Speech & Language CPD / Course details

Year of entry: 2022

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Course description

Our distance learning CPD units are ideally suited for speech and language therapists wishing to further their knowledge of in a specialist field.

You should have evidence of higher education study or already be working in the field of speech and language therapy.

If you are a health professional and you are working with one of our specialist populations (such as nurses working with adults with acquired dysphagia), you may be eligible to take one of our courses. Please contact the postgraduate tutor by emailing  pgtaught.slt@manchester.ac.uk if you are unsure whether you are eligible to apply.

Please note that our courses are intended for individuals who already have an appropriate professional qualification and do not enable you to register as a speech and language therapist in the UK.

Detailed unit information can be found further down this page. Please contact us for more information on each course.

Special features

Expert teaching

This course is led by members of the Division of Human Communication Development and Hearing. Course tutors are all clinical experts with a strong record of publications and teaching expertise.

Teaching and learning

Many of the staff involved with our courses are actively involved in research (either scientific or pedagogical research).

Where possible, members of staff teach course units related to their research interests and are in a position to keep their teaching informed and up to date.

All the teaching staff are also clinically trained speech and language therapists or research psychologists with an interest in communication disorders.

Coursework and assessment

Each unit will involve both summative and formative assessment.

Formative assessment will take place throughout course, and successful completion of a written 3,000-word assignment concludes the course, awarding you 15 credits, where applicable.

You will receive written feedback within one month of the submission deadline. The assignment task will vary depending on the unit you choose.

Course unit details

All units carry 15 credits at master's level. Some are available for 0 credits, where there is no final summative assessment.

Please contact pgtaught.slt@manchester.ac.uk for details of non-credit bearing short courses.

On successful completion of each unit, students will be awarded a CPD certificate.

Working with Adults with Acquired Dysphagia (0 or 15-credit options, available Sept-Jan & Feb-July)

Dysphagia can be a challenging and satisfying clinical area to work in, often full of demands on time and effort. The clinical decision-making involved cuts straight to the core of our societal and personal values.

This unit is based on the RCLST dysphagia competencies (2014), where you progress from level A through to level C, meaning competent in the Clinical Swallow Examination or 'bedside' exam, with knowledge of when to refer to instrumental assessment and/or other professionals.

Although this framework has been superseded by the 2021 competencies, the content is relevant to qualified SLTs who wish to develop their skills in working with adults with acquired dysphagia.

You can systematically work through the theory required for competency in independent assessment and management of eating, drinking and swallowing difficulties. Some of your learning can be applied to your practice while supervised by an experienced SLT.

Practical tasks are set after online sessions and are directly applicable to the content in the online lessons and tasks. For example, when learning about the cranial nerves, your practical task will be to carry out and interpret oro-motor examinations with clients.

You'll receive support from your clinical supervisor(s) in your workplace. You can access the discussion board at any time to start a conversation with your academic tutors and peers.

You will check your progress through formative quizzes, and reflect on and evidence your journey to competency in a learning journal.

This unit offers distance learning at your own pace, with a tutor available when you need one, and is divided into 20 separate parts.

The unit is available as a credit-bearing unit (15 credits), assessed by a 3,000-word case study. You can also take this unit as a zero-credit option, gaining a Postgraduate Certificate of Completion.

The zero-credit version requires you to engage in discussion tasks and complete formative assessments at the end of each section.

You must be a qualified SLT or registered healthcare professional working with adults with acquired dysphagia, registered with HCPC (or your equivalent national body).

You must have access to a clinical supervisor (a registered SLT or other health professional) competent in assessing and managing dysphagia in adults in your workplace. They will oversee and evaluate the practical learning tasks required to gain competencies in eating, drinking and swallowing difficulties.

The unit does not cover paediatric dysphagia, adults with learning disabilities and dysphagia or other highly specialist areas of practice, for example, tracheostomy.

New Horizons in Aphasiology (15 credits, available Sept-Jan)

This unit covers current clinical and theoretical treatment approaches in aphasiology for SLTs and other health professionals.

You will explore current main theoretical and clinical issues in two of a choice of three specialist areas: language recovery in the brain; connectionist modelling and aphasia therapy; and sentence and discourse therapy in aphasia.

You will focus on clinical assessment and the practicalities of treatment, with scope for consideration of your own clinical data or case studies.

Working with Bilingual Children and Their Families (15 credits, available Feb-July)

This course is for SLTs or those from related professions working with bilingual children with speech and language difficulties and their families.

You will develop the clinical and professional knowledge and skills required to deliver an equitable service to this growing population.

You will explore a range of current main theoretical and clinical issues including bilingualism in the UK, working with interpreters, code-switching, and collecting speech and language samples in other languages using the International Phonetic Alphabet.

Evidence-based practice in Speech and Language Therapy (2 units)

These unique units cover evidence-based practice methodologies for SLTs and other health professionals. Part of each unit is tailored specifically to service-level evaluations in health, education and social care.

You can tailor learning to your own needs and to those of the services and populations you serve before exiting the course with the tools to evaluate your service.

There are two units for the credit-bearing route. These are taken as one unit for the non-credit bearing short course.

- The evidence-based practice process and critical appraisal (15 credits, available Sept-Jan & Feb-July)

The course covers topics such as the scope of evidence-based practice in SLT and evidence-based questions, and external evidence, assumptions and myths.

It also covers quantitative research methods and hierarchies and levels in evidence-based practice.

- Synthesis of evidence and service evaluation in SLT (15 credits, available Sept-Jan & Feb-July)

The course covers topics such as understanding interpreting outcome data, synthesising evidence, making recommendations from bodies of evidence, practice-based evidence and its role in clinical decision-making, and qualitative research.

Each course will be delivered online, including 150 hours of study within the Blackboard e-learning platform using audio and video presentations, and online learning tasks including quizzes, reflection tasks, discussion boards, videos, and reading materials.

You will be able to access the materials throughout the course and will have full access to the University library's online resources.

You will access learning materials and complete formative assignments at your own pace.

Course unit list

The course unit details given below are subject to change, and are the latest example of the curriculum available on this course of study.

TitleCodeCredit ratingMandatory/optional
Working with bilingual children and their families HCDI61432 15 Optional
New Horizons in Aphasiology HCDI61441 15 Optional
Evidence Based Practice & Service Evaluation in Speech & Language Therapy - Part A HCDI63541 15 Optional
Evidence Based Practice & Service Evaluation in Speech & Language Therapy Part B HCDI63542 15 Optional
Working with adults with acquired dysphagia HCDI63700 15 Optional
Working with adults with acquired dysphagia HCDI93620 0 Optional
Dementia: A Person Centred Approach NURS63570 15 Optional


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