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Bachelor of Speech Pathology (Honours)

Bachelor of Speech Pathology (Honours) (SPYH)

Entry requirements
Study mode
  • On-campus
Campus
  • Ipswich
Duration
  • 4 year(s) (or part-time equivalent)
Start
  • Feb
Note: This degree is available from February, 2023 and is subject to final University approval.

Overview

  • Do you have a passion for improving the lives of others? Speech pathologists assess and treat infants, children and adults with a wide range of developmental, congenital and acquired delays and disorders in speech, language, voice, fluency, multimodal communication and swallowing. Study the Bachelor of Speech Pathology (Honours) at UniSQ and be ready to make a difference. Graduate prepared to help patients with a multitude of health care needs. 
  • Learn to work closely with other health professionals to deliver comprehensive health care plans that improve the lives of those living with communication disorders. 
  • Be guided by experienced academics and industry professionals to ensure you’re prepared to deliver care to people in various communities, particularly high need areas such as regional, rural and remote practice, Indigenous and low resource communities.
  • Develop skills in a range of courses designed to prepare you for the demands of the speech pathology, from clinical learning in communication and swallowing through to understanding more about delivering digital health.
  • Select from two honours pathways within your degree:
  • the project option focuses on partnerships with industry to address everyday practice topics, or
  • the research option allows you to create an individual research project (this pathway is dependent on your GPA).

Regardless of which honours pathway you choose, you will be eligible to apply for entry into a higher degree by research.

Note: This degree is available from February, 2023 and is subject to final University approval.

Professional accreditation

The Bachelor of Speech Pathology (Honours) is pending accreditation by Speech Pathology Australia (SPA) which is a member of the National Alliance of Self-Regulating Professions (NASRHP). Upon accreditation approval, students are eligible for full membership of Speech Pathology Australia upon graduation.

Career outcomes

  • Graduate with a high-quality theoretical and clinical learning experience ready for professional practice as a speech pathologist.
  • Find job opportunities in private practice (independently and in interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary teams) as well as in schools and early learning settings, government agencies, non-profit organisations, universities, health and wellbeing settings, disability services, rehabilitation, palliative care, intensive care and neonatal intensive care, community health, mental health, juvenile justice, and accent modification.
 

Entry requirements

Find the entry requirements most relevant to you.

  • Have achieved a minimum Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) of 75.0, or equivalent qualification.

To study this degree we also assume you have sound knowledge in:

  • General English (Units 3 & 4, C)
  • one of Biology, Chemistry, or Physics (Units 3 & 4, C).

We assume that your knowledge is equivalent to a grade C or higher in Units 3 and 4 at high school level (typically studied in Year 12). Find out more about assumed knowledge.

English language requirements

You are required to satisfy the applicable English language requirements and this degree requires a minimum of IELTS 8.0 or equivalent. If you do not meet the English language requirements you may apply to study a University-approved English language program.

Special entry schemes for admissions may increase your Rank, through the allocation of additional points in certain circumstances, such as educational disadvantage where you live, and subjects you passed.

Tafe (VET) qualification

If you have completed a qualification from a TAFE or qualified private provider, you may be able to use these qualifications to meet UniSQ's entry requirements.

Work and life experience

You may be able to use your work experience and other adjustment factors to increase your selection rank and meet UniSQ's entry requirements.

Additional requirements for placements

You will need to provide the following documents prior to commencing any clinical placement:

  • Blue Card or Working with Children Check
  • Australian Federal Police Check certificate
  • UniSQ Student Declaration
  • Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation Certificate (CPR) certificate
  • First Aid certificate
  • Yellow Card if working with people with disabilities

Plus evidence of the following immunisations:

  • Hepatitis B immunisation evidence
  • Measles, Mumps and Rubella immunisation evidence
  • Varicella immunisation evidence
  • Pertussis immunisation evidence
  • Influenza immunisation evidence
  • Tuberculosis Risk Assessment
  • COVID-19 vaccinations as directed by health services
  • Mask FIT testing

Recognition of prior learning or work experience

You may be eligible for recognition of prior learning if you have previously studied or have relevant work experience. This will help to reduce the number of courses that you need to study to finish your program.

