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Speech and Language Therapy (Including Placement Year)

Course overview

(BSc) Bachelor of Science
Speech and Language Therapy (Including Placement Year)
University of Essex
University of Essex
Health and Social Care (School of)
Colchester Campus
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.
Honours Degree
Speech and Language Therapy
BSC B632

A-levels: BBB
GCSE: Mathematics, Science and English C/4

BTEC Extended Diploma: DDD (in relevant subjects)

IB: 30 points, plus Standard Level Mathematics or Maths Studies, Science and English grade 4 if not taken at Higher Level. We are also happy to consider a combination of separate IB Diploma Programmes at both Higher and Standard Level. Please note that Maths, Science or English in the IB is not required if you have already achieved GCSEs in these subjects at grade C/4 or above or 4 in IB Middle Years Maths.

Exact offer levels will vary depending on the range of subjects being taken at higher and standard level, and the course applied for. Please contact the Undergraduate Admissions Office for more information.

Entry requirements for students studying BTEC qualifications are dependent on units studied. Advice can be provided on an individual basis. The standard required is generally at Distinction level.

Access to Higher Education Diploma in a relevant pathway, e.g. Health Professions - 45 Level 3 credits at Merit or above

Recent academic study (within the last 5 years) is also required.

If you are taking or have achieved any qualifications that are not listed here, please contact the Undergraduate Admissions Office.

Other Requirements

  • Successful performance at a competitive interview
  • Successful numeracy and literacy test
  • You must also have a satisfactory Occupational Health Check and enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Check (including child and adult barred list check) - both of these are organised by the University. A satisfactory Overseas Criminal Record Check/Local Police Certificate is also required, in addition to a DBS Check, where you have lived outside of the UK in the last 5 years for 6 months or more.
  • Students accepted onto the course will undertake practice placements involving travel or lodging (funding is expected to be available to reimburse some travel and dual accommodation costs through the government funding available for health students. To find out the latest information of this please go to Student Funding Information and Bursaries
  • Students accepted onto the course are recommended to join RCSLT for access to closed member information and study opportunity

Working Overseas

  • Applicants are strongly advised to contact the registering organisation of the country they plan to work in to check the recognition of UK qualifications and professional accreditation.
  • The RCSLT has a Mutual Recognition of Credentials Agreement (MRA) with some international organisations. To find out more please see Mutual Recognition.

English language requirements for applicants whose first language is not English: IELTS 8.0 overall with a minimum of 7.5 in each component (or equivalent).

Other English language qualifications may be acceptable so please contact us for further details. If we accept the English component of an international qualification then it will be included in the information given about the academic levels listed above. Please note that date restrictions may apply to some English language qualifications

If you are an international student requiring a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK please see our immigration webpages for the latest Home Office guidance on English language qualifications.

If you do not meet our IELTS requirements then you may be able to complete a pre-sessional English pathway that enables you to start your course without retaking IELTS.

Exit awards - Certificate of Higher Education in Human Communication - Diploma of Higher Education in Human Communication - BSc Human Communication To be eligible for this, students must undertake 360 credits for the BSc (Hons). Pass all core modules. For this award, HS332: Placement 3 OR HS340: Professional Enquiry Proposal is compulsory. All other modules would need to be passed. These are academic awards only and do not lead to permission to practice with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).

External Examiners

Ms Helen Cameron
University of Sheffield
University Teacher

External Examiners provide an independent overview of our courses, offering their expertise and help towards our continual improvement of course content, teaching, learning, and assessment. External Examiners are normally academics from other higher education institutions, but may be from the industry, business or the profession as appropriate for the course. They comment on how well courses align with national standards, and on how well the teaching, learning and assessment methods allow students to develop and demonstrate the relevant knowledge and skills needed to achieve their awards. External Examiners who are responsible for awards are key members of Boards of Examiners. These boards make decisions about student progression within their course and about whether students can receive their final award.

eNROL, the module enrolment system, is now open until Monday 21 October 2019 8:59AM, for students wishing to make changes to their module options.


