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Occupational Therapy

BSc (Hons)
Entry 2017: ABB / 128 UCAS points
Duration: 3 years
Attendance mode: Full-time
Award: BSc (Hons)
UCAS code: B930
Placement: Placement year not available
Suitable for international students
Faculty of Health Studies
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Occupational Therapists use a whole-person approach to both mental and physical health and wellbeing to enable people in the activities (occupations) that matter to them. This could be essential day-to-day tasks such as self-care, work or leisure.

Occupational Therapists work with adults and children with a wide range of conditions and in a variety of settings including health and social care services, education, voluntary organisations and independent practice.


Students are expected to reflect the values as outlined by the University of Bradford and the NHS Constitution in both academic and practice settings. These include working together, showing respect and maintaining dignity for service users, carers and colleagues, working inclusively so that everyone counts; showing commitment to your work and consistently offering a high quality of care. These values also include being compassionate, demonstrating
empathy and working to improve the health and wellbeing of others. We are seeking students who can develop their communication skills, their competence in this field and show commitment to upholding these values during their education and into their future careers.

Professional Accreditation/Recognition

This course is approved by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC), the statutory body for Allied Health Professionals. By the end of your studies, you will meet the professional educational standards expected by the College of Occupational Therapists, the HCPC and the World Federation of Occupational Therapists.


"Since graduating in December 2010, I have worked in Supported Employment helping people with learning disabilities into work which I find thoroughly rewarding.

I went on to recommend the Occupational Therapy course here at Bradford to my younger sister who graduated in 2011, and also to my daughter Elina who is currently studying on the course."

BSc (Hons) Occupational Therapy

Why Bradford?

At Bradford, you have the opportunity to learn within a small cohort, gain skills in assessment, problem solving, analysis, and interventions. You also have the chance to further develop abilities for excellent team working and the appreciation of the issues of diversity within professional practice.

The course also recognises the expanding types of work for occupational therapists and incorporates within the curriculum aspects of entrepreneurship, business and management skills.

You will have access to well-equipped profession-specific teaching areas, designed for occupational therapy education; there is a room with facilities such as a kitchen, bedroom and bathroom, and a practical Arts and Crafts room.

100% of students from our Occupational Therapy course agreed with the National Student Survey 2015 (NSS) statement ‘Overall, I am satisfied with the quality of the course’. 


Occupational Therapy - Complete University Guide 2017
Ranked 3rd in the country for Occupational Therapy in the Complete University Guide 2017.

Entry requirements


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A levels:

General Studies points are not counted.

BTEC Extended Diploma:

A relevant Health or Science subject.

Applicants on Access Programmes:

Access to Higher Education Diploma in Health Professions, Science or Social Science, to include 30 Level 3 credits at Distinction (including 15 credits in Biology/Psychology/Sociology) and 15 Level 3 credits at Merit.

Plus minimum of:

5 GCSEs at grade C or above to include GCSE English Language and Maths. Those applying with Access courses are only required to have GCSE English Language and Maths at grade C or above (equivalencies will not be accepted in place of GCSE English and Maths).

Additional entry requirements:

As part of the selection process, we interview short-listed candidates prior to making offers.

All places are offered subject to satisfactory occupational health screening, a second reference and a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check.

Evidence of recent relevant study in the last 5 years is required — please contact us for further information.

English language requirements:

Minimum IELTS 6.5 with no subtest less than 6.0.

If you do not meet the IELTS requirement, you can take a University of Bradford pre-sessional English course. See the Language Centre for more details.


Typical offer: ABB / 128 UCAS points

New UCAS tariff

We use the UCAS tariff system to help us compare different qualifications. For courses starting from September 2017 onwards, the way points are calculated is changing.

The number of points you get for each qualification and grade will be lower, for example, an A* grade at A level will be worth 56 points from 2017 onwards, instead of 140 in 2016. Despite the lower points, you will still need to achieve the same grades. The only exception to this is that AS Levels will now be worth 40% of an A Level, instead of 50%.

All qualifications that are currently on the UCAS Tariff will continue to attract points under the new system. More qualifications are also being brought into the UCAS tariff system for the first time, including Access to Higher Education courses.

Work out your UCAS tariff points using the UCAS Tariff Calculator (link opens in a new window/tab).

A levels:

128 UCAS tariff points from 3 A Levels. There are no specific subject requirements. General Studies is not accepted.

BTEC Extended Diploma:

DDM in a relevant Health or Science subject.

