Canterbury Christ Church University

BSc Speech and Language Therapy

Prepare for a career in speech and language therapy. Learn to understand communication and other disorders, and how to manage these effectively.

On this course you will develop a range of clinical skills and evidence-based knowledge to become an autonomous, competent and accountable practitioner. You will undertake practice placements in several settings, which may include a hospital ward, outpatient department, mainstream and special schools, day centres, clients’ homes, courtrooms, prisons and young offenders’ institutions.

The curriculum will be contemporary, focused on employability, and it will draw on the range of communication disorders across the life span and how these may impact children and adults and the people who care for them.

This is a collaborative course run jointly by Canterbury Christ Church University and the University of Greenwich. You will register with both universities but will have one main university of registration, the final degree will be awarded by your main university.

Entry Requirements

GCSE English language and mathematics, at grade C or 4 or above, or Functional Skills Level 2 in numeracy and literacy.

A typical offer would be BBC at A2 Level, or equivalent

Overseas students will need an IELTS level of 8 in English if it is not their first language.

For more information on the IELTS (International English language Testing System) requirements for this course, please click here to visit our dedicated web page.

You will need some experience of working in health, education or social care (paid, voluntary or observation). You will also need to show a commitment to helping children and adults who have difficulties with communication or with eating, drinking and swallowing.

Offers of a place can only be made after a successful interview, and are subject to a satisfactory reference, health clearance and Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check.

Career Prospects

Graduates from this programme are eligible to apply to register with the Health and Care Professions Council as a speech and language therapist and become members of the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists.

You can pursue a career as a speech and language therapist, working within the NHS, in education, and in social care settings, such as learning disabilities services. There are a small number of jobs in justice settings. For more information see

Course Details

You will study subjects drawn from a variety of disciplines such as psychology, linguistics and phonetics, anatomy and physiology in addition to speech and language therapy practice frameworks. You will also study reflective practice, evidence-based research skills and research methodologies, and how these are applied in the practice setting to create and develop professional knowledge. You will also consider the biopsychosocial and spiritual needs of the client. The integration of theory and practice will be central to the curriculum and there will be three periods of placement across the three years, enabling you to gain practice-based skills alongside experienced speech and language therapists.

During your training with us; our expert lecturers, service users and clinician guest lecturers, will guide you to be an autonomous and accountable practitioner. You will gain competence and confidence alongside evidence-based knowledge and profession-specific skills. You will also develop a range of clinical skills to employ in practice contexts and by the end of your studies you will have a critical understanding of communication and other disorders relevant to speech and language therapy, and the holistic management of these.

We ensure that the curriculum is not only relevant and contemporary to the changing professional landscape but also promotes academic progression and employability. For example, there may be more emphasis on running virtual groups and telehealth following the Covid-19 outbreak to reflect how current speech and language therapists are working.

Year 1

Foundations for Practice: Academic & Professional Development
Core Phonetics and Linguistics
Professional Knowledge and Skills 1: Development across the lifespan
Professional Knowledge and Skills 2: Communication and swallowing difficulties across the lifespan
Professional Practice 1
Holistic and Partnership Working 1

Year 2

Applied Phonetics and Linguistics
Holistic and Partnership Working 2
Clinical Process (assessment)
Clinical Process (intervention)
Research Approaches for Speech and Language Therapy
Professional Practice 2

Year 3

Integrated Clinical Reasoning
Professional Practice 3
Emergent Practitioner Skills
Dissertation

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