Human Communication Science (Top-up) BSc (Hons)

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Mode of Study
1 year full-time (top-up)
Start Date
September 2018


Do you want a career helping people with speech or communication disorders, working in specialist education, or supporting people's rehabilitation from stroke or head injury? Do you already have a Foundation degree or diploma?

On this 1-year BSc Human Communication Science top-up course, you’ll build on your previous studies and examine human communication from biological, psychological and social perspectives. You’ll study contemporary ideas about human communication and its disorders.

After the course, you could continue your studies by doing a pre-registration speech and language therapy course, or work in areas such as teaching, health, education and social care.

What you'll experience

On this course, you’ll:

  • Benefit from the expertise of guest speakers, researchers and visiting lecturers who have experience of specialist areas of practice 
  • Use therapy resources such as voice assessment software and Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) technology
  • Develop transferable skills, such as the ability to debate complex ideas, evaluate data and objectively explore ideas

Work experience and career planning

To give you the best chance of securing a great job when you graduate, our Careers and Employability service can help you find relevant work experience during your course.

We can help you identify placements, internships and voluntary roles that will complement your studies.

Careers and opportunities

When you finish the course, you could continue your studies to become a registered speech and language therapist or work in areas such as the NHS, academy schools and private rehabilitation centres.

Previous graduates have gone on to work in roles in:

  • speech and language therapy
  • nursing
  • audiology
  • teaching
  • psychology
  • marketing
  • public relations

After you leave the University, you can get help, advice and support for up to 5 years from our Careers and Employability service as you advance in your career.

Entry requirements​

Entry requirements for this course may be more flexible during Clearing.
Entry Requirements

​Course costs

Tuition fees (2018 start)

UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students:

  • Full time: £9,250 (may be subject to annual increase)
  • Part time: £3,080 per year (may be subject to annual increase)

International students:

  • Full time: £14,000 (may be subject to annual increase)
  • Part time: £7,000 per year (may be subject to annual increase)

Additional course costs

These course-related costs aren’t included in the tuition fees. So you’ll need to budget for them when you plan your spending.

Additional costs

Our accommodation section shows your accommodation options and highlights how much it costs to live in Portsmouth.

You’ll study up to 6 units a year. You may have to read several recommended books or textbooks for each unit.

You can borrow most of these from the Library. If you buy these, they may cost up to £60 each.

We recommend that you budget £75 a year for photocopying, memory sticks, DVDs and CDs, printing charges, binding and specialist printing.

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.

​What you'll study

Each unit on this course is worth a certain number of credits. You need to study units worth a total of 120 credits. For example, 4 units worth 20 credits and 1 unit worth 40 credits.

Core units include:

  • Fundamental Ideas in Human Communication 
  • Applied Linguistics
  • Investigation and Enquiry 
  • Biology of the Mind
  • Dissertation

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.

Learning support

As well as support by faculty teaching staff and your personal tutor, you can use the University’s Academic Skills Unit (ASK).

ASK provides one-to-one support in areas such as:

  • academic writing
  • note taking
  • time management
  • critical thinking
  • presentation skills
  • referencing
  • working in groups
  • revision, memory and exam techniques


Teaching on this course includes:

  • lectures
  • seminars
  • workshops
  • tutorials
  • online learning

How you'll spend your time

Each academic year is divided into 2 teaching blocks and an assessment period:

  • Autumn teaching block – September to December
  • Spring teaching block – January to Easter
  • Assessment period – Easter to June

Most teaching takes place during the day, Monday to Friday. There's no teaching on Wednesday afternoons. You may occasionally need to go to University and course events in the evenings and at weekends.

How you're assessed​

You'll be assessed by:

  • oral and poster presentations
  • group project work
  • written reports
  • a thesis


Admissions terms and conditions

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.

How to apply from outside the UK

If you're from outside of the UK, you can apply for this course through UCAS (see the 'How to apply' section above for details). You can also apply directly to us or you can get an agent to help with your application. Check your country page for details of agents in your region.

To find out what to include in your application, head to the how to apply page of our international students section. 

How to apply

Want to start this course this year?

There are still a few places available. To discuss your options and secure your place, give us a call on (+44) 23-9284-8090 or ask us to call you back.

Want to start this course in 2019?

To start in 2019 you need to apply through UCAS. You can start your application now and submit it from 5 September. You’ll need:

  • the UCAS course code – C852
  • our institution code – P80

Not quite ready to apply?

Come to an Open Day to explore our course facilities, tour the campus and have a look around our halls of residence.

If you’re new to the application process, read our guide on applying for an undergraduate course.

Contact information
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  • +44 (0) 23 9284 5566

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