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This course aims to produce competent speech and language therapists who are able to practise safely and effectively.
Study Speech and Language Therapy at Ulster University in the United Kingdom.
This course aims to produce competent speech and language therapists who are able to practise safely and effectively. You will gain knowledge and understanding of communication problems and related concerns. You will appreciate how a communication problem can impact on the person's life and also that of their family. You will learn how to assess such problems and how to work with the person to improve or maintain their communication skills.
The course will develop your professional and personal skills of reflecting honestly and constructively on how you have managed people with communication problems while on placement. You will be supported to develop skills of team working, clinical reflection and presentation skills during the in-house university modules as well as when out on placement. You will also develop your research skils in order to ensure that your management of people with a communication problem is current and based on good evidence.
You will experience a fully co-ordinated three year course where all aspects of theory and practical experience are carefully planned together. Your assessments will also develop your ability to integrate theory with practice as a speech and language therapist. This will happen in well supported logical steps across the three years.
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About this course
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The programme meets the needs of those who wish to gain a professional qualification in speech and language therapy together with a good foundation for postgraduate study and continuing professional development. This programme is recognised by the Professional and Statutory bodies for speech and language therapists in the United Kingdom.
Graduates are eligible to apply for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). HCPC is the Statutory body which regulates the profession and allows graduates to practise as an SLT in the UK. Graduates are also eligible for full membership of the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists (RCSLT).
There is a strong focus on the application of current theory and evidence to the development of practitioners with good clinical skills. Graduates are fit for purpose to work with people of all ages with communication problems and who are able to use and contribute to research in the area of speech, language and communication. Practice placements are therefore an important integral part of the programme and are enhanced by a range of University-based and placement-based support and learning opportunities.
Three years full-time.
- September 2017
Here is a guide to the subjects studied on this course.
Courses are continually reviewed to take advantage of new teaching approaches and developments in research, industry and the professions. Please be aware that modules may change for your year of entry. The exact modules available and their order may vary depending on course updates, staff availability, timetabling and student demand. Please contact the course team for the most up to date module list.
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Knowledge and Skills for Personal & Professional Development 1
This module provides opportunities to learn in an interprofessional context. Students will acquire skills for both academic and practice based learning. It will provide them with an opportunity to acquire knowledge and skills on issues relating to professional practice and personal development within a supportive environment.
Knowledge and Skills for Personal & Professional Development 2
This inter-professional module introduces students to the key concepts in health communication and health psychology that are necessary for effective practice as a health professional. The module is delivered primarily through online activities which students complete independently and using group work.
Communication & Swallowing: Biological and Physical Science Foundations
This module provides students with the fundamental understanding of human anatomy, physiology and physics of sound to enable subsequent learning on communication and swallowing disorders
Communication Needs in Children I
This module focuses on the description, diagnosis, assessment and management of the communication needs of children (not including those with established learning difficulties). Students will need to apply their knowledge of linguistics, developmental foundations, anatomy and physiology from semester one, and simultaneously applying such skills to the children which they meet on Practice Placement 1.
Communication Needs in Children 2
This module focuses on the description, diagnosis, assessment and management of the communication-driven needs of children with associated conditions. Awareness of collaborative working in health and education settings will be central to this module, and students will simultaneously applying their knowledge and skills to the children which they will meet on Practice Placement 1.
Linguistics for Speech and Language Therapists I
This module aims to introduce and develop the skills of the SLT student in the area of linguistic analysis with particular consideration of communication difficulties. Through practical and experiential learning opportunities the student will develop the core skills essential for gathering linguistic data to facilitate deductive and analytical thinking in this area.
Developmental Foundations for the Communicating Child and Young Person
This module aims to provide students with the appropriate background knowledge and understanding of the range of developmental parameters of the typically developing child and young person, as they become a competent communicator, including early feeding skills. Such knowledge and understanding will contribute to the student?s ability to make informed judgements and reason clinically about atypical development in feeding and communication.
Professional Practice 1
This module is the students? first practice placement. After 8 observation sessions, they will be expected to participate in all aspects of practice with children who have a range of communication needs, under the direct guidance of a Practice Educator. Students will be expected to draw from all previous and current modules, as appropriate to the communication needs of their caseload. By the end of the placement, they will expected to demonstrate a range of basic professional and practice competencies which can be transferred to subsequent placements.
The module provides a foundation of knowledge and skills for using research evidence to inform practice and for designing and conducting research and clinical audit post-registration. The focus is on research design and qualitative and quantitative methods appropriate for healthcare research. A series of lectures and workshops provide theoretical knowledge and practical experience of research activities including data analysis.
