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Overview

Accredited by Speech Pathology Australia, the Bachelor of Applied Science (Speech Pathology) prepares you for professional practice as a speech pathologist. You will be involved in the study and treatment of communication and speech disorders in children and adults, including problems with speaking, comprehension, reading, writing, voice problems and stuttering.

During this four year degree you will:

  • Learn from leading experts researching in a range of specialist areas in communication sciences and disorders. 
  • Experience hands-on learning and clinical practice. You will develop the ability to work with children and adults with communication difficulties caused by congenital or developmental problems, illness, and emotional or physical trauma.
  • Study a wide-range of areas in speech therapy, including speech science, linguistics and phonetics, neuroscience, motor speech and dysphagia, and counselling and behaviour management for communication disorders.
  • Observe clients in your first year before commencing clinical practice from your second year, practicing under supervision in the on-campus clinic, hospitals, community health centres, developmental disability services, schools and specialist clinics.

Why study with us?

  1. You'll gain real-world, hands-on training through clinical placements within our extensive network of clinical partners.
  2. You'll learn from highly respected practitioners, clinicians and researchers.
  3. With a multidisciplinary focus, we prepare graduates with generalist and specialist healthcare knowledge and skills.
  4. Our research ranks "well above world class" (Excellence in Research for Australia level 5).
  5. We offer a range of leadership and student support programs to give you the best possible opportunity for success.
  6. We have world-class facilities, with purpose-built laboratories and on-site health clinics. 
  7. In 2021, we will move to the purpose-built Health Precinct at Camperdown campus, which will for the first time bring multiple health disciplines together in a facility that translates research into education and clinical services.

Subject areas

There are no majors for this course.

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Admission, fees and how to apply

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How to apply

Prospective domestic students apply through the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC) for a Commonwealth supported place . Refer to the UAC website for key dates. Separate scholarship deadlines apply, visit the scholarships website for details.

For other useful information, visit our How to apply page.

Current University of Sydney students applying to transfer from one bachelor's degree to another apply directly to the University. The exact process will depend on the course you are currently in and the course to which you wish to transfer. For more information visit the Change your course page.

Current students applying to transfer from a diploma to a bachelor's degree must apply through UAC.

Refer to the UAC website for key dates.

Separate scholarship deadlines apply. Visit the scholarships webpage for details.

Starting date

Semester 1 (March)

Visit the How to apply page for detailed information on if you need to apply directly to the University or through the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC). If you are a direct applicant, when you are ready to apply select the `Apply’ button on this course page.

Current University of Sydney students applying to transfer from one bachelor's degree to another apply directly to the University. The exact process will depend on the course you are currently in and the course to which you wish to transfer. For more information visit the Change your course page.

Application dates

Direct applicants: 

Applications open - 15 March of the preceding year

Applications close - 31 January*

*Offers are made on a first come first serve basis. As places are limited, please note that we will close the online application early when the course is full.

We strongly encourage international applicants to apply as early as possible to allow time for visa and travel arrangements. Separate scholarship deadlines apply - visit the scholarships webpage for details.

UAC Applicants: Refer to the UAC website

Starting date

Semester 1 (March)

What you'll study

The Bachelor of Applied Science (Speech Pathology) is a four-year full-time which consists of 31 core units and 1 elective unit of study. You will complete 192 credit points to be awarded the degree.

From the second year of the course, you will have an opportunity to participate in a wide variety of practicum experiences as part of your clinical training placements. These occur on-campus and in off-campus placements in metropolitan and country areas and sometimes interstate and overseas.

Please note: your first year will be taught at Camperdown campus. In the first semester of second year, students will have classes at both Cumberland and Camperdown campuses. Classes will be timetabled to allow students with a standard enrolment pattern to come to a single campus each day, where possible.

Units of Study

Work component

Mandatory work component = 889 hours.

This translates to 40.40 hours per week.

This mandatory work component must be completed as part of the award requirements for the course.

