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On your Occupational Therapy course, you'll gain an understanding of how to help people overcome daily challenges. With your vision, you'll be able to help people achieve and progress in their everyday lives, and help them improve their quality of life.
You’ll meet people from around the world who share your values and can broaden your perspective on looking after others. You’ll also take part in a supervised practice placement each year. This gives you opportunities to apply everything you learn on the course in a professional context. Placements take place in or outside of the Oxford area, in professional settings, giving you the chance to learn and practice on location.
This degree is approved by the Health and Care Professions Council. It is accredited by the Royal College of Occupational Therapists. Successful completion allows you to register as an occupational therapist in the UK. So you can be confident you’ll be learning the right skills for a lifelong and rewarding career.
Why Oxford Brookes University?
By joining a close-knit community, you’ll have easy access to help and guidance.
You’ll meet people from all over the world on this course, and learn from their perspectives and experiences.
Engage and collaborate with the Oxford Brookes Occupational Therapy Society to enhance your learning.
Hone your skills by practising occupational therapy in simulated learning environments.
Focus on sustainability
Learn how climate change affects everyone’s wellbeing, and how to consider this in your practice.
Free language courses
Free language courses are available to full-time undergraduate and postgraduate students on many of our courses, and can be taken as a credit on some courses.
In Year 1, you'll develop the knowledge that is essential to shape your professional identity. You’ll start to hone your skills as an occupational therapist and build your understanding of anatomy and patho-physiology. To prepare for your first clinical practice placement, you’ll engage in learning activities that aim to improve your critical thinking and academic development.
In Year 2, you’ll progress your population-specific learning. You'll study working with children and those with long-term conditions, and improve your collaborative skills working with other health and social care colleagues. Your second clinical placement will allow you to advance your growing professional competencies.
You’ll start your final year with your final clinical placement. After this you'll explore the occupational therapy role in relation to complex health and social care issues. You will also have the opportunity to develop your employability skills, through your self-directed research project and dissertation. In addition, you'll have the chance to select practice-specific workshops.
Learning and teaching
You will have online and experience-based learning opportunities.
You will also learn through:
- group work
- self-directed study.
You will have access to an extensive range of learning resources through our online learning platform.
Throughout the degree, there are a range of assessments, including:
- skill-based assessments
We assess each of your three practice placements. This counts towards to your final degree.
You will share some of your learning with other health and social care students, including those studying:
- nursing (adult, children and mental health)
- operating department practice
- paramedic emergency care
- social work.
This is essential to develop your teamwork skills and your understanding of other roles you will encounter in practice.
Students normally take four modules per semester. You will be assessed through a combination of:
- written exams
- practical exams
You will receive feedback on your draft work before your final submission. This feedback is given verbally or in written form. This feedback helps you to make modifications to your coursework before the final hand-in.
You’ll have the opportunity to get involved with different groups and communities. This will help you develop skills useful in your occupational therapy career. This includes communication, research, and collaboration with sector professionals. You’ll graduate with the knowledge and skills to add real value to the role of occupational therapy.
You’ll find you can work in any field where an occupational therapist is needed. Our graduates have secured employment across various sectors, including social care, charities, and in policy development.
Specific entry requirements
English language requirements
International students are required to undertake IELTS English language proficiency test, and achieve 6.5 in the IELTS, with no less than 6.5 in any component. They must be eligible for matriculation into a university in their home country.
Pathways courses for international and EU students
If you do not meet the entry requirements for this degree, or if you would like more preparation before you start, you can take an international foundation course. Once you enrol, you will have a guaranteed pathway to this degree if you pass your foundation course with the required grades.
If you only need to meet the language requirements, you can take our pre-sessional English course. You will develop key language and study skills for academic success and you will not need to take an external language test to progress to your degree.
English requirements for visas
If you need a student visa to enter the UK you will need to meet the UK Visas and Immigration minimum language requirements as well as the University's requirements. Find out more about English language requirements.
Terms and Conditions of Enrolment
International qualifications and equivalences
How to apply
Full time international applicants can also apply through UCAS
Questions about fees?
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Questions about fees?
Please note, tuition fees for Home students may increase in subsequent years both for new and continuing students in line with an inflationary amount determined by government. Oxford Brookes University intends to maintain its fees for new and returning Home students at the maximum permitted level.
Tuition fees for International students may increase in subsequent years both for new and continuing students.
The following factors will be taken into account by the University when it is setting the annual fees: inflationary measures such as the retail price indices, projected increases in University costs, changes in the level of funding received from Government sources, admissions statistics and access considerations including the availability of student support.
How and when to pay
Tuition fee instalments for the semester are due by the Monday of week 1 of each semester. Students are not liable for full fees for that semester if they leave before week 4. If the leaving date is after week 4, full fees for the semester are payable.
Financial support and scholarships
All eligible Occupational Therapy students on courses from September 2020 (new and continuing) will receive a payment of at least £5,000 a year which they will not need to pay back. For more information please visit NHS Learning Support Fund (LSF).