Honours Degree of Bachelor of Speech Pathology New

Degree Type Honours Bachelor
Duration 4 years full-time
or part-time equiv.
SATAC Code 354234
CRICOS 0101680

Transform lives through the power of speech

Speech pathologists help us make use of arguably our most precious capability—language. By working with people to overcome physical and developmental challenges to verbal expression, they enable our deepest, most rewarding connections.

Talented speech pathologists are already highly sought-after, and demand is growing fast.

What will you do?

Our Bachelor of Speech Pathology (Honours) equips you to diagnose and treat the full range of speech and language problems, including stuttering, voice and swallowing difficulties.

With many of the courses taught by certified practicing speech pathologists, the degree places an emphasis on real-world experience. In over 840 hours of clinical based training, you'll have the opportunity to work with children and adults of all ages in public and private health, community, education and aged-care settings.

You’ll gain high-level knowledge and skills in:

  • head and neck anatomy and neurophysiology
  • speech and language development, linguistics and phonetics, motor speech and dysphagia
  • current public health and justice system topics
  • working with culturally and linguistically diverse populations, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and communities
  • evidence-based, client-centred care.

You’ll regularly access our purpose-built training facilities and state-of-the-art simulation suites—among Australasia’s most advanced. And you’ll benefit from collaborative learning with key complementary disciplines: dentistry, physiotherapy and occupational therapy.

From late third year, you’ll choose one of two streams—research* or industry—and undertake a major project. Research will hone your skills in developing new knowledge; industry focuses on integrating research into practice.

Where could it take you?

You’ll graduate eligible to pursue a wide range of career opportunities. You could help children with neurological disabilities or developmental delays connect with their peers by overcoming social communication challenges. You might help a stroke victim regain their ability to eat and communicate, or support a patient in end of life care. Perhaps you'll enable adults with acquired or traumatic brain injuries communicate with others or be part of a therapeutic team working towards achieving the person's goal of gaining employment.

The University of Adelaide is currently working with Speech Pathology Australia to achieve accreditation for the Bachelor of Speech Pathology (Honours).

*Entry into the research stream will be based on academic merit.

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    SATAC Code 354234
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    SATAC Code: 354234


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    CRICOS 0101680
    Intake February and July
    Selection Criteria
    English Language Requirements
    Australian Year 12 Successful completion of an Australian year 12 qualification with a minimum pass in an accepted English language subject
    English Tests accepted by the University of Adelaide
    IELTS Overall 7 Reading 7 Listening 7 Speaking 7 Writing 7
    TOEFL Overall 94 Reading 24 Listening 24 Speaking 23 Writing 27
    Pearsons Overall 65 Reading 65 Listening 65 Speaking 65 Writing 65
    C1 Advanced Overall 185 Reading 185 Listening 185 Speaking 185 Writing 185
    Qualifications that meet minimum English requirements A range of alternative qualifications may meet the University’s minimum English requirements
    Academic Entry Requirements
    Secondary School Qualifications Selection Rank (International) 90
    International Baccalaureate (IB) 34
    Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE) 22
    United Entrance Certificate (UEC) [Malaysia] 5
    General Certificate of Education (GCE) Advanced Level 12
    Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) 85
    British Columbia Certificate of Graduation (Canada) 6.0
    Alberta High School Diploma (Canada) 92
    ISC & CBSE [India] 90%
    ISBE [India] 95%
    SAT (in conjunction with American High School Diploma) 1410
    AP (in conjunction with American High School Diploma) 12
    Abitur 2.3
    Thailand Certificate of Secondary Education 3.5
    Bang Tot Nghiep Trung Hoc Pho Thong 9.0
    STPM or Matrikulasi 3.33
    Kuwait General School Secondary Certificate 83
    The University of Adelaide College Foundation Program 83
    Eynesbury Foundation Program 412
    ANU Foundation Studies 75
    Monash Foundation Year 78.5
    Trinity College Foundation Studies Program 83
    UNSW Foundation Year 8.0
    University of Sydney Foundation Studies Program 7.6
    Western Australia University Foundation Studies Program 72
    University of Queensland Foundation Studies Program 5.5
    Non-Go8 Foundation Score 83
    SMA3 (in conjunction with National Final Examination Certificate) Not accepted
    Tertiary Qualifications University of Adelaide GPA of 5.0 or equivalent
    Prerequisites
    International Qualifications SACE Stage 2 English plus one of the following subjects:
    • SACE Stage 2 Biology or,
    • SACE Stage 2 Chemistry or,
    • SACE Stage 2 Mathematical Methods or equivalent
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    Annual tuition fees International student place: $37,000

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  • Careers

    Career Readiness

    Qualified speech pathologists have a wide range of career options in metropolitan and rural settings. They work in public and private hospitals, schools, community health care centres, aged care, rehabilitation centres, paediatrics, private practice, education and research.

    The University of Adelaide Careers Service prepares, inspires and empowers students to achieve successful career transitions and connect with industry.

    Professional Accreditation

    The University of Adelaide is currently working with Speech Pathology Australia to achieve accreditation for the Bachelor of Speech Pathology (Honours).

    Potential careers

    Speech Therapist

  • Degree Structure

    The Bachelor of Speech Pathology (Honours) requires four years of full-time study, with no option for part-time study.

    In the first year of study you will be introduced to anatomy, physiology, public health and health research courses, with a focus on Speech Pathology principles.

    From the second year onwards, study is specific to the profession and will focus on establishing knowledge relating to typical communication development, linguistics, general psychology and advanced anatomical structures of the head and neck, while being introduced to the importance of client-centred care.

    The final two years of the program include the analysis of words, impact of swallowing difficulties, cultural diversity, consideration of clients who speak a language other than English, and the role of a speech pathologist. You will learn how to diagnose and treat speech and language problems, including stuttering, voice and swallowing difficulties caused by developmental delays or brain injuries.

    Clinical placement courses within the third and fourth year of the program provide you with an opportunity to apply learning in professional practice settings, under the supervision of qualified and registered clinical professionals.

    From late third year, you’ll choose one of two streams—research* or industry— and undertake a major project. Research will hone your skills in developing new knowledge; industry focuses on integrating research into practice.

    * Entry into the research stream will be based on academic merit.

    Assessment

    Assessment in the Bachelor of Speech Pathology (Honours) consists of formative and summative work including but not limited to; essays, case studies, tests, oral presentations, practical assignments, tutorial participation, structured clinical assessments and written examinations. Both face-to-face and online methodologies will be used.
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Last updated: Wednesday, 19 Feb 2020