited us before.

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    This course is now closed to new applications for 2023 entry.

    To be guaranteed equal consideration with other applicants you needed to have submitted your application by 25 January 2023.

    The awarding body for this course is the University of Sheffield.

    Recognition of professional qualifications: from 1 January 2021, in order to have any UK professional qualifications recognised for work in an EU country across a number of regulated and other professions you need to apply to the host country for recognition. Read information from the UK government and the EU Regulated Professions Database.

    Any supervisors and research areas listed are indicative and may change before the start of the course.

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    This course is now closed to new applications for 2023 entry.

    To be guaranteed equal consideration with other applicants you needed to have submitted your application by 25 January 2023.