BSc single honours Occupational Therapy 2020/21

Year of entry

As an occupational therapist, you will co-create solutions to everyday problems experienced by the people who use your services. You will work with people of all ages to support them to manage the impact of illness and disability, enabling them to carry out everyday occupations (getting dressed, working, shopping, studying, playing sport) and be active participants in society.

This course will develop your ability to formulate an understanding of a person’s occupational needs through assessment, identify relevant interventions to support them, and to review your actions.

Completion of the course will enable you to be eligible to apply for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).

You will 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.

Occupational therapy is an exciting, dynamic and varied career that focuses on working with people of all ages across a range of environments to make changes in their lives that help them do the things they want to do and are meaningful to them. You will need to highly develop your knowledge and professional skills to enable you to work collaboratively, be able to assess strengths and needs and plan appropriate ways of supporting change in the people that you will work with.

The purpose of occupational therapy is to enable people to work towards fulfilling their potential as occupational beings. Occupational therapists promote active participation in activity to improve quality of life and wellbeing in people who through illness or societal reasons are unable to access, take part in or carry out every day activities. 

Upon successful completion of the degree you will be eligible to apply for registration as an occupational therapist with the Health and Care Professions Council, our regulatory body. You could choose to work locally, nationally, or potentially internationally as we are approved by the World Federation of Occupational Therapists.

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 apply for registration as an occupational therapist with the Health and Care Professions Council in the United Kingdom. You will then be able to work in a wide range of NHS services, Local Authority Social Services or education, voluntary, private and not for profit sectors.  

In each year you will complete 6 modules including one practice placement module. 

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

Year 1

In the first year the Professional and Academic Development module will help you develop your academic skills. You will also learn about the professional behaviours and values required of occupational therapists to ensure safe practice. In other modules you will learn about the meaning and power of occupation, that are the fundamentals of occupational therapy practice. You will explore a range of assessment techniques and tools and use these to identify your own and people’s occupational needs. You will also begin to study the mind and human body including the various body structures and functions, and their impact on engagement in occupation in both the well and unwell person. You will explore the many different barriers and enablers that have an impact on people’s ability to engage in life within physical, social, economic and political environments.

You will consolidate and utilise your knowledge on a full-time (37.5 hours per week) seven-week practice placement where you will work collaboratively with a range of professionals, service providers and service users.

Year 2

During the second year you will learn about the historical development and current use of occupational therapy theory, models that underpin our practice. Building on assessment skills from year one you will explore the process that occupational therapists use when working with people through goal setting, making plans on how to achieve these goals and evaluating change. There will also be opportunities to learn skills such as utilising a range of assistive technologies, working in groups, communication skills and documentation. 

You will have a unique opportunity to choose, plan and design your own creative community project which will develop you professional and academic skills. You will be encouraged and supported to submit the resulting poster for presentation at an appropriate conference  

A nine-week practice placement at the end of the year will enable you to apply your learning whilst working within teams and different services.

Year 3

In the final year of your programme the modules concentrate on preparing you for registration and employment as well as enabling you to critically reflect on your own development as a beginning therapist and consolidate your knowledge and skills. You will spend more time exploring the use of occupation in supporting people to remain healthy and enjoy doing the things they need and want to do within physical, social, economic and political contexts. You will have an opportunity to investigate a topic of your choice relating to an area of practice. In your last module you will develop your creative, business and enterprise skills by designing an innovative product, service or technology relevant to future occupational therapy practice

A final 12-week practice placement will further develop your skills in working within services and across agencies.

The principle aim of the programme is to develop a cohesive, supportive, questioning and inspired learning community.

Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

We will inform applicants of any changes to the course structure before enrolment.

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 programme 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.


Tuition Fees for 2020/21 have not yet been finalised. Course webpages will be updated with Tuition Fee information once these have been agreed.

Overseas students, please note that there is an additional fee of £1,450 per year of study for placement costs. You will also be required to fund your own travel and accommodation costs.

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

For 2020/21 students eligible for and in receipt of tuition fee and maintenance support from the Student Loans Company are currently 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. Further information and guidelines can be obtained from the NHS Business Authority.

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) No, if the trip contributes to the course as an optional module. Yes if the trip is optional.
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

At the core of transformative teaching and learning is the development of a supportive and trusting relationship between students, staff, and practice areas. You will be allocated a personal academic tutor who you will meet during the first week of your programme followed by regular timetabled contact and additional tutorials throughout the duration of your studies. You will be supported to explore your existing skills and identify development needs as an action plan. Written narrative and reflection will be used to explore your previous learning experiences and will form the basis of individual and class tutorials to discuss expectations of being a student in higher education.

Our colleagues in Academic Learning Development will help you access and make use of resources that can support the ongoing development of your academic skills.

The Occupational Therapy programme engages with the University peer mentoring scheme which is a support mechanism for helping first year students to settle into to university life.

There is a mix between face-to-face teaching, directed study and self-directed study. For each module you will have 50 hours of either face-to-face teaching or directed study where you complete work in preparation for discussion in the classroom. This allows students to work at their own pace and for us to explore and discuss topics in detail whilst improving the quality of the time spent we spend together

Academic input

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.

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

Staff have research interests and expertise in, for example, 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.

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.

Surprising terms

As a student on a professional programme, when on practice placements you must conform to local university and organisational policies regarding appearance and conduct.

During practice placement you may be required to work shift patterns over a seven day week. This ensures that you experience the full range of activity in your individual practice placement. Shift work could include split pattern working days, weekend working, bank holidays and night duty.

Owing to the varied nature of practice placements, there may be a need for you to travel up to an hour and a half to and from placements. Our placements are mostly within Kent, Medway, Surrey, Sussex and London so you can gain a breadth of experience in a range of settings.

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 programme these include:

  • Essays, reports and case studies
  • Oral and poster presentations
  • Reflective pieces
  • On-line 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

A minimum requirement is GCSE English Language at grade C/new GCSE grade 4, or equivalent. A typical offer would be BBC (112 UCAS points) at A2 Level, or equivalent.

All applicants apply via UCAS and early applications are encouraged. 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 day that incorporates a group activity to assess your communication, interpersonal skills and team work followed by an individual 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.

The programme 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.

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 your confidence and skills development.

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.


Full-time study

Apply via UCAS

Need some help?

For advice on completing your application please contact the Course Enquiry Team:

Email: courses@canterbury.ac.uk
Tel:+44 (0)1227 928000

Fact file

UCAS course code

  • B920

UCAS institution code

  • C10


  • 3 years full-time


  • September 2020 (Canterbury)

Entry requirements

  • GCSE English Language 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

    More entry requirement details.



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