Core You must take this module You must pass this module. No failure can be permitted.
Core with Options You can choose which module to study
Compulsory You must take this module There may be limited opportunities to continue on the course/be eligible for the degree if you fail.
Compulsory with Options You can choose which module to study
Optional You can choose which module to study

Year Abroad/Placement - 2021/22

Component Number Module Code Module Title Status Credits
01 HS330-5-FY Placement Year Compulsory 120

Year 3 - 2022/23

Component Number Module Code Module Title Status Credits
01 HS331-6-FY Enhancing Communication for People with Developmental & Acquired Communication Difficulties Core 60
02 HS340-6-FY Professional Enquiry Proposal Core 30
03 HS332-6-FY Practice Placement 3 Core 30

Exit awards

A module is given one of the following statuses: 'core' – meaning it must be taken and passed; 'compulsory' – meaning it must be taken; or 'optional' – meaning that students can choose the module from a designated list. The rules of assessment may allow for limited condonement of fails in 'compulsory' or 'optional' modules, but 'core' modules cannot be failed. The status of the module may be different in any exit awards which are available for the course. Exam Boards will consider students' eligibility for an exit award if they fail the main award or do not complete their studies.

Programme aims

To produce graduates who are competent speech & language therapists with sound reasoning skills able to work independently and as part of an interdisciplinary team
To effectively develop the knowledge, skills, behaviours and values of speech & language therapists reflecting the requirements of the regulatory and professional bodies (HCPC and RCSLT)
To provide a challenging learning environment, including practice placements, for students to build their critical enquiry and independent learning skills in their journey to becoming speech & language therapists who are responsive to current and future employment needs
To enable students to construct theoretical frameworks for speech & language therapy practice drawing on the evolving evidence base
To draw on students’ high level of motivation, building their confidence to challenge and pursue learning needs to master complex areas of knowledge
To enable students to become autonomous professionals committed to their own and their profession’s development
To develop students’ capacity to lead and initiate change within, and on behalf, of the speech & language therapy profession
To provide opportunities for shared learning with other pre-registration health care professionals
To provide opportunities for learning in a different cultural context

Learning outcomes and learning, teaching and assessment methods

On successful completion of the programme a graduate should demonstrate knowledge and skills as follows:

A: Knowledge and understanding

A1 Critical understanding of the scientific knowledge base of speech & language therapy practice, including its gaps, uncertainties, defining features, contexts and the evolving nature of speech & language therapy
A2 Significant understanding of the theories, principles and concepts underpinning current professional activity
A3 A highly developed understanding of the political, cultural and professional issues that hinder and facilitate team working
A4 Critical understanding of psychological processes and the role of self in the therapeutic process of speech & language therapy
A5 Advanced understanding of the theories and practice of reflective learning and its role in personal and professional development
A6 Extensive, detailed knowledge and understanding of one or more aspects of speech & language therapy practice, informed by current research and scholarly activity
A7 A critical understanding of speech & language therapy research
A8 Advanced understanding of different cultural contexts
Learning Methods: A1-A5 are achieved through enquiry based learning sessions; fixed resource sessions including-lectures and seminars, which introduce material in a structured manner with opportunity for class discussion; small group interactive skills development sessions; workshops; individual assignment and group work, utilising enquiry based approaches. A5 is further supported by directed personal reflection of critical incidents and through tutorial support and supervision. A6 & A7 are achieved through group work, course assignment, literature review and research proposal, case studies, placement experience and tutorials. A8 is achieved through the year abroad module

Assessment Methods: A1, 2, 3,4 & 5 are assessed via course work, examination, portfolio, skills examination and viva. A6 & 7 are assessed by an extended literature review, a detailed research proposal and presentation. A8 is assessed via a placement year portfolio. A8 is assessed via a placement year portfolio.

B: Intellectual and cognitive skills

B1 Critically analyse, evaluate and synthesise speech & language therapy practice/education/health care issues, informed by current and innovative developments, with recognition of the need to promote equality for all speech & language therapy service users
B2 Use critically a range of speech & language therapy skills, techniques and approaches thus being able to respond to the individual needs of speech & Language therapy service users
B3 Deal with complex ethical and professional issues, making informed judgements on matters that may not explicitly be addressed within existing codes, standards and protocols
B4 Begin to develop original and creative responses to problems and issues
B5 Practice in ways that draw heavily on critical reflection of practice and evidence
B6 Pose research questions and develop a research plan
B7 Reflect and learn in order to identify personal and professional goals for lifelong learning within a framework of continuing professional development
B8 Be able to apply knowldege of different cultural contexts to SLT practice
Learning Methods: B1-B5 & B7 are achieved through a combination of group and individual activities and practice based learning. Lectures and seminars are used to introduce new material explored within a group setting. Practical skills classes and workshops are used to integrate the theory and practice of speech & language therapy. Directed personal study time enables the student to deepen and strengthen this learning through enquiry based learning. B6 is achieved through year 1 research teaching and workbook and year extended lit review and research proposal including individual research tutorials. B8 is acheived through the year abroad module
Assessment Methods: B1 – B5 & B7 are assessed by course work, examination, and research including a substansive literature review, detailed research proposal. B6 is assessed through summative assessment in year 2 (professional enquiry) and literature review, research proposal and presentation in year 3 (Professional enquiry proposal). B8 is acheived through the year abroad module

