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    Our Occupational Therapy course will enable you to become a qualified occupational therapist who is able to help create solutions to everyday problems experienced by the people or communities who access your services.

    You will work with people and communities to enable them to carry out everyday activities (getting dressed, working, shopping, studying, playing sport). You will spend time on three placements where you will be supervised by occupational therapists in a range of health and social care environments.

    Once you have successfully completed the Occupational Therapy course you will be eligible to apply for registration as an occupational therapist with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).

    Why Study Occupational Therapy?

    100% of our Occupational Therapy students were in jobs or further study 15 months after completing their course (Graduate Outcomes survey 2021)

    Our course challenges the traditional boundaries of occupational therapy practice; we provide you with the knowledge, understanding, and tools you will need to promote occupational justice for individuals and communities .

    Our course will support you to become a confident, compassionate practitioner who can adapt to the changing world we live in and contemplate working in new emerging occupational therapy roles.

    Our course is designed to equip you with clinical and enterprise skills, that you can use to consider new developments in occupational therapy practice.

    We have a state of the art simulation suite that will provide you with many opportunities to practice your clinical skills throughout your course. These sessions will prepare you for your practice placements and future employment.

      All about the course

      This course will equip you with the skills and knowledge to promote active participation in activity to improve the quality of life and wellbeing of people and communities who, through illness or for sociocultural reasons, are unable to access, take part in or carry out every day activities.

      You'll explore areas including:

      • mind and body structure and function
      • the importance of occupation for health and wellbeing
      • the impact of the socio-political environment on enabling participation in society
      • assessment tools and techniques.
      • academic and professional development

      You'll be able to put your knowledge and skills into practice through practice placements where you will work collaboratively with a range of professionals, service providers and service users.

      Entry requirements

      Qualification type


      A Levels BBC
      BTEC DMM
      Access 15 Distinctions and 30 Merits 
      International Baccalaureate 28 Points
      Combinations A combination of qualifications totalling 112 UCAS points

      Mathematics and English language at GCSE grade C/4 or above.

      Offers of a place can only be made after a successful interview, and are subject to a satisfactory reference, health clearance and Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check. Health clearance will include vaccinations for NHS placements, and evidence of vaccination status may be required by placement providers or the university.

      For more information on the IELTS (International English language Testing System) requirements for this course, please click here to visit our dedicated web page.

      More information about entry requirements.

      UCAS Points

      Module information

      Please note that the list of optional modules and their availability may be subject to change. 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. Modules will vary when studied in combination with another subject.

      Core/optional modules

      How you’ll learn

      You will learn through a blended teaching approach: a combination of online keynote lectures and face to face discussion based seminars, group work and practical workshops. Most teaching sessions will be recorded for you to be able to revisit and consolidate your learning in your own time.

      For each module you'll have 50 hours of either face-to-face teaching or directed study where you'll complete work in preparation for discussion in the classroom. This allows you to work at your own pace and for us to explore and discuss topics in detail whilst improving the quality of the time spent we spend together.

      You will be allocated a personal academic tutor who you'll meet during the first week of your course. You'll then have regular timetabled contact and additional tutorials throughout the course. You will be supported to explore your existing skills and experience using written narrative and reflection. This will help to identify your development needs and build an action plan.

      To help you settle into University life, we have established a peer mentoring scheme to give you any support you may need in your first year at University.

      All courses are informed by the University’s Learning and Teaching Strategy 2015-2022.

      We are passionate about enabling you to recognise and use the power of occupation to transform lives as a confident, competent and compassionate practitioner.

      Sarah HarveyCourse Director, Occupational Therapy

      How you’ll be assessed

      A variety of modes and methods of assessment have been chosen to fit the varied module learning outcomes, module content and students’ differing learning styles. Within the occupational therapy course these include:

      • essays, reports and case studies
      • oral and poster presentations
      • reflective pieces
      • online multiple choice and short answer test
      • open-book timed report writing
      • professional portfolios and compendiums
      • business plan formulation
      • group co-produced work
      • demonstration of practice competencies.

