Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Occupational Therapy

Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Occupational Therapy

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Course title Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Occupational Therapy
Course code UBSCHOCT
Postnominal B.Sc. (Hons)(Melit.)
Level of qualification First Cycle
National Qualifications Framework level Level 6
Duration 4 Years
Mode of attendance Full-time
Total ECTS credits 240
Coordinator Marjorie Bonello
Delivered by Faculty of Health Sciences
Occupational Therapy is a health care profession which allows you to empower individuals who have sustained an injury, disease or developmental delay, to achieve their maximal level of independence in daily life activities, by the use of occupation, purposeful activity, exercise and modification of the environment. Occupational therapy is concerned with health promotion and the prevention of health problems in those individuals who may be at risk. The course is aimed to restore the best possible performance and participation in the activities of everyday life which are valued and given meaning by individuals and their culture. Occupations broadly fall under the categories of work, self-care, education and leisure. Intervention relies on a comprehensive assessment which helps to establish the baseline capabilities of the client. Information concerning physical abilities, perceptual, cognitive, psychosocial functioning, environmental aspects and occupational history, is evaluated to enable the therapist to draw up a comprehensive treatment plan.
Occupational therapists work with all age groups starting from birth and continuing to old-age, and in all the different health care areas which can be as diverse as hand-injury clinics, schools and the mental health sector. Intervention is aimed to restore the best possible performance and participation in “occupations”, a term which, from the occupational therapy perspective, refers to activities of everyday life which are valued and given meaning by individuals and their culture. Very broadly occupations fall under the categories of work, self-care, education and leisure.

Intervention relies on a comprehensive assessment which helps to establish the baseline capabilities of the client. Information concerning physical abilities, perceptual, cognitive, psychosocial functioning, environmental aspects and occupational history, is evaluated to enable the therapist to draw up a comprehensive treatment plan.

Occupational therapy intervention may aim to improve the function of the components involved in the carrying out of occupations such as strength, movement, coordination, endurance, perception and memory; or modify the skills involved in the carrying out of such occupations. Clients may also be guided to adapt their habits, routines and lifestyles in order to help accommodate their level of function. Education of the family, carers or co-workers also forms part of the occupational therapist's job. Another important contribution is the modification of the environment which may involve adjustments to the home, work-place, school or even the community to allow individuals with disabilities to function optimally in their immediate surroundings.

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Applicants must satisfy the General Entry Requirements for admission, namely, the Matriculation Certificate and Secondary Education Certificate passes at Grade 5 or better in Maltese, English Language and Mathematics.

Applicants must also satisfy the following Special Course Requirements:

A pass at Advanced Level at Grade C or better in Biology.

Maximum number may apply.

Applicants who are fully qualified by 31 August 2022 will be considered first and will be placed in rank order. If, after this initial ranking, vacant places are still available, and if applicants would have obtained the necessary qualifications by 30 September 2022, they shall be considered for selection to take up any remaining places. The selection criteria can be found here.

During the first year of the Course, students are also required to undergo an occupational health assessment so as to ascertain that they are fit for the duties related to their proposed studies. Students who do not fulfil this requirement may be barred from progressing with their studies. Failure to disclose information about a physical or mental health problem that could affect patient safety is considered to be a serious breach of the University Suitability to Practise Regulations.

Further information, including a schedule of interviews for applicants for courses with a limited number of students and for 'adult learners/mature applicants' (in the case of undergraduate courses), as well as important information on the occupational health protocol can be accessed here. Prospective students are encouraged to go through these documents carefully as early as possible.

Requires the submission of a Police Certificate of Conduct.

The admission requirements are applicable for courses commencing in October 2022.

For more detailed information pertaining to admission and progression requirements please refer to the bye-laws for the course available here.

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Our international students generally describe Malta as a safe place, enjoying excellent weather and an all-year varied cultural programme. Malta is considered as the ideal place for students to study.

You can compare your national qualifications to the local requirements by visiting our qualifications comparability webpage.

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After you receive an offer from us, our International Office will assist you with visas, accommodation and other related issues.

Local/EU/EEA Applicants: No fees apply

Non-EU/Non-EEA Applicants: Fee per academic year: Eur 10,800
The B.Sc. (Hons.) degree will enable you to:
• Be knowledgeable and have the required skills to assess and treat a range of client-groups.
• Develop a range of professional behaviours of relevance through fieldwork.
• Be judicious users of professional literature and research.
• Promote the adoption of rationale-based methods in all professional endeavours.
• Maintain a sense of life-long learning.
This programme of study is ideal for you if you are interested in entering the occupational therapy profession to help others achieve competence, balance and self-fulfilment in their daily activities for a better quality of life. Although it is vital that you would have a science background, the scope of occupational therapy is very broad and allows you to bring together a variety of interests from the sphere of medicine, psychology, work activities and art. Therefore, as a potential practitioner, you have to be very eclectic since you will be called upon to work with a wide range of client populations and be able to select appropriate treatment approaches from a range of modalities.
The degree programme will prepare you for the role of an occupational therapist for registration with the Council of Professions Complementary to Medicine and entry to the occupational therapy profession. As a graduate of this programme, you will be eligible to register with professional bodies within EU member States. Furthermore, the programme of studies is recognised by the World Federation of Occupational Therapists.

As a qualified occupational therapist, you can acquire positions in all parts of the health sector in Malta as well as overseas. You may find suitable employment within local health services, specialist health services, company health services, schools, NGOs as well as in private institutions. Career prospects are diverse, with significant opportunities for professional development and specialisation. This programme also provides a basis for Masters’ level degree studies.
Students who wish to participate in an ERASMUS exchange are encouraged to do so during the summer period of the third year of the course.
Click here to access the Programme of Study applicable from 2022/3.

Last Updated: 23 April 2022

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