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Tuition Fees:$3,114 /year
Applications Begin:March 2021
Student Intake:30 Students
Final Award:Bachelor of Speech-Language and Hearing Therapy (BSL and HT)
Start Date:February 2022
Academic Unit:Faculty of Health Sciences
Campus:Tygerberg
Application Deadline: 30 June 2021
Programme Overview

The Bachelor of Speech-Language and Hearing Therapy programme trains speech-language therapists in the relevant knowledge and skills for the management of persons with communication disorders.

You are equipped to perform the following professional functions: prevention, identification, assessment, diagnosis and treatment of communication disorders; client- and family-centred counselling; education and training of other professionals or relevant laypersons; consultation and research in the field of communication disorders; and management of programmes provided by speech-language therapists to patients with communication disorders in health, education and private contexts. In order to perform the above-mentioned functions optimally in the multilingual South African context, therapists are expected to be competent in at least two languages, as well as Sign Language.

The curriculum spans four years and covers the complete range of speech, language, voice and hearing, fluency, feeding and swallowing disorders that are encountered in the field of communication pathology.

The hearing therapy content includes aspects of the practice of audiology such as basic pre-tone and speech audiometry, immittance audiometry and rehabilitation.

With respect to hearing disorders, the emphasis in training is on the management and rehabilitation of persons with hearing loss. Students are also trained in basic Sign Language to support rehabilitation.

The first two years of the programme are offered at the Stellenbosch Campus, but students spend at least one day per week on the Tygerberg Campus. The Division of Speech-Language and Hearing Therapy arrange bus transportation for this purpose. The third and fourth years of the programme are presented at the Tygerberg Campus. You will complete your clinical training at approved sites in the Western Cape.

Majors: Speech Pathology, Clinical Speech Pathology, Psychology and General Linguistics.

Other modules: Anatomy, Neuroanatomy and Clinical Neurology, which are continually adjusted to meet the needs of the profession. Xhosa or Afrikaans Language Acquisition (as determined by language proficiency tests) is a compulsory first-year subject to introduce the structure and system of the language to students.

Clinical modules will provide you with opportunities to acquire relevant clinical skills for application in specific contexts under the supervision of qualified therapists. Clinical training takes place in hospitals, schools, community health centres and clinics.

We place a high premium is placed on excellent interpersonal and communication skills. Your proficiency in Xhosa is developed further in the second, third and fourth year to enable you to communicate with patients and caregivers in clinical settings.

Upon completion of the programme, you are required to do a year of community service, after which you will be eligible for registration as a speech-language therapist with the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA).

Curriculum

First Year
Compulsory modules
Please note: You are placed in one of the Afrikaans Language Acquisition modules or the Xhosa module according to the results of a language proficiency test.

Afrikaans Language Acquisition 178(24) or 188(24)
OR
Xhosa 178(24)
General Linguistics 178(24)
Information Skills 172(6)
Clinical Speech Pathology 184(12)
Psychology 114(12), 144(12)
Speech Pathology 121(12), 122(12), 142(6), 162(12)
Applied Anatomy 117(12)

Second Year
Compulsory modules
Speech Pathology 211(8), 222(6), 242(6), 251(6), 252(6), 278(24)
Clinical Speech Pathology 274(26)
General Linguistics 278(32)
Psychology 213(8), 223(8), 243(8), 253(8)

Third Year
Compulsory modules
Speech Pathology 331(12), 332(12), 364(6), 378(24)
Neuroanatomy and Clinical Neurology 372(14)
Clinical Speech Pathology 374(28)

Fourth Year
Compulsory modules
Speech Pathology 411(6), 413(12), 478(24)
Clinical Speech Pathology 474(62)
Research Report 472(18)

Admission Requirements

A National Senior Certificate (NSC) with university admission, endorsed by Umalusi, or an equivalent qualification with an average of at least 60% (code 5)

Two of the following three languages: English (Home Language or First Additional

Language) and/or Afrikaans (Home Language or First Additional Language) and/or a third language – code 5 (60%)

Physical Sciences or Life Sciences – code 4 (50%)

American High School Diploma
To obtain a certificate of foreign conditional exemption from the Matriculation Board a candidate requires the High School Graduation Diploma accompanied by a certificate of eligibility for admission to study at any US university with a valid senior college accreditation issued by any of the following accreditation bodies: ACICS, DETC, MSA, NASC, NCA, NEASC – CIHE, SACS – CC, WASC – Sr

O/GCSE Levels:
A candidate who only holds O/GCSE-levels (only symbols A, B and C are acceptable) and no other school-leaving examination is not eligible for admission to the University, unless he/she has attained the age of 23 before or during the first year of registration and meets the subject combination and grade requirements for mature age exemption.

