Bachelor of Speech Pathology

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  • Qualification:
    Undergraduate, Bachelor's Degree
  • Study mode:
    On Campus
  • Payment options:
    HECS-HELP may be available
    Upfront payment
  • Duration:
    4 years full time, 8 years part time
  • Start date:
    Semester 1: 25th February 2019, Semester 2: 29th July 2019
  • Awarded by:
    Edith Cowan University (RTO 4756)
  • Location:
    WA, Perth
  • Career Outcomes:
    Speech Pathologist |

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Course Rundown

One of the fundamental ways we communicate is through speech. But some of us have trouble formulating our thoughts in this way because of physical or cognitive impairment. This is where a Speech Pathologist comes in. While studying a Bachelor of Speech Pathology at Edith Cowan University, you’ll be immersed in theoretical and practical learning processes.

You’ll research speech science, physiology, audiology, psychology, healthcare, and education. You’ll learn the skills necessary to assess, plan, and treat people with communication and swallowing difficulties in different situations.

If you have a keen interest in language, psychology and development, Speech Pathology may be the career path for you. Edith Cowan University is accredited by Speech Pathology Australia (SPA).


You may be eligible to apply for this course at ECU if you meet the following requirements:

  • Hold a minimum indicative of ATAR of 80 (or equivalent); OR
  • Have undertaken a Registered Training Organisation (RTO) qualification at the appropriate level; OR
  • Have previously completed units of study at University level; OR
  • Hold a STAT result that meets ECU’s higher entry requirements; AND
  • Meet ECU’s English Competency requirements (see below).

Please note that School Leaver applicants will require completion of WACE or equivalent. 

If none of the above applies to you, but you have work and life experience, you may be eligible to apply via ECU’s Experience-Based Entry Scheme. 

English Competency: International and internationally schooled applicants will require an Academic IELTS with an overall band minimum score of 7.5 (no individual band less than 7.0).

In this course the core units may include:

  • Evidence-Based Practice in Speech Pathology
  • Introduction to Psychology
  • Language Across the Lifespan
  • Human Structure and Function
  • Research Methods in Psychology 1
  • Professional Standards and Competencies
  • Social Determinants of Behaviour
  • Systems Physiology
  • Research Methods in Psychology 2
  • Analysis of Sensorimotor Systems
  • Clinical Decision Support Systems: Activity, Participation and Contextual Factors
  • Learning and Motivation
  • Analysis of Speech and Language
  • Clinical Decision Support Systems - Standard Tests
  • Cognition
  • Treatment Principles
  • Neurogenic Communication Disorders
  • Management of Speech and Language Disorders
  • Clinical Practicum 1
  • Research Applications and Ethical Issues
  • Language Difference: Implications for Clinical Practice
  • Management of Sensorimotor Disorders
  • Professional Issues in Speech Pathology
  • Clinical Practicum 2
  • Indigenous Australians, Cultural Competence and Speech Pathology
  • Clinical Speech Pathology Practicum: Assessment of a Single Case
  • Clinical Practicum 3
  • Topics in Focus in Speech Pathology
  • Clinical Speech Pathology Practicum: Treatment of a Single Case
  • Clinical Practicum 4
  • Professional Skills in Speech Pathology: Workplace Preparation

Since opening in 1991, Edith Cowan University (ECU) has established itself as the go-to Australian university for a quality learning experience. Students graduate among some of the best in the world and have continued to serve society in many important roles.

ECU produces winners because they are a winner! In 2018 Times Higher Education ranked ECU in the world’s top 150 universities under 50 years old, and the Good Universities Guide has given them a 5-star rating for teaching quality 12 years straight.

From social work, youth work, nutrition, engineering, technology, management and more, ECU offer a host of undergraduate and postgraduate courses that’ll excel your career and expose you to new levels of success. Enquire today and see where an ECU qualification can lead you!

Students feel happy, well supported and well educated when they study with ECU, in fact, in the 2018 QILT survey, Edith Cowan University received the highest student experience rating of all Australian public universities.

When you study with ECU, you’ll have access to expert course advice, counselling, diversity and disability services, transnational and national program support, student success programs, careers and employability services... just to name a few.

Campus Locations

This course can be delivered on campus to provide you with practical training in a face-to-face learning environment. It is available to study at the following locations:

Western Australia: Joondalup

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Where Will It Lead Me?

Upon completing this course you'll have a Bachelor of Speech Pathology. You'll receive professional recognition, and as a graduate of this course you'll be eligible for a Practicing Membership with Speech Pathology Australia.

You may also choose to embark on further studies in the field, such as a Bachelor of Speech Pathology (Honours).

Curious about where a career in speech pathology could take you? Potential job outcomes may include:

How Much Will It Cost?

Tuition fees change from year to year. Financial assistance may be available including scholarships and HECS-HELP Loan. Enquire to find out.

HECS-HELP You may be eligible to receive HECS-HELP for this course!

This course can be paid for through the HECS-HELP government loan scheme. If you are an Australian citizen or hold a permanent humanitarian visa, you may not need to pay upfront.

Instead, the Australian government will pay your course fees directly to the provider on your behalf. You'll begin repaying your loan through the tax system once you start earning more than the minimum threshold of $45,881 (2019-20 income year).

Find out more about government study loans here.

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