Speech and Language Therapy BSc (Hons)

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 Speech and Language Therapy at DMU: 

  • 100% of our Speech and Language Therapy graduates from summer 2017 are in work or further study after graduating
    According to the Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) 2016-17 report [above the sector average of 94.6%]

  • Approved by the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists (RCSLT)
    with graduates are eligible to register with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) to practise as a speech and language therapist

  • 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

  • Strong links to the RCSLT national campaign,‘Giving Voice’
    Allowing our staff and students to get involved in raising the profile of speech and language therapy professions nationwide

  • DMU has achieved Gold, the highest ranking possible under the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF)
    Indicating the outstanding learning and teaching on offer at DMU. [Office for Students, 2017]

  • The TEF Panel judged that De Montfort University delivers “consistently outstanding teaching, learning and outcomes for its students. It is of the highest quality found in the UK.” [Office for Students, 2017]


At DMU, we are committed to helping our graduates enhance their careers and personal development through further study.

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  • UK/EU
  • International

Key facts for UK/EU students

Institution code: D26

UCAS course code: B621

Duration: Three years full-time

Location of study: De Montfort University, Leicester UK and on work-based placements normally in the East Midlands but occasionally could be elsewhere in the UK

Fees and funding: For 2019/20 tuition fees will be £9,250

Find out more about tuition fees and available funding.

Our dedicated #DMUglobal High Flyers Award offers ambitious students a discount of up to £1,000 towards a #DMUglobal opportunity (terms and conditions apply).

Additional costs: You may incur additional costs for this programme, including the cost of travelling to and from project/placement locations.

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Key facts for international students

Institution code: D26

UCAS course code: B621

Duration: Three years full-time

Location of study: De Montfort University, Leicester UK and on work-based placements normally in the East Midlands but occasionally could be elsewhere in the UK

Fees and funding: For 2019/20 tuition fees will be £13,750 

Additional costs: You may incur additional costs for this programme, including the cost of travelling to and from project/placement locations.

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Entry criteria


  • Five GCSEs at grade C/4 or above including English Language and Maths.

Plus one of the following:

A levels

  • Three A levels with grades ABB or better (excluding General Studies), normally taken in one sitting.


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

International Baccalaureate

  • 30+ points

Access course

  • Pass in the QAA Access to HE with at least 36 level 3 credits at distinction and 3 at merit. English and Maths GCSE required at grade C/4 as separate qualifications. Equivalency not accepted within the Access qualification.

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

  • Will need to be 18 years of age by the commencement of placements in the Year 1 Professional Practice Education module
  • 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

English language requirements:

If English is not your first language an average IELTS score of 7.5 (with no component below 7.0) 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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Students applying for courses starting in September 2019 will be made offers based on the latest UCAS Tariff. Find out more.

Structure and assessment


Course modules

Teaching and assessments

Expertise and accreditation



First year

  • Professional Practice Education 1
  • Introduction to Linguistics and Language Acquisition
  • Introduction to Phonetics and Phonology
  • Medical Sciences
  • Communication Disability and Psychology

Second year

  • Professional Practice 2
  • Clinical Linguistics Assessments
  • Intervention 1: Language and Cognition
  • Intervention 2: Speech and Swallowing
  • Cognitive Psychology and Research Methods

Third year

  • Professional Practice 3
  • Transition to the Workplace
  • Intervention 3: Specialist Settings
  • Speech and Language Therapy Project
  • Language, Interaction and Society

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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 15-20 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.

The 19th century Hawthorn Building has facilities designed to replicate current practice in health and life sciences, including contemporary analytical chemistry and formulation laboratories, audiology booths and nursing and midwifery clinical skills suites.

Purpose-built clinical skills areas allow you to apply theory to practice in a safe environment. You will receive guidance and support from staff, to ensure that your practical ability in the clinical skills suites is accurate.


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

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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

Terms 1 and 2 child language groups (10 weeks), adult conversation partners(10 weeks), learning difficulties (5 days)

Year Two

Term 1 - placement in the SLT centre, one day per week.

Term 3 - block placement  (5 weeks)

Two days of dysphagia placement.

Year Three

Term 2 - SLT block placement (10 weeks)

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Graduate Careers

Our graduates are highly sought after by Speech and Language Therapy Providers. They work in  both NHS and private organisations and in medical, educational and social care settings. They work with clients across the lifespan often in multidisciplinary teams.  



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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