Honours Degree of Bachelor of Occupational Therapy

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: learning, socialising, playing, doing our jobs 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 study during a Bachelor of Occupational Therapy (Honours)?

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. In addition, 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 a Bachelor of Occupational Therapy (Honours) take you?

You’ll graduate eligible to pursue a wide range of career opportunities working with communities and populations to achieve and maintain health and well-being. 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.

Accredited with conditions by the Occupational Therapy Council and approved by the Occupational Therapy Board.

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

Note: 
This degree is only available in blended mode and on-campus attendance is required.  If you are a continuing student in the degree and are unable to attend campus, please contact your program coordinator for program advice.


  • 22% industry growth predicted by 2024
  • 1000 hours of work-based training
  • Research or industry streams

Entry Requirements

For our students who are studying offshore in 2021 and 2022, the University will continue to offer high-quality access to the learning resources remotely for most programs. This includes all lectures, tutorials and other support material. Students will be advised in advance if there are course components that cannot be provided in remote mode and, wherever possible, offered alternative courses. Please refer to the COVID-19 FAQ page for a list of programs where in-person attendance is required.

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Admissions information

SATAC Code 354271
2021 CSP ATAR 92.95
Deferment Yes - 1 year
Intake February
Enquiries Future Students team

2021 Admissions Data for school leavers
ATAR
(raw ATAR, excluding any applicable adjustment factors)
Lowest ATAR to receive an offer 83.95
Median ATAR to receive an offer 94.95
Highest ATAR to receive an offer 99
Selection Rank
(ATAR plus any adjustment factors)
Lowest Selection Rank to receive an offer 92.95
Median Selection Rank to receive an offer 95.35
Highest Selection Rank to receive an offer 99.75
Minimum eligibility score 90
Additional criteria considered Selection rank only
Selection Criteria
Recent Secondary Education Applicants with recent secondary education are those whose admission is primarily based on the completion of Year 12 within the last two years, however if you completed your secondary education more than two years ago, you may still be able to be considered on the basis of your secondary schooling. You must not have completed more than 2 years full time equivalent university study (48 units). You compete for a place with your Selection Rank (ATAR plus any applicable adjustment factors). Please note: the Bachelor of Occupational Therapy (Honours) degree does not consider adjustment factors for undertaking particular subjects in year 12.
Prerequisites One of the following subjects: - SACE Stage 2 Biology or, - SACE Stage 2 Chemistry or, - SACE Stage 2 Mathematical Methods, or equivalent. MathTrackX is an online bridging program available as a recognised alternative to Mathematical Methods.
Additional Entry Requirements
Academic Score: To meet the minimum academic threshold for entry into the Honours Degree of Bachelor of Occupational Therapy you must achieve: - a Selection Rank (ATAR plus any applicable adjustment factors) of 90 or above, or - an International Baccalaureate score of 33 or above, or - a GPA of 5.00 or above or - the interstate/ overseas equivalent. Applicants need to meet the academic score with a competitive result, and demonstrate that they fulfil any prerequisite requirements.
Higher Education Study You must have completed at least six months full time equivalent higher education study (the number of courses and units will vary depending on your prior institution however at the University of Adelaide, this equates to 4 courses / 12 units). A Grade Point Average (GPA) is calculated for each separate program you have undertaken (apart from some double degree programs where the GPA is combined). You compete on the basis of your best GPA.
Work and life experience To be eligible to sit the Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT) as as pathway for entry, you must be 18 years or over before 1 February 2022. If you have studied at higher education level in the last two years (for 2022 entry this means you were enrolled in either 2021 or 2020), you must not have accumulated more than a TOTAL of 2 years full-time (or part-time equivalent) higher education study (ie. including any study prior to 2020). If you meet this criteria, you will be ranked according to your result in the Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT). Your STAT result is not weighted between verbal and quantitative components.
Other Entry Pathways
How to Apply
SATAC Code: 354271
Rural Background Entry Pathway

Rural Background Entry (RBE) pathway applicants are required to sign and submit a statutory declaration as the only acceptable proof of rural background. You may upload the form as part of your SATAC application or submit a hard copy within five working days of submitting your SATAC application to Level 6, 431 King William Street, Adelaide.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Pathway

The Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences is committed to increasing the number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who participate in its programs, and makes particular effort to encourage Indigenous students to participate in health education.

This degree has allocated a number of places just for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander applicants. Please contact the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences Student Support Officer via email at fhms.sso@adelaide.edu.au to discuss your interest in applying.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander application process

1. You should contact the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences Student Support Officer to discuss your interest in applying -  fhms.sso@adelaide.edu.au

2. Submit a South Australian Tertiary Admission Centre (SATAC) application online.

3. Submit the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Pathway Declaration Form. You may upload the form as part of your SATAC application or submit a hard copy within five working days of submitting your SATAC application to Level 6, 431 King William Street, Adelaide.

