Bachelor of Speech and Language Pathology

Bachelor of Speech and Language Pathology (Honours)

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CSU's Bachelor of Speech and Language Pathology students develop an understanding of both the theoretical and practical components of speech pathology, with an emphasis on both general and specialist knowledge and skills.

The first qualification in speech pathology in Australia to be offered outside a metropolitan area, CSU's Bachelor of Speech and Language Pathology equips graduates with the skills to work in either rural or urban practice.

What will I learn?

This course focuses on the assessment, diagnosis and management of human communication disorders, such as speech, hearing, voice, language, and fluency as well as swallowing disorders. Linguistics and biomedical science subjects provide a base on which to build the knowledge of normal and impaired communication and swallowing. Theoretical and clinical subjects build knowledge and skills for speech pathology practice in a variety of contexts. This knowledge is then applied to diagnostics, treatment planning and intervention for individuals of all ages with communication and swallowing disorders.

The course has a strong focus on developing students’ awareness and skills in working with other health and education professionals, with communities and families. It is also committed to rural and remote health, social justice, cultural safety and issues of access and equity.

Career opportunities

Graduates of the Bachelor of Speech and Language Pathology at CSU are eligible for membership with Speech Pathology Australia, the national professional association. They have skills to work in a range of contexts within Australia, and their qualification is recognised for work in international settings such as Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, the UK and the US.

Workplace learning

Students are required to study theoretical subjects and participate in clinical training with clients. The opportunity to gain real life experience begins in the first year of the course through participation in a community engagement project and parent tutor program, and continues through each year of the course in a variety of settings and with both paediatric and adult populations. You will have the opportunity to work and study with other allied health students such as those in nursing, occupational therapy, physiotherapy and podiatry.

Graduating with Honours

If you achieve a Grade Point Average of 5 or above across your first and second year subjects, you will be eligible to apply to transfer into the Honours stream. This stream is embedded into years three and four of your course. If selected, you will complete specific Honours subjects that replace standard subjects and develop your organisational, research and writing skills. Selection into the Honours stream will depend on your academic merit, the extent to which you have considered a potential project topic, and the availability of appropriate supervisors. Applications to transfer into the Honours stream must be submitted to the School Honours Coordinator in early November. Second-year students who meet the academic merit eligibility requirements will receive an email invitation to apply in August. Instructions about how to apply are included in that email.

Additional admission requirements

Refer to the workplace learning section for information on:

  • Immunisation
  • National Criminal Record Clearance
  • Senior First Aid Certificate

Academic expectations

For each 8 point subject at CSU, students should normally expect to spend between 140-160 hours engaged in the specified learning and assessment activities (such as attending lectures or residential schools, assigned readings, tutorial assistance, individual or group research/study, forum activity, workplace learning, assignments or examinations). The student workload for some subjects may vary from these norms as a result of approved course design.

Students will be assessed on the basis of completed assignments, examinations, workplace learning, or other methods as outlined in specific subject outlines.

Where applicable, students are responsible for travel and accommodation costs involved in workplace learning experiences, or attending residential schools (distance education students).

Expectations relating to academic, workplace learning, time and cost requirements for specific subjects are provided in the subject abstracts and in course materials.


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