If you want a rewarding career as an occupational therapist, one who confidently enhances the lives and wellbeing of people facing physical, mental or social challenges, then our course is for you.
Our degree – fully accredited by the Royal College of Occupational Therapists and approved by the Health and Care Professions Council - is designed to teach you all the academic know-how and valuable hands-on skills you’ll need to kick-start your career.
Why Choose University of Cumbria
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.
The experience you’ll get working alongside qualified professionals 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
From your city base – either in Carlisle or Lancaster - you’ll be within an hour of the stunning Lake District National Park – now a UNESCO World Heritage site – and the major cities of Manchester and Newcastle, so you’ll never be stuck for something to do outside of 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.
From 2017 the government will cease to provide bursaries for undergraduate NHS courses. Students will have access to the standard student support package of tuition fee loans and support for living costs, rather than getting an NHS grant.
How we can support you
If you enrol onto an undergraduate NHS programme in 2017, we’ll cover the costs of your:
- DBS check**
- Occupational Health check
- Government funding for travel to placements is available - see eligibility here.
This is in addition to any government support agreed.
**Paid on successful enrolment onto course