Occupational Therapy BSc(Hons)

2021-22 (also available for 2020-21)

Start date

20 September 2021

Duration

3 years full-time

Entry requirements

A Level - BBB

BTEC - DDM

See full entry requirements

Places available (subject to change)

45

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, meaningful and purposeful activities that allow people to develop a sense of identity for example self-care, work or leisure tasks. Working with people of all ages in different situations, you’ll assess their needs and collaboratively develop interventions facilitating them to achieve their potential and enjoy maximum quality of life.

  • This will assist you in developing an in-depth understanding of occupational therapy through placements in different settings including people’s homes, hospitals, local authorities, schools, charities and prisons.
  • Our purpose-built occupational therapy skills lab enables you to learn in authentic simulated environments.
  • You’ll have the opportunity to hear the experiences and viewpoints from service users and carers, who are part of the Public Partnership Group.
  • Occupational therapists work interprofessionally alongside other healthcare professionals, therefore you’ll study alongside students from other healthcare professions including physiotherapists, nurses, midwives, operating department practitioners and podiatrists.
  • You’ll have the opportunity to carry out a research project and develop entrepreneurial and change management skills.

Our course is accredited by the Royal College of Occupational Therapists (RCOT) 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 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. The course is accredited by the World Federation of Occupational Therapy (WFOT). 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.

The Government has announced that from September 2020 new and existing students studying this course will be eligible to receive a non-repayable grant of at least £5,000 each year. Further information is available on the Government's website.

“This course 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 a constantly changing and increasingly challenging environment.

"This course is designed to meet the Standards of Proficiency for Occupational Therapists as set out by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) 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,

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. You’ll learn about the interrelated factors which influence occupation and occupational therapy practice today. This module is concerned with the background philosophy of the profession in addition to the cultural, political and wider environmental issues affecting how people engage in occupation. You’ll develop an appreciation of how this impacts on your practice as an occupational therapist.

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.

Practice Based Experience 1

You’ll complete two different occupational therapy practice 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'll 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. Guided by a practice based educator you'll identify your own specific learning objectives.

Professional Development and Research 1

This module involves a multidisciplinary team based learning approach, where you'll work with Occupational Therapy, Physiotherapy and Podiatry students. You'll have the opportunity to explore lifelong learning and continuing professional development that underpins the essential skills needed in order to understand registration requirements for your specific professional and regulatory body.

Entry requirements

BBBat A Level including a Biological Science or Psychology or double Health and Social Care but excluding General Studies. The endorsement for practical work is an essential part of Science A-level study, and is a requirement for entry to our degree course.

120 UCAS tariff points from a combination of Level 3 qualifications. The endorsement for practical work is an essential part of Science A-Level study, and is a requirement for entry to our degree courses.

DDM in BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Health and Social Care or Applied Science.

  • NCFE CACHE Technical Level 3 Extended Diploma/Level 3 Extended Diploma in Health and Social Care at Grade B.
  • Pass a relevant Access to Higher Education Diploma with 45 Level 3 credits, 30 at Distinction and 15 at Merit.

GCSE English Language and Maths at grade 4 or above, or grade C if awarded under the previous GCSE grading scheme, or equivalent.

You must demonstrate an good understanding of the profession of occupational therapy

You may be eligible to gain accreditation for your prior learning towards this course.

  • Offers will be subject to an interview and references. Please note all the information provided in support of your application may be checked and must be verifiable as a true record
  • You also need satisfactory enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) and occupational health clearances prior to registration. We arrange these as part of the application process. You will be required to sign a self-declaration at the start of each year. 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.

If your first language is not English, you will need to meet the minimum requirements of an English Language qualification. The minimum for IELTS is 6.5 overall with no element lower than 6.0, or equivalent will be considered acceptable. Read more about the University’s entry requirements for students outside of the UK on our Where are you from information pages.

Other suitable experience or qualifications will be considered. For further information please see the University's minimum entry requirements.

Please note places are limited and attainment of the minimum entry requirements does not guarantee an interview or offer. You must include details of any previous study.

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. The University is joint first in England for the proportion of staff with teaching qualifications (HESA 2020).
  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.

*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.**

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, extension requests, attendance and welfare support, organising appointments with academic staff, signposting to other support networks, loan of Dictaphones and uniform fitting.

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.

Learning Technology Support Unit: helps students with any problems they experience with the University’s Brightspace 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.

When you enrol as a student of the University, your study and time with us will be governed by a framework of regulations, policies and procedures, which form the basis of your agreement with us. These include regulations regarding the assessment of your course, academic integrity, your conduct (including attendance) and disciplinary procedure, fees and finance and compliance with visa requirements (where relevant). It is important that you familiarise yourself with these as you will be asked to agree to abide by them when you join us as a student. You will find a guide to the key terms here, along with the Student Protection Plan, where you will also find links to the full text of each of the regulations, policies and procedures referred to.

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

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