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Learn how to support people of all ages to manage the impact of disability and make changes in their day to day lives.

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 who use your services.

You will work with people 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 work with occupational therapists in a range of health and social care environments. Once successfully completed, you will be eligible to apply for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) as an occupational therapist.

Why Study Occupational Therapy?

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

Throughout the course, you'll be immersed in occupational therapy practice and supported by academics and professionals with vast experience.

From developing your practical skills in our simulation suites to working in real healthcare environments, you'll be exposed to many different situations and will support people with varying needs.

You'll learn how to carry out assessments of individuals' strengths and needs, identify interventions and evaluate your own practice. These skills will ensure you're able to plan appropriate ways of supporting change in the people that you will work with.




Entry requirements

GCSE English language and mathematics, at grade C/new GCSE grade 4 or above, or equivalent. Functional Skills are accepted.

A typical offer would be BBC (or 112 UCAS points) at A2 level, or equivalent.

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.

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.

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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 who, through illness or for societal 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
  • interventions
  • innovation and entrepreneurship.

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


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'll learn through a combination of face-to-face teaching, directed study and self-directed study.

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.

The majority of the academic teaching team are experienced practitioners who are registered with the Health and Care Professions Council, are members of the Royal College of Occupational Therapists and are Fellows of the Higher Education Academy.

In the past three years numerous members of the team have been nominated by students for the University's Golden Apple award that recognises the support given by staff.

Staff have research interests and expertise in: suicide prevention; supporting carers of and people with dementia; the management of children with postural care needs in home and schools; neurological rehabilitation; supporting people with long term conditions; working with people with mental ill-health and supporting occupational justice in communities.

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 HarveyProgramme 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.

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.

Graduate Outcomes Survey 2017/8

of our Occupational Therapy students were in jobs or further study 15 months after finishing their course.


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.

An International student Scholarship fee discount of £1,500 will be applied to all Full-time Undergraduate courses with a tuition fee of £14,500.

Further information can be found on the following weblink which will be updated for 2022/23 entrants in due course: https://www.canterbury.ac.uk/study-here/fees-and-funding/international-student-fees-and-funding

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.

Professional Foundation Year

We will consider your application for the main three-year professional programme. However, applicants may also be considered for a four-year option – i.e. the Health and Social Care Professional Programme with Foundation Year. The decision about your suitability will be made as part of the admissions process and if you are chosen to be interviewed for the Foundation Year option, this will be clearly stated in your Interview Offer Letter. Applications cannot be made directly to the Foundation Year and places are limited.

Find out more about the Professional Foundation Year


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