ATAR:
Lowest selection rank*: Available after the 2019/2020 selection period
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Duration: 
4.5 years full time or longer for part time
Location: 
Delivery mode: 
Face to face
On campus
Application due dates:
Applications are not being taken at this time.

Overview

Turn your passion for social equity and health science into an exciting profession in the field of speech pathology.

This Australian-first dual degree taught with the VU Block Model will prepare you to support those with communication and/or speech and swallowing challenges. As a speech pathologist, you’ll play a crucial role in enabling communication and/or speech and improving swallowing disorders to enhance quality of life for those experiencing these difficulties, as well as support their families and broader community.

With plenty of opportunities for practical learning throughout your degree, you’ll be prepared for work in the contemporary speech pathology industry across complex and diverse settings. The course combines the practical and theoretical study of communication and swallowing disorders with human development, biomedical sciences, human rights and principles of social justice to enable you to graduate as a well-rounded practitioner.

Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

Year 4 (entry point for graduate entry Masters)

Year 5

  • HHB7001 Speech Pathology Cases 1
  • HHB7002 Speech Pathology Cases 2
  • HHB7003 Speech Pathology Cases 3
  • HHB7004 Speech Pathology Clinical Practice 1
  • HHB7005 Speech Pathology Clinical Practice 2
  • HHB7006 Speech Pathology Clinical Practice 3

During your degree you will have the opportunity to complete extensive supervised professional practice in a range of real workplace settings including education, health and community contexts, starting in the first year. Work-based placements are required by Speech Pathology Australia in order to meet the minimum skills, knowledge base and professional standards required for entry-level practice in Australia.

Our on-campus health science simulation labs will also offer you the ability to develop your skills in treating patients in realistic clinical scenarios.

As one of Australia's newest speech pathology programs, this course has qualifying accreditation classification by the accrediting body, Speech Pathology Australia (SPA). As a graduate member of Speech Pathology Australia, you will be able to practice Australia-wide.

Careers in speech and language sciences

With both a bachelor and masters qualification, you’ll be prepared for work in the rapidly growing speech pathology industry.

Speech Pathologists are in increasing demand for work in the following fields:

  • government and non-government organisations
  • education
  • health
  • disability
  • welfare
  • community-based organisations
  • health promotion
  • policy development
  • academic teaching and research
  • private practice.

Speech pathologists can also work with professional voice users such as auctioneers, teachers, actors and singers, coaching them on how to use their voices safely.

Salaries

The average salary for a graduate speech pathologist is AU$50k - AU$84k (PayScale).

Course structure

To attain the Bachelor of Speech and Language Sciences/Master of Speech Pathology, students will be required to complete:

  • 432 credit points of Core studies.

Double Qualification, sourced from single degrees

We are the first Australian university to use a 'block' model of learning, where you study one unit at a time rather than juggling several at once.

Introduced in 2018, the VU Block Model has improved our student results and achievements, and has won awards for innovation and excellence. Initially for first-year students, it now applies to all students studying at our Melbourne campuses.

You'll study in short bursts, called blocks, of three 2-3 hour face-to-face teaching sessions per week.

Each block focuses on one unit (subject) and is only four weeks long, with up to four days between. Our two semesters have four blocks each, and there are optional blocks over winter and summer where you can catch up on a missed unit.

Some courses have labs and pracs too, and these are generally scheduled on the same days as teaching sessions. There are also workshops where you'll develop your study skills and prepare for your future career.

Find out more about the VU Block Model.

Course Learning Outcomes for the Bachelor of Speech and Language Sciences:

  1. Elucidate the interaction between communication and swallowing skills and determinants such as physical, social, culture, emotional and psychological factors;
  2. Conceptually map the impact of communication and swallowing difficulties for individuals and their communities and the community at large;
  3. Exercise critical thinking skills to identify a problem, accumulate, evaluate and synthesise relevant evidence to propose a solution;
  4. Demonstrate cultural responsivity, value diversity among peoples and engage in decolonising practices that acknowledge Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders as Traditional Owners of Australian lands;
  5. Exhibit the expected communication conventions that the context demands, and the flexibility to change them as appropriate in diverse contexts
  6. Demonstrate professional behaviour that includes adherence to principles of ethics, regulatory and professional standards, and the need for reflection.

