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Bachelor of Occupational Therapy (Honours)

Overview

Become a leader in the field of occupational therapy to help enable people to overcome barriers and engage in everyday activities that are meaningful and important to them.

As an occupational therapist you'll be qualified to help people of all ages overcome barriers that affect their ability to engage in vital everyday activities –  from tying shoelaces to driving a car.

You'll join one of the leading schools for health and rehabilitation sciences in Australia, with a long tradition of teaching, research and graduate excellence.

Throughout the program, you'll explore and practise a range of approaches to develop, recover or maintain your client's engagement, despite challenges from injury or illness, psychological or emotional difficulties, developmental delays or ageing.

You'll learn how to collaborate with your clients and other healthcare partners to identify effective solutions, such as modifying tasks or the environment, skills development and education. 

Importantly, you'll undertake more than 1000 hours of supervised clinical practice in hospitals, educational facilities, other healthcare organisations, private practice and UQ’s occupational therapy clinics. This allows you to apply your theoretical knowledge to practice and develop your clinical skills in real-life situations.

The Bachelor of Occupational Therapy (Honours) is accredited by the Occupational Therapy Council of Australia Ltd (OTC) and approved by the Occupational Therapy Board of Australia (OTBA). Graduates will be eligible to apply for registration as an occupational therapist with the OTBA. The program is also approved by the World Federation of Occupational Therapists.

Location
St Lucia
Duration
4 Years full-time
Start Semester
Semester 1 (19 Feb, 2024)
QTAC Code
724002
Program Code
2368
AQF
Level 8
Location
St Lucia
Fees
A$51200
Duration
4 Years
Start Semester
Semester 1 (19 Feb, 2024)
Semester dates for 2025 are yet to be confirmed
QTAC Code
724002
Program Code
2368
CRICOS Code
082621C
AQF
Level 8

Program highlights

Program highlights

  • Develop a thorough understanding of the theory and practice of occupational therapy and build your knowledge of the medical, social, behavioural, psychological and psychosocial sciences.
  • Gain practical experience from your first year in a variety of community and healthcare settings, in on-site clinics and with external partners.
  • Graduate with a highly respected and internationally renowned honours qualification, with advanced knowledge and skills that will set you apart in a competitive job market.
  • Create a pathway to future research or learning.
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How you'll learn

Your learning experiences are designed to best suit the learning outcomes of the courses you choose.

  • Lectures
  • Tutorials
  • Work placements
  • Online study
  • Fieldwork

Placements and work experience

Prior to applying, applicants should ensure they will be able to meet placement requirements outlined on this website.

What you'll study

At UQ, degrees are called 'programs' and subjects are called 'courses'. Here's a sample of the courses you could study in this program:

  • Systematic & Applied Anatomy
  • Introduction to Professional Skills in Occupational Therapy
  • Occupational Therapy for Children & Youth I
  • Promoting Participation through Occupation & the Environment

Career possibilities

Our programs prepare you for your first job and beyond. Here are some of the careers you could be on your way to:

  • Occupational therapist
  • Injury prevention and rehabilitation therapist
  • Physiotherapist
  • Sports therapist
  • Schools and/or special needs therapist
  • Residential care therapist

Graduate salary

Rehabilitation (postgraduate)

$63K–$71K

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Program accreditation

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

  • Occupational Therapy Council, World Federation Of Occupational Therapy

Entry requirements

Prerequisites

Queensland Year 12 (or equivalent) General English subject (Units 3 & 4, C); and one of Biology, Chemistry or Physics (Units 3 & 4, C).

Prerequisites

Queensland Year 12 (or equivalent) General English subject (Units 3 & 4, C); and one of Biology, Chemistry or Physics (Units 3 & 4, C).

Entry score threshold

ATAR / RankIB
94.7537.25

These are the lowest adjusted scores we made an offer to in Semester 1, 2023. Entry scores are based on the most recent Semester 1 intake and are updated in April each year. Meeting the entry score threshold doesn't guarantee admission.

