MSc Speech and Language Therapy (pre-registration) | AECC University College

Course - Postgraduate

MSc Speech and Language Therapy (pre-registration)


Fast-track into a rewarding career as a speech and language therapist helping people to enjoy a greater quality of life.

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Course Title MSc Speech and Language Therapy (pre-registration)
Qualification MSc
Study Mode Full-time
Typical Offer 2:2 degree in a relevant subject.
Accreditation Health and Care professional Council (HCPC) approved & Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists accredited
Duration 2 years
Start Date January Start
Validation This course is validated


This pre-registration course aims to develop highly skilled, evidence-based therapists, and graduates are able to register with the HCPC council as practitioner Speech and Language Therapists.

You’ll be taught how to diagnose communication and swallowing problems in babies, children and adults, and design and deliver life-improving treatment plans for those with conditions including autism, cleft palate, hearing impairment, stammering and stroke. You’ll also learn to build successful relationships with patients, understanding the mental health challenges they may be experiencing, and put these skills into practice during placements.

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Course Details

We utilise a diverse range of delivery approaches including:

  • seminars
  • workshops
  • practice sessions
  • manual skills and practice labs
  • placement opportunities
  • peer and expert observations
  • online learning
  • practical laboratory sessions

Teaching uses a blended approach of both online delivery and on-campus face-to-face sessions (seminars, workshops, tutorials etc.)

Indicative study time:

This is a full time course which includes:

  • 10-12hrs per week on-campus face-to-face taught sessions
  • 10-12hrs per week directed study
  • 10-12hrs per week independent study

There are three mandatory clinical placements as part of the course, these are:

  • Six week block placements
  • Four days a week (with one day for independent study or attendance at tutorials)
  • One placement within the first year of study (summer)
  • Two placements within the second year of study (spring and summer)

Assessments are conducted though a range of contemporary approaches. Alongside more traditional dissertation and essay assessments students will also:

  • write blogs
  • produce short videos
  • engage with social media
  • write consultancy reports
  • engage in debates

For more information see our Course Specifications.

Career Prospects

  • Upon graduation, you will be eligible to apply for HCPC registration as a speech and language therapist.
  • You will have the expertise to excel working in a multidisciplinary team and be able to provide the best possible care for your clients/patients.
  • Graduates from the course will be distinctive in their ability to synthesize evidence from current practice and research to develop an in-depth critical knowledge and understanding of speech and language therapy.
  • Furthermore, you will be able to demonstrate a critical awareness of current issues within the provision of health and social care and will be capable of demonstrating leadership in both personal and professional development.

Why study Speech and Language Therapy at AECC University College?

We offer an innovative curriculum designed to meet the needs of aspiring Speech and Language Therapists. Our fantastic state-of-the-art healthcare education provision includes:

  • On-site clinics (including a developing on-site speech and language therapy service)
  • Imaging services
  • Treatment spaces
  • Pro-section laboratory

This, coupled with our expertise in training healthcare professionals, and our links with both NHS and private practice providers, offers a fantastic environment in which aspiring Speech and Language Therapists can train and develop.

At AECC UC we focus on contemporary, evidence-based and person-centred practice. By choosing to study with us you’ll benefit from our strong links with local clinicians and services in both the NHS and the private sector. The course is designed to prepare you for the ever-changing challenges of an evolving profession, not just by expanding your clinical skills but also by developing your leadership and service transformation skills.


Unit Breakdown

Core units


Core units

  • Professional Practice in Speech and Language Therapy
  • Human Science for Speech and Language Therapists
  • Paediatric Speech and Language Therapy
  • Adult Speech and Language Therapy
  • Advanced Conditions and Disorders
  • Research Methods in Health Science
  • Mental Health
  • Advanced Skills in Speech and Language Therapy
  • Speech and Language Therapy Dissertation
Placement Units


  • Placement 1
  • Placement 2


Course Leader

Lucie Rochfort

Course Leader and Lecturer for MSc Speech and Language Therapy (pre-registation)

Lucie qualified as a Speech and Language Therapist in 2004 and worked in the NHS in Dorset up until joining AECC University College. She has been a highly specialist speech and language therapist and a service manager for the Dietetics, Speech and Language Therapy and Neurotherapy Teams at Poole Hospital. Having supported students within her clinical role, opportunities for guest lecturing and teaching within Clinical Excellence Networks Lucie developed a passion for facilitating the learning of others.

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Entry Requirements

What qualifications do I need?

What qualifications do I need?

A minimum of a 2:2 (Hons) degree in a relevant subject. Examples of relevant subjects include psychology, language, linguistics, biological science, medical science and childhood or education studies.

Alternatively, have significant recent relevant work experience (e.g., working as a Speech and Language therapy assistant).

Is there anything else that is required?
Is there anything else that is required?

Please note: You are required to have an occupational health screening prior to commencement on the course

If you live in the UK, we’ll need a satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service (Enhanced DBS) check. It’s standard for all UK students and we’ll be there to guide you through the process once you’ve applied.

To gain a place on the course applicants must also successfully undergo an interview process. More information about this process will be provided if/when applicants are invited to the interview stage.

International Students

International Students

International students will be required to pay a non-refundable £1,000 tuition fee deposit to secure their place on the course. These deposits will need to be paid by November 30th 2023 and more details will be provided in your offer email.

Please note to be accepted onto this course; you will also need to demonstrate that you meet the minimum standards of English. For this course, The HCPC Standards of Proficiency for SLTs for entry to the profession state that SLTs must: ‘Be able to communicate in English to the standard equivalent to level 8 of the International English Language Testing System, with no element below 7.5’ applicants are required to achieve the equivalent of an IELTS (academic) score of 8.0 or above with no less than 7.5 in each section.

For more information on permission to study in the UK, please see Visas and Immigration .

For more information about our admissions policies and procedures, including our Admissions Complaints and Appeals Policy, see latest policies.


How to Apply

How to Apply

Applications for this course are now open.

The application deadline for this course is 30 September 2024.

Please note: Applications may close before the expected deadline if places are filled.

To register your interest for the course or ask any questions about AECC University College, please complete the form at the bottom of the page.

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Course Fees

Our current course costs for the MSc Speech and Language Therapy (pre-registration) course are per annum and are shown below. 

UK/ROI/ Channel Islands

£9,250 per annum


£18,375 per annum

Please note that these fees are for the 2024-25 academic year only and may be subject to increase in subsequent years of study. Any increase will be in line with our Tuition Fees Policy but will not be more than 5%.

Note: For students to be eligible for funding from Student Finance England, they must be studying on an eligible course at a provider registered with the Office for Students (OfS). AECC University College is registered with the Ofs. You can view the register and search for our name.

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For more information about our admissions policies and procedures, including our Admissions Complaints and Appeals Policy, see latest policies.

Visit our student finance pages for more information on Fees and funding.

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Why choose AECC University College

There are many benefits to studying at AECC University College, from our expertise and history in teaching health sciences, to our state-of-the-art facilities, on-site clinical training, and of course our location on the beautiful Bournemouth coast.

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