Bachelor of Occupational Therapy

Undergraduate degree

Study a Bachelor of Occupational Therapy course at Deakin and get to work with real people in real communities. View the course outline and apply today.

Key facts

English language requirements

Overall IELTS score of 7.0, with no individual band score less than 7.0. More information is available at www.ielts.org

Duration

4 years full-time or part-time equivalent

Current Deakin Students

To access your official course details for the year you started your degree, please visit the handbook

Course information

Occupational therapy enables people to lead active, healthy and productive lives. Deakin’s accredited Bachelor of Occupational Therapy gives you a cutting-edge and practical education. It will prepare you to identify people’s strengths and limitations, environmental and social supports and barriers, and the role these play on people’s ability to participate in occupations that are meaningful to them. You will gain the expertise to develop personalised evidence-based interventions for people who live with a range of health limitations, including those caused by injury, health conditions, developmental or environmental barriers.

Starting in your first year, you will complete eight different placements totalling over 1000 hours in a range of occupational therapy areas. This invaluable practical experience, combined with learning in our state-of-the-art Occupational Therapy Learning Hub, will ensure you graduate career-ready and with confidence.

Passionage about promoting good health and wellbeing and improving people's lives at home and work?

Occupation refers to everything that makes up a person’s life, not just their job. As a qualified occupational therapist, you’ll work collaboratively with people of all ages to enable them to successfully engage in aspects of daily living.

The knowledge and skills you’ll develop throughout your study will allow you to help vulnerable people achieve independence at home, at work and in the community, enhancing their quality of life as a result. You’ll also be qualified to work with children with physical or intellectual disabilities, people who have had accidents or are suffering from medical problems, and people in aged care.

Occupational therapy has experienced strong growth over the past five years and is expected to grow steadily into the future. As a qualified occupational therapist, you can find employment in areas as diverse as:

  • acute, psychiatric or rehabilitation hospitals
  • community health organisations
  • government departments or agencies
  • mental health services
  • private practices
  • research institutes
  • primary and secondary schools
  • workplace wellbeing, occupational health and safety, and rehabilitation services.

Our graduates have found employment with the following organisations, as well as many more:

  • Alfred Health
  • Barwon Health
  • Bellarine Community Health
  • Department of Education
  • genU
  • primary and secondary schools
  • private occupational therapy practices
  • Western District Health.

Make the most of our new world-class facilities, such as our on-campus clinical skills laboratory, which simulates real-life settings to prepare you for your work placements and beyond. Learn from our expert occupational therapy staff who are leaders in their fields of research and have extensive experience in a diverse range of occupational therapy specialisations.

You will also have the option to complete an overseas study tour to countries including Denmark, India, Sri Lanka and Sweden, putting your acquired skills into practice and learning about the occupational therapy profession from different perspectives.

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Course structure

The Bachelor of Occupational Therapy comprises 32 credit points, including 29 credit points of core units, 1 selective unit and 2 credit points of elective units.

To be awarded H455 Bachelor of Occupational Therapy (Honours) a person must

  • achieve at least a distinction average upon completion of level 3 studies;
  • successfully complete HSO302 Evidence-Based Occupational Therapy Practice 
  • complete the five honours units at level 4 (listed under course structure H455 below).

Failure of a fieldwork component in the Bachelor of Occupational Therapy will normally lead to exclusion. Students will be required to complete at least one fieldwork component in a regional area of Victoria or adjacent areas.

All commencing Faculty of Health Undergraduate and Postgraduate course work students are required to complete HAI010 Academic Integrity in their first trimester of study (0 credit point compulsory unit).

Students are required to meet the University's academic progress and conduct requirements. Click here for more information.

29

Core units

1

Selective unit

2

Elective units

32

Total

Core units

Level 1 - Trimester 1

  • Academic Integrity (0 credit points)
  • Understanding Health
  • Introduction to Anatomy and Physiology
  • Communication and Diversity
  • Foundations of Occupational Science and Therapy A
  • Level 1 - Trimester 2

  • Functional Human Anatomy
  • Integrated Human Physiology
  • Foundations of Occupational Science and Therapy B
  • Plus select one unit from the following choices:

  • Introduction to Aboriginal Studies
  • Health Behaviour
  • Psychology A: Fundamentals of Human Behaviour
  • Psychology B: Individual and Social Development
  • Level 2 - Trimester 1

  • Impact of Health Conditions On Occupational Performance
  • Occupations in Childhood Development
  • Neurological Structure, Function and Plasticity
  • plus one elective unit

    Level 2 - Trimester 2

  • Health Information and Data
  • Occupation Across the Lifespan
  • Analysis of Occupational Performance
  • plus one elective unit

