Bachelor of Occupational Therapy

2021 course information for Domestic Students
2021 course information for International Students

updated 8:11 PM on Fri, 16 April

Domestic snapshot

International snapshot

IELTS
View full English language requirements
ATAR/OP
60 / 15
Duration
4 years full-time; 8 years part-time

4.5 years minimum for students commencing Session 2

4 years full-time
Location
Coffs Harbour, Gold Coast
Coffs Harbour, Gold Coast
Start date
March, July, November
February, June, October
Course code
3007224
Course abbreviation
BOccThy
Credit points
384
Equivalent units
32
CRICOS
View in availability and fee details
Fees
Commonwealth supported
Fees
View in availability and fee details

Please note, some locations may not have all intake periods available. See the full availability details for further information.

Course overview

Do you want a health career that could transform the lives of others by helping them achieve tangible results?

Occupational therapists’ work is diverse. They adapt environments, activities or equipment to enhance participation in everyday tasks, assisting people of all ages and abilities to do what they need and want to do at home, work, school and in the community.

You will develop a range of clinical skills in the University’s state-of-the-art facilities and during your professional placement, preparing you for work in diverse health care environments.

As an occupational therapist you could for example develop inclusive playground experiences and environments for children of all abilities; you could recommend workplace changes that would assist an injured worker to return to work; or you could design home modifications or public transport changes that would ensure access for a person using a power wheelchair. Occupational therapy has been identified as a high job growth area by the Australian Government’s Job Outlook.

Do you want a health career that could transform the lives of others by helping them achieve tangible results?

Occupational therapists’ work is diverse. They adapt environments, activities or equipment to enhance participation in everyday tasks, assisting people of all ages and abilities to do what they need and want to do at home, work, school and in the community.

You will develop a range of clinical skills in the University’s state-of-the-art facilities and during your professional placement, preparing you for work in diverse health care environments.

As an occupational therapist you could for example develop inclusive playground experiences and environments for children of all abilities; you could recommend workplace changes that would assist an injured worker to return to work; or you could design home modifications or public transport changes that would ensure access for a person using a power wheelchair. Occupational therapy has been identified as a high job growth area by the Australian Government’s Job Outlook.

Current Southern Cross students – to access your official course details for the year you started your degree, please visit the handbook.

Entry requirements

See the University’s Rules Relating to Awards, in conjunction with the Specific Award Rules listed below.

Applicants must have achieved:

  1. satisfactory completion of at least six years of primary and secondary education taught and assessed in English in one of the Recognised Countries (see below), including at least two years between years 7 and 12; or
  2. completed at least two years (full time equivalent combined secondary and/or tertiary and/or vocational education taught and assessed solely in English, in one of the Recognised Countries; or
  3. the IELTS (academic module) with a minimum overall score of 7 and a minimum score of 7 in each of the four components: or
  4. the OET with a minimum score of B in each of the four components; or
  5. the PTE Academic with a minimum overall score of 65 and a minimum score of 65 in each of the four communicative skills;
  6. the TOEFL iBT with a minimum total score of 94 and the following minimum score in each section of the test: 24 listening, 24 reading, 27 writing, and 23 speaking; or
  7. successful completion of the English for Academic Purposes 3 program at SCU College. Applicants who enrol via this pathway will need to separately meet the English language requirements of registration to practice.

Recognised Countries means the following countries: Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Republic of Ireland, South Africa, UK and USA.

Please note, Rule 2 Schedule B test scores equivalencies do not apply to this course.

In order to register to practice, the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency [AHPRA]’s  standards for English language must be met. See  https://www.ahpra.gov.au/Registration/Registration-Standards/English-language-skills.aspx for further information.

