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.

Health and Care Professions Council


"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

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 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.

If you are an international student and you do not meet the entry requirements for direct entry onto this course you may be interested in our International Certificate of Foundation Studies.

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 and Employability 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


  • Home/EU: £9,250*
  • International: £17,560

* Home/EU fees will be subject to an annual increase, set in line with government policy. A percentage of any additional higher fee income will be used to support student opportunity through increased expenditure on access, student success and progression activities.

Financial support

From 1 August 2017, new students in England on nursing, midwifery and most allied health professional pre-registration courses, will have access to the standard student support package of tuition fee loans and support for living costs.

Please see this useful fact sheet from the Council of Deans of Health for more information (PDF).

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