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Occupational Therapy (Honours)

Bachelor Honours Degree


Bachelor of Science (Occupational Therapy) (Honours)
4 years full-time
Curtin Perth


Help people who have experienced injury, illness or disability to engage in occupations and activities.

Work experience

In this course, you’ll complete 1,000 hours in fieldwork placements.


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As an occupational therapist you will work with people of all ages who may have experienced injury, illness or disability. You can help people to engage in occupations or activities that are meaningful to them and achieve independence, better health, wellbeing and satisfaction in their lives.

In this course you will learn to identify physical, psychosocial, cognitive, behavioural and environmental factors that can help or hinder a person’s participation in everyday activities. You’ll learn to collaborate with other health professionals to provide cross-discipline care that is focused around the client and their needs.

You will study in laboratories, learning spaces and resource rooms that are tailored for learning the skills required to work in occupational therapy.

Approximately 1,000 hours of fieldwork practice is undertaken throughout the course in a variety of clinical and industry settings.

Please refer to the handbook for additional course overview information.

Why study

  • Investment of $9 million in facilities
  • Facilities have laboratories, learning spaces, resource rooms and a student common room to help you practice essential skills for person, client and family-centred care

How this course will make you industry ready

As an occupational therapist, you can work across a range of industries in different roles.

Working with children: Help children achieve their developmental milestones such as fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination. Educate and involve parents, carers and others to facilitate the normal development and learning of children.

Rehabilitation and aged care: Help clients regain or enhance their daily lives after an event such as hip replacement or stroke. Assess and modify clients’ home and community environments to improve their safety and independence.

Acute care: Assess clients’ cognition, function and psychosocial needs. Monitor clients’ function and progress, prescribing adaptive equipment to ensure safety upon discharge from hospitals.

Injury management: Use specialised assessments to determine the functional requirements of various jobs, and clients’ capacity to return to work. Design and coordinate graded return to work programs. Educate clients in safe work practices. Modify the work environment to suit the needs of individuals to prevent or minimise injuries.

Mental health: Design individual and group programs and activities to enhance clients’ independence in everyday activities. Develop coping strategies for clients in overcoming their mental health issues.

Student profile

View our student profile table to get an indication of the likely peer cohort for new students at Curtin University. This table provides data on students that commenced undergraduate study and passed the census date in the most relevant recent intake period for which data are available. It includes those admitted through all offer rounds and international students studying in Australia.

Professional recognition

This course is recognised by the World Federation of Occupational Therapists and Occupational Therapy Board of Australia.

You can also gain professional membership with the World Federation of Occupational Therapists, Occupational Therapy Australia and WA Occupational Therapy Association.

You must be registered with the Occupational Therapy Board of Australia (national) to use the title: registered health practitioner or occupational therapist.

Career information

    •    Occupational therapist.

    •    Acute care
    •    Injury management
    •    Mental health
    •    Rehabilitation and aged care
    •    Working with children.

What you'll learn

  • apply occupational therapy knowledge, principles and practice to achieve client-centred and evidence-based outcomes
  • demonstrate critical and professional reasoning to create innovative and effective solutions for occupational therapy practice
  • use credible sources to locate, evaluate and synthesise information, including theoretical concepts and technical knowledge to support clinical decision-making in contemporary occupational therapy and research
  • communicate effectively and appropriately to ensure active client participation; accurate documentation and reporting; and the sharing of professional and research outcomes to academic, industry and community stakeholders
  • evaluate contemporary occupational therapy practice and research and incorporate appropriate technologies to enable participation in meaningful occupations
  • actively seek and engage in opportunities for ongoing learning that builds the body of occupational therapy knowledge and research, and facilitates personal and professional aspirations
  • demonstrate practice that reflects an understanding and appreciation of the influences and relationships between local and global occupational therapy professional standards and interprofesional practice
  • undertake occupational therapy practice and research in a culturally safe and respectful manner incorporating perspectives of multiple stake-holders
  • work in a professional and collaborative manner to meet ethical and legal responsibilities

Entry requirements

Curtin requires all applicants to demonstrate proficiency in English. Specific English requirements for this course are outlined in the IELTS table below.

IELTS Academic (International English Language Testing System)
Writing 7.0
Speaking 7.0
Reading 7.0
Listening 7.0
Overall band score 7.0

You may demonstrate English proficiency using the following tests and qualifications.

Other requirements and notes for this course

Part-time students are not accepted.

In addition to the course-specific admission criteria listed above, please read our general admission criteria. Our general admission criteria apply to all courses at Curtin University.

Application information

Please note: The July intake is intended for course switching students from Health Sciences. Places are limited.


Essential requirements for admission (including fieldwork requirements)

Many of our courses require students to comply with additional essential requirements. Failure to comply with any of the essential requirements may potentially prevent the successful completion of the course and/or achieving professional registration.

Advanced standing

At Curtin, we understand that everyone’s study journey has been different.

You may have already studied some of the units (subjects) listed in your Curtin course at another educational institution, or you may have work experience that matches the degree requirements.

A successful CRL application exempts you from having to complete certain units within your course and means you could finish your degree in a shorter amount of time.

CRL is also known as recognition of prior learning, advanced standing and credit transfer.

Use the CRL search to find out how much CRL you qualify for, or contact us at:

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Fees & charges

Fee information is not available for this course at this time. Find estimated course fees.


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  • Curtin course code: BH-OCCT1
  • CRICOS code: 094933K
  • Last updated on: September 24, 2020