Course details

Gain the skills to become a professional occupational therapist, able to deliver and evaluate occupational therapy in a range of settings.

This programme is underpinned by an understanding of humans as occupational beings, the relationship between occupation and health, models of occupation, occupational science and occupational justice.

You will learn how to carry out occupational therapy assessments and interventions with people from across the lifespan and with a range of physical, mental and social difficulties, such as dementia, stroke, homelessness or unemployment. Your learning experience will include problem-based tutorials, journal clubs, creative and practical sessions, self-directed learning and research. You will be required to undertake a minimum of 1,000 hours of professional practice under the supervision and direction of experienced occupational therapists.

Course Benefits

You will participate in a wide range of learning experiences including problem/task based tutorials, creative and practical sessions, self-directed learning and research. In addition to university-based learning, you will undertake a minimum of 1,000 hours of professional practice under the supervision of experienced occupational therapists.

Entry requirements

Applicants should normally have at least a second class honours degree completed in the last five years in the cognate subjects of Science, Social Sciences, Healthcare (including degrees in related health and social care professions), Psychology, Philosophy, Sociology, History, Politics, Environment or Arts. More information can be found in the guidance booklet for applicants who do not meet this requirement.

Applicants who do not have English as their first language are required to have IELTS 7.0 with no skill below 6.5 or an equivalent award.

Applicants will also need to demonstrate in their application:

  1. An understanding of the philosophy, practice and scope of occupational therapy
  2. Appropriate work experience/shadowing
  3. The attitudes, behaviours and values of care and compassion
  4. Evidence of self-direction and motivation
  5. Effective communication skills and the ability to work both independently and as part of a team

Satisfactory health and enhanced criminal history checks will be required by all applicants prior to acceptance on the course, these will be in line with professional body membership and HCPC registration requirements.

All applications should be supported by two references. Please note references should be accompanied by a covering letter on headed paper or emailed directly by the referee.

All applicants should satisfy our University English language requirements.


Our University welcomes applications from mature applicants who demonstrate academic potential. We usually require some evidence of recent academic study, for example, completion of an access course, however recent relevant work experience may also be considered. Please note that for some of our professional courses all applicants will need to meet the specified entry criteria and in these cases work experience cannot be considered in lieu.

If you wish to apply through this route you should refer to our University Recognition of Prior Learning policy.

Please note that all applicants to our University are required to meet our standard English language requirement of GCSE grade C or equivalent, variations to this will be listed on the individual course entry requirements.

Job Prospects

On successful completion of the course, you will be able to apply to become a registered occupational therapist. The majority of occupational therapists work within the NHS in acute and community settings and in social services. There are also growing opportunities to work in private healthcare, industry, the voluntary sector and local government. We have a high student employment rate, with graduates gaining occupational therapy roles in a variety of areas.

  • Occupational Therapist

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Modules & Learning

Core modules

Practice Placement 3

This module is a six-week practice placement situated within the module Emerging Occupational Therapy Practice (EOTP). Students attend placement one day a week for five weeks and then full time for five weeks. Students are required to develop a project which has an occupational focus.

Advanced Occupational Therapy Practice

Gain an introduction to the key concepts and skills which underpin advanced occupational therapy. You will investigate and apply evidence-based holistic occupational therapy interventions which are culturally competent.

Emerging Occupational Therapy

This module will develop your application of the value of occupation and its relation to health and wellbeing, but emphasises the development of new or emerging services for occupational therapy.

Occupation, Health & Wellbeing

Explore the key concepts that underpin an occupational perspective of health. You will gain the skills to assess occupational performance and engagement.

Occupation in Context

Study the ways in which occupational therapy and the occupations of humans are subject to a range of contextual influences. You will consider the social, physical, cultural and political contexts.

Research in Occupational Therapy 2

This module provides the opportunity for you to conduct the research project you proposed in RIOT 1. You are required to gain appropriate ethical approval for their study before carrying out data collection and analysis. The findings from your research are written up in the style of a peer-reviewed journal article and are also presented in a research poster. You are also attending a viva-voce to defend your research.

Practice Placement 1

Undertake a six-week practice placement situated at the end of the sixth month of the programme and near the end of the module Occupational Therapy Practice (OTP). You are required to complete placement hours in order to qualify as an occupational therapist, building on the knowledge and skills required of an occupational therapist which are introduced to you within OTP. It is an opportunity for you to observe occupational therapists and consider how theory is applied in practice within health and social care settings.

Practice Placement 2

Engage in a six week practice placement situated at the start of the second year of the course. You are required to complete the 225 hours to contribute towards the 1,000 hours in total order to qualify as an occupational therapist. The placement builds further on the knowledge and skills required of an occupational therapist explored with the module Advanced Occupational Therapy Practice (AOTP). It is an opportunity for students to observe occupational therapists in practice and to further develop their skills in occupational therapy intervention within health and social care settings.

Practice Placement 4

Undertake a ten-week practice placement situated towards the end of the programme. You are required to complete a minimum of 350 hours to contribute to the 1,000 hours in total in order to apply for registration to practice as an occupational therapist.

Research in Occupational Therapy 1

Gain an introduction to research design. The module provides you with the knowledge and skills to identify a gap in knowledge and propose a research study relevant to occupational therapy. You will learn about epistemological and ontological research positions, the principles and process of research ethics, qualitative, quantitative and mixed methodologies, data collection methods and data analysis strategies.

Transition into Practice

Examine occupational therapy interventions in complex client situations and consider key knowledge and skills for employment as an occupational therapist. You will explore employability and the transition from student to therapist, including preceptorship, interview techniques and job applications.

Occupational Therapy Practice

Discover the key tools required of an occupational therapist. You will undertake a practice placement near the end of the module. Learn how the occupational therapy process of information gathering, assessment, treatment planning, intervention and evaluation, together with how occupational therapists engage clients and the importance of a therapeutic relationship and clinical reasoning are key components of this module.

Fees & funding

UK & EU 2018/19

NHS bursaries: tuition fees for this course are usually paid by the NHS and in many cases, a bursary will also be available. To qualify you must meet the eligibility and residency rules which are determined by the external body which administers the scheme - NHS Student Bursaries.

Work placement travel expenses - Upto £250 Variable for non NHS bursary students. Travel expenses to placements may be reimbursed if student is eligible for bursary. Please note this is only available to UK/EU students only.

International 2018/19

The tuition fee for the year for students entering in 2017/18 is £13180. The amount you will pay is fixed at this level for each year of your course.

Work placement travel expenses - Upto £250 Variable for non NHS bursary students. Travel expenses to placements may be reimbursed if student is eligible for bursary. Please note this is only available to UK/EU students only.


Community Living Area

Used to demonstrate rehabilitation activities, it contains a functioning kitchen, living area, bathroom and bed, and is equipped with a ceiling hoist, emergency lifting cushion, bariatric chair and a range of adapted equipment.


Our Library is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, every day of the year, providing you with access to specialist books and journals, learning spaces, computers, multimedia facilities and media equipment hire. Tens of thousands of our Library's digital resources, including ebooks, ejournals and databases, can be accessed online at a time and place to suit you.

Clinical Skills Suite

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Program taught in:
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2 years
International students: £13,180 per year.
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