Honours Degree of Bachelor of Speech Pathology

Transform lives through the power of communication

Speech pathologists help us make use of arguably our most precious capability— communication. As humans, we are innately social, our lives revolve around connecting with others through eating, drinking, work and play. Speech pathologists help people of all ages to participate in their life and connect with others.

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

What will you study during a Bachelor of Speech Pathology (Honours)?

Our Bachelor of Speech Pathology (Honours) equips you to diagnose and treat conditions across the full scope of speech pathology practice; speech and language, swallowing, fluency, voice and multimodal communication. Our courses have an emphasis on inter-professional and culturally responsive practice and the degree facilitates the development of transferrable skills through real-world learning experiences.

In over 800 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, disability, education and aged-care settings. With many of the courses taught by certified practicing speech pathologists, the degree places an emphasis on real-world experience. 

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

  • head and neck anatomy and neurophysiology
  • speech and language development, linguistics and phonetics, motor speech, aphasia, cognition and swallowing
  • 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, person-centred care.

You’ll regularly access our purpose-built training facilities and state-of-the-art simulation suites—among Australasia’s most advanced. In addition, you’ll benefit from collaborative learning with key complementary disciplines: 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 a Bachelor of Speech Pathology (Honours) take you?

You’ll graduate eligible to pursue a wide range of career opportunities. You could help children with disabilities or developmental delays connect with their peers by overcoming social communication challenges. You might help a person who has had a stroke 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 to communicate with others, or you may work as part of a therapeutic team working towards achieving the person’s goal of gaining employment.

The Bachelor of Speech Pathology (Honours) is undertaking the Qualifying Accreditation process in accordance with the accreditation procedures of the national professional body, Speech Pathology Australia.

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



Note: 
This degree is only available in blended mode and on-campus attendance is required.  If you are a continuing student in the degree and are unable to attend campus, please contact your program coordinator for program advice.


  • 24% industry growth predicted by 2024
  • 800 hours of work-based training
  • Include a Diploma of Arts or Languages

Entry Requirements

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Admissions information

SATAC Code 354261
2021 CSP ATAR 91
Deferment Yes - 1 year
Intake February
Enquiries Future Students team

2021 Admissions Data for school leavers
ATAR
(raw ATAR, excluding any applicable adjustment factors)
Lowest ATAR to receive an offer 83.95
Median ATAR to receive an offer 95.88
Highest ATAR to receive an offer 99.55
Selection Rank
(ATAR plus any adjustment factors)
Lowest Selection Rank to receive an offer 91
Median Selection Rank to receive an offer 96.25
Highest Selection Rank to receive an offer 99.55
Minimum eligibility score 90
Additional criteria considered Selection rank only
Selection Criteria
Recent Secondary Education Applicants with recent secondary education are those whose admission is primarily based on the completion of Year 12 within the last two years, however if you completed your secondary education more than two years ago, you may still be able to be considered on the basis of your secondary schooling. You must not have completed more than 2 years full time equivalent university study (48 units). You compete for a place with your Selection Rank (ATAR plus any applicable adjustment factors). Please note: the Bachelor of Speech Pathology (Honours) degree does not consider adjustment factors for undertaking particular subjects in year 12.
Prerequisites 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. MathTrackX is an online bridging program available as a recognised alternative to Mathematical Methods.
Additional Entry Requirements
Academic Score: To meet the minimum academic threshold for entry into the Honours Degree of Bachelor of Speech Pathology, you must achieve: - a Selection Rank (ATAR plus any applicable adjustment factors) of 90 or above, or - an International Baccalaureate score of 33 or above, or - a GPA of 5.00 or above or - the interstate/ overseas equivalent. Applicants need to meet the academic score with a competitive result, and demonstrate that they fulfil any prerequisite requirements.
Higher Education Study You must have completed at least six months full time equivalent higher education study (the number of courses and units will vary depending on your prior institution however at the University of Adelaide, this equates to 4 courses / 12 units). A Grade Point Average (GPA) is calculated for each separate program you have undertaken (apart from some double degree programs where the GPA is combined). You compete on the basis of your best GPA.
Work and life experience To be eligible to sit the Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT) as as pathway for entry, you must be 18 years or over before 1 February 2022. If you have studied at higher education level in the last two years (for 2021 entry this means you were enrolled in either 2021 or 2020), you must not have accumulated more than a TOTAL of 2 years full-time (or part-time equivalent) higher education study (ie. including any study prior to 2020). If you meet this criteria, you will be ranked according to your result in the Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT). Your STAT result is not weighted between verbal and quantitative components.
Other Entry Pathways
How to Apply
SATAC Code: 354261
Rural Background Entry Pathway

Rural Background Entry (RBE) pathway applicants are required to sign and submit a statutory declaration as the only acceptable proof of rural background. You may upload the form as part of your SATAC application or submit a hard copy within five working days of submitting your SATAC application to Level 6, 431 King William Street, Adelaide.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Pathway

The Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences is committed to increasing the number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who participate in its programs, and makes particular effort to encourage Indigenous students to participate in health education.

