Bachelor of Speech Pathology
Course information for - 2021 entry
Offered at 3 locations
This is a four year course with an embedded Honours program.
Speech pathologists recognise the importance of communication and swallowing as activities that enable people to participate fully in their daily lives. They work with individuals, groups, families, and communities to support the development, rehabilitation and maintenance of effective communication and swallowing skills across the lifespan.
Our speech pathology program will prepare you to assess and diagnose difficulties with speech, language, voice, fluency, multi-modal communication and swallowing, and enable you to provide intervention and support that is person-centred, culturally-sensitive and evidence-based. You’ll recognise the dignity of the human person and your responsibility towards the common good, and have opportunities to put your values, knowledge and skills into action with professional practice and community engagement activities in Australia and overseas.
Students in the Bachelor of Speech Pathology undertake a range of professional practice placements to ensure they meet Speech Pathology Australia's graduate entry competency with regard to the management of disorders of communication and swallowing.
As part of your course, you will be placed in a range of organisations to integrate the theory you learn with practical workplace experiences (placements). As part of your enrolment, you must complete the Faculty of Health Sciences pre-placement requirements. To ensure you meet these requirements you need to start as soon as possible. Visit ACU’s Work Integrated Learning (WIL) website to view your Pre-Placement Requirements checklist.
The course has full accreditation with Speech Pathology Australia across all three campuses.
Our graduates have pursued careers in:
- early intervention services for children
- rehabilitation centres
- mental health services
- community health services
- aged care services
- private practice research
To complete the Bachelor of Speech Pathology, a student must complete 320 credit points (cp).
Sample program map
|Year - Study period||Unit 1||Unit 2||Unit 3||Unit 4||Unit 5|
|Year 1 - Semester 1|
ALHT106 Psychology for Allied Health
BIOL125 Human Biology 1
SPHY103 Linguistics and Phonetics for Speech Pathology
SPHY101 Introduction to Speech Pathology Practice
|Year 1 - Semester 2|
SPHY102 Anatomy and Physiology for Speech Pathology
SPHY100 Communication and Development Across the Lifespan
SPHY104 Evidence Based Practice in Speech Pathology
100 level unit:
Either UNCC100 Self and Community: Exploring the Anatomy of Modern Society
PHCC102 Being Human
PHCC104 Ethics and the Good Life
|Year 2 - Semester 1|
SPHY200 Neuroscience Speech Pathology
SPHY204 Speech Disorders (Developmental)
HLSC120 Indigenous Health and Culture
SPHY203 Speech Pathology Practice 2A
|Year 2 - Semester 2|
SPHY201 Language Disorders (Developmental)
SPHY202 Language Disorders (Acquired)
SPHY205 Motor Speech Disorders (Acquired)
SPHY207 Speech Pathology Practice 2B
|Year 3 - Semester 1|
SPHY308 Multimodal Communication Across the Lifespan
SPHY303 Voice Disorders Across the Lifespan
SPHY301 Mealtimes Feeding and Swallowing
SPHY302 Speech Pathology Practice 3A
|Year 3 - Semester 2|
SPHY310 Community Development, Public Health and Speech Pathology
SPHY306 Research in Speech Pathology
SPHY304 Fluency Disorders Across the Lifespan
SPHY305 Speech Pathology Practice 3B
|Year 4 - Summer|
300 level unit:
Either UNCC300 Justice and Change in a Global World
PHCC320 The Just Society
|Year 4 - Semester 1|
SPHY401 Contemporary Issues in Speech Pathology
(Pre: All 3rd year SPHY units)
SPHY410 Speech Pathology Professional and Reflective Practice 4A
|Year 4 - Semester 2|
SPHY402 Speech Pathology Practice 4B
(30 credit points)
(Pre: SPHY400 Speech Pathology Practice 4A )
A blank cell indicates that there are no additional units required for that study period.
This is a sample program only and units will vary between states. Please refer to the handbook for the prerequisite units and the current listing.
A student who has successfully completed 230 cp from units, and 10 cp from Core Curriculum units may exit from the course with following qualification:
- Bachelor of Allied Health
An applicant must also comply with the Admission to Coursework Programs Policy.
To be eligible for admission to the Bachelor of Speech Pathology, an applicant must have completed the following prerequisites at year 12 level, or equivalent:
New South Wales
English (Advanced) or English (Standard) (Band 4) or English as an Additional Language (Band 4); plus at least one of biology, chemistry, physics, or personal development, health and physical education (PDHPE) (Band 2 for all).
English (Units 3 & 4, C); one of Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Health or Physical Education (Units 3 & 4, C)
Units 3 and 4 - a study score of at least 30 in English (EAL) or 25 in any English other than EAL; and a study score of at least 25 in one of biology, chemistry, physics or health and human development.
International students need to meet the English Language Proficiency requirements as defined in the Admission to Coursework Programs Policy.
Disclaimer :The Course entry requirements above are for 2021 Admission. Refer to your relevant Tertiary Admission Centre website for future years' entry requirements.
English language requirements
Applicants require an academic IELTS minimum overall score of 8.0 (with a minimum score of 8.0 in all bands), or an equivalent acceptable test score as outlined in the Admission to Coursework Programs Policy (Schedule 3).
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- the number of units studied per semester;
- the choice of major or specialisation; and
- elective units.
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