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Speech and Language Therapy

Entry requirements


A level

A,A,B

To include one of the following: Biology, Chemistry, Physics, or Maths. Also accepted English, Languages or Psychology. Also, Maths and English at GCSE grade B or 6.

In a Language, Science or Psychology subject area. Considered on an individual basis.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

32

English and Maths required at Standard level 5/6. To include one of the following at Higher IB level: Biology, Chemistry, Physics, or Maths. Also accepted English, Languages or Psychology.

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

H1,H2,H2,H2,H3

To include one of the following: Biology, Chemistry, Physics, or Maths. Also accepted English, Languages or Psychology. Also, Maths and English at Ordinary Level grade O3 or Higher Level grade H4.

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

DDD

In a Language, Science or Psychology subject area: e.g. Applied Science, Health & Social Care and Health & Social Care (Health Science). Please note, BTEC in Early Years Education/Childcare NOT accepted.

Scottish HNC

Pass

Successful completion of HNC Applied Sciences with grade B in the graded unit for level 1. Considered on an individual basis. Also, Maths and English required at Nat5 with grade B. Please note: HNC in Care & Admin Practice/Social Services is NOT accepted.

Scottish HND

Pass

Successful completion of HND Applied Sciences with grade B in the graded unit for level 1. Considered on an individual basis. Also, Maths and English required at Nat5 with grade B. Please note: HND in Care & Admin Practice/Social Services is NOT accepted.

Scottish Higher

A,A,B,B,B

To include one of the following: Biology, Chemistry, Physics, or Maths. Also accepted English, Languages or Psychology. Also, Maths and English at Nat 5 grade B.

UCAS Tariff

136-147

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About this course


Course option

4.0years

Full-time | 2022

Subject

Speech and language therapy

This new four year integrated master’s course will equip you with all the knowledge and skills that you need to start a rewarding career as a speech and language therapist. You’ll learn the theory of speech and language therapy, and placements will immerse you in a variety of clinical environments. We are passionate about original research and you’ll have the chance to specialise in an area that inspires you.

Our ability to communicate with others is a vital part of who we are as individuals, and how we fit in with society. Speech and language therapists play a vital role in assessing and treating people who have communication and swallowing difficulties, both developmental and acquired. Clients can be of all ages, from newborn to the elderly. If you are passionate about applying scientific principles to support communication and want to make a difference to others’ lives, we can help you forge a fascinating career.

On this course, you will develop a strong theoretical understanding of speech and language therapy through modules in linguistics, psychology, biological and medical sciences, and research methods. Regular clinical placements will build your practical skills.

Year One will provide a grounding in development across the lifespan in the areas of physical sciences, linguistics and psychology. To facilitate your transition into university there will be a focus on academic writing and how to access appropriate information. You will develop knowledge and apply it at observational placements in local early years settings and primary schools and with older people, usually in a social care setting.

Year Two focuses predominantly on childhood and developmental speech, language and communication disorders. You will continue to build your knowledge in physical sciences, linguistics, psychology and research methods with increased application to clinical areas. You will develop your clinical skills though weekly placements in local clinics in Semester One.

Year Three will provide an opportunity to develop research and critical thinking skills. You will enhance your clinical decision making skills (assessment/goal setting/management planning/outcome evaluation) through case studies and in-class discussions. You will focus on disorders of communication acquired in adulthood and related to sensory, cognitive and physical impairments. You will explore different areas of practice through clinical masterclasses. You will continue to link theory to practice as you attend clinical placements during the semesters and a block placement during the summer.

Year Four will provide the opportunity to enhance, consolidate and reflect on your learning to date. You will continue to develop your skills in research, professional development, and current and advanced clinical skills enabling a smooth transition to working life. You will explore leadership skills and gain an understanding of key skills for collaboration and training. You will complete your academic learning by undertaking a focused research dissertation. This year includes 20 days of clinical placement. You’ll continue to attend clinical placement during the semester.

We aim for all of our graduates to be confident in their own professional identity and have the additional skills that will allow them to work as an effective multidisciplinary team member. This is the reason why we have implemented an interprofessional focus within all of our healthcare courses; including this one.