    Level 3 - Trimester 1

  • Collaborative Practice in Healthcare
  • Evidence-Based Occupational Therapy Practice
  • Occupational Performance: Evaluation and Intervention 1
  • Psychosocial Influences on Occupational Performance 1
  • Level 3 - Trimester 2

  • Professional Practice Education A
  • Occupational Performance: Evaluation and Intervention 2
  • Psychosocial Influences On Occupational Performance 2
  • Level 4 - Pass stream

    Trimester 1

  • OT Practice Applying Knowledge and Reasoning
  • Promoting Occupational Engagement Through Assistive Technology
  • Professional Practice Education B
  • Trimester 2

  • Transition to Practice
  • Occupational Therapy Professional Development
  • Innovation and Evaluation in OT Practice
  • Level 4 - H455 Bachelor of Occupational Therapy (Honours)

    (CRICOS code: 088320A)

    Trimester 1

  • Promoting Occupational Engagement Through Assistive Technology
  • Professional Practice Education B
  • OT Honours Proposal Ethics and Literature
  • Trimester 2

  • OT Honours Analysis and Critique
  • Honours Research Project
  • Elective units

    Elective units may be chosen from any faculty in the University provided that prerequisites are met. A maximum of two elective units may be studied at level 1.

    Key information

    Award granted
    Bachelor of Occupational Therapy
    Year

    2021 course information

    VTAC code
    1400415353 - Waterfront (Geelong), International full-fee paying place
    Deakin code
    H355
    CRICOS code?
    055178G
    Level
    Undergraduate
    Approval status
    This course is approved by the University under the Higher Education Standards Framework.
    Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) recognition
    The award conferred upon completion is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework at Level 7.

    Campuses by intake

    Campus availability varies per trimester. This means that a course offered in Trimester 1 may not be offered in the same location for Trimester 2 or 3. Read more to learn where this course will be offered throughout the year.

    Trimester 1 - March

    • Start date: March
    • Available at:
      • Waterfront (Geelong)

    This course structure is for students commencing Trimester 1 2020 onwards. Students who commenced their course before 2020 should refer to previous handbooks.

    Deakin splits the academic year into three terms, known as trimesters. Most students usually undertake two trimesters each year (March-June, July-November).

    Additional course information

    Course duration - additional information

    Course duration may be affected by delays in completing course requirements, such as accessing or completing work placements.

    Mandatory student checks

    Working with Children Check

    Applicants will be required to hold a valid Working with Children (WWC) Check prior to undertaking professional placements as part of this course. Learn more about the Working with Children Check.

    Police record check

    Applicants will be required to hold a valid National Police Record Check for professional placements as part of this course. Learn more about the National Police Record Check.

    Workload

    As a student in the Faculty of Health you can expect to participate in a range of teaching activities each week. This could include classes, seminars, practicals, online interaction and practicum placements. You can refer to the individual unit details in the course structure for more information. You will also need to study and complete assessment tasks in your own time.

    Participation requirements

    The course involves compulsory professional practice education (clinical placements) in each year of the course. The requirement of at least 1000 hours of professional practice during the course is essential for the course to meet national and international accreditation standards. These placements may require travel to rural areas. Students must meet requirements for police records, working with children regulations and immunisation status.

    Placement can occur at any time, including during the standard holiday breaks listed here: https://www.deakin.edu.au/courses/key-dates.

    Elective units may be selected that include compulsory placements, work-based training, community-based learning or collaborative research training arrangements.

    Reasonable adjustments to participation and other course requirements will be made for students with a disability. Click here for more information.

     

    Work experience

    Work Integrated Learning

    You will undertake a variety of practicum placements throughout the four years of the course, commencing in your first year. Practice Education provides you with the opportunity to gain valuable skills and experience under the supervision of qualified practitioners, which will enable you to practise confidently as an occupational therapist. You will complete a minimum of 1000 hours of practical experience. Practice Education is conducted in a range of settings including schools, hospitals, clinics, community health organisations and industry, in metropolitan, regional and rural locations. In a host agency, you can play a meaningful role in a variety of activities, including planning programs and events, undertaking needs assessments, developing evaluation tools, counselling, group work, completing literature reviews and producing promotional materials. Placements begin shortly after you commence your first year of study.

    Practice Education

    Students are required to undertake practice education placements throughout the course of their degree. A schedule detailing these placements is developed in advance of the commencing academic year. The 2021 OT Practice Education Schedule will be available soon.

    Our Occupational Therapy team welcomes new placement partners. If you are interested in supervising Deakin students on placement, please contact hsd-otpraced@deakin.edu.au. Further details relating to placement can be found at the School Practice Education page.

