Bachelor of Speech Pathology

Fast facts

Course type: Undergraduate degree
Course length: 4 years (full-time only)
Location: On campus

2016 Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR): 92.30
Guaranteed entry ATAR:
Advanced Diploma or above
Bonus points: Yes

International students:
FISC Foundation: 6.8, A Levels: 10, IB Diploma: 29
English requirements

Course overview

The Bachelor of Speech Pathology was developed in conjunction with the profession to provide the comprehensive education needed to work successfully as a professional speech pathologist.

Academic components combine speech pathology professional topics with the basic sciences of linguistics, phonetics, psychology and aspects of medical science (anatomy, neuroanatomy and physiology). 

You will undertake extensive work integrated learning opportunities, allowing you to integrate theory with practice and develop professional competencies. This will involve 4 placement rosters with up to 2 of these as block placements of 8 to 10 weeks each, or part-time equivalent. These may be in the Adelaide metropolitan area, country areas of South Australia, Victoria and the Northern Territory, and in some circumstances, overseas.

What will I study? 

Refer to the course rule.

What is speech pathology? 

Speech pathologists provide professional services for people of all ages whose educational, vocational, personal and social functioning is impaired by disorders of speech, language, voice, swallowing, fluency and hearing. Communication and swallowing disabilities may severely impact people’s quality of life and result from developmental difficulties, social disadvantage, illness or accident.

Why study speech pathology at Flinders?

  • We are the only university in South Australia teaching speech pathology and audiology.
  • Our award winning teaching staff work closely with the speech pathology profession to ensure that our graduates are well equipped to enter this diverse and interesting profession.
  • We have established partnerships with 16 organisations in health, education and disability services, ensuring authentic placement experiences with expert clinical educators.
  • Students at Flinders have the most placement hours of any speech pathology program in Australia.
  • Local, national and international employers of our new graduates express high levels of satisfaction with our graduates’ readiness for work.

Professional recognition/membership

Graduates will meet the entry-level standards of Speech Pathology Australia (SPA), the national accrediting body. This will enable graduates to practise in Australia and is subject to mutual recognition agreements in many other countries around the world including North America, the UK and Asia.

Career opportunities

What can I do with my Bachelor of Speech Pathology degree?  

Combine with the Bachelor of Letters

The Bachelor of Letters is available to all students studying a degree at Flinders and is available in languages, English, creative writing, innovation and enterprise, and sports performance coaching. It enables you to follow your interests and aspirations and enhance your career prospects by undertaking a second area of study in addition to your primary degree. You will graduate with two qualifications, expanding your employment opportunities.

Entry requirements

Prerequisities: None

Domestic students: You can qualify for undergraduate courses through: year 12 qualifications, adult entry (STAT/Bridging Program), TAFE/VET qualification, higher education transfers. Flinders also offers a range of special access schemes. Refer to undergraduate study applications.

International students: Entry and English requirements

Immunisation and Communicable Diseases: Requirements for Clinical Placements

This course includes clinical placements which aim to provide students with the practical experience required for the workplace. Students on placement have both an increased risk of most vaccine preventable diseases as well as the potential to transmit infections to susceptible patients. Students who are required to complete clinical placements as part of their course must therefore be immunised in accordance with the relevant State or Territory immunisation  standards (e.g. Health Immunisation for Health Care Workers in South Australia 2014 Policy Guideline)  and any additional private provider requirements as needed.

Further information about immunisation and other clinical placement requirements.

Applications and annual fees

Domestic students
SATAC code: 214352
Mid year entry: No
Applications: SATAC Uniweb 
Annual fees:

Place type: Commonwealth-supported

2016: $8,912

International students
CRICOS code: 004716J
Mid year entry: No
Applications: How to apply 
Annual fees:

2016: $27,600
2017: $30,000




  • Domestic student fees are indicative only. Further information: How are these fees calculated?
  • We accept international applications for programs commencing beyond the year advertised and tuition fees for these years will be higher. Please note that your tuition fees may be subject to an annual increase.

Further study options 

Course brochures

Domestic students
Health (PDF 6MB)

International students
eBrochure: Undergraduate international prospectus