Leeds Trinity University

Degree level: Postgraduate

Advanced Practice in Speech Language and Communication Needs (Taught)

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Course summary

Our Advanced Practice in Speech Language and Communication Needs (SLCN) programme has been designed to meet the needs of the education and applied sector workforce working with children, young people and families who have additional needs in Speech Language and Communication Needs. Developed in partnership with the Leeds NHS speech and language service, this programme aims to enable you to transform your setting’s response and develop provision to meet the ever-changing needs and the challenges of all in education who have SLCN. This programme is highly innovative and allows you to gain credit for work-based learning allowing professionals who work full-time in settings such as schools or NHS speech language assistants who work in settings in the community, to access a vocational, work-related and practice-based course. You will study three modules: One will focus on the actual speech and language difficulties that children and young people may present with in a setting. The second will focus on assessment and identification tools and approaches to assess need in SLCN. The third will help you to develop the knowledge, understanding and skills to develop both whole-setting provision and interventions to support SLCN. You will also have a personal tutor who will support you in developing three work-based portfolios linked to your own setting’s needs. You'll develop expertise in developing early interventions in SLCN and will be able to progress in becoming a leader in this area of SEND. This may help you deliver high-quality interventions in your setting or lead on this aspect of SEND across your setting. This would be useful for those wanting to progress in the SEND workforce in nurseries, schools, and colleges. For example, SENCo’s, SEN leads, aspirant SENCo’s, early years leads, key stage leads in primary schools, school leadership, Higher Level Teaching Assistants and teaching assistants and staff working in Alternative Provision or local authority educational services. Those wanting to develop a career in Speech and Language Therapy as aspirant therapists, or assistants would also find this course very useful in supporting their career progression. Why study with us? Personalise your continued professional development in education via this 60-credit award while working full-time and gain credit for work-based practice. Develop highly desirable skills to develop your current work-based provision. Become highly employable in the education sector due to having highly sought skills, knowledge and understanding at the forefront of our sector linked to current sector needs.


Understanding the Speech Language and Communication Needs (SLCN) Needs in Learning Assessment and Identification of Need Evidenced Based Practice in meeting Needs and Developing Provision Course Structure The structure is subject to validation and may change. The course is a blended delivery of campus face-to-face sessions, online sessions, video material and independent learning activities and work-based learning in practice settings. The year will be split into three terms: Term 1 September to December. February Portfolio 1 submission. Term 2 January to March. April Portfolio 2 submission. Term 3 April to July. September Portfolio 3 submission. There will be a maximum of three mandatory days on campus (one per module) which take place on Saturdays across the year. There will be a course-specific induction session on campus and an alternative one online from 4.00pm - 7.00pm. There will also be a maximum of 30 hours of online sessions between 4.00pm to 7.00pm across the year, alongside online tutorials available to support portfolio development.

Assessment method

The focus of this course is to develop your practice in SLCN. You will complete one portfolio per module. The tasks within these modules will be made up of a variety of tasks linked to work in your setting with children, young people, families and colleagues.

Entry requirements

• An Honours degree (minimum 2.2) Alternatively, we will consider applicants who have equivalent work-based experience/relevant CPD portfolio. This will include: A detailed reference from your employer giving information about your role in a setting. A detailed CV showing expertise in education and/or SEND. A letter of support from yourself explaining how your expertise would allow you to access the course. You will need a letter of support from your workplace to agree to support the work in the work-based portfolios. An interview, if necessary, may take place. This course is only open to students who already have the right to live and study in the UK.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

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Advanced Practice in Speech Language and Communication Needs at Leeds Trinity University - UCAS