An applicant who has completed a Certificate III qualification will not be admitted solely on the basis of this qualification

CountryScore
Austria AMC3.1
Bangladesh HSC4
Brazil SSLC8.8
Canada High School OSSD70
Chile PSU6.3, overall 700-749
China Gao Kao500
Colombia CB (NAT)82, overall 350-400
Denmark USSLE6.6
France FB11.5
German Abitur2.9
Hong Kong HKDSE15
India CBSE (best 4)10.0 external exam
India CISCE77
India Higher Secondary School Certificate (best 4)80 in academic
Indonesia SMA8.8
International Baccalaureate26
Japan USSLC4.3
Korea, Republic of, CSAT303
Malaysia ICSSUEC74
Malaysia STPM6 (best 3 A levels)
Nepal Higher Secondary Education Certificate80
Nepal Proficiency Certificate88
Norway GPA3.6
Pakistan HSSC Humanities and Science streams83
Pakistan HSSC Pre-Eng and Pre-Med streams60
Papua New Guinea HSC (best 5)3.0 pass Eng & Math
Peru OCSE17.8
Phillipines NSAT92
Russia FCCSE4.5
Saudi Arabia MESSLC88
Singapore SCGCE16.5
Spain SSSD8.8
Spain STBPU7.8
Sri Lanka GCE5
Sweden SSLC13.6
Taiwan GSAT57
Taiwan Senior High School Certificate90
Thailand CSE(Matayom 6) 2.2
Turkey HSD4.3
UK Board GCE A Levels14 (4 subjects)
USA SAT & ACTSAT 1460, ACT 21
Vietnam (in 4 subjects)8.8 in academic

Language requirements

English language requirements apply to International applicants and other applicants whose previous study was undertaken in a language other than English. The minimum English language requirements for such applicants for entry to this course are as follows

CategoryScore
Overall Score7.0
Reading7.0
Writing7.0
Listening7.0
Speaking7.0

About the course

Optional major: Indigenous Health.
This major can be studied at Gold Coast and Coffs Harbour campuses and offers students the opportunity to build theoretical and practical capabilities in cultural protocols and Indigenous ways of knowing and being. Embedded placement opportunities equip graduates with the professional skills required to contribute to the improvement of health and social outcomes in Australian communities.

In order to meet the Australian occupational therapy competency standards this course is structured in accordance with professional body recommendations. All students complete studies in the following areas:

Professional Areas: occupational therapy theory and practice; occupational therapy assessments and interventions related to biomechanical, sensorimotor, psychosocial and cognitive performance, activities, engagement and participation at home, at school, at work and in the community; occupational transitions across the lifespan; evaluation of occupational therapy programs; health promotion; and professional experience/fieldwork. 

Social Sciences: psychology and sociology for health sciences, Australian health care system, Indigenous studies, research methods, nutrition in health, and small business and entrepreneurship.

Biological Sciences: anatomy, physiology, kinesiology, and neuroscience.

Domestic students

LocationSession
Coffs Harbour1, 2, 3
Gold Coast1, 2, 3

International students

LocationSessionAnnual FeesCRICOS
Coffs Harbour1$27,600 ($3,450 per unit)082680C
Gold Coast1$27,600 ($3,450 per unit)082680C
 Notice

Tuition fees are in Australian dollars, and are subject to change, including annual increases over the duration of a course. Annual tuition fee is based on completing 8 units per year. In addition students are required to pay OSHC for the duration of their visa in advance. Non-tuition fee covers textbooks, stationery and excursions.

How to apply

Where and when do you want to study?

Applications for this course are made directly to Southern Cross University via our online application service.

Australian/Domestic students

International students studying in Australia

Coffs Harbour
Gold Coast
View domestic application details View international application details

Why choose SCU?

Excellence in research

Outstanding ratings of 'at world standard' or above in 23 research fields.

Excellence in Research Australia (ERA) 2018

Top 200 Young Universities

Only 25 years young and ranked in the top 200 universities in the world.

Times Higher Education Young University Rankings 2020

Outstanding student support

5-Star Student Support across undergraduate and postgraduate studies

Good Universities Guide 2021

Learning outcomes

Course Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a course. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes.

Course Learning Outcome

Demonstrate a commitment to excellence in all scholarly, intellectual and professional activities, including critical analysis, sound judgement and the use of research/evidence to inform clinical/professional practice.

Systematically apply knowledge creation strategies and practices to identify, create, represent, distribute, and enable adoption of practice based research.

