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Course Level:Undergraduate
Next Start Date: October 2022
Duration: 3 Years
Campus Location: University Square Campus, Luton
Attendance: Full-time
UCAS Code:B930

About the course

This practice-based course – where you complete over 1,000 hours in placement settings - gives you the skills and knowledge you need to follow a rewarding career as an occupational therapist, eligible to register with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) when you graduate.

Occupational therapy combines a range of areas including human sciences (anatomy, physiology and psychology); sociology; pathology; learning disabilities; and mental health. On this course, you gain a grounding across these fields as well as learning about professional values and conduct; the underpinning theories; and the research behind evidence-based practice.

You put your knowledge into practice through roleplay, managed experiences and simulation, with practical sessions that develop your skills in patient assessment, treatment planning, treatment interventions and the evaluation of their usefulness.

Over the length of the course, you benefit from being in placements for a minimum of 1,000 hours, where you are supported and supervised to develop your skills.

Why choose this course?

  • Learn from an experienced academic team of scientists and clinicians, using modern, well-equipped facilities including simulation suites
  • Hone your developing skills in clinical placements, part-time for your first and second years with full-time placements in your third year
  • Benefit from our extensive network of supervised practice placements across a variety of NHS, community, voluntary and private service settings
  • Study alongside physiotherapists and other healthcare students, learning about each other’s roles. This helps you develop a strong professional identity as an occupational therapist while giving you a clear understanding of how your role contributes to the wider team
  • Develop the attitudes and values as well as the communication skills to deliver care with the compassion, dignity and respect expected of a professional occupational therapist
  • Learn valuable transferable skills including research analysis, communication, critical thinking and leadership
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We support you every step of the way

We offer a Merit Scholarship, worth £2,400* over 3 academic years, which is awarded to those who can demonstrate a high level of academic achievement, through scoring 112 UCAS tariff points or more for UK and EU applicants.

We also offer a range of financial support for those of you applying from outside of the UK and EU.

The campus where this course is taught

Units

  • Academic Skills For Therapists (OTH003-1) Compulsory
  • Developing Therapeutic Relationships (OTH004-1) Compulsory
  • Holistic Factors Affecting Occupation (OTH006-1) Compulsory
  • Holistic Therapy In Practice (OTH002-1) Compulsory
  • Professional Identity (OTH001-1) Compulsory
  • Sciences Supporting Occupation (OTH005-1) Compulsory
  • Clinical Reasoning In Occupational Therapy (OTH006-2) Compulsory
  • Collaboration In Therapy Practice (OTH004-2) Compulsory
  • Collaborative Therapies (OTH003-2) Compulsory
  • Enabling Occupation (OTH005-2) Compulsory
  • Enabling Therapy In Practice (OTH001-2) Compulsory
  • Evidence Informed Therapy (OTH002-2) Compulsory
  • Complexity In Therapy Practice (OTH001-3) Compulsory
  • Growth And Leadership In Therapies (OTH004-3) Compulsory
  • Managing Complexity In Occupational Therapy (OTH005-3) Compulsory
  • Occupational Therapies Project (OTH002-3) Compulsory
  • Quality In Therapy Practice (OTH003-3) Compulsory

The assessment strategy utilised by the School is rooted in the notions of assuring professionalism, competence and employability described within SOPs. The assessments for these four curriculum themes seek to address your development in key knowledge and understanding, skills and abilities required for each. All assessments will be communicated to you, via your assessment handbook, with submission dates and times, a clear explanation of the task and the standards of performance against which you will be graded when you undertake the task. Following your assessment, you will be provided with a grade (which will have been moderated, i.e. checked by another marker and/or an external examiner) and individualised feedback and developmental feed-forward comments.

Why study in the School of Community, Society and Health?

  • Placements in Bedfordshire, Buckinghamshire and Berkshire
  • Study in simulation labs for real life scenarios

Entry requirements

  • Five GCSEs at grade 4 (grade C if taken before 2016) or above, including English language or literature and mathematics (or equivalent), plus one of the following:
  • 104-112 UCAS Tariff points from:
    -3 GCSE/VCE A Levels to include at least one science subject (preferably Biology/Human Biology, but other acceptable qualifications are Chemistry, Physics or Psychology)
    -Access to HE course in health studies, health science, nursing or another science-based course: 15 credits at Level 2 and 45 at level 3 of which at least 12 credits should be graded at distinction level and at least 12 credits at merit
    -Diploma in Higher Education or BSc degree
    -Equivalent qualifications such as Irish Leaving Certificate, Scottish Advanced Highers or International Baccalaureate
  • International English Test Score (IELTS) Grade 7 overall and scores no lower than 6.5 in the sub sections of the test.

It is strongly recommended that prospective students have experience or exposure of their chosen profession prior to application. Whilst this is not essential, a thorough and clear demonstration of your understanding of the role is, of which may only be possible through lived experience.


Occupational therapy is a unique profession in which students are trained to work in both health and social care settings, mental and physical health, in private as well as government sector and work globally in any country.

Our contemporary and brand new course will prepare you to confidently work in the new NHS, Social care as well as in international health and social care. As an Occupational Therapist you can take on roles in a broad range of areas including the NHS, local authorities, charities, industry, schools, private practice, voluntary sector and government agencies. You can specialise in working with children, adults or older people across the lifespan, and pursue a career as a practitioner, researcher, manager, lecturer or consultant.

For further information on OT careers, please visit RCOT and NHS careers website.