Course Learning Outcomes for the Master of Speech Pathology:

  1. Demonstrate readiness for entry level speech pathology practice in Australia and articulate how they can contribute to advancing the Speech Pathology Australia vision, detailed in the document Speech Pathology 2030;
  2. Demonstrate a comprehensive, multidimensional understanding of the reciprocal impact of communication and swallowing difficulties for individuals and their families, friends, colleagues, and communities; as well as institutions and society at large, in terms of day-to-day activities; and participation in educational, vocational and recreational pursuits;
  3. Expound a complex and multifaceted understanding of the interaction between communication and swallowing skills and the various determinants such as physical, linguistic, social, culture, spiritual, emotional and psychological factors; the physical and built environment and economic conditions;
  4. Demonstrate knowledge about the learning needs of people with communication and/ or swallowing disorders with respect to facilitating their goals and advancing their communication and/ or swallowing skills;
  5. Demonstrate a complex and multifaceted understanding of professionalism-ethics, adherence to regulatory and professional standards, the need to reflect on performance, lifelong learning-evidenced in accurate delivery of a range of speech pathology practices as appropriate and relevant to the context;
  6. Demonstrate the cognitive, technical and creative skills to investigate, analyse and synthesise complex information, problems, concepts and theories and to apply established theories to different contexts evinced in evidence-based practice;
  7. Demonstrate cultural responsivity, value diversity among peoples and engage in decolonising practices that acknowledge Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders as Traditional Owners of Australian lands; and
  8. Communicate and interrelate effectively in diverse contexts by exhibiting the expected communicative conventions that the context demands and the flexibility to change the communication conventions as the context changes.

What's a unit?

A unit or 'subject' is the actual class you'll attend in the process of completing a course.

Most courses have a mixture of compulsory 'core' units that you need to take and optional elective units that you can choose to take based on your area of interest, expertise or experience.

Credits

Each unit is worth a set amount of study credits based on the amount of time you study. Generally, 1 credit is equal to 1 hour of study per week.

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Apply for a scholarship to help with your study costs.

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Admissions

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Applicants for this course will need to have met the academic requirements and prerequisites for this course outlined below.

Meeting the minimum admission criteria does not guarantee entry into this course. Past academic performance may be considered.

Essential requirements for admission

Admission criteria

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Applicants with recent secondary education (within the last 2 years)

  • Australian Senior Secondary Certificate (e.g. VCE) or
  • an Australian or overseas equivalent or
  • an International Baccalaureate (IB).

Importance of ATAR for this course

ATAR+

We consider both ATAR and other criteria

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ATAR is not a consideration. We use other criteria

Admission criteria

Completion of an Australian Senior Secondary Certificate (VCE or equivalent) including Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 30 in English (EAL) or at least 25 in any other English.
PLUS
A study score of at least 20 in two of Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics (any), Psychology, Sociology, Texts and Traditions, Health and Human Development, or LOTE (any).

Subject adjustments

A study score of 30 in Biology, Chemistry, English (any except EAL) Mathematics (any), Psychology, Sociology, Texts and Traditions, Health and Human Development, or LOTE (any), or a study score of 35 in English (EAL) equals 5 aggregate points. Overall maximum of 20 points.

ATAR profile

An indicative ATAR will be available after the 2019/2020 selection period.

Special admission programs

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Applicants with vocational education and training (VET/TAFE) study

This information is for people who have completed an accredited award at an Australian Registered Training Organisation.

Admission criteria

Completion of an Australian Advanced Diploma or Diploma (or equivalent) in Health Sciences or similar.

Special admission programs

Our special admission programs cover a range of access and equity schemes that allow applicants from participating schools or disadvantaged social, economic or cultural environments to receive additional consideration. These include:

Applicants with higher education study

This information is for people whose highest level of study since leaving secondary education is a higher education course.

Admission criteria

Completion of at least one semester of an Australian Higher Education award (or equivalent) in Health Sciences or similar.

Special admission programs

Our special admission programs cover a range of access and equity schemes that allow applicants from participating schools or disadvantaged social, economic or cultural environments to receive additional consideration. These include:

Applicants with work & life experience

This information is for applicants who left secondary school more than two years ago and who have not undertaken VET or higher education study since then.

Admission criteria

Applicants that completed an Australian Senior Secondary Certificate more than two years ago including Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 30 in English (EAL) or at least 25 in any other English.
PLUS
A study score of at least 20 in two of Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics (any), Psychology, Sociology, Texts and Traditions, Health and Human Development, or LOTE (any).

Special admission programs

Our special admission programs cover a range of access and equity schemes that allow applicants from participating schools or disadvantaged social, economic or cultural environments to receive additional consideration. These include:

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If you have completed study with another university or institution and believe you are eligible to receive credit for skills and past study, you can apply for advanced standing.

Applications for advanced standing can be made after a discussion with your course coordinator or academic adviser.

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