Speech and language therapists diagnose, advise and provide life-changing treatment, support and care for children and adults who have difficulties with communication, eating, drinking and swallowing. They will assess a person's ability to communicate using various methods and provide therapy to help them improve as well as suggestions for alternative forms of communication such as devices and apps.
They normally work in health centres, hospitals, clinics, schools, independent practices and patients' homes.
You can get into this role by taking a degree or a degree level apprenticeship.
You will need a degree that is approved by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).
To get onto a speech and language therapy degree course you will usually need:
- Two or three A levels or equivalent
- along with Five GCSEs at grades 9-4 (A-C), including English language, maths and science
If you already hold a relevant first degree, you can apply for an accelerated postgraduate programme in speech and language therapy. These courses usually last two years.
You could take a speech and language therapist degree apprenticeship.
You will usually need:
- 4 or 5 GCSE's at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C)
- 2 or 3 A Levels or equivalent
You will need to register with the Health and Care Professions Council
You will need to pass enhanced background checks
For some roles you may need a driving licence.
You can find out further information from:
Career Path and Progression
With experience you could specialise in different areas such as:
- Helping children with special educations needs
Or you could move into research and teaching.
- Sensitivity and understanding
- The ability to motivate and reassure people of all ages
- Good at problem solving
- Able to keep calm in stressful situations
- Able to work alone and part of a team
- Flexibility and open to change
- Good knowledge of the English language
£24,907 to £44,503 (NHS)