Occupational Therapy BSc (Hons)

Key Facts

  • UCAS Code


  • Level


  • Duration

    3 years full-time
    3 years full-time extended

  • Starting


  • BBC at A Level
    DDM at BTEC

  • Fees UK 24/25

    Full Time: £9,250

  • Fees International 24/25

    Full Time: £16,200

  • Location

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The University of Northampton’s BSc Occupational Therapy degree prepares you to work as a registered occupational therapist in the UK and overseas. Occupational Therapy is a health and social care profession that enhances the health and well-being of individuals to enable them to achieve their full potential. Occupational therapists work with people of all ages to help them overcome the challenges of everyday life resulting from illness, trauma and ageing.

Successful completion of the BSc Occupational Therapy degree will allow you to apply for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). In addition, it will also give you an opportunity to obtain a licence to practice and become a member of the Royal College of Occupational Therapists.

Top 18 for Occupational Therapy courses: The University of Northampton is the top 18th institution for Occupational Therapy courses in the Complete University Guide league tables for 2024.

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  • The Occupational Therapy degree is designed to develop innovative and pioneering occupational therapists.
  • Opportunities for collaboration with local organisations to create social impact.
  • A range of local, national and international professional placement opportunities.
  • Modern bespoke clinical OT skills facilities located on the University’s campus.
  • An established Occupational Therapy course with four key strands including: occupational science, occupational therapy skills, scientific research, and professional practice.
  • Guaranteed paid internship with the Northampton Employment Promise.
  • HP laptop and software included with this course* (*Terms and conditions apply).

Course Content

  • The University of Northampton’s Occupational Therapy degree equips you with the knowledge and skills that you will require for professional practice through combining the study of occupational and human sciences with hands-on learning in a practical setting.

    We were one of the first Occupational Therapy courses to be established in Britain. We have strong connections in the local area and offer a wide range of exciting local, national and international practical placement opportunities.

    You will have an opportunity to engage in professional practice within a variety of health and social care settings across public, private, voluntary and independent sectors. The range of placements in traditional and non-traditional settings enables you to develop and advance your skills in assessment and intervention with clients. You will be encouraged to consider the evidence base for current practice throughout the Occupational Therapy course.

    Professional Practice Placements

    The World Federation of Occupational Therapists stipulate that occupational therapy students need to complete 1,000 hours of assessed practice. You will complete one placement for each year of your course that will meet this requirement.

    Placements are available in a variety of settings and we work closely with the students to provide a range of practice opportunities. Overseas placements opportunities are available for second and third year students and funding is available through the Erasmus Scheme for placements within the EU.*

    Student Opportunities

    Studying the BSc Occupational Therapy degree offers you many opportunities including:

    • Short Overseas Exchange: during Stage two you will have the option to take part in a student exchange programme where you can spend one week studying on the Occupational Therapy degree programme at a university in Finland. This is an excellent cultural professional exchange experience. Please note that you will have to pay for flights and accommodation.
    • Volunteering: is encouraged throughout the course and is timetabled within the Stage 2 Professional Skills for Practice module. You can access volunteering opportunities through our Changemaker Hub and also through staff led volunteering projects.
    • You are encouraged to participate in extracurricular activities during your studies such as Naidex; an annual equipment exhibition or the many activities/courses on campus such as a British Sign Language course or social entrepreneurship activities. You will be invited to take part in Heath Roadshows to promote the profession and the university, Open days and Discovery Days to contribute to the recruitment and joining of successive student cohorts.

    The BSc Occupational Therapy degrees delivered in three formats:

    • Full-time route
    • Full-time Extended route
    • Apprenticeships

    We also offer an Occupational Therapy apprenticeship programme which is accredited by the Health and Care Professions Council and the Royal College of Occupational Therapy. For further details on apprenticeships click visit our apprenticeships webpage.

    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 mental health, physical areas, paediatrics and learning disabilities.

    The Full Time occupational therapy degree is approximately 20 hours of direct contact plus 15 dedicated study hours per week across standard university terms. The Full Time Extended course is approximately 14 hours of direct contact plus additional study hours per week, extended over 45 weeks of the year.

    Please note the modules shown here relate to the academic year 23/24. The modules relating to the academic year 24/25 will be available from June 2024.

