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2011-12 Graduate summary by subject - Occupational Therapy

Our Occupational therapy students gain subject specific knowledge and relevant practical experience throughout their studies. Professional practice placements bring students into contact with people of all age groups, cultures and ethnic origins in a variety of clinical and community settings. Much emphasis is placed upon the student’s ability to meet high standards of clinical excellence as well as to develop a range of transferable employability skills including the ability to function effectively as part of a multidisciplinary team and to support and advise patients and their families. Students also develop the ability to assess, analyse, monitor and evaluate the care they deliver. A reflective approach to professional practice is considered to be very important.

Employers also look at a wider range of personal skills and abilities: the way students engage with people and a strong sense of professionalism, for example, are crucial to working in the profession.

The York St John occupational therapy degree course can also provide students with additional transferable skills and personal qualities sought by employers in a range of sectors. These include:

  • flexibility;
  • adaptability;
  • empathy;
  • organisation and time management;
  • leadership;
  • determination and tenacity;
  • the ability to conduct research.

A small number of leavers go on to work in roles which enable them to utilise their specialist knowledge, skills and professional experience in different sectors; by for example working as a Social Care Assessor, Primary Care Mental Health Worker, Children's' Centre Manager and a Care Co-ordinator.

Training also provides students with the opportunity to develop problem-solving and decision-making skills, as well as equipping them with confidence and the ability to deal with the demands of working in a diverse and changing profession.

The pie chart below shows the work and study options of 2011-12 Occupational Therapy graduates from York St John University. This data is based on the Destinations of Leavers in Higher Education (DLHE) Survey of York St John University graduates six months after graduation and only includes information from those who replied.

Employability 2011-12 stats Occupational Therapy


Categories %
1 - Working Full-time 65.1%
2 - Working Part-time 19.3%
3 - Unemployed 2.4%
4 - Due to start work 8.4%
5 - Full-time study 2.4%
6 - Part-time study 1.2%
9 - Explicit refusal 1.2%
Grand Total 100%


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