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What makes Occupational Therapy at Worcester special?

Occupational therapists play a key role in helping people regain, maintain or improve their  participation in life. Often they work with people whose ability to take part in life has been impacted by injury, disability or illness. Increasingly occupational therapists are working with individuals and  groups whose ability and freedom to take part  in life is restricted by other circumstances, such as those detained in prison, or in immigration centres. Occupational therapists also work with people who are homeless, or who are refugees.

At Worcester we value compassionate, effective, ethical care, equipping you with the skills and experience you will need to support others to live the life of their choice. We have a strong focus on leadership running throughout the programme, helping you to develop both as a therapist and as a dynamic practitioner throughout your career.

Key features

  • 100% overall student satisfaction for Occupational Therapy (NSS 2017 and 2018)
  • Excellent facilities, including Ability House – our own on-site educational facility, and clinical suites equipped with extensive simulation equipment
  • Small class sizes and a supportive teaching team, who are all qualified occupational therapy practitioners
  • Strong industry links ensure the programme  embraces contemporary practice and provides diverse  placement opportunities
  • Practical skills developed through placements throughout the course, starting at the beginning of first year
  • Accredited by the Royal College of Occupational Therapists and the Health and Care Professions Council

100% satisfaction

This course received 100% overall student satisfaction (NSS 2018)

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I am pleased to have chosen this area and course as it has helped me to develop as an individual.

Carly Pridmore, BSc Occupational Therapy graduate.

Entry requirements

What qualifications will you need?

Entry requirements

  • Minimum of 5 GCSEs, grade C/4 or above including English Language, Mathematics and Science.


  • 120 UCAS tariff points or BBB, to include A2 Grade B minimum in Biology / Human Biology / PE (General Studies not accepted). 120 points must be achieved in A2 subjects or equivalent
  • BTEC Extended National Diploma (Sport & Exercise Science, Health Science and Applied Science preferred) DDD. Other BTEC National Diplomas may be considered with AS or A2 Biology / Human Biology / PE at grade B
  • Irish Leaving Certificate: 3A and 3B grades in 6 Higher Level papers at one sitting, including 2 science subjects of which one should be Biology
  • Access to Higher Education Diploma welcomed - 60 credits in total, with a minimum of 45 credits at Level 3 with at least 24 credits at Distinction and the remainder at Merit, with at least 15 of those in Biological Science related subjects. Access to Health and Science preferred. At least 120 UCAS points must be achieved
  • International Baccalaureate: Obtain a total of 128 UCAS tariff points from a maximum of 3 International Baccalaureate Higher Level Certificates, to include Biology at H6

Other additional qualifications may be considered where an applicant does not have the necessary Biology, Human Biology, Psychology, Sociology, Health and Social Care or PE qualifications. Students should normally have been in education within 3 years of commencing a place on the course. Please contact Admissions Team C for information:

English Language Requirements:
Applicants whose first language is not English and who are required to provide a language test certificate as evidence of their proficiency must ensure that it is, or is comparable to, IELTS level 7.0 with no element below 6.5. (HCPC 2012)
International English Language Testing System (IELTS) - 7.0 with no element below 6.5

Other information

Work experience and knowledge of the Occupational Therapy profession

Applicants must gain some work experience, shadowing an Occupational Therapist and have thoroughly researched the breadth of the Occupational Therapy profession. They must be aware of the core areas of practice and where Occupational Therapists work, within and outside of the NHS. The diversity of the profession cannot be understood from one workplace visit and further research will be needed. Applicants should access information about the profession from the following websites, the Royal College of Occupational Therapists and Health and Care Professions Council, and and .

Personal Statements

Applicants should ensure that their personal statements are focused on a clear interest and motivation for becoming an Occupational Therapist. Applicants should also:

  • Be able to reflect on their work experiences in relation to their future studies and their career
  • Demonstrate team-working and leadership skills; for example in your work, hobbies or sports
  • Show clear awareness of the qualities and values that are needed to become a healthcare professional
  • Demonstrate strong verbal and inter-personal communication and listening skill
  • Be able to work with a wide variety of different people as individuals, and provide examples of this
  • Have strong and creative problem solving and thinking skills
  • Have clear motivation for a career in Occupational Therapy, and have made a reasoned career choice
  • Be able to articulate clearly why they are interested in a career in Occupational Therapy

All offers are subject to satisfactory Health Clearance and Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service. Students will also be required to sign a Code of Conduct and Fitness to Practice disclosure on commencement of the course.