      Your future career

      Upon successful completion of the degree you will be eligible to apply for registration as an occupational therapist in the United Kingdom with the Health and Care Professions Council, our regulatory body. The experience you gain on our course will help to ensure that you are fit for practice in evolving and dynamic health care services within the public, charitable or private sectors.

      You can choose to work locally, nationally or, as a graduate from a degree approved by the World Federation of Occupational Therapists, you will also be able to apply to work internationally. During your career you may want to take on more responsibility such as supporting students on placement, becoming a team leader, private practitioner or setting up your own business. You can continue to develop knowledge and practice through undertaking a Masters degree in a more specialised or advanced area of practice, undertake research as a clinical academic or through a PhD scholarship or move into management or academia.

      The vast majority of our students seek and successfully gain employment in traditional health and care services. However, increasingly our students are demonstrating a broader career path. In recent years we have seen our Graduates pursue PhD level study, embark on the NHS Graduate Management Training Scheme, and internships at the Royal College of Occupational Therapists. The knowledge, skills and understanding you gain by completing our BSc (Hons) Occupational Therapy programme are transferable into many contexts and therefore enable you to pursue a career that you find personally and professionally fulfilling.


      The 2022/23 annual tuition fees for this course are:

        UK** Overseas***
      Full-time £9,250 £14,500

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

      Please read the 2022/23 Tuition Fee Statement for further information regarding 2022/23 tuition fees and year on year fee increases.

      **Home (UK) Fees

      The fees above are for the 2022/23 academic year but may be subject to change following any announcements by the UK Government (approved by Parliament) regarding maximum Undergraduate tuition fee caps for 2022/23.

      In addition, the University reserves the right to increase all full-time and part-time Undergraduate tuition fees mid-course, in line with any further inflationary increase in the Government tuition fee cap which is approved by Parliament. The University will publish information about any changes to tuition fees on its website.

      ***Overseas Fees (including EU fees):

      Undergraduate Overseas tuition fees for International students are not subject to the Government’s regulations on maximum tuition fees.

      Students with an Overseas fee status will be eligible for an International student Scholarship fee discount of £1,500, which will be applied to all Full-time Undergraduate courses with a tuition fee of £14,500.

      Students with an EU fee status will be eligible for the EEA Transition Scholarship. Further details can be found here: https://www.canterbury.ac.uk/study-here/fees-and-funding/international-student-fees-and-funding

      Diamond Jubilee Scholarships and Bursaries

      To celebrate 60 years of transforming lives through education new cash bursary and scholarship opportunities are available for students starting a degree in September 2022. See full details.

      Further entry requirements

      You are expected to have researched the profession and ideally visited at least one occupational therapy service so that you have some understanding of occupational therapy practice.

      All applicants who meet the educational admission criteria and who submit their applications by the UCAS deadline are invited to an interview. The purpose of the interview process is to establish your suitability for a place on the programme and potential for professional employment in the health and social care sector.

      Student recruitment is undertaken by means of a Values Based Recruitment approach which is aligned with the values and behaviours expected by the NHS Constitution.

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

      Industry links

      We work closely and collaboratively with most of the major acute, community and mental health NHS Trusts and local authority Social Services in Kent and Medway and a number of Trusts and local authorities in Surrey, Sussex and parts of London. We also work with a range of other private, voluntary and not for profit service providers in these geographical locations.

      Professional accreditation

      The degree is currently approved by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC), accredited by the Royal College of Occupational Therapists (RCOT) and approved by the World Federation of Occupational Therapists.

      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. You will be required annually to sign a 'declaration of ongoing fitness to practise'.

      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, the HCPC and RCOT.

      On completion of the programme and in preparation for your registration, the Programme Director must be satisfied that you meet the HCPC fitness to practise criteria. You will also need to declare you are of good character and health.

      Health Foundation Year

      For candidates who have been successful at interview, but who are unable to subsequently meet the wider entry requirements, we may be able to offer you a four-year course which includes a foundation year.

      The Health Foundation Year will prepare you for future study and will be the first year of a four-year degree, and if successfully completed, you will be able to progress on to your chosen degree.

      Applications cannot be made directly to the Foundation Year and places are limited.

      Find out more about the Health Foundation Year

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