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    I'm currently doing my alevels and i'm thinking of applying to study speech and language therapy at university. Obviously, it's a subject that I have no experience of and so any information about the course from students studying it at university currently would be much appreciated. Let me know if you're enjoying it, the bits you like and the parts you don't, what the application process was like, the kind of experiences at sixth form that prepared you for the course and the best places to do a speech and language therapy degree.
    Thank you in advance.
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    I'm a mature student returning to university this September to do a speech and language therapy degree. I obviously can't tell you anything about the course yet, but I've worked as a speech and language therapy assistant and I've been a support worker in a few different settings where SLTs work, so I can give you some tips about good preparatory experience.

    SLTs work with people who have communication and swallowing problems at all ages and stages of life, literally - some SLTs might work with newborn babies who have life-threatening problems with swallowing, while others might be working with older people who have just had a stroke or who have dementia. One of my friends is a specialist SLT for people who have cancers of the head and neck. When you apply for SLT it's good to show that you understand the breadth of the profession, as lots of people seem to assume that it's all about working with children. Try and get some volunteering experience that will bring you into contact into people who have communication and/or swallowing difficulties, and will help you to find out if this is the area of work for you. Headway, the Alzheimer's Society, Mencap, the National Autistic Society, local clubs for people who are deaf, carers' associations supporting the families of people with disabilities - these are all good places to start and you should be able to find some volunteering that interests you. Courses don't expect you to have had direct experience with a SLT, as shadowing often isn't possible due to confidentiality, but you need to have a realistic grasp of what the profession entails and whether you would be a good fit for it.

    Another thing I recommend is to try and do some coursework relevant to SLT as part of your A-levels, as this gives you something to talk about in your application. I my A2 English Language coursework on the non-verbal communication of a little boy with Specific Language Impairment. I was able to get permission from his school and his family to go into his class and observe him. So if you're doing English or psychology and you get some say in your coursework topic, try and make it relevant.

    As for the best places for SLT, all SLT courses provide you with professional accreditation, which means that they meet a standard set by the Health and Care Professions Council. In this sense they're all good. They just have their own different flavours and ethos - Sheffield is known for being quite medical in its approach, for example, while Reading is more linguistics-y. It's a question of choosing what's best for you and your learning style. One reason why I ended up choosing Manchester over MMU is that I liked their system of block placements. MMU has a mixture of blocks and day release, where you spend three or four days a week in uni and then one or two days out on your placement. Personally I would find it quite stressful to be studying and doing a placement at the same time, but other people might prefer it. You have to research each course and think about what would work well for you.
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    (Original post by MorganAmber)
    I'm currently doing my alevels and i'm thinking of applying to study speech and language therapy at university. Obviously, it's a subject that I have no experience of and so any information about the course from students studying it at university currently would be much appreciated. Let me know if you're enjoying it, the bits you like and the parts you don't, what the application process was like, the kind of experiences at sixth form that prepared you for the course and the best places to do a speech and language therapy degree.
    Thank you in advance.
    Hi.I have just finished my first year at BCU as a mature student. My experience of applying is quite different, as I had a lot of experience to draw on from my job. But while you are doing your A levels, try to get a range of experiences with children and adults (either through charities or by shadowing a SLT). All of the courses interview, but it is worth going to the Open Days as well to decide whether you like the University, the way they teach the content, how the placements are organised, etc. The courses all qualify you to the same specification, but they have different emphasis or arrange the placements into blocks of differing lengths. The choice of Uni for me was purely geographical, as I needed to stay at home because of commitments I have. If you are able to move away, take time to decide if you like the city as well as the Uni. I have enjoyed this year, but the practical elements and meeting service users have definitely been my highlights! The course is really heavy and it sometimes feels like you are drowning in assignments, prep work and reading... but the feeling of achievement at the end of the year is great! I have learnt so much this year and am already looking forward to starting my second year. I hope this helps!
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    (Original post by MorganAmber)
    I'm currently doing my alevels and i'm thinking of applying to study speech and language therapy at university. Obviously, it's a subject that I have no experience of and so any information about the course from students studying it at university currently would be much appreciated. Let me know if you're enjoying it, the bits you like and the parts you don't, what the application process was like, the kind of experiences at sixth form that prepared you for the course and the best places to do a speech and language therapy degree.
    Thank you in advance.
    Just finished second year at Strathclyde! Still really enjoying the course, found second year was very relevant to the job and I found learning about different disorders fascinating, especially neurology. Placement is by far the best and the most amazing learning experience, although I don't enjoy being on placement and going to lectures at the same time - it's very difficult to focus on all the different areas and you end up pretty tired - we had two days a week of placement and three of lectures. It's also really hard when your friends not on the course are still living the standard uni life of moaning about getting up at 9am and staying in the pub all evening, as it's very hard to keep up with this. Like the above poster has said, consider how you think you want placement to be structured.
    Application was pretty straight forward, most unis interview but not all, and really consider the place- being somewhere you like makes a huge difference.
    I actually did a gap year between school and uni and didn't decide until the end of 6th form on SLT. Things that really helped me though:
    - Getting lots of experience with children in general, really helped with learning developmental norms on paediatric placement
    - Studying a foreign language at A Level was invaluable for linguistics - not a must by any means, but would highly recommend if the opportunity is there
    - Reading several anecdotal books (diving bell and the butterfly, I also loved 'So many Everests' where her speech impediment actually had a positive impact at times)
    - Get used to applying your knowledge to real situations if that makes sense


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    Has anyone heard back from the universities that they applied to yet? I have got an interview from Birmingham City already, but I really cannot wait to hear back from my other choices (DMU is my absolute favourite choice).
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    Hi everyone,

    I'm a mature student planning to return to uni in 2017 to study Speech and Language pathology at Strathclyde. I've already got a degree, MA French from Glasgow Uni, so I'm hoping that will give me a good solid knowledge base for Linguistics/Sociolinguistics etc. I dare say speaking 4 languages will help but it's been a few years since I graduated so getting back into the swing of things may be interesting.

    Butterfly - can you tell me a bit about the SLT course at Strathclyde? What did you like the most about 1st year and how did you find the schedule that year? I have a 1 year old son so I will need to consider childcare etc. What was the interview process like, did it involve a presentation or a group interview? How do you find the lecturing staff, are they friendly, approachable, informal or formal? And what is the class and course size like? Can we expect small classes but lots of them or does the course in general have smaller numbers of students than others?

    I'm really looking forward to getting back into education and SLT is something I've wanted to do for a long time so *fingers crossed* I get a place this year. :-)
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    Hello all,

    I'm hoping someone can help me with more info on pre requisites for the MSc Speech & Language Therapy course. I understand it can be quite competitive and I'm trying to gauge the best way to get in. I already have a Bachelor's degree in Public Relations/Communications, so I have completed courses such as intercultural and interpersonal communication, however this has been from a business standpoint. I know that I'm lacking in certain areas such as biology, psychology, and linguistics. My question is: does anybody know of good courses in London (preferably in the evening) that are relevant to SLT? Any help/info would be much appreciated. I also speak Spanish fluently and I've been living in Germany so I have completed one level of beginner's German. I heard that knowledge of a foreign language can be very important when applying for SLT courses and in the career in general. Is this accurate?

    Thank you!
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    Hiya, I'm in the same position as you for 2017 entry to City University. Could I ask how you're finding the course so far? What would you say is the best way to prepare for the academic side of the course? I've been working within SEN for at least three years now with a plethora of experience ranging from teaching music to caring.I'm rather concerned about the academic side of it and whether or not I'll be able to keep up(!). Thanks
 
 
 
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