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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.

During this four year degree 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.

  • 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?

Global outlook: Join an influential community of students, staff and alumni who lead and shape healthcare delivery around the world. As a student, you can undertake study in many parts of the world.

Leading clinical partners: Gain real-world, hands-on training through clinical placements within our extensive network of top-tier hospitals and primary and community healthcare facilities across metropolitan, regional and rural NSW.

Expert educators: Learn from highly respected researchers, practitioners and clinicians who are dedicated to teaching the next generation of leaders.

Multidisciplinary focus: Graduate with specialist and generalist healthcare knowledge and skills. The changing healthcare system needs workers who understand the bigger picture and know that solutions often require health professionals working together.

Cutting-edge facilities: Enjoy access to our purpose-built laboratories, on-site health clinics and high-calibre equipment across our dedicated health facilities to develop your practical experience.

Research strength: Learn from world-leading experts who are shaping the national and international health and social policy agendas. We have a broad range of research strengths and are world leaders in allied health and education.

Leadership development program: Improve your leadership skills and enjoy the best possible start in the employment market with our leadership development and mentoring program. Offered to all undergraduate and graduate entry masters students.

Student support: Get the support you need to succeed in your studies. At Cumberland Campus, Yooroang Garang provides a range of support programs for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students to support their study on campus.

Subject areas

There are no majors for this course.

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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.

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

Transition to Camperdown

We're moving to the Camperdown campus in 2021, and we've begun the transition.

In some semesters, students will have classes at both the 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. 

For example, the following units of study will be taught at Camperdown/Darlington campus in 2019:

Year

Units of study

 

Year 1

BIOS1163 Speech Science

CSCD1034 Linguistics and Phonetics

HSBH1003 Health, Behaviour and Society

Some electives may be offered at Camperdown

Semester 1

BIOS1165 Hearing Science and Audiology

BIOS1166 Neuroscience I: Communication Disorders

CSCD1032 Human Communication

CSCD1035 Stuttering

Semester 2

Year 2

BIOS2062 Neuroscience II: Communication Disorders

Semester 1

Year 3

All units of study based at Cumberland campus

Semester 1 and Semester 2

Year 4

All units of study based at Cumberland campus

Semester 1 and Semester 2


For further information about unit of study teaching locations, please refer to the Health Sciences Handbook.

Sample study plan

Bachelor of Applied Science (Speech Pathology)

Year Sem  Unit of study 
1 1 Foundations of Biomedical Science (or elective) Hearing Science and Audiology Human Communication Linguistics and Phonetics
  2 Neuroscience 1: Communication Disorders Speech Science Stuttering Health, Behaviour and Society
2 1 Child Language Cognitive Neuropsychology Introductory Practice 1: Clinical; or Introductory Practice 1: Community Motor Speech and Dysphagia
  2 Introductory Practice 2: Clinical; or Introductory Practice 2: Community Neuroscience II: Communication Disorders Speech Sound Disorders Voice and Voice Disorders
3 1 Counselling and Behaviour Management for Communication Disorders Intermediate Clinic 1: Child; or Intermediate Clinic 1: Adult Lifelong Disability and Augmentative and Alternative Communication Neurogenic Language Disorders
  2 Intermediate Clinic 2: Adult and Community; or Intermediate Clinic 2: Child and Community Phonology, Language and Literacy Specialist Studies Speech Pathology Research Methods*
4 1 Evidence-Based Practice for Speech Pathology* Advanced Practice: Adult Advanced Practice: Clinical  
  2 Advanced Practice: Paediatric Professional Issues* Advanced Practice: Community  

* 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.

Assumed knowledge

There is no assumed knowledge for this course.

Applying for 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.  

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

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.

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.

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"

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

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


Please note that for some courses there are additional costs in addition to the student contribution. Some of these additional costs are significant, for example, course-specific materials, tools, protective clothing, and equipment. Please consult the University's web page for more information: 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, protective 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 a government approved provider of the Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) scheme. This is a requirement of the Australian Government, unless otherwise exempted by the Government. Further information is available from https://sydney.edu.au/study/finances-fees-costs/living-costs/health-insurance.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.

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