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Bachelor of Applied Science (Occupational Therapy)

Find out about the Bachelor of Applied Science (Occupational Therapy)

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Overview

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.

Important information

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.

Majors

There are no majors for this course.

Entry, fees, funding & how to apply

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What you'll study

You will follow a prescribed course of study with a total of 192 credit points (CP) to qualify for the award of the Bachelor of Applied Science (Occupational Therapy) degree. The course consists of 156cp of core units and 36CP of elective units, including a minimum of 6cp from the Behavioural or Social Sciences and 6cp from the Biomedical Sciences


You will undertake professional practice during the course of your study. The placements occur during semester time and during recess periods at all level of the course, and are located in both metropolitan, country facilities and, in some cases, overseas facilities.

Year 1

  • Functional Musculoskeletal Anatomy A
  • Health Science and Research
  • Understanding Occupation-People-Context
  • Analysing Occupations and Performance
  • Teaching Occupations and Performance
  • Occupational Performance: Healthcare 1
  • Professional Practice I

Choose one elective (refer to faculty handbook for elective choices)

Year 2

  • Health, Behaviour and Society
  • Occupational Performance: Home and Family & Child and Family
  • Professional Practice 2
  • Neuroscience
  • Occupational Performance: Healthcare 2
  • Occupational Performance: Community

Choose one elective (refer to faculty handbook for elective choices)

Year 3

  • Professional Practice IIIA & IIIB
  • Occupational Performance: Education
  • Occupational Performance: Productivity
  • Occupational Performance: Retirement

Choose one elective (refer to faculty handbook for elective choices)

Year 4

  • Health Promotion Through Occupation
  • Professional Practice IV
  • Evaluation in Professional Practice

Choose three electives (refer to faculty handbook for elective choices)

 

Units of Study

Assumed knowledge

Biology is recommended.

Applying for honours

Outstanding candidates are eligible to apply for admission to the honours year after completion of the pass degree. 

Honours is your pathway to a higher degree by research in the health sciences. The groundbreaking research conducted by our faculty members has had, and continues to have, an enormous impact on the health and quality of life of local, national and global communities.

Eligible candidates can pursue their own research interests by undertaking honours study under the supervision of an academic staff member. 

Admission to honours is by permission of the program coordinator after the completion of second year. Entry based on academic performance in first and second years of the course. You will complete core units of study in the first and second year of the pass degree followed by an alternative set of units of study in third and fourth year to qualify for the award of the honours degree.

Honours study allows you to specialise in an area of personal interest, develop your research skills and make a significant contribution to the development of knowledge within the profession. Find out more about Honours.

Admission requirements

Admission to this course is on the basis of a secondary school leaving qualification such as the NSW Higher School Certificate (including national and international equivalents), tertiary study or an approved preparation program.

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.

English language requirements must be met where these are not demonstrated by sufficient qualifications taught in English. Special admission pathways are open for domestic mature aged applicants who do not possess a school leaving qualification, educationally disadvantaged applicants and for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Applicants are ranked by merit and offers for available places are issued according to the ranking.

Course opportunities

Professional practice is an integral part of the Bachelor of Applied Science (Occupational Therapy). Fieldwork education consists of block placements and other guided learning experiences. These experiences provide candidates with an opportunity to practice skills and take responsibility commensurate with their background knowledge and level of development acquired during the course. 

Fieldwork block placements are period of two to ten weeks where candidates attend a setting five days a week full-time for approximately 37.5 hours per week. Our occupational therapy course requires students to participate in placements that occur during semester time and during recess periods, at all levels of the course, and are located in both metropolitan, country facilities and, in some cases, overseas facilities.

In addition, eligible candidates have the opportunity to take part in the FHS Abroad program which involves academic study and a four to six week placement with non-government organisations and other development agencies in one of a small number of countries in South and South East Asia. This 6 credit point elective unit of study is available to candidates in their senior years and offers a hands-on understanding of global health challenges in an overseas community through work with two well established Australian volunteer agencies.

Professional accreditation

Graduates of the Bachelor of Applied Science (Occupational Therapy) course are eligible for membership of the Australian Association of Occupational Therapists (OT Australia) and the World Federation of Occupational Therapists.

Future study options

Graduate opportunities

Graduates of the Bachelor of Applied Sciences (Occupational Therapy) are qualified to work as occupational therapists. 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.

Graduates also have the option of changing careers a number of times while staying within the same profession. For example, a therapist could commence a career working one-on-one with teens with spinal cord injury, then work with babies in neonatal intensive care, adults in occupational rehabilitation at a large insurance company, or young adults in a community mental health program.

Domestic students

Indicative Undergraduate Student Contribution Amount


The student contribution amount for a Commonwealth Supported Place is an indication only of the amount payable in Year 1 for a standard full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). The exact student contribution that you pay will depend on the calendar year in which you undertake your study in the course, and the specific units of study in which you enrol. For further information about how to calculate your specific total student contribution, please refer to the University's Tuition Fees website.

Annual review and fee increases


Importantly, student contribution amounts are subject to annual review by the University, and will increase each year of your period of study (subject to a Commonwealth specified cap), effective at the start of each calendar year.

Additional incidental costs


For some courses there are incidental costs additional to the student contribution. Some of these incidental costs are significant, for example, course-specific materials, tools, protected clothing, and equipment. Further information about these costs is available from https://sydney.edu.au/students/materials-and-equipment.html.

Visa/MasterCard/American Express/JCB surcharge


Please note that a surcharge of 0.8% will apply for payments made by Visa, MasterCard, American Express or JCB. The surcharge is subject to review and may change. Information about payment methods and the surcharge is set out at: http://sydney.edu.au/study/finances-fees-costs/fees-and-loans/paying-your-fees.html.

Potential for inaccuracy


Whilst every reasonable effort has been made to include correct and up to date information here, you are also advised to consult directly with the Student Centre so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about fees.

International students

Indicative International Tuition Fees for Undergraduate Students


The tuition fee for international undergraduate students is an indication of the fees payable in Year 1 for a standard full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). Depending on the calendar year in which you undertake your study, and if your study load is more or less than the 1.0 EFTSL, your tuition fee will differ from the indicative amount. For further information about how to calculate your specific total tuition fees, please refer to the University's Tuition Fees website

Annual review and fee increases


Importantly, tuition fees are subject to annual review, and will increase each year of your period of study, effective at the start of each calendar year.

Additional incidental costs and health insurance


For some courses there are incidental costs additional to the tuition fees. Some of these incidental costs are significant, for example, course-specific materials, tools, protected clothing, and equipment. Further information about these costs is available from https://sydney.edu.au/students/materials-and-equipment.html. In addition to the fees indicated here for the course of study, International Students studying on an Australian Student Visa must have appropriate health insurance for the duration of their studies on a Student Visa through an approved provider of the Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) scheme. This is a requirement of the Australian Government, unless otherwise exempted by the Government.

Visa/MasterCard/American Express/JCB surcharge


Please note that a surcharge of 0.8% will apply for payments made by Visa, MasterCard, American Express or JCB. The surcharge is subject to review and may change. Information about payment methods and the surcharge is set out at: http://sydney.edu.au/study/finances-fees-costs/fees-and-loans/paying-your-fees.html.

Potential for inaccuracy


Whilst every reasonable effort has been made to include correct and up to date information here, you are also advised to consult directly with the Student Centre so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about fees.

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