Course summary

The Bachelor of Speech Pathology prepares students for entry into professional speech pathology practice. Speech pathologists assess and treat communication and swallowing disorders of children and adults exhibiting acquired or congenital disorders of speech, fluency, voice, language swallowing.

The degree 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, who exhibit health disorders.

The Bachelor of Speech Pathology prepares students for entry into professional speech pathology practice. Speech pathologists assess and treat communication and swallowing disorders of children and adults exhibiting acquired or congenital disorders of speech, fluency, voice, language swallowing.

The degree 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, who exhibit health disorders.

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 existing SCU degrees such as the Bachelor of Occupational Therapy, and the Bachelor of Clinical Sciences.

Arts and science-based units are included in the course. Threaded through the course, are principals of evidence-based practice, cultural competency, multi-modal communication and holistic perspectives of functioning. 

The course includes an embedded allied health Honours program for eligible students, which can be studied concurrently during the Bachelor degree course.

Graduate AttributeCourse Learning Outcome
Intellectual rigour

Apply critical analysis, prudent judgement and the use of research/evidence to inform clinical/professional practice

Creativity

Develop an entrepreneurial and sustainable approach to clinical/professional practice utilising appropriate leadership and management skills

Demonstrate knowledge, skill and empathy as ethical, innovative and creative professional eligible to enter clinical/professional practice

Ethical practice

Establish clinical/professional practice based on ethical decision-making and evidence-based practice

Demonstrate accountability and responsibility within clinical/professional practice

Knowledge of a discipline

Function in accordance with all relevant legislation, registration requirements, guidelines and standards affecting clinical/professional practice

Assess, plan, provide and evaluate safe and effective clinical practice with a range of client groups across the lifespan

Lifelong learning

Identify and reflect on the generalist and specialist skills of practice required for continuing professional development and professional practice

Communication and social skills

Work collaboratively in a range of health care teams with an understanding of best practice and the evidence base that supports it

Communicate and collaborate effectively with clients, families, significant others and professional colleagues in ways that are appropriate to the scholarly, professional and/or social setting

Cultural competence

Demonstrate cultural safety in clinical/professional practice and leadership

Demonstrate an understanding of health inequalities and indigenous health (worldwide)

Students will complete approximately 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 hospital, 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.

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.


Course overview

Course code

3007306

Course abbreviation

BSpPath

Credit points

384

Equivalent units

32

Duration

4 years full-time; 8 years part-time

Duration

4 years full-time

Availability details

Domestic

Location Teaching period UAC code QTAC code
Gold Coast Session 1 330168 059861

Fee information

Commonwealth supported


International

Location Teaching period Annual Fees CRICOS
Gold Coast Session 1 $22,880 ($2,860 per unit) 085520F

Course requirements

See the University’s Rules Relating to Awards, in conjunction with the Specific Award Rules listed below.

  1. 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:
    1. all units listed in Part A; and
    2. two (2) elective units from Part B University elective units
  2. 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:
    1. all units listed in Part C – Honours stream
    Students who enter the Honours stream will be required to:
    1. successfully complete all units in years 3 and 4 of the Honours stream on their first attempt; and
    2. maintain a GPA of at least 5.0 (Credit grade average) for years 3 and 4
    Students must pass all units of study on their first attempt to continue with the Honours program, maintain a GPA of at least 5.0 (Credit grade average) and comply with these requirements.

Progression in clinic based units

  1. Candidates are not permitted to have an extended period of more than 18 months between study of any two (2) clinic units.
  2. 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.


