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Speech Pathology

Or would you enjoy the challenge of working with adults who have had a stroke and helping them to speak again?


The new Bachelor of Speech Pathology will be offered at Australian Catholic University's Melbourne and North Sydney campuses from 2013. The course will be offered in Brisbane from 2014. The 4-year Bachelor of Speech Pathology will prepare students to assess and manage people who have trouble communicating and/or swallowing. The course encompasses all aspects of communication including speech, writing, reading, signs, symbols and gestures. Speech pathologists also work with people who have difficulties swallowing food and drink.

Students will be equipped to practice in a wide range of settings

  • Public and private hospitals, in both acute care and outpatient facilities
  • Schools
  • Community Health Centres
  • Early Childhood Clinics
  • Private Practice

Industry Experience

Clinical placement is embedded throughout the Bachelor of Speech Pathology, commencing in first year. In the fourth and final year, clinical placement is a major component of the course. Students will be required to undertake clinical placements under the supervision of a practising Speech Pathologist totalling over 1,000 hours.

Career pathways

Speech pathologists work in a variety of ways including providing individual therapy, working in small groups, working within a classroom, becoming involved in home-based programs, providing resources and information, as well giving advice and direction to clients, their carers and other professionals.

They coordinate the management of clients, work as part of a multi-disciplinary team, consult with other agencies, provide workshops and support family members, other caregivers and the broader community. A speech pathologist is an important member of an early intervention team, an aged care services team, a medical and rehabilitation team and a school therapy team.

Telephone: 1300 ASK ACU (1300 275 228)
Email: futurestudents@acu.edu.au


Admission to the Bachelor of Speech Pathology course will be via UAC and VTAC

Entry Requirements


A study score of at least 30 in English (ESL) or 25 in any other English; and a study score of at least 25 in one of Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Physical Education or Health and Human Development.

New South Wales

English advanced and at least one of Biology, Chemistry, Physics, or Personal Development, Health and Physical Education.

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