Occupational Therapy Apprenticeship

Professional Accreditation

The BSc (Hons) Occupational Therapy apprenticeship programme is accredited by the Health and Care Professions Council and the Royal College of Occupational Therapy.

This programme is made up of sixteen modules distributed over Levels 4, 5 and 6. Modules have an allocation of credit points, which are aggregated at each level. On completion of the programme apprentices will have attained:

  • 120 credit points at Level 4
  • 120 credit points at Level 5
  • 120 credit points at Level 6 – with an integrated EPA process

All of the University of Northampton’s Occupational Therapy BSc graduates gain an academic degree which will then allow you to apply for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) to obtain a licence to practice and become a member of the Royal College of Occupational Therapists.

You will be taught by qualified Occupational Therapists who also have additional teaching qualifications, Masters or PhD qualifications. Our teaching staff have a variety of clinical backgrounds and expertise from acute/community/forensic mental health, acute physical, hand therapy, neuro rehab, community social service, primary care, learning disabilities, and paediatrics.

Apprenticeship Details


The Occupational Therapy Apprenticeship is a Level 6 Apprenticeship.


36 months

Entry requirements

  • Sponsored by an employer

All Occupational Therapy BSc applicants must have:

  • Five GCSEs including Maths and English at Grade C/4 or above.

You will also need one of the following qualifications (or equivalents):

  • Three A Levels at BBC or above (in subjects other than General Studies)
    BTEC: 18 units; or Cambridge Technical graded DDM
  • M at T Level
  • Access: Level 3 – 15 credits at distinction and 30 at merit
  • Open University minimum 60 credits. Please note that NVQs at any level are not accepted.

We welcome applications from students with a mix of A levels and BTEC/Cambridge Technical qualifications.

English Language Requirements

All International and EU students applying for an occupational therapy course with us must meet the following minimum English language requirements:

  • IELTS 7.0 (or equivalent) with a minimum of 6.5 in all bands
    for study at undergraduate level

You will need to provide evidence of successful recent study at degree entry level. We will also consider other recognised professional courses that are not listed above.

All offers of a place on the occupational therapy programme are subject to:

  • successful Occupational Health Screening
  • satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) report
  • successful interview by the University
  • Year One

    • Exploring Professional Perspectives of Occupation
    • Understanding Health & Well-Being
    • Health & Well-Being: the impact on the individual
    • Core Skills for Occupational Therapy Practice
    • Enabling Engagement in Occupation
    • Placement 1

    Year Two

    • Exploring Evidence to Inform Practice
    • Exploring Inequalities and Inclusive Practice
    • Placement 2
    • Placement 3
    • Principles Informing Practice
    • Rehabilitation Skills

    Year Three

    • Becoming an Autonomous Practitioner
    • Developing Creative Practice in Communities
    • Placement 4
    • Embedding Evidence to inform Practice
  • How will I be taught on the Occupational Therapy degree apprenticeship?

    • Our occupational therapy degree incorporates a range of learning and teaching methods to engage you in active learning. This includes technology enhanced learning through online workbooks, activities and interactive discussions: classroom based learning through seminars, skills workshops, tutorials and practice–based learning. You will be a collaborator in learning with your tutors, peers and practice educators.
    • The World Federation of Occupational Therapists stipulate that occupational therapy students need to complete 1,000 hours of assessed practice. You will complete four placements across the programme that will meet this requirement.

    How will I be assessed on the Occupational Therapy degree apprenticeship?

    • A diverse range of assessments are included in the course to ensure academic and professional competence and to prepare you for the role of an Occupational Therapist. This includes written assignments, multiple choice question tests, poster presentations, group work, reflective essays, case studies, OCSE’s, Blogs and placement assessment. You may work together in pairs/small groups for some assignments.
    • Support is provided by tutors for all module assignments in the form of assessment tutorials and marking criteria.
  • The delivery style allows students who wish to commit to study on a part-time basis. This is one-day per week over three years equating to approximately 45 weeks per academic year, with teaching continuing across the summer. Professional practice placement is undertaken on a full-time basis.

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