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Occupational Therapy BSc (Hons)

Overview

TEF Gold. Teaching Excellence Framework.

The BSc (Hons) 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 wellbeing of individuals to enable them to achieve their full potential. Occupational therapists work with people of all ages to help them to overcome the challenges of everyday life resulting from illness, trauma and aging.

We were one of the first Occupational Therapy programmes 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.

We will support you to achieve your career and study ambitions, which is why if you complete our Employability Plus Gold programme or Changemaker Gold certificate alongside your studies and if you haven’t secured full-time employment 12 months after graduating* we will secure a three – six month paid internship for you, or support you into postgraduate study.

*with a 2:2 degree classification or higher

Updated 24/07/2020

Key Facts

  • UCAS Code:

    B930

  • Level:

    Undergraduate

  • Duration:

    3 years Full-time
    3 years Full-time extended

  • Starting:

    September

  • Fees UK/EU:

    Full Time: £9,250

  • Fees International:

    Full Time: £13,900

Get in touch

For questions regarding study and admissions please contact us:

UK/EU Students enquiries

study@northampton.ac.uk
0300 303 2772

International Students enquiries

international@northampton.ac.uk
+44 (0)1604 892134

Highlights

  • A programme 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.
  • An established programme with four key strands including: occupational science, occupational therapy skills, scientific research, and professional practice.
  • Modern bespoke clinical skills facilities located on the University’s campus.
  • Guaranteed paid internship with the Northampton Employment Promise.

Course Content

  • Our Occupational Therapy undergraduate course 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.

    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 course.

    Student Opportunities

    Studying the BSc (Hons) Occupational Therapy offer you many opportunities including:

    • Studying the BSc (Hons) Occupational Therapy offer you many opportunities including:
    • Leicester University Medical School (LUMS): As part of the Functional Human Sciences module, you will have the option of attending the Dissection Room at Leicester University Medical School to consolidate your learning in human anatomy and physiology. The session is taught and facilitated by occupational therapy staff, who are able to correlate human anatomy with function. This provides you with a unique experience that is not available on all occupational therapy programmes.
    • 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 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.
    • Vona du Toit Model of Creative Ability (VdT MoCA) MOOC: You will learn about this unique model of OT practice within the programme, but there is an additional opportunity to extend your knowledge and skill by taking the VdT MoCA Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) which is run by the university in conjunction with the Northamptonshire Healthcare Foundation Trust.
    • 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.

    Apprenticeships

    We also offer BSc (Hons) 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.

    The BSc (Hons) Occupational Therapy programme is delivered in three formats

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

    All of our 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 course 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.

    Extra Curricular Course Events / Participation

    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.

    Research

    Our 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.

    • 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: 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: 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.
  • 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.

  • How will I be assessed?

    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.

    How will I be taught?

    The course 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.

  • All 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; graded DDM
    • 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.

    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 programme are subject to:

    • successful Occupational Health Screening,
    • satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) report, and
    • successful interview at the University.

    For more 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 a 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.

  • UK & EU

    2020/21 Tuition Fees

    Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 20/21 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

    Full Time: £9,250
    Part Time: £1,450 per 20 credit module

    Additional Costs

    For placements, 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.
    • 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 is available from the NHS Learning Support Fund. Details, including eligibility criteria, can be found on the NHS website.

    2019/20 Tuition Fees

    Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 19/20 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

    Full Time: £9,250
    Part Time: £1,400 per 20 credit module

    International

    2020/21 Tuition Fees

    Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 20/21 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

    Full Time: £13,900

    Additional Costs

    For placements, 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.
    • 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.

    2019/20 Tuition Fees

    Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 19/20 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

    Full Time: £13,500

    Additional Costs

    For placements, 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.
    • 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.

Staff

Deborah Hewson

Senior Lecturer in Occupational Therapy
Faculty of Health, Education and Society

Profile

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 course 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.

Is this course for you?