Fees and Funding

The full-time standard undergraduate tuition fee for the Academic Year 2022/23 is £9,250 per year. You can apply for a loan from the Government to help pay for your tuition fees. You can also apply for a maintenance loan from the Government to help cover your living costs.

See www.gov.uk/student-finance

The University of Bedfordshire offers a number of scholarships and bursaries to help you finance your studies.

See www.beds.ac.uk/scholarships

The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees by no more than inflation.

Alternatively if you have any questions around fees and funding, please email admission@beds.ac.uk

The full-time standard undergraduate tuition fee for the Academic Year 2022/23 is £9,250 per year.

The University of Bedfordshire offers a number of scholarships and bursaries to help you finance your studies.

See www.beds.ac.uk/scholarships

The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees by no more than inflation.

Alternatively if you have any questions around fees and funding, please email admission@beds.ac.uk

The full-time standard undergraduate tuition fee for the academic year 2022/23 is £13,500 per year. A prompt payment discount is available if you pay the full Year 1 fee before or at registration. There are also special scholarships available.

See www.beds.ac.uk/intfees

The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees by no more than inflation.

Alternatively if you have any questions around fees and funding, please email admission@beds.ac.uk

Fees and Funding


The full-time standard undergraduate tuition fee for the Academic Year 2022/23 is £9,250 per year. You can apply for a loan from the Government to help pay for your tuition fees. You can also apply for a maintenance loan from the Government to help cover your living costs.

See www.gov.uk/student-finance

The University of Bedfordshire offers a number of scholarships and bursaries to help you finance your studies.

See www.beds.ac.uk/scholarships

The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees by no more than inflation.

Alternatively if you have any questions around fees and funding, please email admission@beds.ac.uk


The full-time standard undergraduate tuition fee for the Academic Year 2022/23 is £9,250 per year.

The University of Bedfordshire offers a number of scholarships and bursaries to help you finance your studies.

See www.beds.ac.uk/scholarships

The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees by no more than inflation.

Alternatively if you have any questions around fees and funding, please email admission@beds.ac.uk


The full-time standard undergraduate tuition fee for the academic year 2022/23 is £13,500 per year. A prompt payment discount is available if you pay the full Year 1 fee before or at registration. There are also special scholarships available.

See www.beds.ac.uk/intfees

The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees by no more than inflation.

Alternatively if you have any questions around fees and funding, please email admission@beds.ac.uk

Extra costs for this course

For this course you need to have appropriate clothing and equipment.

  • Appropriate shoes for clinical placement (£20-£60)
  • Fob watch (£5-£20)
  • Smart clothes for community placement (£50-£100)
  • Practical kit for practice sessions (£60-£100) (Consisting of tracksuits trousers, suitable P.E. types shorts, aertex t-shirt and trainers).
  • DBS: You will need to pay up to £55 for the initial Disclosure and Barring Service check plus an annual update charge of £13.
  • Occupational Health Clearance: You may need to pay for some additional services and vaccinations if not available through your GP.

*The information above is for guidance only. Exact costs may vary.

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How to Apply

Application for most full-time undergraduate and foundation courses is via the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS).

We expect to receive UCAS applications between 1 September and 15 January for courses starting in the following academic year, but may consider applications received after this date should places be available.

Please contact admission@beds.ac.uk for further details.

All UK schools and colleges are registered with UCAS to manage their students' applications. Advice on how to submit your UCAS application is available from your school or college.

If you are not at school or college (including mature students) you should apply independently via UCAS

EU students applying for a full-time undergraduate degree at the University of Bedfordshire should apply via UCAS or direct using our admissions form

International students applying for a full-time undergraduate degree at the University of Bedfordshire should apply direct using our admissions form or via our representatives in your home country
You can also apply online

Find out more about how to apply as an International student

    How to Apply


    Application for most full-time undergraduate and foundation courses is via the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS).

    We expect to receive UCAS applications between 1 September and 15 January for courses starting in the following academic year, but may consider applications received after this date should places be available.

    Please contact admission@beds.ac.uk for further details.

    All UK schools and colleges are registered with UCAS to manage their students' applications. Advice on how to submit your UCAS application is available from your school or college.

    If you are not at school or college (including mature students) you should apply independently via UCAS


      EU students applying for a full-time undergraduate degree at the University of Bedfordshire should apply via UCAS or direct using our admissions form


        International students applying for a full-time undergraduate degree at the University of Bedfordshire should apply direct using our admissions form or via our representatives in your home country
        You can also apply online

        Find out more about how to apply as an International student

          Additional information

          The Department of Health and Social Care in England has announced that all NHS Staff must be vaccinated against Covid-19 if they wish to work in roles that involve face-to-face contact with service users. This rule comes into effect from 1st April 2022 and includes healthcare students.

          All applicants need to provide evidence to our Occupational Health provider that they have received a full course of Covid-19 vaccination prior to commencing the course. If the applicant is exempt on medical grounds or because they have been involved in a clinical trial, or are under the age of 18 years of age, their ability to complete the course may be compromised. These cases will be reviewed by our Occupational Health provider to determine if reasonable adjustments to placement allocations can be made.

          If reasonable adjustments are not possible due to the ruling, or if an applicant declines to being vaccinated, they will be unable to meet the NMC/HCPC proficiencies for the course as they will be unable to complete placements in Care Quality Commission regulated settings, for example, the NHS or care homes.