Full Time (Top up)1yr
This course focuses on understanding and evaluating contemporary ideas regarding human communication and its disorders, from biological, psychological and social perspectives.
If you hold a diploma or foundation degree and wish to upgrade your qualifications, this top-up degree is an ideal route to a career in an area of communication science.
On this course you can:
On completing this course, you will be able to demonstrate a range of transferrable skills, including report writing, the ability to communicate and argue complex ideas orally and the ability evaluate data and the ideas of others objectively. Primarily this course is a route to professions related to speech and language therapy; however you will have a wide range of other potential career opportunities with the skills you gain from this course.
Here are some routes you can pursue:
I chose to study at Portsmouth because the degree gave me a good foundation to move forward with my future career path of becoming a Speech and Language Therapist.
May Hunter, BSc (Hons) Human Communication Science (Top up) Graduate
Find out what our students say about studying at Portsmouth, including:
You will approach the science of human communication from a range of perspectives including anatomy and physiology, cognitive, psychological and social sciences as well as delve into the evolution of communication and language. By the end of the course you will have the advanced skills to carry out your own investigations and will have competed a dissertation in an area of human communication that particularly interests you.
Core units in this year include:
We use the best and most current research and professional practice, alongside feedback from our students, to make sure course content is relevant to your future career or further studies.
Therefore, some course content may change over time to reflect changes in the discipline or industry and some optional units may not run every year. If a unit doesn’t run, we’ll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative unit.
We have integrated, stimulating and diverse teaching strategies which aim to develop transferrable academic skills through lectures, seminars, workshops, tutorials and online learning. There will also be an emphasis on scholarly and research skills as you investigate a range of perspectives on human communication.
Coursework is varied and aims to demonstrate your achievement of learning outcomes, including knowledge transfer and evidence based inquiry. Here’s how you will be assessed:
The skills and knowledge acquired on this course apply across a variety of fields in health, social care and education in both public sector, private sector and charitable employment. It gives a flavour of the opportunities available in order for you to decide the further education or career path you wish to follow once qualified.
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Our aim is to enhance your learning and experiences through the use of innovative technologies. You’ll practise profession-specific skills in a safe and supportive environment, as well as experience the types of clinical and informal healthcare situations that you’ll encounter in the workplace. The Centre is used to simulate real-life scenarios – a great way to prepare you for the real thing.
You will be taught by experts at the forefront of research and who are fully informed on developments within the areas of human and speech and language sciences. The course is also enriched by visiting speakers with applied and theoretical expertise in the field meaning that you will benefit from a stimulating programme of organised guest lectures.
Modern, comfortable and a great learning environment, our library offers a wealth of information including 400,000 books, DVDs, maps and thousands of online ejournals and newspapers. Many electronic resources are available anywhere, 24/7 and our friendly staff are always on hand to help.
There are extra costs associated with studying, which you will need to consider when planning your expenditure.
If you wish to purchase recommended texts, rather than borrow from the University Library, the average price is £50-£60. You may be studying up to 6 units a year, each with a standard recommended text.
We recommend that you budget £75 a year for costs of photocopying, memory sticks, DVDs and CDs, printing charges, binding and specialist printing.
Final year project:
If your final year includes a major project, there could be cost for transport or accommodation related to your research activities. The amount will depend on the project you choose to develop.
This course is particularly relevant if you have an interest in eventually qualifying as a speech and language therapist or as a professional in a related field, such as teaching and psychology. However, with the transferable skills this course embeds, you could also consider numerous other related employment opportunities including human resources, marketing, media and public relations.
To make sure you take the right steps on your career path, we’re here to give you help, support and advice throughout your study. Even after you’ve graduated, we continue to give you support for up to five years.
Employers tell us that they want graduates to be able to demonstrate certain skills when they come out of university. Our courses take account of this. We make sure we prepare you for employment through work-related learning, projects, placements and working in simulated environments that are designed to prepare you for the working world.
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To apply, you'll need this course's UCAS code, which is at the top of this page, and the University of Portsmouth institution code – P80.
After you apply, we'll invite you to an Applicant Experience Day where you’ll get to speak to lecturers and meet your future classmates.
Come to an Open Day and explore our course facilities, tour the campus and have a look around our halls of residence.
When you accept an offer to study at the University of Portsmouth, you also agree to our terms and conditions as well as the University’s policies, rules and regulations. You should read and consider these before you apply.