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Bachelor of Speech Pathology (Honours)

Overview

Prepare for a rich and rewarding career as a specialist in language and communication.

UQ’s Bachelor of Speech Pathology (Honours) is recognised nationally and internationally for its award-winning teachers and graduate leaders, and is ranked #1 in Australia by students.

Discover how to help people of all ages with speech, language, fluency, swallowing and voice disorders. You'll work with a wide range of people, from small children who have difficulties understanding their parents to injured adults who need to learn how to speak and swallow again.

You'll integrate your learning from Years 2 to 4 through case-based and simulated learning activities that will help you develop a range of practical client management skills. You'll also undertake simulated activities in the school’s six-bed simulation ward, and learn how to use innovative systems like telepractice.

Importantly, you'll complete a range of supervised clinical placements to demonstrate your competency for entry into the profession. These clinical placements can include hospitals, educational facilities, healthcare organisations, private practices and UQ’s own open-to-the-public Speech Pathology clinic.

Location
St Lucia
Duration
4 Years full-time
Start Semester
Semester 1 (22 Feb, 2021)
QTAC Code
727002
Program Code
2370
AQF
Level 8
Location
St Lucia
Fees
A$45632 (indicative per year)
Duration
4 Years
Start Semester
Semester 1 (22 Feb, 2021)
QTAC Code
727002
Program Code
2370
CRICOS Code
082623A
AQF
Level 8

Program highlights

Program highlights

  • Learn how to assess, diagnose and treat a wide variety of clients and communication disorders.
  • Build a strong knowledge foundation from your first year, in areas including anatomy, linguistics, physiology and psychology, communication disorders and language function.
  • Work with some of the best speech pathology researchers in the world, specialising in areas including innovative service delivery models.
  • In your final year you may have the opportunity to undertake a placement in Vietnam or Timor Leste.

How you'll learn

Your learning experiences are designed to best suit the learning outcomes of the courses you choose.

  • Lectures
  • Tutorials
  • Work placements
  • Online study
  • Overseas study

Placements and work experience

You will complete supervised clinical placements throughout the duration of the program to demonstrate competency for entry into the profession. These clinical placements can include hospitals, educational facilities, other health care organisations, private practices and UQ's internal clinics. During your placements, you will have the opportunity to apply your theoretical knowledge acquired through coursework and research to practice and develop your clinical skills in real life settings.

You will undertake a variety of sessional practical experiences from year one before commencing full time block placements during years three and four.

Clinical placements may be outside of the Brisbane metropolitan area where you will be required to fund your travel, accommodation and daily living expenses.

This program has pre-placement requirements which must be met prior to commencement of the program or a placement course. Further details can be found on the Placement Ready website.

What you'll study

At UQ, degrees are called 'programs' and subjects are called 'courses'. Here's a sample of the courses you could study in this program:

  • The Secret Life of Language: Words and Sentences
  • Introduction to Communication and Swallowing Disorders
  • Communication Across the Lifespan
  • Introduction to Speech Pathology Practice

See all courses in this program

See program rules [PDF]

In Semester 1, 2021, we'll be teaching courses on campus and online. Delivery modes vary for each course and may change in future semesters.

Career possibilities

Our programs prepare you for your first job and beyond. Here are some of the careers you could be on your way to:

  • Private practice speech pathologist
  • Paediatric speech pathologist
  • Disability speech pathologist
  • Rehabilitation speech pathologist
  • Early learning speech pathologist
  • Community speech pathologist
  • Mental health speech pathologist
  • ESL/immigrant speech pathologist

Graduate salary

Health services & support (undergraduate)

$59K–$62K

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Professional memberships

When you graduate, you may be eligible for memberships with the following professional organisations. Contact the organisation to find out how to become a member.

  • Speech Pathology Australia

Program accreditation

The Bachelor of Speech Pathology (Honours) is accredited by:

  • Speech Pathology Australia

Entry requirements

Prerequisites

Queensland Year 12 (or equivalent) General English subject (Units 3 & 4, C); and one of Biology, Chemistry or Physics (Units 3 & 4, C).

Prerequisites

Queensland Year 12 (or equivalent) General English subject (Units 3 & 4, C); and one of Biology, Chemistry or Physics (Units 3 & 4, C).

Entry score threshold

OPRankIB
59336

These are the lowest adjusted scores we made an offer to in Semester 1, 2020. Entry scores are based on the most recent Semester 1 intake and are updated in April each year. Meeting the threshold doesn't guarantee admission.

ATAR scores: See QTAC's OP to ATAR conversions (PDF) for a rough guide to equivalent ATARs.

Guarantee your place at UQ: If you meet our ATAR guarantee threshold (PDF, 201.47 KB) you could be guaranteed an offer for your preferred program.

English language requirements

IELTS overall 7; speaking 8; reading 7; writing 7; listening 7. For other English Language Proficiency Tests and Scores approved for UQ

TOEFL IBT - Overall 100, listening 25, reading 25, writing 27, speaking 27.

TOEFL PB - Overall 600, listening 59, reading 59, writing 64/6.

Pearsons - Overall 72, listening/reading/writing minimum 72, speaking 82.

CES - Overall 185, listening/reading/writing minimum 185, speaking 200.

BE and OET are not accepted.

There are other ways to meet the English language requirements. For some programs, additional conditions apply.

