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Speech and Language Sciences

Speech and Language Sciences

The ability to communicate is fundamental for people to fulfil their educational, social, occupational and emotional potential. Speech and language therapists integrate knowledge, skills and attitudes to enable people with speech, language and communication difficulties to reach that potential. We offer a BSc (Hons) Speech and Language Therapy which enables you to qualify as a speech and language therapist in three years.

From linguistics, phonetics and medical sciences through psychology and research to speech pathology and clinical and professional skills, our strands of learning support you to develop the broad range of knowledge and skills you need to practice as a speech and language therapist. In your final year, you will develop your dysphagia knowledge and have the option to focus on adult, paediatric or combined practice. Case studies, involvement of people with communication difficulties in teaching and excellent placement opportunities all ensure that you can apply your theoretical learning to meeting the needs of clients.

Speech and Language Therapy is an art as well as a science. You will develop the skills to form successful therapy relationships, inspire confidence and empower clients. You will also reflect upon your own values and beliefs in relation to difference and diversity and gain a critical understanding of changing economic, social and political contexts in which you will work.

At Leeds Beckett, we are passionate about putting people with speech, language and communication difficulties at the heart of what we do. You will be meeting and working with people with communication difficulties from the very early stages of your course and have opportunities to get involved in awareness-raising, campaigning and volunteering.

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Professional Practice

Staff in the speech and language sciences group are high achieving professionals and academics with a strong commitment to applied speech and language therapy. Many staff have significant clinical experience prior to joining the University and our teaching team is joined regularly by specialist clinicians from practice. Members of the staff team have links with the Royal college of Speech and Language Therapists as well as with NHS Trusts, voluntary and private sector organisations.

Our Teaching

The speech and language sciences team deliver excellent teaching and learning and scored 96.3% for ‘overall satisfaction’ in the 2018 National Student Survey. All our staff are Fellows of the Higher Education Academy or undertaking the Post-graduate Certificate in Academic Practice. We have access to specialist facilities including a communication suite and a dedicated speech and language resources room with a huge range of assessment and therapy materials available to students to access to support their learning and placement planning.

Work Based Learning

We work with practice partners across the Yorkshire and Humber region to provide a range of high quality placements that are integrated throughout the three years of your course. We have a mixed placement model with both ongoing (one day a week whilst attending at University) and block (embedded in the placement setting for four days a week over a number of weeks) placements.


Staff in speech and language sciences have research interests in areas including aphasia, paediatric speech and language difficulties, head and neck cancer, stammering, AAC, the psychosocial consequences of communication difficulties and clinical education. We are particularly pleased to be involved in supervising PhDs being undertaken by practising speech and language therapists which explore ‘real world’ clinical questions that they have encountered in their practice.

Clinical Supervision and CPD

We offer clinical supervision for newly qualified and experienced therapists who may be working in independent practice or employed in settings where they are not part of a wider speech and language therapy team. Our supervision package can be tailored to suit your needs and includes access to on-line library resources and other learning materials as well as our Resources Room. We also offer bespoke CPD courses for groups of staff. To discuss further, please contact Sarah James (

Health and Social Care Practice Learning Team

We manage professional placements and voluntary opportunities across a wide range of health and social care  organisations and industries to meet professional and regulatory body requirements. Research shows that graduates with work based learning experience are more likely to secure a graduate job.

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