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Occupational Therapy

BSc (Hons)

Occupational therapists promote health and wellbeing through everyday activities – helping people who have difficulties caused by illness, disability, accidents or ageing.

UCAS Code: B930

Single Honours

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At Worcester, you'll be taught by qualified occupational therapy practitioners and will spend at least 1,000 hours on professional placements. You'll get ready for practice in our specialist skills simulation facilities and a specially converted house, with adapted kitchens, bathrooms and bedrooms.

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Approved by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)

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This means that when you graduate, you can register with the HCPC to practice under the protected title of occupational therapist.


Overview

As an occupational therapist, you'll help people who have difficulties carrying out day-to-day activities because of a disability, illness, trauma, ageing, and a range of long-term conditions, to live as fully and independently as possible. This might involve helping them learning new ways to do things or making changes to their environment.

As well as working with individual patients and their families, you could also work with groups, or as part of a team in hospitals, clinics, charities, prisons and social services departments.

This course has a strong practical focus and you’ll spend a lot of time out on placement. When on campus, you’ll be taught through a mix of lectures, interactive seminars, and practical skill sessions. You’ll also have access to our Ability House – a converted house with specialist adaptations made to the kitchen, bathrooms, and bedrooms where you can practice your skills.

An employability module in your final year will develop your interview skills, explore available job roles, and support you in completing applications.

At Worcester, you’ll often be taught alongside other health students, including physiotherapists, nurses, doctors, and dietitians. This prepares you to collaborative with and work alongside other healthcare professionals, as you will once you graduate and enter the industry.

Placements

By the end of this course, you’ll have built up at least 1,000 hours of professional experience. Our dedicated therapy placement team organise this for you, giving you a range of different experiences throughout the course.

Recent placements have included occupational therapy roles in:

  • NHS and private hospitals
  • Care farms
  • Residential mental health facilities
  • Woodland therapy settings
  • Community rehabilitation teams
  • Schools, both mainstream and specialist
  • Charities
  • Specialist equipment suppliers

What is occupational therapy?


Course content

On this accredited course you’ll study theories backed up by substantial evidence and will then apply this learning in professional practice.

Throughout the course you’ll gain a broad range of experience in the field, with experienced occupational therapists supervising you as you complete 1,000 hours of placement in different therapeutic settings.

All modules are mandatory to ensure you’re eligible to register as an occupational therapist with the HCPC.

Mandatory modules


Careers

Most of our graduates become registered occupational therapists.

As an Occupational Therapist you can work in:

  • The NHS
  • NHS and Private Hospitals
  • Schools
  • Outdoor therapy centres
  • Adult social care settings
  • Mental health support facilities
  • In people’s homes and the community

Specialisms

Many of our graduates choose to pursue a career in specialist areas, including:

  • Paediatrics
  • Vocational rehabilitation
  • Hand therapy
  • Neurological rehabilitation
  • Housing modifications and equipment
  • Postural care

Our course is recognised by the World Federation of Occupational Therapists, meaning you can also choose to seek employment as an occupational therapist abroad.


Course highlights

Occupational Therapy students performing a simulation exercise
Financial support
As an OT student, you’re eligible to receive a payment of at least £5,000 a year, which you don’t need to pay back. Many also choose to work flexible hours as NHS bank staff, or at events as Student Ambassador.

Teaching and assessment

Teaching is a mix of interactive seminars, lectures, one-to-one tutorials and practical skills sessions. Your assessments will help prepare you for a career as an occupational therapist, and include writing reflective essays, engaging in group debates, creating a health promotion plan and designing a training package.

Teaching and assessment contents

You are taught through a combination of interactive workshops, lectures, seminars and group activities. Interactive workshops take a variety of formats and are intended to enable the application of learning through discussion and small group activities. Seminars enable the discussion and development of understanding of topics covered in lectures and group activities are focused on developing subject-specific skills.

Approximately 1/3 of classroom activities are shared with the BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy course, to support your development as a health & social care professional.

You will also complete over 1000 hours of practice learning, working alongside experienced clinicians in a range of areas, locations and specialities. Students will need to travel up to 90 minutes to their placements.

In addition, regular meetings with personal academic tutors are scheduled throughout the programme.


Entry requirements

UCAS tariff points required: 120

Typical Offer
QualificationGrade
A-levelBBB (excluding General Studies)
BTEC National Extended DiplomaDDD
T-levelMerit - Education and Childcare, Health, Healthcare Sciences or Science

We do accept Access to HE Diplomas and other qualifications which may not exactly match the combinations above. Work out your estimated points with the UCAS tariff calculator.

Any questions?

If you have any questions about entry requirements, please call our Admissions Office on 01905 855111 or email admissions@worc.ac.uk.


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Fees

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UK and EU Students

The standard fee for full-time home and EU undergraduate students enrolling on BA/BSc/LLB degrees and FdA/FdSc degrees in the 2024/25 academic year is £9,250 per year.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

International Students

The standard tuition fee for full-time international students enrolling on BA/BSc/LLB degrees and FdA/FdSc degrees in the 2024/25 academic year is £16,200 per year.


How to apply

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Occupational Therapy BSc (Hons) - B930


Contact

If you have any questions, please get in touch. We're here to help you every step of the way.

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Dr Sophie Knight

Senior Lecturer in Occupational Therapy

Admissions office

01905 855111