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This course is a pathway to an exciting and rewarding career. Studying here will provide you with a professional qualification recognised worldwide, and a degree that can open many doors to working within health, wellbeing and social care settings. We have a well-established and highly regarded reputation within the North-West of England and beyond, that is reflective of our programme team’s passion and enthusiasm for enabling students to become the competent and innovative Occupational Therapy practitioners of the future.
Fundamental to the programme is the core philosophy of the transformative impact of occupation on health and wellbeing. You will learn the fundamental rights and beliefs of people to take part in the occupations that they need and value and to enable such engagement through the practice of Occupational Therapy.
Why Choose University of Cumbria
You'll learn in a range of different environments including academic learning, hands-on learning and clinical practice. This includes working in a variety of settings with children and people with physical, social or mental health issues. You’ll get experience working alongside qualified professionals which will bolster your CV and give you the essential experience that will set you apart upon graduation.
- 100% of students have secured a job after graduating (HESA Graduate Outcomes survey 17/18)
- Do more than 1,000 hours of work-based practice to secure your accreditation whilst working alongside, and being guided by, qualified therapists
- Our links with NHS trusts, and health and social care organisations, provide you with excellent placement and job prospects
- Opportunity for you to work in clinics run within the department – boosting your confidence
- Gain crucial experience of working with other health and social care students such as physiotherapy, social work, radiography and nursing, as you would in a professional role
- Your final practice can be taken either in the UK or abroad, giving you the opportunity to experience international health care systems
- Your academic tutors have professional experience as occupational therapists and bring invaluable first-hand experience to their teaching
- We get to know you personally and our staff and students have great relationships, allowing you to feel fully supported as you study
From your city base, either in Carlisle or Lancaster, you’ll be within an hour of the stunning Lake District National Park and major cities such as Manchester and Newcastle, so you’ll never be stuck for something to do outside of your studies.
With all that we do, we have earned 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.
So, to experience a great education, earn a great degree and gain great employability prospects, our course is your springboard to a rewarding career in occupational therapy.
Our graduates are sought after by employers in the NHS, social care and private, voluntary and independent sectors. This qualification is recognised by the World Federation of Occupational Therapists, giving you the opportunity to work abroad*. Whilst the majority of graduates will work in practice settings, students graduate with research, leadership and management skills which are welcomed by a large range of employers.
Our graduates are employed all over the world, within the UK they are most commonly working in local health trusts, hospitals, and local authorities. Several students have returned to work at the university and often come back to speak to students about their area of OT expertise.
Upon graduation you are eligible to apply to the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) for registration; this is an essential requirement for practicing occupational therapy in the UK.
In addition to the HCPC you may wish become a member of the Royal College of Occupational Therapists who support occupational therapists during their career through advice, union support and professional development.
*Some countries will require graduates to take an entry examination or assessment