BSc (Hons) Occupational Therapy
Why choose this course?
A course for people who want to help others reach their potential
- Study a course accredited by the College of Occupational Therapists and approved by the World Federation of Occupational Therapists
- It's approved by the Health and Care Professions Council, meaning you'll be able to apply for registration to practice as an Occupational Therapist as soon as you graduate
- Engage with our experienced teaching team who have worked in a range of settings
- Gain first-hand experience by undertaking exciting placements in sector
- Learn how to help people overcomes the obstacles that prevent them from reaching their full potential
- 98% of our graduates are employed or in further study within 6 months of completing their course
- 94% of students were satisfied with the overall quality of this course in the National Student Survey 2015.
Catherine, an Occupational Therapy student, talks about her highlights of the course so far:
UCAS code: B920
Start date: September
Course length: Full time: three years
Campus: Kedleston Road and Britannia Mill, Derby Campus
College: College of Health and Social Care
This course is available to international students
About this course
This course is accredited by the College of Occupational Therapists, and approved by the World Federation of Occupational Therapists and the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). You’ll be able to apply to the HCPC when you graduate, for registration to practice.
Explore your potential on placement
There are three periods of practice placement, where you will work full time in practice for a set number of weeks. This could be in the NHS, social services or private and voluntary sector health or social care environments. This experience ensures you have the optimum range of skills for becoming a qualified practitioner.
We have a highly dedicated and skilled teaching team, and specialists in areas of occupational therapy practice, service users, patients and carers come in to the University throughout your degree to share their professional experience with you.
By studying alongside other health and social care students, you'll develop a wide knowledge of the work of an occupational therapist in different settings. Through the practical skills based sessions, you will also develop valuable skills to take into your future practice.
Throughout your studies you will also have a personal tutor who will guide and support you.
We've got great teaching facilities, including a rehabilitation kitchen and bathroom, and replica hospital ward, which you'll use to develop your practical skills.
Keeping up to date
We’re proud to say that our courses are closely mapped against the health and social care sector. This ensures that our curriculum is up-to-date, providing you with the assurance that your learning is current and relevant. This does mean that we do have to respond to national changes such as government policy. As a result, some of the information about our courses may change.
What you will cover
You'll study modules such as:
- Introduction to Occupational Therapy through Independent Learning
- Foundations for Occupational Therapy
- Changing Lives - Impact of Illness
- Changing Lives - Occupational Health and Wellbeing
- Understanding Self as a Therapist
- Practice Placement 1
You'll study modules such as:
- Applied OT Models
- Applied OT Approaches
- Practice Placement 2
- Occupation in Communities
- Research and Governance in Occupational Therapy
You'll study modules such as:
- Practice Placement 3
- Addressing Occupational Injustice through Contempory and Future Practice
- Meeting the Needs of the Workplace
- Professional Reasoning
Within the third stage, you’ll be given an opportunity to focus on areas of specific professional interest.
September 2016 typical entry requirements UCAS points 280 (up to 40 from AS-levels) Specific requirements at A-level N/A Specific requirements at GCSE Five GCSEs at Grade C or above, including Maths and English Interview / Audition
Yes - please see below
The way UCAS Tariffs are calculated is changing in 2017. The entry requirement below reflects this change. Read more about these changes.
September 2017 typical entry requirements UCAS points 112 (up to 16 from AS-levels) Specific requirements at A-level N/A Specific requirements at GCSE Five GCSEs at Grade C or above, including Maths and English Interview / Audition
Yes - please see below
- Students with life and work experience will need evidence of academic achievement at level 3 or above within the last two years. This can include A Levels, BTEC, Access courses or Open University modules.
- Other qualifications may also be considered, but NVQ qualifications are not accepted. 24 credits at merit for Access courses are required.
- We accept general Access as well as health-related Access qualifications.
Experience and references
You'll need to be familiar with at least two areas of occupational therapy. Shadowing experience with an Occupational Therapist is desirable, ideally in more than one setting. You will need to provide a satisfactory reference from an education establishment, a previous employer or person of standing that should demonstrate ability to manage the academic demands of the programme, as well as personal suitability.
English language requirements
You’ll need to be fluent in English. For overseas students the IELTS at level 7 or equivalent is also required.
