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Occupational Therapy

BSc (Hons) - single

Department of Sport, Health Sciences and Social Work

Approved by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and accredited by the Royal College of Occupational Therapists (on behalf of the World Federation of Occupational Therapists - WFOT)

Occupational therapy (OT) is concerned with enhancing the daily lives of people with a very broad range of physical, mental health and social needs. As an occupational therapist you will work with people of all ages, to improve their wellbeing and quality of life.

Our highly popular OT degree will equip you with the skills required to practise as a competent occupational therapist in a wide variety of health and social care environments.

Typical offers

UCAS Tariff points: 112

Available start dates

September 2019 / September 2020

Teaching location

Headington Campus, Marston Road site

Course length

  • Full time: 3 years

UCAS code

B920

For full application details, please see the 'How to apply / Entry requirements' section.

  • Benefit from a course with a long history of educating occupational therapists to develop and deliver excellent occupational therapy practice in the UK and internationally.
  • Learn from experienced occupational therapy lecturers who have excellent links with practice areas locally and across the region.
  • Be part of a programme where students rate the teaching on the degree, learning resources and academic support available very highly.
  • We have an occupational therapy clinic where you can observe patients being treated by a qualified occupational therapist.
  • At six months post-qualification 90% of students are employed in a professional role with an average salary of approximately £22,000 per annum.
  • This course offers contemporary approaches to learning, including enquiry based approaches where appropriate. Your learning will include the integration of occupational therapy theory, practice, and components of the biological, behavioural, social and medical sciences. You will learn to critically assess the living skills and occupations of clients in order to enhance their performance within their unique environments. You will develop the technical, practical, managerial and communication skills necessary to enter practice as a qualified occupational therapist.

If you already have a relevant bachelor's degree (2.2 or above) and would like to pursue occupational therapy as a career, we are pleased to offer a pre-registration master's course.

Year 1 modules provide you with a foundation in the knowledge, skills, values and attitudes of occupational therapy and the relevant biological and behavioural sciences. You will undertake an interprofessional module. You will spend time in our skills laboratories as teaching through experience to integrate the theory and practice of occupational therapy is also a key part of the course. The placements you undertake at the end of the academic year will provide you with practical experience of the work of an occupational therapist.

In Years 2 and 3 you will take further occupational therapy modules, developing skills and knowledge in specific practice areas. Emphasis is placed on integrating theory with practice and on developing the skills to think like an occupational therapist. There is a module to gain an  understanding of undertaking research. Further study with students from other professional fields will help you prepare for multidisciplinary teamwork and develop self-management and organisational skills. Two placement opportunities in different practice areas will refine your practical and professional skills.

Study modules

As courses are reviewed regularly the module list you choose from may vary from that shown here.

Therapeutic Use of Self  - Compulsory module 
This module will enable you to develop the skills necessary to build and maintain a therapeutic alliance with clients. You will have the opportunity to develop critical self-awareness skills fostering your ability to be an empathetic and compassionate listener, as well as the opportunity to develop specialist therapeutic communication skills to work with people who have additional communication difficulties and/or behavioural challenges.
 
Foundations of Occupational Therapy Practice  -  Compulsory module 
This module introduces you to a range of Occupational Therapy models including Canadian Model of Occupational Performance and Engagement (CMOPE), Model of Human Occupation (MOHO) and theories from psychology and sociology to develop an understanding of the occupational paradigm and an understanding of occupational performance, participation and engagement across the lifespan.
 
Human Performance and Function in Occupational Therapy - Compulsory module
This module promotes the development of knowledge about the functioning of the body and body systems in health. You will have the opportunity to consider how changes to individuals’ health and well-being influence their occupational participation. The module will provide you with clinical lab based time to develop the skills fundamental for professional practice at Stage 1 level, applying the anatomical and physiological parameters of human performance and function in the exploration of occupational disruption caused by disease processes of the body.
 
Skills for Health Informatics - Compulsory module
This module introduces key principles and skills for selecting, collating and managing digital information in both the delivery of health care and the contemporary management of health conditions.  It will provide opportunities to work alongside other health and social care students, developing the essential digital skills required to effectively practice in an evidenced based health environment. This module is designed to be shared with other health and social care students, thus enabling the students to develop collaborative strategies essential for health care delivery.
 
