BSc single honours Occupational Therapy 2017/18

Year of entry

We are no longer accepting applications for September 2017 entry. Applications for September 2018 entry are now open - apply now.

Occupational therapists work with people of all ages to enable them to live meaningful lives. At Canterbury Christ Church University you will develop your understanding of where the person should be – at the centre of all that occupational therapists do.

Feedback from past students who are now in employment confirms that the active involvement of service users and carers both in the classroom and on placement is an essential part of your learning, and so our course has a strong theory-practice relationship. Our students have been commended for their innovation outputs by entrepreneurs, leaders and managers involved in this aspect of the course.

Our staff are committed to supporting students to undertake their studies and to develop as confident and competent therapists who can work collaboratively in a changing health and social care environment. Our experienced staff draw upon their academic and professional wealth of expertise and knowledge to support our goal of helping all students to achieve their full academic potential.

Find out more about why you should study Occupational Therapy at Canterbury Christ Church University from our current students.

This course is suitable if you would like to gain a sound understanding of occupational therapy and become eligible to apply for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council.

100% of our most recent Occupational Therapy students were in a professional/managerial job 6 months after finishing their course

Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education, 2015/16

To ensure our students experience the most current and relevant occupational therapy education, we are excited to provide a newly designed programme focused on your occupational therapy and interprofessional education. The course builds on our many years’ experience, reflects how health and social care professionals come together to work in practice, and focuses on the rapidly evolving dimensions of the health and social care sector and the needs of the individual. 

Within the new design our aim is to give students the opportunity to embrace and capture their interprofessional placement experiences and use of interprofessional interactions through simulation activities, such as role play and use of discussion boards. These, and other activities, support learning, teaching and assessment.

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. Practice placements form around half of the course. The BSc (Hons) Occupational Therapy degree is subject to the approval of the Health and Care Professions Council. This allows students to apply for registration as an occupational therapist upon successful completion of the course.

In 2014-15, two of our students set up a ‘pub’ in a care home to provide an age-appropriate socialising space for the residents.

“…it has been incredibly rewarding. I think for all of us, whether 18 or 48. It had been an overwhelming positive period in our lives. If you want to be an occupational therapy student you will have to work hard, but you will also look back and be glad that you did.”

We continually review and where appropriate, revise the range of modules on offer to reflect changes in the subject and ensure the best student experience. We will inform applicants of any changes to the course structure before enrolment.

Year 1

Year 1 modules will introduce you to the core values, beliefs and theories underpinning the meaning of occupation and occupational therapy practice. You will learn about links between health and wellbeing and occupation; the person and the contexts they live in; how the human body and mind impact on daily life. In this year, you will have an assessed practice placement under the supervision of a qualified occupational therapist

Year 2

Year 2 modules will focus more on the practical and theoretical skills needed to assess, plan, set goals and implement interventions to meet service users' needs across settings including hospitals, schools, homes, the workplace and residential settings. Academic skills are further developed and work is carried out with other health professionals and people that occupational therapists might work with. You will spend more time on assessed practice placement in order to embed and apply the skills and knowledge learnt in the classroom.

Year 3

In year 3, there is an emphasis on health and wellbeing where you further integrate theory, skills and knowledge, and innovation to help prepare you for future employment. You will spend time working in groups developing your entrepreneurial skills and demonstrating innovation. You will also undertake an independent literature-based study in an area of professional interest to you. Your final assessed placement will prepare you for the responsibilities of a junior occupational therapist.

On successful completion of the course you will be eligible to apply for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council. As one of few professions that can and do work across the whole Health and Social Care environment and within the voluntary/third sector you could pursue positions in the NHS and Social Services, and in non-traditional settings such as private companies and charities, or work towards leadership/management.

Once qualified, you could be involved in: assessing individuals to return to do the things they want to do in their home after an admission; helping a child and staff in a school to learn more effectively; helping an adult to return to work after a stress related illness; or working with older people in a range of settings. Other areas that you could work in include insurance companies getting people back into work, or in supported employment organisations assisting people with learning disabilities to join the workforce.


The 2017/18 annual tuition fees for this course are:

From 1 August 2017, new students in England on nursing, midwifery and most allied health professional (AHP) pre-registration courses will have access to the standard student support package of tuition fee loans and support for living costs, rather than getting an NHS grant. Visit our page on Health Education Funding in 2017/18 or find out more at thefundingclinic.org.uk

Full-time  £9,250*  TBC
Part-time  N/A  N/A

Tuition fees for all courses are payable on an annual basis, except where stated.

*Full-time courses which have a Foundation Year 0 will have a 2017/18 UK/EU tuition fee of £6,165 in Year 0.

Please read the 2017/18 Tuition Fee Statement for further information regarding 2017/18 tuition fees and year on year fee increases

Further information

Additional course costs

Although we aim to minimise any additional costs to students over and above the course tuition fee, there will be some additional costs which students are expected to meet.

Costs applicable to all students

Text books Own purchase text books
Travel to other sites Where travel to other sites is required, this will be payable by the student
Library Fees and Fines Where students fail to return loaned items within the required time they will be responsible for the cost of any Library Fees and Fines applicable
Printing & Photocopying The cost of printing and photocopying undertaken by students to support their individual learning are payable by the student
Graduation ceremonies It is free for the student to attend the ceremony itself. Guest tickets and robe hire / photography are additional costs payable by the student

Course specific costs

You will be entitled to claim travel and accommodation expenses incurred over and above daily travel costs to university. The costs must be related to essential practice placements.

