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Undergraduate Course

Occupational Therapy BSc (Hons)

Gain the knowledge and skills you need to start your career as an occupational therapist.

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Occupational therapy is a science based degree leading to a health and social care profession and is regulated by the Health and Care Professions Council. Occupational therapists help people engage in their everyday occupations, through supporting them to lead a fulfilling and healthy life. Our Occupational Therapy degree is inclusive and innovative, we use evidence based concepts, practice and a mix of contemporary and traditional learning approaches.

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92% of Occupational Therapy students thought that their course was intellectually stimulating. (National Student Survey 2020)

Voted course of the year in the 2021 Students' Union Awards

  • Royal college of Occupational therapists logo
  • health and care professions council logo

York campus

  • UCAS Code – B930
  • Duration – 3 years full time
  • Start date – September 2021
  • School – School of Science, Technology and Health

Minimum Entry Requirements

    120 UCAS Tariff points

    5 GCSEs at grade C/4 (or equivalent) including English Language, Maths and Science.

Tuition Fees

    UK and EU 2021 entry £9,250 per year full time

    International 2021 entry £12,750 per year full time

Discover Occupational Therapy at York St John University

Course overview

On this accredited course you will master the skills, knowledge and professional behaviours you need to work as an occupational therapist. You will gain professional experience on placements and study theories backed up by substantial evidence.

We will guide you to become a competent practitioner who makes a positive contribution to the health and wellbeing of other people. You will learn about the occupational therapy process, including assessing, planning and evaluating needs in different therapeutic settings. While you are with us, some of the things you will study include:

  • The occupational therapy process and its components
  • Occupational analysis
  • Theories of occupational therapy
  • The relationships between occupation, health, wellbeing and participation
  • Planning, implementing and evaluating therapeutic, occupation focused intervention.
  • Health and social care systems, policy and legislation.

Our course is accredited by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and the Royal College of Occupational Therapists (RCOT). This means that when you graduate, you can register with the HCPC to practice under the protected title of Occupational Therapist.

You will apply your learning on professional placements each year. Experienced Occupational Therapists will supervise you as you complete 1000 hours of placement in different therapeutic settings. This gives you a range of experience in the field. During Year 3 there is also the opportunity to complete your placement abroad. We currently have connections with services providers in Australia, Uganda, Malta, France and Portugal.

Course structure

Year 1

Our academic year is split into 2 semesters.

In your first year you will study:

  • 1 compulsory module across semesters 1 and 2
  • 1 compulsory modules in semester 1
  • 1 compulsory modules in semester 2.

You can find out which modules are available in each semester on the Course Specifications.

Modules

Credits: 80

Compulsory module

This module introduces you to the foundations, philosophy and processes of occupational therapy. You will explore occupational participation and performance and their relationship with health and wellbeing from a range of perspectives.

Credits: 10

Compulsory module

This module is the first opportunity for you to apply your learning in a practice setting. Your first placement will be full time over 4 weeks, with an additional 3 weeks of teaching at the university. While on placement you will work alongside, and be supervised by, a qualified occupational therapist. They will guide you and help you to develop basic skills to work as a member of a professional team. 

Credits: 30

Compulsory module

This 6 week, practice-based module will enable you to develop the knowledge, skills and attitudes gained in earlier practice placement modules.

Year 2

In your second year you will study:

  • 1 compulsory module in semester 1
  • 2 compulsory modules in semester 2.

You can find out which modules are available in each semester on the Course Specifications.

Modules

Credits: 60

Compulsory module

On this module you will analyse factors that impact on occupational participation and performance from a range of theoretical and practice perspectives. The module will be based on a fictional community and will be structured around the application of the occupational therapy process, giving you the opportunity to apply and demonstrate your knowledge, skills and values.

Credits: 40

Compulsory module

This 10 week, practice based module will allow you to continue to develop the knowledge, skills and values gained in previous practical placement modules. You will further develop your skills and take on more responsibility as you progress through your practice placement.

Credits: 20

Compulsory module

On this module you will develop your skills as an evidence based occupational therapist. The module will prepare you for your chosen research project.

You will select one of the following 3 options as either an individual researcher or as part of a collaborative group:

  • Primary research, for example, a survey, narrative research or case study
  • Secondary research, for example, literature review or critically appraised topic
  • Service evaluation

 

Year 3

In your third year you will study:

  • 1 compulsory module across semesters 1 and 2
  • 1 compulsory module in semester 1
  • 1 compulsory module in semester 2.

You can find out which modules are available in each semester on the Course Specifications.

Modules

Credits: 40

Compulsory module

On this module you will consider, investigate and conduct a research project related to a specific area of practice or theory. It will prepare you to meet the Royal College of Occupational Therapists 'Code of Conduct and Professional Ethics’ standards. You will conduct an ethically sound, well managed project with the supervision of an experienced member of the academic team. 

