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

About the course


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.

Reasons to study Human Communication - Speech and Language Therapy at De Montfort University

  • 98 per cent of all Health and Life Sciences graduates seeking to enter employment or further study aresuccessful within six months of graduating (DLHE 2013/2014)
  • We achieved a 100% overall student satisfaction rating (National Student Survey 2015)
  • Full accreditation from the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists (RCSLT) and eligibility toregister 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 curriculumdevelopment 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 professionsnationwide, 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 ourongoing commitment to promoting and advancing the careers of women in academia.

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Key facts

UCAS course code: B620

Duration: Three and a half years full-time

Institution code: D26

Entry and admission 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, eg 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 : No

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.

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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. 

Teaching and assessment

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

Teaching includes:  

  • Lectures
  • Seminars
  • Tutorial discussions
  • Practical workshops
  • Inter-professional learning with students from other healthcare professions

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, as well as in placements.

Assessment includes:

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

Course modules

First year

  • Medical Sciences - introduces general and specialised human anatomy and physiology
  • Applied Linguistics and English Grammar - an opportunity to learn the basic properties and uses of human language and the importance of linguistic communication for understanding human behaviour, culture and society
  • Introduction to Phonetics and Phonology - consists of a series of lectures, seminars and practical classes on phonetics and phonology, which complement the lecture topics
  • Personal Practice: Foundations - consists of three placements: a later years placement, a family visits placement and an early years placement
  • Introduction to Research Methods and Communication Disability - the introduction of a range of communication disorders in this module will help you to apply your statistical knowledge to clients with communication disorders
  • Lifespan and Communication Development - introduces the study of psychology and basic developmental theories across the life span. Specific attention will be paid to communication and language development

Second year

  • Medical Sciences for Intervention - this module will provide you with an understanding of the nature and process of neurological disease and the clinical and neuropsychological manifestations of that disease
  • Acoustics for Speech and Hearing - develops an understanding of the physics of sound and how this information can be used in describing, analysing and interpreting acoustic information
  • Clinical Linguistic Assessments - lectures and seminars will give you the opportunity to learn and apply clinical data to linguistic analysis and profiling
  • Psychology for Speech and Language Therapists - the cognitive science component will draw on different strandsof evidence, including neuroscience, cognitive psychology, neuropsychology and computational modelling, to explain human cognition in children and adults. Experimental design and statistical analysis techniques are also taught in this module
  • Intervention for Speech and Language Therapy (1) - you will learn about a variety of approaches to the assessment, treatment and management of communication disorders and counselling theory
  • Personal and Professional Development (2) - you will be helped to develop as a reflective learner and practitioner. There is an emphasis on the client experience and the clinician’s need to keep the client at the centre
  • Clinical Practice - this module is the clinical practice component in level two. Clinical learning is assessed by placement educator reports and at the end of the year there is a video tutorial assessment with a university tutor

Third year

  • Personal and Professional Development (3) - runs parallel to Intervention 2 in which you willl learn the theory of communication disabilities in relation to a range of client groups. In this module, you will apply this theory to key themes in their professional development
  • Research for Speech and Language Therapists (Project Part1) - you will identify a research idea relevant to speech and language therapy and investigate research in the area by conducting a literature review
  • Language Use in Social and Clinical Contexts - you will build on your knowledge from previous modules to understand relationships between language variation and its cultural and professional contexts, appreciate the variety of languages found in Britain and develop your comprehension and use of social functions of language
  • Intervention for Speech and Language Therapy (2) - you will continue to develop your knowledge base of management and intervention strategies needed to alleviate the effects of communication and swallowing disorders; taught by a range of specialist practitioners
  • Clinical Practice - this practice learning opportunity gives you a chance to experience the full range of professional activities and to make a contribution to the service in which you are placed

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) - you will prepare for your role and responsibilities as HCPC - registered practitioners in the NHS and other healthcare settings.You will be expected to participate actively in the learning processand to take full responsibility for your own preparation for professional practice
  • Speech and Language Therapy Project Part (2) - is primarily conducted via independent learning as you carry out research projects you have designed yourself in Speech and Language Therapy Project: Part 1. You will be supported in this by one-to-one project tutorials with a supervisor

Academic expertise

Teaching staff are actively engaged in clinical work and research in communication disorders in children and adults.

Research strengths include narratives, cultures of learning, stammering and evidence-based practice.

Industry links and professional accreditation

The course is fully accredited by the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists and graduates are eligible to register with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) to practise as speech and language therapists in both health and educational services.

Work experience and placements

You will develop your clinical and professional skills in a variety of weekly and block placements at:

  • Nurseries
  • Schools
  • Clinics and hospitals
  • Working with clients from diverse cultural and ethnic backgrounds

You’ll also have the opportunity to meet:

  • Service users
  • Parents and carers in workshops

Uniform and dress code Policy

This course includes compulsory placements; these are an essential component for the completion of the course. Whilst on placement, students must adhere to the uniform policy for their relevant placement provider.

Graduate careers

Recent graduates have gone on to become speech and language therapists in the NHS, charitable institutions and private healthcare companies.

Fees and funding

All tuition fees are paid by the NHS (EU citizens only).

For NHS commissioned students 100% fees are paid and there is a means tested bursary which may also cover some placement-incurred expenses for travel and accommodation. 

Required additional expenditure by students as follows;

  • DBS declaration: Students will need to complete and pay £44 for enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service disclosure application prior to starting the course, (to be made to DMU via our online store) 
  • There will be additional expenditure, for instance to buy materials and print documents. While DMU offers a wide range of bursaries and excellent library resources to support learning activities, some additional cost is possible.
  • There will be some costs relating to placement travel (mainly in the East Midlands) and accommodation. Students who receive a means-tested NHS Bursary may get some or all of these expenses refunded.

For further information, please contact the admissions’ team.


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Extensive investment in our first-class facilities helps you develop your practical experience and enhance your employability.

A purpose-built computerised speech laboratory and dedicated speech and language therapy assessment library means you can apply theory to practice by simulating real-life settings.

How to apply

Applications for undergraduate courses from UK/EU applicants must go through UCAS, you can fill out an application form through their website If you do not have regular access to the internet or find it difficult to fill out applications online you can request an alternative format from UCAS either through their website or via the contact details below.

International students can apply to study at DMU using our online applications portal.

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