Schedule of units

Title Level of learning Note

Part A

BIO01302 - Human Anatomy Introductory
CMM10580 - The Australian Health Care System Introductory
BHS10581 - Psychology and Sociology for Health Sciences Introductory
SPT10001 - Introduction to the Speech Pathology Profession Introductory
BIO00307 - Human Physiology Introductory
MAT00330 - Research and Analysis in Health Introductory
HLT10583 - Communication Skills for Health Sciences Introductory
SPT10002 - Phonetics and Linguistics for Speech Pathology Introductory
BIO20001 - Anatomy, Physiology and Pathology of the Head and Neck Intermediate
CUL00408 - Health and Indigenous Australian Peoples Intermediate
SPT20002 - Child Speech: Theory and Practice Intermediate
SPT20003 - Appraising and Applying Research Findings Across Disciplines Intermediate
SPT20004 - Neurology for Speech Pathology Introductory
SPT20005 - Speech, Voice and Hearing Sciences Intermediate
SPT20006 - Child Language and Literacy: Theory and Practice Intermediate
SPT20007 - Working in Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Contexts and in Rural and Remote Settings Intermediate
SPT30001 - Voice: Theory and Practice Intermediate
SPT30002 - Neurogenic Speech Disorders in Adults and Children Intermediate
SPT30003 - Language in Adults: Theory and Practice Intermediate
SPT30004 - Fluency: Theory and Practice Intermediate
HLT30002 - Clinics in Multimodal Intervention: Internal Advanced
HLT30001 - Simulated and Actual Internal Clinics: Mixed Caseload Advanced
HLT83007 - Health Promotion and Primary Health Care Advanced Note 1
HLT83005 - Diagnostic Intake Clinic: Advanced and Interdisciplinary Practice (Internal) Advanced
HLT83006 - Accountability and Clinical Reasoning Advanced
SPT40002 - Assessment and Intervention of Communication and Swallowing: Clinical Cases Advanced
SPT40001 - Assessment and Intervention of Communication and Swallowing: Clinical Placements Advanced Note 1
HLT10601 - Transition to Professional Practice Advanced

Part B

Two elective units from the University's offering.

Part C - Honours Stream

Title Level of learning Note
BHS10581 - Psychology and Sociology for Health Sciences Introductory
BIO00307 - Human Physiology Introductory
BIO01302 - Human Anatomy Introductory
CMM10580 - The Australian Health Care System Introductory
CUL00408 - Health and Indigenous Australian Peoples Intermediate
HLT10583 - Communication Skills for Health Sciences Introductory
MAT00330 - Research and Analysis in Health Introductory
BIO20001 - Anatomy, Physiology and Pathology of the Head and Neck Intermediate
HLT30001 - Simulated and Actual Internal Clinics: Mixed Caseload Advanced
HLT30002 - Clinics in Multimodal Intervention: Internal Advanced
SPT10001 - Introduction to the Speech Pathology Profession Introductory
SPT10002 - Phonetics and Linguistics for Speech Pathology Introductory
SPT20002 - Child Speech: Theory and Practice Intermediate
SPT20003 - Appraising and Applying Research Findings Across Disciplines Intermediate
SPT20004 - Neurology for Speech Pathology Introductory
SPT20005 - Speech, Voice and Hearing Sciences Intermediate
SPT20006 - Child Language and Literacy: Theory and Practice Intermediate
SPT20007 - Working in Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Contexts and in Rural and Remote Settings Intermediate
SPT30001 - Voice: Theory and Practice Intermediate
SPT30002 - Neurogenic Speech Disorders in Adults and Children Intermediate
SPT30003 - Language in Adults: Theory and Practice Intermediate
SPT30004 - Fluency: Theory and Practice Intermediate
SPT40001 - Assessment and Intervention of Communication and Swallowing: Clinical Placements Advanced Note 1
SPT40002 - Assessment and Intervention of Communication and Swallowing: Clinical Cases Advanced
HLT83001 - Allied Health Honours Seminar I Advanced
HLT83002 - Allied Health Honours Seminar II Advanced
HLT83005 - Diagnostic Intake Clinic: Advanced and Interdisciplinary Practice (Internal) Advanced
HLT83003 - Allied Health Honours Thesis I Advanced Note 1
HLT83004 - Allied Health Honours Thesis II Advanced
HLT83006 - Accountability and Clinical Reasoning Advanced

Course progressions

Your course progression is in the recommended order you should complete your course in. It is important that you follow this to ensure you meet the course requirements. Assistance on how to enrol can be accessed here.

