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