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Hi. I am thinking of applying for speech and language therapy for September 2020. I have been working in a hospital for 3years and used to volunteer in a day centre for the elderly prior to that. I have had limited experience working with children and have had no work experience with a SLT. I am aware SLT is competitive to get into. Does anyone think this will be enough experience to get an interview?
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Are you applying as a mature student? If so, try and show as much interest in the subject as possible and definitely talk about your work experience and how it relates to the course during your personal statement. You’ve got transferable skills from your work that can apply to SLT. Experience with patients, communication, experience with hard of hearing people, etc.
What grades did you get at GCSE/A Level? This may also factor in depending on how old you are, but show you’re interested and dedicated to SLT and you should get an interview.
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Are you applying as a mature student? If so, try and show as much interest in the subject as possible and definitely talk about your work experience and how it relates to the course during your personal statement. You’ve got transferable skills from your work that can apply to SLT. Experience with patients, communication, experience with hard of hearing people, etc.
What grades did you get at GCSE/A Level? This may also factor in depending on how old you are, but show you’re interested and dedicated to SLT and you should get an interview.
Thank you. Yes I am applying as a mature student. I am currently re doing my maths gcse but apart from that I am ok for everything else. Are you currently studying SLT. If so where are you studying and how are the interviews?
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Hi. I am thinking of applying for speech and language therapy for September 2020. I have been working in a hospital for 3years and used to volunteer in a day centre for the elderly prior to that. I have had limited experience working with children and have had no work experience with a SLT. I am aware SLT is competitive to get into. Does anyone think this will be enough experience to get an interview?
I graduated way back in 2014, but even then, many of my cohort had zero SLT experience before starting the course. The main thing is getting relevant work experience: with children, the elderly, people with dementia or brain injury, people with learning disabilities etc., as these will be your most likely client groups.
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I graduated way back in 2014, but even then, many of my cohort had zero SLT experience before starting the course. The main thing is getting relevant work experience: with children, the elderly, people with dementia or brain injury, people with learning disabilities etc., as these will be your most likely client groups.
Thank you. That’s good to know. I work in a hospital mainly dealing with adults. I come across many of these different groups. But day centre I used to volunteer at a lot of the people there did have dementia.

What university did you to go to. Can you remember wheat the interview process was like?
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Thank you. That’s good to know. I work in a hospital mainly dealing with adults. I come across many of these different groups. But day centre I used to volunteer at a lot of the people there did have dementia.

What university did you to go to. Can you remember wheat the interview process was like?
I went to Marjon (or Plymouth Marjon University as it's now called). I was never interviewed, as when I applied to Marjon, you were simply either accepted or rejected. I believe now the process is different due to the high drop-out rate when I studied there.
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I went to Marjon (or Plymouth Marjon University as it's now called). I was never interviewed, as when I applied to Marjon, you were simply either accepted or rejected. I believe now the process is different due to the high drop-out rate when I studied there.
Ok. Do you think my experience will be ok to get an interview? I am thinking of applying to Birmingham and de Montfort
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Ok. Do you think my experience will be ok to get an interview? I am thinking of applying to Birmingham and de Montfort
If you are looking at applying for the undergraduate level course, then yes it would be. I don't know what other qualifications you have (i.e. A levels or equivalent), but I feel that your experience is definitely relevant enough.
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I went to Marjon (or Plymouth Marjon University as it's now called). I was never interviewed, as when I applied to Marjon, you were simply either accepted or rejected. I believe now the process is different due to the high drop-out rate when I studied there.
Ok. Do you think my experience will be ok to get an interview? I am thinking of applying to Birmingham and de Montfort

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If you are looking at applying for the undergraduate level course, then yes it would be. I don't know what other qualifications you have (i.e. A levels or equivalent), but I feel that your experience is definitely relevant enough.
I have all my GCSE’s apart from maths which I am currently redoing. I have a BTEC in health and social care
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Hello Aoife1996,

I read your message in regards to your interest in studying speech and language therapy. Good choice.
I can provide you some guidelines for your application.

