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Admission to our undergraduate degree programs usually requires successful completion of a senior secondary school qualification similar to the Higher School Certificate (HSC), the highest educational award in New South Wales schools.
Speech pathologists are responsible for the assessment and treatment of children and adults with communication and related disorders, for example delayed speech and language development, cleft palate, swallowing disorders and stuttering.
Program learning outcomes
On successful completion of the program students will have:
- The graduates from The University of Newcastle will be distinctive having experienced a unique program in Australia where links to education and the arts, humanities and the social sciences have exposed them and given them the opportunity to study non-professional courses. Having been based in a small metropolitan city with close community relationships, graduates will develop and maintain a holistic framework, which is reflected in their approach to professional practice. Graduates will have experienced flexible learning opportunities allowing students to choose electives based on personal interest
- Graduates will be competent to take on the full range of communication and swallowing disorders because of their comprehensive experience across all areas of professional practice (CBOS Units 1-5). They will seek out new experiences independently to develop their professional competence further (CBOS Unit 7). The program provides a wide variety of experiences for all graduates and subsequently ensures entry-level competence across all range indicators through a combination of the academic and clinical program assessment tasks
- Graduates will offer a high quality service to each individual because of their ability to understand, integrate and develop different theoretical models, incorporate evidence-based practice principles to understand how the nature of each individual's difficulties relate to general principles of communication, swallowing and learning (COMPASS® Generic Competencies Units 1 & 3, CBOS Units 1-5)
- Excellent verbal and non-verbal communication skills are required for building effective partnerships and establishing rapport with patients, care givers, health professionals, other sectors and stakeholders, and the media. In this regard, having the program located in the School of Humanities and Social Science is a distinct advantage. Graduates will have developed their verbal and written skills to a high standard and will be able to educate others about speech pathology, including those with communication and swallowing difficulties, their carers, colleagues in both speech pathology and allied professions, and the general community (COMPASS® Generic Competencies Units 2 & 4, CBOS Units 5, 6 & 7). Clinical placements provide students with opportunities to directly gain interdisciplinary team experience and to develop an understanding of the complementary roles of other professionals prior to graduation (CBOS Unit 6)
- Graduates will have the skills to meet the different challenges that arise across clinical contexts. They will have explored and reflected on their own values and those of the individuals they treat in a holistic way and reflected in their approach to professional practice. They will have gained experience in a wide range of settings and will be able to select and create innovative models of service delivery which best meet the needs of individuals, employing institutions, and the community (COMPASS® Generic Competencies Units 1 & 4, CBOS Units 3-7)
- Graduates will be able to deal with rapid change and with the challenges of the future. They will remain up-to-date in all professional areas, and on the cutting-edge of theoretical and professional innovation (all CBOS Units). They will contribute to the profession through engagement with research, teaching and service activities. They will be able to self-evaluate and reflect on their effectiveness with a forward-looking focus, and this ability will ensure their continuing development of competence throughout their professional lives (COMPASS® Generic Competencies Units 1 & 3, CBOS 7)
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Level 8 Bachelor Honours Degree
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Admission to this program is available to Australian students, residents and international students. Admission information for Australian students and residents is available here. Admission information for international is available here. During the admission process adjustment factors may be applied to your Selection Rank. Please visit our website to see if you are eligible.
Minimum English language proficiency requirements
All Applicants must demonstrate that they meet the University’s English proficiency requirement. Further information regarding English language proficiency requirements can be found at the English Language Proficiency for Admission Policy here.
The IELTS requirement for admission to this program is 7.0 with no sub-test less than 7.0.
If you wish to apply for credit for studies completed at another institution, or if you are changing programs within the University and wish to transfer your credit to the new program, visit the University's credit website for more information on applying for credit.
Compulsory program requirements
This degree requires students to participate in placements in NSW services or facilities, including NSW Health facilities. During placement, students will be subject to the policies and procedures of the placement facility. Clinical placements commence in second year of the program. Clinical placements typically involve attendance from 8.30am to 5.00pm, and vary in intensity (e.g. one day a week for 20 weeks, two days a week for 10 weeks, and so on), and may occur during or between semesters (mid or end year). Students can expect to relocate for up to 12 weeks during fourth year, e.g. Hunter area, Central Coast, Sydney, rural NSW. Students must meet all the Speech Pathology Placement Requirements including a National Criminal Record Check, NSW Working with Children clearance and meet all the NSW Health Verification requirements .
NSW Health Verification Requirements
Compulsory program requirements - Review of progress
In addition to meeting the University's overall requirements for academic progression, students must satisfactorily complete the following courses in order to progress in their program.
