Birmingham City University Speech And Language Therapy

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Birmingham City University Speech And Language Therapy

If you want a client-centered, evidence-based education in the field of speech and language therapy, our three-year BSc programme is the right choice for you.

Our course, which is approved by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) uses a variety of innovative activities and placements. On graduation you will be ready to apply to the HCPC for registration as a speech and language therapist.

What’s covered in the course?

Speech and language therapists support people of all ages who have communication and/or swallowing difficulties. Delivered at the West Midlands’ only training site for speech and language therapists – and the largest provider of qualified staff to the NHS and social care professions – this course is designed to prepare you to achieve excellence and professional autonomy in clinical practice.

You will learn through a variety of formats, including workshops, interactive lectures, and simulation sessions, which are run in state-of-the-art facilities on our Edgbaston campus. You will also benefit from the Virtual Case Creator (VCC), which enables us to simulate clinical scenarios in a virtual environment.

Throughout the course, you will develop your understanding of research and evidence-based practice, so that you will be able to contribute to the future development of the speech and language therapy profession.

You will undertake two major clinical placements, during which you will be immersed in all aspects of clinical practice. Towards the end of your clinical placement in your third year, you are likely to be managing your own caseload of clients, and you will have the option to participate in a number of extracurricular activities, including an opportunity for international exchange. Our graduates work as speech and language therapists in a wide range of settings in the NHS, but also in schools, for charities and in private practice.

Why Choose Us?

  • Long-established course – nearly 40 years of experience in training speech and language therapists
  • Facilities include an SLT resource / study room and (from 2017) on-site clinic
  • Students work with speech and language therapy service users from the first week of the course, in simulation events and other sessions
  • A part time route is available for students who are unable to make the time commitment of the full time programme.

Clara MacDonald


Entry Requirements

We now recruit to the values of the NHS constitution. This influences our selection criteria and especially the values we are seeking to be demonstrated in both your application and interview, which we view as essential in any individual involved in patient care.

A minimum of Grades BBB (120 UCAS tariff points):

Level 2 qualifications which must be achieved prior to application:
GCSE at Grade 4 or above (formerly Grace C) in five subjects, which must include English Language and Mathematics. (GCSE equivalents are not accepted, e. g. Key Skills Level 2, Adult Numeracy, Adult Literacy and GCSE Science is not specified).
Irish Leaving Certificate: Mathematics and English at ordinary level grade B3/O3 or higher.
Scottish qualifications: a minimum of five Intermediate Standard 2 or above, must include English, Mathematics and a Science subject.
Plus one of the following Level 3 qualifications which you may be working towards:
GCE A/A2 level
120 UCAS tariff points from a minimum of three A/A2 level passes which must include a Science or Social Science subject for example one of Psychology, Sociology, Biology, Geography, Chemistry, Physics or Mathematics. A typical offer would be BBB. General Studies and Critical Thinking excluded.
GCE/AVCE Double Award in Health and Social Care
GCE/AVCE Double Award with remaining UCAS tariff points from a minimum of one GCE A/A2 Level in a Social Science or Science subject. General Studies and Critical Thinking excluded.
BTEC National Diploma in Health Studies or Early Years
Award has to be equivalent to 120 UCAS points or higher
International Baccalaureate Diploma
Minimum Grade 30 required.
Access to HE Diploma in Health, Nursing or Midwifery
Overall pass of 60 credits of which 45 credits must be at level 3. A minimum of 12 level 3 credits must be at Distinction and 24 at Merit. A total of 24 level 3 credits must be in health/science related subjects.
Irish Leaving Certificate
Minimum of 5 Highers at Grade B2/H3 including a science or social science.
Honours Degree
Full award or completion of at least 1 year of a relevant honours degree programme (transcripts will be required).

Other qualifications:

Applicants’ qualifications that are not listed will be considered on an individual basis.

In addition:

  • Applicants must have evidence of study within the last 5 years.
  • Applicants are required to attend a visit day and complete a written interview.
  • Second reference for Access/BTEC students from the original referee to be provided to the institution by 30 April of the enrolment year.

Places subject to a satisfactory Occupational Heath Check, a Disclosure and Barring Service report and registration with the Independent Safeguarding Authority.

Applicants should be aware that qualifications, personal statement, reference and written interview all form part of the selection criteria for this course.

English language:
A particularly high standard of spoken and written English is necessary to cope with linguistics, phonetics and clinical work on the Speech and Language Therapy course. However, there is a great need for therapists who are fluent in more than one language and graduates with such skills would be a valuable addition to the profession; such candidates are therefore encouraged to apply.

Applicants who have not received their secondary school education in English will require an overall IELTS score of 7.5 with no subtest below 7.0. To register with the Health and Care Professions Council on qualification applicants for whom English is not a first language an IELTS score of 8.0 with no subtest below 7.5 is required.

The UCAS tariff is changing

If you’re considering applying for this course to start in September 2017 onwards, it’s important to know that the UCAS tariff system is changing.

UCAS tariff points – the points system most universities use to compare different qualifications – will be introducing a new system on how points are calculated.