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Bachelor of Speech Pathology

Course code Y02

Most of us take communication for granted, but for people with a disorder, it's a daily challenge. Thankfully, a trained Speech Pathologist can make a huge difference to the quality of someone's life.

Speech Pathologists provide diagnostic assessment and management of disorders of communication and swallowing for people of all ages, from babies to the elderly. They work with a wide range of problems like stuttering, voice problems, language disorders and physical and intellectual disabilities.

If you are passionate about communicating, have an interest in helping people across the lifespan, this might be a career for you. Speech Pathology includes science, communication and being creative in planning therapy.

One of the best things about studying Speech Pathology at ECU is starting your practical experience in your first year. And with our smaller student cohort and greater personal attention you’ll receive from our experienced lecturers, it’s the best way to start your new career.

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Course overview

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Entry requirements

80 Indicative ATAR

ECU admission and English language requirements apply.

See Course Entry for further information.

Course code

Y02

Fees

Commonwealth supported - estimated 1st year indicative fee AUD $10,450

See Fees and Scholarships for further information.

Duration

4 years full-time or part-time equivalent

See Course Details for further information.

Availability & Campus

Semester 1 Semester 2
Joondalup FT PT PT
Mount Lawley
South West
Online
FT - Full-time PT - Part-time

Entry requirements

ECU admission and English language requirements apply.

See Course Entry for further information.

Course code

Y02

CRICOS code

070836J

Fees

International students - estimated 1st year indicative fee AUD $36,300

See Fees and Scholarships for further information.

Duration

4 years full-time

See Course Details for further information.

Availability & Campus

Semester 1 Semester 2
Joondalup FT
Mount Lawley
South West
Online
FT - Full-time PT - Part-time

Course Entry

Admission requirements you'll need to meet for this course.

  • All applicants must meet the academic admission requirements for this course. The indicative or guaranteed ATAR is as published (where applicable) or academic admission requirements may be satisfied through completion of one of the following:

    • AQF Diploma or equivalent;
    • Successfully completed 0.5 EFTSL of study at bachelor level or higher at an Australian higher education provider (or equivalent);
    • Special Tertiary Admissions Test;*
    • University Preparation Course;*
    • Indigenous University Orientation Course; or*
    • Aboriginal University Readiness Assessment.*

    * Further information can be found on the Study course entry page.

    For international students, requirements include your secondary school results.

  • International students are required to provide an English language test approved by ECU with a score equivalent to an IELTS Academic overall minimum score of 7.5 (no individual band less than 7.0).  Internationally schooled applicants may also be required to meet this requirement.

    Minimum English standard requirements for this course may also be satisfied with one of the following:

    • Year 12 English ATAR/English Literature ATAR grade C or better or equivalent;
    • Special Tertiary Admissions Test;*
    • Successfully completed 1.0 EFTSL of study at bachelor level or higher in the UK, Ireland, USA, NZ or Canada;
    • University Preparation Course;
    • Indigenous University Orientation Course;*
    • Aboriginal Student Intake Test;*
    • AQF Diploma, Advanced Diploma or Associate Degree; or
    • Successfully completed 0.375 EFTSL of study at bachelor level or higher at an Australian higher education provider (or equivalent).

Applications for this course are not accepted through ECU's Experience Based Entry Scheme.

Course Details

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Semester availability

Semester 1: Study full-time at Joondalup

Semester 1: Study part-time at Joondalup

Semester 2: Study part-time at Joondalup

Semester availability

Semester 1: Study full-time at Joondalup

Course Structure

Year 1 - Semester 1
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
SPE1100Evidence-Based Practice in Speech Pathology15
PSY1101Introduction to Psychology15
SPE1102Language Across the Lifespan15
MHS1101Anatomy and Physiology 115
Year 1 - Semester 2
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
MAT1114Introductory Statistics15
SPE1101Professional Standards and Competencies15
SPE1103Language Models and Analytical Frameworks15
MHS1102Anatomy and Physiology 215
Year 2 - Semester 1
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
HST2122Health Research Methodology15
SPE2104Analysis of Sensorimotor Systems15
SPE2210Impact of Communication and Swallowing Disorders15
PSY1115Psychology of Motivation and Emotion15
Year 2 - Semester 2
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
SPE2103Analysis of Speech and Language15
SPE2205Speech Pathology Assessment: Standard Tests 15
IAS3110Indigenous Australians, Cultural Competence and Speech Pathology15
SPE2106Treatment Principles15

Note: SPE2103 should be completed concurrently with SPE2205. If the units are undertaken in different semesters, SPE2103 should be completed before enrolling into SPE2205.

