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Human Communication Speech and Language Therapy NHS Commissioned BSc (Hons)

 The Human Communication - Speech and Language Therapy degree enables students to learn about working with people of all ages and types who have difficulties, or a combination of difficulties, with communication, drinking, eating or swallowing.



The government is changing the way in which students beginning nursing, midwifery and speech and language therapy courses are funded.

For all students attending university from September 2017 onwards NHS bursaries will no longer be available. Instead, you will have access to the standard student support package of tuition fee loans and support for living costs. Please be aware courses commencing in the March 2016/17 academic period will still be eligible for the 2016 funding package unless stated otherwise.

Despite these changes the process for getting on to your chosen course, the standards of teaching and the reasons you have for choosing a career in the health sector all remain the same.

For current details, please visit and the Council of Deans of Health website. Or for more information about the financial support available at DMU, visit our fees and funding webpage.

Reasons to study Human Communication - Speech and Language Therapy at DMU:

  • 98 per cent of all Health and Life Sciences graduates seeking to enter employment or further study are successful within six months of graduating (DLHE 2013/2014)
  • Full accreditation from the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists (RCSLT) and eligibility to register with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) to practise as a speech and language therapist
  • We benefit from close links with local speech and language therapy services who support our curriculum development and clinical education programme to make learning relevant in the workplace
  • UK students benefit from a means-tested bursary and tuition fee payment by the NHS (commissioned places only)
  • Our staff and students are heavily involved in raising the profile of speech and language therapy professions nationwide, running events alongside service users and professionals, to support the RCSLT national campaign,‘Giving Voice’

The Faculty of Health and Life Sciences has been honoured with an Athena SWAN Bronze Award for our ongoing commitment to promoting and advancing the careers of women in academia, theories behind hearing; in particular the world of psychoacoustics.


  • UK/EU
  • International

Key facts for UK/EU students

Institution code: D26

UCAS course code: B620

Duration: Three and a half years full-time

Location: De Montfort University, Leicester UK

Fees and funding: All tuition fees are paid by the NHS (UK/EU citizens only)

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Find out more about course fees and available funding.

Additional costs: Here at DMU we provide excellent learning resources, including the Kimberlin Library and specialist workshops and studios. However, you should be aware that sometimes you may incur additional costs for this programme.

Contact us: For more information complete our online enquiry form or call us on +44 (0)116 2 50 60 70.

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Key facts for international students

Not available to International students

Entry criteria


  • Five GCSEs at grade C or above including Maths and English Language

Plus one of the following:

A levels

  • A minimum of 320 points from at least ABB (excluding General Studies) taken at one sitting normally. Mature applicants need academic attainment normally no more than five years of joining the course, e.g. Access course, AS level, degrees preferably in a Science related subject. Refer queries to an admissions tutor if required


  • BTEC National Diploma - Distinction/Distinction/Merit
  • BTEC Extended Diploma - Distinction/Distinction/Merit

Further information about BTEC equivalencies

International Baccalaureate : 30+

Access course (started before September 2014)

Pass Access to HE diploma with 18 level three credits at distinction and 24 at merit. English and Maths GCSE equivalency of 12 level two credits in each subject required

Access to HE Diploma (started from September 2014)

Pass QAA Accredited AHE Award with 12 level three credits at Distinction and 18 at Merit, and English and Maths GCSE at grade C or above

Child protection awareness course must be completed/passed in induction week.

Interview : Yes. The recruitment process for this course includes assessing applicants by interview for the core values of the NHS constitution. Professional conduct during the event will also contribute to the decision making regarding an applicant’s application

Work experience: We expect candidates to have sought some related experience e.g. with a voluntary organisation/school/nursery etc before applying. Where possible they will have had experience within a speech and language therapy clinical setting

Relevant degree/foundation degree

Each application will be considered on its merits

Mature students

Applications from mature students are encouraged. Mature students must normally demonstrate evidence of academic attainment within five years of application.

All successful applicants

Must complete an occupational health check, declaration form and enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service disclosure application form before starting the course (if you are overseas you will also need to submit a criminal record certificate from your own country), which needs to be cleared in accordance with DMU's admission policy.

We have a restricted number of places on the NHS commissioned route and places will be awarded to those who meet the exact entry requirements and gain the highest scores in interview. 

English language requirements:

If English is not your first language an IELTS score of 7.5 or equivalent when you start the course is essential. English language tuition, delivered by our British Council accredited Centre for English Language Learning (CELL), is available both before and during the course.

Please visit for more information.

UCAS Tariff changes

Students applying for courses starting in September 2017 will be made offers based on a new UCAS Tariff. Find out more.

