Occupational Therapy BSc (Hons)
This degree will prepare you with the knowledge and skills to take up a career in contemporary occupational therapy practice.
Help people engage in their everyday occupations, through enabling them to lead a fulfilling and healthy life. Our Occupational Therapy degree is inclusive, innovative and transformative, using current evidence-based concepts, practice and a mix of contemporary and traditional learning approaches.
92% of Occupational Therapy students believe their course is intellectually stimulating - National Student Survey 2017
- UCAS Code – B930
- Duration – 3 years full-time
- Start date – September 2020, September 2021
- School – Health Sciences
Minimum Entry Requirements
120 points from BBB or DMM
5 GCSEs Graded C/4 or above (or equivalent) including English Language, Maths and Science.
UK and EU 2020-21 £9,250 per year
International 2020-21 £12,750 per year
Discover why York St John is The One
We are committed to providing a high-quality educational experience for our students, which recognises the importance of individuality. This occupational therapy programme is accredited by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and the Royal College of Occupational Therapists (RCOT). Successful graduates holding our BSc (Hons) Occupational Therapy qualification are entitled to apply for registration to practice.
At York St John University, students have the opportunity to work with a lecturer on a new or ongoing piece of research. This Student as Co-Researcher (SCoRe) initiative currently has projects in place that work with asylum seekers, refugees, older people in care homes and in the development of a York St John University Occupational Therapy student Continuous Professional Development portfolio.
During your final year, you’ll take modules designed to transition you from student to graduate occupational therapist, with the knowledge, skills and values required for practice. You will develop skills in becoming an autonomous learner, global in your outlook, socially responsible, independent and self-aware. Final year students may have the opportunity to complete a practice placement in an international setting. We have excellent working relationships with service providers in countries such as Australia, Uganda, Malta, France and Portugal.
You will leave this degree course equipped with the knowledge and skills to take up a career in contemporary occupational therapy practice.
- Introduction to Occupational Therapy Practice (year-long): This module introduces you to the foundations, philosophy and processes of occupational therapy. Key elements including knowledge, skills and attitudes/values required to be an occupational therapist will be considered. (80 credits)
- Introduction to Occupational Therapy Practice: Practice Placement 1 (4 weeks): This is the first opportunity for you to apply your learning in the practice setting. On placement you will work alongside and be supervised by a qualified occupational therapist who will be your practice educator. (10 credits)
- Introduction to Occupational Therapy Practice: Practice Placement 2 (6 weeks): This six week, practice-based module will enable you to put into practice the knowledge, skills and attitudes gained in the level 1 university based modules. (30 credits)
- Developing Occupational Therapy Practice: Building on your knowledge, skills, attitudes/values and theoretical perspectives developed in level 1, you will analyse factors that impact on occupational participation and occupational performance from a range of theoretical and practice perspectives. (60 credits)
- Developing Occupational Therapy Practice: Practice Placement (10 weeks): This ten week, practice-based module will enable you to continue to put into practice the knowledge, skills and attitudes/values gained in level 2 University based modules. You may have the opportunity to complete your professional practice placement in an international context, in countries such as Australia, Uganda, Malta, France and Portugal. (40 credits)
- Research Preparation: In alignment with the United Kingdom Occupational Therapy Research Foundation (UKOTRF), this module will help you to develop your skills as evidence-based occupational therapists. The module aims to prepare you for your chosen research project through engagement with learning activities that will be theoretical in nature and underpin the chosen project. (20 credits)
- Contributing to Occupational Therapy Practice: In alignment with the United Kingdom Occupational Therapy Research Foundation’s (UKOTRF) mission to develop evidence based occupational therapy practitioners and research-skilled occupational therapists, this module will enable you to conduct a research project related to a specific area of occupational therapy practice or theory. (40 credits)
- Advancing Occupational Therapy Practice: This module prepares you to make the transition from student to graduate occupational therapist. It will develop your knowledge, skills and attitudes/values required for practice. Through enquiry based learning, refection and reflexive practice, you will develop skills in becoming autonomous learners, global in your outlook, socially responsible, independent and self-aware. (40 credits)
- Advancing Occupational therapy Practice: Practice Placement (10 weeks): This ten week, practice-based module will enable you to continue to put into practice the knowledge, skills and attitudes/values gained in level 3 University based modules. You may have the opportunity to complete a professional practice placement in an international context, in countries such as Australia, Uganda, Malta, France and Portugal. (40 credits)
At Level 3 you will be required to complete a research project. Unique to York St John, students have the opportunity to work with a lecturer on a new or ongoing piece of research. This Student as Co-Researcher (SCoRe) initiative currently has projects in place that work with Asylum Seekers / Refugees, Older People in Care Homes and in the development of a York St John occupational therapy student Continuous Professional Development portfolio.