Cognitive and Neurological Sciences
This module examines the contemporary cognitive, neuropsychological and psycholinguistic theories and the relationship between neuro-organisation and cognitive functioning. It includes methods of neuropsychological and psycholinguistic research and diagnosis and their application to developmental and acquired communication problems.
Communication and Swallowing Needs in Adults 1
This module provides speech and language therapy students with an understanding of communication and swallowing needs in adult populations, focussing on the client's experience, presenting featuring of communication and swallowing disorders, and the speech and language therapist's role at each stage. The module develops students' knowledge of neuropathology related to specific conditions. It also develops clinical skills in analysis and reporting of clinical data, and team-working abilities.
This module provides speech and language therapy students with theoretical and practical knowledge and skills for the evaluation and management of voice disorders.
Linguistics for Speech and Language Therapists II
The module provides insight into theory and analysis of language and speech developing analytical problems solving skills. It integrates core linguistic theory with psycholinguistic approaches to speech production and perception establishing interdisciplinary links.
A Focus on Fluency
This module provides the student with the appropriate knowledge, understanding and critical evaluation skills to assess, diagnose and manage children and adults with disorders of fluency. The module will encourage the student to evaluate and reflect on various assessment and treatment options, taking on board the wider context, to ensure that management of clients with disorders of fluency is evidenced based, effective and user focused. Teaching methods include lectures which incorporate a practical slant to enable application of theory to practice.
Communication and Swallowing Needs in Adults 2
This module provides students with the theoretical background and practical knowledge to work with adult clients with communication and swallowing disorders. Current approaches to assessment and intervention in a range of clinical populations are covered. Students will develop presentation skills and reasoning abilities in this module.
Professional Practice 2
This module allows the student to apply academic knowledge to the clinical situation with a range of Adults in a variety of clinical settings integrating theory through case based learning. It allows students to develop their clinical effectiveness and professionalism with adults with communication and swallowing needs.
The module provides experience of critically reviewing evidence to inform practice and knowledge and skills for designing and conducting research and clinical audit post-registration. The focus is on research design and qualitative and quantitative methods appropriate for healthcare research. A series of lectures and workshops provide theoretical knowledge and practical experience of research activities including data analysis. Each student will have an opportunity to undertake an extended research activity.
Current evidence, contexts and practices: the adult years
This module builds on previous learning to give students a current understanding of the evidence and issues pertaining to speech and language therapy practice in the areas of acquired neurological disorder and voice. It equips them with the skills to evaluate evidence in these areas and apply it to practice.
Current evidence, contexts and practices: children and young people
This final year module focuses on research-led understanding of the current issues in paediatric disorders of speech, language and communication. The broader perspectives of the provision of evidence-based service, collaborative working, service user focus and efficacy of management will be advanced
Professional Practice 3: Frameworks, Principles and Processes
This module supports students to actively construct their own understanding of speech and language therapy frameworks, principles of assessment and engagement, and the therapeutic relationship. It allows the student to advance their clinical effectiveness, diagnostic skills and professionalism through practice placement. It encourages them to reflect on their level of independence in preparation for clinical block placement in semester 2 and ultimately independent clinical practice.
Professional Practice 4
This module allows the student to apply academic knowledge to the clinical situation with a range of Adult and Child Groups in a variety of clinical settings. It allows students to advance their clinical effectiveness and professionalism to a level of competence for practice as a Speech & Language Therapist. It encourages the student to recognise and apply evidence based practice.
Professional Development & Employability for Speech and Language Therapists
This module allows the student to evaluate her clinical thinking, skills and professionalism in preparation for the work environment and continuous professional development.
We recognise a range of qualifications for admission to our courses. In addition to the specific entry conditions for this course you must also meet the University’s General Entrance Requirements.
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The A Level requirement for this course is BBB to include a grade B in one of the following: English (or modern foreign language), mathematics, physics, chemistry, biology, psychology, geography, applied science or health and social care.
Overall BTEC award profile DDM (to include a unit profile of 9 distinctions) in a relevant BTEC.
Irish Leaving Certificate
Overall Irish Leaving Certificate profile H3,H3,H3,H3,H3 at Higher level. Specific subjects include Highers in one of the following: English, Mathematics, Modern Foreign Language*, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Psychology, Geography. *A modern foreign language is acceptable provided English, Maths and Science have been passed at grade O3 at Ordinary level. Plus English and Mathematics grade H6 at Higher level or grade O4 at Ordinary level.
Access to Higher Education (HE)
Overall Access profile profile pass with an overall mark of 70%, including 70% in each level 3 module to include two level 3 modules from maths, biology, physics, chemistry, psychology. NICATS maths (25 credits) 1 & 2 or GCSE grade C maths.
