Honours Degree of Bachelor of Speech Pathology New
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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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
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
Fees and Scholarships
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Annual tuition feesCommonwealth-supported place
More information on Student Contribution Amounts.
Annual tuition fees International student place: $37,000
These scholarships, as well as many others funded by industry and non-profit organisations, are available to potential and currently enrolled students.
Career ReadinessQualified 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 AccreditationThe University of Adelaide is currently working with Speech Pathology Australia to achieve accreditation for the Bachelor of Speech Pathology (Honours).
Degree StructureThe 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.
AssessmentAssessment 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