Screening, DBS and criminal convictions
If you are considered for a place on this course you will need to undergo health screening. On application you will need to undergo an enhanced criminal record check which is done through the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS). This course is ‘exempt’ from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 and therefore you are required to declare any convictions, cautions, reprimands and final warnings that are not "protected" (i.e. filtered out) as defined by the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (as amended in 2013). The amendments to the Exceptions Order provide that certain ‘spent’ convictions and cautions are ‘protected’ and are not subject to disclosure and cannot be taken into account. Guidance and criteria on the filtering of these cautions and convictions can be found on the Disclosure and Barring Service website. Further information can also be found on the Nacro website.
We welcome applicants from a wide variety of backgrounds and life experiences. Your criminal record will not, in itself automatically, debar you from being offered a place on the Occupational Therapy programme. All cases will be examined on an individual basis.
You will be invited to an interview as part of the application process.
Use our UniPoints app as a guide to calculate your UCAS Tariff points, search for courses and check entry requirements for 2017 and beyond.
Our entry requirements for this course should be read together with the University's general entry requirements, which details subjects we accept, alternative qualifications and what we're looking for at Derby.
How to apply
- Full-time students should apply for this course through UCAS.
- If you want to start in September, you usually need to apply online through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS).
Information for international applicants
Fees and finance
We have a significant number of places on our pre-registration courses in Occupational Therapy which are NHS funded. This includes having tuition fees paid in full and a £1,000 grant each year. If you're offered and accept one of these NHS funded places, you'll also be eligible to apply for an additional means-tested bursary. NHS Student Bursaries provides financial support to eligible students taking approved (NHS funded) courses. Please visit NHS Student Bursaries for more information including:
- Eligibility requirements
- The financial support available
- An online bursary calculator
- How the process of applying for financial support works
- Frequently asked questions
- The latest rates
- Details of the adoption award
- Details of the maternity support award
UK/EU students – self funded places
We may offer a small number of places if you wish to self-fund the course.
- Full-time: £9,000 per year - You will study this course for three years
These fees apply if you're starting this course between September 2016 and August 2017. We recommend you check fee details with us though, as costs can increase each year. Please note that if your employer would be interested in supporting you financially rather than obtaining NHS funding please get in touch.
The fee for 2016 entry is £12,000 per year.
Changes to funding for degrees starting on or after September 2017
From 2017/18, new students on Nursing and Allied Health Profession (AHP) courses will take out maintenance and tuition loans like other students rather than receiving an NHS grant. Find out more
The fees for students starting this course in September 2017 will be available soon.
How you will learn
How you'll learn
Our teaching team are registered occupational therapists who have worked in a variety of settings. They’ll teach you through a mixture of theory and practical elements to prepare you for starting work when you graduate. Practitioners from specialist areas in occupational therapy, service users, patients and carers will also come into the University to share their experiences with you.
You’ll be taught through experiential learning, group activities, lectures, online learning, seminars, tutorials and workshops. You’ll have the opportunity to develop a range of practical skills through skills-based sessions. These will help to equip you for both practice placement experiences and your future career.
How you're assessed
You’ll be assessed through your assignments, case study work, one written and one practical exam, practice placement assessments, presentations and promotional material. You will be supported to prepare for these assessments through a range of methods, such as assignment tutorials and internet based resources.
There are three periods of practice placement, where you will work full time in practice for a set number of weeks. You'll work in three separate areas of practice ensuring you have the optimum range of skills for becoming a qualified practitioner.
Careers and employability
Occupational therapy is an exciting career choice. As a qualified occupational therapist you could work in many areas of the NHS, such as:
- Acute medical care
- Mental health and secure environments.
You could also work in social services or the private or voluntary sector, charities, health centres and schools.
As this course is approved by the World Federation of Occupational Therapists, you’ll also be eligible to apply for registration to work overseas.
What our students say
"The course constantly requires you to reflect upon your learning and really come to know your own strengths and weaknesses. The emphasis is upon developing yourself so that you can go forward and be the best practitioner possible to help other people and the placements are a brilliant opportunity to put this into practice."
"The course provides a safe and nurturing environment with staff that are genuinely investing in your progress. Theoretical knowledge is complimented by group workshops and placements that will develop, challenge and enhance your capabilities."
"I have thoroughly enjoyed the course; the tutors are incredibly supportive, as are the whole cohort. We all support each other and know we can contact each other if ever we feel a bit lost or need some motivation. I feel very proud and grateful to be an Occupational Therapy student at the University of Derby!"
"I felt more than ready for placement which resulted in me being able to go into my setting with enthusiasm and confidence in my abilities. It was an amazing experience, I learnt an awful lot but all the time felt very much in my own skin, confirming that this was the right career path for me. A fantastic course! I will always be grateful for the opportunity."
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