Course details

Study options

Full-time: 4 years

UK/EU fee

£9,250 per year (2018/19)

UCAS points

80 (September 2019 entry)

UCAS code

B92F

Course level

Undergraduate

Qualification

BSc (Hons)

Start date

September

Location

Kedleston Road, Derby Campus

Course description

Please be aware that this course is no longer accepting applications for September 2018 entry.

A career in occupational therapy offers variety, purpose and immense job satisfaction. Successful completion of the degree ensures you are eligible to apply to the HCPC to join a rewarding profession where you can help people facing physical and mental challenges to overcome barriers to their independence.

A worthwhile and rewarding career

Occupational therapists support people who have a range of difficulties to perform the everyday activities which are key to their health and wellbeing – from work, sport and leisure to aspects of self-care.

Ours was the first Occupational Therapy School set up under the auspices of the NHS back in 1948 so we have a strong heritage and reputation in this important field. 

Beginning with a foundation year.

On completion of the Foundation Year you will then commence study on the full BSc (Hons) Occupational Therapy degree, more information on this can be found on the following page.

Studying BSc (Hons) Occupational Therapy with a Foundation Year is for you if you have the ability to study for a degree, but don’t have the necessary formal qualifications to enter directly on to the honours degree programme. It provides you with a firm grounding in the skills and knowledge you need and introduces you to the subject area, enabling you to achieve your full honours degree in four years.

What you will study

You will study modules such as:

  • Work Based Learning
  • Working in Health & Social Care
  • Anti-Discriminatory Practice
  • Fundamentals of Public Health and Study Skills. 
  • Communication Skills
  • If you do not have GCSE in English and/or Maths, you will need to take these as core components of your foundation year, in place of some of the above foundation year modules. You will need to successfully complete these core modules to progress onto stage one.

Please see our BSc (hons) Occupational Therapy page  for more information.

How you will learn

From day one you’ll get all the benefits of being a University of Derby student, plus extra support to help you build your knowledge, skills and confidence.

Our teaching team is made up of registered occupational therapists who have worked in a variety of settings. Practitioners from specialist areas in occupational therapy, ‘experts by experience’, patients and carers will also come into the University to share their insights with you.

Entry requirements

September 2019 typical entry requirements

UCAS points80 (up to 16 from AS-levels)
Specific requirements at A-levelN/A
Specific requirements at GCSE

GCSE Maths and English are preferred, however if you don't have these qualifications you will be able to undertake Maths and English at L2 as part of your course of study.

Interview / AuditionYes - see interview details
PortfolioN/A

Alternative entry qualifications

We usually consider an A-level in General Studies as a supplementary qualification. A good application/performance will be taken into account if you do not meet the criteria/offer conditions.

Additional requirements

An Occupational Health Assessment and Clearance by the University is required for this course. We will contact you with information on how to complete this when required. More information

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.

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Find out more about Occupational Therapy

The best way to find out if studying at Derby is right for you is to experience an Open Day. Get a feel for the city and campus, tour our first-class facilities and see where you could be living.

Book your Open DayBook your Open Day

Fees and funding

2018/19 Fees

 Full-timePart-time
UK/EU

£9,250 per year

£1,155 per 20 credit module

International

N/A

N/A

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

You won’t have to pay any money upfront: tuition and living cost loans work just like a tax on your earnings rather than a commercial or payday loan. You will only start paying back the loans when you are earning above £25,000 per year and will pay 9% of any income above £25,000.

You can also secure grants – which do not have to be repaid – to cover childcare and the costs of travelling to your placement.

Additional financial support is available from the NHS for this course. Please see their webpage for more information.

Further information about our fees and support you may be entitled to.

For more information on student loans for health programmes please visit The Council of Deans website.

How to apply

Please be aware that this course is no longer accepting applications for September 2018 entry.

Careers

Occupational therapy is an exciting and fulfilling career choice.

Upon completion of the BSc (Hons) Occupational Therapy degree you’ll be eligible to apply for registration as an occupational therapist with the Health and Care Professions Council and could progress to important roles in many areas of the NHS, such as:

You could also consider working in social services, charities and voluntary organisations, schools, prisons, companies and businesses, or in private practice.

Take your studies to the next level.

As a qualified occupational therapist, you will have excellent foundations for your career but you will undoubtedly want to build on your knowledge and strengthen your prospects as your progress in your role.

We offer a full range of professional development options to help you gain more advanced and specialist skills – from part-time stand-alone CPD modules which can be incorporated into your workplace practice through to postgraduate study up to doctoral level.

Contact details

EnquiryEmailPhone
Course: Sian Burgess (Programme leader) s.d.burgess@derby.ac.uk +44 (0)1332 594098
Course: Angela Payne (Admissions leader) a.payne@derby.ac.uk +44 (0)1332 594032
Admissionsaskadmissions@derby.ac.uk+44 (0)1332 591167
Generalmarketing@derby.ac.uk+44 (0)1332 590500

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Teaching hours

Like most universities, we operate extended teaching hours at the University of Derby, so contact time with your lecturers and tutors could be anytime between 9am and 9pm. Your timetable will usually be available on the website 24 hours after enrolment on to your course.

Please note: Our courses are refreshed and updated on a regular basis. If you are thinking about transferring onto this course (into the second year for example), you should contact the programme leader for the relevant course information as modules may vary from those shown on this page.