Speech and Language Science (BSc (Hons))

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The award
BSc (Hons)

How long you will study
3 years

Domestic course fees
GBP 9250 per year

How you will study

Course starts

International course fees
GBP 15300 per year

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About Speech and Language Science at City, University of London

The BSc (Hons) Speech and Language Science is a flexible and innovative degree that will provide you with a fundamental understanding of how communication develops, how it works and how it can break down.

Who is it for?

The BSc Speech and Language Science degree is designed for students who are looking for a rewarding career in the communications and related industries. The course equips students with the skills and knowledge to enter a range of professions, recent graduates have gone on to careers in speech and language therapy and audiology, social work, the law, PR, advertising and marketing, teaching and HR and future study or research.


As a student on the BSc (Hons) Speech and Language Science course you will develop crucial skills in analytical thinking, written and verbal communication, critical appraisal, team-working and organisation. You will benefit from a high-quality and research-informed education and share some of your core modules with City's BSc (Hons) Speech and Language Therapy students. This flexible and innovative degree provides a fundamental understanding of how human communication develops, how it works and how it can break down.

This non-clinical degree provides knowledge and understanding of subjects including speech and hearing sciences, linguistics, and psychology and their application to normal and impaired human communication. This is a unique course that is academically challenging with a strong focus on an understanding and application of research. 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.

Requirements and how to apply

Entry requirements

The following is also required:

  • GCSE: A minimum of five passes grade 4 (C) in GCSE, including English and Mathematics. GCSE requirements for applicants studying an Access to HE Diploma are detailed below.

Access to HE Diploma

Pass in a QAA recognised 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.

If your written application is successful, you'll be asked to visit our campus to confirm your current academic qualifications and your eligibility to study in the UK. The Qualifications and Residency Check list details the documents you will need to bring with you. During this visit you'll have the opportunity to meet with current staff and students to find out more about studying Speech and Language Science at City, and to tour our campus and facilities.

Other suitable qualifications

Extended Project Qualification (EPQ): We welcome applications that include the EPQ. Where relevant, this may be included in our offer, resulting in an 'A' Level offer reduced by one grade.

If you do not qualify for direct entry, you may wish to take a foundation programme first. These programmes are designed to prepare students for entry to City's undergraduate courses.

INTO City, University of London

Don't meet the entry requirements? INTO City, University of London offers a range of academic and English language programmes to help prepare you for study at City, University of London. You'll learn from experienced teachers in a dedicated international study centre.

These programmes are designed for international students who do not meet the required academic and English language requirements for direct entry. To prepare for this degree course, learn more about the International Foundation in Business and Economics with Society and Culture and the International Foundation in Humanities and Law.

Kaplan International College (KIC) London

City works in partnership with KIC London to provide a range of preparatory courses for international students. KIC London courses offer comprehensive support to students - including regular one-to-one tuition. Students who successfully complete the KIC London Foundation course at the required level have a guaranteed progression route to City, University of London degree courses.

English requirements

If your first language is not English, we will require evidence of English language proficiency. Minimum requirements are:

  • IELTS: 6.5 overall with a minimum of 6.5 in spoken and written components.

English language programmes

Don't meet the English language requirements? INTO City, University of London offers English language programmes to help prepare you for study at university. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability for entry to degree courses.

Visa requirements

If you are not from the European Economic Area / Switzerland and you are coming to study in the UK, you may need to apply for a visa or entry clearance to come to the UK to study.

The way that you apply may vary depending on the length of your course. There are different rules for:

  • Students on courses of more than six months
  • Students on courses of less than six months
  • Students on a pre-sessional English language course.

If you require a Tier 4 student visa to study in the UK, you cannot undertake any City courses on a part-time basis.

For more information see our main Visa page.

How to apply

Applications for degree courses must be made through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS). You can apply through your school or college using the Apply system, which enables you to submit your application directly to the UCAS website.


You can apply to up to five universities or institutions on the form. The UCAS code for City, University of London is C60.

Please take care to enter the correct course code when applying, particularly for subjects with a Foundation year or with BEng (Hons) and MEng (Hons) or BSc (Hons) and MSci (Hons) options.

UCAS has implemented an 'invisibility of choices' policy so that, on the initial application and while you are receiving decisions, each institution can see only their entry and not those of other institutions you have chosen. This ensures that your application for a course at City is considered solely on your academic and personal qualities.

You should submit your completed application form to UCAS with a £23 application fee. If you want to apply to City, University of London only, you can make a single choice application at a reduced rate of £12.

When to apply

Your application for entry in September 2018 should arrive at UCAS between 1st September 2017 and 15th January 2018. Applications that arrive after 15th January 2018 will be considered only at City's discretion.

