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I'm really interested in studying speech and language therapy at university and pursuing a career in it afterwards however I am finding myself very limited for choice due to location and entry requirements. I've looked at linguistic courses which say that speech and language therapy is a possible career path afterwards, does anyone have and information or advice for me on this, it would be greatly appreciated, thanks x
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I'm really interested in studying speech and language therapy at university and pursuing a career in it afterwards however I am finding myself very limited for choice due to location and entry requirements. I've looked at linguistic courses which say that speech and language therapy is a possible career path afterwards, does anyone have and information or advice for me on this, it would be greatly appreciated, thanks x
So I take it you do not wish to relocate very far?

Have you considered perhaps doing English and Linguistics as an undergrad, then doing a Speech and Language Therapy masters which is accredited? Could that not be an option for you?

It would be easier for you to go straight into a SLT degree rather than a Ling undergrad and then a masters.

But if you cannot get into the unis for whatever reason, then my only suggestion is perhaps just apply to five unis that have English and Linguistics. What I would do is see if you can get a hold of their modules they ran this year and see if they incorporate any speech and language stuff in their degree.

Also, some unis allow you to pick modules outside your degree, as long as it's not the polar opposite of your degree. Maybe check if this is a possibility to whichever unis you apply for for English/Linguistics.

Are there any joint degrees for Linguistics and Speech Therapy for example?

There's a few things to consider really.

What I would recommend you do due to your limitations, is apply for English and Linguistics (make sure the "English" is solely language based, not literature or communications) and make sure these uni offer similar courses for speech therapy. Some linguistics courses offer specialist module such as language disorders, psycholinguistics, language, memory and the brain, etc etc. Because that would give you a greater chance of applying for MA courses. I would also recommend you perhaps pick up a biology module in your first year if you could, cus I know my friend who did SLT at uni and a lot of her course was heavily dictated towards Ears, Nose and Throat medicine as well as neurology. Taking a biology module could provide you with a stepping stone when applying for an MA. And also when it comes to jobs, whereby you'd have to put relevant modules down.

Hopefully all this makes sense. I wish I did SLT at uni instead of literature!
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So I take it you do not wish to relocate very far?

Have you considered perhaps doing English and Linguistics as an undergrad, then doing a Speech and Language Therapy masters which is accredited? Could that not be an option for you?

It would be easier for you to go straight into a SLT degree rather than a Ling undergrad and then a masters.

But if you cannot get into the unis for whatever reason, then my only suggestion is perhaps just apply to five unis that have English and Linguistics. What I would do is see if you can get a hold of their modules they ran this year and see if they incorporate any speech and language stuff in their degree.

Also, some unis allow you to pick modules outside your degree, as long as it's not the polar opposite of your degree. Maybe check if this is a possibility to whichever unis you apply for for English/Linguistics.

Are there any joint degrees for Linguistics and Speech Therapy for example?

There's a few things to consider really.

What I would recommend you do due to your limitations, is apply for English and Linguistics (make sure the "English" is solely language based, not literature or communications) and make sure these uni offer similar courses for speech therapy. Some linguistics courses offer specialist module such as language disorders, psycholinguistics, language, memory and the brain, etc etc. Because that would give you a greater chance of applying for MA courses. I would also recommend you perhaps pick up a biology module in your first year if you could, cus I know my friend who did SLT at uni and a lot of her course was heavily dictated towards Ears, Nose and Throat medicine as well as neurology. Taking a biology module could provide you with a stepping stone when applying for an MA. And also when it comes to jobs, whereby you'd have to put relevant modules down.

Hopefully all this makes sense. I wish I did SLT at uni instead of literature!
Thank you this was really helpful and since first posting I have been looking in more detail at modules linguistic courses offer. I will take into account all of the things you said. Thanks again - Niamh x
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Linguistics is a huge part of my SLT degree; whilst a Masters is an option following a non-SLT degree, these are fiercely competitive and require a degree of relevant work experience/volunteering after your first undergraduate.
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