Bachelor of  Occupational Therapy (Honours)

Program code: 2368
QTAC code: 724002
OP Guarantee Scheme: No

Min. selection threshold

OP

3
/

Rank

95
/

IB

37
Minimum selection threshold

Location

St Lucia

Duration

4 Years full-time

Commencing

Semester 1 (25 Feb, 2019)

As an Occupational Therapist, you'll help a wide range of people overcome factors that limit their participation in everyday activities to improve their overall quality of life.

  • The Bachelor of Occupational Therapy (Honours) is designed to develop the skills, knowledge and personal qualities you'll need as an occupational therapist. You'll learn how to optimise your client's independence and improve their daily lives.
  • Gain practical experience from your first year of study in a variety of community and healthcare settings at UQ's own occupational therapy clinics as well as external partners throughout Queensland.
  • Acquire a thorough understanding of the theory and practice underpinning occupational therapy. You'll develop knowledge of the medical, social behavioural, psychological, and psychosocial sciences that will aid you in helping people recover.
  • Be confident and job-ready after completing 1000 hours on placements across your program. You'll work with a range of clients affected by injury or illness, psychological difficulties, or developmental delays or ageing.

Build a rewarding career helping people to overcome barriers that affect their participation in life.

  • Fast Facts

    Research and teaching excellence

    We have offered studies in occupational therapy since 1955 and are international leaders in the fields of teaching and research. Our health and medical sciences researchers scored the highest possible rating in the 2015 ERA Outcomes.

  • Employability

    Lead the field

    When you graduate with a UQ Honours qualification, you'll have the skills and knowledge to stand out as a leader among your peers. You can also choose to pursue further postgraduate studies, continuing their passion for research and knowledge.

  • Beyond the classroom

    International options

    During your studies you may have the opportunity to undertake a five-week placement in Vietnam or Timor Leste. Students on international placement are able to experience health services outside of Australia while under the supervision of excellent clinical educators.

  • Beyond the classroom

    Learn about rural placement opportunities

Career outcomes

Graduates of the Bachelor of Occupational Therapy (Honours) typically work across the public, private and not-for-profit sectors, both in Australia and internationally. They may work in a variety of healthcare settings including:

  • public and private hospitals
  • private practice
  • community health centres
  • rehabilitation units
  • aged care facilities
  • psychiatric clinics, hostels and community teams
  • industry and workplaces
  • supported accommodation, employment and leisure services for people with mental issues
  • housing and design services
  • early intervention units in regular and special schools
  • independent living centres
  • research institutions.

  • Campus Life

    Happy students

    Within UQ, The School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences is ranked number one in overall student satisfaction and is in equal first place for the greatest number of teaching and learning awards, citations, grants and fellowships.

  • Accreditation

    Professional membership

    UQ's occupational therapy qualification is recognised by OT Australia, AHPRA and the World Federation of Occupational Therapists, which means you can work both within Australia and internationally.

  • In the classroom

    Placement ready

    Undertake simulated learning activities in the School’s six-bed simulation ward to enhance your skills prior to going on clinical placement.

  • Teaching staff

    Learn from the best

    You'll be taught by experienced occupational therapy educators and researchers who specialise in areas including disability and participation, aphasia, and occupational performance. Learning from the best, will give you a solid foundation to begin your career.

  • In the classroom

    Dedicated clinics

    UQ has two dedicated occupational therapy clinics where you'll hone and develop your skills. The clinics specialise in child development and learning needs, and the assessment and treatment of people of all ages with muscular tightness in their arms and hands.

  • Professional experience

    Interprofessional placements

Summary

  • Program code
    2368
  • QTAC code
    724002
  • Faculty
  • Duration
    4 Years full-time
  • Commencing
    Semester 1 (25 Feb, 2019)
  • Program level
    Undergraduate
  • Units
    64
  • Delivery location
    St Lucia
  • AQF
    Level 8

Admissions criteria

Prerequisites

Year 12 or equivalent English and one of Biology, Chemistry or Physics.

OP / Rank / IB Diploma

Minimum selection threshold

This table shows the minimum adjusted score that was considered for admission to the Bachelor of Occupational Therapy (Honours) in 2018:

OPRankIB
3 95 37

OP / Rank profile for those offered a place in Semester 1, 2018

This table shows the entry scores of all recent secondary students who were offered a place in the Bachelor of Occupational Therapy (Honours):

Unadjusted OP / RankAdjusted OP / Rank
Highest1 / 99 1 / 99
Median3 / 95 2 / 97
Lowest5 / 91 3 / 95

Learn more about the admissions process

Program structure

Courses

The courses offered in the Bachelor of Occupational Therapy (Honours) are set out in the course list. Each course is allocated a certain number of units (#). A standard full-time study load is 8 units per semester.

Courses Program Rules

The Program Rules explain what is required to complete the Bachelor of Occupational Therapy (Honours). These requirements include the total number of units you need to complete in order to graduate.

Program Rules

To have your degree conferred, you also need to comply with UQ’s policies and rules.

Student profile

The table below shows the most recent student intake in the Bachelor of Occupational Therapy (Honours) in Semester 1, 2018:

Applicant backgroundNumber of studentsPercentage of all students
(A) Higher education study68 51.52%
(B) Vocational Education and Training (VET) study0 0%
(C) Work and life experience0 0%
(D) Recent secondary education:
  • Admitted solely on the basis of OP
53 40.15%
  • Admitted where OP and additional criteria were considered
<5 <5
  • Admitted on the basis of other criteria only and OP was not a factor
0 0%
International studentsN/P N/P
Total132 100%

Student profiles show your likely peer group in a program. They are not the basis for admission to a program.

