Course details

Study options

Full-time: 3 years

UK/EU fee

£9,250 per year (2020/21)

International fee

£14,700 per year (2020/21)

UCAS points

120 (September 2021 entry)

UCAS code

B920

Course level

Undergraduate

Qualification

BSc (Hons)

Start date

September

Location

Kedleston Road, Derby Campus

Course description

‌A career in occupational therapy offers variety, purpose and immense job satisfaction. Successful completion of this 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.

Already hold a degree and looking to qualify as an occupational therapist? Join our MSc Occupational Therapy (Pre-Registration) and you could register to practise in two years.

In the 2020 National Student Survey (NSS), 95% of students were satisfied with the overall quality of the course. The NSS is managed by the Office for Students and gathers opinions of current students on the course

95%Overall satisfaction**NSS 2020

Study Occupational Therapy at Derby. Our outstanding heritage, accessible and supportive lecturers and professional networks which help you find your dream job are just some of the reasons to study here. 

With outstanding subject knowledge and a wealth of industry experience, our lecturers including Karen Newberry provide you with the opportunity to fulfil your potential:

Why you should study Occupational Therapy at the University of Derby

Join the thousands of occupational therapists who have benefited from Derby’s high-quality, distinctive and innovative courses. 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.

A worthwhile and rewarding career

As an occupational therapist, you’ll 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.

This is a profession with a huge reach. It could mean adapting elderly people’s living environments so they can stay in their own homes, devising strategies to assist people with dementia, helping patients adjust to life after a stroke or surgery, or ensuring children with disabilities can take a full part in school life or at play.

Our course equips you for the challenge. You’ll gain the practical, theoretical and interpersonal skills to help people with disabilities, illnesses and long-term conditions to overcome the obstacles that prevent them from reaching their full potential.

A career in occupational therapy delivers huge satisfaction – and that starts with your degree. 

A course with professional credibility

Our degree is designed to meet rigorous professional standards. It is accredited by the Royal College of Occupational Therapists, and approved by the World Federation of Occupational Therapists and the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). When you graduate, you’ll be eligible to apply to the HCPC for registration to practise.

We have exceptionally strong links with employers which open doors for you. Latest statistics show that 98% of our graduates are employed or in further study within six months of completing the course.

For the first year of study, the programme covers the cost of student membership to the Royal College of Occupational Therapists. Membership includes access to online learning and events, professional journals, career advice and up to date professional resources.

Hone your skills through practice-based learning

Almost half of the course is taken up with exciting opportunities to enhance your skills in real-world settings. There are three periods of practice-based learning, which you usually undertake full time, for a set number of weeks during each year of study.

Primarily in the East Midlands, the settings for practice-based learning range from the NHS and social services to the private and voluntary sectors. You’ll experience how occupational therapists work with people in different age groups and with different physical and mental health concerns. This builds the optimum range of skills for becoming a qualified practitioner and helps you make more informed decisions about your future career direction.

We organise all three placements for you so we can ensure you’ll be supported by qualified occupational therapists who are trained to assess and develop your practical skills.

An inspiring learning environment

We offer superb training facilities for practical sessions in realistic settings. They include an NHS standard six-bed hospital ward and a rehabilitation kitchen.

We have also invested in latest technology so that you can benefit from a variety of virtual and immersive environments which will enrich your learning experience.

Expertise, commitment and enthusiasm

You’ll be inspired by a dedicated and highly skilled teaching team. They are all registered and experienced occupational therapists who can give you insights into the many different aspects of the profession. Throughout your studies you’ll benefit from the support of a personal tutor too.

Our team is also research active so will keep you informed about latest thinking and trends. We are involved in national special interest groups and have expertise in areas such as posture management, hand therapy, mental health recovery and working with patients who have dementia. You could even conduct noteworthy research yourself: some students have work featured in OT News and other leading publications.

In tune with new developments

This course is closely mapped against the needs of employers to ensure your learning is meaningful and relevant. In delivering the programme, we respond to national changes such as latest government policies. As a result, some of the information about the course may change. 

As health care is increasingly delivered by multi professional teams, we offer inter-professional learning opportunities at each stage of the course so that you learn with, and from, students from other disciplines. This is really important in helping you understand how occupational therapists work in partnership with other professionals in different settings. By learning to work together, you can help achieve the best outcomes for patients and clients.

