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Occupational Therapy

There are two intakes per year:

  • April - Medway Campus
  • September - Canterbury Campus


Occupational Therapists work with people of all ages to enable them to live meaningful lives. As a student occupational therapist you will develop an understanding of the potential people of all ages have to carry out valued daily activities and fulfil their life roles and ambitions regardless of physical, mental or social challenges.

You will be supported in your learning by staff in the University and Occupational Therapists working in a variety of settings which may include schools, hospitals, communities and prisons.

You will develop knowledge and skills to enable you to plan and carry out individual or group sessions to enable those you work with to do the many things that make up everyday life such as caring for themselves and others, enjoying leisure activities and working. This may involve teaching new skills, adapting a person’s environment or looking at how they could do familiar tasks in a new way.

We believe that a person should be at the centre of all we do. Feedback from previous students confirms that the active involvement of service users and carers both in the classroom and on placement enhances your learning. The staff team are committed to supporting you to undertake your studies and to develop as a confident and competent graduate therapist who can work collaboratively in a changing health and social care environment.

Canterbury Christ Church University is the largest Higher Education Centre in Kent that provides training for health and social care professionals. It has received the highest possible rating for the quality of its provision in all areas of Health provision from the Quality Assurance Agency. Students enjoy the lovely surroundings of our campus’ and up to date technology and modern facilities that supports their learning.

Content and Structure

The Occupational Therapy programme is a pathway in the Faculty of Health and Social Care preregistration interprofessional learning programme. This means that you will have the opportunity of learning from and with a range of other health and social care students during the programme. This also prepares you for collaborative practice in the work place.

The course is modular, with six modules being taken in each academic year. Academic and practice knowledge are integrated throughout the course enabling you to apply the theory you have learnt in the classroom in the practice arena.

In the first year, four occupational therapy specific modules introduce you to the core values and beliefs underpinning the meaning of occupation and occupational therapy practice. You will learn about the links between health and well-being and occupation; the person and the contexts they live in and the human body as it functions in daily life. In addition one module will help you to develop skills for higher learning and you will be involved with students from other professional routes to explore skills that enhance working effectively together to support service users. In this first year you will have seven weeks placement under supervision of a qualified occupational therapist.  

In the second year the occupational therapy specific modules focus on the skills occupational therapists need to assess, plan and carry out treatments to meet service users’ needs in hospitals, schools, homes, workplace, residential settings. You will also have an overview of the historical perspective of occupational therapy and some of the current theories used in practice. Your academic skills will be further developed examining evidence related to practice. You will continue to be involved with other students to explore team working. You will undertake one 9 week practice placement at the end of the academic year.  

In year three, within the occupational therapy specific modules there is an emphasis on health and wellbeing and innovation with students integrating theory, skills and knowledge. The final 12 week placement prepares you for the responsibilities of a junior occupational therapist. The final interprofessional learning module focuses on working together within and across professional groups and services. In this year students also complete an independent literature based study in an area of professional interest. 

Further information about options within degree programmes can be found here.   


All students complete a minimum of 1000 hours on three placements over the three levels. Placements are arranged in a variety of settings to ensure experience is gained with a range of client groups in different types of service provision. Placements may be anywhere in the South East, including London and as they may be away from your normal place of residence there can be additional costs incurred. There is some financial help available for students receiving an NHS bursary.  

Learning and Teaching

Whilst in University, a variety of teaching methods are used throughout a student’s programme. These range from taught sessions to independent, self-directed learning. Students are involved in using PowerPoint presentations; group discussions; seminar groups; clinical skills practice; student / peer presentations; technology enhanced learning (TEL) and blended learning e.g. pre-recorded on-line lectures. Clinical skills are taught in the skills lab, a simulated and safe practice environment.


Students need to pass both the theory and the practice for every module in order to pass each year and the programme. Their understanding of theory is assessed in a variety of ways including written work in different formats, such as essays, exams, presentations and the development of online resources. Practice is assessed by their practice educator for each placement.


Applicants need to demonstrate a basic understanding of occupational therapy and show that it is a well considered career choice for them. At the interview we are looking for applicants who have the potential to be able to communicate and work with others, problem solve and a genuine interest in enabling people to succeed in their lives. We also like you to have visited or arranged to visit at least one occupational therapy area before interview. This can be done by contacting the Occupational Therapy Manager in hospital, social services and community settings. Some hospital OT Services also hold monthly Open Days where they provide visitors with information about their roles and responsibilities.


This Interprofessional Learning Health and Social Care programme is not subject to the new higher education fee system.  

To find out about bursary entitlements for students studying Interprofessional Health and Social Care programmes visit our Financial Information page.

Employment Opportunities

Graduates from the Occupational Therapy course are eligible for registration with the Health & Care Professions Council. Employment prospects are varied and graduates are now seeking positions in non-traditional settings, private companies and not just the NHS. Graduates may go on to undertake a higher degree and/or research at this University or elsewhere. Occupational Therapy is a profession which encourages life-long learning and continuing professional development.

As a qualified Occupational Therapist who works in health or social care settings, you may be involved in: assisting people to return to do the things they want to do when they go home; helping a child and the staff in a school to learn more effectively; working with an adult to return work after a stress related illness or planning how to change an older person’s home to enable them to carry out everyday activities. 

Newer areas of work include working with older people in residential care homes, insurance companies getting people back into work, or in supported employment organisations assisting people with learning disabilities to join the work force.

Some therapists move into management posts within health or social care; others have used their learning to get involved in health promotion activities; some take up lecturing posts in Universities. The qualification is recognised all over the world.


What our students say

Simon Worthington

Simon Worthington
Occupational Therapy

My Occupational Therapy lectures are excellent, and my lecturer is very talented in the way he presents the information. The lecture rooms are a reasonable size for the numbers taking my course, and it is a relaxed atmosphere where you feel comfortable to ask for something to be clarified or repeated, which I feel is very important.

> Faculty of Health and Social Care

Department of Allied Health Professions

> Further information on Occupational Therapy

About the course

BSc single honours


3 years full-time 



Typical entry requirements

260 UCAS points including BCC at A2 Level, or equivalent (see here). Applicants will also need 5 GCSEs at Grade C, or above, including English and Maths.

Additional entry requirements

Applicants are interviewed and offers of a place are subject to health clearance and Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check before starting the programme. For information about the DBS process please see here.

How to apply


How will I be assessed?

Coursework, examination, presentations, practical examination


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