Notes:
"<5" — The number of students is less than 5.
N/A — Students not accepted in this category.
N/P — Not published. The number is hidden to protect the privacy of students in other cells.

Honours

Honours is awarded to all graduates of this program. Honours is awarded in the following classes:

  • Class I
  • Class IIA
  • Class IIB
  • Class IIIA
  • Class IIIB

Class of honours depends on your GPA. For details refer to the Program Rules.

Practicals, placements and internships

You will undertake approximately 1,000 hours^ of supervised clinical practice in a range of clinical settings that includes hospitals, educational facilities, other health care organisations, private practices and UQ's internal clinics. During your placements, you will have the opportunity to apply your theoretical knowledge acquired through coursework and research to practice and develop your clinical skills in real life settings.

You will undertake a variety of sessional practical experiences from year one before commencing full time block placements during years three and four.

Clinical placements may be outside of the Brisbane metropolitan area where you will be required to fund your travel, accommodation and daily living expenses.

^ hours can vary depending on elective course chosen and whether a student elects to undertake the research stream

This program has pre-placement requirements which must be met prior to commencement of the program or a placement course. Further details can be found on the Placement Ready website.

Professional memberships

Graduates may be eligible for membership with the following professional bodies:

  • Occupational Therapy Australia

Accreditation body

The Bachelor of Occupational Therapy (Honours) is accredited by:

  • Occupational Therapy Council, World Federation Of Occupational Therapy

Professional registration

Graduates may be eligible for registration with the following professional bodies:

  • Occupational Therapy Board of Australia

Please contact the relevant professional body for details about registration. Completion of the Bachelor of Occupational Therapy (Honours) may not result in automatic registration for graduates.

Concurrent diplomas

A concurrent diploma is a diploma-level qualification (AQF 5) that you can study alongside your bachelor's program.

All diplomas are made up of 16 units. You can spread these units across the duration of your bachelor's program, or you can complete these units in an accelerated period.

Concurrent diplomas are available in:

Further study options

Graduates of the Bachelor of Occupational Therapy (Honours) have the opportunity to progress into the following programs:

Programs and Courses

If you're a current student who has already commenced study at UQ, please see Programs and Courses for full information about your program structure, rules and requirements.

Government assistance

HECS-HELP

Domestic places in the Bachelor of Occupational Therapy (Honours) are Commonwealth Supported. This means the cost of your education is shared between you and the Australian Government.

Instead of tuition fees, Commonwealth Supported students pay what are called student contribution amounts.

HECS-HELP is an Australian Government loan scheme to assist eligible students with the cost of their student contribution amounts.

Find out more about HECS-HELP.

Centrelink Support

The Australian Government offers a number of income-support payments to eligible Australian university students. For more information, visit the Centrelink website.

Indicative annual fee

AUD $9,074
Indicative fee 2019 Commonwealth supported place

The "indicative annual fee" is the approximate cost of enrolling in a Commonwealth supported place (CSP) in the Bachelor of Occupational Therapy (Honours) for the 2019 academic year. It is calculated based on a standard full-time study load.

A standard full-time study load is 16 units over two semesters. Actual fees (student contribution amounts) will vary according to your choice of courses and their unit value.

The Australian Government indexes student contributions each year.

Visit Student contributions and tuition fees for more information.

Additional costs

  • Annual CPR re-certification (approximately $60 per year)
  • Students are expected to fund travel and living expenses associated with placements, some of which may be outside the Brisbane metropolitan area.
  • Senior First Aid Certificate (including CPR) (approximately $155 renewed every 3 years)
  • Clinical uniform: Shirts (approx. $25); Black slacks (can either be own or purchased for approx. $60)
  • Costs for vaccinations and serology are the responsibility of the student and will vary based on individual and program requirements.

Scholarships

The University offers more than 200 scholarships for prospective students and more than 350 scholarships and prizes for current students.

Scholarships cover the full range of academic disciplines and are open to domestic students and international students.

Many scholarships have specific eligibility criteria. More information, including information about how to apply, is available on the Scholarships website.

Applying to QTAC

Apply now to QTAC

All domestic student applications for the Bachelor of Occupational Therapy (Honours) need to be lodged through the Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre (QTAC).

You can list up to six programs in order of preference on your QTAC application. Listing the maximum of six will strengthen your chances of being offered a place at university.

The QTAC code for the Bachelor of Occupational Therapy (Honours) is 724002. You'll need this when applying.

Find out more about applying for undergraduate study.

Apply now to QTAC

Additional application information

This program has pre-placement requirements which must be met prior to commencement of the program or a placement course. Further details can be found on the Placement Ready website.

For applicants who need to provide evidence of English proficiency, please note that this program requires a higher level of English language proficiency than the UQ minimum.

Important dates

There are a number of dates and deadlines you need to meet when applying for university. Many of these dates are managed by organisations that are independent of UQ.

A good resource is the QTAC website, which has information about the application process and closing dates. Note: what QTAC calls a "course” we call a "program".

A full list of dates relevant to UQ students is available on the Student Matters Calendar.

Admission schemes

Applying to university can be both exciting and daunting, which is why we’ve tried to make the process as simple and certain as we can.

We have several schemes in place to improve your chances of getting a place at UQ.

Learn more about admission schemes

Admission pathways

A rank or score doesn’t determine your potential.

If you're not offered a place in your first-choice program – or if you don't meet the typical entry requirements – you still have a number of options.

Read more about admission pathways

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