A couple of occupational therapy students painting.

BSc(Hons)

Occupational Therapy

This course is open for applications.

About this course

Entry year:
2020/21
Course code:
B920
Applications:
UCAS
Level:
Undergraduate
Tariff points:
128
Department:
Allied Health Professions
Campus:
Glenside
Duration:
Three years
Delivery:
Full-time
Study abroad:
Yes
Programme leader:
Elaine Hall
Key fact:
The strong practical focus, our close links with employers, and the experience of our academic team, mean that a high percentage of graduates are in work or further study after six months.

Page last updated 15 October 2019

Introduction

Why study occupational therapy?

Occupational therapists recognise that being able to perform meaningful, everyday activities is crucial to people's health and wellbeing. 

Physical and mental illness, impairment and ageing can turn these occupations into challenges that reduce independence and undermine people's identity.

Working in different roles and settings, occupational therapists use activity therapeutically, supporting clients to recover valued occupations and, in turn, regain their independence and health. 

Why UWE Bristol?

BSc(Hons) Occupational Therapy is approved by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) so you'll be eligible to apply for registration with them when you graduate, something you must do to practise in this field.

Focus on the relationship between occupation and health and wellbeing and gain the contemporary, evidence-based knowledge and skills you need to establish yourself as an occupational therapist.

Learn to work with clients, carers and other professionals to deliver safe, effective and ethical interventions supporting people to be independent in their occupations, and enjoy better health and wellbeing.

With a strong focus on employability, you'll become confident in applying your skills and knowledge to different settings and working with service users.

Get ready for practice in our specialist simulation facilities, dedicated skills suite and occupational therapy resource centre. Spend at least 1,000 hours on practice placements with regional health and social care providers.

As well as volunteering locally as part of Widening Occupation Weeks (WOW), you may have the opportunity to volunteer abroad or take part in an Erasmus international placement in your final year.

Work with a supportive and accessible academic team who are research active and have a wealth of clinical experience to share.

Where can it take me?

Occupational therapists are in demand across the UK.

Graduates usually work in primary and secondary healthcare, in the NHS, local authority social services and housing departments, independent and third sector organisations, education or research.

BSc(Hons) Occupational Therapy is also recognised as an entry qualification in many other countries (although some may have extra professional registration criteria).

Watch: The learning and teaching experience

Accreditations and partnerships:

Structure

Content

Year one

You will study:

  • Elements of Human Performance: Part One
  • Elements of Human Performance: Part Two
  • Exploring Occupation, Health and Well-being: Part One
  • Exploring Occupation, Health and Well-being: Part Two
  • Foundations for Practice
  • Occupational Therapy Practice 1.

Year two

You will study:

  • Psychosocial Challenges and Occupation
  • Physical Challenges and Occupation
  • Occupational Therapy Practice 2
  • Complex Needs and Occupation
  • Skills and Strategies for Occupation Therapy
  • Service Improvement A Collaborative Approach.

Year three

You will study:

  • Occupational Therapy Practice 3
  • Research and Evidence in Occupational Therapy
  • Promoting Occupation and Leadership
  • Leadership in Context
  • Becoming an Inquirer.

The University continually enhances our offer by responding to feedback from our students and other stakeholders, ensuring the curriculum is kept up to date and our graduates are equipped with the knowledge and skills they need for the real world. This may result in changes to the course. If changes to your course are approved, we will inform you.

Learning and Teaching

You'll learn through a mix of campus-based learning, including lectures, workshops, case scenarios and practicals, and occupational therapy placements.

Find out more about your placement.

Explore the link between occupation and health and wellbeing, and understand the challenges people face, such as disease, ill health, impairment and barriers to participation.

Gain a strong theoretical grounding in occupational science, anatomy, physiology and psychology and learn about occupational therapy approaches and roles.

Develop practical skills in occupational therapy, such as assessment and intervention, clinical reasoning and reflection, information management, and oral and written communication.

Study issues relating to professional behaviour, such as the Health Professions Council's Standards of Conduct, Performance and Ethics and the Royal College of Occupational Therapists' Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct.

Carry out your own research and learn how to apply evidence to support and change practice, while learning to collaborate with other health and social care professionals.

Consolidate and deepen your professional skills on placements, linking the theory to practice in a diverse range of settings.

See our full glossary of learning and teaching terms.

Percentage of time spend in different learning activities, per year.

YearScheduled learning and teaching studyIndependent studyPlacement study% check
126%53%21%100%
220%57%23%100%
322%72%6%100%

Get involved

Join our award winning, student-run Occupational Therapy Society, supported by The Student's Union at UWE. Go on external trips, attend film shows and hear from guest speakers discussing topical issues.

Assessment

You'll be assessed through a mixture of written assignments, professional practice placement assessment, and oral and poster presentations. There will be an online exam and a Structured Oral and Practical Examination (SOPE) too.

See our full glossary of assessment terms.

Percentage of time spend in different assessment methods, per year.