Applicants on Access Programmes:

128 UCAS tariff points from an Access to Higher Education Diploma in Health Professions, Science or Social Science — at least 12 credits in Biology/Psychology/Sociology must be at minimum grade Distinction.

Plus minimum of:

Five GCSEs with a minimum grade C or grade 4 to include English Language and Mathematics. Functional Skills Level 2 in English and Mathematics are acceptable in place of GCSE English and Mathematics.

Those applying with an Access course are only required to have GCSE English Language and Mathematics at grade C or grade 4 or above. Functional Skills Level 2 in English and Mathematics are acceptable in place of GCSE English and Mathematics. 

Additional entry requirements:

As part of the selection process, we interview short-listed candidates prior to making offers.

All places are offered subject to satisfactory occupational health screening, a second reference and a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check.

Evidence of recent relevant study in the last 5 years is required — please contact us for further information.

English language requirements:

Minimum IELTS 6.5 with no subtest less than 6.0.

If you do not meet the IELTS requirement, you can take a University of Bradford pre-sessional English course. See the Language Centre for more details.



Module name Type
Year 1
Occupational Beings in Contextcore
Occupational Wellbeing, People and Populationscore
Principles of Collaborative Professional Practicecore
Professional Knowledge, Values and Beliefscore
Professional Practice Placement 1core
Year 2
Contemporary Issues in Occupational Therapycore
Evidencing Professional Practicecore
Occupational Therapy in Action 1core
Occupational Therapy in Action 2core
Professional Practice Placement 2core
Professional Practice Placement 3core
Year 3
Competent Practitionercore
Contemporary placementcore
Evidence Based Guideline Developmentcore
Professional Practice Placement 4core
Research for Advancing Professional Practicecore

Reading lists

All reading lists can be found here.

Career support and prospects

Career support

The University is committed to helping students develop and enhance employability and this is an integral part of many programmes. Specialist support is available throughout the course from Career Development Services including help to find part-time work while studying, placements, vacation work and graduate vacancies. Students are encouraged to access this support at an early stage and to use the extensive resources on the Careers website.

Discussing options with specialist advisers helps to clarify plans through exploring options and refining skills of job-hunting. In most of our programmes there is direct input by Career Development Advisers into the curriculum or through specially arranged workshops.

Employment statistics

100% of our 2015 graduates in Occupational Therapy found employment or went on to further study within six months of graduating.

Career prospects

Local clinicians frequently comment on the high quality of practical skills the Occupational Therapy students demonstrate whilst on placement, and this contributes to very good employment prospects for graduating students within the local geographical area.

Graduates go into roles in private, NHS or social services employment or for jobs outside of the usual statutory organisations.

Salary expectations

The average starting salary for our 2015 Occupational Therapy graduates was £22,467.


Arts and Crafts Suite

The Arts and Craft Suite provides opportunities for students to use a variety of therapeutic media within their learning experiences to promote understanding of engagement in activities, and to develop a portfolio of creative media activities.

The room also contains splinting equipment and provides further opportunities for students to develop practical professional specific skills.

Home from Home Room

This room has a working kitchen, a bedroom and non plumbed bathroom to allow a variety of activities to take place to develop students' understanding of barriers within environments. It also helps students to understand the role of an Occupational Therapist empowering and supporting individuals, to enable them to live independently.

The room and facilities also support enquiry and team based learning, with a number of circular tables to promote discussions and activities within the taught sessions.

Students are supported in their learning with the use of electronic devices such as iPads within the taught sessions. All Occupational Therapy rooms are Wi-Fi enabled. The room also has equipment for recording activities which can be useful for activity analysis and providing feedback on practical sessions.

Fees, Finance and Scholarships

Tuition fees

2016/17 Home/EU:

Students undertaking:

  • BSc (Hons) Midwifery Studies,
  • BSc (Hons) Nursing - Adult, Mental Health and Child
  • BSc (Hons) Diagnostic Radiography
  • BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy
  • BSc (Hons) Occupational Therapy
  • MSc Nursing - Adult, Mental Health and Child
  • MSc Midwifery Studies

May be offered an NHS funded place.  Students must meet the UK residency criteria to be eligible for NHS funding.

For more information, please visit the Tuition Fees and Funding section.

