BSc (Hons)

Speech and Language Therapy

2018 entry

Features and benefits of the course

  • On campus speech and language therapy clinic provides excellent facilities for demonstration and practice
  • Opportunity for professional accreditation
  • Our ICON Centre has a wide range of high technology equipment for speech analysis and augmentative and alternative communication
  • There is an on-site physiotherapy and acupuncture clinic which is open to the public and offers the opportunity for staff and students to access a variety of treatments including sports massage, musculoskeletal and neurological therapies

Accreditations, Awards and Endorsements

Placement options

Clinical practice placements are an integral feature of this course, taking place in hospitals, clinics, schools and other settings.

About the course

Speech and language therapy is concerned with the management of disorders of language, speech,fluency, voice, communication and swallowing in children and adults.

The role of a speech and language therapist is to identify problems and work with the client to optimise communication.
This course prepares you to practice as a speech and language therapist. It is a three year programme covering core skills and knowledge. You will have opportunities to put your learning into practice with a range of placements in a variety of settings throughout the course, as well as using our on-campus Speech and
Language Therapy Clinic for demonstration and practice.

Graduates are eligible to apply for membership of the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists and to apply for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council. There are increasing opportunities for speech and language therapists to work towards higher degrees in the fields of clinical specialism and research.

Typical units of study may include

Year 1

In Year 1 you may study a range of units including: clinical skills; biological sciences; lifespan development; pathology; speech pathology; phonetics and linguistics; problem solving and research methods. You will also undertake observations in mainstream nursery, infant and secondary schools plus a one-week clinical block placement.

"In your  first year, you are buddied up with a second year student; this support system can be really useful to get ideas in addition to what you learn in lectures" Rebecca Murrell, BSc(Hons) Speech Pathology and Language Therapy


Core Units
Applications of Clinical Theory 1

This unit will give you an understanding of clinical theory and its relationship to clinical situations for a range of speech, language, other communication disorders and swallowing.  You will be able to analyse clinical data, as well as summarise processes which underpin the management of client groups.

Clinical Education 1
This unit provides an introduction to student learning skills and resources. It provides an introduction to professional skills, knowledge and experiences in the university and in education and speech and language therapy clinical settings. It covers topics such as health and social care and educational provision in relation to services for people with speech, language and communication needs.
Foundations of Communication 1

This unit provides an introduction to core knowledge in the biological, phonetic and linguistic sciences, focussing explicitly on the needs of speech and language therapy students. It covers topics such as general anatomy, physiology, neuro-anatomy and neuro-physiology; how speech sounds are articulated and how they can be represented using phonetic transcription; and basic linguistic concepts, plus the structure of language and how it is used.

Investigating Human Development and Behaviour 1
This module covers the areas of research methods and lifespan development. The content for this unit focuses on introducing these areas. You will become familiar with the basics of the research process and the unit encompasses an introduction to research methodologies for investigating behaviour and development. Cognitive, social, physical, emotional and communicative developmental stages are discussed from a range of theoretical perspectives.

Year 2

In Year 2 you will continue to develop year 1 units, along with core subjects of pathology and psychology. You will undertake a further placement in a school plus once-weekly clinical placements during Terms 1 and 2 and a five-week clinical block placement in Term 3 with a range of client groups.


Core Units
Applications of Clinical Theory 2

In this unit you will develop knowledge of clinical theory and its relationship to clinical practice.  Specifically, you will study the processes of assessment and treatment for speech, language and fluency disorders.  Topics may include:


  • Language impairments and fluency impairments
  • Classification assessment and management of language impairments and fluency impairments in children and adults
  • Applications of contemporary research in language impairment and fluency impairment
  • The client care pathway
  • Current approaches to assessment, differential diagnosis and intervention
  • The role of multidisciplinary teams and social networks in the management of clients
  • Outcome measurement
  • Evidence base and evidence based practice
Clinical Education 2

In this unit you will develop knowledge of the political and cultural contexts of work and how this may influence the delivery of speech and language therapy.  The key elements of content include the consideration of:

