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    Congrats on your confirmed offer. I recommend you just enjoy your summer - the hard work and reading will start soon enough. It's hard to give any real recommendations - the uni will let you have a full suggested reading list when you start but I guarantee you will only look at a handful of the suggested texts!
    (Original post by lisasmith2009)
    Hi i have been accepted to BCU for sept 2016. Should i be doing any reading before i get there and are there any books that you would recommend?


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    (Original post by AmyPilot)
    Congrats on your confirmed offer. I recommend you just enjoy your summer - the hard work and reading will start soon enough. It's hard to give any real recommendations - the uni will let you have a full suggested reading list when you start but I guarantee you will only look at a handful of the suggested texts!
    thanks for the response. I am really stressing about how long the days are going to be as i have a 5 year old at home. roughly what time did the lectures start and finish in the first year?
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    (Original post by lisasmith2009)
    Hi i have been accepted to BCU for sept 2016. Should i be doing any reading before i get there and are there any books that you would recommend?

    Lisa
    Hi Lisa. Ditto to Amy on your confirmed offer. By which I mean congratulations!

    Recommended reading really just depends on your background. If you don't have a biological background, there are a few books from the Very Short Introductions series I would recommend: the cell, the brain, and human anatomy and maybe psychology. They're nice, easy reads and aren't too technical. They're a good way of finding your way around the different layers of the body before they throw you in at the deep end with lead weights around your ankles!*

    One of the things on my course that I noticed they never really taught us in depth was grammar. I happened to know it from my own background in TEFL but it seems that they may expect you to know it without actually teaching you it. If you're rusty or just plain ignorant of grammar, something like Gwynn's Grammar is again, a nice, easy read. Certainly worth revising your nouns, verbs and adjectives etc. There's no small number of people starting any SLT course who just don't know these things, so it helps to dust that off. *

    A lot of the more complex texts don't make a huge amount of sense until you actually start the course so don't bother getting anything like that unless the university specifically tells you to do so.*

    Have a look at things like the IPA and maybe start getting familiar with it. Maybe also seek out a good dictionary which provides phonemic pronunciation too, but that's really just to indulge your desire to buy something! Online dictionaries do the job very well.*

    Broader reading is always good and your ability to access this is never greater than it is during your off-period, so to speak. Just read around your subject. If you've not read the Diving Bell and the Butterfly, do it now. You will probably be *so sick of SLT in a year's time you'll just want to read normal things again! *I personally don't like that one very much. I would recommend*Falling and Laughing: The Restoration of Edwin Collins over that. It's about a musician/music producer who had a stroke in his forties and he actually does make a significant recovery.*
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    I don't go to Birmingham so really can't say anything about their timetable - hopefully someone else will see this who does. I can assure you that there are plenty of people on my course who have a family and they cope ok. Good luck and try not to worry too much.
    (Original post by lisasmith2009)
    thanks for the response. I am really stressing about how long the days are going to be as i have a 5 year old at home. roughly what time did the lectures start and finish in the first year?
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    (Original post by lisasmith2009)
    thanks for the response. I am really stressing about how long the days are going to be as i have a 5 year old at home. roughly what time did the lectures start and finish in the first year?
    Hi Lisa,
    I will be in the first year at BCU next year with you (I am part time for the first two years, so it will be my second year) and I agree with Amy re the reading. The work will soon start and it's hard to say what to look at until you start the courses and know which areas you need to focus on.
    I will have send you a personal message about the timetable.
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    (Original post by lisasmith2009)
    Hi i have been accepted to BCU for sept 2016. Should i be doing any reading before i get there and are there any books that you would recommend?

    Lisa
    Hi LisaWell done on getting into BCU! I have just finished my first year there. It is a really intense course (I know they tell you this, but it really is...) so my advice would be to have a rest over the Summer. Any reading will depend on your background - a basic knowledge of the body systems is useful and an understanding of English grammar. Everything else is taught from a baseline of 'nothing' so it is easier to access. I found the phonetics really hard, especially at the beginning as it was so new to me but got there in the end.
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    (Original post by Dollydrop23)
    2017 application hopeful here so I hope its okay to intrude on the thread. I am a mature student applying for an access course this year. Can I ask you about the experience you have before you applied.

