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Bachelor of Speech Pathology

Approved Abbreviation: BSpeechPath


Western Sydney University Course Code: 4763.1

AQF Level: 7

CRICOS Code: 0100189


Course Status: CURRENT
This version of the course is available to new and continuing students.


Students should follow the course structure for the course version relevant to the year they commenced. This version applies to students whose commencement year for this course is Autumn 2020.

The Bachelor of Speech Pathology is a four-year full-time degree. Speech pathologists assess and treat disorders of communication in areas such as speech, voice, language and swallowing in children and adults. Employment is in private practice, aged care settings, private and public hospitals, workplaces, community-based agencies, schools, rehabilitation centres and chronic health management clinics. The first two-years of the course combine evidence-based studies in speech pathology with a broad understanding of biomedical and health science, linguistics and psychology to develop the professional competencies essential for ethical and safe practice, high quality care and the skills to work in multidisciplinary teams. The final two years focus on the development of advanced knowledge in speech pathology and clinical practice, which are used during clinical placements to treat patients in the community.

The Honours program is available to high achieving students in the Bachelor of Speech Pathology. Honours is a key early step in the pathway to leadership in the profession and opens up the world of research, without taking any longer to complete the degree. Students apply for entry into the Honours program in year three of the combined degree. Students complete an honours thesis during the fourth year of the program, along-side the core units of the Bachelor of Speech Pathology, including clinical placements. The thesis presents research that addresses speech pathology problems.

Study Mode
Four years full-time.

Course Advice

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Course AdviceHealthSciences@westernsydney.edu.au
Prospective students should use the links at the top of the page for general enquiries about this course.

Location

CampusAttendanceModeCourse Advice
Campbelltown CampusFull TimeInternal See above

Admission

NSW HSC or equivalent

Assumed knowledge: any 2 units of English

English Proficiency requirements: IELTS (academic version) 6.5 overall score, minimum 6.0 in each subtest.

Applications from Australian and New Zealand citizens and holders of permanent resident visas must be made via the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC). Use the links below to apply via UAC.

Applicants who have undertaken studies overseas may have to provide proof of proficiency in English. Local and International applicants who are applying through the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC) will find details of minimum English proficiency requirements and acceptable proof on the UAC website.

http://www.uac.edu.au/

Overseas qualifications must be deemed by the Australian Education International - National Office of Overseas Skills Recognition (AEI-NOOSR) to be equivalent to Australian qualifications in order to be considered by UAC and Western Sydney University.

Special Requirements Prerequisites
ALL STUDENTS: To be eligible to enrol in a unit and attend a health-related placement in your course, students must meet Western Sydney University course requirements AND Special Legislative Requirements to be assessed in their first year of study against the following: 1. National Criminal History Check: Students must have a current (expiring 3 years from date of issue) check valid for their entire course. A valid National Criminal history check must be an Australia wide check, include the student's full name matching their Student ID card and date of birth and not have any offences listed. If a student has a criminal history identified on their check, they must provide a Clinical Placement Authority Card (CPAC) or conditional letter from the NSW HealthShare Employment Screening and Review Unit (https://www.health.nsw.gov.au/careers/student_clearance/Documents/appendix-10-student-application.pdf). International students must additionally have a translated International Police Check or statutory declaration. 2. A NSW Working with Children Check (WWCC) clearance letter issued under the category of volunteer valid for their entire course. 3. A current approved first aid certificate valid for their entire course, approved provider courses can be found at http://training.gov.au. 4. A completed vaccination/immunisation card with all serology results containing expiry dates and currency must be maintained by the student to ensure compliance for their entire course. 5. NSW Undertaking/Declaration form 6. Completed any additional health forms required (such as NSW Health Code of Conduct, Health Student Undertaking/Declaration and Tuberculosis (TB) Assessment Tool) 7. Relevant Local Health District specific documentation as requested. Contact your School for further details. Resources are also available on the Placement Hubwebsite: https://www.westernsydney.edu.au/learning_futures/home/placements_hub/placements_hub/student_compliance FOR ONLINE STUDENTS: To be eligible to enrol in a unit and attend a health-related placement in your course, students must meet Western Sydney University course requirements AND Special Legislative Requirements in your state, to be assessed in their first year of study, against the following: 1. National Criminal History Check: Students must have a current check valid for their entire course. A valid National Criminal history check must be an Australia wide check, include the student's full name matching their Student ID card and date of birth and not have any offences listed. If a student has a criminal history identified on their check, they must provide a clearance or authority document or conditional letter from their relevant authorised state organisation. International students must additionally have a translated International Police Check or statutory declaration. 2. A Working with Children Check (WWCC) clearance letter or state equivalent, valid for their entire course. 3. A current approved first aid certificate valid for their entire course, approved provider courses can be found at http://training.gov.au. 4. A completed vaccination/immunisation card with all serology results attached - currency must be maintained by the student to ensure compliance for their entire course. 5. Undertaking/Declaration form (or state equivalent documents) 6. Additional forms as required per state related to, but not limited to, Tuberculosis Assessment tool, Hepatitis B statutory declaration form, Signed Code of Conduct, Student Deed Poll and all other state equivalent documents as required. Contact your school for further details. Resources are also available on the Placement Hub web page (https://www.westernsydney.edu.au/placements_hub)

Work Integrated Learning

Western Sydney University seeks to enhance student learning experiences by enabling students to engage in the culture, expectations and practices of their profession or discipline. This course includes a placement or other community-based unpaid practical experience.

There is a mandatory work component required for completion of this course. Please contact the Course Advisor listed above for information.

International students should also refer to the 'Work Integrated Learning (WIL) for international students' website for more information and a link to the Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students (CRICOS).

Work Integrated Learning (WIL) for international students

Course Structure

Qualification for this award requires the successful completion of 320 credit points which includes the units listed below.

Recommended Sequence

Year 1

Autumn session

400870Population Health and Society
400871Professional Health Competencies
400868Human Anatomy and Physiology 1
401300Introduction to Speech Pathology Practice

Spring session

400732Communication in Health
400863Foundations of Research and Evidence-Based Practice
400869Human Anatomy and Physiology 2
101183Psychology: Behavioural Science

Year 2

Autumn session

400866Culture, Diversity and Health
400864Research Methods (Quantitative and Qualitative)
101945Introduction to Linguistics
401301Child Speech and Language Development

Spring session

300897Anatomy of the Head and Neck
401302Adult Speech and Language
401303Speech Impairments in Children
401304Speech and Hearing Across the Lifespan

Year 3

Autumn session

101677Cognitive Processes
401305Swallowing Assessment and Management
401306Alternative and Augmentative Communication Systems
401307Clinical Practice 1

Note: Students enrol in the Bachelor of Speech Pathology and apply for entry to the Honours program from Year 3, Spring

Bachelor of Speech Pathology (Honours)

Spring session

400865Evidence-Based Practice
300754Neuroanatomy
401308Fluency and Voice
401309Clinical Practice 2

Year 4

Autumn session

401310Complex Communication Needs
401311Clinical Practice 3

And two electives

Spring session

401312Professional Issues
401313Clinical Practice 4

And two electives



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