Language and speech therapists provide treatment and support for children and adults who have communication difficulties or have problems with eating, drinking or swallowing. This is treatment which can transform lives. They are professional workers in the health-related field and co-operate closely with parents, carers and other professionals such as teachers, nurses, occupational therapists and doctors.
This course will enable you to gain the necessary qualifications for this exciting profession. The course involves a combination of academic work and practical work. Developing the ability to apply theoretical knowledge to clinical observation and practice is an essential part of training as a speech and language therapist.
The curriculum is wide-ranging, with the following core elements included in the course:
- Biological sciences
- Speech and language pathology
In order to ensure that Welsh-speaking individuals who have communication difficulties can access treatment in Welsh, it is essential to attract students who can speak Welsh into the profession.
As the only course in Wales, Cardiff Metropolitan University offers innovative provision which ensures a range of Welsh-medium opportunities. The provision includes lectures, tutorials and practical sessions and pastoral support, in addition to the opportunity of completing a research project based on the Welsh language should you so wish. Clinical placements are an essential part of the course, and there will be a range of experiences in clinics, hospitals, schools and specialist centres across Wales. Students can complete periods of placement through the medium of Welsh when this is possible.
By studying parts of the course through the medium of Welsh, you will have an opportunity to develop the knowledge and skills necessary to work in Welsh as well as in English. This will ensure that graduates joining the profession can offer care of the highest quality by communicating in the language most suitable for the situation. There will be an opportunity to discuss factors which are important when undertaking clinical work with a bilingual population, together with what is different for a therapist working in Wales as compared with the rest of the UK. You will have a unique insight into other bilingual situations in the UK and many other countries, which forms part of the profession’s global landscape.