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Bachelor of Speech and Language Pathology with Honours BSLP(Hons)


Over the four years of this degree, students gain the knowledge and skills to assist a wide variety of people with communication and swallowing disorders.

The Bachelor of Speech and Language Pathology with Honours is a highly regarded, professional degree with a strong practical focus.

Features of the BSLP(Hons) at UC

  • Qualification recognised in Australia and the United Kingdom, Ireland and Canada
  • Highly employable graduates
  • Accredited by the New Zealand Speech–Language Therapists' Association
  • Excellent resources including on-site clinics and research dedicated facilities and staff
  • Fieldwork accounts for 10–50%, depending on year of study
  • Students have the opportunity to undertake work with people of all ages at clinics nationally and overseas

Entry requirements

Entry into the Intermediate Year

The Intermediate Year is open to all students with University Entrance. A background in statistics and science (particularly biology) is recommended. Previous study of subjects with high literacy or linguistic value such as English, languages and te reo Māori is also useful.

Undertaking work experience can assist in deciding if this degree is for you.

It is possible to take five of the Intermediate Year courses at other universities. At present, there are no equivalent courses for CMDS 161, CMDS 113 and CMDS 162. If you intend to do this you should seek approval of your course of study from UC's College of Science Student Advisor in advance.

Entry into the Professional Years

The first year is followed by the Professional Years - three years of specialised professional education. Entry into the Professional Years is limited and is based on completion of the compulsory level 100 courses (or equivalents), academic merit (normally a B+ or better grade average) and fluency in English. Relevant work experience may also be considered. Applications for entry to the First Professional Year for 2015 close on 5 December 2014.

It is also possible to take the Intermediate Year at other universities. If you intend to do this you are strongly advised to seek approval of your course of study from the College of Science Student Advisor.

If you are unsuccessful in gaining a place in the First Professional Year, your completed courses can usually be credited to a BSc, BHSc or BA.

Degree structure

For the full degree requirements see the Regulations for the Bachelor of Speech and Language Pathology with Honours (University Regulations website).

BSLP(Hons) degree structure diagram

The BSLP(Hons) requires a total of 480 points. The first year (Intermediate Year) comprises a minimum of 120 points or eight compulsory 15-point courses (or equivalent). The Intermediate courses may be taken in one full-time year of study or accumulated over more than one year.

Compulsory courses in your first year include anatomy and physiology, introductory linguistics, psychology, statistics and communication disorders. Students must select one course on Māori culture, language or health.

Compulsory courses

  • CMDS 113 Introduction to Communication Disorders
  • CMDS 161 Anatomy and Physiology of the Speech and Hearing Mechanism
  • CMDS 162 Neuroscience of Communication and Swallowing
  • LING 101 The English Language
  • PSYC 105 Introductory Psychology – Brain, Behaviour and Cognition
  • PSYC 106 Introductory Psychology – Social, Personality and Developmental
  • STAT 101 Statistics 1

And one of the following:

  • HLTH 106 Ngā Take, te Whero: Māori Health Issues and Opportunities
  • MAOR 165 He Timatanga: Engaging with Māori
  • MAOR 172/SCIM 101 Science, Māori and Indigenous Knowledge
  • TREO 110 Conversational Māori for Absolute Beginners
  • TREO 111 Te Reo: Te Kakāno – Introductory Language 1

The Professional Years

First Professional Year courses focus on speech and language development and disorders, evidence-based practice and audiology. You have the opportunity for practical experience, working with a range of clients (which represents up to 25% of the year's work).

In the Second Professional Year you continue studying different types of communication disorders, work with practising therapists and complete coursework in a hospital setting. This year your fieldwork increases to 30%.

In the Third Professional Year you take more advanced courses and research work is also included. About half of your year will be based in the field, with you spending more time taking responsibility for the assessment of clients and the planning, management and evaluation of therapy programmes.


Fieldwork accounts for about 25% of the year's work in the second year, 30% in the third and 50% in the final year. You have the opportunity to undertake work with people of all ages at clinics in Christchurch and throughout New Zealand and overseas.

Further study

Postgraduate options include:

Career opportunities

The speech–language therapy profession offers a range of career opportunities. Graduates are highly employable as clinicians both in New Zealand and overseas.

You can work with people or computers, in a research laboratory, a private clinic or a government agency. You can work with language-delayed children in a school setting or with elderly stroke patients in a large hospital or nursing home. You can be an entrepreneur, developing and marketing new communication devices and tests, or building your own private practice.

Perhaps best of all, you can combine several of these to establish a challenging and satisfying career which improves the quality of life for individuals with communication disorders.

For further career information, please go to


For more information email or freephone in NZ 0800 VARSITY (827 748).

For assistance with planning your programme of study contact a College of Science Student Advisor (advancing students) or the Liaison Office (new students) or visit the Liaison Office’s course planning page (new students).

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