    Entry requirements

    Current or recent Year 12

    If you are currently studying Year 12 in 2020 or completed Year 12 in 2018 or 2019 and have not attempted higher education or VET study since, your selection is based on the following.

    Prerequisite subjects

    Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 30 in English EAL (English as an additional language) or at least 25 in English other than EAL.

    ATAR

    This course uses the ATAR as part of its selection consideration

    Selection is competitive and meeting the minimum entry requirements does not guarantee selection.  Our Admission Criteria and Selection Policy outlines the principles of selection.

    Higher education experience

    If you have undertaken at least one unit of higher education after secondary schooling, your selection is based on the following.

    Education

    This course uses your entire academic record as part of its selection considerations.

    Senior secondary prerequisite subjects

    Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 30 in English EAL (English as an additional language) or at least 25 in English other than EAL or equivalent.

    All applicants must meet the minimum English language requirements. Please read about other ways of satisfying the English language proficiency requirement.

    Personal statement

    Applicants who wish experience to be considered should include this information on their personal statement. Learn more about the personal statement.

    Selection is competitive and meeting the minimum entry requirements does not guarantee selection.  Our Admission Criteria and Selection Policy outlines the principles of selection.

    VET education experience

    If you have undertaken at least one unit of Vocational Education and Training (VET) study after secondary school, your selection is based on the following.

    Education

    This course uses your secondary education and subsequent academic records as part of its selection considerations.

    Senior secondary prerequisite subjects

    Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 30 in English EAL (English as an additional language) or at least 25 in English other than EAL or equivalent.

    All applicants must meet the minimum English language requirements. Please read about other ways of satisfying the English language proficiency requirement.

    Personal statement

    Applicants who wish experience to be considered should include this information on their personal statement. Learn more about the personal statement.

    STAT Multiple Choice

    All Faculty of Health courses require a Special Tertiary Admissions Test Multiple Choice (STAT MC) where the applicant has not completed Year 12 (or equivalent) or any tertiary study (minimum Certificate IV). Learn more about the STAT Multiple Choice test.

    Selection is competitive and meeting the minimum entry requirements does not guarantee selection.  Our Admission Criteria and Selection Policy outlines the principles of selection.

    Work and life experience

    If you finished Year 12 more than three years ago or did not finish Year 12, your selection is based on the following.

    Education

    This course uses your entire academic record as part of its selection considerations.

    Senior secondary prerequisite subjects

    Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 25 in English EAL (English as an additional language) or at least 20 in English other than EAL or equivalent.

    All applicants must meet the minimum English language requirements. Please read about other ways of satisfying the English language proficiency requirement.

    Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT)

    All Faculty of Health courses require a Special Tertiary Admissions Test Multiple Choice (STAT MC) where the applicant has not completed Year 12 (or equivalent) or any tertiary study (minimum Certificate IV). Learn more about the STAT Multiple Choice test.

    Personal statement

    Applicants who wish experience to be considered should include this information on their personal statement. Learn more about the personal statement.

    Selection is competitive and meeting the minimum entry requirements does not guarantee selection.  Our Admission Criteria and Selection Policy outlines the principles of selection.

    Entry information

    Selection adjustments

    Subject adjustment

    A study score of 35 in Biology, Health And Human Development or any Mathematics equals 3 aggregate points per study. A study score of 30 in Biology, Health And Human Development or any Mathematics equals 2 aggregate points per study. Overall maximum of 12 points.

    Access and equity

    Special entry access schemes (SEAS) enable Deakin to consider disadvantaged circumstances you may have experienced and the impact upon your studies. SEAS also allows us to identify if you’re from under-represented groups when making selection decisions for some courses. SEAS does not exempt you from meeting any of the course entry requirements. Learn more about Deakin’s special entry access schemes.

    Admissions information

    Learn more about this course and others that Deakin offers by visiting VTAC for more information. You can also discover how Deakin compares to other universities when it comes to the quality of our teaching and learning by visiting the ComparED website.

    Special entry access schemes (SEAS) enables Deakin to consider disadvantageous circumstances you may have experienced and their impact upon your studies. SEAS also allows us to identify if you're from under-represented groups when making selection decisions for some courses. SEAS does not exempt you from meeting any of the course entry requirements.

    You can also find out about different entry pathways into Deakin courses if you can't get in straight from high school.

    Finally, Deakin is committed to admissions transparency. As part of that commitment, you can learn more about our first intake of 2020 students (PDF, 581.6KB) - their average ATARs, whether they had any previous higher education experience and more.

    Recognition of prior learning

    Fees and scholarships

    Fee information

    Estimated tuition fee - full-fee paying place

    The tuition fees you pay are calculated depending on the course you choose.

