BSc (Hons) - Occupational Therapy
Are you wondering how to become an occupational therapist? Do you want to help others achieve their goals and help improve people's lives? Become a champion for the rights and beliefs of people to take part in the occupations that they need and value?
Our occupational therapy degree is designed to equip you with the skills and professional qualifications required for you to become an occupational therapist accredited by the RCOT and registered with the HCPC.
What’s more, our Allied Health Profession courses are ranked 1st in the North West and top 10 in the UK. We are also 1st in the North West for continuation and career prospects following graduation from Allied Health Profession Courses (Guardian University Guide 2023 Results).
During this occupational therapy course, you will spend at least 1,000 hours on placement in a variety of settings with children, adults and older adults with physical, social or mental health challenges. Placements take place within the NHS, councils, private, voluntary and independent sector organisations, and in a range of settings from hospitals, health and day centres, care homes or places of work.
As well as this, you will apply your theoretical learning to simulated real-world scenarios using our dedicated simulation facilities. This will enable you to build your confidence and skills in safe and supportive practice environments, before progressing to real-life cases.
You will be eligible to apply for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and apply for membership of the Royal College of Occupational Therapists (RCOT) upon graduation. Our graduates have an excellent reputation making them sought after by a multitude of employers including the NHS, councils, private, voluntary and independent sector organisations.
On this course you will...
- Work in small groups with your peers, developing teamwork and networking skills, with the opportunity to collaborate and engage with clinicians and service users.
- Have placement experiences in a range of settings including the NHS and role-emerging placements alongside qualified clinicians.
- Develop analytical and research skills to support your practice as an evidence-based occupational therapist.
- Be supported by our team – we get to know you personally and our staff and students have great relationships, allowing you to feel fully supported as you study.
- Develop your practical skills in our purpose-built 'home' rooms and simulation laboratories. You will have the opportunity to gain confidence and skills outside of your placements.
What our graduates say
I quickly realised how much of an impact Occupational Therapy had on patients and seeing the qualified Occupational Therapist problem solve and take pride in their profession made me realise that I had to pursue my career to become an Occupational Therapist.
Rebecca Stevenson, Occupational Therapy
When Rebecca started working as an Occupational Therapy support worker she realised that she wanted to become a qualified occupational therapist so she could make a difference in the lives of others.
I was made to feel that I can achieve, I can move mountains (if needed!). The tutors discovered the part of me that I was not aware was there and gradually, with gentle guidance, prompted me to achieve.
Silica Doinita Ionita, Occupational Therapy
She was inspired by three close friends from Romania who had travelled to Carlisle to study with us. They’d reported back that it was a fantastic place to take that next career step.
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