Occupational Therapy BSc(Hons)

2019-20 (also available for 2020-21)

Places available in clearing. Find out more.
Places available in clearing. Find out more.

Start date

23 September 2019

Duration

3 years full-time

UCAS Code

B930

About the course

Occupational therapists work collaboratively with people to help them engage in those activities (occupations) which they need or want to do, enabling them to lead fulfilling and healthy lives. Occupations are practical and purposeful activities that allow people to live independently and have a sense of identity for example self-care, work or leisure tasks. Working with people of all ages in a variety of areas, you’ll assess an individual’s needs, devise treatment and provide interventions to facilitate them to achieve their potential and maximum quality of life. On this course you’ll have the opportunity to develop vital knowledge and practical skills whilst you’re studying in our specialist facilities.

Our Occupational Therapy BSc(Hons) degree is accredited by the Royal College of Occupational Therapists (COT) and regulated by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). You’ll learn how to integrate underlying theory and principles of occupational therapy and apply what you learn to different areas of practice.

You’ll also have the opportunity to develop an in-depth understanding of occupational therapy through placements in different settings including areas such as people’s homes, hospitals, schools, charities and prisons. We’ve also got a purpose-built occupational therapy skills lab where you can learn in authentic simulated environments.

Occupational therapists work inter-professionally alongside other healthcare professionals, therefore you’ll study with students from other healthcare professions including physiotherapists, nurses, midwives, operating department practitioners and podiatrists. You’ll also have the opportunity to develop both the teamwork and autonomous practice skills required to work in a rapidly changing health and social care context.

Upon successful graduation you could work within the NHS, social services, charities, education services, social enterprises, community interest groups, medico-legal firms or you could work in independent practice. There may also be opportunities in education, research or overseas, as occupational therapists are also needed internationally. Wherever your career path takes you, you could gain great job satisfaction from knowing that you’ve have made a positive and meaningful impact on the quality of life of others.

“Occupational Therapy BSc(Hons) at the University of Huddersfield is designed to meet the needs of those who wish to become occupational therapists, in order to work with people to improve their quality of life and health through the use of meaningful occupation.

“The course team, working in partnership with service providers aim to ensure that occupational therapists graduating from this course have the skills and competencies needed for their professional practice delivered in these constantly changing and increasingly challenging environments.

"This course is designed to meet the Standards of Proficiency for Occupational Therapists as set out by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). The HCPC is the regulatory body of the profession, with whom occupational therapists must be registered in order to practice. Additionally, the course is accredited by the Royal College of Occupational Therapists (RCOT).”

Joanne Donbavand, Course Leader of Occupational Therapy BSc(Hons)

Joanne Donbavand, Course Leader of Occupational Therapy BSc(Hons)

Course detail

Core modules:

Foundations and Context of Occupation and Practice

This module examines the key concepts and philosophy of occupational therapy and explores different contexts in which occupational therapy is practised. Working in a group, you will be required to deliver a presentation discussing the wider socio-political issues affecting the occupation of communities and populations, supported by written coursework reflecting on your experiences of working as part of a group. You will also produce written coursework applying an occupational therapy model to an assigned case study.

Health; Occupational Performance and Occupational Disruption

This module explores health from an occupational perspective, including the relationship between health and occupation. You'll be introduced to the structure and function of the human body, along with the underlying physiological and psychological processes supporting healthy human behaviour. Building on these concepts, you'll explore physiological and psychosocial factors which can affect occupational performance. You'll be introduced to a range of occupational therapy assessment methods. You'll be assessed through coursework, including a workbook (which must be passed to successfully complete this module), a written analysis of a familiar occupation and a practical assessment.

Practice Based Experience 1

You'll be introduced to a variety of occupational therapy practice settings through completing a series of placements, where you'll have the chance to develop and apply your practical skills, as well as gain an understanding of appropriate professional behaviour and standards, which you will demonstrate during the practice experience. You'll also examine the nature and development of communication strategies in relation to therapeutic relationships and working with other health and social care professionals. Alongside a practice based educator, you'll be required to develop a learning contract to identify learning outcomes for your placement, which you'll be assessed on.

Professional Development and Research 1

This module involves a multidisciplinary team based learning approach, working with Nursing, Midwifery, Occupational Therapy, Operating Department Practice, Physiotherapy and Podiatry students. The professional development element of the module will encourage you to explore issues of lifelong learning and continuing professional development that underpin the essential skills needed in order to understand registration requirements for your field specific professional/statutory bodies. You will be assessed by four pieces of coursework.

Entry requirements

To find out if you are eligible for this course, please call our Clearing helpline on 0330 123 227701484 472777.

In addition to the academic entry requirements, the following requirements apply:

You will need a satisfactory enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) and occupational health clearances prior to registration on the course. We arrange these as part of the application process. You will be required to sign a self-declaration at the start of each year and at the end of the course. All police contact during the course must be reported to the course leader as a matter of urgency and may lead to suspension or termination.

Students story


Watch Zara’s film to find out what occupational therapy is and what occupational therapists do. Zara also talks about her lecturers, the placement opportunities and how the course has helped her develop as a person. 

Placements


Practice education is an important and compulsory part of the course, so placements will be undertaken throughout the three years. You're required to successfully complete 1000 hours of assessed professional practice throughout the course in a range of health, social and third sector care settings within the West Yorkshire region. This will be equivalent to placements of seven weeks in Year 1, 12 weeks in Year 2 and 10 weeks in Year 3.

Please note that you may be required to travel for/during your placements.

“Throughout the course I completed a variety of placements in various settings, each of which gave me a different skill set that I now incorporate into my qualified practice.”

