BSc Speech and Language Therapy / Application and selection

Year of entry: 2024

How to apply

Apply through UCAS .

Advice to applicants

Everyone embarking upon a career as a healthcare professional should be aware of the  NHS Constitution , the principles and values of which are embedded in this course.

Personal statements

This is a critical part of your application process. We would recommend that you read the personal statement recommendations carefully and write your statement to address the following person specification explicitly.

We are keen to learn about you and you can of course tell us anything that you think is relevant, but you should not do so at the expense of meeting points on our criteria. You will have around 650 words so try to be concise. You might choose to present some information in bullet points (but, please, not all of it). Also think about using one example to address multiple points, eg, your work experience might have taught you something about clinical groups and your own ability to cope in certain situations.

Please refer to the full personal statement guidance.

How your application is considered

Applications are considered on the basis of the UCAS form.

Applicants whose personal statement is specific to another discipline

Because of the high volume of applications we receive, we will not consider those applicants who choose Speech and Language Therapy as a second option and whose personal statement is geared towards a different discipline.

Interview requirements

Face-to face interviews are not required for entry to the programme.

Returning to education

We welcome students who are returning to education after a period away from study. Returners typically make up a proportion of students on our course.

If you are returning to education, you should have completed some assessed study at level 3 in the five years prior to the start of the course.

Individual consideration is given to recent academic qualifications or other relevant experience. Preference will be given to applicants who have experience of health-related areas, especially in which there is some anatomy, physiology and/or psychology.

Find out more about life at Manchester as a mature student .

Overseas (non-UK) applicants

We welcome applications from overseas students.

Fitness to practise / health requirements

Health screening

The University of Manchester is mindful of the health of both its students and of the public, with whom healthcare students come into contact on placement. If your application is successful, we will require you to comply with a confidential health screening check as advised by the Department of Health to meet your offer conditions.

The health screening comprises completion of a detailed health questionnaire by the applicant and their General Practitioner and also a medical appointment with the University's Occupational Health Department, who will advise on any follow-up vaccination or other intervention which may be indicated.

See Higher Education Occupational Physicians/ Practitioners (HEOPS) Speech and Language Therapy (SALT) Students - Standards of medical fitness to train [PDF] for more information.

See the HCPC guide for more information.

Disclosure and Barring Service check

International applicants will need to submit an overseas police check and this will be included as a formal offer condition.

If your application is successful, we require you to comply with an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check.

In order to take a place on the course, you will be required to comply with an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check. If your application to the course is successful, your DBS will be organised by our admissions team, but if you would like to know more about the process please look at the government website.


Applications for deferred entry are considered equally to other applications up to the point of confirmation. Requests for deferred entry are granted on the discretion of admissions staff, and are normally granted for one year only. Some English Language test results, such as IELTS or TOEFL, are only valid for two years from the test date.

Policy for applicants who resit their qualifications

We will consider resit applications provided you have obtained a minimum of A-level grades BBC at the first attempt (or equivalent qualifications).


If you applied in the previous year and your application was not successful you may apply again. Your application will be considered against the standard course entry criteria for that year of entry.

In your new application you should demonstrate how your application has improved. We may draw upon all information from your previous applications or any previous registrations at the University as a student when assessing your suitability for your chosen course. If you are applying for a place for the same year of entry through UCAS Extra, you should provide additional evidence of your suitability for the course. If you are applying through clearing you are required to meet the clearing requirements. In both UCAS Extra and clearing the places will be subject to availability.


We will consider transfers, this is at the discretion of the Admissions Tutor and Programme Director and will take into account your qualifications and the units you have studied in your current degree.