Bachelor of Occupational Therapy (Honours)

Approved Abbreviation: BOT(Hons)

Western Sydney University Course Code: 4712.1

AQF Level: 8

CRICOS Code: 086212K

Occupational therapy is a highly regarded field in which you can apply your knowledge and skills to provide therapy for people who, because of illness, injury or circumstances, are limited in their ability to perform everyday tasks. The program promotes the value of human diversity, fundamental human rights and the dignity and worth of every client. Occupational therapists find employment in public and private hospitals, rehabilitation centres, insurance companies, schools and large corporations.

The course in occupational therapy is offered as a Bachelor of Occupational Therapy. The first two years of the program combine studies in occupational therapy with a broad understanding of biomedicine and various health science fields to develop the professional competencies important for ethical and safe practice and high quality care and the skills to work in multidisciplinary teams. The final two years focus predominately on occupational therapy practice skills, practical experience and specialised areas. Evidence-based practice is one of the most important trends in healthcare today and a strong feature of the program.

An honours stream is available for high performing students. Students may also exit after Year 3 with a Bachelor of Health Science degree but are unable to practice as an occupational therapist.

Study Mode
Four years full-time

This program is accredited by the Occupational Therapy Council as an approved program of study in Australia and graduates are eligible for professional registration by the Australian Health Practitioners Regulation Agency (AHPRA)


Admission is through direct application to the university - applications are directed to the School of Health Sciences.

Students must have completed 200 credit points in the first 2.5 years of the Western Sydney University Bachelor of Occupational Therapy course and high performing students are invited into the Bachelor of Occupational Therapy (Honours) program. Students with a GPA of 5 and above are eligible for invitation.

Special Requirements Prerequisites
To be able to enrol in the first year Spring unit 400907 Occupational Therapy Practice 1 and subsequent occupational therapy fieldwork units, all students must have a National Police Certificate, a Working with Children Check Student Declaration and a First Aid Certificate (including cardiopulmonary resuscitation). To be eligible to undertake fieldwork placements in public hospitals, students must comply with NSW Health vaccination requirements and be prepared to submit a completed Adult Immunisation Card to placement institutions. Details of necessary vaccinations are available from NSW Health. To meet NSW health requirements for clinical placements, students will be required to attend a ‘bulk compliance’ appointment to have their special requirements verified by NSW Health staff.

Work Integrated Learning

Western Sydney University seeks to enhance student learning experiences by enabling students to engage in the culture, expectations and practices of their profession or discipline. This course includes a placement or other community-based unpaid practical experience.

There is a mandatory work component required for completion of this course. Please contact the Course Advisor listed above for information.

International students should also refer to the 'Work Integrated Learning (WIL) for international students' website for more information and a link to the Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students (CRICOS).

Work Integrated Learning (WIL) for international students

Course Structure

Qualification for this award requires the successful completion of 320 credit points which include the units listed in the recommended sequence below.

Recommended Sequence

Year 1

Autumn session

400870Population Health and Society
400868Human Anatomy and Physiology 1
400160Introduction to Occupational Therapy
400871Professional Health Competencies

Spring session

400907Occupational Therapy Practice 1
400869Human Anatomy and Physiology 2
400863Foundations of Research and Evidence-Based Practice
400732Communication in Health

Year 2

Autumn session

400909Occupational Therapy Practice 2
400864Research Methods (Quantitative and Qualitative)
400866Culture, Diversity and Health
401407Pathophysiology 1

Note: Unit 401407 Pathophysiology replaces 400138 Pathophysiology from Autumn 2020.

Spring session

101614Psychology and Health
400908People, Environment and Occupations
401410Functional Anatomy

Note: Unit 401410 Functional Anatomy replaces 400881 Functional Anatomy from Autumn 2020.

Year 3

1H session

400171Occupation and Neurology
400169Occupation and Mental Health
400910Occupational Therapy Practice 3
400162Child and Adolescent Occupations

Spring session

400944Evidence-Based Practice (Advanced)
400165Occupation and the Environment
400176Occupation and Ageing
401123Occupational Justice

Year 4

1H session

400945Honours Research 1

Autumn session

401121Ergonomics and Work Occupations
401125Professional Reasoning

2H session

400946Honours Research 2
401161Occupational Therapy Practice 4 (Honours)

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