      • Module code: FHS_IPE20
        Status: Compulsory
      • Module code: OTH1110
        Status: Compulsory
        The purpose of this module is to develop a range of skills essential to Occupational Therapy practice, students explore occupational therapy core skills theory and apply these skills through case studies in practical workshops.
      • Module code: OTH1111P
        Status: Compulsory
        The purpose of this module is to introduce the student to the practice and profession of occupational therapy. Preparatory academic studies in addition to work placements under the guidance of a practice educator and professional supervision will introduce students to the occupational therapy intervention process. Students will gain the opportunity to apply theory to practice and develop professional practice skills.
      • Module code: OTH1123
        Status: Compulsory
        The purpose of this module is to give an introduction to understanding people as occupational beings. It explores the concepts of occupation that underpin Occupational Therapy Practice through the use of occupational theories. The aims of the module are: - to develop an understanding of how occupations relate to health and well being. - to develop an understanding of human occupations and the context in which they occur.
      • Module code: OTH1124
        Status: Compulsory
        The purpose of this module is to enable students to explore how anatomical and psychological components contribute to everyday functional activity. Students will also explore how daily life is affected by illness, physical impairment, mental health problems or learning difficulties. Students will develop an understanding of how individuals at different life-stages function within their environments, cope with impairment, activity limitations and participation restrictions in relation to disease processes.
      • Module code: OTH2108
        Status: Compulsory
        The purpose of this module is to develop reasoning in the selection, interpretation and application of the profession?s generic theory base when used to promote occupational engagement across a variety of potential instances of occupational disruption arising from illness or disability using an experiential-based learning approach.
      • Module code: OTH2109
        Status: Compulsory
        The purpose of this module is to enable the student to develop personal and professional skills in order to analyse and facilitate occupational performance. Through the integration of theory into practice, students will engage in a range of practical workshops before collaboratively undertaking a social volunteering activity that serves to promotes health and wellbeing.
      • Module code: OTH2110
        Status: Compulsory
        Occupational therapists are required to employ a sound research evidence base for practice. This module will introduce the student to the components and process of research and evaluation within healthcare and occupational therapy specifically. It will equip and prepare the student to conduct an independent project at Level 6. This module is a pre-requisite for the Independent Study Module.
      • Module code: OTH2111P
        Status: Compulsory
        The purpose of this module is to enable the student to assimilate and apply new knowledge and demonstrate professional reasoning through active engagement in the occupational therapy process. It will comprise academic studies and an assessed placement working under the guidance of a practice educator and professional supervision.
      • Module code: OTH3109
        Status: Compulsory
        The purpose of this module is to enable students to consolidate the learning that they have had in the previous levels regarding ?Occupational Therapy Skills for Practice?. This module will provide students the opportunity to focus on specific specialist clinical areas of personal professional interest. This module will develop students proficiency in the use of therapeutic actions, interventions and the use of occupation as a means and ends. This module prepares students to become qualified Occupational Therapists, developing their employability skills including preparation for job interviews in their chosen clinical area.
      • Module code: OTH3110P
        Status: Compulsory
        The purpose of this module is to draw together skills and learning from all previous modules studied at levels 4 and 5 and introduced at level 6. The module will explore the current professional contexts and drivers that influence present and future service delivery, as an occupational therapist. This module aims to prepare the student for final placement supporting transition from student to qualified practitioner.
      • Module code: OTH3115
        Status: Compulsory
        The purpose of this module is to enrich the students understanding of communities by developing their professional thinking in designing, implementing and evaluating occupational therapy services which aim to meet the health and well-being needs of diverse groups of people.
      • Module code: OTH4105
        Status: Compulsory
        The purpose of this module is to provide final year students with the opportunity to plan, participate in and evaluate an independent study following a research process. The independent study will be relevant to the profession of occupational therapy
  • All Occupational Therapy BSc applicants must have:

    You will need to 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.

    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, please contact our Admissions Team to discuss this on an individual basis. Each application is considered on its own merit so if you are unsure if you have the skills, knowledge, or qualifications to apply, please contact us.

    All offers of a place on the occupational therapy programme are subject to:
    • successful Occupational Health Screening,
    • satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) report, and
    • successful interview by the University.

    For more information on how to make an application, please visit our How to Apply page.

    If you are an International student and would like information on making an application, please see our How to Apply page.

    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

    For information regarding English language requirements at the University, please see our IELTS page.

  • 2024/25 Tuition Fees

    Fees quoted relate to study occupational therapy in the Academic Year 24/25 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

    • UK – Full Time: £9,250
    • International – Full Time: £16,200
    2023/24 Tuition Fees

    Fees quoted relate to study occupational therapy in the Academic Year 23/24 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

    • UK – Full Time: £9,250
    • UK – Part Time: £1,540 per 20 credit module
    • International – Full Time: £15,750
    Additional Costs

    For placements, Occupational Therapy students may incur additional accommodation and travel costs.

