Honours Degree of Bachelor of Occupational Therapy New

Degree Type Honours Bachelor
Duration 4 years full-time
or part-time equiv.
SATAC Code 354271
CRICOS 101681

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. 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 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

    For those who are based in Adelaide, we will be offering a blended delivery mode that combines face-to-face with remote learning in as many courses as possible, taking into consideration social distancing and hygiene. All lectures will continue to be delivered online for the remainder of the year, with some exceptions.

    For our students who are studying offshore for the remainder of the 2020 Academic Year, the University will continue to offer high-quality access to the learning resources remotely. 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.

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    Admissions information

    SATAC Code 354271
    Deferment Yes - 1 year
    Intake February
    Enquiries Future Students team

    2020 Admissions Data for school leavers
    ATAR
    (raw ATAR, excluding any applicable adjustment factors)
    Lowest ATAR to receive an offer N/A
    Median ATAR to receive an offer N/A
    Highest ATAR to receive an offer N/A
    Selection Rank
    (ATAR plus any adjustment factors)
    Lowest Selection Rank to receive an offer N/A
    Median Selection Rank to receive an offer N/A
    Highest Selection Rank to receive an offer N/A
    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.

    Indigenous applicants may be eligible for entry through the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Access Pathway. See Wirltu Yarlu for further information.

    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.

    Indigenous applicants may be eligible for entry through the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Access Pathway. See Wirltu Yarlu for further information.

    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 2021. If you have studied at higher education level in the last two years (for 2021 entry this means you were enrolled in either 2020 or 2019), 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 2019).

    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.

    Indigenous applicants may be eligible for entry through the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Access Pathway. See Wirltu Yarlu for further information.

    Other Entry Pathways
    How to Apply
    SATAC Code: 354271
    Applications for domestic students will open via SATAC in early August 2020.

    International applicants

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    CRICOS 101681
    Intake February
    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
    Pearson 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
    More Information
    Secondary School Qualifications Selection Rank (International) 90
    International Baccalaureate (IB) 33
    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) 90
    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 87%
    Monash Foundation Year 82.5%
    Trinity College Foundation Studies Program 83
    UNSW Foundation Year 7.8
    University of Sydney Foundation Studies Program 7.6
    Western Australian Universities' Foundation Program (WAUFP) 70
    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
    Australian Year 12 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.

    International Qualifications One of the following subjects:
    • SACE Stage 2 Biology or,
    • SACE Stage 2 Chemistry or,
    • SACE Stage 2 Mathematical Methods or equivalent
    How to Apply
  • Fees and Scholarships

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    Indicative annual tuition fees (24 units) International student place: $39,500

    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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  • 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

    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.

    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 1402

    Foundations of Health and Wellbeing
    OCCTH 1000

    Introduction to Occupational Science
    S2 HLTH SC 1403

    Biosciences for Human Health B
    HLTH SC 1404

    Evidence Based Practice in Allied Health 1
    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 2001

    Participation in Diverse Communities

    S2

    PATHOL 2400

    Pathophysiology for Allied Health

    HLTH SC 2401

    Developmental Psychology for Allied Health

    OCCTH 2002

    Occupational Perspectives of Health B

    OCCTH 2003  

    Rural Health and Occupational Therapy Practice

    OR

    OCCTH 2004

    International Health and Occupational Therapy

    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: Friday, 7 Aug 2020