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Bachelor of Speech Pathology (Honours)

4 years full-time
Part-time available
(Levels 1 & 2 may be completed part-time but Levels 3 & 4 must be completed full-time)
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Entry Requirements
OP 13 | English (4,SA) plus one of Biology, Chemistry, Physics or Health Education (4,SA)
ATAR 69.35 | English (Units 3/4,C) plus one of Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Psychology or Health (Units 3/4,C)
TSV: 317041
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Acquire a thorough understanding in areas such as anatomy, linguistics, and speech development and impairment. Learn how to diagnose and manage a diverse range of cases and benefit from JCU’s on-campus speech and language clinic.

Practical placements challenge you to apply your theoretical knowledge in a variety of settings. You will have the opportunity to complete placements in rural and Indigenous communities, as well as overseas.

JCU Speech Pathology (Honours) graduates all develop research skills and are equipped with the advanced knowledge and skills required to excel in their field and change lives.
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About JCU's Bachelor of Speech Pathology (Honours) in Queensland

You understand just how crucial communication is to human development and individual success. Your Bachelor of Speech Pathology (Honours) degree (similar to Bachelor of Speech Therapy) from JCU will qualify you to assess, diagnose and manage significant speech and swallowing impairments.

A Speech Pathology Degree That Gains You Experience

Develop high-level skills necessary to merge theory with real-world situations throughout your speech pathologist degree. Work with real clients in professional placements under the supervision of caring professionals dedicated to your success. Experience a diverse range of scenarios during your placements when you assess, diagnose, treat and manage people with communication and swallowing difficulties.

You will have the opportunity to help a child who cannot be understood, or assist an adult in overcoming a swallowing disorder. You could help patients restore their voice after cancer surgery or work with those who find it difficult to swallow because of neurological disorders. Your Bachelor of Speech Pathology in Queensland (Honours) will equip you to work with people from diverse backgrounds and from socioeconomic statuses.

Study Speech Pathology and Learn Transferable Skills

Build a highly adaptable skillset and find employment in a variety of work contexts throughout Australia and overseas with a Bachelor of Speech Pathology (Honours). Learn adept skills in researching and evaluating data and use these skills to solve medical problems. Reach out to children and adults from various cultures and economic conditions.

Become an accomplished communicator with the ability to express your thoughts, and empower others to express theirs. You will learn how to assess a client’s needs and apply your expert knowledge to provide a solution.

A Bachelor of Speech Pathology (Honours) That Leads to a Bright Future

Be ready to use speech therapy degree level skills to help people overcome their limitations and challenges. In addition, build specific skills working with rural, remote and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.

As a JCU graduate, you will be career-ready with strong analytical and clinical skills. Small class sizes and personalised support prepare you to be ready today, for tomorrow. Your extensive practical experience combined with a thorough understanding of the theoretical aspects of speech pathology will put you at the forefront of your field.

Learn how to connect with others in an empathetic and effective way as you study your speech pathology degree. Advance your own communication skills so you can work with clients, colleagues, and the community as a facilitator and leader.

Study Speech Pathology (Honours) and Make a Difference

A speech therapy degree from JCU will help you build a bright future for yourself and for others. With your accredited degree, you are qualified to work in early intervention, in community or mental health services, and in hospitals, nursing homes, schools and universities.

See where a degree from JCU can take you and follow your passion to make a positive change.
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Career Opportunities

Begin a life-changing career helping patients overcome communication and swallowing difficulties.

JCU Speech Pathology graduates are equipped with specialised, job-ready skills to meet the unique needs of tropical, rural, and Indigenous communities.

JCU Speech Pathology graduates have specialist skills and work with children and adults to promote speech and swallowing improvement.

Graduates pursue careers in various areas including education settings, hospitals, community health centres, nursing homes, child care, mental health services, disability services, and private practice.

This course is accredited by Speech Pathology Australia. Upon graduation, you will be eligible for Practicing Membership of Speech Pathology Australia.

Note the course QTAC code for the location you've chosen. You'll need to enter it as part of your QTAC application.

Townsville (317041) - Apply now

OP Score/Rank is indicative only. Entry scores will be finalised in the major offer round.