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What you will study

Year 1Year 1Year 2Year 2Year 3Year 3

Code: 4OT507

Introduction to Occupational Therapy

This module will introduce learners to the key concepts and core skills which underpin occupational therapy, including the occupational therapy process.

Learners will explore the evolution of the profession, its philosophies, values and beliefs and from this its unique contribution to the diverse range of settings in which occupational therapists work, in traditional/third sector and diverse settings.

There will also be an introduction to concepts integral to the occupational therapy process including an assessment and problem identification, intervention and evaluation.

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20 Credits
core
Coursework

Code: 4OT508

People as Occupational Beings

In this module, the learner will be developing an understanding of the concept of occupation, how individuals develop as occupational beings and how this can influence the health and well-being of the individual. The learner will participate in a range of learning activities to develop their knowledge of core philosophies and skills that will guide your future practice.
20 Credits
core
Coursework

Code: 4OT509

Developing as a Practitioner

This module will begin to form the learner’s knowledge of key concepts relating to professionalism and developing themselves as a professional. Within this learners will gain an understanding of the importance of confidentiality, the maintenance of a safe practice environment, including risk management, moving and handling, infection control, safeguarding. This module will include attendance at mandatory training and skills development sessions.

The module will enable learners to understand the importance of keeping skills and knowledge up to date and of career-long learning and engage learners in the production of continuing professional development (CPD) portfolio.

Learners will begin to understand the legal and ethical boundaries of occupational therapy and the importance of maintaining a professional and high standard of care. They will gain knowledge of relevant legislation that applies within occupational therapy practice. Learners will also work towards developing an understanding of inter-professional team working.

Learners will engage in a variety of learning experiences including on-line and experiential and will be encouraged to reflect on key aspects of the module as part of their professional development.

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20 Credits
core
Practical
Coursework

Code: 4OT510

Enabling Occupational Performance

In this module, learners will acquire knowledge and understanding of informing sciences that enable occupational performance. Learners will participate in a range of learning activities that will enable you to develop understanding of the biopsychosocial components of health and well-being that are required to perform everyday activities.
20 Credits
core
Coursework

Code: 4OT511

Occupational Dysfunction

In this module, learners will acquire knowledge and understanding of a variety of pathologies and life changes which result in occupational dysfunction. Learners will participate in a variety of learning activities that enable you to apply activity analysis to understand how these impact on occupational performance. Virtual simulation technologies will be utilised where appropriate.
20 Credits
core
Coursework

Code: 4OT512

Interpersonal and Communication Skills

Learners will develop professional use of verbal, non-verbal and written communication skills and consider the importance of these to their future practice. They will explore the importance of establishing and sustaining a therapeutic relationship, of which self-awareness is a key aspect. Within this, they will consider the need to respect the rights, dignity, values and autonomy of service users. The way that factors such as culture, ethnicity and gender can affect the characteristics of verbal and non-verbal communication will also be explored.

Experiential and reflective learning will consider dyadic and group interactions and dynamics. Learners will also consider the importance of working in partnership with service users and how interpersonal skills can be used to encourage their active participation.

The importance of written communication skills and the need to maintain accurate written records will also be introduced.

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20 Credits
core
Practical

Code: 4OT513

Practice Based Learning 1

The practice-based learning introduces the learner to the occupational needs of individuals and to the occupational therapy process in practice, allowing them to apply and further develop their theoretical knowledge. The placement will enable them to develop, and demonstrate their practice, professional, communication, interpersonal and managerial skills at a basic level.

Assessment through the practice-based learning assessment report form will enable learners to demonstrate a basic level of competence for their stage of the study. A formative midway assessment provides constructive feedback and guidance for development, and summative assessment provides the final outcome. To achieve a pass on the placement learners are required to complete the required hours and achieve a pass grade in all areas of the practice-based learning assessment form.

NB For both BSc (Hons) and MSc learners no Fail and Return opportunities are available in Practice-Based Learning modules. There is only one fail grade permitted on Practice-Based Learning Modules over the course of the programme.

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0 Credits
core
Practical

Code: 5OT506

Assessments and Interventions

This module will focus on core occupational therapy assessments and interventions for individuals, required for key areas of occupational therapy practice. A range of keynote teaching in the form of lectures and online resources will consider core theoretical concepts such as occupational therapy models, approaches and standardised and non-standardised assessments, with the inclusion of how these contribute to professional reasoning.

