Clinical practice placements are an integral feature of this course, taking place in hospitals, clinics, schools and other settings.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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:
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:
In this unit you will extend your knowledge of biological sciences, clinical linguistics and phonetics in relation to communication impairment. Topics covered may include:
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 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.
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
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.
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:
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,
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.
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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.
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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.
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