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Bachelor of Speech Pathology (Honours)

Approved Abbreviation: BSpeechPath(Hons)

Western Sydney University Course Code: 4788.1

AQF Level: 8

CRICOS Code: 0100190

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 2021.

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.

Commencement Year 2020 - 4764.1 Bachelor of Speech Pathology (Honours)

Students apply for entry to the Bachelor of Speech Pathology (Honours) from Year 3, Spring of the Bachelor of Speech Pathology

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, along-side 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.


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.

International Office Overseas qualifications must be deemed by the Australian Department of Education, Skills and Employment 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

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.

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

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

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

Year 4

1H Session

401429Innovative Speech Pathology Practice
401430Speech Pathology Practice 3
400945Honours Research 1

Year 4

2H Session

401431Speech Pathology Professional Issues
401432Speech Pathology Practice 4
400946Honours Research 2

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