The programme extends over one academic year and is presented in four blocks. (The number of blocks and duration may be adjusted after consultation between the lecturers and students.)
Note: Commencement of studies must be discussed with the head of department, as the programme is presented every second year.
Also consult General Academic Regulations G16-G29.
- Relevant Bachelor of Occupational Therapy (BOT) (or equivalent) degree
- Registration as an occupational therapist with the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA)
- Employment in a part-time/full-time position appropriate for the field of study
Examinations and pass requirements
- In accordance with the stipulations of the General Academic Regulations a year mark of at least 40% is required for admission to the standard examination in all postgraduate modules in the University where year marks apply.
- Each paper written for the standard examination must be passed individually with 50%.
- There is one examination period for the standard examination in October/ November and the supplementary examination in November/December of the same year.
- If a student fails the supplementary examination, the module must be repeated.
- A supplementary examination in a module is granted to a student, if a student obtains a final mark of between 40%-49% in any module at the examination.
- Students intending to sit for the supplementary examination due to the reasons mentioned above, must register for the supplementary examination opportunity 24 hours after the results have been made public.
- If a student fails a module in the standard examination, the examination mark obtained in the relevant module at the supplementary examination will be calculated as the final mark. The marks obtained with continuous evaluation during the quarter/semester/year will not be taken into calculation. If the student passes the module in the supplementary examination, a maximum of 50% is awarded as a pass mark to the module in question.
- A student who is prevented from writing the standard examination due to illness or other qualifying circumstances, may be granted permission by the dean to write a special examination in the particular module(s).
- If a student is granted permission by the dean to write a special examination, the continuous evaluation mark, together with the examination mark obtained in the module in question at the special examination, will be calculated as the final mark obtained in the module.
- In instances where students are unable to write the examination and supplementary examination as a consequence of a serious medical condition or an accident, such a student must apply for a special dispensation, with the support of the dean, to the Registrar, who will make a final decision.
- A student who has failed one module but who has passed all other modules, may be admitted to a Chancellor’s examination in the module in question at the end of the first semester of the subsequent year, after obtaining a subminimum of 40% in the first semester.
- A final year student who has failed more than one module, must register for the whole year to complete the modules in question.
Pass with distinction
The diploma is awarded with distinction to a student who has obtained an average of at least 75% (not rounded) in all the modules.