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


The Bachelor of Speech and Language Pathology with Honours is a four-year professional degree with a strong practical focus. Graduates are highly employable as clinicians in schools and hospital settings both in New Zealand and overseas or can pursue further study through to doctoral level.

Features of the BSLP(Hons) at UC

  • Established four-year professional degree, recognised in Australia and the United Kingdom
  • Highly employable graduates
  • Accredited by the New Zealand Speech–Language Therapists' Association
  • Excellent resources including on-site clinics and research dedicated facilities and staff
  • Postgraduate opportunities in Speech and Language Sciences, and Audiology

Entry requirements

Entry to the Intermediate Year of study is open to all students with University Entrance. The recommended preparation for the Intermediate programme is a science background to at least NCEA Level 2 and work experience, including visits to meet people with different speech and language abilities. English and languages, such as te reo Māori, are also useful.

Entry to the First Professional Year is limited and is based on academic merit (normally a B+ or better grade average), fluency in English and suitability for training as a speech–language therapist. Relevant work experience with individuals who have communication disorders may also be considered when entry decisions are made. Applications for entry to the First Professional Year for 2014 close on 1 November 2013.

If you are unsuccessful in gaining a place in the First Professional Year, your passed courses can usually be credited to the 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

Intermediate Year

The BSLP(Hons) requires a total of 480 points and may be awarded with honours. The first year is called the Intermediate Year and 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.

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 UC's College of Science Student Advisor. A programme of courses equivalent to the BSLP(Hons) Intermediate Year courses must be demonstrated for entry into second year.

The one-year Intermediate programme is followed by three full-time years of specialised professional education – the professional years.

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 are also introduced to the observation and assessment of individuals with communication disorders and the distinguishing characteristics of the major types of disorders. You have the opportunity for practical experience with a range of clients.

In the Second Professional Year you continue studying different types of communication disorders, work with practising therapists and complete coursework in a hospital setting.

In the Third Professional Year you can take further courses in the areas of speech, language and swallowing disorders. Research coursework is also included. You spend more time taking responsibility for the assessment of clients and the planning, management and evaluation of therapy programmes.


Fieldwork accounts for about 10% of the year's work in the second year, 20% 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.

Further study

Postgraduate options include:

Career opportunities

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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