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Tuition Fees:$3,396 /year
Applications Begin:April 2021
Final Award:Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy (BSc OT)
Start Date:January 2022
Academic Unit:Faculty of Health Sciences
Campus:Parktown
Application Deadline: 30 June 2021
Programme Overview

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.

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.

Admission Requirements

Admission 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

All applicants to BSc(Occupational Therapy) must spend time observing a professional occupational therapist and complete a certificate of attendance (minimum: 16 hours). You can download a certificate of attendance form from the Wits website, under Additional Forms.

Without this certificate, you will not be considered for admission to the programme.

National Benchmark Tests

All Faculty of Health Sciences applicants (except those applying for admission into the Graduate Entry Medical Programme (GEMP)) must write the National Benchmark Tests (NBT) before being considered for admission.

There are two tests: The Academic and Quantitative Literacy Test, and the Mathematics Test. Your test results are used in addition to your Grade 11 results (for early decision-making purposes) and your Grade 12 results (for final decision-making purposes), as well as other admission criteria, to guide applicant selection.

International Students:
Ordinary Levels – A-C (English, Maths, Physics)
Advanced Levels – A-C (English, Maths, Physics)
International Baccalaureate – HS, SL 4-7

All other foreign qualifications are considered according to faculty requirements.
NOTE: If the certificate you obtained in your country is not mentioned above, please message the “Course Contacts” above and they will be able to answer all your questions

Application Process
Application Fees for South African & SADC Students: $6
Application Fees for International Students: $42

How to Apply
– To apply online, go to: www.wits.ac.za/applications
– You may apply for a maximum of three programmes (order of choice does not matter)
– If you apply for two programmes within one Faculty, you are advised to apply for one programme in a less restricted faculty (e.g. Humanities, Commerce or Science)
– Try to keep your options open, especially when applying for programmes in Faculties such as Health Sciences or Engineering
N.B: Do not enter the duration of the programme. You are applying to go into 1st year of study.
A non-refundable application fee of R100 for South African citizens, and R700 for foreign citizens, is required.

Closing dates
30 June – Faculty of Health Sciences (all programmes); Bachelor of Architecture; Bachelor of Audiology, Bachelor of Speech-Language Pathology; BA Film and TV
30 September – All other University programmes; Residence applications.

Additional Forms
Does your degree programme have additional selection procedures? Some degrees have additional selection requirements such as portfolio and essay submissions, auditions or National Benchmark Tests. Please click on Additional Forms below to see if this applies to you.

Pay Application Fee
– Non-refundable application fee of R100 for South African citizens
– Non-refundable application fee for foreign citizens of R700
– Payments to be made before closing dates.
– Use your T Number or Person Number as reference

How to pay
– Deposit the exact amount into the University’s Application Fee account:
Standard Bank, Account name: Wits University – Application Fees. Current Account Number: 200 346 385, Branch code: Braamfontein 004 805. CI Number 074A. (International payment swift code: SBZAZAJJ). Use your person/student number as a reference.
– Pay by cash or credit card at the Wits Fees Office, Ground Floor, Solomon Mahlangu House (Senate House), Braamfontein Campus East, Jorissen Street, Braamfontein, Johannesburg, South Africa. Use your person/student number as a reference.

EFT – Use your T Number or person/student number as the reference.

Career Opportunities
Graduates of this programme can have career opportunities in:
– 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
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Tuition Fees for South African & SADC Students: $3,396
Tuition Fees for International Students: $6,792

– South African students pay R48110-59310 per year as tuition fees.
– Students from the Southern African Development Community (SADC) member countries pay the same annual tuition fees as South Africans plus an International Registration Fee (IRF). The SADC member countries are Angola, Botswana, Democratic Republic of Congo, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Seychelles, Swaziland, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
– Students sponsored by the Government of Rwanda will be treated as and pay the same amount as SADC students.
– Students from all other countries (Non-SADC) will pay double the fees paid by South African Students
– Diplomats and their dependents stationed in South Africa & International Wits employees and their dependents will pay South African tuition fees + International Registration Fee (IRF).

Relevant Contact

 
Mr Morne Greyling
Senior Faculty Officer
 
Mrs Irene Janse van Noordwyk
Administrative Officer