Bachelor of Speech Pathology
About this course
The Bachelor of Speech Pathology prepares students for entry into professional speech pathology practice. Speech pathologists assess and treat adults and children exhibiting acquired or congenital disorders of speech, fluency, voice, language and swallowing.
This distinctive course aims to educate students to become knowledgeable, skilled, empathetic, ethical and innovative professionals who are able to provide effective assessment and intervention for people of different ages.
As a speech pathologist, in diverse settings including private practice, the corporate sector, schools, community health centres, nursing homes, mental health services, acute and rehabilitation hospitals, and research centres. Speech pathologists work independently and have opportunities to work with other health and education specialists in interdisciplinary teams. They assess and treat adults and children exhibiting acquired and congenital disorders of speech, fluency, voice, language and swallowing.
The Bachelor of Speech Pathology is accredited by the Speech Pathology Australia (SPA), the national professional and accrediting body. Students and graduates of the Bachelor of Speech Pathology will be eligible for membership of Speech Pathology Australia.
Students can complete up to 1 000 hours of professional placement in various settings throughout the four years of study. These settings include but are not limited to the SCU Health Clinic on campus, public hospitals, private practice, community health, rehabilitation centres, aged care facilities, schools and rural health locations.
Professional experience placements require students to fulfil certain pre-requisites prior to attending any placements. Before applying for this course, it is important that you understand what these requirements are.
Major areas of study
The Bachelor of Speech Pathology enables students to develop an understanding of the theoretical and practical components of speech pathology, with a focus on both general and specialist knowledge and skills. The course shares components with other SCU degrees such as the Bachelor of Occupational Therapy, Bachelor of Podiatry and the Bachelor of Clinical Sciences (Osteopathic Studies).
Arts and science-based units are included in the course, for example phonetics and linguistics, audiology and neurology for speech pathology. Embedded throughout the course are principals of evidence-based practice, cultural competency, multi-modal communication and holistic perspectives of functioning.
Honours: The course includes an embedded allied health Honours program for eligible students, which can be studied concurrently during the Bachelor degree course.
Assessment methods vary for each unit and may include multiple choice, short answer and essay style examinations, scenario-based case studies and reflective journals, presentations, written assignments, Vivas, object structured clinical examinations (OSCEs), practical skills testing and fieldwork performance evaluation.
On-campus students experience a variety of teaching approaches including lectures, tutorials, online activities and video-linked or podcast virtual classes as well as clinical practical experience. The method of teaching may vary from unit to unit. There is an emphasis on learning-centred teaching.
Your previous learning experiences relevant to one or more units in this course may help you reduce the duration of your degree.
- Recognition of formal and non-formal learning
Credit may be awarded to a student for formal learning (gained through full or partial achievement of an accredited qualification or course) or non-formal learning (that takes place through a non-accredited course or program of learning) completed at Southern Cross University or in other learning settings in Australia and/or overseas.
To help you identify how much credit you may receive for your related prior learning visit SCU Pathways.
An application for advanced standing must be submitted so we can assess your prior learning. Please apply for advanced standing at the same time as you apply for admission into this course, because the amount of credit awarded will determine the sequence of units you will study.Go to course structure to see if specific advanced standing rules also apply to this course.
MySCU is a student's point of entry to a range of online services and resources that support study and student life. The portal includes unit learning sites and information sites where students can access resources, communication tools and useful links that are integral to their studies.
The web-based study environment Blackboard Learn delivers an advanced online learning environment for students and lecturers to communicate and collaborate through virtual meeting spaces, classrooms, and discussion boards. They can share files, presentations and applications. If a tutorial or lecture is recorded, students can view it afterwards.
Learning materials include the provision of unit information guides, study guides and readings. Students may need to purchase or access prescribed text books.
The Academic Skills team supports student learning by offering online and on-campus academic skills workshops, email, phone, and one-on-one support.
Equipment and facilities
Students have access to extensive library resources and to laboratories, enabling quality learning experiences for anatomy, physiology and neurology; speech pathology units and clinical learning spaces within on-campus clinics.
State-of-the-art laboratories enabling quality learning experiences for anatomy, physiology, neurology and speech pathology, including the speech language lab – a sound-treated facility that enables high quality sound transmission and phonetic transcription of speech sounds. Students access clinical learning spaces within on-campus health clinics and extensive library
resources. It includes computers with state-of-the-art software for students to analyse speech, language, fluency and voice. The video capabilities in the lab provide the opportunity for students to observe qualified clinical speech pathologists in educator roles, other students and themselves working with clients who exhibit a range of communication disorders.
These facilities also enable research opportunities for honours projects.
See the University’s Rules Relating to Awards, in conjunction with the Specific Award Rules listed below.
Table of contents
English proficiency is a requirement for all students. Applicants who do not meet Rule 2 Section 1 Clause (7)a must demonstrate English language proficiency by:
- achieving an International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score of 7.5 (including a minimum of 8.0 in both speaking and listening modules and 7.0 in reading and writing); or
- Achieving an International Second Language Proficiency Rating (ISLPR) score of at least 4+ in each of the four areas: speaking, listening, reading and writing.
- An applicant who has completed a Certificate III qualification will not be admitted solely on the basis of this qualification.
To be eligible for the award of Bachelor of Speech Pathology a candidate shall successfully complete the equivalent of thirty two (32) units (384 credit points) comprising:
- all units listed in Part A; and
- two (2) elective units from Part B University elective units
To be eligible for the award of Bachelor of Speech Pathology with Honours a candidate shall successfully complete the equivalent of thirty two (32) units (384 credit points) comprising:
- all units listed in Part C – Honours stream
- successfully complete all units in years 3 and 4 of the Honours stream on their first attempt; and
- maintain a GPA of at least 5.0 (Credit grade average) for years 3 and 4
Progression in clinic based units
- Candidates are not permitted to have an extended period of more than 18 months between study of any two (2) clinic units.
- Candidates are not permitted to have an extended period of more than 18 months between study of a theory unit that relates specifically to a particular clinic unit.
Subsequent to (a) and (b) above, candidates who have an interrupted study sequence of more than 18 months will be assessed on a case-by-case basis and may be required to undertake a specified supported professional experience placement to ensure clinic currency prior to continuation of the course.
Candidates who have completed a Certificate III will not be granted any advanced standing solely on the basis of this qualification
Schedule of units
How to apply
Distance education (external)
Applications for this course to study by distance education are made directly to SCU via our online application service.
Southern Cross University accepts applications directly through the International Application for Admissions form.
Additional information on how to apply is available at SCU International. Please note applicants from some countries need to go through an Education Agent.
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