    The 'Estimated tuition fee' is provided as a guide only based on a typical enrolment of students completing the first year of this course. The cost will vary depending on the units you choose, your study load, the length of your course and any approved Recognition of Prior Learning you have.

    Each unit you enrol in has a credit point value. The 'Estimated tuition fee' is calculated by adding together eight credit points of a typical combination of units for that course. Eight credit points is used as it represents a typical full-time enrolment load for a year.

    You can find the credit point value of each unit under the Unit Description by searching for the unit in the Handbook.

    Learn more about international student fees.

    Scholarship options

    A Deakin scholarship could help you pay for your course fees, living costs and study materials. If you've got something special to offer Deakin - or maybe you just need a bit of extra support - we've got a scholarship opportunity for you. Search or browse through our scholarships

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    How to apply

    Apply through VTAC

    Applications for study for Trimester 1 must be made through the Victorian Tertiary Admission Centre (VTAC). For more information refer to VTAC

    Apply through Deakin

    Applications can be made directly to the University through StudyLink Connect - Deakin University's International Student Application Service. For information on the application process and closing dates, see the How to apply web page. Please note that closing dates may vary for individual courses.

    Deakin International office or Deakin representative

    Fill out the application form and submit to a Deakin International office or take your application form to a Deakin representative for assistance

    Need more information on how to apply?

    For information on the application process and closing dates, see the How to apply webpage.
    If you’re still having problems, please contact Deakin International for assistance.

    Entry pathways

    This course provides a pathway to higher degree by research courses and other postgraduate coursework programs.

    Why choose Deakin

    Career outcomes

    Occupational therapy has experienced strong growth over the past five years and is expected to grow strongly over the next five years, from 17,500 jobs in 2018 to 20,000 by 2023*.

    Through this course, you could find employment in areas as diverse as:

    • acute, psychiatric or rehabilitation hospitals
    • community health organisations
    • government departments or agencies
    • mental health services
    • private practices
    • research institutes
    • primary and secondary schools
    • workplace wellbeing, occupational health and safety, and rehabilitation services.

    Our graduates have found employment with the following organisations, as well as many more:

    • Alfred Health
    • Barwon Health
    • Bellarine Community Health
    • Department of Education
    • genU
    • private occupational therapy practices
    • primary and secondary schools
    • Western District Health.

    *Australian Government Job Outlook 

    Professional recognition

    The Bachelor of Occupational Therapy is accredited by the Occupational Therapy Council (Australia and New Zealand Ltd) and the World Federation of Occupational Therapists, which means you will be able to practise professionally in Australia and overseas.

    Course learning outcomes

    Deakin's graduate learning outcomes describe the knowledge and capabilities graduates can demonstrate at the completion of their course. These outcomes mean that regardless of the Deakin course you undertake, you can rest assured your degree will teach you the skills and professional attributes that employers value. They'll set you up to learn and work effectively in the future.

    Graduate Learning Outcomes

    Course Learning Outcomes

    Discipline Specific knowledge and capabilities

    Apply specialised knowledge about occupation and health across the lifespan; and knowledge of research principles and methods, to provide person centred occupational therapy services for individuals, groups, organisations, communities or populations and to conduct an occupationally relevant research project.

    Communication

    Communicate effectively, professionally and respectfully with clients, families, carers, co-workers  and colleagues using clear and appropriate language and communication modes. 2.2 Effectively communicate the implication of research findings for occupational therapy practice

    Digital Literacy

    Seek out and critically evaluate information located and accessed from digital and other technologies to inform occupational therapy practice, support continuing professional development, research projects and promote participation for people with diverse abilities.

    Critical thinking

    Critically assess, interpret, and evaluate information to plan and implement appropriate, person-centred occupational therapy intervention and to inform research ethics and activity.

    Problem Solving

    Effectively apply problem solving skills using critical thinking, professional reasoning, decision making and reflection to the design, implementation and evaluation of person centred occupational therapy service, research and scholarship.

    Self-management

    Demonstrate high professional standards through identification and implementation of independent learning and professional development strategies for the benefit of clients, families and others, colleagues and the profession.

    Teamwork

    Establish and maintain occupational therapy practice within inter-professional teams that is ethical, evidence based, professional, respectful and collaborative, and assume leadership, supervisory and management roles as appropriate.

    Global Citizenship

    Apply ethical, culturally relevant, professional and appropriate decision making which is respectful of the diverse social, cultural and environmental contexts within Australian and global communities. Justify the position of a research project within a national and international context.

     

    Occupational therapy at Deakin

    Hear from Deakin occupational therapy students and the course director about how Deakin prepares you for a rewarding career in health. You'll be taught by industry experts and gain 1000+ hours of practical experience, ensuring you graduate ready to work as a confident and competent occupational therapist.