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Occupational Therapy BSc (Hons)

What is Occupational Therapy BSc (Hons)?

Occupational therapy is a healthcare profession where practitioners use their skills to improve and manage a wide range of health conditions. Occupational therapists take a ‘whole-person approach’ to manage health and wellbeing, enabling individuals, groups and communities to achieve their full potential.

Occupational therapists work with adults and children of all ages with a wide range of conditions. These include mental health illness, physical illness or learning disabilities, empowering people to facilitate recovery and overcome barriers which prevent them from doing the activities or occupations that matter to them.

Occupational therapists can work in a variety of settings including the NHS, social services, housing, education, prisons, voluntary organisations or as independent practitioners. The unique skills of an occupational therapist also enables contemporary roles such as disaster management, foster care and emergency services.

An Occupational therapist can make a huge difference to an individual’s life by working alongside them to overcome the effects of disability caused by illness, ageing or accidents so that they can carry out everyday tasks or occupations.

All of the patient’s needs – physical, psychological, social and environmental are considered by occupational therapists. This support can make a real difference, giving people a renewed sense of purpose, opening up new horizons, and changing the way they feel about the future. As an Occupational Therapy student you will be making the start on your professional journey. You are therefore expected to demonstrate professional standards and behaviour throughout the course and beyond. HCPC Guidance on Conduct and Ethics for students can be found here

Study style

On this course you’ll study the core areas of occupational therapy and apply these to clinical situations in a hands-on programme. Your will study will include placements in a variety of NHS, social care, charitable and private / contemporary settings to give you a diverse experience to prepare for your future career as an occupational therapist. The course benefits from using state of the art facilities including rehabilitation spaces, a hospital ward, a skills laboratory, and a simulated ‘home’ environment.

There is a combination of online and face-to-face teaching. Students can expect 10 – 18 hours of contact teaching time per week and will have additional self-directed study to complete. This may be reading articles, watching video clips, planning assignments, but all contributes to the successful completion of the modules.

In level 4 students will learn about core theories which underpin occupational therapy practice, such as anatomy and physiology, psychology, occupational science and occupational therapy specific theory. In level 5, students start to think about occupational therapy in relation to groups and communities, the structure and sustainability of healthcare provision. The final year sees students further developing research and leadership skills and considering the future of occupational therapy practice.

Inter-professional learning is embedded throughout each year with students within the health and social care department and beyond. Assessments are varied to meet a range of learning styles, and students can expect to receive formative feedback on all modules to help prepare them for their final submission.

Methods of teaching and learning will include:
• Lectures and seminars
• Group work and discussions
• Tutorials
• Skills practice
• Clinical placements
• Reflective logs
• Self-directed study

Students’ academic year will be split into blocks of taught delivery interweaved with blocks of placement activity. Teaching and placement activity will run Monday to Friday throughout the academic year

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Entry requirements

    • 120 UCAS tariff points, BBB at A level (excluding General Studies), DDM in a BTEC Extended Diploma in Science, Applied Science or a health related subject area, 2:2 or above in a previous degree, or a Merit in your T-Level in a related subject.

      Access to HE Diploma from a QAA recognised Access to HE course in a health or science based subject. We would require applicants meet the 120 tariff requirements (example of achieving this would be 24 distinctions and 21 merits or 27D, 15M and 3P).

      It is recommended that applicants can demonstrate an understanding of the work undertaken by occupational therapists, for example by having visited or gained experience in NHS or social care sector. This could also be achieved by carrying out some research of the professional body RCOT, or even watching online videos of occupational therapists and the work they do.

      Entry to this course is by interview. Check out our Interview Guide to learn what to expect and help you prepare.

    • You must have a minimum of five subjects at GCSE grade 4/C or above, to include English and Mathematics, or equivalent.

    • In order to study this course, offer holders will need to complete a satisfactory DBS and Health Clearance check.

    • We welcome applications from mature students (aged 21 and over) and do not necessarily require the same academic qualifications as school leaving applicants, although some entry requirements may still apply for Professionally Accredited Courses. We accept Access to Higher Education Diplomas and make offers on an individual basis.

    • If English is not your first language, you are required to provide a language test certificate as evidence of proficiency. This needs to be at Academic IELTS at 7.0 with no element below 6.5 in all sections of the test.

Course modules


Fees and costs

Start date Location UCAS code Fee (UK)
per year
Fee (international)
per year
Sep 2023 Oxstalls, Gloucester B930 £9,250 £15,450
Sep 2024 Oxstalls, Gloucester B930 TBC TBC

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Possible careers

Occupational therapy is an extremely diverse profession, unique in the way that training covers physical, mental health and learning disabilities across the whole lifespan. This enables a vast scope of practice. A career in occupational therapy could see you working in acute hospitals, in the community, prisons or schools. Occupational therapists work in driving assessment centres and wheelchair assessment centres and there are many emerging areas of occupational therapy practice such as humanitarian aid, foster care and museums. Occupational therapists also have careers within private practice and research and education. The possibilities are endless with this diverse and ever-growing profession.

Industry links

The University has a close working relationship with local health and social care, charities and education providers (NHS and private) who support a range of placements across the School of Health and Social Care. Placement links span both traditional and contemporary practice experiences. The University aims to support the development a sustainable local workforce to meet the staffing needs of the county’s health employers and beyond.

Developing innovators of future health care

We teach students to act with care and compassion and develop a culture of care. This produces staff who have the ability to facilitate service change required for a sustainable, future-proof NHS.

Your well-being our top priority

We’re a friendly university offering an educational experience with a familiar feel. Class sizes are small so we can ensure that your well-being is one of our top priorities.


You’ll have the opportunity to experience the diverse nature of the profession by undertaking regular placements spanning health and social care, charities, and contemporary emerging areas of practice – allowing you to work with service users, their carers and care providers. You’ll undertake placements in a variety of hospitals, clinics and healthcare settings, working with healthcare professionals. Placements will be full time blocks of 4, 6 or 11 weeks, depending on the level of study.

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