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City, University of London

Speech and Language Science

UCAS Code: B621

Bachelor of Science (with Honours) - BSc (Hons)

Entry requirements


A level

B,B,C

Typically BBC or BCC with a relevant EPQ. In addition to five passes grade 4 (C) in GCSE, including English and Mathematics.

Access to HE Diploma

D:36,M:9

Access to HE Diploma in a health or science related subject achieving 60 credits overall with 45 at Level 3 (36 at Distinction and 9 at Merit). Applicants must hold GCSE English and Mathematics at grade C (4) or above.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

31

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

DDD

Extended Diploma in Health and Social Care or Science-related subject. In addition to five passes grade 4 (C) in GCSE, including English and Mathematics.

UCAS Tariff

112

Typically BBC or BCC with a relevant EPQ.

About this course


Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2020

Subject

Speech and language therapy

The BSc (Hons) Speech and Language Science is a flexible and innovative degree that provides a fundamental understanding of how communication develops, how it works and how it can break down. This course develops crucial skills in analytical thinking, written and verbal communication, critical appraisal, team-working and organisation.

Students benefit from a high-quality and research-informed education and share some core modules with City's BSc (Hons) Speech and Language Therapy students. The BSc in Speech and Language Science is a non-clinical degree intended for students who are looking for a career or further study in human communication. The focus on developing an understanding of the process of human communication is supplemented by various modules ranging from psychology to media and forensic applications of speech research.

Students gain the skills to fulfil careers in which communication skills and processes are central. These can include roles in both the public and private sectors, including law, social work, teaching, audiology, PR, advertising and media, human resources and speech and language therapy. Studying on this programme also provides an excellent basis for further postgraduate study in areas such as Speech and Language Therapy, Audiology, Forensic Phonetics and Linguistics, Intercultural Communication, Language Teaching, Language Documentation, Speech Technology and Library Science.

Modules

The focus during the first year is on the typical and atypical aspects of speech. Students study six core modules and one of two optional modules. Core modules include; Articulatory Phonetics, Phonology and Speech Development; Language and Medium 1; Biomedical Science: Anatomy & Physiology; Lifespan studies; Speech Disorders, Dysfluency and Alternative and Augmentative Communication; Acoustic Phonetics and Audiology

In the second year there is a stronger focus on the study of language in typical and atypical populations, as well as on developing research skills. Core modules include: Applied Phonetics and Phonology; Language Sciences: Linguistics and Language Development; Biomedical Science: ENT/Neurology/Brain and Behaviour; Developmental Psychology and Research Methods; Forensic Phonetics; Instrumental Techniques; Language and Medium 2.

During the final year, the focus is on both a research project and the nature of cognition and language in children and adults, taught through core modules. Core modules include:
- Acquired and Developmental Language Disorders
- Sociolinguistics
- Language and Gender
- Psychoacoustics
- Research Project

Assessment methods

A variety of assessment methods are used, depending on module choices:
- Written assignments (e.g. essay; case-based project; literature review, etc)
- Poster presentations
- Lab assignments
- Work sheets
- Class tests
- Multiple choice questionnaires
- Written examinations

The balance of assessment by examination, practical examination and assessment by coursework will to some extent depend on the optional modules you choose.

The Uni


Course location:

City, University of London

Department:

School of Health Sciences

TEF rating:
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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

87%
high
Speech and language therapy

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Others in subjects allied to medicine

Teaching and learning

89%
Staff make the subject interesting
100%
Staff are good at explaining things
89%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
89%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

97%
Library resources
92%
IT resources
95%
Course specific equipment and facilities
79%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

93%
UK students
7%
International students
3%
Male students
97%
Female students
79%
2:1 or above
12%
Drop out rate

After graduation


The stats in this section relate to the general subject area/s at this university – not this specific course. We show this where there isn't enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Others in subjects allied to medicine

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£22,500
high
Average annual salary
93%
low
Employed or in further education
43%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

80%
Therapy professionals
6%
Teaching and educational professionals
6%
Caring personal services

This subject covers a group of related subjects, like audiology, speech therapy and degrees associated with language development. Speech therapy dominates and most graduates in this group go into jobs as speech therapists. About a fifth had studied audiology - there are not many audiology graduates each year in the UK, and they usually go on to jobs as — you guessed it — audiologists (mostly in hospitals but increasingly on the high street). Speech science or therapy graduates often go straight into speech therapy jobs when they graduate, although you don’t absolutely have to be a speech therapist if you take the course. There's a demand for graduates from all these courses and prospects are good.

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

Speech and language therapy

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

£24k

£24k

£32k

£32k

£31k

£31k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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The Longitudinal Educational Outcomes dataset combines HRMC earnings data with student records from the Higher Education Statistics Agency.

While there are lots of factors at play when it comes to your future earnings, use this as a rough timeline of what graduates in this subject area were earning on average one, three and five years later. Can you see a steady increase in salary, or did grads need some experience under their belt before seeing a nice bump up in their pay packet?

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