• An SLT apprentice will need to take a degree or a masters as part of their apprenticeship.
  • An SLT apprentice will not need to pay tuition fees.


The RCSLT is actively supporting the development of apprenticeships, as they relate to speech and language therapy. Read our position statement.

Latest news

The trailblazer group is delighted that the speech and language therapy degree apprenticeship standard and the end point assessment (EPA) have been approved. It is available here. The group drafted the degree standard so it is consistent with, and has as a basis, the new RCSLT curriculum guidance. It sets out the knowledge, skills and behaviour required of a newly qualified SLT. 

During October and November 2018 there was a public consultation on it. Skills for Health received nearly 600 replies from a wide range of individuals and organisations.

Please see our FAQ document for answers to your frequently asked questions.

Please also take a look at our flyers for employers and potential apprentices

Further information for employers and universities

RCSLT will be drafting supporting guidance for employers and universities.  

In the meantime read more information on apprenticeship requirements from the Government:

Further information for potential apprentices

Although the apprenticeship standard is now approved, potential employers of apprentices and universities now need to work together to develop the apprenticeship courses and these will need to be approved by the HCPC and accredited by RCSLT. It is likely to be 2021 when the first apprenticeships will be available. We will keep updating here with the latest progress so please do check back regularly. In the meantime, here are some FAQs about the apprenticeship