Analyse and respond innovatively to the systemic, interpersonal and personal factors influencing health and disability across diverse communities

Utilize a sustainable and entrepreneurial approach to professional practice

Demonstrate an occupation focused and client-centred orientation to professional practice

Address legislative requirements, guidelines and standards affecting professional practice

Understand, articulate and defend the values base of occupational practice and occupational justice

Be grounded in an occupational view of health and disability across the lifespan.

Utilise appropriate evidence based occupational therapy assessment and treatment modalities to identify and address the occupational needs of a diverse community.

Develop, evaluate and document occupational intervention strategies for individuals, groups &/or communities.

Using reflection to guide continuing professional development.

Contributing to the development of various communities of practice through collaborative lifelong learning initiatives.

Sophisticated use of information technology to ensure communities of practice are inclusive of rural/regional practice settings.

Work collaboratively to address occupational needs in a range of health, education and community teams and with an understanding of conventional and complementary therapies.

Provide leadership in identifying, assessing and addressing the occupational needs of individuals, groups and communities.

Demonstrate cultural safety in professional practice and proactive responses to Indigenous perspectives on health (worldwide).


Assessment methods

A variety of assessment methods are used in this course including multiple choice examinations, essay style examinations, scenario based learning studies, tutorial workshop presentations, debates, written assignments, and clinical skills testing. For each unit there are 2 to 5 assessment items.

Teaching methods

Teaching methods include regular face-to-face contact with academic staff in lectures, tutorials and clinical settings. A mixture of digitally-based media supports the lectures, seminars and tutorials, with an emphasis on small group work, problem-based learning, reflection and experiential learning integrated with theory and research. The course has a strong practical focus that allows students to develop a range of clinical skills, integrating theory and practice. Students gain clinical experience in a range of health care settings throughout the course where they are supported by clinical teachers and facilitators.

Career opportunities

Career opportunities as an occupational therapist exist in hospitals, community health, mental health services, schools, work rehabilitation and occupational health and safety in various industries, private practice, early intervention, aged care and a variety of health, education and disability services, including the provision of occupational therapy services under the National Disability Insurance Scheme.

Professional placement

Professional placements of about 1,000 hours build clinical and practical skills in settings that may include aged care, hospitals, community health, disability and mental health services, primary schools, work environments and private practice.

Professional recognition

This course is accredited by Occupational Therapy Australia and the Occupational Therapy Council, and is approved by the World Federation of Occupational Therapists. Graduates of accredited occupational therapy programs are eligible for national registration.

Graduates are also eligible for membership of Occupational Therapy Australia. Please note: In order to register to practise, the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency standards for English language must be met.

Ask a question

Domestic future
students

Call 1800 626 481 during business hours.

International future
students

Call +61 2 6620 3876 during business hours.

Current
students

Email: enquiry@scu.edu.au
Call 1800 005 687 during business hours.


Course requirements

To be eligible to receive the Bachelor of Occupational Therapy, students must complete the equivalent of 32 units (384 credit points), comprising:

Exit Awards

Students may be eligible to exit with an Associate Degree of Health and Human Sciences after completing the equivalent of 16 units (192 credit points), comprising any 16 core or major units.

Students may be eligible to exit with a Diploma of Health and Human Sciences after completing the equivalent of 8 units (96 credit points), comprising any 8 core or major units.

Professional Experience Learning

This course includes professional experience learning. Pre-requisites to meet national and state-based regulatory requirements, as detailed on Faculty of Health Professional Experience page must be met prior to attending professional experience placement. All professional experience learning hours must be completed and professional behaviour and conduct must be demonstrated.

Progression

Students are not permitted to have an extended period of more than 24 months between study of any two (2) units with professional experience learning.

Students are not permitted to have an extended period of more than 24 months between study of a theory unit that relates specifically to a particular unit with professional experience learning.

Students who have an interrupted study sequence of more than 24 months will be assessed on a case-by-case basis and may be required to undertake a specified supported professional experience placement to ensure professional experience currency prior to continuation of the course.

Inherent Requirements

Inherent Requirements apply to this course as defined on the Student Access & Inclusion website. Students who have a disability or health condition which may impact on their ability to meet these requirements are encouraged to visit the Student Access & Inclusion website for further information and contact details.


