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What will I learn?

Our ability to communicate clearly and enjoy food or drink are things we can take for granted. But people of all ages can experience difficulties with these seemingly simple tasks, and the effects can be devastating. Speech pathologists don't just help correct these issues; they improve quality of life. Launch your career in this rewarding field of health with La Trobe's Bachelor of Speech Pathology (Honours).

You'll develop an understanding of the anatomy behind speech and swallowing impairments and provide therapeutic treatment and management options. Build hands-on skills with approximately 1,000 hours of placement on-campus and in clinics across Victoria. You'll also learn how to improve speech pathology services and policies by tackling a fourth-year industry project or research thesis.

You'll learn:

Therapeutic intervention and management

Design and manage the best course of treatment for patients with communication and swallowing impairments.

Anatomy and neurophysiology

Gain an understanding of the functional anatomy and neurophysiology relevant to communication and swallowing and their role in impairment.

The science of speech and hearing

Discover the latest techniques for investigating sound, speech and hearing, including the analysis of sound waves and speech, and the psychology of sound perception.

The qualification awarded on graduation is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) as Level 8 – Bachelor Degree Honours.

Career outcomes

Possible career paths include:

Hospitals and health centres

Treat and diagnose children and adults in hospitals, health clinics and rehabilitation centres.

Teaching and consultancy

Educate others about communication and swallowing impairments, intervention and management.

Disability and special needs

Opportunities exist in specialised centres which assist people with hearing impairment, cerebral palsy and intellectual disability.

Professional recognition

The Bachelor of Speech Pathology (Honours) is seeking accreditation from Speech Pathology Australia (SPA). Upon receipt of the outcome, graduates of the Bachelor of Speech Pathology (Honours) may be eligible to apply for membership with Speech Pathology Australia (SPA). Membership may be subject to additional or ongoing requirements beyond completion of the degree. Please contact the relevant professional body for details.

Accreditation, registration and/or membership details for this course may be found on the La Trobe University website.

Which department am I in?

Department of Health and Nursing

CRICOS

0101264

Study options

Full Time (4 years)

Tuition fees
A$47,800.00 (25,69,892) per year
Application deadline

Expected February 2023

More details

Start date

Expected February 2023

Venue

La Trobe University

Melbourne (Bundoora) Campus,

Plenty Road and Kingsbury Drive,

LA TROBE UNIVERSITY,

Victoria,

3086, MELBOURNE, Australia

Full Time (4 years)

Tuition fees
A$47,800.00 (25,69,892) per year
Application deadline

Expected February 2023

More details

Start date

Expected February 2023

Venue

Bendigo Campus

Edwards Road,

BENDIGO,

Victoria,

3552, BENDIGO, Australia

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Equivalent to an Australian Year 12 Senior Secondary Certificate. International Baccalaureate - 24 to 33. English Language Requirements: IELTS (Academic): Overall score of 6.0 with no band less than 6.0; TOEFL Internet based (iBT): Overall 64 with 13 in Reading, 12 in Listening, 18 in Speaking and 21 in Writing, Pearson Test of English (Academic) (PTE): Overall score of 50 with no communicative skill score less than 50, C1 Advanced: 169 with no less than 169 in any component, C2 Proficiency: 176 with no less than 169 in any component.

For international students

Equivalent to an Australian Year 12 Senior Secondary Certificate.

English language requirements

IELTS Overall 7.5, no band less than 7.0

Pearson Test of English (Academic) (PTE) - Overall score of 73 with no communicative skill score less than 65.

TOEFL Internet based (iBT) - Overall 102 with 24 in Reading, 24 in Listening, 23 in Speaking and 27 in Writing.

Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE) / Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE) - 191 with no less than 185 in any component.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

Pathways options

Offered by other partners

This university accepts pathways courses from
  • Box Hill Institute
  • Chisholm Institute
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