Year 3 - Semester 1
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
SPE3128Neurogenic Language and Cognitive Communication Disorders15
SPE3106Management of Speech and Language Disorders15
SPE3107Clinical Practicum 115
SPE3112Language Difference: Implications for Clinical Practice15

Note: SPE3128 and SPE3106 should be completed concurrently with SPE3107. If units are undertaken in different semesters, SPE3128 and/or SPE3106 should be completed before enrolling into SPE3107.

Year 3 - Semester 2
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
SPE3105Management of Sensorimotor Disorders15
SPE3125Assessment and Management of Swallowing Disorders15
SPE3108Clinical Practicum 215
SPE3110Professional Issues in Speech Pathology15
Year 4 - Semester 1
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
SPE4244Disability and Communication15
SPE4110Clinical Practicum 330
SPE4155Evidence Based Decision Making in Speech Pathology15
Year 4 - Semester 2
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
SPE4200Innovation and Speech Pathology 15
SPE4111Clinical Practicum 430
SPE4109Professional Skills in Speech Pathology: Workplace Preparation15

Y02|5

For more detailed unit information for this course take a look at our Handbook. To organise your life for next semester visit the Semester timetable.

Student handbook

Course notes

Important course notes

  • Students are required to complete substantial clinical practicums designed to provide the required range of clinical experience. Fieldwork placements commence in the first year and throughout the course, and provide students with valuable learning experiences in a range of settings.

    Clearances and/or Risk Management Protocols Required

    To be eligible to undertake clinical practice and fulfil their duty of care, students are required to complete pre-practicum preparation on commencement of the course and carry out amendments in subsequent semesters, as appropriate. For more information, see course details on our website.

Course Learning Outcomes

  1. Apply broad discipline knowledge and theory to a range of speech pathology contexts.
  2. Think critically to analyse, interpret and conceptualise complex communication and swallowing conditions.
  3. Think creatively to anticipate challenges and generate solutions in complex speech pathology contexts.
  4. Use digital technologies to access and evaluate information and to enhance speech pathology practice.
  5. Communicate knowledge and ideas clearly, coherently and with independence.
  6. Demonstrate a global outlook with respect for cultural diversity, including developing capabilities in delivering culturally secure services for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander individuals, families and communities.
  7. Work collaboratively to initiate social, sustainable and ethical practices to achieve positive client outcomes.
  8. Demonstrate autonomy, accountability and self-awareness for own learning.

Professional Recognition

Accredited by: Speech Pathology Australia (SPA)

Graduates of this course will be eligible for Practicing Membership with Speech Pathology Australia.

Need some help deciding what to study?

Our future student events include a mix of on-campus and online sessions designed to help you decide what to study at ECU.

Fees and Scholarships

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AUD $10,450 *

* Commonwealth supported - estimated 1st year indicative fee

The 'Estimated 1st year indicative fee' is provided as a guide only, based on a typical enrolment of students undertaking the first year of this course. At ECU, you pay for the individual units you enrol in, not an overall course fee, so the total cost of your course will vary, depending on what units you choose. An indicative fee will be provided with your course offer, however you can use our Course Fee Calculator to estimate the actual amount you'll need to pay. ECU fees are adjusted annually.

AUD $36,300 *

* International students - estimated 1st year indicative fee

The 'estimated 1st year indicative fee' is provided as a guide only, and has been calculated based on a typical enrolment of students undertaking the first year of this course. At ECU, you pay for each individual unit you enrol in, not an overall course fee, so the total cost of your course will vary, depending on what units you choose. An indicative fee will be provided with your course offer, however you can use our Course Fee Calculator to estimate the actual amount you'll need to pay. ECU fees are adjusted annually.

Scholarships

ECU has a scholarship program that provides many opportunities each year to students undertaking studies here.

Find a scholarship

Career Opportunities

Speech pathologists are employed in child development centres, schools, hospitals, private practice, disability organisations, in the performing arts, or in universities.

Possible future job titles

Speech Pathologist

Courses you can consider if you are interested in progressing further in this area.