Course structure


Schedule of units

TitleNote
Core Units
PSYC1003 -  Psychology and Sociology for Health Sciences
HBIO1007 -  Human Physiology I
HBIO1001 -  Human Anatomy
HBIO2003 -  Functional Kinesiology of the Upper Limbs and Trunk
PBHL1001 -  The Australian Health Care System
OCCU1001 -  Introduction to Occupational Therapy and Human Occupations
OCCU2001 -  Mobility and Personal Care Occupations
OCCU2002 -  Sensory Motor Assessments and Interventions
OCCU2003 -  Learning and Applying Knowledge for Individuals and Groups
OCCU2004 -  Musculoskeletal and Reduced Energy Assessments and Interventions
OCCU2012 -  Clinical Reasoning in Professional Experience Learning
OCCU2005 -  Lifespan Development and Occupational Transitions
OCCU2006 -  Home and Community Occupations
OCCU3001 -  Occupational Therapy Theory and Practice
OCCU2008 -  Mental Function (Cognition) Assessments and Interventions
OCCU3002 -  Evaluation of Occupational Therapy Programs
OCCU2009 -  Education, Leisure and Play Occupations
OCCU2010 -  Work and Employment Occupations
OCCU2011 -  Mental Function (Psychosocial) Assessments and Interventions
OCCU3003 -  Advanced Fieldwork Note 2
HLTH3003 -  Transition to Professional Practice
STAT2001 -  Introduction to Evidence for Health Science Practitioners
Majors


Course progressions

Students should use course progression information to select units specific to their course and enrol in these units using My Enrolment

TitleNote
Year 1, Session 1
Part-time students should complete the first 2 units in Session 1, Year 1, and the remaining 2 units in Session 1, Year 2
HBIO1001 -  Human Anatomy
OCCU1001 -  Introduction to Occupational Therapy and Human Occupations
PSYC1003 -  Psychology and Sociology for Health Sciences
INDG2001 -  Health and Indigenous Australian Peoples
Year 1, Session 2
Part-time students should complete the first 2 units in Session 2, Year 1, and the remaining 2 units in Session 2, Year 2
HBIO1007 -  Human Physiology I
OCCU2001 -  Mobility and Personal Care Occupations
PBHL1001 -  The Australian Health Care System
STAT2001 -  Introduction to Evidence for Health Science Practitioners
Year 2, Session 1
Part-time students should complete the first 2 units in Session 1, Year 3, and the remaining 2 units in Session 1, Year 4
OCCU2005 -  Lifespan Development and Occupational Transitions
OCCU2003 -  Learning and Applying Knowledge for Individuals and Groups
HBIO2003 -  Functional Kinesiology of the Upper Limbs and Trunk
OCCU2002 -  Sensory Motor Assessments and Interventions
Year 2, Session 2
Part-time students should complete the first 2 units in Session 2, Year 3, and the remaining 2 units in Session 2, Year 4
OCCU2004 -  Musculoskeletal and Reduced Energy Assessments and Interventions
OCCU2006 -  Home and Community Occupations
OCCU2012 -  Clinical Reasoning in Professional Experience Learning
NUTR1001 -  Food and Nutrition in Health
Year 3, Session 1
Part-time students should complete the first 2 units in Session 1, Year 5, and the remaining 2 units in Session 1, Year 6
OCCU2008 -  Mental Function (Cognition) Assessments and Interventions
OCCU2011 -  Mental Function (Psychosocial) Assessments and Interventions
OCCU2007 -  Regional Rural Remote Fieldwork
OCCU2009 -  Education, Leisure and Play Occupations
Year 3, Session 2
Part-time students should complete the first 2 units in Session 2, Year 5, and the remaining 2 units in Session 2, Year 6
OCCU3001 -  Occupational Therapy Theory and Practice
HLTH1003 -  Small Business and Entrepreneurship for Allied Health, Fitness and Sport
OCCU3002 -  Evaluation of Occupational Therapy Programs
OCCU2010 -  Work and Employment Occupations
Year 4, Session 1
Part-time students should complete the first double-weighted unit in Session 1, Year 7, and the remaining 2 units in Session 1, Year 8
PBHL3004 -  Health Promotion and Primary Health Care Note 1
Gnibi College Elective
University-wide Elective
Year 4, Session 2
Part-time students should complete the first triple-weighted unit in Session 2, Year 7, and the remaining unit in Session 2, Year 8
OCCU3003 -  Advanced Fieldwork Note 2
HLTH3003 -  Transition to Professional Practice