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Bachelor of Speech Pathology (Honours) [Embedded]

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Course code


Course type

Bachelor Honours Degree (AQF Level 8)

Professional accreditation status

This course is accredited by Speech Pathology Australia (Provisional Accreditation of 2 years).


Tropical Health and Medicine

Award Requirements

Admission Requirements

Course pre-requisites

English plus one of Biology, Chemistry, Physics or Health Education.

Minimum English language proficiency requirements

Applicants of non-English speaking backgrounds must meet the English language proficiency requirements of Schedule II of the JCU Admissions Policy.

An overall IELTS of 7.0 with a minimum writing score of 6.0; speaking score of 8.0; reading and listening score of 7.0.

For registration with Speech Pathology Australia where English is not your first language applicants must submit results of the Occupational English Test (OET) taken within the last 12 months with grades of at least 3 As and 1B on the OET test.

Additional selection requirements

Students will be eligible to be offered a position in the Research Honours major by the Academic Head if they have achieved a GPA of 5.0 all level 1 and level 2 subjects listed in the course structure. Students who are not offered a position in the Research Honours major, or are offered a position in the Research Honours major but decline this offer, will continue in the Professional Honours major for levels 3 and 4.

Special admission requirements

A quota on entry into the Research Major may be applied depending on the availability of supervisors.

Course includes mandatory professional placement(s)

Clinical placement/professional practice:

This course includes prescribed professional or clinical placements. Students may be required to undertake such placements away from the campus at which they are enrolled, at their own expense (Note: health professional courses generally involve extensive professional or clinical placements).

Further information about placements can be found at Coursework Enrolment Policy.

Post admission requirements

This course may have specific admission requirements such as immunisation, a Suitability to Work with Children card, a federal police check and/or other conditions that students must comply with. Students must complete all professional experience placement requirements by the prescribed deadlines and maintain currency of these requirements in order to stay admitted in the course.

You will find your course requirements here:

Academic Requirements for Course Completion

Credit points

96 credit points as per course structure

Course learning outcomes

The James Cook University Bachelor of Speech Pathology (Honours) will prepare graduates to meet the Competency-Based Occupational Standards (CBOS: 2011) for speech pathology, as defined by Speech Pathology Australia.

On successful completion of the Bachelor of Speech Pathology (Honours), graduates will be able to:

  • Integrate and adapt a coherent and advanced body of theoretical knowledge and technical competencies in diverse contexts as an entry level speech pathologist.
  • Apply professional and ethical frameworks and standards, including the Speech Pathology Australia Code of Ethics and Competency-based Occupational Standards – Speech Pathology, and underlying principles and concepts, to inform responsible and accountable professional behaviours.
  • Retrieve, critically evaluate and apply established and evolving evidence and concepts to advanced speech pathology and inter-professional practice.
  • Demonstrate advanced oral and written English language and numerical skills that enable clear, coherent, and appropriate communication of theoretical and therapy concepts, treatment options, and professional decisions, with clients, families, communities, and other professionals.
  • Reflect on and apply knowledge and skills to demonstrate autonomy, well-developed judgement, adaptability, and responsibility in speech pathology practice.
  • Provide responsive, sensitive, and effective speech pathology practice to all clients, specifically including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, other culturally and linguistically diverse populations, and people residing in tropical, rural, and remote locations.
  • Deliver, facilitate, and evaluate safe, sustainable, and effective client-centred speech pathology practice including preventative, educational, and promotional programs in collaboration with client groups and other professionals.
  • Formulate, implement, and evaluate speech pathology management for people with communication and swallowing needs across the lifespan.
  • Apply knowledge of research principles and methods to plan, execute, and disseminate project work and/or a piece of research and scholarship with some independence.

Inherent Requirements

Inherent Requirements

Inherent requirements are the fundamental abilities, attributes, skills and behaviours needed to complete the learning outcomes of a course while preserving the academic integrity of the university’s learning, assessment and accreditation processes. Students and prospective students must be able to demonstrate that they have acquired or have the ability to acquire the inherent requirements for their degree. For more information refer to Inherent Requirements page.

