Speech and Language Therapy Biology Course

It was great to mark the start of the Queen’s Jubilee tour at De Montfort University. As Speech and Language Therapy has been taught in Leicester as part of biology courses for just over 60 years I was keen to be involved in the Speed Lecture series marking the visit. There was more background noise on the day than I had imagined there would be, but I carried on regardless.

I have been at De Montfort University for 6 years as the Head of the Speech and Language Therapy Division and I am keen to raise the profile of our excellent work so this seemed like a good opportunity. Our team runs the Speech and Language undergraduate degree programme, “BSc (Hons) Human Communication – Speech and Language Therapy”. This biology course requires 300 UCAS points for entry and attracts students who are interested in human biology.

It is a four year programme and is fully accredited by the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists. During the degree students spend time out in practice to gain experience working with multi-disciplinary professional teams and working with patients. There is a strong scientific component and students learn about anatomy and physiology, and also technology, psychology and linguistics. In years three and four students focus on clinical practice and carry out an original research project into aspects of communication, for example stammering.

Graduates of the Human Communication degree enter healthcare, education and research into speech and language therapy. If you are interested in biology at university and want to find out more about studying Human Communication, you can visit the UCAS website (http://www.ucas.com/). This website also lists many other relevant university biology courses.

Professor Jannet Wright

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