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Bachelor of Science (Occupational Therapy) Honours

Course code Y63

This course is for students who are enrolled in ECU's Bachelor of Occupational Therapy. Applications are by invitation based on a student's academic performance in the first three years of their course.

Allows students to develop an understanding of the factors that affect occupational performance in areas of self-care, education, work, social participation, play and leisure for individuals, groups and populations through the lifespan. Fieldwork placements throughout the course provide students with valuable learning experiences in a range of settings. Graduates will possess a sound knowledge and understanding of professional principles and processes, and will be able to generalise their attributes and skills in new situations.

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Entry requirements

ECU admission and English language requirements apply.

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Course code

Y63

Fees

Commonwealth supported - estimated 1st year indicative fee AUD $10,150

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Duration

4 years full-time or part-time equivalent

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Availability & Campus

This course is generally available to students by invitation only.

Entry requirements

ECU admission and English language requirements apply.

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Course code

Y63

CRICOS code

086244B

Fees

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Duration

4 years full-time

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Availability & Campus

This course is not offered on-campus or online to international students.

Course Entry

Admission requirements you'll need to meet for this course.

  • The following course-specific admission requirements are mandatory and must be satisfied by all applicants. These requirements are in addition to or supersede the minimum requirements outlined within the Academic admission requirements band section below.

    All applicants are required to be enrolled in the Bachelor of Science (Occupational Therapy) and have a Weighted Average Mark (WAM) of 70 per cent or higher in the first three years of the course. Acceptance into the Honours program is by invitation only and successful applicants will transfer from the Bachelor of Science (Occupational Therapy).

    All applicants must meet the academic admission requirements for this course. The indicative or guaranteed ATAR is as published (where applicable) or academic admission requirements may be satisfied through completion of one of the following:

    • Bachelor degree in a cognate discipline; or
    • Where accepted, equivalent prior learning, including at least five years relevant professional experience.

    For international students, requirements include your secondary school results.

  • International students are required to provide an IELTS Academic with an overall minimum score of 7.5 (no individual band less than 7.0).  Internationally schooled applicants may also be required to meet this requirement. 

    Minimum English standard requirements for this course may also be satisfied with one of the following:

    • Year 12 English ATAR/English Literature ATAR grade C or better or equivalent;
    • Special Tertiary Admissions Test;*
    • Successfully completed 1.0 EFTSL of study at bachelor level or higher in the UK, Ireland, USA, NZ or Canada;
    • University Preparation Course;
    • Indigenous University Orientation Course;*
    • Aboriginal Student Intake Test;*
    • AQF Diploma, Advanced Diploma or Associate Degree; or
    • Successfully completed 0.375 EFTSL of study at bachelor level or higher at an Australian higher education provider (or equivalent).

Applications for this course are not accepted through ECU's Experience Based Entry Scheme.

Course Details

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Semester availability

This course is generally available to students by invitation only.

Semester availability

This course is not offered on-campus or online to international students.

Course Structure

Year 1 - Semester 1
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
OCT1101Theory of Occupation15
OCT1102Occupation and Equity15
MHS1101Anatomy and Physiology 115
OCT1104Clinical Science 115
Year 1 - Semester 2
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
OCT1205Occupational Analysis15
OCT1206Neuroscience15
MHS1102Anatomy and Physiology 215
OCT1208Clinical Science 215
Year 2 - Semester 1
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
OCT2202Paediatrics and Youth15
OCT2203Applied Kinesiology15
OCT2204Clinical Science 315
OCT2208Health Conditions15
Year 2 - Semester 2
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
OCT2205Neuropsychiatry15
OCT2206Gerontology15
OCT2250Counselling and Group Processes In Occupational Therapy15
OCT2108Clinical Science 415
Year 3 - Semester 1
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
OCT3201Physical Rehabilitation15
OCT3202Mental Health Rehabilitation15
OCT3203Assistive Technology15
OCT3209Occupational Rehabilitation15
Year 3 - Semester 2
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
OCT3205Neurological Rehabilitation15
OCT3206Health Management15
OCT3108Clinical Science 530
Year 4 - Semester 1
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
OCT4214Clinical Science 730
OCT5217Honours Research Preparation30
Year 4 - Semester 2
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
OCT4213Clinical Science 630
OCT5218Honours Research Project30

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Course notes

Important course notes

  • An extended full-time practicum component applies to the three Clinical Science units in this course.

