Occupational Therapy BSc(Hons)

2019-20 (also available for 2018-19 and 2017-18)

2018-19 (also available for 2019-20 and 2017-18)

2018-19 (also available for 2017-18)

Study to become an Occupational Therapist through clinical placements, practical and theory sessions in our specialist facilities.

It’s not too late to apply for September 2018. Find out more

Start date

17 September 2018


3 years full-time

Entry requirements

A Level - BBB


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Places available (subject to change)


Phone contact: +44 (0)1484 472561

About the course

Occupational therapists work collaboratively with people who need help to engage in occupations which they need or want to do, enabling them to lead a fulfilling and healthy life. Working with people of all ages in a variety of areas, as an occupational therapist 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 your studying in our specialist facilities.

Our Occupational Therapy BSc(Hons) degree is accredited by the 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 cccupational 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 College of Occupational Therapists (COT).”

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

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


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 which helped me to consolidate my learning and develop skills across physical and mental health working in multidisciplinary teams and preparing me for the challenges of real world working in the NHS.”

Michelle Goodfellow, Graduated Occupational Therapy BSc(Hons) in 2017

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 including a grade B in an A Level in a biological science or Psychology.

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

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

A total of 5 GCSEs (on application) at grade 4 or above, or grade C if awarded under the previous GCSE grading scheme. These must include English, Maths and Science on application.

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
  • Candidates for whom English is not the first language are required to have International English Language Testing System (IELTS) at an overall score of 6.5 with no lower than 6.0 in any single component.
  • 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.

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. 

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 will be introduced to a variety of occupational therapy practice settings through completing a series of placements, where you will 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 will 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 will be required to develop a learning contract to identify learning outcomes for your placement, which you will 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.

Teaching and assessment

Teaching takes place in seminars, group work, practical experience, lectures, presentations and simulation.

Assessment is a combination of coursework, practice/competency based learning, examinations and essays. This also includes a variety of innovative methods such as reflective logs, group presentations, case studies, portfolios of learning, poster presentations and practice based reports.

14% of the study time on this course is spent in lectures, seminars, tutorials etc.

Your module specification/course handbook will provide full details of the assessment criteria applying to your course.

Feedback (usually written) is normally provided on all coursework submissions within three term time weeks – unless the submission was made towards the end of the session in which case feedback would be available on request after the formal publication of results. Feedback on exam performance/final coursework is available on request after the publication of results.

Further information

Once you’ve submitted your application form to UCAS you may be invited to attend an interview. We’ve put together some information for you about what to expect at an interview, but don’t worry, when you're invited you'll be given full details of what will happen.

The teaching year normally starts in September with breaks at Christmas and Easter, finishing with a main examination/assessment period around May/June. Timetables are normally available one month before registration. You can study this course on a part-time basis but, as this is a full-time course, you may have to attend every day of the week.

Your course is made up of modules and each module is worth a number of credits. Each year you study modules to the value of 120 credits, adding up to 360 credits in total for a bachelor’s qualification. These credits can come from a combination of core, compulsory and optional modules but please note that optional modules may not run if we do not have enough students interested.

If you achieve 120 credits for the current stage you are at, you may progress to the next stage of your course, subject to any professional, statutory or regulatory body guidelines.

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 number one in England for the proportion of staff with teaching qualifications (HEFCE, 2016).
  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.

Occupational therapy facilities

These images showcase some of the facilities which are used by our occupational therapy students in their skills sessions.

Your career

We know you’re coming to university to undertake your course, meet new people and broaden your horizons. However, we also help you to focus on life after you have graduated to ensure that your hard work pays off and you achieve your ambition.

So while you’re here (and even after you graduate) the Careers and Employability Service offer professional help, support and guidance, including industry-supported workshops, careers fairs and one-to-one guidance sessions. Find out more about the Service.

*Percentage of graduates from this course who go on to work and/or further study within six months of graduating (Destination of Leavers Survey 2014/15 and 2015/16 aggregated).

95%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.

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

We will only change core modules for a course if it is necessary for us to do so, for example to maintain course accreditation. We will let you know about any such changes as soon as possible, usually before you begin the relevant academic year.

Sometimes we have to make changes to other aspects of a course or how it is delivered. We only make these changes if they are for reasons outside of our control, or where they are for our students’ benefit. Again, we will let you know about any such changes as soon as possible, usually before the relevant academic year. Our regulations set out our procedure which we will follow when we need to make any such changes.

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, where you will also find links to the full text of each of the regulations, policies and procedures referred to.

The Higher Education Funding Council for England is the principal regulator for the University.

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