Pathways

If you don't meet the entry requirements, we have pathway options available to you.

If you identify as being of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent you may be eligible to enter the Indigenous Higher Education (IHEPP) program.

Degree structure

To complete this degree students must complete 32 units. Most courses (similar to ‘subjects’) are valued at 1 unit. To study full-time you would usually complete 4 units per semester.

Courses to be studied Units
12 x core courses 12
12 x discipline specific courses 12
6 x honours courses (Research or Clinic Pathway) 8
Total 32

Fees and scholarships

Your actual fees may vary depending on the courses you select. We review our fees annually so these may be subject to change.

Approximate annual costs1 for your first year of study (8 units) in this degree are: AUD 8021

You may not have to pay your course (subject) fees upfront. HECS-HELP allows you to defer your fees until your income reaches a certain level.

1 These are indicative annual fees for 2022. 

Student services and amenities fees

You may need to pay student services and amenities (SA) fees as part of your course costs.

Loan to help you pay your fees

You may not have to pay your course (subject) fees upfront. HECS-HELP and FEE-HELP allows you to defer your fees until your income reaches a certain level. Find out if you are eligible for HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP.

You may also be eligible to receive financial support from Centrelink.

Scholarships

At UniSQ, we offer a range of scholarships to support your success at university. Find a scholarship that works for you.

How to apply

Apply via QTAC

Complete your online application via QTAC (Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre).

Study mode QTAC codes
On-campus Ipswich 936371

Copy your QTAC code and continue through to the QTAC website to complete your application.

Apply through QTAC

If you are applying via QTAC, please check the QTAC closing dates.

Further information

Discover further information on applying to study at UniSQ that is relevant to you.

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Why study a Bachelor of Speech Pathology (Honours)?

As a speech pathologist you will have many opportunities to improve the lives of others by helping with speech, language, and communication skills. Make a meaningful difference to infants, children and adults who need support to communicate, be listened to and understood.

The Australian Bureau of Statistics has established that 1.2 million Australians have a communication disability and the demand for speech pathology far outweighs the number of qualified speech pathologist delivering these critical services.

There is no better time to support the needs of your community and study a Bachelor of Speech Pathology (Honours) at UniSQ. 

What will I learn in a Bachelor of Speech Pathology (Honours)?

Gain the knowledge and skills needed to help people improve their speech, language, voice, fluency, multimodal communication and swallowing.

Your research integrated learning allows your to select from two honours pathways with a focus on either partnership with industry or an individual research project. You can choose the pathway that is right for you depending on your personal interests and career goals. 

What are the entry requirements?

To study a Nursing and Allied Health Bachelor of Speech Pathology (Honours) degree at UniSQ you need to meet a minimum ATAR and assumed knowledge. ‘Assumed knowledge’ is the term we use to explain the minimum level of knowledge we presume you have in some subjects before you start your degree.

For further information on ATAR and assumed knowledge, please view the entry requirements section of this page.

If you don’t meet the entry requirements, we have pathway options you can explore. 

What can I do with a Bachelor of Speech Pathology (Honours)?

A Bachelor of Speech Pathology (Honours) qualification can lead to exciting and fulfilling career opportunities in a variety of government, non-for-profit and private settings including:

  • Consulting
  • Education and disability (including NDIS)
  • Intensive care
  • Hospitals
  • Policy Advising
  • Rehabilitation
  • Research
  • Youth support. 
Why study Bachelor of Speech Pathology (Honours) with UniSQ?

Get a strong start to your career in speech pathology.

  • Make the most of our work integrated learning with approximately 950 hours of industry-based clinical placements. This allows you to gain real life experience in diverse social work settings.
  • Benefit from our word class research and researchers. According to the latest ERA results, UniSQ is well above world standard for our research in Medical and Health Sciences, Clinical Sciences, Human Movement and Public Health and Health Services.
  • UniSQ is ranked No. 1 in Australia for graduate starting salary (Good Universities Guide, 2022).