Bachelor of Occupational Therapy

Deakin University

Course details

CRICOS course code: 055178G

Level of study: Undergraduate


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

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Tuition Fees (AUD $) Start date Duration Campus
38,400 Per Year
Read moreThe 'Estimated tuition fee' is calculated by adding together eight credit points of a typical combination of units for that course.
Expected Mar 2023 4 years
Full time
Geelong Waterfront Campus
1 Gheringhap Street
Geelong Victoria 3220

Entry criteria

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)



Deakin University
Melbourne Burwood Campus
221 Burwood Highway
Melbourne Victoria 3125
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