Speech pathology

Why study Speech pathology?

Speech pathologists assess, diagnose, treat and provide management and advocacy services to people with communication or swallowing disorders. People with communication disorders may have difficulties in speech, language, voice, fluency, and reading and spelling. Speech pathologists also work in the community in prevention. We are the longest standing provider of speech pathology education programs in Victoria.

Speech Pathology at La Trobe

Career opportunities

Graduates are prepared to practise in hospitals, community health centres, private practice, schools, rehabilitation centres and aged care centres. You may also work in health promotion, teaching and consultancy, and in specialised centres helping people with hearing impairment, cerebral palsy and intellectual disability. La Trobe designs its courses with your future career in mind and partners with a range of professional organisations for accreditation and registration. Refer to the detail for each course below to see what professional registration and membership options exist.

Courses

Local students

2017

Bachelor of Applied Science and Master of Speech Pathology

Duration :
4.5 years full-time (4 years in an accelerated program)
Semester starts :
Semester 1 (February)
Campus/ATAR:
Albury-Wodonga N/A
Bendigo N/A
Melbourne 86.7
Mildura N/A
Shepparton N/A
Year
2017
About this course
As the longest standing provider of speech pathology education in Victoria, we understand no two days of the profession are alike. This four-year course considers every aspect of speech pathology, teaching you to diagnose and treat issues such as speech and language problems, stuttering and swallowing difficulties. The Bachelor of Applied Science and Master of Speech Pathology may enable you to work all over the world in a variety of health settings.

In first year you'll be introduced to the fundamentals of human biosciences, the factors influencing health, and the requirements of working as a health professional. First year also includes observational opportunities and exposure to speech pathologists.

The Bachelor of Applied Science and Master of Speech Pathology may enable you to work all over the world in a variety of health settings.

Second year allows you to focus on areas such as assisting those with hearing, speech or intellectual difficulties - including language, voice and stuttering problems - while developing your capabilities in linguistics, general psychology and anatomy. Your third and fourth years contain the majority of your professional placement experience, training you to diagnose and treat speech pathology cases using real-life examples.

Our students complete placements at a range of hospital and community agencies, schools and rehabilitation centres, so you'll gain the skills to work with all kinds of people, from children with developmental delay to adults with acquired disorders.

Fourth year is also your chance to participate in seminars on advanced issues in speech pathology. These will sharpen your presentation skills and help you discover your area of specialisation. During your clinical placement, you could be involved in the development of resources and projects aimed at helping the speech pathology community.

The course structure lets you complete the required subjects for this 4.5 year degree in only four years.
Career opportunities
Graduates practise in hospitals, community health centres, private practice, schools, rehabilitation centres and aged-care centres.

They can also find employment in areas such as health promotion, teaching, and consultancy work in communication and
presentation. Employment opportunities also exist in specialised centres helping people with hearing impairment, cerebral palsy and intellectual disability.
Professional recognition
The Bachelor of Applied Science and Master of Speech Pathology is accredited by Speech Pathology Australia until 2020. Professional registration may require an application to the professional body and may have additional or ongoing requirements beyond the completion of the degree. Please contact the relevant professional body for details.

Graduates of the Bachelor of Applied Science and Master of Speech Pathology may apply for membership with Speech Pathology Australia. Membership may be subject to additional or ongoing requirements beyond completion of the degree. Please contact the relevant professional body for details.
Prerequisite
Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 35 in English ( EAL ) or at least 30 in English other than EAL; and a study score of at least 25 in one of Biology, Chemistry, any Mathematics, Physical Education or Physics.

NB: Meeting minimum prerequisites does not guarantee an offer of a place. Entry into all La Trobe courses is based on competitive selection and there may be limited places available.
Year 12 and non-year 12 extra requirements
Current Year 12 applicants with work experience must complete and submit a VTAC Personal Statement.

Applicants may wish to provide other documentation in support of their application. Non-Year 12 applicants must complete and submit a VTAC Personal Statement online for other information to be considered during the selection process e.g. details on work experience or reasons for applying.
Subject bonus
A study score of 30 in any Mathematics, Physical Education or any Science equals 4 aggregate points per study. A study score of 25 in Health And Human Development equals 4 aggregate points. A study score of 20 in any LOTE equals 4 aggregate points per study. Overall maximum of 12 points.
Costs
Students should allow approximately AUD$200 for books, name badge and equipment. Students can purchase these items from any supplier; however LTU branded items must be purchased from a university approved vendor; these items remain the student's personal property.

In addition, students must obtain a Police Certificate (Victorian Police Certificate or Fit2Work) - AUD$20.00 (annually) and a Working with Children Check (no cost). A First Aid II Certificate and/or CPR assessment may be required (AUD$160). The CPR component must be renewed annually. Please note this course is not conducted by La Trobe University. A schedule of mandatory immunisations are required, the costs of which may vary depending on previous immunisation history, approximately AUD$250 -AUD$500.

