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Bachelor of Occupational Therapy (Honours)

Bachelor of Occupational Therapy (Honours) (BOTH)

Entry requirements
Study mode
  • On-campus
Campus
  • Ipswich
Duration
  • 4 year(s) (or part-time equivalent)
Start
  • Feb
Note: This degree is available from February, 2023 and is subject to final University approval.

Overview

  • What are those seemingly small day to day things that give your life meaning? The way we occupy our days is important. It could be something as simple as preparing your favourite breakfast in the morning, or accessing that sunny spot in your garden. Occupational Therapy assists people to achieve the quality of life they hope for – to achieve the tasks that are important in an individual’s life. Occupational therapists help people to identify the goals that are important in their lives, and to then achieve these goals by building skills, modifying the occupations or adapting the environment.
  • With UniSQ’s Bachelor of Occupational Therapy (Honours) you will learn to design and deliver high-quality occupational therapy (OT) assessment and interventions to people, their families and communities. 
  • As one of the fastest growing registered allied health professions, occupational therapists work with individuals, families, and communities across the lifespan to help people with injuries, developmental difficulties, illness, chronic health conditions or psychosocial needs to function in their environment.
  • You can become a leader in the delivery of digital health care to the many people who have difficulty accessing face to face health services.
  • Gain comprehensive training in OT knowledge and skills and put theory into practice when completing 1000 hours of supervised clinical placement required for your occupational therapy registration.
  • Select from two honours pathways within your degree:
    • the project option focuses on partnerships with industry to address everyday practice topics or
    • the research option allows you to create an individual research project (this pathway is dependent on your GPA).
      Regardless of which honours pathway you choose, you will be eligible to apply for entry into a higher degree by research.
Note: This degree is available from February, 2023 and is subject to final University approval.

Professional accreditation

This degree is pending accreditation by the Occupational Therapy Council of Australia (Ltd). Once accredited, graduates will be eligible to apply for registration as an Occupational Therapist with the Occupational Therapy Board of Australia.

Upon approval, this degree will be compliant with World Federation of Occupational Therapists Minimum Standards for the Education of Occupational Therapists and will meet the Australian Occupational Therapy Competency Standards for safe and effective occupational therapy practice. 

 

Career outcomes

  • Graduates can register with the Occupational Therapy Board of Australia and practise as an occupational therapist in Australia. 
  • You can find work as an occupational therapist in hospitals, aged care services, child and adolescent services, community health and mental health, private practice, or vocational rehabilitation.
  • This qualification equips graduates to be leaders in the delivery of digital health care, which is critical for people living in regional and rural communities, to be well-skilled in rural and remote health care.
  • Graduates will be eligible for registration with overseas professional bodies to enable them to work internationally.
 

Entry requirements

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  • Have achieved a minimum Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) of 75.0, or equivalent qualification.

To study this degree we also assume you have sound knowledge in:

  • English (Units 3 & 4, C)
  • one of Biology, Chemistry, Physics, or Psychology (Units 3 & 4, C) or equivalent.

We assume that your knowledge is equivalent to a grade C or higher in Units 3 and 4 at high school level (typically studied in Year 12). Find out more about assumed knowledge.

Special entry schemes for admissions may increase your Rank, through the allocation of additional points in certain circumstances, such as educational disadvantage where you live, and subjects you passed. 

Tafe (VET) qualification

If you have completed a qualification from a TAFE or qualified private provider, you may be able to use these qualifications to meet UniSQ's entry requirements.

Work and life experience

You may be able to use your work experience and other adjustment factors to increase your selection rank and meet UniSQ's entry requirements.

English language requirements

You are required to satisfy the applicable English language requirements and this degree requires a minimum of IELTS 7.0 or equivalent. If you do not meet the English language requirements you may apply to study a University-approved English language program.

Additional requirements for placements

You will need to provide the following documents prior to commencing any clinical placement:

  • Blue Card or Working with Children Check
  • Australian Federal Police Check certificate
  • UniSQ Student Declaration
  • Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation Certificate (CPR) certificate
  • First Aid certificate
  • Yellow Card if working with people with disabilities

Plus evidence of the following immunisations:

  • Hepatitis B immunisation evidence
  • Measles, Mumps and Rubella immunisation evidence
  • Varicella immunisation evidence
  • Pertussis immunisation evidence
  • Influenza immunisation evidence
  • Tuberculosis Risk Assessment
  • COVID-19 vaccinations as directed by health services
  • Mask FIT testing

Recognition of prior learning or work experience

You may be eligible for recognition of prior learning if you have previously studied or have relevant work experience. This will help to reduce the number of courses that you need to study to finish your program.

Pathways

If you don't meet the entry requirements, we have pathway options available to you.

If you identify as being of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent you may be eligible to enter the Indigenous Higher Education (IHEPP) program.

Degree structure

To complete this degree students must complete 32 units. To study full-time you would usually complete 4 units per semester.

Practical / clinical experience

You will also need to complete 1000 hours of supervised clinical experiences, in placements that will be organised by the University.

All students must be able to meet the physical and other professional requirements of clinical/professional practice within this degree.

Students are expected to fund a clinical uniform as well as travel and living expenses associated with placements, some of which may be outside the Ipswich/Toowoomba metropolitan area.

Fees and scholarships

Your actual fees may vary depending on the courses you select. We review our fees annually so these may be subject to change.

Approximate annual costs1 for your first year of study (8 units) in this degree are: AUD 8021

You may not have to pay your course (subject) fees upfront. HECS-HELP allows you to defer your fees until your income reaches a certain level.

1 These are indicative annual fees for 2022. 

Student services and amenities fees

You may need to pay student services and amenities (SA) fees as part of your course costs.

Professional experience costs

This degree includes a professional experience component that may involve travel, accommodation and meal expenses.

Loan to help you pay your fees

You may not have to pay your course (subject) fees upfront. HECS-HELP and FEE-HELP allows you to defer your fees until your income reaches a certain level. Find out if you are eligible for HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP.

You may also be eligible to receive financial support from Centrelink.

Scholarships

At UniSQ, we offer a range of scholarships to support your success at university. Find a scholarship that works for you.

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