Programme Overview

Qualification
BSc (Hons)
Provider
Singapore Institute of Technology
Duration
4 years
Total credits
240
Application period
10 January to 19 March 2022
Next intake
Campus location
SIT@Dover

The Bachelor of Science with Honours in Speech and Language Therapy is a four-year, direct honours degree programme, developed with speech and language therapy practitioners from the public healthcare, community care, social services and private sectors.

The first Speech and Language Therapy undergraduate degree programme in Singapore has been carefully developed with senior speech and language therapy practitioners from the local public healthcare, community care, social services, and private sectors.

As the first undergraduate speech and language therapy degree programme in Singapore,  the programme serves to meet the national needs in preparing a new generation of highly-competent and market-ready speech and language therapists who will promote communication, feeding and swallowing health for people across the lifespan. The programme will seek accreditation from the Allied Health Professions Council, thus enabling graduates to practise as a professional speech and language therapists in Singapore.

Curriculum Highlights
  • Pre-school Communication Disorders
  • School-age Communication Disorders
  • Voice Sciences and Disorders 
  • Cognitive Neuroscience for Speech and Language Therapists
  • Dysphagia Management in Adults
  • Paediatric Feeding and Swallowing Disorders
  • 30-week Clinical Practice Education

Clinical Practice Education

All Speech and Language Therapy students need to undergo around 1200 hours of clinical practice education (CPE) across various clinical settings. Such clinical placements prepare students for the real-world clinical practice. Therefore, students get to apply theoretical and clinical knowledge and build up their confidence in clinical skills. Students need to pass all clinical placements to graduate from the programme and to be registered under the Allied Health Professions Council (AHPC).

Career Options

Graduates can be employed as speech and language therapists in a variety of settings, such as:

  • Child Development Centres
  • Special Schools 
  • Acute Hospitals
  • Community Hospitals
  • Intermediate and Long-Term Care Organisations including Nursing Homes and Rehabilitation Centres
  • Social Service Agencies 
  • Early Intervention Programme for Instant and Children Centres
  • Private Practice 

Programme Structure (AY2022/23)*

Module Title Credits
Anatomy and Physiology 1 6
Health Systems – Singapore’s Perspectives 6
Psychological and Sociological Perspectives for Health Sciences 6
Speech and Communication 1 12
Communication Development 12
Anatomy and Physiology for Human Communication and Swallowing 6
Communication Disorders in Children 1 6
Speech and Communication 2 6
Dysphagia Management in Adults 12
Communication Disorders in Children 2 6
Health Research Methods 6
Speech Disorders across the Lifespan 12
Fluency and Related Disorders 12
Introduction to Clinical Reasoning and Professional Issues in Speech Therapy 6
Complex Communication Disorders in Children 6
Honours Thesis Proposal 2
Acquired Cognitive-communication and Language Disorders 12
Voice Sciences and Disorders 12
Professional Issues and Contemporary Topics in Speech Therapy 6
Professionalism, Ethics and the Law 6
Augmentative and Alternative Communication 6
Paediatric Feeding and Swallowing Disorders 6
Global Health 3
Clinical Practice Education 1 6
Clinical Practice Education 2 6
Clinical Practice Education 3 6
Clinical Practice Education 4 6
Clinical Practice Education 5 6
Honours Thesis 16
Module Title Credits
Professional Issues and Management of Complex Cases in Speech Therapy 6
Module Title Credits
Digital Competency Essentials 2
Critical Thinking and Communicating 4
Introduction to Design Innovation 2
Interdisciplinary Design Innovation 4
Social Innovation Project 3

* The programme structure is subject to change without prior notice. SIT regularly reviews its curriculum to ensure that it remains industry-relevant and prepares our students for the evolving needs of industry.

Eligibility and Exemption

SIT selects candidates for this programme using an aptitude-based approach that considers passion and suitability for the profession, academic achievement and co-curricular involvement. Short-listed candidates will be invited for Multiple Mini Interviews, consisting of different stations which assess different important attributes such as communication skills.

Listed below are the relevant admission criteria:
 

    Obtained a good pass in two H2 subjects, with a good pass in H1/H2 Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics or Economics, and also offered General Paper or Knowledge & Inquiry in the same sitting while satisfying Mother Tongue requirements.

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    Note

    • Diplomas that are not listed may be considered on a case-by-case basis.
    • Module exemptions will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
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    Obtained a good pass in two HL subjects, with a good pass in SL/HL Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics or Economics; while satisfying Mother Tongue requirements.

