Bachelor of Applied Science and Master of Speech Pathology
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.
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.
English language requirement
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.
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.
The Bachelor of Applied Science and Master of Speech Pathology is accredited by Speech Pathology Australia (SPA). Membership 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.
Fees and costs
Annual tuition fee (A$)
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.
Scholarships are available for both current and future students. Find out what La Trobe scholarship opportunities might be available to you.
How to apply
Please apply through VTAC if you’re completing your VCE or International Baccalaureate (IB) in Victoria, or apply through UAC if you’re completing your HSC or IB in New South Wales.
See Student Handbook for more details
The Handbook contains detailed course information designed for enrolled students, including course structures, electives and options. The delivery of this course can vary between campuses. For detailed information please select the relevant campus:
CRICOS code: 083317C/031706J