Honours Degree of Bachelor of Occupational Therapy New

Degree Type Honours Bachelor
Duration 4 years full-time
or part-time equiv.
SATAC Code 354235
CRICOS 0101681

Transform lives by promoting health and well-being

Occupational therapists help us build and protect the specific capabilities we need to effectively participate in the critical activities of our daily lives: parenting, work, education, socialising, leisure, and simply looking after ourselves.

By guiding and supporting physical and psychological progress, they help individuals, families and communities create or restore meaning, purpose and independence.

What will you do?

Our Bachelor of Occupational Therapy (Honours) equips you to identify, prevent and manage the full range of challenges to everyday activity.

With many courses taught by registered practising occupational therapists, the degree places an emphasis on real-world experience. In over 1,000 hours of work-based training, you’ll work with children and adults of all ages in multiple settings: public and private health organisations; schools; rehabilitation centres; aged care; mental health and more.

You’ll gain high-level knowledge and skills in:

  • human anatomy, physiology and the pathophysiology
  • rehabilitation from short- and long-term injury, musculoskeletal and neurological conditions, chronic illness, disability and mental health issues
  • specialised practice with children and families
  • broad public health issues and population approaches to health and wellbeing
  • cultural diversity, with a focus on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and communities, and rural or international health perspectives
  • evidence-based, patient-centred care.

You’ll regularly access our purpose-built training facilities and state-of-the-art simulation suites—among Australasia’s most advanced. And you’ll benefit from collaborative learning with key complementary disciplines, speech pathology and physiotherapy.

From late in third year, you’ll choose one of two streams—research* or industry—and undertake a major project. Research will hone your skills in developing new knowledge; industry focuses on integrating research into practice.

Where could it take you?

You’ll graduate eligible to pursue a wide range of career opportunities. You could help children with sensory issues realise their full learning—and life—potential. You might help elderly people maintain the capacity to live in their treasured family homes. Perhaps you’ll help those recovering from workplace trauma return to their passion.

The University of Adelaide is currently working with the Occupational Therapy Council of Australia to achieve accreditation for the Bachelor of Occupational Therapy (Honours).

 *Entry into the research stream will be based on academic merit.

  • Entry Requirements

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    SATAC Code 354235
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    SATAC Code: 354235


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    CRICOS 0101681
    Intake February and July
    Selection Criteria
    English Language Requirements
    Australian Year 12 Successful completion of an Australian year 12 qualification with a minimum pass in an accepted English language subject
    English Tests accepted by the University of Adelaide
    IELTS Overall 7 Reading 7 Listening 7 Speaking 7 Writing 7
    TOEFL Overall 94 Reading 24 Listening 24 Speaking 23 Writing 27
    Pearsons Overall 65 Reading 65 Listening 65 Speaking 65 Writing 65
    C1 Advanced Overall 185 Reading 185 Listening 185 Speaking 185 Writing 185
    Qualifications that meet minimum English requirements A range of alternative qualifications may meet the University’s minimum English requirements
    Academic Entry Requirements
    Secondary School Qualifications Selection Rank (International) 90
    International Baccalaureate (IB) 34
    Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE) 22
    United Entrance Certificate (UEC) [Malaysia] 5
    General Certificate of Education (GCE) Advanced Level 12
    Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) 85
    British Columbia Certificate of Graduation (Canada) 6.0
    Alberta High School Diploma (Canada) 92
    ISC & CBSE [India] 90%
    ISBE [India] 95%
    SAT (in conjunction with American High School Diploma) 1410
    AP (in conjunction with American High School Diploma) 12
    Abitur 2.3
    Thailand Certificate of Secondary Education 3.5
    Bang Tot Nghiep Trung Hoc Pho Thong 9.0
    STPM or Matrikulasi 3.33
    Kuwait General School Secondary Certificate 83
    The University of Adelaide College Foundation Program 83
    Eynesbury Foundation Program 412
    ANU Foundation Studies 75
    Monash Foundation Year 78.5
    Trinity College Foundation Studies Program 83
    UNSW Foundation Year 8.0
    University of Sydney Foundation Studies Program 7.6
    Western Australia University Foundation Studies Program 72
    University of Queensland Foundation Studies Program 5.5
    Non-Go8 Foundation Score 83
    SMA3 (in conjunction with National Final Examination Certificate) Not accepted
    Tertiary Qualifications University of Adelaide GPA of 5.0 or equivalent
    Prerequisites
    International Qualifications One of the following subjects:
    • SACE Stage 2 Biology or,
    • SACE Stage 2 Chemistry or,
    • SACE Stage 2 Mathematical Methods or equivalent
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    Annual tuition fees International student place: $39,500

    Scholarships

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  • Careers

    Career Readiness

    Qualified occupational therapists have a wide range of career options in metropolitan and rural settings. They work in public and private hospitals, community health care, private practice, aged care, rehabilitation centres, paediatrics, education and research.

    The University of Adelaide Careers Service prepares, inspires and empowers students to achieve successful career transitions and connect with industry.

    Professional Accreditation

    The University of Adelaide is currently working with the Occupational Therapy Council of Australia to achieve accreditation for the Bachelor of Occupational Therapy (Honours).

    Potential careers

    Occupational Therapist

  • Degree Structure

    The Bachelor of Occupational Therapy (Honours) requires four years of full-time study, with no option for part-time study.

    In the first year of study you will be introduced to anatomy, physiology, public health and health research courses with a focus on occupational therapy principles.

    The second year includes detailed applied anatomy of the lower and upper limbs and explores the pathophysiologic basis of disease. Occupational Therapy specific courses prepare you for professional practice, while you will elect to pursue courses that focus on rural or international health perspectives.

    The third year of the degree focuses on specialised practice principles including children and families, musculoskeletal and neurological conditions, and mental health across the lifespan.

    The fourth year of the degree provides an opportunity to apply learning in professional practice settings, under the supervision of registered clinical professionals.

    From late third year, you’ll choose one of two streams—research* or industry— and undertake a major project. Research will hone your skills in developing new knowledge; industry focuses on integrating research into practice.

    * Entry into the research stream will be based on academic merit.

    Assessment

    Assessment in the Bachelor of Occupational Therapy (Honours) consists of formative and summative work including but not limited to; essays, case studies, tests, oral presentations, practical assignments, tutorial participation, structured clinical assessments and written examinations. Both face-to-face and online methodologies will be used.
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Last updated: Friday, 7 Feb 2020