YearWritten exam assessmentCoursework assessmentPractical exam assessment% check
124%38%38%100%
20%43%57%100%
30%67%33%100%

Features

Professional accreditation

BSc(Hons) Occupational Therapy at UWE Bristol is approved by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC), so you are eligible to apply for registration with them when you graduate.

It's also accredited by the Royal College of Occupational Therapists (RCOT).

Placements

With around 1,000 hours of practice placements, you'll spend a third of the course applying your knowledge and building professional skills in the workplace.

We have excellent links with NHS trusts and health and social care employers throughout the South West. You'll get a broad range of practice experiences and be in a strong position for future employment.

Your practice educator, a qualified therapist, will assess and give you feedback during your placement, looking at how you interact with clients, families, carers and other healthcare professionals, and how you use your occupational therapy skills.

International opportunities

Get involved in volunteering opportunities both in the UK and abroad.

You can also apply for the opportunity to do your placement overseas through the Erasmus exchange programme.

Study facilities

Benefit from specialist facilities at UWE Bristol, including our occupational therapy resource centre, with simulated living environments where you'll develop hands-on skills and see first hand how occupational therapy works.

Take the opportunity to hone your professional skills in our inter-professional skills simulation suite.

The Glenside campus library is one of the best healthcare libraries in the country, offering a huge range of books, journals, audio-visual materials and specialist health and social care software packages.

Learn more about UWE Bristol's facilities and resources.

Careers

Careers / Further study

Occupational therapists are in demand across the UK.

Choose from a variety of careers in the NHS, or health and social care organisations in the private and third sectors.

Work in the community or a hospital, in a GP practice, nursing home, school, prison, community centre or the occupational health department of a company.

Some graduates take research-based roles or work in education, and others continue studying on postgraduate courses. 

Most students are in work or further study six months after graduating.

Get inspired

Our award-winning careers service will develop your employment potential through career coaching and find you graduate jobs, placements and global opportunities.

We can also help find local volunteering and community opportunities, provide support for entrepreneurial activity and get you access to employer events.

Visit our employability pages to learn more about careers, employers and what our students are doing six months after graduating.

Read about a day in the life of an occupational therapist.

Read Andrew's experience of studying occupational therapy at UWE Bristol.

Find out more about occupational therapy careers on the Royal College of Occupational Therapists' website.

Fees

There is currently no published fee data for this course.

Supplementary fee information

Additional costs are for items you could need during your studies that aren't covered by the standard tuition fee. These could be materials, textbooks, travel, clothing, software or printing.

Learn more about costs

Entry

Typical offers

  • Tariff points: 128
  • A-level subjects: No specific subjects required.
  • EDEXCEL (BTEC) Diploma: No specific subjects required.
  • Access: No specific subjects required.
  • Baccalaureate IB: No specific subjects required.
  • Irish Highers: No specific subjects required.
  • All applicants will also require:

  • GCSE subjects: Grade C/4 or above in English Language or Literature and Mathematics, or equivalent. We do not accept Level 2 Key Skills, Functional Skills or Certificate in Adult Literacy and Numeracy as alternatives to GCSEs.
  • English Language Requirement:

    If your first language is not English, you must have a minimum IELTS score of 7 overall with a minimum of 6.5 in any section, (or equivalent). Full details of this language test can be obtained from the British Council. Please note the University's published list of alternative English Language qualifications does not apply to this course.

We recognise the individual nature of each application and our typical offer should be viewed as a guide. UWE Bristol welcomes interest from applicants who may not have the standard entry requirements. We will consider evidence of your relevant personal, professional or educational experience where it demonstrates an ability and potential to succeed on the course. Please include details of any relevant experience in your application.

Entry requirements

If you don't meet the entry requirements of this course, you may be eligible for the Health Professions Foundation Year.

Additional requirements

All applicants will be required to complete:

  • Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check*
  • health checks*.

You must be in good health and up-to-date with your routine immunisations e.g. tetanus, diphtheria, polio and MMR. If you are offered a place, you will be required to complete a questionnaire and must be prepared to undergo a medical examination. You will also be required to confirm your status in respect of a number of infectious diseases and immunisations (tuberculosis, measles, mumps, rubella, chicken pox, varicella, hepatitis B, hepatitis C, HIV antibodies) and be prepared to have all required vaccinations. If your vaccinations are not up-to-date this will affect your ability to continue on your course. If you have any concerns with regards to vaccinations please raise this at the point of application.

*All information will be treated in confidence and only taken into account when absolutely necessary.

Selection process

Applicants will be required to attend an interview.

International Applicants

For country specific entry requirements please find your country on the Country Information pages. If you are an international student and do not meet the academic requirements to study this course, you can qualify by completing preparatory study at our International College.

If you are applying to study at UWE Bristol and require additional support to meet our English language requirements, you may be able to attend one of our pre-sessional English courses. Read more about our Pre-Sessional English Programme.

Deferred entry

We do not accept deferred entry applications for this course.

Read more about entry requirements.

How to apply

Watch our video for top tips on writing a healthcare personal statement and download our health and social care personal statement guide.

Read more about undergraduate applications.

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