Bachelor of Speech and Language Pathology with Honours
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 (BSLP(Hons)) is a highly regarded, professional degree accredited by Te Kāhui Kaiwhakatikatika Reo Kōrero o Aotearoa | New Zealand Speech-language Therapists’ Association (NZSTA). UC students are able to utilise excellent on-site resources including clinics and research facilities.
- Qualification recognised in Australia and the United Kingdom, Ireland, and Canada.
- Accredited by Te Kāhui Kaiwhakatikatika Reo Kōrero o Aotearoa | New Zealand Speech–language Therapists' Association (NZSTA).
- Highly employable graduates.
- Fieldwork accounts for 25–50%, depending on year of study.
- Students have the opportunity to undertake work with people of all ages at clinics on campus, nationally and overseas.
Admission to UC with University Entrance (or equivalent) is required to enrol.
International students with English as a second language must provide evidence of IELTS (Academic) 7.0, with no score lower than 6.5, before admission to the First Professional Year (second year of study).
For information on the enrolment process, please see how to apply for undergraduate qualifications.
The Intermediate Year (first year) is open to all students, however a background in science is recommended.
Entry into the Professional Years
The first year is followed by the Professional Years. Entry into the Professional Years is limited and is based on completion of the Intermediate Year, academic merit (normally a B+ or better Grade Point Average), and fluency in English. Relevant work experience may also be considered.
Applications for entry for the First Professional Year close on 1 October of the preceding year, although late enrolments will be considered if places are still available. Application forms are required and intending applicants should contact the BSLP(Hons) Programme Coordinator at least a month before the closing date.
Bachelor of Speech and Language Pathology with Honours – example degree structure
(2) Students can choose courses from other degrees to make up 120 points. Some courses are recommended.
Each small block represents a 15-point course. However, some courses may be 30 points or more.
This diagram is an example only – other combinations are possible. For specific course requirements, see the Regulations for the Bachelor of Speech and Language Pathology with Honours.
The Bachelor of Speech and Language Pathology with Honours requires a total of 480 points:
- At least 405 points of compulsory and fieldwork courses
- 15 points from a prescribed list of courses
- 75 points of courses in Science or from other degrees.
The degree takes 4 years of full-time study, or can be studied part-time for up to 8 years.
The Intermediate Year
Your first year, known as the Intermediate Year, includes a minimum of 120 points (or eight 15-point courses). The Intermediate courses may be taken in one full-time year of study or accumulated over more than one year.
It is highly recommended that you begin your BSLP(Hons) degree in February. Those wanting to begin in July will need to complete more courses in a short timeframe with good grades, or will take an additional six months to finish their degree. Contact a Te Rāngai Pūtaiao | College of Science Student Advisor for more information and to organise your programme schedule.
Limited entry into second year
Entry to the second year of the Bachelor of Speech and Language Pathology with Honours is limited to students who have successfully completed their Intermediate Year with a B+ or better Grade Point Average, and have fluency in spoken and written English. Relevant work experience with people who have communication disorders may also be considered when selection decisions are made.
Applications for entry to the First Professional Year close on 1 October of the preceding year. Late enrolments will be considered if places are still available.
The Professional Years
- First Professional Year courses focus on speech and language development and disorders, evidence-based practice, and audiology. You will gain practical experience working with a range of clients (which represents up to 25% of the year's work).
- In the Second Professional Year, you will 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 will take more advanced courses and also complete research work. About half of your year will be based in the field, and you will spend more time taking responsibility for the assessment of clients and the planning, management, and evaluation of therapy programmes.
The compulsory courses in your first year (Intermediate Year) cover introductory anatomy, physiology, and statistics. The advancing years (Professional Years) involve advanced assessment, planning, and evaluation of therapy programmes for a variety of communication disorders, put into practice through clinical fieldwork working with a range of clients.
See ‘How do I plan my degree?’ above for an example degree structure diagram.