No offers will be made without Interview. Meeting the minimum entry requirements does not guarantee an interview, or a place on the course.

For full details please see the UCAS website.

The University strongly recommends that all students join the British Association of Occupational Therapists (BAOT). Joining this professional body will enable you to access a wide range of academic material that will enhance your learning. Additional benefits include clinical negligence insurance that may be necessary for practice learning in some non-NHS practice placements. Not becoming a member may affect your opportunities to experience the widest range of placements.

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Course content

What will you study?

Here is an overview of current modules available on this course. Regular updates may mean that exact module titles may differ.


The BSc (Hons) Occupational Therapy course will be going through re-approval by the RCOT and HCPC in Spring 2018. This may result in some changes to course structure and content.

Year 1

  • Practice Learning 1
  • Introduction to Foundation Sciences for Occupational Therapists
  • Occupational Therapy Guiding Principles and Practice
  • Promoting Health Wellbeing and Occupation
  • Effective Communication and Ethical Practice

Year 2

  • Practice Learning 2
  • Practice Learning 3
  • Applied Sciences 1: Factors Affecting Occupational Participation
  • Applied Sciences 2: Enabling Occupational Participation
  • Applied Research and Evidenced Based Practice
  • Team Working and Enabling Others

Year 3

  • Practice Learning 4
  • Practice Learning 5
  • Advanced Professional Diversity
  • Independent study
  • Leading for Enhanced Service Delivery
  • Enhancing Employability

Teaching and Assessment

How will you be taught?

Teaching and Learning

The University places emphasis on enabling students to develop the independent learning capabilities that will equip you for lifelong learning and future employment, as well as academic achievement.  A mixture of independent study, teaching and academic support (through the personal academic tutoring system), enables you to reflect on progress. You will also build up a profile of skills, achievements and experiences that will enable you to flourish and be successful.


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. 

In addition, meetings with personal academic tutors are scheduled on at least 4 occasions in the first year and three occasions in each of the other years of a course.

Practice placements make up a significant proportion of teaching throughout each year, and occur in parallel with classroom activities during years 1 & 2. In year 3, you will have the opportunity to undertake 2 x 6-week blocks of full-time placement activity.

Contact time

In a typical week you will have around 10 – 15 contact hours of classroom teaching.  The precise contact hours will depend on the modules scheduled. In the final year, you will normally have slightly less contact time in order to do more independent study. 

In addition, you can expect to spend between 7.5 – 20 hours on placement each week in years 1 & 2.  Block placements in year 3 equate to 37.5 hours per week.

Class contact time will be variable from semester to semester.

Independent self-study

In addition to the contact time, you are expected to undertake around 15 - 20 hours of personal self-study per week.  Typically, this will involve completing online activities, reading journal articles and books, working on individual and group projects, undertaking research in the library and online, preparing coursework assignments and presentations, and preparing for examinations.

A range of excellent learning facilities, including the Hive and library resources, the virtual learning environment, and extensive electronic learning resources, supports independent learning. 


The course provides opportunities to test understanding and learning informally through the completion of practice or ‘formative’ assignments.  Each module also has one or more ‘summative’ assessments, which are graded and count towards the overall module grade.  

Assessment methods include essays, poster presentations, viva voce (oral examination) and unseen written examinations.

A typical formal summative assessment pattern for each year of the course is:

Year 1 

    • 2 hour unseen written examination
    • 30 minutes viva voce examination
    • 4 x essays
    • 15 minute presentation
    • Patchwork assessment
    • Reflective portfolio     

Year 2

  • 4 x essays
  • 15 minute group presentation
  • 2 x reflective portfolio assessments
  • 15 minute poster presentation
  • Research Proposal

Year 3

  • 8-10,000 word Independent study
  • 2 x reflective portfolio assessments
  • 1 x essay
  • 30 minute conference poster presentation
  • Professional development portfolio
  • Patchwork assessment 


You will receive feedback on practice assessments and on formal assessments undertaken by coursework. Feedback on examination performance is available upon request from the module leader. Feedback supports learning and you are encouraged to discuss it with personal academic tutors and module tutors as appropriate.

We aim to provide you with feedback on formal course work assessments within 20 working days of hand-in.