GCSE Profile to include English language, mathematics and a science at grade C/4.
Essential/key skills in Application of Number is not regarded as an acceptable alternative to GCSE mathematics.
English Language Requirements
English language requirements for international applicants
The minimum requirement for this course is Academic IELTS 8.0 with no band score less than 7.5.
Ulster recognises a number of other English language tests and comparable IELTS equivalent scores.
Additional Entry Requirements
Those interested in a career in the profession are strongly advised to make themselves familiar with the work of a Speech & Language Therapist before application either through visiting a speech and language therapist at work or through video material. Careers information is available on the website of the Royal College of Speech & Language Therapists: http://www.rcslt.org
Satisfactory performance in the HPAT-Ulster selection test is also required. More information on the Health Professions Admissions Test (HPAT-Ulster) can be found at www.hpat-ulster.acer.edu.au Please note that there is a cost to undertake the test.
Applicants should note that, as they will be engaged in 'regulated activity' involving children or vulnerable adults as part of their course, there is a compulsory, legal requirement to obtain an Enhanced Disclosure from AccessNI. The cost for this is payable by the applicant and is currently £33. More information on Enhanced Disclosures may be accessed by http://www.accessni.gov.uk.
You will also be required to demonstrate good health prior to commencing the course. You will therefore complete a health declaration form which will be screened by Occupational Health who will confirm your medical fitness to undertake the course. Following the screening, you may be required to undertake a vaccination programme. You will be liable for the cost of both the health screening and vaccinations. Costs will be confirmed.
You may also meet the course entry requirements with combinations of the different qualifications to the same standard as recognised by the University (provided subject requirements as noted above are met). Examples of acceptable combinations include:
2 A-levels and BTEC Subsidiary Diploma
OCR National Diploma and BTEC Subsidiary Diploma
2 A-levels and Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma]
A-level and BTEC National Diploma
For further information contact Faculty Office staff:
T: +44 (0)28 9036 6098
Exemptions and transferability
If you can provide evidence of previous relevant study you may be considered for exemptions from specific modules. It should be noted that exemptions are limited. This is because of the closely integrated, hierarchically designed structure of the degree. In addition, we need to provide evidence for all learning outcomes, specific to the degree, in order that the UK Regulator's Standards of Proficiency are met.
If you do not wish, or are not eligible, to proceed to registration as a Speech and Language Therapist, you may be considered for transfer into another award programme without the eligibility for being registered with the UK Regulator, the Health and Care Professions Council.
Careers & opportunities
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Most graduates currently find employment within the NHS, the Education sector and increasingly in the Charities and Voluntary sector. There are a range of opportunities for speech and language therapists, working both within Health and Education. Opportunities for speech and language therapists exist throughout the UK, Ireland and other parts of the world, although graduates are likely to have to meet specific requirements for professional recognition/registration in other countries and may require some experience within the UK first. There are many opportunities for postgraduate study as full-time and part-time students since the area of communication problems and their management is a rapidly growing area of research and continuing professional development.
Approved by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) for the purpose of providing eligibility to apply for registration with the HCPC as a speech and language therapist.
Recognised by the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists (RCSLT) for the purpose of applying for newly qualified practitioner membership.
Fees and funding
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Fees (per year)
Additional mandatory costs
Additional costs include - AccessNI Check, Health Screening, Membership of Royal College of Speech & Language Therapists, Placement Expenses, Uniforms.
Membership of Royal College of Speech & Language Therapists - you will be required to join the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists. The cost of student membership will cost approximately £110 for the three years.
Placement Expenses - students may incur expenses during periods of placement. Some placements may be outside Northern Ireland and will incur additional costs.
Uniforms - as part of your course, you will be required to purchase a uniform during the first week of the semester. 2015/16 costs were approx £100.
Tuition fees and costs associated with accommodation, travel and normal living are a part of university life.
Where a course has additional mandatory expenses we make every effort to highlight them in the online prospectus. These may include residential visits, field trips, materials (e.g. art, design, engineering) inoculations, security checks, computer equipment, uniforms, professional memberships etc.
We aim to provide students with the learning materials needed to support their studies. Our libraries are a valuable resource with an extensive collection of books and journals as well as first-class facilities and IT equipment. Computer suites and free wifi is also available on each of the campuses.
There will be some additional costs to being a student which cannot be itemised and these will be different for each student. You may choose to purchase your own textbooks and course materials or prefer your own computer and software. Printing and binding may also be required. There are additional fees for graduation ceremonies, examination resits and library fines. Additional costs vary from course to course.
Students choosing a period of paid work placement or study abroad as part of their course should be aware that there may be additional travel and living costs as well as tuition fees.
Please contact the course team for more information.