Bachelor of Science (Speech and Language Therapy)
College of Medicine, Nursing, & Health Sciences
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Speech and Language Therapy
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Studying Speech and Language Therapy
Speech and language therapists enable people with communication disorders and swallowing disorders to achieve their maximum potential. They are involved in assessing their clients’ communication and swallowing difficulties, and developing treatment programmes to meet their needs. They work closely with other members of the team, such as nurses, doctors, occupational therapists, physiotherapists, teachers, etc, and work in a variety of settings, including hospitals, primary care health centres and schools.
The Irish Association of Speech and Language Therapists (IASLT) require that those in training have a minimum of 450 hours clinical education, 300 of which must be with a speech and language therapist, and 150 clinically-related. In their first year, students visit preschools and centres for people with disabilities, and throughout the course, qualified speech and language therapists supervise the students in training during their work-placement.
Minimum Grade HC3 in two subjects and Passes in four other subjects at H or O Level in the Leaving Certificate including: Irish, English, another language, Mathematics, a laboratory science subject (i.e. Chemistry, Physics, Biology, Physics with Chemistry (joint) or Agricultural Science) and any other subject recognised for entry purposes.
Students must satisfy the Garda/Police vetting and Medical Clearance requirements.
Next start date: September 2014
Entry points(2013): range 520 - 575
A Level Grades (2013): A*A*BC (A-Level) or equivalent combination
Average intake: 25
- Psychology I
- Human Body Structure
- Human Body Function
- Practice Education I
- Professional Studies I
- Linguistics I
- Phonetics and Phonology
- Communication Impairments & Dysphagia I
- Psychology II
- Practice Education II
- Professional Studies II
- Research Methodology II
- Linguistics II
- Communication Impairments & Dysphagia II
- Psychology III
- Practice Education III
- Professional Studies III
- Research Methodology III
- Linguistics III
- Communication Impairments & Dysphagia III
- Practice Education IV
- Professional Studies IV
- Research Methodology IV
Graduates of the degree course will have a professional qualification and may work in a variety of settings such as:
- Community Clinics/Health Centres
- Day Centres
- Rehabilitation Centres
- Individuals' Homes
- Child Development Centres
- Mainstream and Special Schools
- Language Classes
Fees for this course
EU (Total): €8,092 p.a. 2014/15 (Inclusive of Levy & SCC)
- Tuition: €5,118 p.a. 2014/15
- Student contribution: €2,750 p.a. 2014/15
- Student levy: €224 p.a. 2014/15
Non-EU (Total): €13,750 p.a. 2014/15
- Tuition: may be paid by the Irish Government on your behalf if you qualify for free tuition fees see - free fee initiative.
- Student Contribution: €2,750 - payable by all students but may by paid by SUSI if you apply and are deemed eligible for a means tested SUSI grant.
- Student Levy: €224 - payable by all students and is not covered by SUSI.
Jenna O' Neill
BSc (Speech and Language Therapy)
"...This course really appealed to me due to the broad range of subject areas covered, taking in psychology, linguistics, anatomy and physiology. The best part of the course was the clinical placements which give you the opportunity to link what you are doing in the classroom to its practical application. It also provided great insight into the range of possible working environments, from hospitals to schools and community clinics. It is a challenging, enjoyable and rewarding course which leads on to a great career..."