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Occupational Therapy, B.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
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Occupational Therapy is the therapeutic use of self-care, work, education, play, leisure, and social activities to increase independent function, enhance development, promote health and wellbeing, and prevent disability. It is indicated when people lose their ability to carry out their everyday activities, due to temporary or permanent illness, disability, environmental limitations, and developmental delay.Occupational Therapy course is offered at University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg

What do occupational therapists do?

Occupational therapists assess a person’s ability to engage in daily activities. They then engage the person in meaningful and culturally appropriate activities to maximise their functioning and wellbeing. This engagement empowers the person to be as independent as possible, and enhances dignity and quality of life at work, school, at home, and during leisure. Intervention may include adapting the person’s environment to help them to cope. Occupational Therapy is practised in a wide range of public, private, and voluntary settings, like the person’s home, schools, workplaces, health centres, supported accommodation, housing for seniors, rehabilitation centres, hospitals, and forensic services

Career Opportunities

  • Aged Care Facilities
  • Community Health Centres
  • Home Care Services
  • Hospitals and Rehabilitation Units
  • Independent Living and Respite Centres
  • Private Practice
  • Psychiatric Clinics
  • Schools and Education Facilities
  • Vocational Rehabilitation Centres

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Introduction to Medical Sciences
  • Chemistry 
  • Fundamentals of Occupational Science
  • and Occupational Therapy 
  • Physics 
  • Introduction to Psychology 
  • Basic Principles of Group and Individual
  • Psychology 
  • Human Behavioural Sciences 

English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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General Requirements

  • English Home Language OR First Additional Language
  • Level 4
  • Life Sciences AND/OR Physical Science
  • Level 4
  • Mathematics 
  • Level 4
The Faculty of Health Sciences uses a composite index score to guide applicant selection. This includes:
  • Your matric academic results for 5 subjects: English, Mathematics, Physical Science/Life Sciences, and the best two other subjects. We consider the percentage achieved, not the symbol.
  • National Benchmark Test (NBT) scores

Tuition Fee

  • International

    5984 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 5984 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    2992 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 2992 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Johannesburg

  • 8434 - 12040 ZAR/month
    Living Costs

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