Clinical placements may incur accommodation and travel costs, and these will vary depending on the placement venue.

Please note that all costs are approximate and are subject to change.
Additional information
NOTE: students at Albury-Wodonga, Mildura and Shepparton campuses must transfer to Bendigo after first year.

This course has a clinical component. For further information, please visit the Professional Placements website.

You can study this course through our Regional Reward. Learn more.
How to apply

Apply through VTAC or UAC to start in Semester 1, 2017.

To find out more about this course and studying at La Trobe:
- ask us a question
- chat online
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- call us on 1300 135 045.
See Student Handbook for more details
NB: The Handbook contains detailed information about courses, including course structures, designed primarily for students enrolled at La Trobe University.Applied Science/Speech PathologyMelbourne
Applied Science/Speech PathologyBendigo
Applied Science/Speech PathologyMildura
Applied Science/Speech PathologyShepparton
Applied Science/Speech PathologyAlbury-Wodonga

Want to know more?

Feel free to ask us a question about any course for local students.

Fees and scholarships

Undergraduate courses are Commonwealth Supported Places (CSP) for eligible Australian and New Zealand citizens. The domestic fee calculator can be used to calculate the cost of subjects this year.

There is also a wide range of scholarships available for local students.

International students

2017

Bachelor of Applied Science and Master of Speech Pathology (083317C/ 031706J)

Duration :
4 years
Semester starts :
Semester 1 (March)
Annual Tuition Fee (A$) :
37 000
Campus
Bendigo, Melbourne
Year
2017
About this course
As the longest standing provider of speech pathology education in Victoria, we understand no two days of the profession are alike. This four-year course considers every aspect of speech pathology, teaching you to diagnose and treat issues such as speech and language problems, stuttering and swallowing difficulties. The Bachelor of Applied Science and Master of Speech Pathology may enable you to work all over the world in a variety of health settings.

In first year you'll be introduced to the fundamentals of human biosciences, the factors influencing health, and the requirements of working as a health professional. First year also includes observational opportunities and exposure to speech pathologists.

The Bachelor of Applied Science and Master of Speech Pathology may enable you to work all over the world in a variety of health settings.

Second year allows you to focus on areas such as assisting those with hearing, speech or intellectual difficulties - including language, voice and stuttering problems - while developing your capabilities in linguistics, general psychology and anatomy. Your third and fourth years contain the majority of your professional placement experience, training you to diagnose and treat speech pathology cases using real-life examples.

Our students complete placements at a range of hospital and community agencies, schools and rehabilitation centres, so you'll gain the skills to work with all kinds of people, from children with developmental delay to adults with acquired disorders.

Fourth year is also your chance to participate in seminars on advanced issues in speech pathology. These will sharpen your presentation skills and help you discover your area of specialisation. During your clinical placement, you could be involved in the development of resources and projects aimed at helping the speech pathology community.

The course structure lets you complete the required subjects for this 4.5 year degree in only four years.
English Language Requirements
Successful completion of English for Further Studies Advanced Stage 6B certificate at postgraduate (EFS PG2B (80%) level conducted by La Trobe Melbourne; for more information please visit the La Trobe Melbourne website.

IELTS (Academic) score of 7.5 with no individual band score less than 7.0; or

IELTS (Academic) score of 7.5 with no individual band score less than 7.0;

TOEFL Paper-based Test - A minimum score of 625 with a score of 6 or more in the Test of Written English;

TOEFL Internet-based Test - A minimum score of 102 with a minimum for SLR 24; W27;

La Trobe Melbourne Foundation Studies: 90 per cent final result in a course;

English as the language of instruction in tertiary studies may be accepted. Please note: English as the language of instruction in previous study will not be accepted as a basis of admission (English) for courses where the approved test score requirement is above an IELTS 6.5 with no band score lower than 6.0.

Pearson Test of English (Academic) (PTE): minimum score of 76 with no communicative skill score less than 73.

Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE): N/A.

Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): A grade of A.

or approved international equivalent.
Academic entry requirements
LTM Foundation Studies - 85 and at least two As, including an A in English
Aust. Yr 12 (ATAR) 2015 (indicative only) - Melbourne: 86.35, Bendigo: 80.65, Albury-Wodonga: N/A, Mildura: N/A
International Baccalaureate - 33
GCE A Levels - 14
HKDSE - 2 x Level 5
Sri Lankan A Levels - AAA
STPM - 11
Norway Upper Secondary Certificate - 5.5
Sweden Slutbetyg - VG/MVG
All Indian Sen SC (Best 5 Subjects) - 80
Vietnam (Year 12) - 9
Indonesia (SMA) - 9
GAC Cert. IV - GPA 3.6
GAOKAO - see: the website

If you do not meet these entry requirements you might be interested in La Trobe's Foundation Studies and Diploma Programs, which provide an alternative pathway to La Trobe's undergraduate program. For more information please visit the La Trobe Melbourne website.

