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Occupational Therapy Programme

Through prevention and treatment measures, occupational therapy makes it possible for people of all ages to have a meaningful everyday life. Occupational therapists work, for example, in healthcare services, correctional care, occupational health services, employment services and technical aid companies. The work is very independent. Three years of full-time study lead to the Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy.

Expert in activity

Occupational therapists are experts on how activities influence health and how illness can be affected by activity. The programme initially focuses on the relationship between activity and health, how the environment affects people's everyday activities and public health problems in society.

Occupational therapists see meaningful activities as complex phenomena that require broad knowledge of people as biological, social and psychological beings. Consequently, such subjects as anatomy, physiology and psychology are included in the programme early on.

As early as the first semester, the students do a brief work placement in the healthcare services. They then get the chance to follow the operations up close together with supervisors.

In the second year, courses are held in medical subjects such as psychiatry, geriatrics and orthopaedics. The students also learn how technical aids and changes in the immediate environment can enable activity and participation in society. A significant part of the programme is about how one as an occupational therapist identifies, analyses and assesses activity capacity. The courses also take up how creative processes can be used in rehabilitation and habilitation as methods for solving activity problems.

In the final year of the programme, the students' deepen their knowledge in occupational therapy measures. The prospective occupational therapists also gain an understanding of what it means to work in a team together with other personnel. The students also conduct an independent scientific project in the field of occupational therapy. 

Theory and practice

The teaching formats vary depending on the contents. Considerable emphasis is placed on pedagogy that activates the students. Courses are examined with an oral or written examination, but in some cases, the students get to demonstrate their knowledge in practice. The programme contains a total of 22 weeks of on-site training throughout the region of Västra Götaland. The on-site training may entail extra travel expenses for the students.

Application, entrance requirements and selection

The Occupational Therapy Programme in Gothenburg has 46 places. Admission takes place in the autumn semester. This programme is conducted in Swedish.

General entry requirements are:

  • Swedish 3 or Swedish course B or Swedish as second language 3, with at least a Pass grade, or the Test i svenska för universitetsstudier, Tisus (Test in Swedish for higher education). For upper-secondary education that was completed before 1 January 2010, it is necessary to have at least Swedish B.
  • English course A with at least a Pass grade or the equivalent knowledge.
  • Mathematics course A with at least a Pass grade or the equivalent knowledge. For upper-secondary education that was completed before 1 January 2010, it is not necessary to have Mathematics A.

If you have an IB degree from 2013 or earlier and received a diploma you have basic eligibility for higher education in Sweden, if you have sufficient knowledge in Swedish and mathematics.

For general admission, you must have:

  • Swedish A1 or A2. If you completed your secondary education prior to January 1, 2010, it is enough with grades in Swedish B. You can also meet the requirement of Swedish with the Swedish upper secondary school courses: Swedish 3 or Swedish as a second language 3. Swedish B or Swedish as Second Language B issued before 2013-07-01 or Test in Swedish for University Studies (Tisus).
  • Whoever has the IB diploma meet normal requirements in mathematics for basic eligibility, otherwise required Mathematics course A or Mathematics 1a/1b/1c. If you completed your secondary education prior to January 1, 2010 mathematics is not required for general admission.

 And specific entry requirements:

  • Mathematics B, Science B and Social Studies A (field-specific entry requirements 16) or general entry requirements and Mathematics 2a or 2b or 2c, Science 2, Social Studies 1b or 1a1 + 1a2 (field-specific entry requirements A14).

Selection: Grades (66%) and the Swedish Scholastic Aptitude Test (34%).

Page Manager: Anette Nilsson|Last update: 9/28/2016

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