Aaron Craven, Occupational Therapy Graduate>

Aaron Craven, Graduated Occupational Therapy BSc(Hons) in 2018, now working as an Occupational Therapist MY Therapy Community Rehabilitation

Teaching excellence

  1. Huddersfield is a TEF gold-rated institution delivering consistently outstanding teaching and learning of the highest quality found in the UK (Teaching Excellence Framework, 2017).
  2. We won the first Global Teaching Excellence Award recognising the University’s commitment to world-class teaching and its success in developing students as independent learners and critical thinkers (HEA, 2017).
  3. Here at Huddersfield, you’ll be taught by some of the best lecturers in the country. We’ve been the English university with the highest proportion of professionally-qualified teaching staff for the past four years*.
  4. For the past ten years, we’ve been the UK’s leading university for National Teaching Fellowships too, which rate Britain’s best lecturers. It’s all part of our ongoing drive for teaching excellence, which helps our students to achieve great things too.
  5. We’re unique in the fact that all our permanent teaching staff** have, or are completing, doctorates. This expertise, together with our teaching credentials, means that students here learn from knowledgeable and well-qualified teachers and academics who are at the forefront of their subject area.

*HESA - First awarded in 2016, maintained in 2017, 2018 and 2019.

**Permanent staff, after probation: some recently appointed colleagues will only obtain recognition in the months after their arrival in Huddersfield, once they have started teaching; research degrees applies to those on contracts of more than half-time.

Your career


Our graduates have gone on to work as Occupational Therapists in NHS, private and voluntary healthcare services including Kirkwood Hospice.**

Additionally, you may diversify into related areas of work including healthcare management, the educational sector or research.


*  Percentage of graduates from this course who go on to work and/or further study within six months of graduating (Destination of Leavers from Higher Education Survey 2015/16 and 2016/17 aggregated).
** Source: Destinations of Leavers Survey 2014/15, 2015/16, 2016/17 and LinkedIn




90% Graduates employed*

Student support

At the University of Huddersfield, you'll find support networks and services to help you get ahead in your studies and social life. Whether you study at undergraduate or postgraduate level, you'll soon discover that you're never far away from our dedicated staff and resources to help you to navigate through your personal student journey. Find out more about all our support services.

A wide range of resources are also offered within the School of Human and Health Sciences, which provides you with support in a variety of areas. These include:

Student Hub: a one stop shop for students, studying within the School. Their services include offering advice on extenuating circumstances and extension requests, organising appointments with academic staff, signposting to other support networks, welfare support, as well as binding, loan of MP3 recorders and print credit.

Academic Skills Development Team: provides guidance about how students can develop their academic skills in order to improve their grades. The team provide support with general academic skills including essay writing, time management, presentations and group work skills; information technology and numeracy; research skills, as well as personal development for example confidence building and assertiveness.

Student Support Officer: provides confidential and impartial advice on welfare and course related issues.

Royal Literary Fund Fellow: a professional writer who helps students improve their essay writing. They provide assistance with structuring essays, developing an argument and improving the style and use of language.

Learning Technology Support Unit: helps students with any problems they experience with the University’s Unilearn System, including logging on or difficulties experienced when accessing modules.

Important information

We will always try to deliver your course as described on this web page. However, sometimes we may have to make changes as set out below.

Changes to a course you have applied for

If we propose to make a major change to a course that you are holding an offer for, then we will tell you as soon as possible so that you can decide whether to withdraw your application prior to enrolment.

Changes to your course after you enrol as a student

We will always try to deliver your course and other services as described. However, sometimes we may have to make changes as set out below:

Changes to option modules

Where your course allows you to choose modules from a range of options, we will review these each year and change them to reflect the expertise of our staff, current trends in research and as a result of student feedback or demand for certain modules. We will always ensure that you have a range of options to choose from and we will let you know in good time the options available for you to choose for the following year.

Major changes

We will only make major changes to the core curriculum of a course or to our services if it is necessary for us to do so and provided such changes are reasonable. A major change in this context is a change that materially changes the services available to you; or the outcomes, or a significant part, of your course, such as the nature of the award or a substantial change to module content, teaching days (part time provision), classes, type of delivery or assessment of the core curriculum.

For example, it may be necessary to make a major change to reflect changes in the law or the requirements of the University’s regulators; to meet the latest requirements of a commissioning or accrediting body; to improve the quality of educational provision; in response to student, examiners’ or other course evaluators’ feedback; and/or to reflect academic or professional changes within subject areas. Major changes may also be necessary because of circumstances outside our reasonable control, such as a key member of staff leaving the University or being unable to teach, where they have a particular specialism that can’t be adequately covered by other members of staff; or due to damage or interruption to buildings, facilities or equipment.

Major changes would usually be made with effect from the next academic year, but this may not always be the case. We will notify you as soon as possible should we need to make a major change and will carry out suitable consultation with affected students. If you reasonably believe that the proposed change will cause you detriment or hardship we will, if appropriate, work with you to try to reduce the adverse effect on you or find an appropriate solution. Where an appropriate solution cannot be found and you contact us in writing before the change takes effect you can cancel your registration and withdraw from the University without liability to the University for future tuition fees. We will provide reasonable support to assist you with transferring to another university if you wish to do so.

Termination of course

In exceptional circumstances, we may, for reasons outside of our control, be forced to discontinue or suspend your course. Where this is the case, a formal exit strategy will be followed and we will notify you as soon as possible about what your options are, which may include transferring to a suitable replacement course for which you are qualified, being provided with individual teaching to complete the award for which you were registered, or claiming an interim award and exiting the University. If you do not wish to take up any of the options that are made available to you, then you can cancel your registration and withdraw from the course without liability to the University for future tuition fees and you will be entitled to a refund of all course fees paid to date. We will provide reasonable support to assist you with transferring to another university if you wish to do so.

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The Office for Students (OfS) is the principal regulator for the University.

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