The module will have a practical and experiential focus on developing core transferrable occupational therapy skills and knowledge, required to undertake assessments and interventions across a wide diversity of practice areas, in both short and long term settings.

Knowledge and skills will be developed by building upon on a number of core aspects of biopsychosocial dysfunction, studied earlier in the programme, through consideration of potential arising occupational needs. Through practical workshops, including activities such as virtual simulation, learners in this module will study a range of occupational therapy assessments and interventions that may be used to identify and meet these occupational needs, associated with that area of dysfunction. Theory and practice will be blended to equip learners with the ability to select, implement, analyse and evaluate assessments and treatments, by the inclusion of case studies.

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40 Credits
core
Coursework

Code: 5OT507

Group Work Skills

This module will focus on group work skills including the planning, delivery and evaluation of group work, with analysis and evaluation of how group work can be used therapeutically in occupational therapy practice.

Development of practical skills in group planning, facilitation/leadership and evaluation, including learners delivering groups for their peers, will occur through experiential workshops. These practical skills will be underpinned by teaching and learning of core theoretical concepts relating to group work. Learners will be encouraged to develop self-awareness through reflection and self-evaluation of their own evolving group leadership skills and provide feedback to their peers to facilitate the learning process for all.

Analysis and evaluation of core occupational therapy interventions that may be delivered within a group setting, across a range of services will be included. Through undertaking self-directed visits to third sector/ diverse settings, learners will also analyse the potential role of groups in these areas of practice. The debate of issues that underpin the use of groups by the profession, and exploration of the advantages and disadvantages of undertaking group work, will facilitate skills in evaluating when a group programme may be valuable.

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20 Credits
core
Coursework

Code: 5OT508

Practice Based Learning 2

Pre-requisites:- Learners must have successfully passed Practice-Based Learning 1 The Practice-Based Learning builds on the experiences of the previous placement within a different practice setting. It provides the learner opportunity to further develop occupational based practice skills and professionalism allowing further integration and development of their theoretical knowledge into practice. Communication, interpersonal and management skills will also be further developed.

Assessment through the practice-based learning assessment report form will enable learners to demonstrate a basic level of competence for their stage of the study. The formative midway assessment provides constructive feedback and guidance for development, and summative assessment provides the final outcome. To achieve a pass on the placement learners are required to complete undertake the required hours and achieve a passing grade in all areas of the practice-based learning assessment form.

NB For both BSc (Hons) and MSc Learners no Fail and Return opportunities are available in Practice-Based Learning Modules There is only one fail grade permitted on Practice-Based Learning Modules over the course of the programme.

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0 Credits
core
Practical

Code: 5OT509

Influences on Practice

This module will analyse and evaluate the influence of practice agendas and wider governance issues on aspects of professional reasoning for assessments, interventions, and outcome measures for individuals. This will include how these can both enhance and challenge the delivery of occupational therapy at a service level.

Key current service priorities arising from practice agendas will be identified. Practical workshops considering assessments, interventions and evaluation, which could provide opportunities for occupational therapy to respond to such key agendas will be undertaken. This will occur alongside analysis of governance-related issues which underpin aspects of professional reasoning for their delivery. Learners will be encouraged to analyse the essential nature of outcomes and audits in order to provide evidence for further service development. Online resources will be used as appropriate.

An ability to formally present such justifications for assessments and interventions is vital to future practice and service development hence is integral to the module.

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40 Credits
core
Exam

Code: 5OT510

Evidence-based Practice

In this module, the learner will develop an understanding of Evidence-Based Practice, what constitutes evidence and how to appraise this as a consumer. This is important in order to inform occupational therapy practice. Learners will explore a variety of data collection tools and how they generate evidence to inform practice. They will also consider how qualitative, quantitative and interprofessional evidence can be used to inform practice.
20 Credits
core
Coursework

Code: 6OT507

Researching Practice

The ability to be a skilled consumer and producer of research is a key requirement of occupational therapy practice. Through this module, the learner will evaluate a body of literature of relevance to an aspect of occupational therapy practice in order to identify a possible area for future research through the production of a research proposal.
40 Credits
core
Coursework

Code: 6OT508

Practice Based Learning 3

Pre-requisites:- the Learner must have successfully completed Practice-Based Learning 1 and Practice-Based Learning 2. The Practice-Based Learning builds on the experiences of the previous placement within a different practice setting and offers the learner the opportunity to further develop and consolidate occupational based professional and practice skills, communication, interpersonal and management skills. Reflection and critical evaluation of these are key components of this Practice-Based Learning in order to become a competent occupational therapist.

