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Bachelor of Occupational Therapy (Honours)

The University of Newcastle

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About

The University of Newcastle has a comprehensive framework for managing health emergencies and business continuity. Our team is working closely with NSW Health to ensure our response reflects the most up-to-date University of Newcastle COVID-19 advice.

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. With the Bachelor of Occupational Therapy (Honours), you can enable children to reach developmental milestones or improve their occupational participation in all areas of their lives. You could assist people to return to their daily lives after a stroke or hip replacement, or design programs that allow people to return to their jobs after a workplace injury.

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 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.

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

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.

Applicants who have not studied at least one of these courses are encouraged to take a bridging course/s before the commencement of the University year. Bridging and enabling courses.

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.

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.

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.

Explore University of Newcastle entry options.

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.

Further information

View all details of this course on the UON website.

ATAR profile

ATAR-based offers only (semester 1, 2021)

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 2022 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.

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

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.