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BSc (Hons) Occupational Therapy (with Foundation Year option)

Occupational therapists work to improve the everyday life skills of people who experience physical, social, and psychological difficulties by helping them to engage in meaningful tasks and occupations.

  • UCAS Code:
    B930
  • Institution:
    B50
  • Delivery:
    Full time according to Funding Council definitions

With foundation year: B931

Clearing 2021: This course (including the Foundation Year option) is now full for September 2021 entry. You may still apply, but your application will be held on a waiting list. We’ll contact you if a space becomes available and your application is being considered. Call us on +44 (0)1202 966777 or apply online. You can also explore our other Health & Social Care vacancies in Clearing.

Why study BSc (Hons) Occupational Therapy at BU?

  • Gain the knowledge and practical skills needed to critically assess a service user’s circumstances in order to help them adapt to their environment and maximise their performance potential. 
  • The course maintains small cohort sizes resulting in excellent lecturer-to-student ratio meaning more support, education and resource availability.
  • Get hands-on practice using our newly-built clinical simulation facilities, which feature a daily living suite and kitchen, plus equipment to tackle a range of situations commonly encountered by occupational therapists.
  • Put your learning into practice with placement experience throughout the course in a variety of settings. 
  • Experiential learning allows you to work on real-life scenarios to gain knowledge and understanding of occupational roles and how health and wellbeing can affect their functioning. 

Find out more about the content of this course.

New funding: Occupational therapy students may be eligible for a non-repayable government training grant of at least £5,000 a year. Find out more information about the funding.

Foundation Year: We have a Foundation Year option for UK students who do not meet the entry requirements for the degree course. This additional year of study will give you a grounding in the scientific skills needed to prepare you for the Occupational Therapy degree, building your confidence, knowledge and skills for further study. After successful completion of the Foundation Year, you will progress to the full degree and begin your Occupational Therapy study. The Foundation Year will be based at the Talbot Campus, Bournemouth.

Course accreditation and approval 

The accreditation and approval bodies on our BSc (Hons) Occupational Therapy course allow you to work overseas as well as in the UK with your qualification. On successful completion of this course, you can: 

  • Apply to become a registered occupational therapist with the Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC)
  • Apply for professional membership with the Royal College of Occupational Therapist (RCOT)

Please note that the Foundation Year part of the course does not have these accreditations. 

Key information

Next start date:

September 2021, September 2022

Location:

Bournemouth University, Lansdowne Campus. Foundation Year: Bournemouth University, Talbot Campus.

Duration:

3 years, including mandatory placements or 4 years with the Foundation Year (1 year, followed by 3 years including mandatory placements)

Accreditations:

Royal College of Occupational Therapists

Required subjects:

Biology, Human Biology, Psychology, Sociology, Health & Social Care, Applied Human Biology.

Entry requirements:

For September 2021 and September 2022 entry: 128 - 144 UCAS tariff points including a minimum of two A-levels or equivalent, including 32 points in a required subject. BTEC Extended Diploma grade DDM (128 UCAS tariff points) in a required subject. Foundation Year: 48-72 UCAS tariff points. 

For more information check out our full entry requirements.

International entry requirements:

For September 2021 and September 2022 entry: If English is not your first language you'll need IELTS (Academic) 7.0 with minimum 6.5 in each component 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.

Contact hours and assessment

Details of the assessment methods and contact hours for each unit of the course can be found in the programme specification.

Download the programme specification (pdf 430 kb)Download the foundation year programme specification (pdf 338kb)

Placements

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:

Year 1: A one week orientation placement and a six week placement

Year 2: A ten week placement

Year 3: A twelve week placement.

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

Read about our placement locations

Entry requirements

This course requires 128–144 UCAS tariff points, including a minimum of two A-levels or equivalent and 32 points in a required subject. We are happy to consider a combination of qualifications and grades to meet the overall tariff, for example A-levels A*A*C, AAA, A*BC or ABB, BTECs DDD or DDM in a required subject. You can use the UCAS calculator to see how your qualifications equate to UCAS tariff points.

If you do not meet these you may want to consider our foundation year, a one-year course that will prepare you for degree-level study.

Calculate your UCAS tariff points

2021 and 2022 entry

Numeracy and literacy requirements (e.g. GCSEs) GCSE English Language or English Literature and Mathematics grade 4 (or grade C in the old grading system). We also accept iGCSEs, Key Skills and Functional Skills and other qualifications at Level 2 of the National Qualifications Framework. See all the equivalencies.
Required subjects for September 2021 and September 2022
  • A Level: Biology, Human Biology, Psychology, Sociology, Health & Social Care
  • BTEC Nationals: Health & Social Care (Extended Diploma), Applied Human Biology (Extended Certificate or higher)
  • Cambridge Technicals: Health & Social Care (Extended Certificate or higher)
A-level and AS levels

128–144 tariff points to include a minimum of 2 A-levels or equivalent, including 32 points in a required subject.

