BSc Speech Sciences

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Applying for the BSc in Speech Sciences

Please note that the BSc Speech Sciences will NOT be taking any applications from 2012 entry onwards.

2011 was the last intake for the course, as UCL now wishes to focus its SLT training on the MSc Speech and Language Sciences.

Information about the BSc in Speech Sciences

The four-year degree in Speech Sciences is a full time programme which provides a direct pathway into the profession of speech and language therapy. The degree is focussed on the processes of communication, how these may be impaired, and clinical methods of remediation.

Clinical work is an important part of the degree programme and begins in the first year. An introduction is provided through a clinic held in the department, run by two specialist speech and language therapists, for people with acquired communication disorders. Successful students will be recommended for membership of the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists and will be eligible to apply to the Health Professions Council for registration as a Speech and Language Therapist.

Structure of the Programme | More detail

The understanding of speech and language therapy is central to the course, since it is an academic degree that also leads to eligibility to apply for registration as a speech and language therapist. The degree is structured to facilitate students’ ability to integrate theory and practice. The degree will provide students with the analytical skills that they need to think critically about human communication, its disorders and remediation, and the practice of speech and language therapy. Students will be supported in integrating theory and practice from the beginning of the course.

The course is designed to support students in taking responsibility for their own learning. As undergraduates, students on the degree will be encouraged to become independent learners, with appropriate knowledge of study skills and Information Technology skills to allow them to continue their own professional and intellectual development and lifelong learning.

Students will be introduced to a wide and comprehensive range of speech and language therapy processes and services. Through lectures, workshops, tutorials and video work, students will gain understanding and skills across the range of client groups and services that are relevant to speech and language therapy. We work closely with Speech and Language Therapy services in London and the South-East of England to provide an excellent range of Clinical Placements. Professional skills are developed in a three-way relationship between the student, the student’s clinical supervisor and the UCL clinical tutors.

Although students will not be expected to come into contact with, or personally work with, the entire range of speech and language therapy clients during clinical placements, emphasis will be placed on peer learning and the development of transferable clinical skills which they will then be able to generalise and apply across any client group and context. Practical work with student colleagues, in workshops, clinical tutorials and clinical placements, will form a key component of clinical learning.

For further information on the programme structure, click here.

What current students say

In the first year, your clinical placements are not formally assessed, but you will be given constructive feedback. In later years you continue to receive feedback and advice, but you will also be formally assessed.

Most courses involve some element of assessed coursework, typically in the form of an essay or data analysis. There is normally also an unseen examination.

To be eligible to apply to the Health Professions Council for registration as a Speech and Language Therapist you must complete all courses, and obtain specified minimum grades in the Professional Studies courses.

I chose Speech Sciences because I wanted to help those who are less fortunate in life. Speech is often overlooked and/or taken for granted. The programme was a great opportunity to explore just how speech and language works and how to apply this knowledge to real-life situations. I will be a qualified Speech and Language Therapist after I graduate and hope to work in London with adults who have learning difficulties for a few years to gain some hands-on experience. After that I wish to work abroad, such as the USA, as my skills can be applied anywhere in the world which is very exciting.

                                            Amy F.

Contact:For further information about the BSc Speech Sciences, please contact David Newton.

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