CCCU Advantage

Our aim is to ensure that there are no hidden initial costs when commencing your Health and Wellbeing course. Any additional costs to pre-registration health and social care students should be kept to a minimum, therefore, we will be providing all our students commencing courses affected by the NHS bursary changes from September 2017 with extra funding support as part of your course fees.

The CCCU Advantage Package includes:

  • Uniforms
  • Disclosure & Barring Service check
  • Occupational Health costs, including immunisation

Visit The Funding Clinic for further information on the Government funding changes.

General principle policy

The University’s general principles policy for additional course fees are set out here

CategoryIncluded in the tuition feeAdditional cost to student
Field trips (including trips abroad and trips to museums, theatres, workshops etc) Yes, if the trip contributes to the course (whether it is part of an optional or compulsory module), but not including food and drink. Yes, if the trip is not an essential part of the course but is offered as an enhancement or enrichment activity, or for a student’s personal development.
Travel and accommodation costs for placements  No

Travel and accommodation costs for professional placements within the Education and Health & Wellbeing Faculties.

Travel and accommodation costs for other work placements. 
Text books No Own purchase text books.
DBS / Health checks No Yes
Professional Body registration No Yes
Travel to other sites (e.g. travel to swimming pool for lessons) No Yes
Clothing / Kit Yes, where the clothing / kit is essential for Health & Safety reasons. Yes, where the clothing is kept by the student and not essential for health and safety reasons.
Learning materials Essential learning materials (excluding text books) in connection with the course. Additional materials beyond the standard provision essential for the course or where the costs are determined by the student’s area of interest and the outputs are retained by the student.
Library fees and fines No Yes
Printing and photocopying No Yes
Social events No, unless the event forms an essential part of the course. Yes, unless the event forms an essential part of the course.
Graduation ceremonies It is free for the student to attend the ceremony itself. Guest tickets and robe hire/ photography are additional costs payable by the student.

Composition of the course

The current course provides a balance between face-to-face teaching, self-study time and practice placement. Throughout each of the three years of the programme a proportion of time will be spent in lectures, seminars, getting feedback on assignments and similar face-to-face contacts.

There will be practice placements in each of the three years which will be located in Kent, Medway and also in Sussex and London to provide you with a wide placement experience.

You will carry out directed and independent study such as reading, looking at online presentations, completing workbooks, working in small groups, etc.

Our dedicated and knowledgeable staff and the occupationally-focussed teaching strategies used place a real world emphasis on: the importance and meaning of occupation and how it relates to health and wellbeing – what you can do to allow people to make a difference in their lives. Innovation and integrated working are a major focus for the programme.

Academic input

The majority of the academic teaching team are experienced educationalists holding a teaching qualification, and practitioners registered with the Health and Care Professions Council and with the British Association/ College of Occupational Therapists. They are responsible for facilitating the development of your knowledge and skills in relation to the professional aspects of the programme.

In 2014/15 two members of staff were awarded senior fellowship of the Higher Education Academy by demonstrating a ‘proven and sustained track record in Higher Education teaching and management’

Surprising terms

Students in placement must conform to NHS rules of appearance and conduct as set out by the placement provider/organisation.

During placement you may be required to attend at shift times, as is often the case once in employment. This ensures that you experience the full range of activity in your individual placement. Shift work could include weekends, bank holidays and night duty.

Owing to the varied nature of placements, there may be a need for you to travel to and from placements within mostly within Kent, Medway and also East Sussex and London so you can also gain experience from some specialist settings.

The various ways that you will be assessed typically include coursework (this could be essays, business plans, personal reflections, etc), examinations (e.g. computer based report), presentations and practical examinations.

GCSE English Language and Mathematics, at grade C or above, or equivalent.

Applicants need to demonstrate a basic understanding of occupational therapy and show that it is a well considered career choice for them. Suitable applicants are invited into the University for an information session and interview.

Interview process: at the interview we are looking for applicants who have the potential to be able to communicate and work with others, problem solving skills and a genuine interest in enabling people to succeed in their lives.

It is essential that you have visited 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 occupational therapy services also hold monthly open days where they provide visitors with information about their roles and responsibilities.

Offers of a place can only be made after a successful interview, subject to satisfactory health clearance and Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check.

The course is currently approved by the Health and Care Professions Council and accredited by the College of Occupational Therapists.

On completion of the course and in preparation for registration, the Programme Director must be satisfied that you meet the relevant statutory regulatory body fitness to practise criteria. So you will be required to sign an annual declaration of ongoing fitness to practise at regular intervals during the course. The Faculty of Health and Wellbeing has a Fitness to Practise policy and procedures which may be instigated should you demonstrate behaviour or conduct that falls short of that expected by the University and/or statutory regulatory body. For more details, visit www.canterbury.ac.uk/policies-procedures

To be eligible to apply for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council you must demonstrate good health and good character throughout your studies and on completion. Applications for professional registration will be subject to satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks and Occupational Health clearance.

There are modern and realistic Simulation Suites that facilitate learning and help prepare you for practice placements. These are available for students to book outside planned teaching sessions to enhance confidence and skills.

We currently work with most of the major acute, community and mental health NHS Trusts in Kent and Medway and a number of Trusts in Sussex and parts of London.

Fact file

UCAS code

  • B920

Institutional code

  • C10


  • 3 years full-time


  • September 2017 (Canterbury)

Entry requirements

  • GCSE English Language and Mathematics, at grade C or above, or equivalent.

    A typical offer would be BBC at A2 Level, or equivalent

    More entry requirement details.



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