(Not all Faculties consider mature age applicants for admission).

A-Levels:
To obtain a certificate of complete exemption from the Matriculation Board a candidate requires two recognised A-level passes (symbols A to E are acceptable) and three O/GCSE-level passes (symbols A to C are acceptable) including English Language and an approved second language.

A foreign conditional exemption is issued to a candidate who has pass marks in two approved A-level subjects and three approved O/GCSE–level subject credits, including English or English Language.

AS-Levels:
To obtain a certificate of complete exemption from the Matriculation Board a candidate requires four recognised AS-level passes (symbols A to D are acceptable) and one O/GCSE-level pass (symbols A to C are acceptable) including English Language and an approved second language.

A foreign conditional exemption is issued to a candidate who has pass marks in four approved AS-level subjects (symbols A to D are acceptable) and one approved O/GCSE–level subject credit (symbols A to C are acceptable), including English or English Language but no second language.

Please Note: it is important to establish that the A-level, AS-level and O/GCSE-level subjects that are taken are recognised by HESA. Subjects like Psychology, Sociology, Physical Education, etc. are not recognised by HESA for matriculation exemption purposes.

A certificate of foreign conditional exemption is issued to a candidate who has obtained the International Baccalaureate Diploma with twenty four (24) points (grades 4 to 7 are acceptable).

A certificate of foreign conditional exemption is issued to a candidate who has obtained the International Baccalaureate Certificate (grades 4 to 7 are acceptable) with two higher level and three standard level subject passes including English.

Namibian H- and O-levels

To obtain a certificate of complete exemption from the Matriculation Board a candidate requires four recognised Higher-level subject passes (grades 1 to 3 are required) and one Ordinary-Level pass including English Language on first or second language Higher Level, and approved Higher or Ordinary Level language on first language level (if English had been taken on the second language level) or a foreign language (if English had been taken on first language level) accompanied by pass marks in two Higher Level subjects selected from two of the following groups:

Group 3: A third language, Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics, Physical Science or Biology
Group 4: Art, Economics, History, Geography or a subject from Group 3 excluding third languages provided offered for one group only
Group 5: Accounting, Computer Studies or Design and Technology provided the subject must be accompanied by a pass mark in Mathematics on at least OL

A certificate of foreign conditional exemption is issued to a candidate who has pass marks in four approved HL subjects and one approved OL subject credit, including English or English Language but no second language.

Application Process
Application Fees for South African Students: $6
Application Fees for International Students: $0

**You can apply quickly and easily using the e-application available on the university’s website (https://web-apps.sun.ac.za/eAansoek2/alg.jsp?Tl=1)
**Paper application forms are available on campus for those without internet access.
**Unlike South African citizens, who are charged an application fee of R100, international students are exempt from paying application fees.

Before you apply;
Make sure that you understand the University’s Admission Policy, and the admission and selection criteria of the different faculties before you apply. The policy, criteria and guidelines are available at the Undergraduate Prospective Student website at www.maties.com, or you can contact Client Service on +27 21 808 9111 or info@sun.ac.za. For postgraduate studies, please visit the Prospective Postgraduate Student website at www.sun.ac.za/pgstudies.

**Closing dates for financial assistance:
– 31 August: Applications close for Stellenbosch University financial assistance.

Closing dates for applications
– International students: Apply by 14 September of the previous year.
– South African students: Apply by 31 January of the year in which you wish to study

Career Opportunities

As a speech-language therapist, you have an opportunity to practise in the public, private and non-government sectors as well as in academic institutions.
Graduates may register with the Health Professions Council of South Africa and obtain work in hospitals, clinics, schools, private practices and academia.

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Tuition Fees for South African Students: $3,114
Tuition Fees for International Students: $5,062

*Students from the Southern African Development Community (SADC) member countries, as well as Rwanda and Namibia, pay R60000 without an international tuition fee

The SADC member countries are Angola, Botswana, Democratic Republic of Congo, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Seychelles, Swaziland, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

*Students from Africa (Non-SADC) pay R60000 plus international tuition fees of R23940
*Students from the rest of the World (outside of Africa) pay R60000 plus international tuition fees of R50700

MINIMUM COMPULSORY INITIAL FEE PAYABLE BEFORE REGISTRATION (SADC) – R60000
MINIMUM COMPULSORY INITIAL FEE PAYABLE BEFORE REGISTRATION (Africa) – R83940
MINIMUM COMPULSORY INITIAL FEE PAYABLE BEFORE REGISTRATION (Rest of the World) – R110700

Relevant Contact

 
Mrs Faheema Losper
Contact Person
 
Mrs Gouwa Dawood
Head of Division