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How to become a Speech and Language Therapist?

A career as a Speech and Language Therapist can be as diverse as fulfilling. Working with people of all ages, Speech and Language Therapists have a huge impact on their patient’s lives by helping theme overcoming their communication and swallowing difficulties.

Being a Speech and Language Therapist requires excellent communication skills, a good dose of empathy and a knack for problem solving. The studies would cover a wide range of topic including science, education, languages, linguistics and medicine.

Speech and Language Therapist is a protected title
Speech and Language Therapist is a protected title

Which diploma is required?

In the UK, Speech and Language Therapist is a protected title. Hence, all Speech and Language Therapists must complete a registered, accredited degree-level course. There are currently 19 universities offering accredited speech and language courses across the UK. You’ll find the full list at the end of this blog post.

How long does it take?

University-based degree level courses can be completed at either undergraduate (BSc hons) level, which take between 3 to 4 years to complete. To get on to a speech and language therapy degree course you usually need two or three A levels, along with five GCSEs (grade A-C), including English language, maths and science.

If you already hold a relevant first degree, you can apply for an accelerated postgraduate programme in speech and language therapy. These courses usually last two years.

These programmes are approved by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and accredited by the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapy (RCSLT).

Should I register with the HCPC?

Once your diploma under your belt, you must register with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) to practice as an SLT in the UK and to use the protected title. Once registered as a practitioner, you’ll be required to retain your name on the register by keeping your knowledge and skills up to date and paying an annual retention fee.

19 universities offer accredited speech and language courses across the UK
19 universities offer accredited speech and language courses across the UK

If you’re curious and want to learn more, you can always reach out to our global community of speech and language therapist on the Noala forum.

List of universities offering accredited speech and language courses across the UK

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