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Occupational Therapy

BSc (Hons)


Typical offer for 2024


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, BSc (Hons) graduate. Band 5 Occupational Therapist

Entry requirements

Typical offer - 120 UCAS tariff points.

Gain work experience to help your application

Bradford Care Association and SkillsHouse can help you gain crucial health and social care work experience, to help you meet the entry requirements for your chosen course.

Both organisations can help you access a variety of roles, as well as progression opportunities, training, and support.

A levels

BBB from three full A levels. There are no specific subject requirements. General Studies is not accepted.

T levels

Merit - subject specific requirement in Health (must complete ‘Supporting the Therapy Teams’ specialism), or Healthcare Science.

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 including a science subject at minimum HL4 plus English language and maths at HL3 and SL4.

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.

Applicants with criminal convictions

Once you accept your offer, you will be asked to declare any criminal convictions you hold (including spent convictions). Having a criminal conviction does not mean that you cannot enrol on the course, you will need to go through a criminal convictions panel process.

English language requirements

Minimum IELTS 7.0 with no subtest less than 6.5.

If you do not meet the IELTS requirement, and you have a UKVI approved IELTS, 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

Foundation Year entry

If you are a UK student and do not meet the entry requirements for this course, our Foundation Year has a route to Occupational Therapy BSc (Hons).

Foundation Year entry requirements

88 UCAS points or equivalent plus an English Language, Maths and Biology/Combined Science qualification equivalent to GCSE Grade 4.

Participate and be successful in the selection or interview process for the degree programme. Successfully complete a disclosure and barring service check and health check.

Study and progression requirements

Pass each module and achieve a programme average of at least 60%.

In addition to the relevant core modules, you must study Foundation in Human Biology. If you do not have the required Maths entry qualification, you must also study Maths and Stats for Higher Education.

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 International College.

Transferring from another university

Advanced entry for this course is not currently available. Should advanced entry to year 2 or 3 become available, this will be updated on this course page.

Placement Year

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

These increase incrementally from six weeks in the first year to ten 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.

Our facilities

This room has a kitchen, bedroom, and bathroom to simulate day-to-day activities, building your understanding of barriers within environments and how you can help empower individuals to live independently.

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.