BSc (Hons) Occupational Therapy

Accredited by the Royal College of Occupational Therapists (RCOT) and approved by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).

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Course code B920

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UCAS

Course code B920

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Location Carlisle - Fusehill Street, Lancaster
Duration Full-time, 3 Years
Start date September 2020
Entry Requirements Programme specification (PDF)
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The BSc (Hons) Occupational Therapy at the University of Cumbria is a pathway to an exciting and rewarding career. Studying here will provide you with a professional qualification recognised world-wide, 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, shared by Occupational Therapists and Occupational Scientists world-wide, 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.

Courses are fully accredited by the Royal College of Occupational Therapists and approved by the Health and Care Professions Council - and are designed to teach you all the academic know-how and valuable hands-on skills you’ll need to kick-start your professional career.

Occupational Therapy is 8th for Graduate Employability nationally at 88%.**

**The Complete University Guide 

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.

We offer you all this, because 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 practise in the UK
  • Do more than 1,000 hours of work-based practise to secure your accreditation   
  • Our good 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
  • Work alongside, and be guided by, qualified therapists
  • Your final practice can be taken either in the UK or abroad, giving you the opportunity to experience international health care systems
  • Academic tutors have professional experience as occupational therapists and bring invaluable first-hand experience to their teaching
  • 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.

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.

Course study options

If you already have a degree, you can qualify faster by doing MSc Occupational Therapy.

Postgraduate course

Graduate destinations

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.

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

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