Students should use course progression information to select units specific to their course and enrol in these units using My Enrolment

Browse uni-wide elective units by selecting Uni-wide elective in the advanced filter of the Unit search

Browse shared majors and their units at Shared majors

Title Level of learning Note
Session 1, Year 1
BIO01302 - Human Anatomy Introductory
CMM10580 - The Australian Health Care System Introductory
BHS10581 - Psychology and Sociology for Health Sciences Introductory
SPT10001 - Introduction to the Speech Pathology Profession Introductory
Session 2, Year 1
BIO00307 - Human Physiology Introductory
HLT10583 - Communication Skills for Health Sciences Introductory
SPT10002 - Phonetics and Linguistics for Speech Pathology Introductory
MAT00330 - Research and Analysis in Health Introductory
Session 1, Year 2
BIO20001 - Anatomy, Physiology and Pathology of the Head and Neck Intermediate
CUL00408 - Health and Indigenous Australian Peoples Intermediate
SPT20002 - Speech, Language and Literacy in Children: Theory and Practice Intermediate
SPT20003 - Appraising and Applying Research Findings Across Disciplines Intermediate
Session 2, Year 2
SPT20004 - Neurology for Speech Pathology Introductory
SPT20005 - Audiology for Speech Pathology Practice Intermediate
SPT20006 - Paediatric Speech and Language Internal Clinic Intermediate
SPT20007 - Working in Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Contexts and in Rural and Remote Settings Intermediate
Session 1, Year 3
SPT30001 - Voice: Theory and Practice Intermediate
SPT30002 - Speech and Swallowing in Adults and Children: Theory and Practice Intermediate
SPT30003 - Language in Adults: Theory and Practice Intermediate
HLT83001 - Allied Health Honours Seminar I Advanced
Session 2, Year 3
HLT30002 - Clinics in Multimodal Intervention: Internal Advanced
HLT30001 - Simulated and Actual Internal Clinics: Mixed Caseload Advanced
SPT30004 - Fluency: Theory and Practice Intermediate
HLT83002 - Allied Health Honours Seminar II Advanced
Session 1, Year 4
HLT83003 - Allied Health Honours Thesis I Advanced Note 1
HLT83005 - Diagnostic Intake Clinic: Advanced and Interdisciplinary Practice (Internal) Advanced
HLT83006 - Accountability and Clinical Reasoning Advanced
Session 2, Year 4
SPT40002 - Assessment and Intervention of Communication and Swallowing for Children: External Clinic Advanced
SPT40001 - Assessment and Intervention of Communication and Swallowing for Adults: External Clinic Advanced
HLT83004 - Allied Health Honours Thesis II Advanced Note 1

Title Level of learning Note
Year 1, Session 1
Part-time students: Select the first two units in Year 1, Session 1 and the second two units in Year 2, Session 1
SPT10001 - Introduction to the Speech Pathology Profession Introductory
BIO01302 - Human Anatomy Introductory
CMM10580 - The Australian Health Care System Introductory
BHS10581 - Psychology and Sociology for Health Sciences Introductory
Year 1, Session 2
Part-time students: Select the first two units in Year 1, Session 2 and the second two units in Year 2, Session 2
BIO00307 - Human Physiology Introductory
MAT00330 - Research and Analysis in Health Introductory
HLT10583 - Communication Skills for Health Sciences Introductory
SPT10002 - Phonetics and Linguistics for Speech Pathology Introductory
Year 2, Session 1
Part-time students: Select the first two units in Year 3, Session 1 and the second two units in Year 4, Session 1
BIO20001 - Anatomy, Physiology and Pathology of the Head and Neck Intermediate
SPT20002 - Speech, Language and Literacy in Children: Theory and Practice Intermediate
CUL00408 - Health and Indigenous Australian Peoples Intermediate
SPT20003 - Appraising and Applying Research Findings Across Disciplines Intermediate
Year 2, Session 2
Part-time students: Select the first two units in Year 3, Session 2 and the second two units in Year 4, Session 2
SPT20004 - Neurology for Speech Pathology Introductory
SPT20005 - Audiology for Speech Pathology Practice Intermediate
SPT20006 - Paediatric Speech and Language Internal Clinic Intermediate
SPT20007 - Working in Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Contexts and in Rural and Remote Settings Intermediate
Year 3, Session 1
Part-time students: Select the first two units in Year 5, Session 1 and the second two units in Year 6, Session 1
SPT30001 - Voice: Theory and Practice Intermediate
SPT30002 - Speech and Swallowing in Adults and Children: Theory and Practice Intermediate
SPT30003 - Language in Adults: Theory and Practice Intermediate
ELECTIVE UNIT
Year 3, Session 2
Part-time students: Select the first two units in Year 5, Session 2 and the second two units in Year 6, Session 2
SPT30004 - Fluency: Theory and Practice Intermediate
HLT30002 - Clinics in Multimodal Intervention: Internal Advanced
HLT30001 - Simulated and Actual Internal Clinics: Mixed Caseload Advanced
ELECTIVE UNIT
Year 4, Session 1
Part-time students: Select the first unit in Year 7, Session 1 and the second two units in Year 8, Session 1
HLT83007 - Health Promotion and Primary Health Care Advanced Note 1
HLT83005 - Diagnostic Intake Clinic: Advanced and Interdisciplinary Practice (Internal) Advanced
HLT83006 - Accountability and Clinical Reasoning Advanced
Session 2, Year 4
Part-time students: Select the first unit in Year 7, Session 2 and the second two units in Year 8, Session 2
SPT40001 - Assessment and Intervention of Communication and Swallowing for Adults: External Clinic Advanced Note 1
SPT40002 - Assessment and Intervention of Communication and Swallowing for Children: External Clinic Advanced
HLT10601 - Transition to Professional Practice Advanced

