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This is Occupational Therapy

Skills for the job of living

Occupational Therapy is a health and social care profession focused on improving the health and wellbeing of individuals.

Because of illness, disability and injury people may struggle to do everyday things. Occupational Therapists create solutions to enable people of all ages to regain their independence and participate in the activities, or occupations, of everyday life. These solutions can include modifications to a person's living or working environment, exploration of alternative ways to carry out certain activities and providing psychological help to improve coping.

Our Occupational Therapy programme offers you an active, collaborative learning experience in a friendly, supportive environment. It will give you the theoretical understanding and hands-on practical experience you need to become a professional Occupational Therapist.

The successful completion of BSc (Hons) Occupational Therapy will allow eligibility to apply for registration for the Health and Care Professionals Council (HCPC) as an occupational therapist.

Health and Care Professions Council logo

The course is also approved by the Royal College of Occupational Therapists

New funding announced

The government has outlined new funding for pre-registration Occupational Therapy students in England. From September 2020, students training to be occupational therapists at English universities will receive up to £8,000 with a minimum of £5,000 a year in funding.

Courses in this subject

We have 5 courses in this area.

Study level: Undergraduate
UCAS code: H900
Duration: 3 years
Attendance mode: Full-time
Study level: Undergraduate
UCAS code: H901
Duration: 4 years
Attendance mode: Full-time
Study level: Undergraduate
UCAS code: Y006
Duration: 1 years
Attendance mode: Full-time
Study level: Undergraduate
UCAS code: B930
Duration: 3 years
Attendance mode: Full-time
Study level: Undergraduate
UCAS code: B992
Duration: 3 years
Attendance mode: Full-time

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 and empower individuals to live independently.


Work placements are a fundamental aspect of our Occupational Therapy programme.

Students will undertake six placements throughout the three-year course, including a nine-week full-time placement in their final year.

Placements take place in real clinical environments, with real-life patients, and allow students to put their learning into practice, and provide valuable support to service users in the local community.

A female occupational therapy student.

Where Occupational Therapy can take you

Occupational Therapy graduates will be eligible to apply for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council as an occupational therapist. Occupational therapists have unique opportunities to work with a range of people who are experiencing a variety of issues. This means that they can work in a range of settings, including:

  • Accident and Emergency
  • Charities
  • Community Mental Health Team
  • Fire and Ambulance Services
  • Forensic Units
  • GP Surgeries
  • Hospitals
  • Pain Management Units
  • Palliative care
  • Prisons
  • Rehabilitation Units
  • Residential and Nursing Homes
  • Schools
  • Universities
A male Occupational Therapy student in a workshop.

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