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    NUS High School Diploma Prerequisites
    Obtained a good pass in two of the following subjects: Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics or Economics.

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    Mandatory English Requirement
    Applicants to the Speech and Language Therapy programme are required to fulfil ONE of the following English requirements by application closing:

    Qualification

    English Subject

    Minimum Grade Required

    GCE O Level

    English as First Language

    A2

    International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic Module)

    International English Language Testing System (IELTS)

    8.0 and no less than 7.5 for all components (Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking)

    TOEFL

    TOEFL

    110 marks for internet-based test

    OET

    OET

    3 grade As and 1 grade B

    Polytechnic Foundation Programme (PFP)

    English Modules

    A

    GCE A Level

    General Paper/Knowledge & Inquiry

    B

    International Baccalaureate (IB)

    SL ‘English A: Language & Literature’ OR
    SL ‘Literature & Performance’

    5

    NUS High School Diploma

    EL4101 or higher (EL5101, 6103) modules

    B

    Mandatory Second Language Requirement
    Applicants to the Speech and Language Therapy programme are required to fulfil ONE of the following second language requirements (Mother Tongue Chinese/Malay/Tamil or equivalent) by application closing:

    • GCE ‘A’ Levels: At least an E for H1 Mother Tongue/equivalent
    • GCE ‘O’ Levels: At least a C6 for Higher Mother Tongue/equivalent or a C5 for Mother Tongue/equivalent
    • IB: At least a grade 4 for MTLA: Literature/Language and Literature at HL/SL Level

    The Allied Health Professions Council (AHPC) mandates the minimum English language proficiency (ELP) requirements for the Allied Health programmes to enable our graduates to practise in the respective Allied Health professions.

    Applicants who hold a first degree from Singapore, Australia, Canada (except Quebec), New Zealand, Republic of Ireland, South Africa, United Kingdom, and the United States of America will be deemed to have fulfilled the stipulated English Language requirement for the programme.

    Please refer to the Mandatory Medical Clearance for additional requirements.

    Fees and Finances

      Subsidised fees per credit
      $155.00
      Total credit
      240
      Tuition fees: $37,200.00 for SG Citizens / $146,504.00 Non-subsidised fees.
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      Subsidised fees per credit
      $295.00
      Total credit
      240
      Tuition fees: $70,800.00 for Permanent Resident / $146,504.00 Non-subsidised fees.
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      Subsidised fees per credit
      $401.25
      Total credit
      240
      Tuition fees: $96,300.00 for International Student / $146,504.00 Non-subsidised fees.
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      • Tuition fees shown are the total cost for completion of studies, based on the minimum credits required to graduate.
      • Singapore Citizens and Permanent Residents fees are exclusive of GST and subsidised by the Ministry of Education.
      • International Students and Non-Subsidised fees are inclusive of 7% GST.

      Industry Advisory Committee

      The members of the Industry Advisory Committee for this programme are:

      Chairman
      Ms Susan Niam
      Chief Allied Health Officer, Office of the Director of Medical Services, Ministry of Health
      Member
      Dr Effie Chew
      Senior Consultant, Division of Neurology, National University Health System
      Member
      Mr Anjan Kumar Ghosh
      Director, Sector Manpower - Strategy & Leadership, National Council of Social Service
      Member
      Ms Paulin Koh
      Chief Nursing Officer, Office of the Director of Medical Services, Ministry of Health
      Member
      Ms Melissa Chua
      Head & Senior Principal Speech Therapist, Sengkang General Hospital
      Member
      Mr Michael Ong
      Group Director, Allied Health, National University Health System
      Member
      Ms Frances Hew Wee Kee
      Deputy Director, Head, Clinical Support
      Member
      Dr Lim Yen Peng
      Head and Senior Principal Dietitian, Nutrition and Dietetics Department Tan Tock Seng Hospital
      Member
      Assoc Prof Yong Keng Kwang
      Group Chief Nurse, National Healthcare Group
      Member
      Assoc Prof Lita Chew Sui Tjien
      Group Director, Group Allied Health, SingHealth
      Member
      Assoc Prof Ng Yee Sien
      Senior Consultant, SingHealth
      Member
      Mr Eric Ho Chun Keong
      Director (Acting), Allied Health. Deputy Director, Regional Health Office, Woodlands Health
      Member
      Ms Jessica Hooi
      Vice Principal, St. Andrew’s Autism School
      Member
      Mr Abhimanyau Pal
      Chief Executive Officer, SPD
      Ex-Officio
      Assoc Prof Tan Bhing Leet
      Director of Programmes, Health and Social Sciences, Singapore Institute of Technology