Assessment through the Practice-Based Learning assessment report form will enable learners to demonstrate a basic level of competence for their stage of the study. A formative midway assessment provides constructive feedback and guidance for development, and summative assessment provides the final outcome.

To achieve a pass on the placement learners are required to complete undertake the required hours and achieve a passing grade in all areas of the placement assessment form. NB For both BSc (Hons) and MSc learners no Fail and Return opportunities are available in Practice-Based Learning modules. There is only one fail grade permitted on Practice-Based Learning modules over the course of the programme.

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0 Credits
core
Practical

Code: 6OT509

Professional Identity

This module will prepare learners for occupational therapy practice within diverse working environments. Learners, through engaging in a variety of learning formats including reflective learning, will reflect on what they have learnt about themselves, occupational therapy and their professional identity drawing on their practice-based learning. They will critically consider issues relating to professional identity and behaviour including knowing the limits of their practice.

They will evaluate how their professional identity, themselves as individuals and occupational therapy fits within a diverse range of settings including health and social care.

Learners will build on the skills and knowledge gained through practice-based learning and previous academic learning e.g. Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) requirements.

The importance of keeping their knowledge and skills up to date, engaging in career-long learning to maintain professional identity and career development will be considered.

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20 Credits
core
Coursework

Code: 6OT510

Occupation for Public Health

This module will enable learners to critically review the concept and construct of communities. Learners will develop an understanding of the occupational nature and needs of communities, and the individuals within them.

Learners will critically evaluate the influence of communities on individuals and their roles, health, occupational opportunities and restrictions. In addition, learners will critically review public health agendas, nationally and globally. Through participation in a variety of taught and interactive learning activities, learners will then critically evaluate service improvement and development opportunities for occupational therapy in meeting the national and global public health agendas.

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20 Credits
core
Practical
Coursework

Code: 6OT511

Specialist Skills

This module will enable learners to focus on a specific area or aspect of occupational therapy practice, from a range of practice areas offered. Through practical workshops, there will be an emphasis on developing in-depth/complex practice specific practical skills. The ability to critically evaluate professional reasoning for the use of these practical skills is an essential component of occupational therapy practice. The module will focus on learners developing skills and confidence in relation to this critical evaluation, hence promoting the need for professional accountability. On successful completion of the module, learners will be able to both advocates for and defend the use of these skills, as part of the occupational therapy process, to enable occupation.

Face to face teaching will be based around more complex and in-depth use of practical skills acquired earlier in the programme, critically reviewing and further developing their use. Where appropriate learning and teaching may include off-site visits and outside speakers. This module will facilitate the consolidation of earlier learning related to professional reasoning, by enabling the learner to more independently give critical consideration to theory and practice. Continuing professional development activities such as peer teaching and learning through journal clubs, will promote this more independent critical consideration of issues emerging from the evidence base for the practice area, both now and potentially in the future. It is also envisaged that the nature of the continuing professional development activities will promote skills and competence essential for career-long learning and future career and professional development.

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20 Credits
core
Exam

Code: 6OT512

Future Directions of Occupational Therapy

This module will enable learners to critically consider the future direction of occupational therapy within the global arena. They will consider the potential for occupational therapy practise to meet the needs of different groups and individuals across diverse settings and in new and emerging areas of practice.

The importance of changing practice and transforming services to take account of developments and the changing context of practice will also be evaluated. Learners will also consider their role within the transformation of services and the importance of leadership skills and change management.

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20 Credits
core
Coursework

Please note that our modules are subject to change - we review the content of our courses regularly, making changes where necessary to improve your experience and graduate prospects.

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How you will learn

The course entails a mixture of theory and practical elements to give you an excellent preparation for starting work when you graduate.

You will be taught through experiential learning, group activities, lectures, online learning, seminars, tutorials and workshops. Your learning will integrate theory and practice, including developing practical skills essential for your practice based learning modules and future career. You may be in a large group for learning activities such as lectures, but will work in smaller groups for activities such as workshops and practical sessions.