Guarantee your place at UQ: If you meet our guaranteed minimum ATAR you could secure an offer for your preferred program.

English language requirements

IELTS overall 7; reading 7; writing 7; speaking 7; listening 7. For other English Language Proficiency Tests and Scores approved for UQ

TOEFL iBT (including Paper Edition) - Overall 100, listening 25, reading 25, writing 27, speaking 23.

PTE Academic - Overall 72, sub bands minimum 72.

CES - Overall 185, All sub bands minimum 185.

BE and OET are not accepted.

 

There are other ways to meet the English language requirements. For some programs, additional conditions apply.

Learn how to meet the English language requirements

Inherent requirements

To complete this degree, you have to meet its inherent requirements by demonstrating essential skills and attributes. Read the inherent requirements before you apply.

Learn about inherent requirements

Student visas

International students who are accepted into full-time study in the Bachelor of Occupational Therapy (Honours) are eligible to apply for an Australian student visa (subclass 500).

There are a number of requirements you must satisfy before a visa is granted, including the genuine temporary entrant (GTE) requirement.

Learn more about student visas

Entry score range

This table shows the range of entry scores for recent secondary students offered a place in the B Occupational Therapy (Hons) for Semester 1, 2023

Without adjustmentsWith adjustments
Highest99.7599.95
Median96.1597.3
Lowest91.6594.75

Who you'll study with

Here's a snapshot of our student intake for this program in Semester 1, 2023:

Applicant backgroundNumber of studentsPercentage of all students

(A) Higher education study

6850.0%

(B) Vocational Education and Training (VET) study

<5<5

(C) Work and life experience

00%
(D) Recent secondary education
  • Admitted solely on the basis of ATAR
5439.7%
  • Admitted where ATAR and additional criteria were considered
00%
  • Admitted on the basis of other criteria only and ATAR was not a factor
00%

International students

N/PN/P

Total

136100%

"<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.

Need help meeting the entry requirements?

We can help you meet the minimum entry score, subject prerequisites or English language requirements for your preferred program.

If you haven't studied the prerequisites or need to improve your entry score, we can help.

Learn about pathway options

Fees and Scholarships

Indicative annual fee

Approximate yearly cost of tuition (16 units). Your fees will vary according to your selected courses and study load. Fees are reviewed each year and may increase.

$9,838

2024

$9,838

2024

Learn more about undergraduate fees

Approximate yearly cost of tuition (16 units). Your fees will vary according to your study load. Fees are reviewed each year and may increase.

AUD $51,200

2024

AUD $51,200

2024

Learn more about undergraduate fees

Government assistance

Financial aid

As an international student, you might be eligible for financial aid – either from your home country, or from the Australian Government.

Learn more about financial aid

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.

Learn more about HECS-HELP

Centrelink support

Scholarships

You may be eligible for more than 100 scholarships, including:

How to apply

Applying online

If your senior schooling is from outside Australia, you can submit your application to UQ. Or, if you prefer, you can use an approved UQ agent in your country.

The program code for the Bachelor of Occupational Therapy (Honours) is 2368.

Find out more about applying for undergraduate study

If your senior schooling is from Australia

Submit your application to the Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre if you're an international student who is currently studying:

  • Australian Year 12 (in Australia or another country), or
  • the International Baccalaureate in Australia.

The QTAC code for the Bachelor of Occupational Therapy (Honours) is 724002.

Find out more about applying for undergraduate study

Important dates

If you’re studying Year 12 in Australiago to the QTAC website to check the closing date for this program. 

If you’re applying to UQ, the closing date for this program is: 

  • To commence study in semester 1 - November 30 of the previous year.

To learn more about UQ dates, including semester start dates, view the Academic Calendar

Important dates

Admissions schemes

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

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

Learn more about admission schemes

Pathway options

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 entry requirements – you still have a number of options.

Learn more about pathway options

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander applicants

For support with applying - or if you have any questions about Uni - get in touch with our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies Unit.

Contact the ATSIS Unit

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