Sample study plan

Bachelor of Applied Science (Speech Pathology)

Year Sem  Unit of study 
1 1 Speech Science Linguistics and Phonetics Health, Behaviour, and Society Fundamentals of Biomedical Science (Or SP elective)
  2 Hearing Science Neuroscience I: Communication Disorders Human Communication Stuttering
2 1 Neuroscience II: Communication Disorders Child Language Speech Sound Disorders Introductory Practice 1: Community
  2 Cognitive Neuropsychology Motor Speech Dysphagia Voice and Voice Disorders

Intermediate Clinic 1: Child

OR

Intermediate Clinic 1: Adult

3 1 Specialist Studies Neurogenic Language Disorders Lifelong Disability and Augmentative and Alternative Communication

Intermediate Clinic 2: Adult and Community

OR

Intermediate Clinic 2: Child and Community

  2 Counselling Behaviour and Management for CD Phonology, Language and Literacy Speech Pathology Research Methods Advanced Practice B: Community
4   Download course planner below for Year 4 and electives      
           

* Students in the honours program enrol in three specific honours units (Honours A: Research Design, Honours B: Applied Research Skills and Honours C: Research Project) in years 3 and 4, in lieu of these units. Note: some of the core unit requirements for honours are different.

Click Here to download the full sample study plan with electives.

Assumed knowledge

There is no assumed knowledge for this course.

Admission criteria

Admission to this course is on the basis of the following criteria:

Admission pathways are open to domestic applicants on the basis of equity or other adjustment factors, including for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander applicants. For details, visit admission pathways.

The Bachelor of Applied Science (Speech Pathology) course does not have a guaranteed ATAR. The ATAR information provided is an indication only and the actual required ATAR for entry may be higher or lower depending on student demand and availability of places in the course each year. 

Inherent Requirements

Inherent requirements are the essential tasks and activities necessary to be able to achieve the core learning outcomes of a course. They are specific to a particular course or discipline. To assist students to make informed choices about their study, we have identified and set out the inherent requirements for this course.

Credit for previous study

If you’ve already completed university-level or equivalent subjects, you may be able to apply for credit for previous study.

Course opportunities

Students in the Bachelor of Applied Science (Speech Pathology) course participate in a wide variety of practical experiences throughout their degree. Practical experiences occur on-campus and off-campus in metropolitan and country areas, and sometimes interstate and overseas.

In addition, eligible candidates have the opportunity to take part in the FHS Abroad program which involves academic study and a four to six week placement with non-government organisations and other development agencies in one of a small number of countries in South and South East Asia. This 6 credit point elective unit of study is available to candidates in their senior years and offers a hands-on understanding of global health challenges in an overseas community through work with two well established Australian volunteer agencies.

Professional accreditation

Speech pathology programs are accredited by Speech Pathology Australia to ensure that the professional practice requirements of the profession are incorporated into courses and standards are maintained. Accreditation qualifies graduates to work as speech pathologists in Australia.

The Bachelor of Applied Science (Speech Pathology) has been continuously accredited and is accredited until the end of 2023.

More information about accreditation can be obtained from Speech Pathology Australia.

 

Career Pathways

  • Speech pathologist
  • Hospital-based practice
  • Private practice
  • Schools 
  • Early childhood services 
  • Community health centres
  • Rehabilitation centres
  • Universities
  • Senior citizen residences
  • Centres for physically or developmentally disabled individuals

Honours

Honours can broaden your career options and is your pathway to a higher degree by research in the health sciences. Honours study allows you to specialise in an area of personal interest, develop your research skills and make a significant contribution to the development of knowledge within the profession. You will study under the supervision of an academic staff member.

Honours is available in speech language pathology as an integrated pathway through the final three semesters of the degree. Students will receive an invitation from an academic coordinator to express their interest during the second semester of their second year.

Entry into honours is competitive and based on students' past academic performance. For more information about honours, see our honours website.  

Olivia with a patient

Graduate profile

Olivia Kai Li Vun

"I have always wanted to be in a profession that allowed me to work directly with members of the community. Language and communication have always intrigued me. Speech pathology was the perfect fit as I get to explore the intricacies of language and at the same time help those who require assistance and support in terms of communication"

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