TitleNote
Year 1, Session 1
Part-time students should complete the first 2 units in Session 1, Year 1, and the remaining 2 units in Session 1, Year 2
HBIO1001 -  Human Anatomy
OCCU1001 -  Introduction to Occupational Therapy and Human Occupations
PSYC1003 -  Psychology and Sociology for Health Sciences
INDG2001 -  Health and Indigenous Australian Peoples
Year 1, Session 2
Part-time students should complete the first 2 units in Session 2, Year 1, and the remaining 2 units in Session 2, Year 2
HBIO1007 -  Human Physiology I
OCCU2001 -  Mobility and Personal Care Occupations
PBHL1001 -  The Australian Health Care System
STAT2001 -  Introduction to Evidence for Health Science Practitioners
Year 2, Session 1
Part-time students should complete the first 2 units in Session 1, Year 3, and the remaining 2 units in Session 1, Year 4
OCCU2005 -  Lifespan Development and Occupational Transitions
OCCU2003 -  Learning and Applying Knowledge for Individuals and Groups
HBIO2003 -  Functional Kinesiology of the Upper Limbs and Trunk
OCCU2002 -  Sensory Motor Assessments and Interventions
Year 2, Session 2
Part-time students should complete the first 2 units in Session 2, Year 3, and the remaining 2 units in Session 2, Year 4
OCCU2004 -  Musculoskeletal and Reduced Energy Assessments and Interventions
OCCU2006 -  Home and Community Occupations
OCCU2012 -  Clinical Reasoning in Professional Experience Learning
INDG2005 -  Working with Aboriginal Communities I (Professional Engagement)
Year 3, Session 1
Part-time students should complete the first 2 units in Session 1, Year 5, and the remaining 2 units in Session 1, Year 6
OCCU2008 -  Mental Function (Cognition) Assessments and Interventions
OCCU2011 -  Mental Function (Psychosocial) Assessments and Interventions
OCCU2007 -  Regional Rural Remote Fieldwork
OCCU2009 -  Education, Leisure and Play Occupations
Year 3, Session 2
Part-time students should complete the first 2 units in Session 2, Year 5, and the remaining 2 units in Session 2, Year 6
OCCU3001 -  Occupational Therapy Theory and Practice
INDG2011 -  Aboriginal Social Realities
OCCU3002 -  Evaluation of Occupational Therapy Programs
OCCU2010 -  Work and Employment Occupations
Year 4, Session 1
Part-time students should complete the first double-weighted unit in Session 1, Year 7, and the remaining 2 units in Session 1, Year 8
INDG3001 -  Caring for Country OR INDG2006 -  Addiction and Aboriginal Communities OR INDG2008 -  Racism and Eugenics
INDG1010 -  Trauma and Resilience I
PBHL3004 -  Health Promotion and Primary Health Care Note 1
Year 4, Session 2
Part-time students should complete the first triple-weighted unit in Session 2, Year 7, and the remaining unit in Session 2, Year 8
OCCU3003 -  Advanced Fieldwork Note 2
HLTH3003 -  Transition to Professional Practice

TitleNote
Complete one or more of the units under Session 3 below and then follow the Course Progression for Session 1 Commencement excluding any completed unit/s.
Session 3
HBIO1001 -  Human Anatomy
PBHL1001 -  The Australian Health Care System
NUTR1001 -  Food and Nutrition in Health

TitleNote
Complete one or more of the units under Session 3 below and then follow the Course Progression- Indigenous Health Major for Session 1 Commencement excluding any completed unit/s.
Session 3
HBIO1001 -  Human Anatomy
PBHL1001 -  The Australian Health Care System


Notes

Note 1: Double-weighted Unit
Note 2: Triple-weighted Unit

Related courses