Student Profile
Applicant background Semester one/Full year intake 2021
Number of students Percentage of all students
(A) Higher Education study
(includes a bridging or enabling course)
10 27.8%
(B) Vocational education and training (VET) study n/a N/A
(C) Work and life experience
(admitted on the basis of previous achievement not in the other three categories)
<5 N/A
(D) Recent secondary education:
  • Admitted solely on the basis of ATAR
    (regardless of whether this includes the consideration of adjustment factors)
23 63.9%
  • Admitted where both ATAR and additional criteria were considered
    (e.g. portfolio, audition, extra test, early offer conditional on minimum ATAR)
N/A N/A
  • Admitted on the basis of other criteria only and ATAR was not a factor
    (e.g. special consideration, audition alone, schools recommendation scheme with no minimum ATAR requirement)
N/A N/A
International students <5 N/A
All students 36 100.0%

Fees and Scholarships

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Indicative annual tuition fees
Commonwealth-supported place: $10,400

More information on Student Contribution Amounts.

Scholarships

These scholarships, as well as many others funded by industry and non-profit organisations, are available to potential and currently enrolled students.

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Incidental fees
There will be additional costs, over and above tuition fees for all Honours Degree of Bachelor of Occupational Therapy students, these include (but are not limited to) textbooks, equipment, required immunisations, clearance renewals, first aid certificates, student amenities fees etc. For further information visit: adelaide.edu.au/student/finance/other-fees/

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.

Please see the inherent requirements for occupational therapy programs for further information.

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

Industry Placement

Students will be introduced to clinical placement in the second year of study, before completing 1000+ hours of clinical placement in a range of metropolitan and rural settings throughout the final 18 months of the program.

Professional Accreditation

Accredited with conditions by the Occupational Therapy Council and approved by the Occupational Therapy Board.

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.

* Eligibility for entry to the Research Stream will be determined by a student’s cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) for the courses which comprise the first and second years of the program, and the availability of a suitable research project and supervisor within the School. Students with a cumulative GPA of 5 or greater will be notified of their eligibility for entry to the “Research Stream” at the commencement of the third year of the program. Eligible students who wish to undertake the Research Stream will be required to contact the School of Allied Health Science and Practice Honours Coordinator to discuss their area of interest and project the availability of a suitable research project and supervisor.

Academic Program Rules

The Calendar is a comprehensive handbook of the University's academic program rules.

The Calendar is a comprehensive handbook of the University's academic program rules.

Example Study Plan

Level I
S1 HLTH SC 1400

Biosciences for Human Health A
HLTH SC 1401

Communication in Professional Practice
HLTH SC 1404

Evidence Based Practice in Allied Health 1
OCCTH 1000

Introduction to Occupational Science
S2 HLTH SC 1403

Biosciences for Human Health B
HLTH SC 1402

Foundations of Health and Wellbeing
HLTH SC 1406

Introduction to Behavioural Neuroscience
HLTH SC 1405

Psychological Foundations for Allied Health
Level II
S1

HLTH SC 2400

Evidence Based Practice in Allied Health 2

ANAT SC 22401

Anatomy of Lower and Upper Limbs

OCCTH 2000

Occupational Perspectives of Health A

OCCTH 2003  

Rural Health and Occupational Therapy Practice

OR

OCCTH 2004

International Health and Occupational Therapy

S2

PATHOL 2400

Pathophysiology for Allied Health

HLTH SC 2401

Developmental Psychology for Allied Health

OCCTH 2002

Occupational Perspectives of Health B

OCCTH 2001

Participation in Diverse Communities

Level III – Industry Honours Stream
S1

OCCTH 3000  

Enabling Change: Occupational Science and Practice

OCCTH 3001  

Enabling Change: Musculoskeletal and Neurological (6 units)

OCCTH 3002

Occupational Therapy Clinical Practice A

S2

OCCTH 3003

Enabling Change: Children and Families

OCCTH 3004

Enabling Change: Mental Health (6 units)

OCCTH 3005

Enabling Change: Population Approaches A

Level IV – Industry Honours Stream
S1

OCCTH 4000

Advanced Occupational Therapy Practice

OCCTH 4001

Advanced EBP in Occupational Therapy

OCCTH 4002

Enabling Change: Population Approaches B (6 units)
S2

OCCTH 4003

Occupational Therapy Clinical Practice B (6 units)

OCCTH 4004

Occupational Therapy Clinical Practice C (6 units)

Level III – Research Honours Stream
S1

OCCTH 3000  

Enabling Change: Occupational Science and Practice

OCCTH 3001  

Enabling Change: Musculoskeletal and Neurological (6 units)

OCCTH 3002

Occupational Therapy Clinical Practice A

S2

OCCTH 3003

Enabling Change: Children and Families

OCCTH 3004

Enabling Change: Mental Health (6 units)

HLTH SC 4400

Allied Health Research Project Planning

Level IV – Research Honours Stream
S1

OCCTH 4000

Advanced Occupational Therapy Practice

HLTH SC 4401

Allied Health Honours Research Project (9 units)

S2

OCCTH 4003

Occupational Therapy Clinical Practice B (6 units)

OCCTH 4004

Occupational Therapy Clinical Practice C (6 units)



Further information
All courses are compulsory. The Bachelor of Occupational Therapy (Honours) does not contain elective courses.

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: Monday, 29 Nov 2021