Occupational Therapy BSc (Hons)

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3 Years
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Overview Updated 07/11/2018

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 physical and mental 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 are one of the longest established Occupational therapy Schools in Britain and offer a wide range of exciting local, national and international practical placement opportunities.

Course

Highlights

  • Overseas exchange available for international work experience.
  • Take part in the annual OT Student Conference to celebrate your work.
  • A range of local, national and international professional placement opportunities.

HP Laptop and software included with this course.

Additional

Information

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.

Course Details

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.

Read more…

Open Days

Discover your Course

Our Open Days offer you a fantastic opportunity to get a real taste of university life at Northampton and discover how studying here will be a life-changing experience.

Each Open Day has a packed programme of subjects talks, advice sessions and activities designed to give you all the information you need about studying with us.

To find out more about the day, please feel free to have a look at our Open Day Guide.

Study Story

Lauren Deeming

Lauren studied our Occupational Therapy BSc (Hons) course, and this is what she had to say:

“The University of Northampton was recommended to me by several Occupational Therapists. When coming to the open day that confirmed it to me, the talks about the course engaged me.”

“Lecturing staff are approachable and fair, they are supportive and really want you to succeed and it really does show. For me this has been instrumental to me completing my studies.”

Careers

Career Opportunities

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 Deborah Hewson.

Contacts

Course enquiries
study@northampton.ac.uk

Application status enquiries
admissions2019@northampton.ac.uk

Current student enquiries
SID@northampton.ac.uk

International student enquiries
international@northampton.ac.uk

Enquire online
Online enquiry form

Applying for 2019
Facebook Applicant Group

Office hours:
Mon – Thu: 9am – 5pm
Fri: 9am – 4.30pm

Phone Call

Home / EU: 0300 303 2772

International: +44 (0)1604 894503

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 7.0 in all bands
    for study at undergraduate level

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

Entry Requirements

You will need to have five GCSEs including Maths and English at Grade C/4 or above and 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 in a health or science related subject
  • 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 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. You will need to provide evidence of successful recent study at degree entry level.

All offers of a place on the course are subject to a successful Occupational Health Screening and a Satisfactory Extended Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) report.

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.

Course Content

You will focus on developing the knowledge and skills underpinning occupational therapy practice. You will study the anatomy, physiology, psychology, sociology and occupational theories that help you to understand people as occupational beings. Alongside this, you will develop essential skills to support academic and practice learning which will be applied in a six week practice placement. Practical sessions include exploring problem-solving theories, building therapeutic relationships, working in groups, moving and handling and the assessment and use of equipment.

  • Functional Human Sciences (40 Credits) Credits)
    Module code: OTH1124
    Core Module Y
  • Understanding Occupational Beings (20 Credits) Credits)
    Module code: OTH1123
    Core Module Y
  • Foundations of Professional Practice (40 Credits) Credits)
    Module code: OTH1111P
    Core Module Y
  • Personal and Professional Skills (20 Credits) Credits)
    Module code: OTH1110
    Core Module Y

Course Stats

Facilities &

Special Features

  • one of the longest established Occupational Therapy Schools in Britain
  • a range of exciting local, national and international professional placement opportunities
  • modern purpose built facilities including a daily living suite.

Postgraduate Opportunities

Further your Study

Our postgraduate courses are a great way to enhance the skills you have already learnt. Benefit from our 20% alumni discount on postgraduate fees to give yourself a CV that will catch the eye of employers.

Advanced Occupational Therapy MSc

Advanced Occupational Therapy PGCert

Research

We are committed to delivering outstanding research that makes a difference to society. Our Research Institutes and Centres work closely with external partner organisations, locally, nationally and internationally. We produce internationally renowned and relevant research and disseminate knowledge on an international scale.

Visit our Research Hub page for more information.

Business and Enterprise

We are committed to supporting and encouraging business growth and we are involved in a variety of initiatives which seek to benefit the wider community as well as students and staff of the University.

Discover what businesses we work with and what opportunities may be available to you on our Business and Enterprise pages.

Fees & Funding

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

2018/19 Tuition Fees

Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 18/19 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

Full Time: £9,250
Full Time Extended: £9,250

We have a range of scholarships available to provide you with financial support throughout your studies.

Please note that tuition fees for EU students will remain the same as UK fees for 2018/19. For more information, please visit the Gov UK website.

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.

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: £12,500

2018/19 Tuition Fees

Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 18/19 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

International: £13,000

For information on the scholarships available to you as an international student, please see our International scholarships page.

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.

Scholarships

EU and International Scholarships

Sir Thomas White Scholarship

The Sir Thomas White scholarship will support and acknowledge an academically gifted student, with the proviso that the selection panel is confident that there is…

TD Lewis Scholarship

The T D Lewis Scholarship provides both undergraduate and postgraduate students with financial awards of up to £1,500.  This scholarship is awarded on educational excellence…

The Chancellor's Fund

The Chancellor’s Fund is a bi-annual fund providing students with awards of between £100 and £1,000. You must be a current student to apply. The…

Wilson Endowment Scholarship

The Wilson Endowment Scholarship provides a £1,500 scholarship to undergraduate students from the Northamptonshire area. The endowed scholarship was donated in memory of Mr Lynn Wilson,…

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Values Based Recruitment

Values Based Recruitment is an approach which attracts and selects students, trainees or employees on the basis that their individual values and behaviours align with the values of the NHS Constitution.

The purpose of Values Based Recruitment is to ensure that the future and current NHS workforce is selected against the values of the NHS Constitution, so that we recruit people with the right skills and values to support effective team working in delivering excellent patient care.