  • Systems, processes and regulatory frameworks influencing service delivery
  • Speech and language therapy practice
  • Interdisciplinary working and reflective practice
Foundations of Communication 2

In this unit you will extend your knowledge of biological sciences, clinical linguistics and phonetics in relation to communication impairment.  Topics covered may include:

  • The audiological features of hearing impairment and the measures used to define them, the orthodontic interventions supporting the production of clear speech
  • The linguistic description and analysis of typical and atypical patterns of speech and language through speech and language sampling methodologies, including conversation and discourse analysis, and psycholinguistic frameworks
  • The auditory, acoustic and instrumental analysis of speech, including prosody and accent variation
Investigating Human Development and Behaviour 2

In this unit you will explore theories of typical adult psychological functioning and their relevance to speech and language therapy. Students will also further develop understanding of research strategies, and methods of data collection and analysis.

Year 3

Year 3 further builds on the core subject areas of Years 1 and 2, including a research project. You will undertake an 8-week clinical block placement with children and adults. 

Core Units
Acquired Communication and Swallowing Disorders

This unit will focus on the most common acquired impairments of speech, voice, communication and
swallowing. Using cases, we will examine the clinical, psychological and neurological aspects of a range of
acquired conditions. 
As an indication, content of this unit will include: assessment, diagnosis and management of motor speech, voice, communication and swallowing disorders in the context of adult acquired conditions. This  will be supported with exploration of related clinical psychological and neurological aspects. The clinical strand will focus on the applications of current research and the existing evidence base to explore care pathways, differential diagnosis, intervention, the role of the MDT and psychosocial impacts. In clinical psychology, classification of psychological and psychiatric conditions will be explored alongside current approaches to assessment and intervention in relevant clinical populations. The neurology strand will focus on making links between underlying pathology with clinical presentation and the key features of common conditions will be explored in relation to speech, voice, communication and swallowing.

Clinical Education 3

In this unit you will develop your clinical autonomy in a practice placement context.  The key elements of content build on the curriculum of earlier clinical education units and consider the following topics:

  • Systems, processes and regulatory frameworks influencing service delivery
  • Speech and language therapy practice
  • Interdisciplinary working and reflective practice
  • Ethical practice in speech therapy
  • The development of cultural sensitivity and competence
Complex Developmental and Neurological Conditions

The unit explores the most common impairments associated with developmental and/or neurological
complex and lifelong conditions. Using cases, students will examine these conditions and their assessment and
Content will include: assessment, diagnosis and management of speech, language, communication and swallowing disorders in
the context of developmental and/or neurological complex lifelong conditions across the age span such as autism; fluency disorders; severe and profound learning disabilities; motor speech impairments; sensory impairments, cleft palate, including orthodontics. The clinical elements of this unit will focus on the application of current research and the existing evidence base to explore care pathways, differential diagnosis, intervention, educational issues and the role of the MDT,

Investigating Human Development and Behaviour 3

Over the course of this unit you will develop knowledge and understanding of the research process by constructing and completing an empirical project.  This will include the development of a research question, appropriate design, method (including completing appropriate ethics approval processes), data collection procedures, data analysis and evaluation, culminating in the production of a project written in the style of a peer reviewed journal.  You will also have the opportunity to present your research proposal for consideration and refinement prior to data collection and analysis. 

Programme Review

Each programme of study that we offer undergoes an annual review to ensure an up-to-date curriculum supported by the latest online learning technology. In addition, we undertake a major review of the programme, normally at 6-yearly intervals, but this can take place at a more frequent interval where required. Applicants should note that the programme currently provided may be subject to change as a result of the review process. We only make changes where we consider it necessary to do so or where we feel that certain changes are in the best interests of students and to enhance the quality of provision. Occasionally, we have to make changes for reasons outside our control. Where there are changes which may materially affect the current programme content and/or structure, offer holders will be informed.