Reasonable adjustments

Reasonable adjustments may be made to assist students manage additional circumstances impacting on their studies provided these do not change the academic integrity of a degree. Reasonable adjustments do not alter the need to be able to demonstrate the inherent requirements of the course.

Course Structure


Level 1

Teaching Period 1

BM1051:03 Anatomy and Physiology for Speech Pathology 1

SL1001:03 Foundations of Speech Pathology

SL1002:03 Foundations of Linguistics and Phonology

PY1101:03 Exploring Psychology: from Brain to Practice

Teaching Period 2

BM1052:03 Anatomy and Physiology for Speech Pathology 2

HS1003:03 Lifespan Development for Health A

HS1401:03 Health and Health Care in Australia

SL1004:03 Linguistic Development

Level 2

Teaching Period 1

HS2402:03 Health Professional Research 1

HS2403:03 Health Promotion for Health Professionals

SL2006:03 Speech Development and Impairment

SL2011:03 Speech Pathology Clinical Processes A

Teaching Period 2

SL2002:03 Language Development and Impairment

SL2003:03 Acquired Speech Impairments

SL2012:03 Speech Pathology Clinical Processes B

SL2013:03 Topics in Focus in Speech Pathology 1


Select a Major from Table A

TABLE A (Majors)

Type of major


Credit points in major

48 credit points




Professional Honours


Only available full time

Research Honours


Only available full time

Students must have obtained a GPA of not less than 5.00, calculated across all level 1 and level 2 subjects listed in the course structure.







Expected time to complete

4 years full-time or 6 years part-time (levels 1 and 2 may be completed part-time however levels 3 and 4 must be completed full-time)

Maximum time to complete

7 years

Maximum leave of absence

1 year


Course progression requisites

Must successfully complete all level 1 and level 2 subjects before attempting any level 3 subject.

Must successfully complete all level 3 subjects before attempting any level 4 subject.

Course includes mandatory professional placement(s)

Clinical placement/professional practice:

This course includes prescribed professional or clinical placements. Students may be required to undertake such placements away from the campus at which they are enrolled, at their own expense (Note: health professional courses generally involve extensive professional or clinical placements).

Further information about placements can be found at Coursework Enrolment Policy.

Special assessment requirements

At the discretion of the College Dean, students may be required to undertake a prescribed English language test to ensure that they have an acceptable level of English language proficiency, including at least at the level required to be admitted to the course, to safely participate in professional experience placements.

Refer to Review of a Student’s Suitability to Continue a Course Involving Placement policy.

Professional accreditation requirements


Maximum allowed Pass Conceded (PC) grade


Supplementary exam for final subject

Not applicable



Students may apply for a credit transfer for previous tertiary study or informal and non-formal learning in accordance with the Credit Transfer Procedure.

Maximum allowed

63 credit points


Credit will be granted only for studies completed in the 10 years prior to the commencement of this course.


Credit gained for any subject shall be cancelled 18 years after the date of the examination upon which the credit is based if, by then, the student has not completed this course.

Other restrictions

A maximum of 15 credit points of credit may be granted at level 3 or 4.

Award Details

Award title


Approved abbreviation


Inclusion of majors on testamur

Not applicable - this course does not have majors

Exit with lesser award

Students who have completed 24 credit points of their course award requirements, and withdraw from or fail to meet the requirements for progression in the later years, may be eligible for the award of Diploma of Tertiary Studies.

Course articulation

Not applicable

Annual Tuition Fee: $9,527. (Estimate only)

Student Services and Amenities fee is payable per subject up to a maximum amount per year.

A variety of Scholarships are available to suit different student types.

An OP or ATAR is the score required for entry into most undergraduate courses. If you are not a Year 12 school leaver or do not have an OP or ATAR, you can be assigned an equivalent rank score. Ranks are calculated from previous study that you might have completed, either secondary, tertiary or vocational, or previous paid employment experience.

JCU offers pathway courses to help you move into a degree. Pathway courses provide you with an individualised study plan and specialised support as you transition to university.

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Speech Pathologists help people to overcome challenges with communication and swallowing, improving their experience with the world around them. Learn more about studying a Bachelor of Speech Pathology at JCU.