Occupational Therapy BHSc (Hons)

As an occupational therapist you will recognise the dynamic relationship between occupation, health and wellbeing. The aim of occupational therapy is to help people engage in those occupations which they need or want to do, and enable them to lead personally fulfilling and healthy lives. We are committed to providing a high quality educational experience for our students, which recognises the importance of individuality. This programme is accredited by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and the College of Occupational Therapists (COT). Successful graduates holding our BHSc (Hons) Occupational Therapy qualification are entitled to apply for registration to practice.

UCAS course code
York St John University
Course fees
2017 - 2018: Home & EU students: £9,250 per annum, International (non EU) students: £11,500 per annum
3 years full-time
Study Abroad
Third year students may undertake a placement abroad
Start date
September 2018
Accredited by
College of Occupational Therapists, Approval by Health and Care Professions Council
Health Sciences

Course structure

Level 1 - Foundations of Practice

We are committed to providing a high quality educational experience for our students, that recognises the importance of individuality. This course is approved by the College of Occupational Therapists. Graduates are eligible to apply for registration with the Health Care Professions Council.

Level 1 Modules:

  • Foundations of Occupational Therapy Practice
  • Professional Skills & Reasoning
  • Understanding & Reviewing the Evidence
  • Health & Wellbeing of Individuals

You will also have two practice placements.

Level 2 - Developing Practice

Level 2 Modules

  • Cases & Contexts of Practice
  • Professional Skills & Reasoning
  • Analysing & Applying the Evidence
  • Health & Wellbeing of Groups & Communities

You will have a 10-week practice placement in the middle of the academic year.

Level 3 - Transition into Practice

Level 3 Modules:

  • Advancing Occupation-Focused Practice
  • Professional Skills & Reasoning
  • Contributing to the Evidence-Base

Teaching & Assessment

Summative assessment will include a range of methods, for example essays, presentations, short answer and multiple choice examinations, practical project work, group work, report writing, reflection, IT and practice placement.

Formative feedback will take place throughout the modules and during practice placement; it will include reports, reflective, portfolios, presentations, and discussions, though the exact nature of formative assessment will be decided by each module leader. Formative feedback activities are designed specifically to enable students to receive relevant feedback about their learning in preparation for subsequent summative assessments.

Module-based learning activities will include formal lectures, seminars, workshops, supported open learning, independent study, and the use of virtual learning environments (i.e. Moodle).

Programme specification

Further information on this course is available in the programme specification. Please note that the programme specification relates to course content that is currently being studied by students at the University. For new programmes, the programme specification will be made available online prior to the start of the course.

Learning support

York St John University works hard to create an inclusive environment for all our students. We offer a range of learning support services to assist students throughout their studies.

Entry requirements


The minimum entry requirements for this course are:

  • 120 points from BBB or DMM, Plus five GCSEs at grade C (or above) to include English Language, Maths and Science (or equivalent)
  • Satisfactory medical report
  • Satisfactory Enhanced DBS check

For 2017 entry UCAS has altered how its tariff points are calculated. Calculate your tariff points.

English Language requirements

York St John University requires applicants whose first language is not English to at least meet one of the following:

  • Successful completion of a Bachelors or Master’s degree at a University in a majority English speaking country (for a list of these consult YSJ International
  • The British Council IELTS 7.0 with no less than 6.5 in each component
  • An IBT TOEFL score of 87 overall (with no less than 23 in each band, other forms of TOEFL are not acceptable);
  • A Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE) of 59 overall, with no less than 59 in any component.

Tests must have been completed within the last two years (and official certification must be seen).

Personal statement

Essential criteria

As well as a strong standard of written English, we also look for knowledge of occupational therapy as a career, awareness of current health and social care practice, and the impact this has on the role of the occupational therapist. This can be done in a variety of ways, for example work experience, observation, and research through the College of OT. Candidates should be able to show an awareness of their own skills and abilities, especially those which would be used in a health care professional role. Effective communication skills and being able to manage one’s self in the context of a learning environment are also important. Examples of these include showing how conflicting deadlines are managed. Candidates should also demonstrate an understanding of transferable skills such as active listening, working as part of a team, and showing initiative.

Valued criteria

Candidates can demonstrate a real enthusiasm for the subject that goes beyond achieving good grades in exams. Examples of this include experience of being in a caring role, and having a self-awareness and ability to talk about themselves and not just their achievements. Students will be expected to deliver care, compassion and commitment with excellent communication skills promoting values based practice.

Terms and conditions

Our terms and conditions, policies and procedures contain important information about studying at York St John University. These can be accessed through our Admissions webpages.

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 will depend on whether you're a UK & EU student or an international (non-EU) student. Tuition fees are charged for each year of your course.

Tuition fees for 2018 / 19 entry have not yet been confirmed.

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

Tuition fees

UK & EU 2016 / 17

The York St John University tuition fee for the 2017 entry to Foundation Degree, BA and BSc, PGCE Primary and Secondary and UG Health Programme degrees is £9,250 per year for UK/EU, Jersey, Guernsey and Isle of Man students.

Fees & Funding

Overseas 2016 / 17

The York St John University tuition fee for the 2017 entry to UG Health Programme degrees is £11,500 per year for international students.

International Fees & Funding

Additional costs and financial support

Course-related costs

Whilst studying for your degree, there may be additional costs related to your course. This may include purchasing personal equipment and stationery, and books.

Professional membership fees, uniform and DBS checks are paid for by the University.

Accommodation and living costs

View our accommodation webpages for detailed information on accommodation and living costs.

Study abroad

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

Financial help and support

Help and advice on funding your studies at York St John is available through our Money Advice service.

International students

We welcome international students from all over the world at York St John University and have a vibrant international community. You can find out more on our International Pages about how you can study with us and what it’s like to live and learn in York, one of the UK’s most historic cities.

AccreditationRoyal College of Occupational Therapists

This course is accredited by the Royal College of Occupational Therapy.

Unistats data for this course

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