This course is for people with a relevant degree seeking to refocus their studies into the area of speech and language therapy. It will enable you to register with the Health and Care Professions Council and the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists (RCSLT) to practise as a speech and language therapist in the UK.
As a speech and language therapist, you will assess, diagnose and treat children and adults with a wide range of communication difficulties. This will include developmental disorders and speech and language problems resulting from injury, stroke and disease. You will also develop strong practical skills as well as a sound understanding of the theory of speech and language therapy.
There is a major clinical studies (ie placement) element to this course and clinical work is underpinned by modules in linguistics, psychology and biological and medical sciences. Although every effort is made to arrange summer block placements to suit students’ circumstances, this is not always possible and students must be prepared to be flexible about placement location and timing. Students are responsible for any travel and/or accommodation costs incurred during placements.
Teaching, learning and assessment
Teaching will include a mix of lectures, tutorials, student-led seminars, clinical placement experience, case study analysis and individual project work. Emphasis will be placed on integrating clinical and university based learning opportunities and on independent study. Your performance will be assessed by a combination of course work including essays, reports, presentations, vivas and examinations, as well as clinical practical assessments.
Teaching hours and attendance
Each module which you study on campus will require you to attend classes and carry out independent work. Your attendance at placement is compulsory and your attendance at QMU-based modules is expected.
Classes will be spread over the whole week, except for placement days when you will be off campus. This is a full-time course, with the expectation that classes, independent study and placement together require 35-40 hours of dedicated time each week.
Links with industry/professional bodies
The course provides graduates, including those who complete the PgDip, with eligibility to register with the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists and the Health and Care Professions Council to practise in the UK.
15 credits: Linguistics 1/ Linguistics 2/ Research Methods for SLT and Audiology/ Professional Practice for SLT1 (including summer block placement)/ /Biological and Behavioural Science for SLT2/ Within Semester Clinical Placement 1/ Professional Practice for SLT 2 (including summer block placement) / Within Semester Clinical Placement 2 / Within Semester Clinical Placement 3/ Linguistics 3/ Linguistics 4 30 credits: Biological and Behavioural Science for SLT1/ Speech and Language Pathology Therapy 1/ Speech and Language Pathology and Therapy 2/ Speech and Language Pathology and Therapy 3 If studying for the MSc, you will also complete a dissertation (60 credits).
Most graduates work within the NHS in community clinics, schools and hospitals. Several graduates have gained research posts and some have gone on to achieve higher degrees. Some graduate Speech and language therapists may wish to seek employment outside the UK. For further information about how and where this qualification can be used outside of the UK please contact the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists.
The diploma course is the only postgraduate pre-registration course of its kind in Scotland. This course is the only one in the UK whereby speech and language therapists and audiologists are in the same department. Both these awards qualify you to register to work as a speech and language therapist in the UK.
Upper second class degree/masters level degree in relevant subject (biology, psychology or linguistics) is required. Experience of working with people with speech or communication impairments, for example through professional or voluntary work or shadowing a speech and language therapist, is desirable
Recipient: Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh
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