What will I learn?

Overview

As the longest standing provider of speech pathology education in Victoria, we understand no two days of the profession are alike. This four-year course considers every aspect of speech pathology, teaching you to diagnose and treat issues such as speech and language problems, stuttering, and voice and swallowing difficulties. The Bachelor of Applied Science and Master of Speech Pathology may enable you to work all over the world in a variety of health settings.

In first year you'll be introduced to the fundamentals of human biosciences, the factors influencing health, and the requirements of working as a health professional. First year also includes observational opportunities and mentoring by speech pathologists.

Second year allows you to focus on developing your knowledge of typical communication development, linguistics, general psychology and anatomy. Your third and fourth years include learning how to diagnose and treat speech pathology cases using real-life examples and a range of professional placement experiences.

Our students complete placements at a range of hospital and community agencies, schools and rehabilitation centres, so you'll gain the skills to work with all kinds of people, from children with developmental delay to adults with acquired disorders.

Fourth year is also your chance to participate in seminars on advanced issues in speech pathology. These will sharpen your presentation skills and help you discover your areas of special interest. During your clinical placement, you could be involved in the development of resources and projects aimed at helping the speech pathology community.

The course structure lets you complete the required subjects for this 4.5 year degree in only four years.

The qualification awarded on graduation is recognized in the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) as Level 9.

Career outcomes

Graduates practice in hospitals, community health centres, private practice, schools, rehabilitation centres and aged-care centres.

They can also find employment in areas such as health promotion, teaching, and consultancy work in the areas of communication and presentation. Employment opportunities also exist in specialized centres helping people with hearing impairment, cerebral palsy and intellectual disability.

Professional recognition

The Bachelor of Applied Science and Master of Speech Pathology is accredited by Speech Pathology Australia (SPA). Membership may require an application to the professional body and may have additional or ongoing requirements beyond the completion of the degree. Please contact the relevant professional body for details.

Which department am I in?

Department of Science and Biosciences

CRICOS

083317C

Study options

Full Time (4 years (accelerated))

Tuition fees
A$45,800.00 (US$ 31,286) per year

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

Start date

2 March 2020

Venue

La Trobe University

Melbourne (Bundoora) Campus,

Plenty Road and Kingsbury Drive,

LA TROBE UNIVERSITY,

Victoria,

3086, MELBOURNE, Australia

Full Time (4 years (accelerated))

Tuition fees
A$45,800.00 (US$ 31,286) per year

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

Start date

2 March 2020

Venue

Albury-Wodonga Campus

133 McKoy Street,

WEST WODONGA,

Victoria,

3690, WODONGA, Australia

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants require completion of Australian Year 12 (or international equivalent) with a certain grade. International Baccalaureate (IB): Minimum of 4 in English A1 or A2 (Higher and Standard Levels); or Minimum of 5 in English B (Higher Level), Over six subjects. English Language Requirements: IELTS (Academic): Overall score of 6.0 with no band less than 6.0; TOEFL Paper-based Test - Overall score of 550 with 5 or better in TWE (Test of Written English); 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, Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE): 169 with no less than 169 in any component, Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): 169 with no less than 169 in any component.

For international students

Equivalent to an Australian Year 12 Senior Secondary Certificate.

Subject prerequisites

Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 35 in English (EAL) or at least 30 in English other than EAL; and a study score of at least 25 in one of Biology, Chemistry, any Mathematics, Physical Education or Physics.

English language requirements

IELTS (Academic) - Overall score of 7.5 with no band less than 7.0; TOEFL Paper based - Overall score of 625 with 6 or better in TWE (Test of Written English); TOEFL Internet based (iBT) - Overall 102 with 24 in Reading, 24 in Listening, 23 in Speaking and 27 in Writing; Pearson Test of English (Academic) (PTE) - Overall score of 73 with no communicative skill score less than 65; Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE) - 191 with no less than 185 in any component; Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE) - 191 with no less than 185 in any component.

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Pathways options

Offered by other partners

This university accepts pathways courses from
  • Box Hill Institute
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