Meet the team

You will be taught by a teaching team whose expertise and knowledge are closely matched to the content of the modules on the course. The team includes senior academics and professional practitioners.  Teaching is also supported by service users and practicing professionals, who may deliver sessions related to their clinical speciality or health condition and experiences.


Teaching is informed by the research and consultancy, and all permanent members of the Occupational Therapy staff have a higher education teaching qualification or are Fellows of the Higher Education Academy. You can learn more about the staff by visiting our staff profiles.

  • AlisonBlank

    Dr Alison Blank

    Alison has been an Occupational Therapist for more than 30 years and worked in a range of clinical areas. 

    Her main area of clinical experience was in community mental health services for working age adults.  Alison's particular interest then and now, is in working collaboratively with people who use services.

  • Dr Yvonne Thomas

    Dr Yvonne Thomas

    Yvonne is an experienced occupational therapy educator and researcher, having worked in Universities in New Zealand and Australia, prior to moving to University of Worcester.

    Yvonne is committed to providing high quality occupational therapy education and ensuring the graduation of health professionals who can practice in a diverse wide range of services to meet health and wellbeing needs of people without discrimination or prejudice.

  • Alsion_Double

    Alison Double

    Alison qualified as an Occupational Therapist in 1994 and has worked in all sorts of settings and roles since then; inpatient, community, schools, management and abroad.

    Her clinical speciality area is the use of sensory based approaches in assessment and treatment; using Ayres Sensory Integration theory.

  • Terri_Grant

    Terri Grant

    Terri has been an Occupational Therapist for 19 years, practising for 14 years as a specialist Occupational Therapist in the field of Stroke Rehabilitation, and has been involved in setting up services locally to improve the quality of rehabilitation for people following Stroke.

    Terri has spent the majority of her clinical practice supporting and developing others, from students to colleagues to support staff. As a team leader and manager within the NHS she realised that this was an area in which she felt enthusiastic and energised, and was positively received by her colleagues.

  • jason_vickers_institute_of_health_and_society

    Jason Vickers

    Jay is an Occupational Therapist teaching practice and research skills here at Worcester. He previously worked as an occupational therapy service manager in a specialist faith charity for young people with learning disabilities.

    Jay has taught undergraduate occupational therapy students on a range of modules and facilitated Problem Based Learning sessions. His research interests relate to young people and healthcare engagement.


Where could it take you?

Occupational Therapists are employed in a wide range of organisations and specialities.  Many work for the National Health Service and Social Care organisations but there is a growing body of therapists employed in Private Practice.  Occupational Therapists work with people of all ages from childhood through to the end of life and support people with physical or mental health needs, learning disabilities and those whose opportunities are restricted by circumstance.

Students study a specific module in their final year covering the constantly changing nature of employment as an Occupational Therapist in the modern world.  Practical interview and self development skills are taught and practiced and students have opportunities to meet with local employers to develop an understanding of what makes a successful candidate for a specific job role.  Opportunities are provided for students to explore the employment possibilities of the NHS, Social Care, Private Sector and Voluntary Organisations.

The variety of placement experiences and, specifically, the contemporary placement experience are developed to enable students to demonstrate their unique selling point as a newly qualified Occupational Therapist. 

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How much will it cost?

Full-time tuition fees

UK and EU students

The standard tuition fee for full-time UK and EU students registering in the academic year 2019/20 will be £9,250 per year.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

International students

The standard tuition fee for full-time international (non-EU) students registering in the academic year 2019/20 will be £12,400 per year.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

Additional costs

Every course has day-to-day costs for basic books, stationery, printing and photocopying. The amounts vary between courses.

If your course offers a placement opportunity, you may need to pay for a Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) check.


Finding the right accommodation is paramount to your university experience, and our welcoming student communities are great places to live and study.

We have over 1,000 rooms across our halls of residence. With rooms to suit every budget and need, from our 'Traditional Hall' at £102 per week to 'En-suite Extra' at £165 per week (2019/20 prices).

For full details visit our accommodation page


How do you apply?

Applying through UCAS

Occupational Therapy BSc (Hons) (Single Honours) B930 BSc/OT

UCAS is the central organisation through which applications are processed for entry onto full-time undergraduate courses in Higher Education in the UK.

Read our How to apply pages for more information on applying and to find out what happens to your application.



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Get in touch

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

Admissions office

01905 855111  

Admissions Tutors

Dr Alison Blank
01905 542686