    • You will be provided with a uniform (two tops and one pair of trousers). Additional uniform items can be purchased at cost.
    • black leather shoes, black socks.
    • We have a wide range of books and journals accessible in our library, either in hardback or e-books or via our electronic databases.
    • You will participate in some activities where a small cost may be incurred such as craft, art, cooking material to a maximum of £25 a year.
    • You are also required to complete a recognised (level two) food hygiene course, further details about this course will be provided when you start the course. You will be able to complete this course online at an approximate cost of £20.
    • Travel costs to and from placements, and extra costs associated with placements, may be incurred throughout your studies depending on where you are based.

    Financial contribution towards your travel and expenses, in relation to your practice learning opportunities, may be available for you from the NHS Learning Support Fund. Details, including eligibility criteria, can be found on the NHS website.

    For more information about possible funding options, please visit our Fees and Funding pages.

  • At the University of Northampton, everything we do, from funded trips to paid internships, is to give you everything you need to make a difference when you leave.

    If you join our full-time Occupational Therapy degree at the University of Northampton, you will receive a laptop when your course begins*. The laptops are built to a bespoke custom specification ideal for use in the seminar room, collaborative group work or studying at home.

    Whatever your ambitions, we’re here to help you to achieve them. We’ll support you to identify the skills you’re learning during your occupational therapy course, find your strengths and secure practical experience so that when it comes to applying for jobs or further study you’ll feel confident in standing out from the crowd. We’ve created the Northampton Employment Promise because we are so confident that if you focus on your studies and complete one of our awards you’ll be highly employable by the time you graduate. Putting you in a great position to secure employment or continue your studies.

    To check out the full list of perks, visit our Student Perks page or dedicated International Perks page.

    * UK fee payers only (see Terms and Conditions for further details)

  • What is the difference between the different routes?

    We have 3 routes in the BSc (Hons) Occupational Therapy:

    • Full time (FT): students are available for teaching and self-directed study Monday to Friday for traditional university terms. Placements are full time.
    • Full time extended (FTE): students are in university 2 full days per week, with an additional day needed for independent study. Therefore, FTE students are required to attend for more weeks of the year in order to complete all of the modules. Teaching continues into June/July for FTE students.  Placements are part time (22.5 hrs) in the first 2 years, and full time in the final year.
    • Apprenticeship: students are in full time employment or being recruited to an apprentice post the health and social care sector. Students are nominated for the degree by their employer, they attend university one day per week, complete work-based learning tasks and complete full time placements.

    Some modules are completed with FT, FTE and apprenticeship students together. All routes are completed within 3 years.

    How will I be taught on the Occupational Therapy degree?

    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 University of Northampton’s Occupational Therapy team is involved in research across many clinical areas including frailty and dementia. We are working with local partners in strategy development and are encouraging of social entrepreneurship with resources and expertise within the staff team.

    How will I be assessed on the Occupational Therapy course?

    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 and practice portfolios. You may work together in groups for some assignments.

    Support is provided by tutors for all module assignments in the form of assessment tutorials and marking criteria.

    What extra curricular course events or activities are there?

    There are opportunities throughout the course to get involved in events and activities. We have excellent links with local organisations for volunteering.  We have a strong Occupational Therapy community, the student Occupational Therapy Society arrange regular activities, we participate in National OT Week and various events throughout the year.


Jane Campion, Senior Lecturer in Occupational Therapy
Jane Campion

Senior Lecturer in Occupational Therapy

Faculty of Health, Education and Society

Jenny Devers, Senior Lecturer in Occupational Therapy
Jenny Devers

Senior Lecturer in Occupational Therapy

Faculty of Health, Education and Society

Michael Adams, Senior Lecturer in Occupational Therapy
Michael Adams

Senior Lecturer in Occupational Therapy

Faculty of Health, Education and Society


Careers and Employability

Occupational Therapists work in diverse areas of practice. Opportunities are available in the UK and abroad with a wide range of career options; the National Health Service, Social Services, private practice, special education, the prison service and in the voluntary sector.

The University of Northampton’s occupational therapy degree is structured to provide you with support. The final year of the course is designed to enable you to prepare for applying for your first job within the field of Occupational Therapy.

If you are a qualified occupational therapist and are looking to return to practice you will find information about financial, clinical and academic support available to return to practice by visiting the Health Education England website. There is bespoke return to practice support at the University of Northampton, please contact our OT Team.

Master’s Opportunities

Our postgraduate and Master’s courses are a great way to enhance the skills you have already learnt. Benefit from our 20% alumni discount graduate-discount-scheme/ on postgraduate fees.

Successful completion of this Occupational Therapy degree could lead on to one of our postgraduate programmes: MSc Advanced Occupational TherapyDoctor of Professional Practice in Health and Social Care.


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