Additional Information About this Course

Health checks - You will be required to complete an Occupational Health Assessment to ensure that your health does not constitute a barrier to the achievement of the programme learning outcomes or eligibility to apply for registration with the professional body. This will require the completion of a health questionnaire before or during the first few weeks of your course, followed by an occupational health screening appointment which will include the consideration of appropriate immunisations. Travel costs to appointments (which will be within the Greater Manchester area) will not be covered by the University. Professional Suitability - Students on programmes leading to professional qualifications are required to adhere to professional standards and codes of practice during their studies. Failure to do so may lead to exclusion from the programme on the grounds of professional unsuitability. Students will be briefed about the requirements at the start of their studies.Course specific regulations - Professional, Statutory and Regulatory Bodies require students to achieve results that demonstrate their ability to practise safely. There are therefore some exceptions to the standard University Assessment Regulations for those students, for example limitations on resits and on compensation of failed marks.

Teaching Staff

Your studies are supported by a team of committed and enthusiastic teachers and researchers, experts in their chosen field. We also work with external professionals, many of whom are Manchester Met alumni, to enhance your learning and appreciation of the wider subject. Details of departmental staff can be found at:

Typical entry requirements

These typical entry requirements apply to the 2017 academic year of entry and may be subject to change for the 2018 academic year. Please check back for further details.

We will interview you as part of your application.

UCAS Tariff points/Grades required

Grades ABB from A levels excluding General Studies, Critical Thinking and Applied Science. 
DDD in BTEC National Diploma

Specific GCSE requirements

At least 5 GCSE subjects at minimum grade C/4 including Maths, English Language and a Science subject.

We do not accept Adult Literacy and Numeracy, Functional Skills or Key Skills.

Non Tariffed Qualifications

Access to HE Diploma in a relevant subject with an overall tariff point score of 128

International Baccalaureate points

30 IB Diploma Points

IELTS score required for international students

Academic IELTS 7.5 no element below 7

There’s further information for international students on our international website if you’re applying with non-UK qualifications.

Additional Requirements

Access to HE Diploma

We do not require any specific Access programme, but those in Health Care, English and Psychology could all be appropriate.

Evidence of Level 3 study is required within the last 5 years.  (If outside of this, check with an admissions tutor).

A satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) certificate is required for all students. This will be completed through the university prior to enrolment.

Further information

To complete the application process, you need to be able to reflect on the work of a speech and language therapist and have knowledge of communication difficulties. This information can be gained from observation of a speech and language therapy session (live or video) or from personal experience.

Considerable weight is given to relevant work or voluntary experience with one or more potential client groups.

You will also be expected to be able to express yourself competently in spoken and written English, have strong interpersonal skills, and be at least 18 years of age at the time of commencement of the course.

Evidence of recent successful academic study (within the last 5 years), to A-Level standard or above.

Your career prospects after the course

The choice of possible career routes is diverse and after graduation there are opportunities for work within the National Health Service, in the private sector, or overseas.

There are also a range of opportunities for postgraduate study and research.

Some of our degree programmes provide a range of practitioner options, and the nature of the units available can contribute to current personal and professional development.


In 2014, over 94% of our graduates went directly into work or further study within 6 months of graduation

DHLE survey 2014, for all respondents available for employment or further study and whose destinations are known

How do I apply for this course?

Applications through UCAS

Remember to use the correct institution code for Manchester Metropolitan University on your application: our institution code is M40

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Confirmation of Regulator

The Higher Education Funding Council for England is the principal regulator for the University.

Important Notice

This online prospectus provides an overview of our programmes of study and the University. We regularly update our online prospectus so that our published course information is accurate and up to date. Please note that our programmes are subject to review and development on an ongoing basis. Changes may sometimes be necessary. For example, to comply with the requirements of professional or accrediting bodies or as a result of student feedback or external examiners’ reports. We also need to ensure that our courses are dynamic and current and that the content and structure maintain academic standards and enhance the quality of the student experience.

Please check back to the online prospectus before making an application to us.

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