Speech and language therapy
What is a speech and language therapist?
Speech and language therapists work with people of all ages who experience
communication and swallowing difficulties, enabling them to maximise their
independence in their social, academic and working lives. Although the majority
of speech and language therapists are employed by the NHS, they are increasingly
being employed in a wide variety of contexts including education, and health and
social care. Find out more from Royal College of
Speech and Language Therapists.
Why study with us?
Undergraduate level study
Do you enjoy working with people? Want to make a difference in people’s lives? If you are keen to become a registered speech and language therapist and want to shape the future of communication,
our BSc Speech and Language Therapy (pending HCPC approval) can help you achieve your goals.
This is a client-focused course which uses varied learning methods to integrate theory and clinical practice. You undertake day visits and blocks of practice education
with speech and language therapists in the workplace. This practical experience helps prepare you for your future as a qualified therapist.
Our course is continuously developed to reflect contemporary health, education and social care practice. Clients, voluntary groups, other allied health professionals,
speech and language therapy clinicians and service managers continue to be involved, in order to ensure that changes in speech and language therapy practice are incorporated,
keeping your course up to date.
- BSc Speech and Language Therapy is pending HCPC approval and is only admitting for 2018 entry.
Masters level study
To practise as a speech and language therapist, you must be registered with
the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). Our pre-registration Masters course is
approved by the HCPC, so when you graduate you will meet the required levels of
expertise ensuring you are eligible to apply for registration with the HCPC and
practise as a speech and language therapist:
The way that the NHS funds Speech & Language Therapy MSc courses is changing.
There is still NHS funding for places in MSc Speech & Language Therapy
(Pre-Registration) which is guaranteed for those who are successful in applying
for entry in 2017.
We have a limited number of places open to self-funding international and UK
or EU students on our MSc Speech and Language Therapy, see the
course details for more information.
2013 Graduate: Sinead, Speech and Language Therapy
In this video Sinead tells us more about undertaking our Masters at Essex and
the placements she undertook. She also tells us about the confidence which she
gained from her time at Essex which enabled her to create LiTFit, a holistic,
evidence-based, literacy programme which aims to increase literacy skills in
primary school children.
Literacy and numeracy
When your application successfully makes it through the initial admissions
process, you will be invited to attend an interview where you will complete a
literacy and numeracy test.
Continuing Professional Development
Are you already qualified and registered as an speech and language therapist?
We offer a wide range of CPD modules that you
can use towards your CPD hours. We also offer an extensive range of
bespoke workshops and courses which can be tailored to your exact needs.
We offer a number of professional doctorate
and research courses which cover a variety of
specialist areas within the health, social care and voluntary arenas.
Keeping you up to date
You can find regular updates about both the School and our speech and
language therapy team on