What will I learn?

Bachelor of Applied Science (Speech Pathology) prepares you for professional practice as a speech pathologist. You will be involved in the study and treatment of communication and speech disorders in children and adults, including problems with speaking, comprehension, reading, writing, voice problems and stuttering.

As a speech pathology student, you will learn from leading experts researching in a range of specialist areas in communication sciences and disorders. Through hands-on learning and clinical practice you will develop the ability to work with children and adults with communication difficulties caused by congenital or developmental problems, illness, and emotional or physical trauma.

During this four year degree you will study a wide-range of areas in speech pathology, including speech science, linguistics and phonetics, neuroscience, motor speech and dysphagia, and counselling and behaviour management for communication disorders. The Faculty of Health Sciences is home to the renowned Australian Stuttering Research Centre which has been responsible for numerous breakthroughs in stuttering treatment. Researchers from the Centre contribute significantly to the course, and students have access to the on-site teaching clinic. You will observe clients in your first year before commencing clinical practice from your second year, practicing under supervision in the on-campus clinic, hospitals, community health centres, developmental disability services, schools and specialist clinics.

A career in speech pathology gives you the rewarding opportunity to work across hospitals, private practice, schools and early childhood services to assess and treat individuals with a wide variety of communication disorders.

Career outcomes

Graduate opportunities

Graduates of the Bachelor of Applied Science (Speech Pathology) are qualified to work as speech pathologists. A career in speech pathology gives you the opportunity to work in diverse settings (hospitals, private practice, schools and early childhood services) to assess and treat individuals who may present with a wide variety of communication disorders.

Examples include work in hospitals, schools, community health centres, rehabilitation centres, universities, senior citizen residences, and centres for physically or developmentally disabled individuals, business and industry. Private practice is an employment avenue for many speech pathologists.

Course opportunities

Candidates in the Bachelor of Applied Science (Speech Pathology) course participate in a wide variety of practicum experiences throughout their degree. Practicum experiences occur on-campus and off-campus in metropolitan and country areas, and sometimes interstate and overseas.

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Health Sciences



Study options

Full Time (4 years)

Tuition fees
Year 1 Tuition fee: AUD $53,000; This indicative tuition fee is subject to annual increase each year of your study, effective at the start of each calendar year.

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

Start date

Expected February 2021


Cumberland Campus

Faculty of Health Sciences,

75 East Street,


New South Wales,

2141, SYDNEY, Australia

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants must have obtained a ATAR score: 28 -40; English Language Requirements: IELTS overall score of 6.5 with no band below 6.0; TOEFL Paper based score of 565; TOEFL IBT: 85; PTE Academic score of 61; Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE): 58; Cambridge English: Proficiency (CPE): 45; Cambridge English scale: CAE and CPE: 176.

For international students

Admission to this course is on the basis of the following criteria:

a secondary education qualification (including national and international equivalents), or approved higher education study, including approved preparation courses.

The Bachelor of Applied Science (Speech Pathology) course does not have a guaranteed ATAR. The ATAR information provided is an indication only and the actual required ATAR for entry may be higher or lower depending on student demand and availability of places in the course each year.

TOEFL - IBT score: A minimum result of 96 overall including a minimum result of 20 in Reading, Listening and Speaking and 22 in Writing.

IELTS score: A minimum result of 7.0 overall and a minimum result of 6.5 in each band

TOEFL - PBT score: A minimum result of 592 overall including a minimum result of 5.0 in Writing

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About this uni

The University of Sydney is ranked 4th in the world and 1st in Australia for graduate employability by the 2020 QS Graduate Employability Rankings.

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