As a registered Occupational Therapist, you will have the privilege to work with people of all ages to help them participate in occupations that hold personal meaning and value to them.
We are the only profession that uses occupation (the things people do every day which can affect their health and wellbeing) as a therapeutic tool to improve their health, wellbeing and quality of life, enabling them to live the life they want.
You will have the opportunity to enhance your attributes as a compassionate and caring critical thinker with an inquisitive and problem-solving mind, as well as developing your communication skills with people of all ages and abilities.
A degree in occupational therapy (and subsequent eligibility to apply for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)) allows you to work in a limitless variety of fields within health and social care, in the private and public sectors. The unique skill set can allow you to work in specialities such as paediatrics, elderly care, mental health, learning disabilities, end of life care, forensics, schools and emergency services, to name just a few.
While studying with us, the largest provider of occupational therapy education in the UK, you will have a wide range of opportunities to work with students studying for other healthcare professions within an inter-professional collaborative learning framework, as well as professional practice placements.
A focus on empowerment, self-awareness and individual responsibility will be ever-present in this course, so that you’re prepared to deal with people in real-world situations upon graduating.
The course is made up of practical placements, where you can start to understand how you will perform in a professional setting, as well as workshops, seminars and lectures. Practical placements should also stand you in good stead to secure a professional position upon completion of your course.
Why choose this course?
With a student satisfaction score of 96%, it’s no surprise that the course is ranked 4th in the UK and is in the top three for student satisfaction.
The purpose of the course is to educate you to become an occupational therapist, and the assessments employed utilise our world-class simulation facilities and model the skills you will need in practice. There are no written exams as we believe that an oral exam (viva) completed in your final practice setting allows you to demonstrate your ability to verbalise your knowledge and theoretical understanding, reflecting the skills you will require once qualified.
Undertaking one at each level of study, our professional practice placements are perfectly timed (7, 10 and 12 weeks) to consolidate University learning, across a range of traditional and innovative settings.
A teaching team of more than 30 research-active, clinical specialist, registered occupational therapists support and develop your learning. Your named Academic & Personal Tutor will work with you throughout the duration of your studies to support and reflect on your professional, academic and personal development.
There are a wide variety of employability-enhancing opportunities, including a long-running annual student conference, and 94% of graduates are in work and/or study six months after finishing the course, with 96% of those in a professional/managerial job.
There are also international opportunities including online discussion forums, field visits, placements and the opportunity to study modules abroad.
International experience opportunities
As a course team and as a university, we are committed to ensuring a variety of international opportunities for our students. These occur in a variety of formats with well-established connections which allows opportunity for all students to practically engage in at least one international experience throughout their time on the course.
We offer placement opportunities abroad in Levels 2 and 3. There is an online discussion forum with occupational therapy students across the globe at Level 3. IC4Life allows an opportunity for students to study a module with international students abroad. In addition, we have voluntary opportunities for students to participate in charitable projects across the world, including most recently Malawi and Lithuania.
We are proud of our students who seek to become high quality Occupational Therapists with an understanding and experience of the variety of contexts in which they will work. Staff are proud that the course, as the biggest provider of occupational therapy education in the UK, is ranked 8th (Complete University Guide 2019), and has a student satisfaction score of 96% (NSS, 2017).
In offering three assessed practice placements, students have over 29 weeks of practice experience, and placements occur in a variety of settings (NHS, social care, charitable organisations and private practice). You will be supported by practice educators whose supervision facilitates and enables your development as a rounded professional.
On successful completion of this course you will be eligible to apply to register with the HCPC as a registered Occupational Therapist.