Professional Development 1a - Compulsory module
This professional development module provides you with the essential pre-requisites to enable you to gain 'fitness to practise' authorisation. This is prior to the practice module Professional Development 1b. You will participate in statutory and mandatory training requirements of the National Health and Social Care Services. Your learning will be recorded and submitted as part of the professional portfolio in order to meet the 'fitness to practise' requirements for practice placement. This will provide a basis for the continuing professional development requirements of the Royal College of Occupational Therapists and the Health and Care Professions Council.
 
Professional Development 1b - (6 weeks' placement in practice) Compulsory module 
This professional development module enables you to begin to develop and apply the professional values, skills and knowledge in a practice context. You will observe, reflect and participate in occupational therapy practice with supervision, as appropriate to the setting and your level of abilities. The placement experience provides opportunities for you to recognise key occupational therapy concepts and be able to describe their application in the placement setting. You will show professional suitability in particular through your communication skills with service users and team members.
 
Occupational Therapy for Participation across the Lifespan - Compulsory module
This module will enable you to develop skills in planning occupational therapy intervention for individuals with a wide range of needs throughout the lifespan, informed by occupational therapy theory and current best practice guidance. This module runs alongside the Occupational Disruption module which focuses on conditions, life events and assessment relevant to occupational therapy practice. This module builds upon Level 4 academic modules within the occupational therapy programme and your experience gained on Professional Development 1b. 
 
Occupational Disruption - Compulsory module 
This module will develop your understanding of concepts of occupational disruption, transition and adaptation across the life span. You will explore the presentation of a range of health conditions and use your theoretical and conceptual knowledge to analyse the impact on occupational performance and participation using a variety of occupational therapy assessment approaches. You will be offered opportunities to analyse and understand how life events affect occupational performance and well-being. This module builds upon Level 4 academic modules within the occupational therapy programme and your experience gained on Professional Development 1b.
 
Collaborative Practice in Health Care - Compulsory module
This module aims to give students the opportunity to engage in a series of enquiry based learning activities focussed on practice based scenarios designed to simulate interdisciplinary practice experiences. The students will work alongside other health and social care colleagues, such as Physiotherapists. This module aims to develop the necessary skills and values for health and social care practitioners to work in collaboration to ensure seamless client focused delivery in practice. Students’ ability to use patient-centred clinical reasoning and multi-disciplinary care planning approaches will be developed.
 
Professional Development 2a - Compulsory module
This professional development module provides you with the essential prerequisites to gain 'fitness to practise' authorisation. This is prior to the practice module Professional Development 1b. You will participate in statutory and mandatory training requirements of the National Health and Social Care Services. Your learning will be recorded and submitted as part of the professional portfolio to meet the 'fitness to practise' requirements for practice placement. This will be built upon from Professional Development 1a and will contribute to the professional development requirements of the Royal College of Occupational Therapists and the Health and Care Professions Council.
 
Professional Development 2b - Compulsory module 
This extended practice module (10 weeks) is set at an advanced level, building on Professional Development 1b (6 weeks). This placement module involves managing a small caseload and undertaking identified responsibilities (as appropriate). You are supported through the transition from guided to more self-directed practice, self-evaluation and setting of your own development goals. The practice placement will provide a different setting/client group or age range from Professional Development 1b, and will retain an emphasis on person centred multidisciplinary teamwork to promote effective collaborative working.
 
Research Methods and Analysis - Compulsory module 
This module will teach you the research process, the associated research methods, data analysis and the ethical considerations associated with health and social care research. The module focuses on the techniques and skills for data collection and analysis in quantitative and qualitative research designs. It provides you with more advanced skills to critique research and determine its usefulness for evidence based practice. It is the pre-requisite research methods module for the honours degree dissertation.
 
