Undergraduate

Bachelor of Occupational Therapy (Honours)

University of Newcastle

  Undergraduate course details table
Campus Course code Fee type Pattern of
attendance
Course start date
Newcastle – Callaghan 483700 CSP 4F 22 Feb 2021

About

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Do you want to work with people and communities overcome unique challenges to get the most out of everyday life? The work of an occupational therapist is incredibly broad. You might enable children reach developmental milestones or manage their disability. You could assist older patients to return to their daily lives after a stroke or hip replacement, or perhaps you will help people return to work following an accident. The Bachelor of Occupational Therapy (Honours) prepares students to work with those whose abilities are impaired by disease, physical injury, developmental delays, emotional trauma, psychological problems or social disadvantage. Through the use of therapeutic activities, specialised skills and equipment, students will learn to assist people to do the things they need and want in their daily lives.

This degree requires students to participate in clinical placements. During some placements students will be subject to NSW Health policies and procedures. Students must also meet all NSW Health verification requirements before attending clinical placement. For more information, visit the University of Newcastle website.

Students should be aware that they may be required to undertake clinical placement outside normal semester dates. Students enrolling in this degree are required to obtain a WorkCover-approved Provide First Aid Certificate during semester 1 of their first year of study.

Scholarships are available for second, third and fourth-year students who complete their professional placements in rural health.

This degree and future professional practice is both mentally and physically demanding. Students may be required to practise hands-on examinations and simulated treatments/procedures with other students in laboratory classes. Applicants who may be unsure of their ability to complete the degree and work in the profession should contact the University prior to applying.

The award of this degree depends on the student satisfactorily completing and passing all academic and practical components within the maximum time allowed.

Areas of study: Anatomy and physiology, behavioural, biomedical, and occupational therapy and occupational science, mental health, psychology, sociology and community development, statistics and research methodology.

Career opportunities: Occupational therapist, injury management adviser, lifestyle coordinator, rehabilitation consultant.

Professional recognition: The University of Newcastle’s Occupational Therapy (Honours) is accredited by the Occupational Therapy Board of Australia (OTB) under the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA).

Practical experience: More than 1,000 hours of professional practice with supervision by qualified occupational therapy practice educators. During your study, you will have access to interactive, technology-based learning facilities including our specially designed clinical skills laboratory, complete with a modified home and a virtual house.

Honours: All students will graduate with honours, which will be awarded as graded or ungraded. Entry into the graded honours stream may be offered to students based on merit at the completion of third year. The graded honours stream requires students to complete a supervised research project.

Fees and charges: Visit the University of Newcastle website for current fee information.

Essential requirements for admission

This degree and future professional practice is both mentally and physically demanding. Students may be required to practise hands-on examinations and simulated treatments/procedures with other students in laboratory classes. Applicants who may be unsure of their ability to complete the degree and work in the profession should contact the University prior to applying.

Admission criteria

Applicants with recent secondary education

Applicants with higher education study

If you completed higher education or partial higher education studies your grade point average can be converted to a selection rank to be used for admission purposes: visit the University of Newcastle website.

Applicants with vocational education and training (VET) study

If you studied vocational education and training, the type of qualification, whether or not you completed it, and if it was graded or competency-based, will all be taken into consideration to assess your eligibility for admission: visit the University of Newcastle website.

Applicants with work and life experience

If you haven't completed any formal secondary, VET or higher education studies we offer a range of options to get you on the pathway to your dream degree: visit the University of Newcastle website.

Advanced standing

If you have already successfully undertaken relevant study at another higher education institution or from the TAFE/VET sector, you may be granted credit on enrolment in a program. This is in addition to using that study to help determine your rank and eligibility to enter a program at the University of Newcastle. Visit the University of Newcastle website.

Student profile

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Further information

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How to apply

Read about how to apply through UAC.

Check UAC application and offer round dates.

Course updates
Courses are added and cancelled throughout the admissions year and course details are subject to change. Check the course search regularly.

Review of programs
The academic content of all programs is subject to routine review. For up-to-date details, visit the University of Newcastle website.

Honours
Applicants should note that under the revised Australian Qualifications Framework some programs with honours are four-year programs available with direct entry. Other programs are three-year bachelor degree programs. Meritorious students have the option to apply for an additional one-year end-on honours component after graduation. Check the course descriptions carefully.

ATAR profile table

ATAR-based offers only (semester 1, 2019)
ATAR profile data table
Course code Lowest ATAR (LA) Median ATAR (MA) Highest ATAR (HA) Lowest selection rank (LSR) Median selection rank (MSR) Highest selection rank (HSR)
483700 77.40 85.40 98.30 82.50 91.80 99.95

Notes

  1. Use all ATAR profile data as a guide only; it provides a broad overview of the ATARs and selection ranks of previous Year 12 students admitted into that course. ATARs and selection ranks required for entry in 2020 may be different. If you are unsure about including a course among your preferences, contact the relevant institution.
  2. This ATAR profile table is in line with Commonwealth Government transparency requirements. It is based on offers to recent school leavers (ie completed Year 12 in 2016 to 2018) who were selected solely or partly on their ATAR. Note that some institutions further differentiate this information on their websites by publishing:
    • separate data for 2018 Year 12 students and 2016/17 Year 12 students
    • data relating to an entire year's intake (eg all offers made in 2019 – semesters 1 and 2).
  3. The ATAR values exclude any adjustment factors.
  4. The selection ranks include the ATAR and any adjustment factors.

Abbreviations

– = data is not available.
<5 = less than 5 ATAR-based offers were made.
N/A = no offers were made on the basis of ATAR.
NC = new course

LA - Lowest ATAR
MA - Median ATAR
HA - Highest ATAR
LSR - Lowest selection rank
LSR - Median selection rank
LSR - Highest selection rank