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What will I learn?

Speech Pathologists assess and provide diagnoses for people of all ages who are living with swallowing and feeding difficulties as well as communication disorders including hearing, understanding and producing language, speaking, reading and writing. You will work to support and empower people with conditions such as developmental delay and disorder, autism spectrum disorder and neurological conditions like stroke, brain injury, dementia, stuttering and hearing impairments.

You will be required to apply your theoretical learning during approximately 650 hours of clinical placement under the supervision of experienced industry experts across a variety of settings.

UniSA is an unstoppable university for unstoppable people. As one of the World’s Top Young Universities,1 we’ll ensure you get the experience your future profession demands so it’ll feel like you’re studying one minute and in a career the next.

UniSA’s Bachelor of Speech Pathology (Honours) has Qualifying status with Speech Pathology Australia. UniSA is currently working with Speech Pathology Australia to seek full accreditation of the program.

What you'll learn

Knowledge and skills in problem solving, communication, lifelong learning, ethical standards and valuing difference are emphasised and developed throughout the degree. You will acquire the theoretical and clinical knowledge and skills to assess, diagnose and provide intervention for children and adults affected by communication and swallowing difficulties. For example, brain injuries can result in difficulties understanding or producing language, slurred and imprecise speech, and changes to cognition such as attention, memory and personality.

As part of your studies, you will learn with technology used by Speech Pathologists. For example, technology for hearing screening assessments and understanding acoustic signals of speech and voice production.

During the first year of the degree you will develop foundation knowledge in the areas of anatomy, physiology and biopsychosocial issues that can affect people’s health, swallowing, speech and language ability.

The second year of study focuses on human communication science, clinical science in speech pathology, and research methods. You will also have opportunities to learn with your allied health peers from areas like physiotherapy and podiatry in the UniSA Community Clinics. Enjoy activities focused on a simulated telepractice environment where you will learn together about each discipline to deliver collaborative, quality care through clinical case scenarios.

Practice-based learning is a strong focus, particularly during the third and fourth years of the program where you will be able to complete clinical placements in the UniSA Community Clinics and in professional practice settings including community, hospital, aged care and early years settings and schools.



Study options

Full Time (4 Years)

Tuition fees
A$37,800.00 (20,23,555) per year

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

28 February 2022


City East Campus

Corner of North Terrace and Frome Rd,


South Australia,

5001, Australia

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Students must have successfully completed an Australian Year 12 program. International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma IB Grade average of 26. International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic: Overall 6.0 (with 6.0 in Reading and Writing); TOEFL iBT score of 60 with Reading and Writing not less than 18; TOEFL paper-based test (PBT) score of 550 with TWE of 4.5; Cambridge CAE/CPE score of 169; Pearson's test of English (Academic) (PTE) score of 50 with Reading and Writing communicative scores not less than 50; CELUSA score of AE4.

For international students

Applicants are required to meet one of the following criteria with a competitive result, and demonstrate that they fulfil any prerequisite requirements and essential requirements for admission:

Recent secondary education:

Meet any prerequisite requirements with a minimum grade of C- or equivalent and

Complete secondary qualifications equivalent to SACE, or

Complete the International Baccalaureate Diploma with a minimum score of 24 points


Higher education study

Complete or partly complete a recognized higher education program at a recognized higher education institution


Vocational Education and Training (VET)

Complete an award from a registered training organization at Certificate IV or above


Work and life experience

Hold completed secondary qualifications equivalent to SACE obtained more than 2 years in the past

From SP22022 the minimum IELTS requirement for entry to this program will be 7.0.

English language requirements:

IELTS score of 6.0; TOEFL iBT score of 60 with Reading and Writing not less than 18; TOEFL paper-based test (PBT) score of 550 with TWE of 4.5; Cambridge CAE/CPE score of 169; Pearson's test of English (Academic) (PTE) score of 50 with Reading and Writing communicative scores not less than 50; CELUSA score of AE4.

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


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