120 UCAS Tariff points
5 GCSEs at grade C/4 (or equivalent) including English Language, Maths and Science, a satisfactory medical report and a satisfactory Enhanced DBS check.
If you are an international student you will need to show that your qualifications match our entry requirements. Information about international qualifications and entry requirements can be found on our international pages.
If your first language is not English you must show evidence of English language competence at IELTS level 6.0 (with no skill below 5.5) or equivalent.
Teaching & Assessment
The Occupational Therapy programme is built on a spiral curriculum, where themes are revisited and knowledge, skills and attitudes/values are developed throughout the degree.
Module-based teaching and learning activities will include lectures (virtual and face-to-face), seminars, workshops, supported open learning, independent study, and the use of virtual learning environments.
Teaching and learning is timetabled from Monday to Friday although your contact hours may vary week-to-week depending on the module.
Outside of taught sessions, you will be expected to undertake further reading around the subjects you are studying and complete your formative/summative assessments.
We have hard-copy and electronic textbooks as part of the reading list for modules that you can access from the Library from anywhere, and academic staff will also direct you to relevant sources to support your learning.
All of the academic staff who facilitate teaching and learning on the Occupational Therapy programme have a teaching qualification and are either Fellows or Senior Fellows of the Higher Education Academy. The team are also actively engaged in research.
We also have visiting lecturers from clinical practice who deliver taught sessions for students alongside academic staff, plus visitors from local groups and communities who share their experiences.
Find out more about our staff
You will complete a minimum of 1000 hours on practice placement throughout your Occupational Therapy degree. In your first year you will complete one placement (4 weeks) in the first Semester and one placement (6 weeks) in your second Semester. One placement of 10 weeks is completed in years 2 and 3, and you may have the opportunity to complete this in an international setting.
Teaching & Assessment
The teaching and assessment methods reflect that most people will be new to occupational therapy. From a teaching perspective, there is a focus on seminars, group discussion and guided teaching and time is given for one-to-one tutorials with your Academic Tutor.
There are no exams included in this course. We adopt the view that formative assessment feedback can promote deep and complex learning and that summative assessment evaluates the learning occurred. Using a balance of formative and summative assessments the course aims to encourage continuous contribution and participation, maximising your full potential.
The assessment strategy for occupational therapy has been carefully designed to allow you to demonstrate your knowledge, skills and attitudes/values.
There are no exams included in the occupational therapy programme. We adopt the view that formative assessment feedback can promote deep and complex learning and that summative assessment evaluates the learning occurred. Using a balance of formative and summative assessments the course aims to encourage continuous contribution and participation, maximising your full potential.
Throughout each level you will engage in a range of regular formative assessment activities (such as reports, discussions, presentations) within the University- and practice-based modules which will prepare you for your summative assessment submission.
Summative assessment will include a range of methods, for example report writing, presentations, group work, reflection, portfolio and practice placement.
Fees and funding
To study for an undergraduate degree with us, you will need to pay tuition fees for your course. How much you pay depends on whether you live inside the UK or EU, or internationally (outside the UK/EU). Tuition fees may be subject to inflation in future years.
UK & EU 2020 entry
The tuition fee for 2020 entry onto this course is £9,250 per year for full time study.
This price applies to all UK/EU, Jersey, Guernsey and Isle of Man students.
You can find out more about funding your degree by visiting our funding opportunities page.
International (non-EU) 2020 entry
The tuition fee for 2020 entry to this course is £12,750 per year for full time study.
This price applies to all students living outside the UK/EU.
Due to immigration laws, if you are an international student on a Tier 4 visa, you must study full time. For more information about visa requirements and short-term study visas, please visit the International Visa and Immigration pages.
Find out more about funding your degree.
NHS Training Grant
If your application to this course is successful, you can apply for extra financial support from the NHS. This is non-means tested grant. Find out how to apply.
Additional costs and financial support
There may also be some additional costs to take into account throughout your studies, including the cost of accommodation.
While studying for your degree, there may be additional costs related to your course. This may include purchasing personal equipment and stationery, books and optional field trips.
For more information on tuition fee reductions and additional costs for studying abroad, please visit our study abroad pages.
Accommodation and living costs
View our accommodation pages for detailed information on accommodation and living costs.
Financial help and support
Our Funding Advice team are here to help you with your finances throughout your degree. They offer a personal service that can help you with funding your studies and budgeting for living expenses.
All undergraduates receive financial support through the York St John Aspire card. Find out more about the Aspire scheme and how it can be used to help you purchase equipment you need for your course.
Occupational Therapy BSc (Hons)
Open badges are a unique and additional qualification that the occupational therapy course offer. This includes a splinting session that one of the senior lecturers leads where she shares her knowledge on hand therapy and splinting, then we have the opportunity to make our own. Sometimes you don't get to do this until you qualify!