SPTH1080 - Introduction to Speech Pathology
SPTH2080 - Clinical Practice
SPTH3080 - Clinical Practice
SPTH4080 - Clinical Practice 1
SPTH4090 - Clinical Practice 2
Speech Pathology Association of Australia
The program is accredited by the Speech Pathology Association of Australia, the professional association of speech pathologists, and is recognised in Canada, the United Kingdom and the United States of America.
Academic requirements for program completion
Total units required
4 years full-time or part-time equivalent up to 10 years maximum.
International students studying this program on campus are required to enrol full time to comply with their student visa requirements and complete their study in the standard minimum program duration. International students requiring enrolment advice should review the program plan corresponding to the semester and year of commencement and can contact their Program Advisor at ProgramAdvice@newcastle.edu.au
The program requires the successful completion of 320 units.
Students are required to complete:
Core Courses - 300 units
- 300 units of Core Courses; and one of the following:
- Ungraded Honours pathway - 20 units of Electives; or
- Graded Honours pathway* - 20 unit Compulsory Course - SPTH4440 Speech Pathology Honours Thesis; or
- International Stream^ - 20 units Compulsory Course - SPTH4420 International Speech Pathology.
Students must successfully complete all core 1000, 2000 and 3000 level courses in the program (SPTH, HUBS, LING, PSYC, STAT) prior to enrolling in SPTH4080 Clinical Practice. Students cannot concurrently enrol in SPTH4080 and SPTH4090.
Students must complete a minimum of 40 units at each level (1000, 2000, 3000, 4000) with no more than 120 units at the 1000 level.
Students must only complete courses that form part of the program.
Students may elect to undertake one of the following options in place of the 20 units of Electives in the Ungraded Honours pathway:
Graded Honours* project in Speech Pathology :
Graded Honours is available to those students who meet and maintain the eligible requirements. Students must apply and have permission from the School to complete this pathway. For selected admission into graded Honours for the Bachelor of Speech Pathology (Honours) program, high performing students are those considered to have achieved the following minimum criterion:
- a GPA Overall above 5.5, calculated in accordance with University policy on all courses above the 1000 level taken prior to entry into graded Honours; and
- a GPA above 5.5 for all courses above the 3000 level taken prior to entry into Graded Honours (at the end of Semester 1) in the year of application (3rd year).
Further information on Graded Honours and the Experience of Interest application form can be found in B Speech Pathology (Honours) - Graded Honours Information and on the 12318 Speech Pathology (Honours) program Blackboard site.
International Stream ^:
The International Stream is an opportunity for students to develop clinical skills and experience through various Speech Pathology International placements. SPTH4210 and SPTH4420 together with completion of one of the final year clinical placements internationally (SPTH4080) form the International Stream of the Bachelor of Speech Pathology (Honours) degree. SPTH4420 involves the advanced study in the field of speech pathology internationally. Students undertake an individualised learning program (ILP) arranged in consultation with the course coordinator. Students must apply and have permission from the School to complete the International Stream, through the submission of an Expression of Interest (EOI) International Stream application form . Further information on the International Stream can be found on the 12318 Speech Pathology (Honours) program Blackboard site.
Download a program plan for further details on what you will study. Please refer to the program plan for the year that you commenced or transitioned into this program.
- 2015 - 2018 - B Speech Pathology (Honours) Program Plan - Graded Honours & International Pathway 608.5 KB
- 2015 - 2018 B Speech Pathology (Honours) Program Plan - Ungraded Honours Pathway 730.6 KB
- 2019 - B Speech Pathology (Honours) Program Plan 221.1 KB
- 2020 - 2021 B Speech Pathology (Honours) Program Plan 221.0 KB
- 2019 B Speech Pathology (Honours) (12318) Transition Arrangements 130.4 KB
- B Speech Pathology (Honours) – Graded Honours Information 245.0 KB
- Expression of Interest (EOI) International Stream application form 111.1 KB
Transition Arrangements 2019
The following transition arrangements are in place for students who commenced the program prior to 2019.
SPTH1001 and SPTH1002
The last offering of SPTH1001 and SPTH1002 will be in 2018. From 2019, students will undertake SPTH2101 and SPTH2102 in place of SPTH1001 and SPTH1002. If you have not already completed SPTH1001 and SPTH1002 before 2019, then you need to complete SPTH2101 and SPTH2102 in 2019 or beyond.
SPTH2004, PSYC2300 and SPTH3001
The last offering of SPTH2004, PSYC2300 and SPTH3001 will be in 2020. Students who enrolled in the program prior to 2019 must successfully complete PSYC2300, SPTH2004 and SPTH3001 by the end of 2020.
Please follow the 2015 – 2018 Program Plan. The above courses are not listed in the Program Handbook, they are only on the 2015 - 2018 Program Plans:
Courses completed pre-2019 will count towards the 2019 program requirements.