Professional Development 3  - Compulsory module 
This professional development module is the final period of supervised practice and builds on previous Professional Development modules. This sustained period of professional development (13 weeks) provides you with an opportunity to contribute to the planning, implementation and evaluation of a service and to critically appraise your own performance. The module allows you to demonstrate the ability to take on appropriate levels of responsibility relevant to the practice context and to work effectively with other colleagues, teams and organisations. This final practice module serves as a transition into autonomous professional practice, requiring you to demonstrate leadership skills and creative entrepreneurial abilities as well as an active commitment to lifelong learning.
 
Advancing Occupational Therapy - Compulsory module 
This module will build on your capacity to use your acquired knowledge in an applied manner to enhance your therapeutic reasoning skills. You will expand, consolidate and evaluate this knowledge and integrate evidence-based information for professional practice in different contexts. The module will focus on transitions to graduate professional practice, enabling you to apply advanced skills in therapeutic reasoning in new, diverse and complex settings. To help launch you into your new professional career the module will offer opportunities to explore current drivers for practice (policy, law, ethics, and professional regulations – HCPC, RCOT, and continuing professional development  requirements) and to investigate potential future trends, directions and theory development. You will have opportunities to prepare for graduate occupational therapy practice and to respond to the ever changing and diverse needs of the population. 
 
Contexts of Occupational Therapy practice - Compulsory module 
In this module you will reflect on your acquired professional skills and consolidate your practice education experiences. You will develop and build on a range of occupational therapy practice skills through participation in specialist workshops focusing on a wide variety of clinical areas. The module will provide you with current health and social care strategies to deliver relevant evidence-based practice in the workplace. Workshops are led by lecturers and clinicians with expertise in specialist areas of practice; with additional input from service users, carers and other professionals.
 
Occupational Therapy Dissertation / Project (Evidence Based) - Compulsory module 
This module is focused around evidence-based practice. It enables you to autonomously investigate a topic of particular interest, to critically appraise and synthesise a body of knowledge and identify a gap or substantive problem in that knowledge/ practice arena and draw up a research proposal or project specification designed to investigate the issues. You are given the opportunity to:
  • develop a deeper acquaintance and understanding of a particular area of interest building on previous learning within the programme
  • acquire expertise in investigating a substantive problem from a research or evidence based perspective 
  • develop autonomous investigative and project management skills.
Leadership and Management in Healthcare - Compulsory module
This module aims to provide students with the skills, knowledge and strategies to promote and develop effective leadership qualities to work in partnership within diverse teams/agencies across professional and organisational boundaries. This module will develop critical insight and evaluation of individual professional development needs as a preparation for continuing professional development and future employment opportunities, both national and international. This module facilitates interdisciplinary working by involving teaching and learning activities with peers from a variety of health and social care programmes.

Work placements

Practice placements occur each year and form an integral part of your course. You will complete three placements, each consisting of supervised workplace learning in a selected health or social care setting, which may be located in a hospital or in the community. You will become increasingly involved in the treatment of clients of different ages and with a diversity of needs.

We offer a range of support mechanisms, both within the University and in the placement area, to support you through your programme of study. While on placement, you will be supported by a named member of staff known as a practice educator.

We have a dedicated Practice Education Unit that provides administrative and academic support for placement learning/practice education for all pre-qualifying courses.

Free language courses for students - the Open Module

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.

Please note that the free language courses are not available if you are:

  • studying at a Brookes partner college
  • studying on any of our teacher education courses or postgraduate education courses.

Attendance pattern

This is a full time course and the pattern of attendance and self-directed study will vary across the 3 years.  The majority of teaching and assessment activities take place between Mondays and Fridays, 9am to 5pm. There may be occasions when such activities may fall outside of these hours.  We aim to allow you time on Wednesday afternoons to participate in wider university activities.

Attendance is full-time (37-hour week) for all practice placements.

Additional Costs

Books 

  • Text books  £200

Shoes suitable for skills lab/practice - approximately £50

Hire of bones for study (optional) £10

Further information on additional costs for healthcare courses can be found here.

Programme changes

On rare occasions we may need to make changes to our course programmes after they have been published on the website. For more information, please visit our Changes to programmes page.

Teaching and learning

Our BSc (Hons) Occupational Therapy programme uses an approach to teaching and learning which includes online and experiential learning opportunities as well as enquiry based learning. In addition to lectures and seminars, you will learn through group work and self-directed study. Information Technology plays an increasingly important role in health and social care courses and an extensive range of learning resources can be accessed through Moodle - an online learning platform for lectures, handouts, information and learning exercises.

