BSc (Hons) Occupational Therapy Part-time (pre-registration)

Accredited by the College of Occupational Therapy (COT) and approved by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)

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Location Lancaster
Duration Part-time, 4 Years
Start date September 2018
Entry Requirements

If you're looking into an exciting career as an occupational therapist, but don't have the time to take a full-time course, then we're here to offer you a solution. We operate a flexible part-time programme that will require 2-3 days per week of attendance, working alongside full-time students on a course fully accredited by the Royal College of Occupational Therapists.

You’ll learn the profession-specific practice which meet the needs of employers - and, you’ll achieve this through academic, hands-on learning and a range of clinical practice. This includes working in a variety of settings with children and people with physical, social or mental health issues.

Why Choose University of Cumbria

Thanks to our placement opportunities, you'll work alongside professional therapists throughout the North West, putting your education into practice and developing your own skills.

We offer everything you need at a pace that suits you, helping you go straight into employment as a fully qualified occupational therapist.

The experience you’ll get will bolster your CV and give you the essential experience that will set you apart from the crowd in interviews.

  • 98% of students are successful in gaining a job after graduating
  • Eligible to apply for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) - a prerequisite to practice in the UK
  • Do more than 1,000 hours of work-based practice to secure your accreditation
  • Our good links with NHS Trusts and health and social care organisations provide you with good placement and job prospects
  • Opportunity for you to work in clinics run within the department – boosting your practice confidence
  • Gain crucial experience of working with other healthcare students such as radiography, nursing, and physiotherapy , as you would in a professional role
  • Work alongside and be guided by qualified therapists
  • Your final practice can be taken either in the UK or abroad
  • Academic tutors have professional experience as occupational therapists
  • Small class sizes mean we get to know you as an individual and support you closely through your studies

We have an excellent reputation for educating occupational therapists and our students are sought after by employers in the NHS and, increasingly, in the social care and private voluntary and independent sector.


NHS Funding

The government will continue to provide a maintenance bursary for part-time students to this programme for the duration of the course for up to 15 new students starting in 2017/18. Part-time students will have access to tuition fee loans through the standard student finance route.

Students who change from part-time to full time courses during their study will no longer be eligible to receive the NHS maintenance bursary from the date of the changes. Students will then need to apply to the Student Loans Company to receive support for living costs.

Part-time students who enrol from 2018/19 onwards will be eligible for funding provided by the SLC, subject to a wider consultation on part-time undergraduate loans for living costs.

Course study options

We also offer this course with a full-time study option in Lancaster - click the button to find out more.

Full-time course