    I have a son with learning disabilities, ASD and a language delay so I have experience of 7 years of Speech Therapy, both NHS and private therapy, courses (such as More Than Words), lectures and talks as well as a lot of practical experience of therapy programmes. Do you think this will be enough?
    Sorry this is a late reply. I am also a mature student, who did Access and have just finished my first year. I had lots of experience with children from my career, but the Unis I visited advised me to get some experience with adults as well to support my application. I volunteered with the Stroke Association as a communication support assistant, but other charities also offer similar opportunities. I was able to fit this in with my Access course.Good luck with your application!
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    Hi, just wondered if anyone hoping to go to Sheffield this September to do speech science could advise whether a print out of your immunisation records with a stamp, but without a signature is satisfactory? I'm unable to get a GP or practise nurse to sign the sheet or fill in the actual immunisation form without a £33 fee. Therefore I'm hoping it isn't completely necessary!
    Thanks
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    You'll probably have to cough up. It's standard for GPs to charge for that service and everyone else on the course will most likely have paid it. I paid it. Twice, actually, given that i had a false start and needed it again. The grouch in me asks, what makes you so special?*

    Once it's done it's done, though. You then get transferred over to occupational health and the university oversees all your vaccinations and you don't have to pay for any of those. *
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    (Original post by oreosandwich)
    Hi, just wondered if anyone hoping to go to Sheffield this September to do speech science could advise whether a print out of your immunisation records with a stamp, but without a signature is satisfactory? I'm unable to get a GP or practise nurse to sign the sheet or fill in the actual immunisation form without a £33 fee. Therefore I'm hoping it isn't completely necessary!
    Thanks
    Have you mentioned to your GP that it's for university? At my practice they don't charge for things like this if they are needed for educational reasons. Otherwise I imagine you will need to pay unfortunately.
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    (Original post by giella)
    You'll probably have to cough up. It's standard for GPs to charge for that service and everyone else on the course will most likely have paid it. I paid it. Twice, actually, given that i had a false start and needed it again. The grouch in me asks, what makes you so special?*

    Once it's done it's done, though. You then get transferred over to occupational health and the university oversees all your vaccinations and you don't have to pay for any of those. *
    I have friends at other local doctors who recieved theirs free of charge, and with the £44 Dbs fee as well, it just starts to add up. Just feels painful giving away over £30 for someone's signature on a sheet of paper with all the information already on!
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    (Original post by RowanB)
    Have you mentioned to your GP that it's for university? At my practice they don't charge for things like this if they are needed for educational reasons. Otherwise I imagine you will need to pay unfortunately.
    I spoke to the receptionist who knew it was for university, however she said the signature would still cost which is a shame. Thanks anyway though
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    The DBS fee should be paid by the university.*
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    (Original post by giella)
    The DBS fee should be paid by the university.*
    Perhaps the uni will refund me then as i definitely paid the DBS fee myself. However I don't think there is any mention of that in any paper work I've received from the university. Thanks
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    (Original post by giella)
    The DBS fee should be paid by the university.*
    Not Sheffield. We paid for our DBS.
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    (Original post by oreosandwich)
    Perhaps the uni will refund me then as i definitely paid the DBS fee myself. However I don't think there is any mention of that in any paper work I've received from the university. Thanks
    No for Sheffield we definitely pay our own.
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    (Original post by RowanB)
    No for Sheffield we definitely pay our own.
    Yeah I thought so haha! Thanks
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    (Original post by giella)
    The DBS fee should be paid by the university.*
    At BCU you can claim the DBS fee back by filling in a form. You do need to collect this yourself and it wasn't well publicised.
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    (Original post by Jo-sie)
    Hi, I'm planning to apply for a 2016 start too. I'm a very mature student and trying to work things out re. Childcare which is a bit of a headache with no grandparents on hand to help.

    I've read a few things on here which seem to suggest it's possible to apply early. Is that something anyone else is planning to do?
    Hi

    I am a mature student and mum starting at Marjon on the SLT course this Sept and I wondered if you applied and did you get a place?

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    (Original post by mrsrev)
    At BCU you can claim the DBS fee back by filling in a form. You do need to collect this yourself and it wasn't well publicised.
    I didn't know that! Can you please tell me where to get the form from to claim it back? I even took my dbs into the uni myself and they didn't mention it, in fact we had to pay online via the university system.... It would be very nice to get it back 🙂
 
 
 
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