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Occupational Therapy

BSc (Hons)


2022 - 2023

Typical offer for 2022


UCAS code

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I work with service users who are experiencing an acute relapse in their mental health. My job is to ensure that they have a smooth transition back into the community & are engaging in a purposeful routine. My role is extremely stimulating - no two days are the same & I gain a lot of satisfaction from seeing the impact on people's lives. Bradford educated me on the importance of being a client-centred, competent practitioner, and I would recommend Bradford to anyone passionate about the wellbeing of others. Orlaith Gardiner, BSc (Hons) graduate. Band 5 Occupational Therapist

Entry requirements

Typical offer - 120 UCAS tariff points.

We take into consideration a number of factors when assessing your application. It's not just about your grades; we take the time to understand your personal circumstances and make decisions based on your potential to thrive at university and beyond.

A levels

BBB from three full 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

122 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.

International Baccalaureate Requirements

120 UCAS tariff points from 3 HL subjects plus HL 3 or SL 4 in Maths.

Plus minimum of

GCSE English Language, Mathematics and Science or Combined Science at grade C or grade 4. Level 2 equivalences are accepted in place of GCSE English Language 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.

The occupational health screening

All places are offered subject to satisfactory occupational health screening. This will involve completing an on-line occupational health questionnaire and attendance if required at a medical appointment.

Students on health care programmes must be able to meet the Health and Care Professions Council Standards of Proficiency (2013). Occupational health screening and assessment will consider the students’ health and wellbeing and their fitness to study and practice. Progress on the course is dependent on your continued fitness.

This screening process complies with Public Health England requirements for protection of the public and students and staff working in health and social care.

All offers of places are made subject to satisfactory health clearance and an agreement to undergo appropriate blood tests and immunisations.

The University is obliged to make reasonable adjustments for students with disabilities to enable them to fulfil the required competencies of the programme. Candidates who are concerned about health issues are strongly advised to contact us prior to applying.

The Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check

All places are also offered subject to a satisfactory enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) (previously known as CRB check) disclosure. This is due to the fact that you may be required to work with children or vulnerable adults on your clinical placement, and will need to demonstrate that you can safely work with these groups upon HCPC registration.

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. For further information on English Language requirements please see the dedicated international entry requirements page.

CIFS entry requirement

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

80 UCAS points or equivalent (see individual country pages for details) plus a Maths qualification equivalent to GCSE Grade C. UKVI approved IELTS of 5.5 overall with no sub-test less than 5.5. In addition applicants will need to succeed in the selection/interview process for the degree programme.

CIFS modules to be taken

Students study the four core modules plus TWO of the following modules:

  • Foundation in Human Biology
  • Foundation in Chemistry
  • Introduction to the Social Sciences
  • Global Business Environment
  • Foundation Mathematics 2

Progression requirements for degree programme

An overall average of at least 65% and at least 50% in English Language for Specific Academic Purposes with additional sub-test requirements

Please note: Occupational Therapy has additional entry requirements of a disclosure and barring service check and a health check.

Advanced entry

If you are currently studying at another university and would like to transfer to the University of Bradford, this course accepts students into the second year. This is called advanced entry

Applications for advanced entry will be considered on a case-by-case basis and must include an official transcript (not a screenshot of a portal), all module descriptors, and relevant qualifications. Module descriptors must include learning outcomes.

Applications must be submitted through UCAS and the required documents emailed along with your UCAS Personal ID no later than 31 August prior to the course starting in September. Relevant documents should be emailed to


You will undertake six placement experiences across a range of clinical areas over the duration of the programme.

These increase incrementally from one week in the first year to nine weeks full-time in the final year.

Role Emerging Placement

The nine week placement will take place in a diverse practice setting, where there is minimal or no occupational therapy service. Placement locations are sourced for you by the Faculty, with the opportunity to complete 1080 hours of placement learning over the three years of the programme. Placement experience allows you to:

  • experience real world clinical environments
  • problem solve with real problems
  • integrate theory into practice
  • learn practical skills
  • consolidate learning from modules
  • begin to use reflection in and on action
  • experience multi professional working
  • develop your professional identity and communication skills

Placement experiences will reflect the diverse nature of the profession and also enable you to work with diverse populations and differing multi-disciplinary teams. The map illustrates the geographical area in which placements will occur.

Pre-placement lectures ensure you are prepared for each placement and each placement ends with a debrief session at the university to support your integration of theory and practice learning.

All placements are assessed with marks from placements in year two and three contributing to your overall degree classification.

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Learning and assessment

The BSc (Hons) in Occupational Therapy uses a wide range of teaching and learning strategies that reflect the diversity of the student population and accommodate differing learning styles.

This varied approach seeks to facilitate the success of all students and the all-round development of a competent Occupational Therapy practitioner able to meet the learning outcomes for the programme.

The curriculum has a central focus on occupation, including occupational science throughout the programme - ensuring you recognise this as a central tenet of the profession.

The curriculum supports your application of theory into practice in order to develop your skills in addressing occupational limitations and enhancing performance.

You will be supported by the programme team and other University services to develop your academic skills following the period of transition into Higher Education and then throughout the programme. Graduates from Bradford will be critical thinkers, able to use reflection and analysis to identify their future learning needs.

They will be personally and professionally resilient. Research informed lectures are supplemented with group tutorials and practical sessions to facilitate an active and collaborative approach to learning.

Case-based scenarios are used to facilitate the development of your clinical/professional reasoning skills, and the inclusion of service users and carers within the learning and teaching experience will provide a person-centred perspective and further develop your understanding of the relationship between, health, wellbeing, occupation and occupational performance.

The programme team work in close alliance with local and regional stakeholders from a range of NHS, private, independent and voluntary organisations to ensure that the content of the programme is appropriate for your future professional career.

Throughout the programme you are encouraged to use a reflective e-portfolio to record learning experiences. The use of an e-portfolio is an ideal way to continue to evidence reflection and Continuing Professional Development, a statutory part of continued professional registration, with the University of Bradford enabling you to have a life time account with Pebblepad, (an e-portfolio system), when you convert to an alumni account at graduation. Assessments will include professional practice placement assessments, written assignments, reflective portfolios, practical assessments, oral and poster presentations.

Service users, clinicians and academic staff will be involved in marking assessments across the three years.


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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.

This is the current course information. Modules and course details may change, subject to the University's programme approval, monitoring and review procedures. The University reserves the right to alter or withdraw courses, services and facilities as described on our website without notice and to amend Ordinances, Regulations, fees and charges at any time. Students should enquire as to the up-to-date position when applying for their course of study.