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Bachelor of Occupational Therapy (Honours)

The University of Newcastle

CRICOS provider number: 00109J TEQSA provider ID: PRV12056

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Do you want to work with people and communities to enable them to overcome challenges and participate in the activities of everyday life. Occupational therapists work with people to promote their health and wellbeing through enabling them to participate in activities that are important to them, such as taking care of themselves and others, working, studying, and participating in hobbies and social activities.

With the Bachelor of Occupational Therapy (Honours), you can access diverse career opportunities. Occupational therapists work across health, education, social care and other sectors, with people of all ages to help overcome a broad range of factors that impact on their abilities to do the things they want and need to do. You will learn how to enable children to reach developmental milestones, facilitate recovery, inclusion and participation in their communities for people experiencing mental health difficulties,  to assist people to return to their daily lives after a stroke or hip replacement , to return people back to work following an accident and much more.

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.

Clinical placement essentials.

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 one 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.

Entry to this program is competitive, with a limited number of available places. Typically, offers for this program are made at the end of the year, coinciding with the release of ATARs.

Areas of study

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health, biomedical sciences (anatomy and physiology), communication and group processes, occupational science, occupational therapy theory and practical skills, psychology, research methods and statistics, sociology.

Career opportunities

Occupational Therapist, Disability Services Manager,  Hand Therapist, Injury Management Advisor, Lifestyle Coordinator, Case Manager/Care coordinator and 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.


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

Refer to University of Newcastle 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.

Check the special requirements and policies for this course.

Admission criteria

Applicants with recent secondary education

Recommended studies: Biology, Chemistry.

If you have not previously studied one or more of these subjects or have limited knowledge in them, we strongly encourage you to consider enrolling in bridging courses. NUPrep Bridging provides free academic preparation and support short courses, available both on campus and online, to complete before starting your degree.

Explore NUPrep Bridging Courses

Applicants with higher education study

If you have completed or partially completed higher education studies, your grade point average can be converted into a selection rank for admission into our undergraduate programs.

Applicants with vocational education and training (VET) study

If you completed or partially completed competency-based vocational education and training (such as TAFE, a private Registered Training Provider, or vocational studies undertaken in high school), this can be used to determine your eligibility for admission.

Completion of studies at an AQF Level 4 (Cert IV) or higher Guarantees Entry into many of our undergraduate programs.

Review the Guaranteed Entry Admission Scheme.

Applicants with work and life experience

If you do not have an ATAR (or equivalent) or formal qualification, Newcastle University offers a range of pathways toward your preferred degree. No matter what your age or experience, there is a place for you.

Explore University of Newcastle entry options.

Advanced standing

If you have completed prior studies at another higher education institution or registered training organisation, you may be eligible to receive credit towards your undergraduate degree. Please note that you must apply for admission before applying for credit.

Further information

View all details of this course on the University of Newcastle website.

ATAR profile

ATAR-based offers only (semester 1, 2023)

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 2024 may be different. If you are unsure about including a course among your preferences, contact the relevant institution.

  1. 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 the last 2 years) who were selected solely or partly on their ATAR. Note that some institutions further differentiate this information on their websites.
  2. The ATAR values exclude any adjustment factors.
  3. The selection ranks include the ATAR and any adjustment factors.


– = 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
NP = Not provided by institution
NR = No reportable profile
NS = No Semester 1 offers
NN = Unavailable (other)
NO = Entry on other criteria

Student profile

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