When your application is acknowledged by UCAS, you will be sent a personal identification number so that you can access your records via Track on the UCAS website.


For general enquiries about the admissions process at City, please contact our Admissions Office:

Email: ugadmissions@city.ac.uk
Telephone: +44 (0)20 7040 8716.

If your enquiry is about admission to a particular course, please use the contact details provided on the course page.

Contacting UCAS

Website: www.ucas.com
Address: Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS), Rosehill, New Barn Lane, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL52 3LZ
Telephone: from inside the UK 0871 468 0468; from outside the UK +44 (0)871 468 0468
For callers with hearing difficulties: from inside the UK use the Text Relay service on 18001 0871 468 0468; from outside the UK dial +44 151 494 1260 (text phone) and then ask the operator to dial 0871 468 0468.

Teaching and learning

During the first two years of the course most of your modules involve scheduled contact (i.e. lectures, tutorials, labs etc.) on a weekly basis. This will take place during the autumn and spring terms and will involve approximately 20 to 30 contact hours per 15 credits. This should be supplemented by self directed study hours to a total of 150 hours (including contact hours) per 15 credits. Self directed study will be supported by web-based resources, reading materials, etc (see below).

During the third year of the course, a larger proportion of your study will become self directed, mainly as a result of the fact that you will be carrying out a research study in your third year.

Assessment methods

You will be assessed using a variety of methods, 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.

Percentage of the course assessed by coursework

The balance of assessment by examination, practical examination and assessment by coursework will to some extent depend on the optional modules you choose. The approximate percentage of the course assessment, based on 2016/17 entry is as follows:

Year 1

64% written, 0% practical, 36% coursework

Year 2

19% written, 61% practical, 20% coursework

Year 3

18% written, 55% practical, 27% coursework.


The course establishes the foundations of hearing, speech and language.

Year 1

The focus during the first year is on the typical and atypical aspects of speech. You will study six core modules and one of two optional modules. The total number of credits to be acquired is 120.

Core modules include:

  • Articulatory Phonetics, Phonology and Speech Development
  • Language and Medium 1
  • Biomedical Science
  • Lifespan studies
  • Speech Disorders, Dysfluency and Alternative and Augmentative Communication
  • Acoustic Phonetics and Phonology

Optional modules include:

  • History and Theory of Psychology
  • Cognitive Approaches to Mind and Behaviour

Year 2

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. The total number of credits to be acquired is 120.

Core modules:

  • Applied Phonetics and Phonology
  • Language Sciences: Linguistics and Language Development
  • Biomedical Science
  • Developmental Psychology and Research Methods
  • Forensic Phonetics
  • Instrumental Techniques
  • Language and Medium 2.

Year 3

During the final year, the focus is on both a research project and the nature of cognition and language in children and adults. The total number of credits to be acquired is 120.

Core modules:

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

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Overall workload

Year 1

31% scheduled learning, 69% independent learning, 0% placement

Year 2

12% scheduled learning, 88% independent learning, 0% placement

Year 3

11% scheduled learning, 89% independent learning, 0% placement.

Career prospects

The degree gives pathways to 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.

Graduates can also progress to postgraduate study in areas including education, speech and language therapy, audiology or foreign language teaching.

80% of graduates in employment or further study six months after completing the course Type%In employment40Work and study40Further study0Unemployed20

Find out more about the Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education survey 2014-15

Study options for this course

  • The award How you will study How long you will study Course starts Domestic course fees International course fees
  • The awardBSc (Hons)How you will studyFull-timeHow long you will study3 years
    Course startsSeptemberDomestic course feesGBP 9250 per yearInternational course feesGBP 15300 per year

Notes about fees for this course

More about fees

*The tuition fee for UK and EU students is determined by the UK Government and was £9,250 for the first year of study at City in 2017/18. The tuition fee for students commencing their studies in 2018/19 has not yet been confirmed: we will update these pages as soon as we receive confirmation. Fees in each subsequent year of study may be subject to an annual increase limited to the Student Fees Inflation Index as determined by the UK Government's Office for Budget Responsibility. However, this is subject to confirmation. The index is derived from the All Items Retail Prices Index. If fees do increase in each subsequent year of study, we will confirm any change to the annual tuition fee to you in writing prior to you commencing each subsequent year of study. Fees in each subsequent year of study will be subject to an annual increase limited by the All Items Retail Prices Index.

** The tuition fee for Non-UK/non-EU students was £15,300 for the first year of study in 2018/19. Each subsequent year of study may be subject to annual increase, as detailed above for UK and EU students, but this is also subject to confirmation.


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