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BSc (Hons) Occupational Therapy

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Occupational therapists work to improve the everyday life skills of people who suffer with physical, social, and psychological difficulties.

This degree, which is accredited by College of Occupational Therapists and endorsed by the Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC), is designed to give you the sophisticated knowledge, as well as the analytical and practical skills, needed to critically assess a patient’s circumstances in order to help them adapt to their environment and maximise their performance potential.

You’ll delve into the exciting disciplines of anatomy, physiology, sociology, psychology and occupational science; forming the groundwork on which occupational therapy is based.

To complement classroom theory, you’ll gain hands-on practice using our excellent clinical simulation facilities, which feature a daily living suite and kitchen, plus equipment to tackle a comprehensive range of situations commonly encountered by occupational therapists. What’s more, to support your campus-based education, you’ll gain real world experience through 1000 plus hours in professional placements.

When it’s time to join the workforce, we believe our course will give you an edge over the competition as we’ll equip you with all the desired technical, managerial and communication skills needed to enter practice. Testament to this is our 100% graduate employment rate. 

96% of our final year students are satisfied with the overall quality of the course, so join us on live chat now or visit us at Open Day to find out more, or watch a webinar presentation about our Occupational Therapy course

All statistics shown throughout this page are taken from Unistats, Destination of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE), BU institutional data and Ipsos MORI (National Student Survey) unless otherwise stated.

For 2019 entry: In order to take advantage of new approaches to learning and teaching, as well as developments in industry to benefit our students we regularly review all of our courses.

This course is currently going through this process and we will update this page in November, 2018 to give you full information about what we will be offering once the review process has concluded.

Key information

Next start date:

September 2019, September 2020


Bournemouth University, Lansdowne Campus


3 years, including mandatory placements


College of Occupational Therapists

Entry requirements:

For 2019 entry: 128 - 136 tariff points including a minimum of 2 A levels or equivalent. BTEC Extended Diploma DDM. For more information check out our 2019 entry requirements.

International entry requirements:

If English is not your first language you'll need IELTS (Academic) 7.0 with minimum 6.5 in each of the 4 components or equivalent.

For more information check out our international entry requirements.

Course details

Our course design utilises a range of diverse teaching and learning strategies with a strong emphasis on problem based learning, which involves groups of students working on real life scenarios in order to gain knowledge and understanding of occupational roles and how health and wellbeing can affect their functioning.

On this course you will be taught by a range of staff with relevant expertise and knowledge appropriate to the content of the unit. This will include senior academic staff, qualified professional practitioners, demonstrators and technicians. You will also benefit from regular guest lectures from industry.

How you will be assessed

You will be assessed by coursework culminating in your final year research project, and you will also undertake group work and written exams. The assessment methods for each unit can be found in the programme specification for your course.

Download the programme specification (pdf 430 kb)


Over the three years of the course and in order to provide you with the necessary breadth of clinical experience, you will undertake the following placements across Dorset, Somerset and Wiltshire:

  • Year 1: 1 week and 6 weeks
  • Year 2: 8 weeks
  • Year 3: 10 weeks and 8 weeks.

You’ll be supported by a practice placement educator throughout your practice placements.

Read about our placement locations

Your application

We look at individual applications and make a tailored offer based on your potential to succeed on the course considering a range of factors, including your academic achievements, work and other experience, predicted grades, reference and personal statement, and in some cases, your performance at an interview/selection test.

Entry requirements


There are a wide range of roles open to you once you qualify as an occupational therapist, not just in the NHS but also within local authorities, social services, schools and the private sector. Every role is rewarding in its own way and this course will prepare you to work as an OT in a variety of environments, helping people from all walks of life.

You can specialise in paediatrics, mental illness and learning disabilities, among others, or you can go into teaching or research. Within six months of completing their course, 90% of our students are working or studying

Costs and fees

All fees are quoted in pounds sterling and are per year. Your tuition fees will be the same for each year of your course. You can find full information about funding your studies and paying your fees in our pages on funding support for healthcare courses. Our fees and funding section also includes information about the scholarships and bursaries on offer – including unlimited Academic Excellence Scholarships for UK, EU and International students.

Fees quoted are for tuition only unless stated otherwise, and we’re committed to ensuring there are no hidden extra costs while you’re at university – that’s why we’re clear about what you can expect us to cover, and what your cost of living will be. 

Our staff

On this course you will be taught by staff with relevant expertise and knowledge appropriate to the content of the unit. This could include senior academic staff, qualified professional practitioners and research students, many of whom are actively engaged in research and/or professional practice which is integrated into the teaching of this course. Please note that teaching staff can change.

Course changes

What our students say

Rebecca Hill

You get ample opportunity to focus on areas that interest you. The lecturers are extremely approachable with extensive practical experience. This allows them to give examples from practice, vital to understanding occupational therapy.

Hear from our alumni

Sharon Diaper

OT is a challenging but rewarding profession to enter into, it's more than a course, it's a new way of thinking. At BU you have the privilege of being taught by some of the best therapists.

What our students say

Gemma McCallum

The structure of the course provides an opportunity to openly discuss, debate and collate ideas within a close group of peers in a friendly environment.