Title Level of learning Note
Session 2, Year 1
MAT00330 - Research and Analysis in Health Introductory
CUL00408 - Health and Indigenous Australian Peoples Intermediate
BIO00307 - Human Physiology Introductory
Session 1, Year 2
CMM10580 - The Australian Health Care System Introductory
BHS10581 - Psychology and Sociology for Health Sciences Introductory
BIO01302 - Human Anatomy Introductory
SPT10001 - Introduction to the Speech Pathology Profession Introductory
Session 2, Year 2
HLT10583 - Communication Skills for Health Sciences Introductory
SPT10002 - Phonetics and Linguistics for Speech Pathology Introductory
Elective Unit
Session 1, Year 3
BIO20001 - Anatomy, Physiology and Pathology of the Head and Neck Intermediate
SPT20002 - Speech, Language and Literacy in Children: Theory and Practice Intermediate
SPT20003 - Appraising and Applying Research Findings Across Disciplines Intermediate
Session 2, Year 3
SPT20004 - Neurology for Speech Pathology Introductory
SPT20005 - Audiology for Speech Pathology Practice Intermediate
SPT20006 - Paediatric Speech and Language Internal Clinic Intermediate
SPT20007 - Working in Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Contexts and in Rural and Remote Settings Intermediate
Session 1, Year 4
SPT30001 - Voice: Theory and Practice Intermediate
SPT30002 - Speech and Swallowing in Adults and Children: Theory and Practice Intermediate
SPT30003 - Language in Adults: Theory and Practice Intermediate
Elective Unit
Session 2, Year 4
SPT30004 - Fluency: Theory and Practice Intermediate
HLT30002 - Clinics in Multimodal Intervention: Internal Advanced
HLT30001 - Simulated and Actual Internal Clinics: Mixed Caseload Advanced
Session 1, Year 5
HLT83007 - Health Promotion and Primary Health Care Advanced Note 1
HLT83006 - Accountability and Clinical Reasoning Advanced
HLT83005 - Diagnostic Intake Clinic: Advanced and Interdisciplinary Practice (Internal) Advanced
Session 2, Year 5
SPT40001 - Assessment and Intervention of Communication and Swallowing for Adults: External Clinic Advanced Note 1
SPT40002 - Assessment and Intervention of Communication and Swallowing for Children: External Clinic Advanced
HLT10601 - Transition to Professional Practice Advanced

Title Level of learning Note
Complete one or both of the units under Session 3 below and then follow the Course Progression for Session 1 Commencement less the completed unit/s.
BIO01302 - Human Anatomy Introductory
BIO00307 - Human Physiology Introductory

Notes

Note 1: Double-weighted unit