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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 clients’ communication and swallowing difficulties, and developing treatment programmes to meet their specific 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 Bachelor of Science Speech and Language Therapy programme is accredited by both the Irish Association of Speech and Language Therapists (IASLT) (professional body) and CORU (regulatory body).
Our mission statement is: “To prepare speech and language therapists in training to become competent clinicians and independent lifelong learners, by providing a supportive learning environment to explore relevant theory and apply it to clinical practice, with an emphasis on lived experiences and evidence.”
Our curriculum is spiral in nature, which means that we revisit topics and themes throughout the programme to deepen students’ knowledge and skills. There is a clear, transparent, pathway to facilitate the development of competencies across the four years.
Students must undertake clinical placements, under the supervision of qualified speech and language therapists, in a range of settings to develop clinical competencies. We also have a purpose-built speech and language therapy on-site clinic on campus. This clinic is a unique collaboration between University of Galway, the health services, and Voices for Down syndrome Galway. Students undertake some of their clinical placements in this facility. The on-site clinic has the dual function of delivering high quality services to the public while at the same time providing a supportive learning environment for SLTs in training.
We use innovative and creative teaching, learning, and assessment methods to facilitate students to link theory with practice the curriculum is delivered by a dynamic reflective team that is committed to excellence.
Applications and Selections
Who Teaches this Course
Requirements and Assessment
Minimum Grade H5 in two subjects and passes in four other subjects at O6/H7 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.
Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)
Next start date
A Level Grades (2023)
QQI/FET FETAC Entry Routes
Mode of study
- 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
Curriculum InformationCurriculum information relates to the current academic year (in most cases).
Course and module offerings and details may be subject to change.
Glossary of Terms
- You must earn a defined number of credits (aka ECTS) to complete each year of your course. You do this by taking all of its required modules as well as the correct number of optional modules to obtain that year's total number of credits.
- An examinable portion of a subject or course, for which you attend lectures and/or tutorials and carry out assignments. E.g. Algebra and Calculus could be modules within the subject Mathematics. Each module has a unique module code eg. MA140.
- Some courses allow you to choose subjects, where related modules are grouped together. Subjects have their own required number of credits, so you must take all that subject's required modules and may also need to obtain the remainder of the subject's total credits by choosing from its available optional modules.
- A module you may choose to study.
- A module that you must study if you choose this course (or subject).
- Required Core Subject
- A subject you must study because it's integral to that course.
- Most courses have 2 semesters (aka terms) per year, so a three-year course will have six semesters in total. For clarity, this page will refer to the first semester of year 2 as 'Semester 3'.
Year 1 (60 Credits)Required SL128: Communication Impairments & Dysphagia 1 - 5 Credits - Semester 1
Required SL122: Phonetics & Phonology - 15 Credits - Semester 1
Required SI317: Human Body Function - 10 Credits - Semester 1
Required AN240: Human Body Structure - 5 Credits - Semester 1
Required SL124: Professional Studies 1 - 5 Credits - Semester 1
Required SL126: Linguistics 1 - 5 Credits - Semester 1
Required SL125: Practice Education 1 - 5 Credits - Semester 1
Required PS1101: Developmental Psychology - 5 Credits - Semester 2
Required PS118: Introduction to Psychology - 5 Credits - Semester 2
Year 2 (60 Credits)Required SI209: Neurophysiology - 5 Credits - Semester 3
Required PS159: Psychology 2: Health & Social Psychology - 5 Credits - Semester 3
Required AN208: Neuroanatomy - 10 Credits - Semester 3
Required SL225: Communication Impairments & Dysphagia 2 - 10 Credits - Semester 3
Required SL222: Professional Studies 2 - 10 Credits - Semester 3
Required SL223: Linguistics 2 - 5 Credits - Semester 3
Required PS160: Research Methodology 2 - 5 Credits - Semester 4
Required SL221: Practice Education 2 - 10 Credits - Semester 3
Year 3 (60 Credits)Required SL321: Psychology 3 - 5 Credits - Semester 5
Required SL327: Communication Impairments & Dysphagia 3 - 15 Credits - Semester 5
Required SL323: Research Methodology 3 - 5 Credits - Semester 5
Required SL324: Practice Education 3 - 15 Credits - Semester 5
Required SL325: Linguistics 3 - 5 Credits - Semester 6
Required SL322: Professional Studies 3 - 15 Credits - Semester 5
Why Choose This Course?
Speech and language therapy graduates will be in a position to work in a range of settings with adults and children with a range of speech, language, communication and swallowing needs. For example, graduates may work in the following settings:
- Primary care clinics/health Centres
- Day Centres
- Rehabilitation Centres
- Child and adolescent mental health services
- Individuals' Homes
- Child Development Centres
- Mainstream and Special Schools
- Language Classes
- Voluntary agencies
Who’s Suited to This Course
Transferable Skills Employers Value
Practice education begins in first year, when students visit pre-schools and centres for people with disabilities. Throughout the course, there is a combination of one-day weekly placements in the on-site clinic and block placements in the community where students are given the opportunity to learn under the supervision of a qualified speech and language therapist. The Irish Association of Speech and Language Therapists (IASLT) requires that speech and language therapists in training undertake a minimum of 450 hours clinical education, 300 of which must be with a speech and language therapist and 150 of which can be clinically related.
Related Student Organisations
Fees: Student Contribution
Fees: Student levy
Fees: Non EU
Occupational Health Service
In year on students are required to pay a €200 fee towards a subsidised Occupational Health Service provided to students of the College of Medicine, Nursing & Health Sciences in compliance with all relevant legislation and standards.
EU Fees are comprised of Tuition + Student Levy €140 - payable by all students and is not covered by SUSI. Further detail here.
What Our Students Say
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.