Throughout the degree, there are a range of assessments, including skill-based assessments, coursework and exams. Each of your three practice placements is also assessed and contributes to your final degree classification and Grade Point Average (GPA) award.

In health and social care settings professional groups work in multi-disciplinary teams. Oxford Brookes teaches a wide range of pre-qualification and foundation courses including, nursing (adult, children and mental health), midwifery, operating department practice, paramedic emergency care, physiotherapy and social work. You will share some of your learning with other health and social care students. This is a key component of the course, essential to developing your teamwork skills and your understanding of other roles you will encounter in practice.

All our courses adopt a variety of teaching and learning approaches and are strongly focused on encouraging you to attain your full potential as a lifelong learner.

Time spent in different learning activities

Year Lectures, seminars or similar Independent study Placement
1 26%63%12%
2 23%54%23%
3 25%51%23%

Approach to assessment

Students normally take four modules per semester. You receive formative feedback on your draft work before the final summative submission for the module assessment. This formative feedback can be given verbally, or in written form and helps you make modifications to your coursework before the final hand-in. Practical examinations are also used.

After the summative assessments have been marked and graded, all students receive individual feedback on their performance. We provide electronic feedback on coursework submitted. We strongly believe that prompt and helpful feedback enhances student learning.

Breakdown of assessment methods used on this course

Year Written exams Practical exams Coursework
1 11%15%74%
2 25%0%75%
3 0%0%100%

Tuition fees

Home/EU - full time fee: 2018/19: £9,250. 2019/20: £9,250.

International - full time: 2018/19: £15,100 2019/20: £15,400

*Please note tuition fees for Home/EU students may increase in subsequent years both for new and continuing students in line with an inflationary amount determined by government. Tuition fees for International students may increase in subsequent years both for new and continuing students.

Oxford Brookes University intends to maintain its fees for new and returning home and EU students at the maximum permitted level.

Please be aware that some courses will involve some additional costs that are not covered by your fees. Specific additional costs for this course, if any, are detailed in the 'This course in detail' window above.

Questions about fees?
Contact Student Finance on:
+44 (0)1865 483088
finance-fees@brookes.ac.uk

Funding and scholarships

For general sources of financial support, see:

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Typical offers

UCAS Tariff points: 112

A-Level: BBC or equivalent

Wherever possible we make our conditional offers using the UCAS Tariff. This combination of A-level grades would be just one way of achieving the UCAS Tariff points for this course.

IB Diploma: 30 points

BTEC: DMM

Our typical A-level offer of BBC is based on three full A levels taken at one sitting and not including A/S subjects.

The following are intended to give you a general guide to the attainment levels we expect for this course:

Pass the Access course with 60 credits overall; 45 at level 3 which should include 12 credits in Biology/Human Biology. English and maths level 2 credits will no longer be accepted as GCSE equivalences. GCSE English grade 5 and Maths grade 4 and Science grade C are now required as separate qualifications.

Please note:

We will not accept the Access Diploma qualification as evidence of English language ability for UK students who have had their previous education in the UK.

Mature students are welcome to apply but will have to show evidence of recent academic study at A-level standard or above in the last three years. They will also have to have GCSE English grade 5 and Mathematics at Grade 4 qualification, or equivalent.

Specific entry requirements

A-Level: Minimum of 3 full A Levels at grades BBC

GCSE: 4 GCSEs at Grade 4 (C) to include Mathematics, English Language and 2 Sciences

We strongly recommend that you seek the opportunity to observe an OT working either in hospital setting or community before applying to the University. 

Personal qualities and work experience are also taken into consideration if you meet the academic entry requirements. Preference will be given to those candidates who show an understanding of the demands of completing a degree and the resilience necessary to work in as a health care professional. All applicants are invited to take part in a group interview  as part of the selection process.

Securing a place is subject to both a satisfactory DBS and an Occupational Health clearance. If neither clearance has been completed prior to enrolment nor a DBS issue has been declared on application, then enrolment may not be possible.

