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    Hi there,

    I wonder if anybody could help me, I am looking at studying a BA in Early Childhood on the Open University as of September 2016. I am currently working as a Teaching Assistant in a school so this degree is very relevant to the experience I have already. However, I am having doubts about following the degree with a PGCE, due to the increasingly ridiculous strain and pressure put on teachers currently. My parents are both teachers and I have seen the negative impact that this career can have on quality of life (although I fully appreciate it's value and importance). Therefore, having worked 1 to 1 with many SEN children with speech problems, I have become very interested in a career in Speech and Language Therapy. For various reasons I am unable to study this at undergraduate level, so I was wondering if I did persue a BA in Early Childhood Studies, what would then be the likelihood of getting onto a post grad course in SLT? I have a wealth of relevant experience (both from working in a school but also at a hospice and for the Stroke Assosiation), however worry that the Early Childhood degree would lack the science foundation needed for a SLT course.
    Any advice would be much appreciated! Would love to hear from past and present SLTs too!

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    Postgraduate courses in SLT are extremely competitive, far more so than undergraduate courses. Some of them are happy with any degree subject but others want something directly relevant - psychology, linguistics, biomedical science. Taking a first degree and then the MSc would be an expensive option, especially as SLT won't be funded after this year, and if you know for sure you want to be a SLT then I would look at the undergraduate course instead, even if that means waiting for a while.
 
 
 
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