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Guide to studying Speech & Language Therapy

A Speech & Language Therapy degree will teach you about speaking and hearing, and you’ll learn how to help those who suffer from related issues.

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CONTENTS

  1. What's Speech & Language Therapy?

  2. Why study Speech & Language Therapy?

  3. What jobs can you get as a Speech & Language Therapy graduate?

  4. What qualifications do you need?
  5. What degrees can you study?

  6. How will you be assessed?

  7. What are the postgraduate opportunities?

What's Speech & Language Therapy?

Speech & Language Therapy is concerned with the identification and treatment of issues to do with the ear and voice.

Related courses and areas include:

  • Audiology
  • Speech Therapy
  • Aural & Oral Sciences

Why study Speech & Language Therapy?

Speech & Language Therapy allows you to find out how human speech and hearing systems work, where you learn methods of treatment for aural and oral disorders.

This subject area means you can help people in a medical capacity without having to study comprehensive Medicine. If you're interested in studying a medical subject, but don't fancy devoting more than three years of your life to completing a degree, Speech & Language Therapy may be an ideal route to follow. 

Read our five reasons to study Speech & Language Therapy for more information on why you might choose this subject area.

What jobs can you get as a Speech & Language Therapy graduate?

Most jobs are in the healthcare sector, in either the NHS or a private company. Typical career paths include speech and language therapist, audiologist or medical practitioner.

What qualifications do you need? 

Usually, universities ask for one A Level (or equivalent) in Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics or Psychology.

Grades and other requirements vary between institutions. Always check entry standards with the university and course you're interested in.

What degrees can you study?

  • BSc Speech and Language Therapy
  • BSc Aural & Oral Sciences
  • BSc Audiology
  • BSc Speech Science
  • BSc Language Pathology
  • MSc Speech and Language Sciences

How will you be assessed?

Assessment methods vary. Essays are a common feature, as are practical tests, quizzes and online self-assessment.

Coursework can take up to 50% of the course.

What are the postgraduate opportunities?

There are several postgraduate study opportunities available. For example:

  • MSc Speech and Language Sciences
  • MSc Advanced Audiology
  • MSc Language Pathology
  • PhD Audiology
  • MPhil/PhD Speech, Hearing and Phonetic Sciences

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