Universities you're applying to:
A level subjects:
GCSE grades:

Which course?
https://sacu-student.com/?page_id=5203
https://university.which.co.uk/a-level-explorer

Which career?
https://www.prospects.ac.uk/job-match
https://www.prospects.ac.uk/careers-...with-my-degree

Career profiles
https://www.planitplus.net/JobProfiles?letter=A
https://www.myworldofwork.co.uk/my-c...s/job-profiles
https://nationalcareers.service.gov.uk/explore-careers


Hope this helps and do feel free to let us know how you get on.

Kind Regards,
Jon
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Hello Aoife1996,

I read your message in regards to your interest in studying speech and language therapy. Good choice.
I can provide you some guidelines for your application.

Universities you're applying to:
A level subjects:
GCSE grades:

Which course?
https://sacu-student.com/?page_id=5203
https://university.which.co.uk/a-level-explorer

Which career?
https://www.prospects.ac.uk/job-match
https://www.prospects.ac.uk/careers-...with-my-degree

Career profiles
https://www.planitplus.net/JobProfiles?letter=A
https://www.myworldofwork.co.uk/my-c...s/job-profiles
https://nationalcareers.service.gov.uk/explore-careers


Hope this helps and do feel free to let us know how you get on.

Kind Regards,
Jon
De Montfort University
Thank you. I have had a look through these they have been really helpful. Do you know my experience be enough to get an interview?

Many thanks
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Thank you. I have had a look through these they have been really helpful. Do you know my experience be enough to get an interview?

Many thanks
Hello,

That's no problem at all. Whether you have experience or qualifications in relation to the field or both, you should do fine.

Best of luck,
Jon
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Don't know how much it'll help but I'm currently doing speech and language therapy (at DMU coincidentally) and I had the reverse experience to you of having a lot of experience with children, but none with adults and it wasn't a problem at all. People on my course have all different levels of experience from people pretty much fresh out of A-levels to those who've worked in various situations before.

I'll be honest - there's a few bits about the uni that irritate me - but the staff in our department are fab (all very approachable and can't do enough to help you out if you're there wanting to learn and engage) and I love the course content - it's a very small course cohort so gets very tight-knit and everyone knows and looks out for everyone.
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Don't know how much it'll help but I'm currently doing speech and language therapy (at DMU coincidentally) and I had the reverse experience to you of having a lot of experience with children, but none with adults and it wasn't a problem at all. People on my course have all different levels of experience from people pretty much fresh out of A-levels to those who've worked in various situations before.

I'll be honest - there's a few bits about the uni that irritate me - but the staff in our department are fab (all very approachable and can't do enough to help you out if you're there wanting to learn and engage) and I love the course content - it's a very small course cohort so gets very tight-knit and everyone knows and looks out for everyone.
Hi. Thank you. For your reply. I was going to bust dmu on November 9th. It is good to hear you have given such a positive review of the course. How many places are there for the course and what do they look for in the interview?
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Hi. Thank you. For your reply. I was going to bust dmu on November 9th. It is good to hear you have given such a positive review of the course. How many places are there for the course and what do they look for in the interview?
Off the top of my head (I’ve not had a coffee yet so not making much sense) there’s about 30-35 in our year group and it seems to be around that figure for the other years as well (I only know because they assigned us 2nd year buddies and 3rd year mentors and there was some doubling up with bigger cohorts than others). Seemed to be fairly flexible though - I was a late applicant and got an interview and when I thanked them for considering me late I got told they were always open for interviewing good candidates!

As for the interview - I didn’t do the formal interview days (late application) but it was very much looking for potential and asking what you’d done to get to where you were so far rather than expecting anything marvellous out of the box in terms of experience. Mine was very low key as they did it on Skype to save me trekking down to Leicester as well.

The support is really good from the course staff and tutors - I have some personal issues going on with my kids at the moment and they’ve been really supportive and keen to offer any help needed to keep me going on things - joys of the small cohort I think!
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