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Start Dates: Oct
Attendance: Full-time | Part-time
Course Level:Undergraduate
Duration: 3 Years
UCAS Code:B930
Campus Location: University Square Campus, Luton

About the course

This course provides you with skills and knowledge for a career as a Graduate Occupational Therapist, who will be eligible to register with the HCPC on successful completion of the course. With the help of an academic team of scientists and clinicians, an extensive network of practice placements and a superbly equipped School, you will have the chance to learn about: professional values and conduct; underpinning clinical sciences; underpinning theories and skills for practice; and research that informs evidence based practice.

This course will equip you with the knowledge and skills to treat people with physical, psychological, or social disabilities. You will study alongside other health care students (Physiotherapists, Paramedics, Operating Department Practitioners, Midwives and Nurses), learning about each other’s scope of practice and inter-professional referral. This will help student to develop a strong professional identity as an occupational therapist and gain a clear understanding of how the role contributes to the wider multi-disciplinary teams.

Occupational therapy combines a range of areas including human sciences (anatomy, physiology, and psychology), sociology, pathology, learning disabilities and mental health. Throughout the three year programme, students will be offered practice placement opportunities (minimum 1000 hours) at each level to enable development of professional practice skills in a variety of NHS, social care, voluntary and private service settings under supervision.
The course is not funded by the NHS.

The course is currently in the process of professional validation from the Health and Care Professionals Council (HCPC) and Royal College of Occupational Therapists.

Course information

The BSc (Hons) Occupational Therapy programme is underpinned by the definition described by The World Federation of Occupational Therapists (WFOT). WFOT describes Occupational Therapy profession as: a health discipline which is concerned with people who are physically and/or mentally impaired, disabled and/or handicapped, either temporarily or permanently.

Occupational therapist use a range of skills: core, shared and specialist to work with client’s strengths and address areas of occupational dysfunction. The programme will focus on developing core, shared and specialist skills of a student to become an Occupational Therapist.

A substantial number of units on this programme will develop profession specific thinking and skills. These units will help students to develop the core understanding of theory and skills that characterise the unique contribution of occupational therapy practice within health and social care settings.

Occupation is central to the curriculum and emphasis is placed on the unique and individual client-centred dynamic of ‘person-environment-occupation-wellbeing’ informing the content and configuration of the curriculum (rather than bio-medical and service-led patterns). The programme adopts a Spiral curriculum design which means that concepts are re-visited with increasing complexity in learning continuing throughout the programme.

The programme is divided into themes that require further depth as students’ progress through the programme.
These themes are:

  • Occupational Therapy: Philosophy, Values and Professional Role
  • Concepts, Theory and Knowledge underpinning Occupational Therapy
  • Thinking Critically and Practicing Evidence-Informed Occupational Therapy
  • Occupational Therapy in Practice

This is a brand new course, benefitting from the most recent changes in healthcare provision and expanding on the recently revised Learning and Development Standards for Pre-registration Education (2019) by Royal College of Occupational Therapists (RCOT).

The course runs alongside the Physiotherapy course benefitting from inter-professional learning and support, helping develop understanding of your own professional role and the role of other professionals in healthcare provision. There is the potential for collaborative research as the programme progresses with a further preparation for practice module in year 3 addressing HCPC registration, career development and continuing professional development.

The course has been designed with the student experience at the centre using previous experience, knowledge, beliefs, opinions and perception of self as a building block to learn. The curriculum design places the patient at the centre of all therapy provision underpinned by holistic healthcare delivery.

Unlike many undergraduate Occupational Therapy courses, the clinical placements are part-time for the 1st and 2nd year which gives students access to the university services to include the library and support staff as well as their academic staff during their clinical placements. Third year placements are full-time.


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.

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 2020/21 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 2020/21 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 2020/21 is £12,350 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

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Fees and Funding


The full-time standard undergraduate tuition fee for the Academic Year 2020/21 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 2020/21 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 2020/21 is £12,350 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.

Find out more about additional costs while studying at Bedfordshire. Click here

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

          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