Advanced Welsh Baccalaureate – Skills Challenge Certificate

Accepted as part of the overall tariff but it must be accompanied by an A-level or equivalent, including 32 points in a required subject.

Access to HE Diploma

128–144 UCAS tariff points from any combination of Distinction, Merit and Pass grades. This must include 15 level 3 graded credits in one of our required subjects: Applied Human Biology, Biology, Human Biology, Psychology, Sociology, Health & Social Care.
An Access to HE Diploma contains 60 credits overall, with 45 graded credits and 15 ungraded credits.

BTEC National
  • Extended Diploma: Distinction, Distinction, Merit (128 UCAS tariff points) in a required subject
  • Diploma: Accepted as part of the overall tariff.
  • Foundation Diploma/ 90-credit Diploma: Accepted as part of the overall tariff.
  • Extended Certificate/ Subsidiary Diploma: Accepted as part of the overall tariff.
Cambridge International Pre-U Diploma 128–144 UCAS tariff points including a minimum of 2 Principal Subjects, including 32 points in a required subject.
Cambridge Technical
  • Extended Diploma: Distinction, Distinction, Merit (128 UCAS tariff points) in a required subject
  • Diploma: Accepted as part of the overall tariff.
  • Foundation Diploma / Subsidiary Diploma: Accepted as part of the overall tariff.
  • Extended Certificate / Introductory Diploma: Accepted as part of the overall tariff.
Extended Project Qualification

Accepted as part of the overall tariff but it must be accompanied by 2 A-levels or equivalent qualifications, including 32 points in a required subject.

International Baccalaureate Certificates 128–144 UCAS tariff points from a minimum of two Higher Level certificates.
International Baccalaureate (Diploma) 32–34 points.
Scottish Highers 128–144 tariff UCAS tariff points from Scottish Highers, including 32 points in a required subject.
Scottish Advanced Highers 128–144 UCAS tariff points from a minimum of two Scottish Advanced Highers.
T Levels We will recognise T Level qualifications at a suitable level (and in a suitable subject, if applicable). 

Foundation year entry requirements

Numeracy and literacy requirements There are no GCSE requirements. The foundation year will cover these skills in preparation for degree study.
For September 2021 and September 2022 entry 48–72 UCAS tariff points.
Non-academic entry requirements Please note: you are required to demonstrate insight into the field of study through relevant experience. Following successful competition of the foundation year, in order to progress from the foundation year onto the degree course you will need to pass an Occupational Health (OH) check and a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check (full details in the tab below). These checks will be undertaken during your foundation year. If you do not pass these checks you will be able to continue the foundation year but will not be able to progress onto a full degree with these requirements.

International entry requirements

You can find details of the international qualifications we accept, and what level of study they apply to, on our entry requirements for non-UK students' page.

Please see below some examples of the qualifications for entry onto Year 1 for September 2021 and September 2022 entry:

  • Chinese Senior High School Graduation Certificate (Huikao) average 80%, or Gaokao 76-85%. Grade depends on the course
  • Hong Kong HKDSE Diploma (4,4,4 – 4,4,5 from three subjects). Grade depends on the course
  • All India Senior School Certificate Examination (Standard XII) 75-85%
  • Italian Esame di Stato with 75-85%. Grade depends on the course
  • Titulo de Bachillerato with 7.5 or 8. Grade depends on the course

English language requirements

If English is not your first language, you will need to provide evidence that you can understand English to a satisfactory level. English language requirements for this course are normally:

For September 2021 and September 2022 entry: IELTS (Academic) 7.0 with minimum 6.5 in each component, or equivalent.

View further information about our English language requirements.

If you do not meet the English language requirement for your degree then why not join our Pre-Sessional English course? Successful completion of our Pre-Sessional English course will meet your English language requirement.

Your application

This course is now full for September 2021 entry (including the Foundation Year). You may still apply, but your application may be held on a waiting list. If your application is on a waiting list, we will inform you if a space becomes available by the end of June.

For occupational therapy, we are looking for applicants who:

  • Have a clear understanding of the profession, including insight into the role of an occupational therapist and the different settings in which an occupational therapist  can work
  • Are motivated and committed to undertaking the course
  • Can demonstrate personal skills and qualities relevant to succeeding on the course, including time management and communication skills.

Careers

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. 

You can find out more about occupational therapy career possibilities on the Royal College of Occupational Therapists website

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 undergraduate fees and funding section, including NHS finance information. That’s also where you’ll find information about the scholarships and bursaries on offer.

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

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