As a speech and language therapist, you’ll work with adults and children who may have language, speech, fluency, voice, communication, or swallowing disorders. You’ll identify problems and help people to improve their communication skills.
On this three-year course, you’ll explore topics from the structure of language and how speech sounds are expressed, to anatomy, the psychology behind our development, and the effects of politics on the provision of speech and language therapy in the community.
You won’t simply learn the theories and research behind how we communicate and why people have difficulties in communicating, you’ll also learn the practical skills you’ll need.
You’ll study the techniques, skills and methods used to assess, analyse and manage clients, such as using boards with symbols that children can point to or swallowing tests for adults who have suffered a stroke to determine the treatment they need.
You’ll complete clinical placements in each year of study. Past placements have included working in a hospital with adults who have had strokes, special educational needs (SEN) provision for teenagers in a secondary school, and in community clinics.
Features and Benefits
Approved course- When you graduate, you’re eligible to apply for professional registration with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC), which means you can practise as a speech and language therapist, and gain membership of the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists (RCSLT).
Real-world experience- You’ll go on clinical placements in every year of study.
Outstanding facilities- You’ll have access to our on-campus ICON Centre, which features a wide range of high-tech equipment for speech analysis and Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC).
Teaching expertise- You’ll learn from experienced and professionally registered speech and language therapists.
"Speech and Language Therapy can be life changing and it's a privilege to help make a difference to people's lives." Lydia Foord, Speech and Language Therapy
Accreditations, Awards and Endorsements
Endorsement Health and Care Professions Council
Accreditation Royal College of Speech & Language Therapists
We’ve designed our three-year course to combine theory and practical sessions so that when you graduate, you’re prepared to practice as a speech and language therapist in a modern, challenging environment. In addition to being at university, you will also complete clinical placements in every year of study and you’ll spend time in a variety of settings, including hospitals, clinics, and schools.
The choice of possible career routes is diverse and after graduation, there are opportunities for work within the National Health Service, in charitable organisations, education, in the private sector, or overseas.
There are also a range of opportunities for postgraduate study and research. Some of our degree courses provide a range of practitioner options, and the nature of the units available can contribute to personal and professional development.
Access to HE Diploma in relevant subject with an overall tariff of 128 points. 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.
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 a number of sources including observation of a speech and language therapy sessions (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.
Placements at Manchester Met
No matter how high our academic ambitions, our focus is always practical. So we offer more than an exciting student experience. With the skills you'll develop, the knowledge you'll learn and experience you'll gain, you can prepare for a rewarding career after you graduate.
Day-to-day on the course, you might learn biological sciences in lectures, work on a group project on phonetics with students from your class, or be in a laboratory practical session recording yourself delivering a mock assessment.
The ICON Centre is our dedicated facility for practical learning and experimental research. Here, you’ll find equipment including two speech and language therapy laboratories, and specialist Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) resources.
We’ll help you to master this specialist equipment so that you’re confident in using it, and during the course you’ll learn from experienced and professionally registered speech and language therapists who have experience of working in both the NHS and private practice.
In addition to being at university, you will also complete clinical placements in every year of study and you’ll spend time in a variety of settings, including hospitals, clinics, and schools.
Your first placement, in year one, is normally a one-week clinical observation placement, where you observe children in mainstream nursery, infant and secondary schools.
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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.
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.
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.
It will also cover 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 two, you’ll work directly with children or adults with communication difficulties. You’ll usually go on a clinical placement once a week for ten weeks in term one and once a week for ten weeks in term two. You’ll usually complete a five-week clinical placement in term three too. (For this placement, you’ll normally spend four days per week with a range of client groups.)
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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.
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
Evidence base and evidence based practice
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. You will also further develop understanding of research strategies, and methods of data collection and analysis.
In your final year, your placement is usually a ten-week clinical placement of two days a week, working with adults and children.
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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 may 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
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.
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 may 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.
Complex Developmental and Neurological Conditions
The unit explores the most common impairments associated with developmental and/or neurological complex and lifelong conditions. Using cases, you will examine these conditions and their assessment and management.
Typical content may 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
Severe and profound learning disabilities
Motor speech impairments
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.
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- Appointments (which will be within the Greater Manchester area) will not be covered by the University.
Professional Suitability - 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. You will be briefed about the requirements at the start of your studies.
Course specific regulations - Professional, Statutory and Regulatory Bodies require you 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.
Clinical practice placements are an integral feature of this course, taking place in hospitals, clinics, schools and other settings.
Department of Health Professions
Our Department of Health Professions teaches subjects including physiotherapy, speech and language therapy, and nutritional sciences.
The department is committed to ensuring its courses stay relevant and up-to-date with current professional practice, by maintaining links with colleagues in clinical practice and research.
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.
UK, EU and Channel Island students: Full-time Foundation Year fee: £9,250 per year for the foundation year. This tuition fee is agreed subject to UK government policy and parliamentary regulation and may increase each academic year in line with inflation or UK government policy for both new and continuing students.
Non-EU international students: Full-time Foundation Year fee: £16,000 per year. When progressing from the pre-degree foundation year to the linked degree. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course providing you complete it in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study)
UK, EU and Channel Island students
UK, EU and Channel Island students: Full-time fee: £9,250 per year. This tuition fee is agreed subject to UK government policy and parliamentary regulation and may increase each academic year in line with inflation or UK government policy for both new and continuing students.
Non-EU international students
Non-EU international students: Full-time fee: £16,000 per year. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course providing you complete it in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).
A degree typically comprises 360 credits, a DipHE 240 credits, a CertHE 120 credits, and an integrated Masters 480 credits. The tuition fee for the placement year for those courses that offer this option is £1,850, subject to inflationary increases based on government policy and providing you progress through the course in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study). The tuition fee for the study year abroad for those courses that offer this option is £1,385, subject to inflationary increases based on government policy and providing you progress through the course in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).
All of the books required for the course are available from the library. The University also has PC labs and a laptop loan service. However, many students choose to buy some of the core textbooks for the course and/or a laptop.
Students may also need to print their assignments and other documents. Campus printing costs start from 5p per page. Estimated costs are £300 for a laptop up to £100 each year for books and printing.
Uniforms: Full uniform is provided free of charge when the course commences. If students wish to replace any item of uniform or secure additional items of uniform throughout the programme (e.g. because it has been damaged or no longer fits) then they must order and pay for this directly with the supplier.
There are certain exceptions to this, for example if the student becomes pregnant. These are detailed in the faculty uniform policy. Students can choose to purchase non-standard items such as fleeces directly from the supplier.
2 to 12 a day whilst on placement (costs will vary considerably)
You will need to budget for travel costs to your placement which could be up to 80 kilometres from the University. Travelling time one-way should not exceed 2.5 hours, and it is rare for it to be up to the maximum limit. Travel costs to placement will vary considerably depending on where you live, the location of your placement and how you choose to travel. Information on public transport costs within Greater Manchester can be found at www.tfgm.com. All NHS Trusts charge for car parking.
DBS 0 to 135 depending on your status. Please go to our DBS webpage for more details - www.mmu.ac.uk/dbs registration fees are currently 90 for two years.
DBS Checks: Before starting on your course, you must undergo a satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service check (Enhanced Disclosure). At the time of going to press, you do not have to pay for your first DBS check.
You may wish to join the Speech student society which costs approximately £7 annually.
Find out more about financing your studies and whether you may qualify for one of our bursaries and scholarships.
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