2015/16 International:

Non-EU students can apply for the below courses and the following fees will be charged:

  • £16,720 

Financial support

Students will also be eligible to apply for a bursary to help with their living costs. This is part income assessed and part non income assessed. The amount individual students receive will be dependent on their personal circumstances. Students will receive a payment each month for the amount they are entitled to, directly into their bank account.

Full details of NHS Student Finance and a bursary calculator can be found on the NHS Business Services Authority (external link).


All new eligible students will receive a £1,000 non income assessed bursary during each year of their course.

Students will also be eligible to apply for an income assessed bursary. In addition to being dependent on student's personal circumstances, the amount received will be dependent on the length of the course (number of weeks), whether the student is living in or outside the parental home and whether the student is classed as being dependent or independently assessed.

Students must fulfil one of the following to be classed as independent:

  • Be married/in a civil partnership/divorced
  • Have care of a child
  • Be estranged from their parents
  • Have supported themselves from their earnings for a total of 36 months prior to the start of the course
  • Have no living parents

If a student lives away from the parental home/or with partner they cannot be classed as independent, if they do not fulfil one of the criteria above. Students must provide proof that they have been self supporting, from wage slips, P60 or employer's letters.

Any bursary will be assessed on partner/spouse or civil partner's income from the previous tax year. (P60 or March/52 week wage slip required as proof).

For dependent students, the income assessed element of the bursary will be dependent on parental income. Step-parents' income will not be used unless they have legally adopted the student.

Dependants' Allowance

The Dependant's Allowance is payable to students who have dependants including a spouse, partner or civil partner or children.

This allowance is:

  • An income assessed element of the NHS bursary
  • Only awarded for dependants who are wholly or mainly dependent on the student
  • Calculated using the student's spouse or partner's residual income

This allowance is assessed using the gross income of all dependents as follows:

Income from employment (gross), self-employment (net profit), pensions, dividends, rented properties, taxable allowances, maintenance LESS Tax, National Insurance, pension, rent, mortgage, maintenance payments, life insurance EQUALS Residual Income (which is the figure used in the calculation)

Parents' Learning Allowance

The Parents' Learning Allowance may also be awarded to students claiming the Dependant's Allowance.  This is also income assessed and is included when the Dependant's Allowance is calculated.

Childcare Allowance

The Childcare Allowance is available to students with dependent children aged 15 or under (or aged 17 and under for children with special educational needs) on the first day of the academic year. This allowance is income assessed and the amount received will therefore be dependent on individual circumstances.

This allowance pays up to 85% of actual childcare costs to a net maximum payable currently of £123.25 per week for one child and £182.75 per week for two or more children. The childcare used must be from an Ofsted registered childcare provider.

The childcare element of Working Tax Credit is available to lone parents or couples who work for at least 16 hours per week.  It is not normally awarded where an individual is not in paid employment or is in full time education. 

NHS funded students who are eligible for and in receipt of the childcare element of Working Tax Credit cannot receive both types of childcare award. Where a student or their spouse, partner or civil partner is in receipt of the childcare element of Working Tax Credit, the student cannot also claim the NHS Childcare Allowance.

Therefore, students who have childcare costs and who will be eligible for both allowances, must decide which one they wish to apply for.

Please click the following link for more information about student entitlement to Working Tax Credit and the childcare element (external link)

Student Loans

NHS funded students are also eligible to apply for a reduced student loan. There are two rates for this, £1,744 per annum for students living in their parental home and £2,324 per annum for students living elsewhere (including their own home).  

If students chose to take out the loan, this is repayable in the same way as all student loans funded by Student Finance England, once individuals are earning over £21,000 per annum.


NHS funded students in receipt of bursary are also eligible to claim travel expenses for the cost of travel to placement (the difference between the cost of their journey to University and the cost of their journey to placement). There is also support for the cost of accommodation if students are not able to travel on a daily basis to their placement. The NHS Student Bursaries website (external link) explains this in more detail.

Uniforms, Occupational Health and Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly Criminal Records Bureau) Checks

Students will be provided with uniforms to wear on placement, but will need to provide their own footwear. The cost of these and also Occupational Health Checks and Disclosure and Barring Service Checks will be covered by the NHS.

European Union Students

Non-UK EU Students who do not have EEA Migrant Worker status or a right of permanent residence in the UK may be awarded an 'EU Fees Only' award, meaning that they will receive tuition fee support from the NHS, but they will not receive the bursary element.

EU students are not normally eligible for student loans, NHS Hardship Grants or University Access to Learning funds or Disabled Students Allowances.

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