  • Bachelor of Speech Pathology Honours
    Students who have a Weighted Average Mark (WAM) of 70 per cent or higher across the first three years of their Bachelor course may be invited to enrol in the Honours program. Students will need to transfer into the Honours course prior to commencing.

Become World Ready

Speech Pathology goes remote

Our Speech Pathology course is making a difference to people in rural and remote communities, with students able to complete 16-week work placements at either Geraldton or Mount Magnet.

As part of their placements, our students work in schools, aged care facilities, inter-professional and communication clinics in the EdSIM Centre.

At Mount Magnet they become fully-immersed in the local Aboriginal community, participating in local activities, as well as completing clinical work. They also complete simulation training in Basic Life Support and a tailor-made cultural awareness program called 'Understanding Yamatji', with access to cultural mentors.

As well as the rich experience of living in a remote community and a rural centre, students also gain vital clinical competencies.

Explore your options

  • Most of us take communication for granted - but for people with a disorder, it's a daily challenge. Find out more about Speech Pathology, and how you could make a huge difference to the quality of someone’s life as a trained Speech Pathologist.

  • "Working with autistic children in a prac placement was a critical moment and led to my current role at the Telethon Kids Institute."

Student stories

  • Mikayla Garbin

    Mikayla Garbin

    ECU Speech Pathology student

    "ECU carefully and gradually immerses you in the field"

    In first year, you have lots of different opportunities to have observation days at different places, such as schools and hospitals. In second year, you can do some interviews and assessments. In third year, you start actual prac, going once a week, followed by block placements in fourth year.

  • Jaimee Klaassen

    Jaimee Klaassen

    ECU Speech Pathology student

    "I love neurology, psychology and anatomy and Speech Pathology encompasses all of these things"

    One of the best things about studying Speech Pathology at ECU is doing prac straight away, even from Semester 1 of first year. I’ve been exposed to what Speech Pathology actually looks like and what the profession entails, beyond being in a clinic, which has confirmed that this is the right career for me.

  • Lisa Bramwell

    Lisa Bramwell

    ECU Speech Pathology student

    "Any little difference I can make would be great"

    You can have a huge impact on someone’s life. Helping adults and kids with things that will eventually improve their quality of life. Like help them get a job, or with their self-esteem. I think all the experience I have gained in the last three years will prepare me so I’m ready to enter the workforce.

Quick guide to uni-speak

    • ATAR is the Australian Tertiary Admission Rank, the primary criterion for entry into most undergraduate university courses in Australia. The ATAR is a percentile score which denotes a student's ranking relative to their state-wide peers upon completion of their secondary education.

    • CRICOS is the Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students. A CRICOS code is allocated to education institutions (like ECU) who are approved to recruit, enrol and deliver education to overseas students. Courses with a CRICOS code are available to international students who meet the entry requirements.

    • A major, or unit set, is your chosen area of in-depth study in an undergraduate course. It usually involves 8 units of study, or one-third of the units in a 3-year degree. Talk to your Student Information Office if you need help choosing a major subject.

    • Minors include between 4 and 6 study units in a specific discipline. Not all courses require you to complete a minor. Your minor subject doesn't appear on your printed degree (parchment), but is part of your academic transcript.

    • If you're enrolled in 3 or more units in a semester this is considered full-time study. To complete most 3-year degrees studying full-time you'll need to complete 4 units per semester, i.e. 24 units over 3 years.

    • If a course is available to study part-time you can generally expect it to take twice as long to complete as it would in full-time mode. Part-time students are enrolled in 1 or 2 units maximum per semester.

      Note: International students who hold a student visa can only choose the full-time study option for our courses. This is to ensure the course is completed within the duration of the student visa.

    • Most courses start in Semester 1 each year, usually in the last week of February. Some courses can be started in Semester 2 (we call this mid-year). There's a week of Orientation before each semester to help you get used to uni life.

    • A lot of our courses start in Semester 2 each year, usually in the last week of July. We call this mid-year. There's a week of Orientation beforehand to help you get used to uni life.

    • We use a points system to make it easier for you to understand your study progress. Most Bachelors degree study units are allocated 15 credit points. If you're studying a 3-year full-time degree you'll need to successfully complete 360 credit points - that's 24 units x 15 points per unit.

    • These are compulsory units you have to successfully complete as part of your course.

    • An elective is a unit you choose to study that counts towards your course requirements, but isn't compulsory. For some courses we recommend elective units. In some situations, a course coordinator may approve an elective unit as a replacement for a compulsory one.

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