C: Practical skills

C1 Demonstrate competence in the core areas of speech & language therapy practice
C2 Demonstrate autonomy and initiative in professional activity
C3 Act autonomously in planning, implementing and evaluating the outcomes of professional activity, inviting and using feedback from others to inform this process
C4 Identify and discuss the management of Clinical Risk in a range of speech & language therapy practice settings language therapy practice settings Identify and discuss the management of Clinical Risk in a range of speech & language therapy practice settings Identify and discuss the management of Clinical Risk in a range of speech & language therapy practice settings
C5 Demonstrate originality and creativity in applying knowledge, understanding and approaches in speech & language therapy practice/education/management
C6 Practice in a range of contexts, including those within which there is uncertainty or unpredictability
C7 Demonstrate cultural and linguistic competence in an alternative geographical environment and reflect upon its contribution to effective professional practice.
Learning Methods: C1 – C6 are placement based learning supported by clinically based university tutorials’ portfolio development, reflective learning and supported by personal tutorials. C7 is acheived through the year abroad module
Assessment Methods: C1–6 are assessed by clinical assessment forms, portfolio and progression discussions / viva. C2 is assessed through gradually increasing expectation of autonomy both on practice placements and in the classroom, this includes assessment of practice based placements and presentation assessment skills in university. C3 is assessed through Clinical placement assessment and reflective log additionally course work, exams and dissertation require autonomous working. C4 is assessed through coursework, essay, viva and dissertation clinical placement assessment and reflective log. C5 and C6 are assessed through course work, oral presentations and clinical assessment forms. C7 is assessed via the year abroad module

D: Key skills

D1 a) Use a range of advanced communication skills appropriate to Speech & Language Therapy and to multi-professional team working. b) Demonstrate effective, adaptable and confident communication with a range of different audiences and individuals. a) Use a range of advanced communication skills appropriate to Speech & Language Therapy and to multi-professional team working. b) Demonstrate effective, adaptable and confident communication with a range of different audiences and individuals. a) Use a range of advanced communication skills appropriate to Speech & Language Therapy and to multi-professional team working. b) Demonstrate effective, adaptable and confident communication with a range of different audiences and individuals.
D2 a) Use the Internet b) Access data via library, professional bodies etc c) Use audio-visual presentation tools and techniques b) Access data via library, professional bodies etc c) Use audio-visual presentation tools and techniques
D3 a) Interpret statistical information b) Use statistics to analyse data
D4 a) Identify and analyse problems emerging from theory and practice
D5 Motivate and engender partnership working, Demonstrate a strong awareness of pesonal imitations and scope of practice, Take responsibility for one's own work and signifcant responsiblity for the work of others, Respect and promote diversity, Facilitate learning and development in others
D6 a) Demonstrate an aptitude for continuing to advance knowledge, understanding and skills in line with identified learning needs, b) Identify, conceptualise, define and evaluate new and abstract ideas within professional practice/education/management
Learning Methods: D1 is supported in small group discussion and seminars and tutorials and through direct working with clients in placement activity. D2 Students are introduced to a range of IT learning platforms such as Moodle and Library databases early in the course, supported by the Lifelong Study Skills Module in year 1. D3 is supported in seminars where students analyse and present work (e.g. from assessment data). Tutorial time is allocated for small group discussion and problem solving. D4 is practised throughout the course. Students work through given problems or derived from the students’ practice. D5 is facilitated by the use of collaborative group work and during seminars and through working as part of teams on placement. D6 is achieved through feedback and reflection on coursework and individual tutorial time.
Assessment Methods: D1 is assessed by practice placements, coursework, essay, presentation, literature review, research proposal and viva. D2 is assessed through use of ability to access and cite references from internet sources. Practical assessments are also included which test students’ skills. The use of information technology during presentations is encouraged. D3 & D4 are assessed through course work, essay and dissertation. D5 and D6 are assessed through course work, oral presentations and clinical assessment forms.


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