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:

Funding Arrangements

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

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