Faculty of Health, Education and Society
Occupational Therapy BSc (Hons)
3 years full-time
3 years full-time extended
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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.
- 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.
- Modern bespoke clinical OT skills facilities located on the University’s campus.
- An established programme 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).
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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.
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.
The BSc (Hons) Occupational Therapy programme is delivered in three formats:
- Full-time route
- Full-time Extended route
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.
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.
Interprofessional Education (IPE)
Module code: FHS_IPE20Status: Compulsory
Personal and Professional Skills (20 Credits)
Module code: OTH1110Status: CompulsoryThe 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.
Foundations of Professional Practice (40 Credits)
Module code: OTH1111PStatus: CompulsoryThe 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.
Understanding Occupational Beings (20 Credits)
Module code: OTH1123Status: CompulsoryThe 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.
Functional Human Sciences (40 Credits)
Module code: OTH1124Status: CompulsoryThe 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.
- Interprofessional Education (IPE)
Occupational Engagement (40 Credits)
Module code: OTH2108Status: CompulsoryThe 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.
Professional Skills for Practice (20 Credits)
Module code: OTH2109Status: CompulsoryThe 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.
Research Methods (20 Credits)
Module code: OTH2110Status: CompulsoryOccupational 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.
Development of Professional Practice (40 Credits)
Module code: OTH2111PStatus: CompulsoryThe 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.
- Occupational Engagement (40 Credits)
Occupational Therapy Specialist Skills (20 Credits)
Module code: OTH3109Status: CompulsoryThe 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.
Consolidation of Professional Practice (40 Credits)
Module code: OTH3110PStatus: CompulsoryThe 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.
Enhancing Occupational Therapy in Communities (20 Credits)
Module code: OTH3115Status: CompulsoryThe 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.
Independent Study (40 Credits)
Module code: OTH4105Status: DesignateThe 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
- Occupational Therapy Specialist Skills (20 Credits)
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 by 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.
2021/22 Tuition Fees
Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 21/22 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.
- UK – Full Time: £9,250
- UK – Part Time: £1,465 per 20 credit module
- International – Full Time: £14,000
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.
- UK and EU – Full Time: £9,250
- UK and EU – Part Time: £1,450 per 20 credit module
- International – Full Time: £13,900
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.
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.*
*Please see our situation update webpage for the latest information.
Successful completion of BSc (Hons) Occupational Therapy will then 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.
Our postgraduate 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 course could lead on to one of our postgraduate programmes:
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 this full time degree at 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 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.
After applying via UCAS and meeting the entry requirements, you will be invited to an interview with our Occupational Therapy team. Your interview will be held online using an online platform. You will receive further information and the interview joining in instructions from us by email before your interview.
As part of your interview preparation we suggest you look at The Royal College of Occupational Therapists website.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.