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Speech and Language Therapy

Entry requirements

A level


Excluding General Studies and Critical Thinking

Access to HE Diploma


Pass with 45 credits at Merit/Distinction with minimum of 24 credits at Distinction Modules should include Biology and Psychology

GCSE/National 4/National 5

A range of GCSEs which must include GCSE Grade C or 5 English Language or an acceptable equivalent qualification and GCSE Grade C or 5 Mathematics and a Science

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme


Individual offers will vary dependant on subjects studies

Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017)


including a science or social science Will accept Lower level B2

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


in a related area ie health studies or early years

T Level


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Must be achieved from 3 A levels or other acceptable Level 3 qualifications

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About this course

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Full-time | 2024


Speech and language therapy

Speech and Language Therapists (SLTs) are health professionals who work closely with parents, carers, teachers, nurses, doctors and other Allied Health professionals. Almost one in five people experience communication difficulties and this is where SLTs can help. On completion of the course, you’ll be eligible to apply to the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) to register as a Speech and Language Therapist (SLT). You will provide life-changing support and care for children and adults who have difficulties with communication, eating, drinking or swallowing.

Young people with communication difficulties can find school hard and are more likely to end up in the criminal justice system, and SLTs are aiming to change that through early intervention.

You will have the opportunity to graduate with practical competencies in dysphagia (eating, drinking and swallowing disorders) to Level C of the RCSLT framework. This makes our graduates extremely attractive to employers.

The SLT course is academically demanding and covers a broad curriculum to allow you to register for professional practice. You will learn core skills in topics such as linguistics, phonetics and speech and language pathology. You will also develop your clinical and professional skills through practical placements and modules that cover counselling and professional skills.

**Why this course at Marjon?**
• Ability to graduate ready to work with patients who have swallowing difficulties, as required by the NHS.
• Only pre-registration SLT course in the South West of England.
• On-site clinic with voice analysis equipment, a fully equipped speech science lab and SLT resource room full of clinical tools to develop your hands-on experience.
• Extensive clinical placement experience across a range of settings including hospitals, schools and clinics.

**What might I become?**
This degree is designed to help you launch a successful career as a Speech and Language Therapist. Many SLTs work in the NHS but you may also choose to work in community clinics, education, private practice and other settings.

**Find out more at Open Day**
Open Day is your opportunity to find out more about studying Speech and Language Therapy at Marjon. You’ll meet lecturers and find out why we are ranked second in the UK for teaching quality*. Our student life talks will help you prepare to go to university, covering topics such as careers, funding and our award winning on-campus student support service. You can also take a tour of the campus and find out about the student-led clubs and societies.

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**Why study at Marjon?**

• Small, person-focused university
• No.2 university in England for Student Satisfaction (Complete University Guide 2024)
• No.4 university in the UK for Career Prospects (WhatUni Student Choice Awards 2023)
• No.4 uni in England for Education (Student Experience) (The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2023)


Lloyd - Third year, Speech and Language Therapy;
"The first year was about learning the basic skills a speech and language therapist should have. It covered linguistics, phonology and the anatomy of speech. The second year involved taking the skills we had learnt in first year and applying them to clinical practice. In our third year we are looking at the specific details of some complex conditions and learning how to create full intervention plans for someone with communication difficulties."

1st Year
Professional Knowledge and Skills
Bioscience for SLT
Introduction to Linguistics
Phonetics and Phonology
Topics in Psychology
Language through the Lifecourse
Lifelong Disability Studies

2nd Year
Professional Knowledge and Skills
Clinical Linguistics and Phonetics
SLT Process and Practice
Introduction to neurogenic communication disorders
Paediatric speech, language and communication disorders
Research Methods for SLT
Voice and Stammering

3rd Year
Professional Knowledge and Skills
Advanced Dysphagia
Cognitive Neuropsychology
Advanced Studies in Paediatric Speech, Language and Communication Disorders
Advanced Aphasiology and Apraxia of Speech
Alternative and Augmentative Communication
Writing a Clinical Research Proposal
Clinical Research Project

Assessment methods

You will have a range of assessments including exams, essays, case files, oral presentations, posters, clinical exams and designing and producing SLT resources. You will also be assessed on your clinical competencies developed through placements.

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Plymouth Marjon University


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