Learn how to meet the English language requirements

Need help meeting the entry requirements?

We can help you meet the minimum entry score, subject prerequisites or English language requirements for your preferred program.

If you haven't studied the prerequisites or need to improve your entry score, we can help.

Learn about pathway options

Additional application information

At the commencement of the program, you will be required to obtain, and thereafter hold for the duration of the program, a current Blue Card and First Aid Certificate (including CPR). You will also be required to provide evidence that you do not carry blood-borne transmissible viruses or tuberculosis (TB) and comply with a schedule of immunisations. Further details can be found on the Placements website.

For applicants who need to provide evidence of English proficiency, please note that this program requires a higher level of English language proficiency than the UQ minimum.

Additional application information

This program has limited intake capacity.

Students are encouraged to submit their application as early as possible to allow adequate time for their student visa to be processed.

At the commencement of the program, you will be required to obtain, and thereafter hold for the duration of the program, a current Blue Card and First Aid Certificate (including CPR). You will also be required to provide evidence that you do not carry blood-borne transmissible viruses or tuberculosis (TB) and comply with a schedule of immunisations. Further details can be found on the Placements website.

Entry score range

This table shows the range of entry scores for recent secondary students offered a place in the B Speech Pathology (Hons) for Semester 1, 2020

Without adjustmentsWith adjustments
Highest1 / 991 / 99
Median4 / 944 / 95
Lowest6 / 895 / 92

Who you'll study with

Here's a snapshot of our student intake for this program in Semester 1, 2020:

Applicant backgroundNumber of studentsPercentage of all students

(A) Higher education study

5248.15%

(B) Vocational Education and Training (VET) study

00%

(C) Work and life experience

00%
(D) Recent secondary education
  • Admitted solely on the basis of OP
4642.59%
  • Admitted where OP and additional criteria were considered
00%
  • Admitted on the basis of other criteria only and OP was not a factor
<5<5

International students

98.33%

Total

108100%

"<5" — The number of students is less than 5.
N/A — Students not accepted in this category.
N/P — Not published. The number is hidden to protect the privacy of students in other cells.

Student visas

International students who are accepted into full-time study in the Bachelor of Speech Pathology (Honours) are eligible to apply for an Australian student visa (subclass 500).

There are a number of requirements you must satisfy before a visa is granted, including the genuine temporary entrant (GTE) requirement.

Learn more about student visas

Fees and Scholarships

Financial aid

As an international student, you might be eligible for financial aid – either from your home country, or from the Australian Government.

Learn more about financial aid

Indicative annual fee

AUD $45,632

Indicative annual fee 2021

This indicative annual fee is the cost of enrolling in the Bachelor of Speech Pathology (Honours) for the 2021 academic year. It is calculated based on a standard full-time study load (16 units per academic year).

If you enrol in a larger or smaller study load, your fees will be calculated on a proportionate basis. All fees are reviewed annually.

Learn more about undergraduate fees

Centrelink support

Indicative annual fee

Fee information for this program is not yet available.

This indicative annual fee is the approximate cost of enrolling in a Commonwealth supported place (CSP) in the Bachelor of Speech Pathology (Honours) for one academic year. It is calculated based on a standard full-time study load (16 units over two semesters).

Actual fees will vary according to your choice of courses and their unit value. The Australian Government indexes fees each year.

Learn more about undergraduate fees

Additional costs

  • Annual CPR re-certification (approximately $60 per year)
  • Students are expected to fund travel and living expenses associated with placements, some of which may be outside the Brisbane metropolitan area.
  • Senior First Aid Certificate (including CPR) (approximately $155 renewed every 3 years)
  • A clinical uniform shirt is required and may be purchased from the School.
  • Costs for vaccinations and serology are the responsibility of the student and will vary based on individual and program requirements.

Scholarships

Scholarships

How to apply

Applying online

How you apply depends on what type of applicant you are.

Your senior schooling is from Australia or New Zealand

Submit your application to the Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre if you are an international student who is currently:

  • completing Australian Year 12 (either in Australia or offshore) or
  • studying the International Baccalaureate in Australia.

The QTAC code for the Bachelor of Speech Pathology (Honours) is 727002.

Find out more about applying for undergraduate study

Apply now to QTAC

All other international applicants

Submit your application to UQ. If you prefer, you can use an approved UQ agent in your country.

The program code for the Bachelor of Speech Pathology (Honours) is 2370.

Find out more about applying for undergraduate study

Apply now to UQ

Important dates

If you’re studying Year 12 in Australiago to the QTAC website to check the closing date for this program. 

If you’re applying to UQ, the closing date for this program is: 

  • To commence study in semester 1 - November 30 of the previous year.

To learn more about UQ dates, including semester start dates, view the Academic Calendar

Important dates

Admissions schemes

Applying to university can be both exciting and daunting, which is why we’ve tried to make the process as simple as we can.

We have several schemes in place to improve your chances of getting a place at UQ.

Learn more about admission schemes

Pathway options

A rank or score doesn’t determine your potential.

If you're not offered a place in your first-choice program – or if you don't meet the entry requirements – you still have a number of options.

Learn more about pathway options

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander applicants

For support with applying - or if you have any questions about Uni - get in touch with our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies Unit.

Contact the ATSIS Unit

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