From 2019 students are to complete the equivalent course if you have not already successfully completed the equivalent course in 2018 or prior.
For students who commenced the program prior to 2019 please refer to the 2019 B Speech Pathology (Honours) (12318) Transition Arrangements in the Additional Documents section for more details.
Students are advised to read their program handbook information in conjunction with the program plans for course sequence/enrolment advice. Please refer to the Program Plan for the year that you commenced, or transitioned into, this program - Program Plans are available above.
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Complete the following core courses to fulfil the requirements of this program
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|HUBS1107||Neuroscience and Head and Neck Anatomy||10 units|
|HUBS1403||Biomedical Science Part 1||10 units|
|HUBS1404||Biomedical Science Part 2||10 units|
|LING1111||Introduction to Linguistics 1||10 units|
|PSYC1010||Psychology Introduction 1||10 units|
|PSYC1020||Psychology Introduction 2||10 units|
|SPTH1080||Introduction to Speech Pathology||10 units|
|STAT1020||Statistical Reasoning and Literacy||10 units|
|SPTH2001||Fluency Across the Lifespan||Not currently offered||10 units|
|SPTH2002||Language, Literacy and Hearing||10 units|
|SPTH2003||Multimodal Communication Across the Lifespan||10 units|
|SPTH2080||Clinical Practice||10 units|
|SPTH2101||Paediatric Speech||10 units|
|SPTH2102||Paediatric Language||10 units|
|LING3008||Introduction to Phonology and Morphology||10 units|
|LING3310||Language and Meaning||10 units|
|LING3350||Structure of English||10 units|
|SPTH3002||Swallowing Across the Lifespan||10 units|
|SPTH3004||Voice across the lifespan||10 units|
|SPTH3080||Clinical Practice||10 units|
|SPTH3101||Adult Speech||10 units|
|SPTH3102||Adult Language||10 units|
|SPTH3103||Complex Clinical Practice||10 units|
|SPTH4030||Professional Issues 1||10 units|
|SPTH4035||Professional Issues 2||10 units|
|SPTH4080||Clinical Practice 1||20 units|
|SPTH4090||Clinical Practice 2||10 units|
|SPTH4210||Research Review||10 units|
Fourth year option
Choose either the Graded Honours Stream; the International Stream, or Electives.
Electives can be chosen from all courses available at the University that do not have any other conditions (such as a course requisite) applied to them. However, the Faculty suggests the following course options that may complement your program or major.
A full list of courses that are available to study as an elective can be found in the course handbook.
|ABOR1370||Working with Aboriginal Communities||10 units|
|ABOR2450||Aboriginal Health Practices||10 units|
|HLSC2241||Family and community engagement: an introduction||10 units|
|HLSC2242||Working with Men and Boys in Human Services||10 units|
|LAWS5013||Health Law||10 units|
|LING2140||Language Testing and Evaluation||10 units|
|MEDI3014||Health Equity Selectives||20 units|
|PSYC2500||Introduction to Mental Health and Mental Disorders||10 units|
|PUBH2060||Strategies for Health Behaviour Change in the Community||10 units|
|SOCA1200||Health Sociology||10 units|
|SOCA2700||Gender, Religion and Power||10 units|
All students who complete the requirements of the program will be eligible for ungraded Honours.
High performing students may be selected for admission into a graded Honours stream.
Students selected in the graded Honours stream are required to successfully complete 30 units of research courses by undertaking SPTH4210 Research Review (10 units) and SPTH4440 Speech Pathology Honours Thesis (20 units).
Students are advised to undertake SPTH4210 in the third year of their program, and the SPTH4440 in the fourth year of their program.
The criteria for the determination of class of Honours are detailed in the Bachelor Honours Policy  located in the University Policy Library.
See Program Convenor for further information regarding eligibility for Graded Honours.
All students can access free academic skills and support provided by Academic Learning Support through the Pathways and Academic Learning Support Centre.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students can draw on the assistance and support provided by the Indigenous Student Support and Development service through the Wollotuka Institute.
All International Students enrolled in the program will be provided with an orientation to familiarise them with the rules, expectations, facilities and services offered by the University. Please visit our International Students website to find out more about the support services available to international students.
AccessAbility provides advice and reasonable adjustments to Students with a medical or health condition or disability. If you require adjustments to undertake your program, contact the Student Support Advisors - AccessAbility before semester or early in the semester. They will work with the Faculty or School to ensure that this happens in a timely manner.
Please note: All students must fulfil the inherent requirements of the programs and courses they are undertaking. While reasonable adjustments can be made, these adjustments cannot compromise academic integrity. It is the student's responsibility to check all the requirements of courses, and consider the effects of any medical condition or disability on their ability to complete course requirements. More information is available online.
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