Practice-based learning

The course includes three periods of practice-based learning where you will work full time in practice for a set number of weeks. You will work in three separate areas of practice to ensure you build the optimum range of skills for becoming a qualified practitioner.

How you’re assessed

You’ll be assessed through a range of methods including assignments, case study work, written and practical exams, practice-based learning assessments, and presentations. We support you to prepare for these assessments in various ways including assignment tutorials and Internet-based resources. You also will receive feedback on one assessment in time for you to learn and develop from this to input into your next assessment.

If you have additional needs, support is available within the university.

Who you'll meet

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 carer's will also come into the University to share their insights with you.

Personal academic tutoring

Your personal academic tutor will work with you to help you get the most out of your time at university. Having someone to talk to about your academic progress, your university experience and your professional aspirations is hugely valuable. We want you to feel challenged in your studies, stretched but confident to achieve your academic and professional goals.

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Who will teach you

Sian Burgess
Programme leader

Sian is the programme lead for the BSc (hons) in Occupational therapy here at the University of Derby. Sian is a member of the occupational therapy subject team which delivers both pre registration occupational therapy programmes and masters levels programmes. 

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Entry requirements

September 2021 typical entry requirements

RequirementWhat we're looking for
UCAS points120
Specific requirements at A-level

No specific subject requirements

Specific requirements at GCSEGCSE Maths and English Grade C/Grade 4 (or above) or equivalent qualification
IELTS7.0 (with 6.5 in each skills area)
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

Ideally, you need to be familiar with more than one area in which occupational therapists may work. This could be through personal or shadowing experience but also from reading or research.

An Enhanced Disclosure & Barring Service certificate cleared by the University is required for this course. We will contact you with information on how to complete this once you have applied. 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.

Fees and funding

2020/21 Fees

 Full-timePart-time
UK/EU

£9,250 per year

N/A

International

£14,700 per year

N/A

Funding for Nursing and Allied Health courses

By studying on this programme, you are eligible for a Tuition Fee Loan of up to £9,250. The loan will support your studies and enable you to start a rewarding career in healthcare.

From September 2020 all new and continuing nursing and allied health students on pre-registration courses will also receive a grant of at least £5,000 per year that is not means-tested and will not have to be repaid.

An additional payment of up to £3,000 per academic year will be available to eligible students. Eligibility will include the following:

Among others, the shortage specialisms have been confirmed to include:

In addition to this non-repayable grant, you are also able to access a maintenance loan of up to £9,203 per year to support your studies, giving you access to over £17,000 per year of funding.

Read the full press release on the Government website

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

Additional costs and optional extras

How to apply

UK/EU students

Full-time students applying to start in September should apply for this course through UCAS or you can apply directly to the University for an undergraduate course if you’re not applying to any other UK university in the same year.

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International students

Full-time students applying to start in September should apply for this course through UCAS or you can apply directly to the University for an undergraduate course if you’re not applying to any other UK university in the same year.

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Careers

Occupational therapy is an exciting and fulfilling career choice. As part of this course, we offer alumni talks and guidance in areas such as interview techniques to help you secure your ideal job.

When you graduate, you’ll be eligible to apply for registration as an occupational therapist with the Health and Care Professions Council, as long as you meet the HCPC’s requirements.

You could progress to important roles in many areas of the NHS, such as:

Your role could centre on hospitals, clinics and GP practices or it could entail visiting patients at home or work.

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

As this course is approved by the World Federation of Occupational Therapists, you’ll also be eligible to apply for registration to work overseas.

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.

Flexibility is a hallmark of our approach: studying a stand-alone module enables you to focus on an area which particularly interests you without having to commit to a full postgraduate degree. However, if you then decide to move onto a full postgraduate course, we will support you.

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Five years (minimum number of applicants required for part-time course to run)

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.

Additional costs and optional extras

We’re committed to providing you with an outstanding learning experience. Our expert teaching, excellent facilities and great employability prepare you for your future career. As part of our commitment to you we aim to keep any additional study costs to a minimum. However, there are occasions where students may incur some additional costs.

The information below is correct for entry in the academic year September 2020 - August 2021 only. Entry for future academic years may be subject to change.

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Mandatory costs not included in your fees

Optional costs not included in your fees

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.

Minimum numbers

Please note that this course is subject to minimum numbers in order to run.

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