Structure and assessment


Course modules

Teaching and assessments

Academic expertise and accreditation 



First year

  • Medical Sciences 
  • Applied Linguistics and English Grammar
  • Introduction to Phonetics and Phonology
  • Professional Practice: Foundations 
  • Introduction to Research Methods and Communication Disability 
  • Lifespan and Communication Development

Second year

  • Medical Sciences for Intervention
  • Acoustics for Speech and Hearing
  • Clinical Linguistic Assessments
  • Psychology for Speech and Language Therapists
  • Intervention for Speech and Language Therapy (1)
  • Personal and Professional Development (2)
  • Clinical Practice

Third year

  • Personal and Professional Development (3)
  • Research for Speech and Language Therapists (Project Part1)
  • Language Use in Social and Clinical Contexts
  • Intervention for Speech and Language Therapy (2)
  • Clinical Practice

Fourth year

Clinical Practice - you will spend 30 sessions on clinical placement in any setting and with any client group. You will be expected to work towards the level of clinical and professional independence that will be expected of you once qualified

  • Personal and Professional Development (4) 
  • Speech and Language Therapy Project Part (2) 

Teaching includes: 

  • Lectures
  • Seminars
  • Tutorial discussions
  • Practical workshops
  • Inter-professional (IP) learning with students from other healthcare professions
  • Work-based placement sessions 

You will also benefit by receiving support from a personal tutor. Your precise timetable will depend on your modules, however, you will normally benefit from around 15 hours in timetabled, taught study each week plus at least 150 work-based placement sessions of approx. 3 ½ hrs per session.

Assessment includes:

  • Written and video exams
  • Coursework
  • Assignments
  • Presentations
  • Portfolio
  • Dissertation 

Teaching contact hours

Personal tutorial/small group teaching: approx. 7  hours of tutorials (or later, project supervision) each week – this includes placements which are effectively 1:1 teaching/supervision

Medium group teaching: approx. 6  hours of practical classes, workshops or seminars each week – this includes all sessions less than whole group size

Large group teaching: approx., 14.  hours of lectures each week

Personal study: approx. 10 hours 

Our teaching staff  have been actively engaged in clinical work so you can benefit from their specialist experience and understanding of communication and eating and drinking disorders in children and adults. You will also learn from visiting lecturers from health, education and social care sectors.

The teaching staff have a range of backgrounds and specialist areas. There is a combination of staff with strong clinical and academic backgrounds and they have very close links with the local services.

Students have given excellent feedback about the approachability of the staff and the extensive amount of support they offer.


The course is certified by the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists and approved by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).  Graduates are eligible to apply to the HCPC for entry onto the speech and language part of the register in order to practise as speech and language therapists.

Facilities and features

Health and Life Sciences 


Investment of £12 million in Health and Life Sciences has developed our first-class teaching and learning facilities to help you develop your practical experience and theoretical knowledge beyond the classroom.

Learn more about DMU’s first-class study facilities.


We have 1,500 study places and 650 computer workstations across four sites on campus.

During term time the main Kimberlin Library is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, giving access to more than half a million publications and a wide range of DVDs, as well as e-resources and thousands of electronic journals. Award-winning staff are on hand to help and there is a café for study breaks.

We offer a range of workshops, drop-ins and one-to-one sessions, plus our Just Ask service provides email or telephone support.

Learning zones

Our comfortable and well-equipped study areas provide a range of environments to suit your needs.

Originally set up in our main Kimberlin Library, the learning zones proved so popular that more were created in the Eric Wood building and Greenhouse. These flexible spaces are ideal whether you are working as a group, practising a presentation or working quietly on your own.

They feature workstations with power supplies for laptops, plus bookable syndicate rooms with interactive whiteboards and DVD players. Eduroam wi-fi is available across all campus locations.

Opportunities and careers

CCJ Graduate


This course includes compulsory placements; and is an essential component for the completion of the course, and will necessarily involve all students travelling to placements across the East Midlands.

You will develop your clinical and professional skills in a variety of weekly and block placements in excess of 150 sessions over the course. These will be based mostly in the East Midlands.  Placements are typically provided by NHS, educational establishments, social care settings and private providers in:

  • Nurseries
  • Schools
  • Clinics
  • Hospitals
  • Day Centres
  • Home visits

You will be working with clients from diverse cultural and ethnic backgrounds of all ages

You will have to abide by the protocols associated with work-based learning, for example uniform and dress code policy, confidentiality, information governance

  • Year One - Early years, later years, school placement
  • Year Two - SLT* placement one day per week (20 days) and 2 days dysphagia placements
  • Year Three - SLT* 8 week block placement (Jan-Mar) 4 days per week (32 days)
  • Year Four - SLT* weekly placement of two days a week (16 days)

*Speech and Language Therapy 

CCJ Policing Graduate

Graduate Careers

Recent graduates have gone on to become speech and language therapists in the NHS, educational establishments, charitable institutions and private healthcare companies. Some graduates choose to go onto postgraduate study.



International experiences can help you differentiate yourself in an increasingly competitive graduate jobs market. We offer fantastic opportunities throughout Europe and further afield which will help you gain invaluable educational, work-related and cultural experiences through our #DMUglobal and Erasmus schemes.

Recent global experiences have included summer schools in Turkey, Japan and South Korea, giving students the opportunity to learn alongside students from around the world, study unique modules and explore the cities of Istanbul, Fukuoka and Seoul.



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