If enrolment has been agreed, then continuation on the programme will be contingent on satisfactory clearances.

Screening

All applicants will be screened for fitness for practice and a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check will be made.

Please also see the University's general entry requirements.

Selection process

All Oxford Brookes University Health and Social Care Programmes conduct Value Based Recruitment (VBR). We recognise that values and attitudes have the greatest impact on the quality of people's care and their experiences.

VBR is a way of helping our Programme recruitment teams to assess the values, motives and attitudes of those who wish to work with people in health and social care settings. When we refer to values we mean, for example, the values included in the NHS constitution.

VBR focuses on 'how' and 'why' an applicant makes choices in how they act and seeks to explore reasons for their behaviour. Further details about the VBR framework can be found here.

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.

Please also see the University's standard English language requirements

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.

How to apply

If you are an international applicant, you will need to apply early to allow enough time for obtaining visas if you are offered a place.

Home / EU applicants

Full-time: apply through UCAS »

International applicants

Terms and Conditions of Enrolment

When you accept our offer, you agree to the Terms and Conditions of Enrolment. You should therefore read those conditions before accepting the offer.

Credit transfer

Oxford Brookes operates the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS). All undergraduate single modules are equivalent to 7.5 ECTS credits and double modules to 15 ECTS credits. More about ECTS credits.

Why Oxford is a great place to study this course

As a student in Oxford you will be based in an environment for learning which is rich in diversity, culture, academic resources and health and social care provision. The city is home to some of the UK’s leading health care providers, such as the Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust.  

There is an Oxford Academic Health Science Network which brings together world-leading organisations involved in clinical care, life sciences and medical research, education and training, innovation and informatics.

As an occupational therapy student you will experience a variety of placement settings with national and international reputations, including NHS and community services.  

You will also have the opportunity to be involved with other service providers such as charities and non-statutory organisations. Because Oxford is one of the world's great academic cities, it is a key centre of debate, with conferences, seminars and forums taking place across education, science, the arts and many other subjects. In addition to our own excellent libraries and resource centres, our students have access to the world-renowned Bodleian Library and the Radcliffe Science Library at the University of Oxford.

Support for students studying Occupational Therapy

There are a range of support mechanisms for students. Academic advisers facilitate your academic development, and student support co-ordinators provide a drop-in service for queries about any aspect of student life, covering both academic and personal welfare.

Our students consistently give extremely high ratings to the support they receive from staff. They value the different learning and support opportunities available on this course.

Specialist facilities

We offer a friendly and supportive environment in which to learn. We consistently receive very high satisfaction ratings for student support and learning resources in student surveys.

We have excellent teaching facilities including classrooms, a 280-seat lecture theatre, dedicated clinical skills suites and simulation resources. These include a very well-equipped Activities of Daily Living laboratory and an extensive range of anatomy models and fully networked computer rooms.

Our Activity of Daily Living (ADL) suite is designed to simulate the home environment. It has a kitchen, bathroom, bedroom and living-room areas, and is designed to recreate real-life scenarios to enable you to learn to provide occupational therapy interventions and promote independence. 

 

General support services

Supporting your learning

From academic advisers and support co-ordinators to specialist subject librarians and other learning support staff, we want to ensure that you get the best out of your studies.

Personal support services

We want your time at Brookes to be as enjoyable and successful as possible. That's why we provide all the facilities you need to be relaxed, happy and healthy throughout your studies.

Professional accreditation

The BSc (Hons) Occupational Therapy is approved by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and accredited by the Royal College of Occupational Therapists (Royal College of Occupational Therapists accreditation is subject to review on a five year review cycle). Upon successful completion of the course, you will be eligible to apply for registration with the HCPC, which is mandatory for employment as an occupational therapist in the UK.

 

Career prospects

As a graduate, you will be well equipped with the knowledge, values and professional strategies you require for occupational therapy practice. You will also have developed the professional and personal competence necessary to become a confident, autonomous and accountable occupational therapist.

Career opportunities include specialist areas of practice, research, teaching and management. Some occupational therapists go on to take NHS consultant posts, or work in industry or with charities, both in the UK and abroad.