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What will I learn?

Occupational therapy empowers people to reach goals, and lead active, healthy and productive lives. Deakin's accredited Bachelor of Occupational Therapy gives you a cutting-edge and practical education. It will prepare you to identify people's strengths and limitations, environmental and social supports and barriers, and the role these play in people's ability to participate in occupations that are meaningful to them. You will gain the expertise to develop personalised, evidence-based intervention plans for people whose health and wellbeing is affected by a range of issues, including injury, illness, disability or environmental barriers.

Starting in your first year, you will complete eight different placements totalling over 1000 hours in a range of occupational therapy areas. This invaluable real-world work experience, combined with practical learning in our state-of-the-art occupational therapy learning spaces, will ensure you graduate confident and career-ready.

Course structure:

The Bachelor of Occupational Therapy comprises 32 credit points, including 29 credit points of core units, 1 selective unit and 2 credit points of elective units.

To be awarded H455 Bachelor of Occupational Therapy (Honours) a person must

achieve at least a distinction average upon completion of level 3 studies;

successfully complete HSO302 Evidence-Based Occupational Therapy Practice

complete the five honours units at level 4 (listed under course structure H455 below).

Failure of a fieldwork component in the Bachelor of Occupational Therapy will normally lead to exclusion. Students will be required to complete at least one fieldwork component in a regional area of Victoria or adjacent areas.

All commencing Faculty of Health Undergraduate and Postgraduate course work students are required to complete HAI010 Academic Integrity in their first trimester of study (0 credit point compulsory unit).

Through this course, you could find employment in areas as diverse as:

  • acute, psychiatric or rehabilitation hospitals
  • community health organisations
  • government departments or agencies
  • mental health services
  • private practices
  • research institutes
  • primary and secondary schools
  • workplace wellbeing, occupational health and safety, and rehabilitation services

Our graduates have found employment with the following organisations, as well as many more:

  • Alfred Health
  • Barwon Health
  • Bellarine Community Health
  • Department of Education
  • private occupational therapy practices
  • primary and secondary schools
  • Western District Health

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Health

CRICOS

055178G

Study options

Full Time (4 years)

Tuition fees
A$38,400.00 (20,68,966) per year
The 'Estimated tuition fee' is calculated by adding together eight credit points of a typical combination of units for that course.

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Application deadline

Expected February 2023

More details

Start date

Expected March 2023

Venue

Geelong Waterfront Campus

1 Gheringhap Street,

GEELONG,

Victoria,

3220, GEELONG, Australia

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Entry for applicants with previous Tertiary, VET, life or work experience will be based on their performance in: a Certificate IV in a related discipline OR a Diploma in any discipline or 50% completion of a Diploma in a related discipline OR successful completion of relevant study at an accredited higher education institution equivalent to at least two Deakin University units OR other evidence of academic capability judged to be equivalent for example relevant work or life experience. Other English Language Requirements accepted: IELTS: Overall 6.0, no band less than 6.0; TOEFL (PBT) score of 550 Writing 4.5; TOEFL Internet Based: 65 Writing 21; CPE: 169 no band less than 169; CAE: 169 no band less than 169; PTE: 52-57 No less than 50 in each skill.

For international students

Students must have qualification most relevant to your secondary school studies.

The Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) is the primary criterion for entry into most undergraduate-entry university programs in Australia.

International students who completed an Australian Year 12 in Australia or overseas should apply for undergraduate courses through the Victorian Tertiary Admissions Centre (VTAC), as well as directly to Deakin through Study Link Connect – Deakin University's International Student Application Service.

English language requirement:

IELTS - Overall 7 No band lower than 7

TOEFL IBT - 94 Writing 27

TOEFL PBT - 600 Writing 5

C1 PROFICIENCY and C2 PROFICIENCY- 185 No band less than 185

PTE - 65 No less than 65 in each skill

OET - Overall B (equivalent to an IELTS 7 - 7.5 range)

DUELI EAP PROGRAM - EAP 4 (75%)

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

Pathways options

Offered by other partners

This university accepts pathways courses from
  • Chisholm Institute
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About Deakin University

Deakin University is a young and dynamic university, offering world-class degrees, excellent employment rates and an experience that students love.

  • Top 1 per cent in 24 study areas (QS, THE, ShanghaiRankings)
  • Highest student satisfaction in Victoria (QILT)
  • Top 50 young universities globally (QS)
  • Offers a curriculum that is practical and industry relevant