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Speech therapy and audiology courses

Speech therapists diagnose, assess and treat communication disorders, working with adults and children in schools, hospitals and the community. Audiologists measure people’s hearing, fit and adjust hearing aids (including state-of-the art implants) and give advice on coping with a hearing impairment. Audiologists work with adults, people with special needs and sometimes children and newborn babies. For both types of courses you will need an interest in science and good communication skills.

Studying speech therapy and audiology at university

Example course modules

  • Phonetic transcription
  • Biological sciences
  • Lifespan psychology and language development
  • Communication science and technology
  • Applications of critical theory
  • Investigating human development and behaviour
  • Grammar and meaning
  • Communication and swallowing needs
  • Perception
  • Cognition and learning

Teaching hours / week

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The time you'll spend in lectures and seminars each week will vary from university to university, so use this as a guide.

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Who studies this subject

  • Female : 90%
    Male : 10%
  • Mature : 41%
    School leaver : 59%
  • Full-time : 91%
    Part-time : 9%

What students say about speech therapy and audiology

What you need to get on a course

Subjects you need

A-levels (or equivalent) usually required

  • Biology
  • English language

Useful to have

  • Psychology
  • Chemistry
  • Physics
  • Modern foreign language

Application checklist

Here's a guide to what to expect from the application process - also check individual university entry requirements, as these may differ.

  • January application
  • October application
  • Personal statement
  • Portfolio
  • Interview
  • Entry test
  • Work experience
  • Audition

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Career prospects

Sources: HECSU & KIS
This subject covers a group of related subjects, like audiology and speech science. The most common job for graduates from this group is speech therapy, and about a quarter 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). 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. Graduates from last year in this subject went into a surprisingly wide range of jobs – but were largely in health or childcare roles.
Professional and accrediting bodies:

Six months after graduating

Typical graduate job areas
  • Therapy professionals

Longer term career paths

Jobs where this degree is useful

  • Speech therapist
  • Audiologist
  • Clinical researcher

Other real-life job examples

  • Welfare support officer
  • Medical technician
  • Special needs teaching specialist

What employers like about this subject

A speech therapy and/ or audiology degree will provide you with subject-specific skills including the physiology and biology of speech and hearing; communication with individuals with difficulties in speech and/ or hearing; the principles of speech and language development, and an understanding of clinical research methodology and how to conduct and interpret clinical research. Transferable skills you can gain from a speech therapy course include excellent communication skills, problem-solving and making decisions under pressure. Graduates from the discipline tend to work in schools, hospitals, specialist health practices, social care organisations and healthcare regulators.