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Bachelor of Applied Science (Speech Pathology)

Study Speech Language Pathology at the Faculty of Health Sciences

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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.

As a speech pathology student, you will learn from leading experts researching in a range of specialist areas in communication sciences and disorders. Through 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.

During this four year degree you will study a wide-range of areas in speech pathology, including speech science, linguistics and phonetics, neuroscience, motor speech and dysphagia, and counselling and behaviour management for communication disorders. The Faculty of Health Sciences is home to the renowned Australian Stuttering Research Centre which has been responsible for numerous breakthroughs in stuttering treatment. Researchers from the Centre contribute significantly to the course, and students have access to the on-site teaching clinic. You will 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.

A career in speech pathology gives you the rewarding opportunity to work across hospitals, private practice, schools and early childhood services to assess and treat individuals with a wide variety of communication disorders.

Important information
To assist students to make informed choices about their study, we have identified and set out the Inherent Requirements for coursework award courses in speech pathology.

The University of Sydney welcomes and encourages applications from students with disabilities, and from diverse social and cultural backgrounds. Where there are physical, intellectual, cultural, religious or other factors that impact on a student's ability to meet the Inherent Requirements, the University will make reasonable adjustments to assist the student to meet the requirements. Please read the Inherent Requirements carefully as you consider your course choices.

The Bachelor of Applied Science (Speech Pathology) course does not have a fixed ATAR for guaranteed entry. 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.

 

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.

Subject areas

There are no majors for this course.

Shared pool

Admission, fees and how to apply

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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.

Year 1 (first offered 2018)

  • Speech Science
  • Linguistics and Phonetics
  • Health, Behaviour and Society
  • Hearing Science and Audiology
  • Neuroscience I: Communication Disorders
  • Human Communication
  • Stuttering

And one recommended elective (refer to faculty handbook for elective choices)

Year 2

  • Neuroscience II: Communication Disorders
  • Child Language
  • Speech Sound Disorders
  • Cognitive Neuropsychology
  • Motor Speech and Dysphagia
  • Voice and Voice Disorders
  • Introductory Practice 1: Clinical (or) Community
  • Introductory Practice 2: Clinical (or) Community

Year 3

  • Specialist Studies
  • Neurogenic Language Disorders
  • Lifelong Disability and AAC
  • Counselling and Behaviour Management for CD
  • Phonology, Language and Literacy
  • Speech Pathology Research Methods
  • Intermediate Clinic 1: Child (or) Adult
  • Intermediate Clinic 2: Adult and Community (or) Child and Community

Year 4 - Students in Year 4 of the course will be assigned to either Group A or B.

Group A

  • Evidence Based Practice for SP
  • Professional Issues
  • Advanced Practice A: Clinical (or) Community
  • Advanced Practice A: Paediatric (or) Adult

Group B

  • Evidence Based Practice for SP
  • Professional Issues
  • Advanced Practice B: Paediatric (or) Adult
  • Advanced Practice B: Clinical (or) Community

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.

Units of Study

Assumed knowledge

There is no assumed knowledge for this course.

Recommended knowledge
English (Advanced). A bridging course in grammatical analysis is recommended for 2nd year students.

Applying for honours

Outstanding candidates will be invited to do honours after the completion of their second year of their pass degree. Honours is your pathway to a higher degree by research in the health sciences. The groundbreaking research conducted by our faculty members has had, and continues to have, an enormous impact on the health and quality of life of local, national and global communities.

About honours

Eligible candidates can pursue their own research interests by undertaking honours study under the supervision of an academic staff member. 

Admission to honours is by permission of the program coordinator after the completion of second year. Entry based on academic performance in first and second years of the course. You will complete core units of study in the first and second year of the pass degree followed by an alternative set of units of study in third and fourth year to qualify for the award of the honours degree.

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. For more information please see the honours information on the faculty page.

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. 

Course opportunities

Candidates in the Bachelor of Applied Science (Speech Pathology) course participate in a wide variety of practicum experiences throughout their degree. Practicum 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 Courses are accredited by Speech Pathology Australia on a 5 year basis 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 2019. During 2019 we will apply for accreditation for the following 5 years.

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

Graduate opportunities

Graduates of the Bachelor of Applied Science (Speech Pathology) are qualified to work as speech pathologists. A career in speech pathology gives you the opportunity to work in diverse settings (hospitals, private practice, schools and early childhood services) to assess and treat individuals who may present with a wide variety of communication disorders.

Examples include work in hospitals, schools, community health centres, rehabilitation centres, universities, senior citizen residences, and centres for physically or developmentally disabled individuals, business and industry. Private practice is an employment avenue for many speech pathologists.

Domestic students

Indicative Undergraduate Student Contribution Amount


The student contribution amount for a Commonwealth Supported Place is an indication only of the amount payable in Year 1 for a standard full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). The exact student contribution that you pay will depend on the calendar year in which you undertake your study in the course, and the specific units of study in which you enrol. For further information about how to calculate your specific total student contribution, please refer to the University's Tuition Fees website.

Annual review and fee increases


Importantly, student contribution amounts are subject to annual review by the University, and will increase each year of your period of study (subject to a Commonwealth specified cap), effective at the start of each calendar year.

Additional incidental costs


For some courses there are incidental costs additional to the student contribution. Some of these incidental costs are significant, for example, course-specific materials, tools, protected clothing, and equipment. Further information about these costs is available from https://sydney.edu.au/students/materials-and-equipment.html.

Visa/MasterCard surcharge


Please note that a surcharge of 1.53% will apply for payments made by Visa or MasterCard. The surcharge is subject to review and may change. Information about payment methods and the surcharge is set out at: http://sydney.edu.au/study/finances-fees-costs/fees-and-loans/paying-your-fees.html.

Potential for inaccuracy


Whilst every reasonable effort has been made to include correct and up to date information here, you are also advised to consult directly with the Student Centre so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about fees.

International students

Indicative International Tuition Fees for Undergraduate Students


The tuition fee for international undergraduate students is an indication of the fees payable in Year 1 for a standard full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). Depending on the calendar year in which you undertake your study, and if your study load is more or less than the 1.0 EFTSL, your tuition fee will differ from the indicative amount. For further information about how to calculate your specific total tuition fees, please refer to the University's Tuition Fees website

Annual review and fee increases


Importantly, tuition fees are subject to annual review, and will increase each year of your period of study, effective at the start of each calendar year.

Additional incidental costs and health insurance


For some courses there are incidental costs additional to the tuition fees. Some of these incidental costs are significant, for example, course-specific materials, tools, protected clothing, and equipment. Further information about these costs is available from https://sydney.edu.au/students/materials-and-equipment.html. In addition to the fees indicated here for the course of study, International Students studying on an Australian Student Visa must have appropriate health insurance for the duration of their studies on a Student Visa through an approved provider of the Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) scheme. This is a requirement of the Australian Government, unless otherwise exempted by the Government.

Visa/MasterCard surcharge


Please note that a surcharge of 1.53% will apply for payments made by Visa or MasterCard. The surcharge is subject to review and may change. Information about payment methods and the surcharge is set out at: http://sydney.edu.au/study/finances-fees-costs/fees-and-loans/paying-your-fees.html.

Potential for inaccuracy


Whilst every reasonable effort has been made to include correct and up to date information here, you are also advised to consult directly with the Student Centre so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about fees.

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