- SPSC 161 Anatomy and Physiology of the Speech, Hearing and Swallowing Mechanism
- STAT 101 Statistics 1
And one of the following:
- HLTH 106 Te Whero: Māori Health Issues and Opportunities
- TREO 110 Te Ngao Tū: Conversational Māori for Absolute Beginners
- TREO 111 Te Ngao Pae 1: Introductory Reo 1
- MAOR 165 He Tīmatanga: Engaging with Māori
- MAOR 172 Science, Māori and Indigenous Knowledge or SCIM 101 Science, Māori and Indigenous Knowledge
Students also need to complete another five 100-level courses from any degree at UC. The following courses are highly recommended:
- EDUC 102 Child and Adolescent Development
- SPSC 113 Introduction to Communication Disorders
- SPSC 114 The Science of Human Communication
- LING 101 The English Language
- PSYC 105 Introductory Psychology – Brain, Behaviour and Cognition
- PSYC 106 Introductory Psychology – Social, Personality and Developmental
In the First Professional Year (second year of study), students take courses in speech and language development and disorders, evidence-based practice, clinical linguistics, and audiology. They are also introduced to the observation and assessment of individuals with communication difficulties and the distinguishing characteristics of the major types of communication disorders. 25% of the coursework includes clinical practice.
- SPSC 222 Language Disorders in Children
- SPSC 223 Clinical Linguistics and Phonetics
- SPSC 232 Speech Sound Disorders
- SPSC 262 Neuroscience of Swallowing and Communication
- SPSC 263 Evaluating Research for Clinical Practice
- SPSC 281 Observation and Clinical Practice 1
- SPSC 282 Clinical Practice 2
- HEAR 243 Introduction to Audiologic Assessment and Management
In the Second Professional Year (third year of study), students continue studying different types of communication disorders, predominantly those of neurogenic origin, conduct applied research in clinical settings, and gain practical experience with clients. They work with practising therapists, and complete coursework in education and medical settings. 30% of the coursework includes clinical practice.
- SPSC 320 Spoken and Written Language Disorders in Education
- SPSC 363 Motor Speech Disorders
- SPSC 365 Dysphagia and Related Disorders – Diagnosis
- SPSC 366 Dysphagia and Related Disorders – Management
- SPSC 367 Voice Science and Disorders
- SPSC 369 Aphasia and Related Disorders
- SPSC 381 Applied Research and Clinical Practice 3
- SPSC 382 Clinical Practice 4
In the Third Professional Year (fourth year of study), more time is spent on research and taking responsibility for the assessment of clients and the planning, management, and evaluation of therapy programmes. 50% of the coursework includes clinical practice.
- SPSC 421 Advanced Topics in Speech-language Pathology
- SPSC 451 Fluency Disorders
- SPSC 461 Complex Communication Disorders
- SPSC 468 Professional Studies 2
- SPSC 482 Clinical Practice 5
- SPSC 484 Clinical Practice 6
Plus one of either:
Postgraduate options include:
- Master of Audiology
- Master of Science in Speech and Language Sciences
- Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Speech and Language Sciences
Other students with any undergraduate degree can choose to study our Master of Speech and Language Pathology to become qualified as a speech-language pathologist/therapist.
Our graduates are in demand and highly employable both in Aotearoa New Zealand and overseas. They go on to work in hospitals, schools, and private clinics. Some of our graduates now have their own private practices, while others are working in research labs, and designing and developing new speech–language technologies.
The BSLP(Hons) is recognised in Australia, the United Kingdom, Ireland, and Canada.
Find out more about what you can do with a degree from UC.
See Tuition Fee Structure for more information
|2020||480||Banded Fee - total tuition fee dependent on course selection||$7,743 per 120 points|
|2021||480||Banded Fee - total tuition fee dependent on course selection||$7,828 per 120 points|
|2020||480||This is an indicative fee - total tuition fee will be dependent on your course selection (banded)||$38,400 (first 120 points)|
|Intermediate Year (first year) - indicative fee||$33,350 (120 points)|
|2021||480||This is an indicative fee - total tuition fee will be dependent on your course selection (banded)||$39,500 (first 120 points)|
|Intermediate Year (first year) - indicative fee||$34,625 (120 points)|
For the full degree requirements, see the Regulations for the Bachelor of Speech and Language Pathology with Honours.
For study planning help, contact Te Rōpū Takawaenga o UC | UC Liaison Office (new students) or a Te Rāngai Pūtaiao | College of Science Student Advisor (advancing students).
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