    Attendance requirements

    Students may be required to undertake part of this study in a rural or regional setting.

    Clearances and/or Risk Management Protocols Required

    To be eligible to undertake clinical practice and fulfill their duty of care, students are required to complete risk management protocols on commencement of the course and carry out amendments in subsequent semesters, as appropriate. Risk management protocols include, but are not restricted to: Certificate of National Police Clearance Current WA Department of Health Criminal Record Screening Clearance Card Current First Aid Certificate Department of Education and Training National Criminal History Record Check Evidence of immunisation status as per the Department of Health schedule, more information at www.health.wa.gov.au/circularsnew/circular.cfm?Circ_ID=12275 MRSA clearance if worked in, or been admitted to, a health facility outside of Western Australia in the 12 months prior to enrolment Working with Children Check, more information at www.checkwwc.wa.gov.au

    Professional practice rules

    The practice education/fieldwork component of the course needs to comply with the Professional Accreditation Standards for Occupational Therapy Entry Level Education Programs as devised by the Occupational Therapy Council (Australia and New Zealand) Ltd (OTC). Students must complete a minimum of 1000 hours of practice education/fieldwork that is in line with the World Federation of Occupational Therapists (WFOT). These practice education/fieldwork opportunities will require students to integrate knowledge, skills and attitudes to practice with a range of people who have different needs, and in differing circumstances. Students are required to be supervised and assessed by a registered occupational therapist.

  • Students will need to graduate to be eligible to register with the Occupational Therapy Board of Australia . Registration with the Occupational Therapy Board of Australia is required to practice in the profession.

    In order for students to be eligible to register with the Australian Health Professional Regulatory Agency (AHPRA), students will be required to adhere to the policy regarding English Language minimum requirements for registration as an occupational therapist in Australia.

Course Learning Outcomes

  1. Apply advanced occupational therapy knowledge to a range of theoretical and practical situations.
  2. Think critically to evaluate, interpret and solve complex occupational solutions.
  3. Think creatively to anticipate challenges and generate new solutions and responses in diverse occupational situations.
  4. Use assistive technologies, digital technologies and contemporary literacies to assess, evaluate and synthesise information in occupation therapy contexts.
  5. Communicate occupational therapy knowledge and ideas clearly, coherently and with independence.
  6. Demonstrate broad global perspectives and ethical considerations, cultural diversity including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural competence.
  7. Work collaboratively and demonstrate initiative in multi-disciplinary teams.
  8. Demonstrate autonomy, accountability and initiative for own learning and professional practice.

Professional Recognition

Approved by: World Federation of Occupational Therapists (WFOT)

Accredited by: Occupational Therapy Council of Australia Limited

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Fees and Scholarships

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AUD $10,150 *

* Commonwealth supported - estimated 1st year indicative fee

The 'Estimated 1st year indicative fee' is provided as a guide only, based on a typical enrolment of students undertaking the first year of this course. At ECU, you pay for the individual units you enrol in, not an overall course fee, so the total cost of your course will vary, depending on what units you choose. An indicative fee will be provided with your course offer, however you can use our Course Fee Calculator to estimate the actual amount you'll need to pay. ECU fees are adjusted annually.

Scholarships

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Related courses

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  • Bachelor of Science (Occupational Therapy)
    Upon completion of the third year of the Bachelor of Science (Occupational Therapy), eligible students may be invited to apply for entry into the Bachelor of Science (Occupational Therapy) Honours. Students who are offered and accept a place in the Honours program will transfer to the Bachelor of Science (Occupational Therapy) Honours to complete the final fourth year of study.

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Student stories

Tamara Pullella

Occupational Therapy graduate

"ECU offers the opportunity to experience prac from the very beginning"

I chose ECU because of the practical components the course offered and also because of the small cohort.

ECU offers occupational therapy (OT) students with the opportunity to experience prac from the very beginning, which gave us the beneficial component of having hands-on experience.

These placements really provided us with the opportunity to experience what occupational therapy was all about and prepared us for the real world.

The staff within the OT department at ECU have experience working in the field, so when we had any questions the answers were just that much more relevant.

Prior to commencing my studies at ECU, I always believed that OT was disability focused, but through the practical experiences it provided me with the opportunity to really get a feel for the different fields within the OT profession.

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