This degree has allocated a number of places just for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander applicants. Please contact the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences Student Support Officer via email at fhms.sso@adelaide.edu.au to discuss your interest in applying.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander application process

1. You should contact the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences Student Support Officer to discuss your interest in applying -  fhms.sso@adelaide.edu.au

2. Submit a South Australian Tertiary Admission Centre (SATAC) application online.

3. Submit the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Pathway Declaration Form. You may upload the form as part of your SATAC application or submit a hard copy within five working days of submitting your SATAC application to Level 6, 431 King William Street, Adelaide

Student Profile
Applicant background Semester one/Full year intake 2021
Number of students Percentage of all students
(A) Higher Education study
(includes a bridging or enabling course)
7 29.2%
(B) Vocational education and training (VET) study n/a N/A
(C) Work and life experience
(admitted on the basis of previous achievement not in the other three categories)
N/A N/A
(D) Recent secondary education:
  • Admitted solely on the basis of ATAR
    (regardless of whether this includes the consideration of adjustment factors)
17 70.8%
  • Admitted where both ATAR and additional criteria were considered
    (e.g. portfolio, audition, extra test, early offer conditional on minimum ATAR)
N/A N/A
  • Admitted on the basis of other criteria only and ATAR was not a factor
    (e.g. special consideration, audition alone, schools recommendation scheme with no minimum ATAR requirement)
N/A N/A
International students N/A N/A
All students 24 100.0%

Fees and Scholarships

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Indicative annual tuition fees
Commonwealth-supported place: $9,645

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Scholarships

These scholarships, as well as many others funded by industry and non-profit organisations, are available to potential and currently enrolled students.

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Incidental fees
There will be additional costs, over and above tuition fees for all Honours Degree of Bachelor of Speech Pathology students, these include (but are not limited to) textbooks, equipment, required immunisations, clearance renewals, first aid certificates, student amenities fees etc. For further information visit: adelaide.edu.au/student/finance/other-fees/

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.

Please see the inherent requirements for speech pathology programs for further information.

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

Industry Placement

Students will be introduced to clinical placement in the third year of study and will be required to complete 800+ hours of clinical placement in a range of metropolitan and rural settings throughout the program.

Professional Accreditation

The Bachelor of Speech Pathology (Honours) is undertaking the Qualifying Accreditation process in accordance with the accreditation procedures of the national professional body, Speech Pathology Australia.

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.

* Eligibility for entry to the Research Stream will be determined by a student’s cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) for the courses which comprise the first and second years of the program, and the availability of a suitable research project and supervisor within the School. Students with a cumulative GPA of 5 or greater will be notified of their eligibility for entry to the “Research Stream” at the commencement of the third year of the program. Eligible students who wish to undertake the Research Stream will be required to contact the School of Allied Health Science and Practice Honours Coordinator to discuss their area of interest and project the availability of a suitable research project and supervisor.

Academic Program Rules

The Calendar is a comprehensive handbook of the University's academic program rules.

The Calendar is a comprehensive handbook of the University's academic program rules.

Example Study Plan

Level I
S1 HLTH SC 1400

Biosciences for Human Health A
HLTH SC 1401

Communication in Professional Practice
HLTH SC 1404

Evidence Based Practice in Allied Health 1
SPEECH 1000

Introduction to Speech Pathology Practice
S2 HLTH SC 1403

Biosciences for Human Health B
HLTH SC 1402

Foundations of Health and Wellbeing
HLTH SC 1405

Psychological Foundations for Allied Health
SPEECH 1001

Linguistics for Speech Pathology A
Level II
S1

HLTH SC 2400

Evidence Based Practice in Allied Health 2

SPEECH 2000

Communication and Swallowing Across the Lifespan

SPEECH 2001

Anatomy and Physiology for Speech and Swallowing

SPEECH 2006

Linguistics for Speech Pathology B

S2

SPEECH 2003

Speech Production and Aural Rehabilitation

SPEECH 2004

Clinical Reasoning in Professional Settings

SPEECH 2005

Speech Pathology Clinical Skills and Practice

ELECTIVE COURSE

Level III – Industry Honours Stream
S1

SPEECH 3000

Speech Pathology Assessment and Management A (6 units)

SPEECH 3001

Speech Pathology Clinical Practice A

SPEECH 3002

Preparing for Speech Pathology Practice

S2

SPEECH 3003

Speech Pathology Assessment and Management B (6 units)

SPEECH 3004

Speech Pathology Clinical Practice B

SPEECH 3005

Speech Pathology Industry Project A

Level IV – Industry Honours Stream
S1

SPEECH 4000

Speech Pathology Assessment and Management C

SPEECH 4001

Speech Pathology Clinical Practice C

SPEECH 4002

Speech Pathology Clinical Practice D

SPEECH 4003

Transition to Professional Practice

S2

SPEECH 4004

Speech Pathology Industry Project B (6 units)

SPEECH 4005

Speech Pathology Clinical Practice E

SPEECH 4006

Speech Pathology Clinical Practice F

Level III – Research Honours Stream
S1

SPEECH 3000

Speech Pathology Assessment and Management A (6 units)

SPEECH 3001

Speech Pathology Clinical Practice A

SPEECH 3002

Preparing for Speech Pathology Practice

S2

SPEECH 3003

Speech Pathology Assessment and Management B (6 units)

SPEECH 3004

Speech Pathology Clinical Practice B

HLTH SC 4400

Allied Health Research Project Planning

Level IV – Research Honours Stream
S1

SPEECH 4000

Speech Pathology Assessment and Management C

SPEECH 4001

Speech Pathology Clinical Practice C

SPEECH 4002

Speech Pathology Clinical Practice D

SPEECH 4005

Speech Pathology Clinical Practice E

S2

HLTH SC 4401

Allied Health Honours Research Project (9 units)

SPEECH 4006

Speech Pathology Clinical Practice F

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: Monday, 29 Nov 2021