City, University of London

Speech and Language Science City, University of London Degree level: Undergraduate


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The BSc (Hons) Speech and Language Science is a flexible and innovative degree that provides a fundamental understanding of how communication develops, how it works and how it can break down. This course develops crucial skills in analytical thinking, written and verbal communication, critical appraisal, team-working and organisation.

Students benefit from a high-quality and research-informed education and share some core modules with City's BSc (Hons) Speech and Language Therapy students. The BSc in Speech and Language Science is a non-clinical degree intended for students who are looking for a career or further study in human communication. The focus on developing an understanding of the process of human communication is supplemented by various modules ranging from psychology to media and forensic applications of speech research.

Students gain the skills to fulfil careers in which communication skills and processes are central. These can include roles in both the public and private sectors, including law, social work, teaching, audiology, PR, advertising and media, human resources and speech and language therapy. Studying on this programme also provides an excellent basis for further postgraduate study in areas such as Speech and Language Therapy, Audiology, Forensic Phonetics and Linguistics, Intercultural Communication, Language Teaching, Language Documentation, Speech Technology and Library Science.

Course details


The focus during the first year is on the typical and atypical aspects of speech. Students study six core modules and one of two optional modules. Core modules include; Articulatory Phonetics, Phonology and Speech Development; Language and Medium 1; Biomedical Science: Anatomy & Physiology; Lifespan studies; Speech Disorders, Dysfluency and Alternative and Augmentative Communication; Acoustic Phonetics and Audiology

In the second year there is a stronger focus on the study of language in typical and atypical populations, as well as on developing research skills. Core modules include: Applied Phonetics and Phonology; Language Sciences: Linguistics and Language Development; Biomedical Science: ENT/Neurology/Brain and Behaviour; Developmental Psychology and Research Methods; Forensic Phonetics; Instrumental Techniques; Language and Medium 2.

During the final year, the focus is on both a research project and the nature of cognition and language in children and adults, taught through core modules. Core modules include:

  • Acquired and Developmental Language Disorders
  • Sociolinguistics
  • Language and Gender
  • Psychoacoustics
  • Research Project

Assessment method

A variety of assessment methods are used, depending on module choices:

  • Written assignments (e.g. essay; case-based project; literature review, etc)
  • Poster presentations
  • Lab assignments
  • Work sheets
  • Class tests
  • Multiple choice questionnaires
  • Written examinations

The balance of assessment by examination, practical examination and assessment by coursework will to some extent depend on the optional modules you choose.

How to apply

Application deadlines

If your application is completed by the following date, it’s guaranteed to be considered:

15 January

*If you apply after this deadline, universities or colleges don’t have to consider your application if they’ve filled their spaces, so the sooner you apply, the better!

Application codes

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Course code B621
Institution code C60
Campus name Main Site
Campus code -

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Qualification Offer Further information
UCAS Tariff 120 points
A level BBB Typically BBB or BBC with a relevant EPQ. In addition to five passes grade 4 (C) in GCSE, including English and Mathematics.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) DDD Extended Diploma in Health and Social Care or Science-related subject. In addition to five passes grade 4 (C) in GCSE, including English and Mathematics.
Access to HE Diploma D: 36 credits
M: 9 credits
Access to HE Diploma in a health or science related subject achieving 60 credits overall with 45 at Level 3 (36 at Distinction and 9 at Merit). Applicants must hold GCSE English and Mathematics at grade C (4) or above.

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Additional entry requirements

Criminal records declaration (DBS/Disclosure Scotland)

Fees and funding

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