Occupational Therapy BHSc (Hons)
Applicants are asked to arrive by
10am followed by a welcome talk about various facets of
the university and a tour of the campus.
Interviews are conducted in groups of
approximately eight applicants with two members of staff and
will include the following:
- Opportunity to share with the group the motivation for wanting
to study Occupational Therapy
- Opportunity to identify personal qualities that they will bring
to the profession
- A group discussion relating to the challenges of the programme
and how these might be managed
- A short written task
- A discussion relating to the value of occupation in promoting
health and wellbeing
You will be free to leave at 3pm at the
Applicants to the Occupational Therapy degree
programme who are offered an interview will have met the entry
requirements with both their qualifications (or potential
qualifications) and their personal statement.
A successful personal statement needs to reflect
interest in Occupational Therapy and experience or knowledge of the
subject, drawing on skills that will be transferable to the
If you become a student at York St John
University, we expect you to:-
- Demonstrate caring, compassion and commitment with excellent
communication skills promoting values based practice.
- Demonstrate a commitment to the programme of study and a
willingness to work in partnership with staff and other students to
enhance your own learning and that of others.
- Be prepared to take full advantage of the fieldwork
opportunities in different geographical locations and clinical/
social areas to prepare you to work as a basic grade occupational
therapist in the 21st century.
- Appreciate the considerable demands which are made throughout
the programme and the impact that they have on other aspects of
- Be prepared to have full and frank discussions with your
personal tutor to maximise your academic, professional and personal
development whilst on the programme.
- Understand the programme requirements and their influence on
the success of your study.
- Give constructive feedback on aspects of the programme to
ensure a positive student learning
- Reflect on your learning needs and utilise the staff and
college resources to assist your learning and development.
We hope that if you choose to come to York you
will enjoy the experience and take advantage of the variety of
academic, professional and social opportunities available.
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As an Occupational Therapy student at York St
John University, you can expect:-
- To study in a safe, pleasant, well resourced
- Highly committed staff with a wide variety of professional
- Staff who endeavour to remain at the cutting edge of
professional development through research activities, attendance
and presentations at national and international conferences and
membership of professional
- A programme of study which is designed to prepare you for
practice in the
- Well organised, efficient and effective systems for teaching,
- A personal tutor who will support and monitor your academic and
- To participate in the evaluation of modules and contribute to
the quality enhancement of the student learning
- To be offered diverse geographical and clinical fieldwork
opportunities, working with occupational therapy staff that have
undergone fieldwork education modules.
Further Information for Applicants
Rehabilitation of Offenders Act
Students of occupational therapy and qualified
practitioners necessarily have close contact with people who are
vulnerable due to age, disability or handicap.
Because of the nature of our work, employers
require details regarding criminal convictions or cautions under
the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exemptions) Order
1975. Applicants for occupational therapy posts are not
entitled to withhold information about any criminal convictions or
cautions which for other purposes would be spent under the
provision of the Act. In the event of later employment,
failure to disclose any such information may result in disciplinary
measures or dismissal.
Students undertaking periods of professional
practice in certain clinical placements are required to have the
same level of police clearance as qualified colleagues, so the
University has a duty to ensure that you will be able to undertake
periods of professional practice and fulfil future requirements in
regard to the provisions of this Act.
If you are offered a place on any occupational
therapy programme, you will be required to contact
the Disclosure & Barring Service to go through the
Enhanced Disclosure process. The disclosure of a criminal
record will not automatically debar anyone from a place on
occupational therapy programmes. In making decisions, the
University will consider the nature of an offence, how long ago it
was committed, the age of the person when it was committed and any
other factors which may be relevant. Failure to provide any
information which could affect your ability to undertake any aspect
of the programme could result in termination of studies.
Health and Related Information
If you are successful in gaining a place, you
will also be required to complete a Medical Health Questionnaire
which gives information regarding aspects of your physical and
mental health status and history. You are asked to consent to
the University medical officer contacting your general practitioner
for further information if this should prove necessary. When
the programme commences, you will also be required to complete a
statement of ability to pursue the programme of study to ascertain
if other factors need to be given consideration. Again, failure to
provide any information which could affect your ability to
undertake any aspect of the programme could have serious
For further information on Occupational
Therapy and interviews please see: