- Five GCSEs at grade C/4 or above including: English, Maths and Science
Plus one of the following:
- A minimum of 128 points from three A-levels at grades ABB or higher. We do not accept General Studies
- BTEC National Diploma - normally in Health and Social Care or Applied Science at DDM
- BTEC Extended Diploma - normally in Health and Social Care or Applied Science at DDM
- Pass in the QAA Access to HE Diploma with 45 credits at Distinction*
English, Maths and Science GCSE required at grade C/4 as separate qualifications. Equivalency not accepted within the Access qualification.
We will normally require students to have had a break from full-time education before undertaking the Access course.
International Baccalaureate: 30+ points
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.
English language requirements:
If English is not your first language an average IELTS score of 8.0 (with no component below 7.5) 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 dmu.ac.uk/international for more information.
*Please note: between 10 November 2021 and 18 January 2022, the Access to HE entry criteria was mistakenly published at Pass in the QAA Access to HE with at least 30 credits at Distinction and 15 at Merit.
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. In their personal statement applicants should demonstrate some knowledge of the profession and the potential ability to:
- Recognise and respond to the needs of others.
- Motivate others.
- Make others feel safe and comfortable during interactions ('rapport').
- Listen effectively and with empathy.
- Communicate effectively in spoken and written English adapting to varied listeners and settings.
- Learn independently.
- Manage time and workload and effectively.
- Apply problem-solving skills flexibly and creatively to complex situations.
- Reflect realistically on own learning and performance
As well as academic requirements, you will also be required to meet and fulfil non-academic requirements which are stated below:
- Self-Declaration Form clearance
- Occupational Health clearance
- Enhanced DBS disclosure clearance
You submit an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service disclosure application form before starting the course (if you are overseas you will also need to submit a criminal records certificate from your home country), which needs to be cleared in accordance with DMU’s admissions policy. Contact us for up-to-date information.
Covid-19 vaccination requirements*
There is a mandatory requirement for those working in a health and social care setting to have been fully vaccinated against Covid-19. This includes students on placement (unless medically exempt). As this course includes compulsory clinical placements, you will be required to evidence full vaccination against COVID-19 in order to successfully complete the programme.
Find out how to book your vaccinations. You can also check the UK government's definition of full vaccination.
You must meet and fulfil all non-academic requirements before 18th July 2022.
*On the 31 of January 2022 the Health Secretary announced that the policy of vaccination as a condition of deployment in England is being reconsidered. The government’s decision is subject to parliamentary process and will require further consultation and a vote to be passed into legislation. We are now in the process of reviewing our advice and guidance following the announcement and will update the webpage shortly.
Resources: For more general information and resources on how to prepare for applying to become a Speech and Language therapist, please see the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists website.