NB: The scores above are indicative only and may change based on the number of applications received and places available. Achieving the above listed scores does not guarantee an offer of a place.
Subject prerequisite
Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 30 in English (EAL) or at least 25 in English other than EAL; and a study score of at least 25 in one of Biology, Chemistry, any Mathematics, Physical Education or Physics.
Additional costs
Students should allow approximately AUD$200 for books, name badge and equipment. Students can purchase these items from any supplier; however LTU branded items must be purchased from a university approved vendor; these items remain the student's personal property.

In addition, students must obtain a Police Certificate (Victorian Police Certificate or Fit2Work) - AUD$20.00 (annually) and a Working with Children Check (no cost). A First Aid II Certificate and/or CPR assessment may be required (AUD$160). The CPR component must be renewed annually. Please note this course is not conducted by La Trobe University. A schedule of mandatory immunisations are required, the costs of which may vary depending on previous immunisation history, approximately AUD$250 -AUD$500.

Clinical placements may incur accommodation and travel costs, and these will vary depending on the placement venue.

Please note that all costs are approximate and are subject to change.
Additional information
Accelerated study program
Professional recognition
The Bachelor of Applied Science and Master of Speech Pathology is accredited by Speech Pathology Australia until 2020. Professional registration may require an application to the professional body and may have additional or ongoing requirements beyond the completion of the degree. Please contact the relevant professional body for details.

Graduates of the Bachelor of Applied Science and Master of Speech Pathology may apply for membership with Speech Pathology Australia. Membership may be subject to additional or ongoing requirements beyond completion of the degree. Please contact the relevant professional body for details.

It is the individual applicant's responsibility to investigate if this course meets the requirements to practice as a speech pathologist in their country of origin or their preferred country of practice.
Career opportunities
Graduates practise in hospitals, community health centres, private practice, schools, rehabilitation centres and aged-care centres.

They can also find employment in areas such as health promotion, teaching, and consultancy work in the areas of communication and presentation. Employment opportunities also exist in specialised centres helping people with hearing impairment, cerebral palsy and intellectual disability.
How to apply
Apply now or ask us a question if you need more help. You can also call us on +61 3 9627 4805.

Please apply through VTAC if youre completing your VCE or International Baccalaureate (IB) in Victoria, or apply through UAC if youre completing your HSC or IB in New South Wales.
See Student Handbook for more details
NB: The Handbook contains detailed information about courses, including course structures, designed primarily for students enrolled at La Trobe University.Applied Science/Speech PathologyMelbourne
Applied Science/Speech PathologyBendigo
Applied Science/Speech PathologyMildura
Applied Science/Speech PathologyShepparton
Applied Science/Speech PathologyAlbury-Wodonga

How to apply?

Enquire now about any course for international students or find out how to apply.

Fees and scholarships

Estimated fees for international students are indicated for each course above. Fees are indicative only and set at 120 credit points per course, unless otherwise stated, and may vary depending on the number of credit points in which students enrol. Some courses may vary in credit point load and fees will be adjusted accordingly.

There is also a range of scholarships available for international students to assist students.

Your study experience

Speech pathology placements

Clinical experience is a major component of our program. You will get practical experience in external agencies such as hospitals, community health centres, schools, early childhood centres and private practice. Students enrolled at the Bendigo campus will carry out most of their placements in the Bendigo area and regional Victoria, however some opportunities exist for these students to be able to carry out placements in metropolitan Melbourne. There are some opportunities for all students to carry out interstate placements subject to availability.

Students enrolled at the Bundoora (Melbourne) Campus will carry out a number of their placements in metropolitan health services and other non-health agencies and in The La Trobe Communication Clinic, which offers extensive speech pathology services including:

  • a preschool language and phonology program funded by Community Health
  • a preschool and school-age child fluency (stuttering) program funded by Community Health
  • an adolescent and adult fluency (stuttering) assessment and treatment program
  • a Phonological Awareness for Literacy program for school-aged children
  • voice clinics for children and adults at the Bundoora campus and the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital.

Student Projects

La Trobe's Speech Pathology students have developed a number of speech related resources for young people, families and speech pathologists.

Overseas study opportunities

You may be eligible for our student exchange program.

Regional campus transfer

Students at Albury-Wodonga, Mildura and Shepparton campuses must transfer to the Bendigo campus for the last three years of the course.

Fee assistance

Limited Commonwealth Supported places are available. Contact the course co-ordinator for more information and see fees and scholarships.

Find out about the experiences of one of our students.

The lecturers were all very approachable, supportive and experts in their field.

Ms Meryl Kirsty Raissa Lai Kong Ling, Health Sciences

About the academic staff

You'll get to meet a large number of academics during your course, from tutors through to lecturers. You can view all the staff from the College of Science, Health and Engineering or focus on staff in Speech pathology.