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Deakin University

Burwood, Melbourne , Victoria ,Australia

Bachelor of Occupational Therapy

Occupational therapy enables people to lead active, healthy, and productive lives. Deakin’s accredited Bachelor of Occupational Therapy gives you 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 on people’s ability to participate in occupations that are meaningful to them. You will gain the expertise to develop personalized evidence-based interventions for people who live with a range of health limitations, including those caused by injury, health conditions, developmental or environmental barriers.

Starting in your first year, you will complete eight different placements totaling over 1000 hours in a range of occupational therapy areas. This invaluable practical experience, combined with learning in our state-of-the-art Occupational Therapy Learning Hub, will ensure you graduate career-ready and with confidence.

Passionate about promoting good health and wellbeing and improving people's lives at home and work?

Occupation refers to everything that makes up a person’s life, not just their job. As a qualified occupational therapist, you will work collaboratively with people of all ages to enable them to successfully engage in aspects of daily living.

The knowledge and skills you’ll develop throughout your study will allow you to help vulnerable people achieve independence at home, at work, and in the community, enhancing their quality of life as a result. You will also be qualified to work with children with physical or intellectual disabilities, people who have had accidents or are suffering from medical problems, and people in aged care.

Work Integrated Learning

You will undertake a variety of practicum placements throughout the four years of the course, commencing in your first year. Practice Education provides you with the opportunity to gain valuable skills and experience under the supervision of qualified practitioners, which will enable you to practice confidently as an occupational therapist. You will complete a minimum of 1000 hours of practical experience. Practice Education is conducted in a range of settings including schools, hospitals, clinics, community health organizations, and industry, in metropolitan, regional and rural locations. In a host agency, you can play a meaningful role in a variety of activities, including planning programs and events, undertaking needs assessments, developing evaluation tools, counseling, group work, completing literature reviews, and producing promotional materials. Placements begin shortly after you commence your first year of study.

Practice Education

Students are required to undertake practice education placements throughout the course of their degree. A schedule detailing these placements is developed in advance of the commencing academic year.

Campus Information

Geelong Waterfront Campus

Located in the heart of Geelong, the Geelong Waterfront Campus has spectacular views of the bay. Used as wool stores in the 19th century, this campus has been renovated to create an impressive, modern space that offers an inspiring study environment. The unique mix of old and new allows for engaging and creative spaces, and its central location means students can visit Geelong’s central business district between classes. In 2019 a new ferry travelling between Melbourne and Geelong was launched. The ferry offers a comfortable and convenient mode of transport. It docks a short walk from the Geelong Waterfront Campus. Train and bus services are also regularly available between Geelong and Melbourne.

Intakes

  • March

Application Processing Time in Days: 5

Application Process

Application Outcome
7 Days
Visa processing time
35 Days

Minimum English Language Requirements

English Level Description IELTS (1.0 -9.0) TOEFL IBT (0-120) TOEFL CBT (0-300) PTE (10-90)
Expert 9 120 297-300 86-90
Very Good 8.5 115-119 280-293 83-86
Very Good 8 110-114 270-280 79-83
Good 7.5 102-109 253-267 73-79
Good 7 94-101 240-253 65-73
Competent 6.5 79-93 213-233 58-65
Competent 6 60-78 170-210 50-58
Modest 5.5 46-59 133-210 43-50
Modest 5 35-45 107-133 36-43
Limited 4 32-34 97-103 30-36
Extremely Limited < 4 < 31 < 93 < 30

Job Opportunity Potential

Occupational therapy has experienced one of the strongest growth rates in the health industry over the past 10 years, with available jobs increasing from 8100 in 2007 to 16,700 in 2017.*

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

  • acute, psychiatric or rehabilitation hospitals
  • community health organizations
  • 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 organizations, as well as many more:

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

PSW Opportunity

  • Geelong/ Warrnambool Campus - 3 years of Post Study Work Permit

Admission Requirement / Eligibility Criteria

India
  • (standard class XII):- 65%

Special entry access schemes (SEAS) enables Deakin to consider disadvantageous circumstances you may have experienced and their impact upon your studies. SEAS also allows us to identify if you're from under-represented groups when making selection decisions for some courses. SEAS does not exempt you from meeting any of the course entry requirements.

Supporting documents

When you apply to Deakin, it’s important to attach all requested supporting documentation, otherwise, your application could be delayed or disallowed.

Remember, most documents need to be certified before you upload them, so give yourself plenty of time to get organized.

Examples of certified copies you’ll need to include:

  • award certificates
  • academic transcripts
  • formal identity papers (e.g. your passport).

Documents in languages other than English will need to be translated. If you’re applying for a scholarship, please also check the specific supporting documents for that application.