What students say about speech therapy and audiology
I study speech and language therapy, and so the teaching varies between lectures, seminars and work-based placements. The practical side of the course involves going into the community and gaining experience related to the profession. In my first year, we participated in a six-week block of nursery placement, where we spent one morning in the nursery a week.1st year, University of Sheffield
The speech and language therapy course has exceeded all my expectations. The first year of the course covers a variety of subjects including medicine (anatomy and physiology, ENT, paediatrics), phonetics and phonology, grammar and meaning, clinical studies, psychology, and placements in health care settings. All these are actually interesting to learn about. The most interesting assessment in year 1 for me was the child development assignment. This involved observing a child twice a term in their own home as they develop speech for the first time. My university has its own NHS speech and language therapy clinic on campus where you can sit on the other side of an observation mirror and watch therapy sessions without the clients knowing you're there. This is a vital role in understanding how your learning can be used to help those with a speech, language or communication impairment.1st year, University of Reading
The course is challenging and you'll probably feel like you have a lot more work to do and more teaching hours than your friends on some other courses. The course is very varied. Modules include psychology, biology and child development. Placements are very rewarding and help you grow as a speech therapist.3rd year, De Montfort University
What you need to get on a course
Subjects you need
A-levels (or equivalent) usually required
- English language
Useful to have
- Modern foreign language
Here's a guide to what to expect from the application process - also check individual university entry requirements, as these may differ.
- January application
- October application
- Personal statement
- Entry test
- Work experience
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Longer term career paths
Jobs where this degree is useful
- Clinical researcher
- Speech therapist
Other real-life job examples
- Welfare support officer
- Medical technician
- Special needs teaching specialist
What employers like about this subject
A speech therapy and/ or audiology degree will provide you with subject-specific skills including the physiology and biology of speech and hearing; communication with individuals with difficulties in speech and/ or hearing; the principles of speech and language development, and an understanding of clinical research methodology and how to conduct and interpret clinical research. Transferable skills you can gain from a speech therapy course include excellent communication skills, problem-solving and making decisions under pressure. Graduates from the discipline tend to work in schools, hospitals, specialist health practices, social care organisations and healthcare regulators.