Speech and Language Therapy, PGDip

Speech and Language Therapy, PGDip

The content for this programme, which is offered by the University of Greenwich and Canterbury Christ Church University, is applied closely to the practice of speech and language therapy. The programme gives students a detailed understanding of the changes that occur and difficulties that can arise for the individual who seeks the help of a speech and language therapist.

Speech and language therapists work in hospital wards and outpatient departments, mainstream and special schools, day centres and clients' homes, and courtrooms, prisons and young offenders' institutions. Practice placements are organised to give experience of a number of these settings.

The programme aims to develop speech and language therapists who are autonomous, accountable practitioners, competent and confident to contribute their evidence-based profession-specific skills and knowledge in the delivery of health, education and social care for users of speech and language therapy services and their families.

The programme is structured to maximise opportunities for learning how to work in an interprofessional and multi-agency context and within a changing workforce. A wide range of assessments are used including written assessments, presentations and assessment of placement education.

Please note that there are no tuition fees payable as places are commissioned by the NHS. Eligible students can apply for a means tested bursary for the duration of the programme. For more information please see www.nhsbsa.nhs.uk

The aims of the programme are:

  • To acquire and satisfactorily demonstrate the necessary knowledge, skills and competencies to meet the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) Standards of Proficiency for Speech and Language Therapists, QAA benchmarks statements and to practise autonomously, interprofessionally, safely, competently and within the scope of practice, Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct of the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists (RCSLT)
  • To develop a range of clinical skills and the confidence to employ them in practice contexts appropriately
  • To develop and comprehensively demonstrate critical understanding of a range of communication and other disorders relevant to Speech and Language Therapy (SLT), and the holistic and interprofessional management of these.

Applications for speech and language therapy must be submitted before end of May of each year for consideration for the January intake of the following year


Family Care & Mental Health


Medway Campus


2 years full-time
January start

Entry requirements

Applicants should have:

An honours degree (normally 2.1 or above) preferably in a related subject such as education, health or psychology

PLUS a commitment to helping children and adults who have difficulties with communication or with eating, drinking and swallowing.

* It is essential that applicants have experience of paid or voluntary work in education, health or social care.

* Students who do not have English as their first language, must have an IELTS score of an average of 8, with no score less than 7.5.

* Places on this programme are subject to a Disclosure Barring Service check, occupational health screening and interview.


Students are assessed through case studies, essays, situational analysis, oral presentation, unseen papers, a portfolio and reflection.

Professional recognition

Graduates from this programme are eligible to register with the Health and Care Professions Council and become members of the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists.

Career options

Graduates can pursue careers as speech and language therapists.

Full time

Year 1

Students are required to study the following compulsory courses.

Year 2

Students are required to study the following compulsory courses.

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"It took me nearly three years to get on a speech and language therapy postgraduate programme. To finally succeed after all my efforts and sacrifices was such a personal accomplishment. Since starting the programme, I have learned so much about myself and challenged many of my attitudes and values – which has been both painful and enlightening. I truly believe the programme is the start of a life-changing experience as it has exposed me to such a variety of inspiring and motivational people.

Initially, I believed my heart was with working with children. However, I met an incredible man and his wife, and hearing about their experiences, particularly their journey with cancer and how it has affected their lives, challenged any preconceptions I had and marked a turning point in my life. It has not only transformed my outlook within the profession but has compelled me to keep an open mind.

Support came from a wonderful group of lecturers as well as my peers, who were from a multitude of backgrounds. This really pushed me to recognise and work on my strengths and weaknesses in order to become the best therapist I could possibly be.

Although this is a work in progress, I am in no doubt that I will continue to improve my skills through the programme's synthesis of placements (ranging from paediatric to adult learning disability), nurturing learning environments and self-directed study.

An aspect of the programme that I really appreciate is that it embraces your individuality. This is important as, alongside our knowledge and passion, it makes us accountable and autonomous practitioners. As a result, the programme gives you the tools to make the most of your unique and exceptional talents upon entering the speech and language therapy profession."

Lara Dalton
Speech and Language Therapy

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