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Bachelor of Speech Pathology

Help people with communication and swallowing difficulties.

Gain the comprehensive education needed to work successfully as a speech pathologist. Speech pathologists provide services across the lifespan to people whose educational, vocational, personal and social functioning is affected by communication or swallowing impairment resulting from developmental difficulties, social disadvantage, illness or accident.

Quick Facts

Duration: 4 years full-time
Start Date: March
Tuition Fee: $38,500
Location: Bedford Park, Australia
Prerequisites: None
Assumed knowledge: None
IELTS total:
Pearson overall score: 65
CRICOS code: 004716J
Delivery mode: On campus: Bedford Park

Why study Speech Pathology at Flinders

  • Learn from award-winning educators and an innovative enquiry-based curriculum
  • Prepare for the multidisciplinary world of speech pathology with a variety of group projects
  • Observational placements in first year provide early exposure to work as a speech therapist
  • Benefit from one of the highest number of placement hours for a speech pathology degree in Australia
  • Offers a research pathway for high-achieving students via our honours program
  • Sub-quotas available for rural and remote applicants

Practical experience

The degree provides you with practical experience that prepares you for the workforce.

  • In third year, you will typically undertake two placements of one to two days per week throughout the semester.
  • In fourth year, you will typically undertake two block placements of six to eight weeks. These may be undertaken in Adelaide, regional areas of South Australia and the Northern Territory and, in some circumstances, overseas.
  • Placements are provided in a range of settings including childcare centres, state and independent schools, disability services, hospitals, rehabilitation centres, community health centres and aged care facilities.


“I had a nice relationship with all my lecturers. They were committed to helping you out with everything, especially if you showed that you cared about your work. Uni organised for me to go to Flinders Partners to work on software for innovation management. I was so pleased when they offered me a full-time position.”

Nadine Saadi // Flinders University student


Speech pathology graduates are employed in a wide range of settings around the world and work with people of all ages, their carers/families, services, communities and other professionals across a wide variety of agencies. Employment prospects are good, although opportunities in the public sector are naturally influenced by government policy.

Potential occupations include:

  • speech pathologist
  • project officer
  • researcher
  • manager
  • policy advisor.

Potential employers include:

  • healthcare sector (including hospitals, rehabilitation centres, community health services, mental health services)
  • aged care sector
  • disability services sector
  • education sector (including mainstream, special schools and special education units)
  • early childhood education sector
  • private practice.

Professional accreditation/recognition

Graduates will meet the entry-level standards of Speech Pathology Australia (SPA), the national accrediting body, which will enable them to practise in Australia and many other countries around the world including the UK and Asia.