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Bachelor of Speech Pathology

Approved Abbreviation: BSpeechPath

Western Sydney University Course Code: 4763.3

AQF Level: 7

CRICOS Code: 0100189

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 2022.

Units may be revised or replaced to ensure students are provided with up to date curriculum throughout their studies, and this may result in a new course version. Refer to the Check My Course Progress page in MySR for the most up to date information for your course.

Commencment Year 2021 - 4763.2 Bachelor of Speech Pathology

Commencment Year 2020 - 4763.1 Bachelor of Speech Pathology

The Bachelor of Speech Pathology is a four-year full-time degree. Speech pathologists apply their knowledge and skills in areas such as speech, voice, language and swallowing in children and adults to support all individuals’ rights to optimal communication, swallowing and mealtime experiences. Employment is available in diverse settings including private practice, aged care settings, private and public hospitals, community-based agencies, and schools. The first two-years of the course combine evidence-based studies in speech pathology with a broad understanding of biomedical and health sciences, linguistics and psychology, to develop the professional competencies essential for ethical and safe inter-professional practice. The final two years focus on the development of advanced knowledge and skills in speech pathology and clinical practice, which support work integrated learning within a range of community settings.

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 and research within the profession without taking any longer to complete the degree. Students are invited 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, alongside the core units of the Bachelor of Speech Pathology, including clinical placements. The thesis presents research that addresses current and topical speech pathology issues.

Study Mode
Four years full-time.

The Bachelor of Speech Pathology and the Bachelor of Speech Pathology (Honours) are registered with Speech Pathology Australia as qualifying courses and have not yet undergone accreditation evaluation. Both courses have been designed to meet the Competency-Based Occupational Standards of Speech Pathology Australia and accreditation is being sought.


NSW HSC or equivalent

Assumed knowledge: any 2 units of English

Applications from Australian and New Zealand citizens and holders of permanent resident visas must be made via the Universities Admissions Centre (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.

International applicants must apply directly to the University via the International Office.

International students applying to the University through the International Office can find details of minimum English proficiency requirements and acceptable proof on their website.

For courses that will lead to AHPRA registered careers and students studying Sport and Exercise Science and Speech Pathology, students are required to have a minimum IELTS score of 7.0 overall with a minimum score of 7.0 in Speaking and Listening, and 6.5 in Writing and Reading or equivalents, in an acceptable language test.

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.

Student Compliance Information for all Health-Related Placements

Students must meet Western Sydney University course requirements as well as any special, legislated, or policy-mandated requirements.

Western Course Requirements

Visit the Special Requirements webpage for details about your course.

Special Requirements

Mandatory NSW Health student placement policy requirements

To be able to undertake placement in any NSW Health facility you must be assessed as compliant with NSW Health student placement policy in the first year of your course, regardless of when you expect to go on your first placement. Access and read the NSW Student Compliance Information Booklet.

NSW Student Compliance Information Booklet

Please ensure that you:

1. Find your existing National Police Check or apply for one

2. Gather documentary evidence of your vaccination history

3. Print and compete all relevant NSW Health forms relevant to the campus you are enrolled at or online enrolment requirements

4. Follow booklet instructions on how to have your compliance documents assessed by NSW health staff.

International students have additional requirements: the link to the booklet will inform you of these requirements.

School Requirements

Contact your School for further details regarding your School’s requirements, if any, such as:

  • If you live outside of NSW or Australia and need to meet your state, territory or country’s compliance requirements
  • If you need to meet different state, territory or country compliance requirements.
  • NSW Working with Children Check (WWCC) or other state equivalent, valid for your entire course
  • Current approved first aid certificate valid for your entire course - approved course providers can be found at the Government Training website
  • Other non-health related requirements.

Student Compliance Resources are also available on the Placements Hub web page

Special Requirements Prerequisites
Some external sites may have additional requirements. Students will be advised of any such specified requirements which must be complied with before commencing clinical placements.

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
401396Professional Competencies in Health
400868Human Anatomy and Physiology 1
401300Introduction to Speech Pathology Practice

Spring session

400732Communication in Health
401383Evidence in Health
400869Human Anatomy and Physiology 2
401416Communication and Mealtime Foundations

Year 2

Autumn session

400866Culture, Diversity and Health
401403Research Methods in Health
401434Elements of Language: Analysis and Application
401423Communication Changes Across the Lifespan

Spring session

301381Hearing, Speech and Swallowing Science
401421Optimising Communication for Adults
401422Optimising Communication for Children
101614Psychology and Health

Year 3

1H Session

401426Speech Pathology Practice 1

Autumn session

101684Brain and Behaviour
401424Optimising Mealtimes Across the Lifespan
401427Speech Pathologists Working with Children, Families and Communities

2H Session

401428Speech Pathology Practice 2

Spring session

400865Evidence-Based Practice

From 2023 400865 is replaced by 401384 Evidence in Professional Reasoning

401384Evidence in Professional Reasoning
401425Communication Access in Communities
401433Speech Pathologists Working with Adults, Families and Communities

At this point, students may exit with the Bachelor of Health Science (Clinical Science)

Bachelor of Health Science (Clinical Science)

Year 4

1H Session

401429Innovative Speech Pathology Practice
401430Speech Pathology Practice 3

Two Minor units


Two Alternate units


One Alternate unit and One elective (any level) (NB: Students not completing a minor must complete a minimum of three, level 3 alternate units in year 4. Students may select 2 alternate units in each session but they must not exceed more than 1 elective)

Year 4

2H Session

401431Speech Pathology Professional Issues
401432Speech Pathology Practice 4

Two Minor units


Two Alternate units


One Alternate unit and One elective (any level) (NB: Students not completing a minor must complete a minimum of three, level 3 alternate units in year 4. Students may select 2 alternate units in each session but they must not exceed more than 1 elective)

Suggested Minors:

SM1138Culture and Society
SM1025Child and Community
SM1049Indigenous Australian Studies
SM4003Public Health
SM4002Health Practice Management

Alternate Unit Pool

101930Communication Research Project
101950Intercultural Communication
401408Ethical and Legal Issues in Health Care
101449Bilingualism and Biculturalism
100023Psychology of Language
101682Developmental Psychology
101758Learning through Indigenous Australian Community Service (Day Mode)
401237Maternal and Infant Health Care
400968Professional Practice in Aged Care and Disability
102526Community Engaged Learning
200863Leadership and Entrepreneurship
200157Organisational Learning and Development
102780Personal Branding Strategies: Build and Manage Your Career Profile
101756Bridging the Gap: Re-engaging Indigenous Learners

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