The Bachelor of Applied Science (Occupational Therapy) will enable you to help people with disabilities, and those recovering from injury or with ongoing conditions to overcome barriers that may be preventing them from participating more fully in life. It teaches you alternative techniques that help them to achieve a given task and facilitate skill improvement.
As an occupational therapy student, you will combine practical learning with extensive clinical placements to aid recovery and skill development. Occupational therapists work with individuals and groups of all ages and needs in a variety of settings including hospitals, rehabilitation centres, private practice and community centres. They also work in non-traditional areas such as early intervention, health promotion, education, consultancy, industry and accessibility. During this four year degree, you will cover a wide range of topics including theories of what people do in daily life and why; knowledge of the development of human capabilities (e.g. cognitive, motor, psychosocial) and the ways in which injury and illness typically disrupt them; activity and environmental analysis; and theories and techniques for promoting participation in daily life.
Through over 1,000 hours of supervised clinical placement you will gain hands-on experience with real clients, learning to combine your knowledge with the practical abilities required of the profession. Upon graduation you will be eligible for membership with Occupational Therapy Australia and the World Federation of Occupational Therapists. The breadth of occupational therapy means that you can diversify your career while staying within the same profession, working with a broad range of clients in a number of settings.
To assist students to make informed choices about their study, we have identified and set out the Inherent Requirements for coursework award courses in occupational therapy. The University of Sydney welcomes and encourages applications from students with disabilities, and from diverse social and cultural backgrounds. Where there are physical, intellectual, cultural, religious or other factors that impact on a student's ability to meet the Inherent Requirements, the University will make reasonable adjustments to assist the student to meet the requirements. Please read the Inherent Requirements carefully as you consider your course choices.
The Bachelor of Applied Science (Occupational Therapy) course does not have a fixed ATAR for guaranteed entry. The ATAR information provided is an indication only and the actual required ATAR for entry may be higher or lower depending on student demand and availability of places in the course each year.