Our Faculty of Health and Society supports the values stated in the NHS Constitution and these values are utilised in our recruitment and selection processes. Please visit the Health Education England website for more details.


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Updated 07/11/2018

  • 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 physical and mental 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 are one of the longest established Occupational therapy Schools in Britain and offer a wide range of exciting local, national and international practical placement opportunities.

    Course

    Highlights

    • Overseas exchange available for international work experience.
    • Take part in the annual OT Student Conference to celebrate your work.
    • A range of local, national and international professional placement opportunities.

    HP Laptop and software included with this course.

  • 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.

    Read more…

    Additional

    Information

    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.

    • Discover your Course

      Our Open Days offer you a fantastic opportunity to get a real taste of university life at Northampton and discover how studying here will be a life-changing experience.

      Each Open Day has a packed programme of subjects talks, advice sessions and activities designed to give you all the information you need about studying with us.

      To find out more about the day, please feel free to have a look at our Open Day Guide.

    • Lauren Deeming

      Lauren studied our Occupational Therapy BSc (Hons) course, and this is what she had to say:

      “The University of Northampton was recommended to me by several Occupational Therapists. When coming to the open day that confirmed it to me, the talks about the course engaged me.”

      “Lecturing staff are approachable and fair, they are supportive and really want you to succeed and it really does show. For me this has been instrumental to me completing my studies.”

    • Career Opportunities

      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 Deborah Hewson.

  • You will need to have five GCSEs including Maths and English at Grade C/4 or above and 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 in a health or science related subject
    • 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 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. You will need to provide evidence of successful recent study at degree entry level.

    All offers of a place on the course are subject to a successful Occupational Health Screening and a Satisfactory Extended Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) report.

    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.

    Contacts

    Course enquiries
    study@northampton.ac.uk

    Application status enquiries
    admissions2019@northampton.ac.uk

    Current student enquiries
    SID@northampton.ac.uk

    International student enquiries
    international@northampton.ac.uk

    Enquire online
    Online enquiry form

    Applying for 2019
    Facebook Applicant Group

    Office hours:
    Mon – Thu: 9am – 5pm
    Fri: 9am – 4.30pm

    Phone Call

    0300 303 2772

    +44 (0)1604 892134

    +44 (0)1604 892546

  • You will focus on developing the knowledge and skills underpinning occupational therapy practice. You will study the anatomy, physiology, psychology, sociology and occupational theories that help you to understand people as occupational beings. Alongside this, you will develop essential skills to support academic and practice learning which will be applied in a six week practice placement. Practical sessions include exploring problem-solving theories, building therapeutic relationships, working in groups, moving and handling and the assessment and use of equipment.

    • Functional Human Sciences (40 Credits) Credits)
      Module code: OTH1124
      Core Module Y
    • Understanding Occupational Beings (20 Credits) Credits)
      Module code: OTH1123
      Core Module Y
    • Foundations of Professional Practice (40 Credits) Credits)
      Module code: OTH1111P
      Core Module Y
    • Personal and Professional Skills (20 Credits) Credits)
      Module code: OTH1110
      Core Module Y
    • Further your Study

      Our postgraduate courses are a great way to enhance the skills you have already learnt. Benefit from our 20% alumni discount on postgraduate fees to give yourself a CV that will catch the eye of employers.

      Advanced Occupational Therapy MSc

      Advanced Occupational Therapy PGCert

    • We are committed to delivering outstanding research that makes a difference to society. Our Research Institutes and Centres work closely with external partner organisations, locally, nationally and internationally. We produce internationally renowned and relevant research and disseminate knowledge on an international scale.

      Visit our Research Hub page for more information.

    • We are committed to supporting and encouraging business growth and we are involved in a variety of initiatives which seek to benefit the wider community as well as students and staff of the University.

      Discover what businesses we work with and what opportunities may be available to you on our Business and Enterprise pages.

  • 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

    2018/19 Tuition Fees

    Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 18/19 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

    Full Time: £9,250
    Full Time Extended: £9,250

    We have a range of scholarships available to provide you with financial support throughout your studies.

    Please note that tuition fees for EU students will remain the same as UK fees for 2018/19. For more information, please visit the Gov UK website.

    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.

    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: £12,500

    2018/19 Tuition Fees

    Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 18/19 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

    International: £13,000

    For information on the scholarships available to you as an international student, please see our International scholarships page.

    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.

    Scholarships

    EU and International Scholarships

    Sir Thomas White Scholarship

    The Sir Thomas White scholarship will support and acknowledge an academically gifted student, with the proviso that the selection panel is confident that there is…

    TD Lewis Scholarship

    The T D Lewis Scholarship provides both undergraduate and postgraduate students with financial awards of up to £1,500.  This scholarship is awarded on educational excellence…

    The Chancellor's Fund

    The Chancellor’s Fund is a bi-annual fund providing students with awards of between £100 and £1,000. You must be a current student to apply. The…

    Wilson Endowment Scholarship

    The Wilson Endowment Scholarship provides a £1,500 scholarship to undergraduate students from the Northamptonshire area. The endowed scholarship was donated in memory of Mr Lynn Wilson,…

  • Values Based Recruitment is an approach which attracts and selects students, trainees or employees on the basis that their individual values and behaviours align with the values of the NHS Constitution.

    The purpose of Values Based Recruitment is to ensure that the future and current NHS workforce is selected against the values of the NHS Constitution, so that we recruit people with the right skills and values to support effective team working in delivering excellent patient care.

    Our Faculty of Health and Society supports the values stated in the NHS Constitution and these values are utilised in our recruitment and selection processes. Please visit the Health Education England website for more details.

*Course data provided by Unistats

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Now Open

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