Credits: 40

Compulsory module

This module will prepare you for the transformation from novice to an autonomous and effective practitioner. You will learn how to be global in your outlook, socially responsible, independent, self aware, politically astute and culturally aware. You will develop skills in leadership, management, service improvement, marketing and promotion of the profession, business, creativity and innovation.

Credits: 40

Compulsory module

This 10 week, practice based module will allow you to continue to develop the knowledge, skills and values gained in previous practical placement modules. As this will be your final practice placement you will culminate all of your experience and skills gained throughout the course. 

Teaching and assessment

Teaching and learning

Your modules will increase in complexity as you progress through your degree. We deliver your modules through:

  • Lectures
  • Seminars
  • Individual and group tutorials
  • Interactive workshops
  • Practical skills workshops
  • Professional practice placements.

Your contact time can vary each week but will usually be 12-18 hours a week. We schedule our taught sessions between 9:00am and 8:00pm, Monday to Friday.

You will need to conduct independent study outside of this time. This might include reading, research and coursework preparation. You can also arrange academic tutorials to receive feedback on your work and discuss the course content.

Our teaching draws on both our research and professional experience. This means your learning is informed by the most current thinking in the subject area. You can find out more about our research and backgrounds by visiting our staff pages.

 

Assessment

Assessment types vary from module to module. Some of your assessments might include:

  • Portfolios
  • Presentations
  • Oral exams known as viva voces
  • Research or service evaluation proposals
  • Research articles
  • Service evaluation reports.

There will also be other assessments that do not count towards your final grade but are an important part of developing your work. For each assessment you will have the chance to talk to a tutor about your work before submission. Each assessment will be marked and returned with feedback so you can improve your academic writing.

Placements

You will complete at least 1,000 hours of professional placement as part of this course. Placements will be in Yorkshire and the Humber and last between 4 and 10 weeks.

Career outcomes

Your future with a degree in Occupational Therapy

This course will prepare you for a career as an occupational therapist in a variety of professional settings. You will also develop diverse skills that can be used in a range of jobs. These include data collection and analysis, creative problem solving and communication skills.

This degree could be the first step toward your career as a:

  • Occupational therapist
  • Art therapist
  • Care manager
  • Ergonomist
  • Health improvement practitioner
  • Social worker.

Discover more career options on Prospects careers advice pages.

You could also progress onto a postgraduate degree and take your learning even further.

Postgraduate courses at York St John University

Occupational Therapy (pre-registration) MSc

Whatever your ambitions, we can help you get there.

Our careers service, LaunchPad provides career support tailored to your ambitions. Through this service you can access:

  • Employer events
  • LinkedIn, CV and cover letter sessions
  • Workshops on application writing and interview skills
  • Work experience and volunteering opportunities
  • Personalised career advice.

This support doesn't end when you graduate. You can access our expert career advice for the rest of your life. We will help you gain experience and confidence to succeed. It's your career, your way.

Entry requirements

Qualifications

Minimum Entry Requirements

    120 UCAS Tariff points

    5 GCSEs at grade C/4 (or equivalent) including English Language, Maths and Science.

Calculate your UCAS Tariff points

120 UCAS points from the following qualifications:

QualificationMinimum grade
A level (A2) ABB (excluding General Studies)
BTEC Extended Diploma Distinction, Distinction, Merit
International Baccalaureate 34 points
Access to Higher Education Diploma 45 credits at level 3
Previous study in Higher Education (HE) Foundation Year that aligns with the learning outcomes for the course
A combination of qualifications 128 UCAS points or higher

We do not accept Adult Numeracy or Key Skills instead of GCSE Maths.

Additional Requirements

For entry onto this course, you will also need:

  • A Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check
  • A satisfactory medical report.

Interview

If we think your application is outstanding, we will invite you for an interview. We do not interview every applicant. Find out more about the Occupational Therapy interviews, what you will need and what you can expect on the day.

International Students

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 English is not your first language you will need to show that you have English Language competence at IELTS level 7.0 (with no skill below 5.5) or equivalent.

International entry requirements

Terms and conditions

Our terms and conditions, policies and procedures contain important information about studying at York St John University. You can read them on our Admissions page.

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 and EU 2021 entry

The tuition fee for 2021 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.

Funding Opportunities

NHS Training Grant

If your application to this course is successful, you can apply for extra financial support from the NHS. This is a non-means-tested grant. Find out how to apply.

NHS Training Grant

Tuition Fees

    UK and EU 2021 entry £9,250 per year full time

    International 2021 entry £12,750 per year full time

International 2021 entry

The tuition fee for 2021 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 Student 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.

International Fees and Funding

Additional costs and financial support

There may also be some additional costs to take into account throughout your studies, including the cost of accommodation.

Course-related costs

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.

Study Abroad

For more information on tuition fee reductions and additional costs for studying abroad, please visit our study abroad pages.

Accommodation and living costs

For detailed information on accommodation and living costs, visit our Accommodation pages.

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. 

For advice on everything from applying for scholarships to finding additional financial support email fundingadvice@yorksj.ac.uk

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