This course offers the chance for a truly transformational career.
It will develop your competence in the diagnosis and treatment of a wide range of people across the lifespan with communication (speech, language, multimodal communication, voice, fluency) and swallowing disorders.
Topics covered include phonetics and linguistics, audiology and neurology, working alongside and interacting with students from other health disciplines. As well as taking advantage of our state-of-the-art facilities, you will receive hands-on experience via clinical placements in schools, hospitals, nursing homes and the Southern Cross University Health Clinic at our Gold Coast campus.
Career opportunities for speech pathologists continue to grow nationally and internationally throughout the health and wellbeing industry, both in private practice and in working with health and education organisations and with various specialists.
Major areas of study
The Bachelor of Speech Pathology enables students to develop high-level communication skills (both written and oral) and 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 Southern Cross University 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 professionalism, evidence-based practice, cultural safety and responsiveness, person-centred care and holistic practice.
Course Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a course. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes.
|Graduate Attribute||Course Learning Outcome|
Apply critical analysis, prudent judgement and the use of research/evidence to inform clinical/professional practice
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
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
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
Demonstrate cultural safety in clinical/professional practice and leadership
Demonstrate an understanding of health inequalities and indigenous health (worldwide)
Assessment methods vary for each unit and include multiple choice questions, quizzes, short answer and essay style examinations, scenario-based case studies and self-reflective journals, oral presentations, written assignments, vivas, object structured clinical examinations (OSCEs), practical skill testing and fieldwork performance evaluations.
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.
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 Southern Cross University Health Clinic on campus, public hospitals, private practice, community health, rehabilitation centres, aged care facilities, schools and regional and remote 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 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.
|Duration||4 years full-time; 8 years part-time
4.5 years minimum for students commencing Session 2
|Fees|| Commonwealth supported
|Duration||4 years full-time; 8 years part-time|
|English language IELTS||
Academic scores by country
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 SCU Library provides a wide range of services that include face-to-face and online help, and access to print and electronic resources.
The Academic Skills team supports student learning by offering online and on-campus academic skills workshops, assignment reviews and small group or one-on-one face-to-face, phone or Skype consultations during business hours 9am to 4.30pm. Appointments can be made via the MySCU Hub 'Connect Now' button or on the Academic Skills home page. Students can also book appointments online in Career Hub.
The Studiosity service provides online after-hours study support for SCU students. This service is available from 4pm to midnight Sunday to Friday via the 'Connect Now' button on MySCU Hub or from a link in nominated unit learning sites. The Studiosity service offers generic writing feedback and live online chat assistance for foundational concepts and study skills.
Equipment and facilities
Students have access to state-of-the-art laboratories which enable quality learning experiences in anatomy, physiology, neurology and speech pathology. This includes the Speech Language Lab – a sound-treated facility that enables high quality sound transmission and phonetic transcription of speech sounds and 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 clinical education roles, other students and themselves working with clients who exhibit a range of communication disorders. These facilities also enable research opportunities for staff and students.
Students also access clinical learning spaces within on-campus health clinics and extensive library resources.
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 English Language Proficiency Requirements must demonstrate English language proficiency by:
- achieving an International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score of 8.0 overall and a minimum score of 8.0 in each of the four components; 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 to receive the Bachelor of Speech Pathology, students must complete 384 credit points, comprising:
- all core units; and
- one elective unit from University wide offerings.
To be eligible to receive the Bachelor of Speech Pathology with Honours, students must complete 384 credit points, comprising all honours units.
Students in Honours must successfully complete all units in years 3 and 4 on their first attempt and maintain a Credit grade average (GPA) of at least 5.0 for years 3 and 4.
Students may be eligible to exit with an Associate Degree of Health and Human Sciences after completing 192 credit points, comprising any 16 core units.
Students may be eligible to exit with a Diploma of Health and Human Sciences after completing 96 credit points, comprising any 8 core units.
Professional Experience Learning
This course includes professional experience learning. Pre-requisites to meet national and state-based regulatory requirements, as detailed on School of Health and Human Sciences Professional Experience page must be met prior to attending professional experience placement. All professional experience learning hours must be completed and professional behaviour and conduct must be demonstrated.
Students are not permitted to have an extended period of more than 18 months between study of any two (2) professional experience learning units.
Students 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 professional experience learning unit.
Students 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 clinical currency prior to continuation of the course.
Inherent Requirements apply to this course as defined on the Student Access & Inclusion website. Students who have a disability or health condition which may impact on their ability to meet these requirements are encouraged to visit the Student Access & Inclusion website for further information and contact details.
Schedule of units
|Note 1:||Double-weighted unit|
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Session 1March 2020
Applications for this course are made directly to Southern Cross University via our online application service.Apply Online
STAR Early Offer
If you're a current Year 12 student in the SCU footprint you can register for our STAR Early Offer program and may be eligible to receive an early offer based on your School Principal's recommendation. Visit the STAR Early Offer website
Session 2July 2020
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