Modules

Year One

Foundations for SLT: Foundations of Linguistics
Foundations for SLT: Biological and Medical Sciences 1
Professional Practice: Clinical and Professional Capabilities
Foundations for SLT: Language Structure, Processing and Variation
Foundation for SLT: Lifespan
Professional Practice: Lifespan Placement
Research for SLT: Cognitive Sciences and Research Methods 1

Year Two

Foundation for SLT: Biological and Medical Sciences 2
Speech and Language Pathology: Developmental Disorders of Language and Communication
Foundations for SLT: Analysis of Speech and Language
Professional Practice: Practice-Based Learning 2
Speech and Language Pathology: Specific Speech Disorders
Speech and Language Pathology: Developmental and Acquired Dysphagia
Research for SLT: Cognitive Sciences and Research Methods 2

Year Three

Speech and Language Pathology: Physical, Sensory and Intellectual Impairment
Speech and Language Pathology: Organic Speech Impairments and Voice Disorders
Professional Practice: Practice-Based Learning 3
Research for SLT: Investigative Methods
Professional Practice: Delivering Services to Reflect Diversity
Speech and Language Pathology: Acquired Language and Neurogenic Communication Impairments

Year Four

Speech and Language Pathology: Hearing Impairment & Deaf Culture
Professional Practice: Training and Leadership/
Professional Practice: Practice-Based Learning 4
Research for SLT: Research Project
Professional Practice: Applied Clinical Decision Making

The modules listed here are correct at time of posting (April 2021) but may differ slightly to those offered in 2022. Please check the website for any updates.

Assessment methods

You will be taught in lectures, seminars, practical workshops and laboratories. Outside these timetabled sessions you will be expected to continue learning through self-study. You will be assessed by a range of assessments throughout the course.

Below you can read about Teaching and Learning Activities and Assessment Activities. We believe this will give you a good indication of what the course will be like, but the exact balance of activities may differ depending on the academic year and on the modules you choose.

Teaching and learning activities

Our Teaching and Learning Activities are focused on building your confidence, developing your problem-solving skills and preparing you for a successful career. Here you can read about how much time you should expect to spend undertaking these activities for this course along with a general description of the activity for all courses.

Teaching

You are taught through a combination of lectures, seminars and in some cases practical workshops or laboratories. Seminars enable you to discuss and develop your understanding of topics covered in lectures in smaller groups.

Year One: 21%
Year Two: 19%
Year Three: 14%
Year Four: 7%

Independent Learning

When not attending lectures, seminars, practicals or other timetabled sessions you will be expected to continue learning independently through self-study. Typically, this will involve reading journal articles and books, working on individual and group projects, undertaking research in the Learning Resource Centre, preparing coursework assignments and presentations, and preparing for examinations. You independent learning is supported by a range of excellent facilities, including the Learning Resource Centre and the Hub.

Year One: 75%
Year Two: 76%
Year Three: 74%
Year Four: 81%

Placement

Courses with placements give you the opportunity to put what you are learning into practice and to observe and work with a wide range of individuals and groups of people in diverse settings. Some courses offer placement opportunities in the UK and overseas.

Year One: 4%
Year Two: 5%
Year Three: 12%
Year Four: 12%

Assessment Activities

Assessment Activities provide you with opportunities to test your understanding of the subject and receive feedback on your performance. Here you can read about how much of your final mark is based on each type of formal assessment for this course along with a general description of the activity for all courses.

Exams

Assessment by written examinations normally takes place at the end of each module or semester, but they may also happen during modules.

Year One: 58%
Year Two: 40%
Year Three: 25%
Year Four: 0%

Coursework

Coursework assessments take place in a variety of ways, including assignments, essays, reports, portfolios, project output and your level 4 Honours project. We aim to provide you with feedback on your assessment within 20 working days of the submission date.

Year One: 30%
Year Two: 27%
Year Three: 35%
Year Four: 67%

Practical

Practical assessments can include oral presentations, performance, practical skills assessment, costume design and construction, film making, lab work or clinical practical skills depending on the nature of the course.

Year One: 12%
Year Two: 33%
Year Three: 40%
Year Four: 33%

NB This data is based on activity undertaken by students during academic year 2018/9. Updates will be made shortly.

Tuition fees

Select where you currently live to see what you'll pay:

Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
EU
£15,500
per year
International
£15,500
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Republic of Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£1,820
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Queen Margaret University

Department:

School of Health Sciences

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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.

66%
med
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.

Health sciences (non-specific)

Teaching and learning

83%
Staff make the subject interesting
80%
Staff are good at explaining things
77%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
63%
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

57%
Library resources
80%
IT resources
73%
Course specific equipment and facilities
50%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions
Feel part of a community on my course

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

76%
UK students
24%
International students
4%
Male students
96%
Female students
65%
2:1 or above
3%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

D
C
C

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.

Health sciences (non-specific)

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.

£22,000
med
Average annual salary
94%
low
Employed or in further education
72%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

66%
Therapy professionals
7%
Teaching and educational professionals
7%
Welfare and housing associate professionals

What about your long term prospects?

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

Allied health

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

£21k

£21k

£23k

£23k

£25k

£25k

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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