BA Speech-Language Pathology

The BA (Speech-Language Pathology) programme will help students acquire in-depth knowledge of normal speech and language processes within the framework of human communication (infants, children, and adults).

The possible causes and symptomatology of speech, voice, language, listening and literacy disorders, as well as the scientific basis of assessment and intervention of individuals with communication-related disorders or those at risk of developing such pathologies are included. Students are, additionally, equipped theoretically and practically to assess and manage swallowing and feeding disorders (dysphagia) in clients across their lifespan.

Therapy (intervention) can occur in a one-on-one situation, by means of group therapy, as part of a multidisciplinary/ interdisciplinary team approach, or using community-based intervention programmes. Practical skills in therapeutic techniques for improving speech, voice, and language as well as the management of dysphagia, are acquired. The qualification complies with international requirements.

Candidates will be registered as student clinicians with the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA) during their studies, as students already deliver speech-language therapy services at an undergraduate level.

The option, depending on progress marks, exists to pursue a full-time master’s degree following the completion of the four-year professional degree.

At the completion of the four-year professional degree, students must complete one year of compulsory community service at a public healthcare facility in the employment of the South African Department of Health. This allows for excellent clinical exposure and provides graduates with an immediate appointment and income opportunity following their studies.

The ideal candidate should have an aptitude for languages and problem solving and be passionate about human interactive communication. Candidates should be dedicated students and devoted to the ethics of their future profession. Improving the quality of life of their clients should be their main objective, assisting their clients to connect with people throughout daily interactions.

For more information, please consult the Faculty webpage.

Career Opportunities

Work in education and special education, hospitals, clinics or rural communities, or in private practices, government, military and academic institutions (teaching and research).

Programme Code


Closing Dates

  • SA – 30/06/2022
  • Non-SA – 30/06/2022

Admission Requirements

Important information for all prospective students for 2023

The admission requirements below apply to all who apply for admission to the University of Pretoria with a National Senior Certificate (NSC) and Independent Examination Board (IEB) qualifications. Click here for this Faculty Brochure.

Minimum requirements

Achievement level

English Home Language or English First Additional Language








* For the Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology programmes, the first study year is the same.

* Note: We will consider both first- and second-choice applications for BA (Speech-Language Pathology).

Life Orientation is excluded when calculating the APS. 

You will be considered for final admission to degree studies if space allows, and if you have a National Senior Certificate (NSC) or equivalent qualification with admission to bachelor’s degree studies, and comply with the minimum subject requirements as well as the APS requirements of your chosen programme.

Applicants with qualifications other than the abovementioned should refer to the Brochure: Undergraduate Programme Information 2023: Qualifications other than the NSC and IEB, available at click here.

International students: Click here.

Transferring students

A transferring student is a student who, at the time of applying at the University of Pretoria (UP) is/was a registered student at another tertiary institution. A transferring student will be considered for admission based on NSC or equivalent qualification and previous academic performance. Students who have been dismissed from other institutions due to poor academic performance will not be considered for admission to UP.

Closing dates: Same as above.

Returning students

A returning student is a student who, at the time of application for a degree programme is/was a registered student at UP, and wants to transfer to another degree at UP. A returning student will be considered for admission based on NSC or equivalent qualification and previous academic performance.


  • Students who have been excluded/dismissed from a faculty due to poor academic performance may be considered for admission to another programme at UP, as per faculty-specific requirements.
  • Only ONE transfer between UP faculties and TWO transfers within a faculty will be allowed.
  • Admission of returning students will always depend on the faculty concerned and the availability of space in the programmes for which they apply.

Closing date for applications from returning students

Same as above.


Selection Process

Only first- and second-choice applications will be considered for selection. Selection is based on academic achievement, and only 50 students are admitted. The conditional selection process starts in August each year. For more information, please visit: click here.


Minimum duration of study

4 years, full-time

Faculty Notes

All modules (excluding foreign language modules) will only be presented in English, as English is the language of tuition, communication and correspondence at the University of Pretoria.

Faculty Yearbooks: click here

The closing date for all selection programmes is 30 June 2022. The University of Pretoria has decided not to set a specific closing date for applications to non-selection programmes for 2023. Applications will close when the available study spaces are filled (close on availability of space). Once the available number of study places for a specific programme are filled, no further applications for that particular programme will be considered. All applicants are therefore strongly advised and encouraged to submit their applications as soon as possible after 1 April 2022 and to check the application site (UP Student Portal) regularly. 

The Faculty of Humanities provides a holistic education, transferable skills, critical thinking, and communication and problem-solving that will help you develop to your full potential. You will be entering a stimulating environment that will broaden your intellectual horizons and help you achieve personal and professional success through the best possible learning experience.

As the most diverse Faculty of the University of Pretoria, we offer an exciting and comprehensive range of programmes and discipline-based majors, including studies in languages, social sciences and visual and performing arts.

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