BSc(Hons) Occupational Therapy

Each academic year is composed of six modules and one practice placement experience. The programme has been developed to enable you to integrate and apply theory into practice. We use a wide range of learning, teaching and assessment approaches to help you with your learning and application, which you can then take forward into your future career.

Year 1

The modules – will introduce you to the core values and beliefs underpinning the meaning of occupation and occupational therapy practice. You will learn about the links between health, well-being and occupation; the person and the contexts they live in, how we assess and analyse occupation, plus an introduction to the human body as it functions in daily life. In addition, one module will help you to develop skills for higher education learning.

Practice placement – approximately half way through your 1st year, you will have a 7 week placement under the supervision of a qualified occupational therapist. During this placement you will be able to apply what you have learnt from your first two modules and gain some knowledge and experience in preparation for the next modules.

Year 2

The modules – will focus on the skills occupational therapists need to plan and carry out interventions to meet service users’ needs across a range of settings such as hospitals, schools, homes, workplaces, and residential settings. You will also have an overview of the historical perspective of occupational therapy and some of the current theories used in practice and you will further develop your knowledge and understanding of the human body and how it works. Your academic skills will be further developed examining evidence related to practice.

Practice placement – at the end of your 2nd year, you will undertake one, 9 week practice placement, to apply what you have learnt during the year and to prepare you for your third, and final year.

Year 3

The modules – will have an emphasis on health and well-being and innovation, with students integrating theory, skills and knowledge.  You will also complete an independent literature based study in an area of your own professional interest.

Practice placement – approximately half way through your final year, a 12 week placement prepares you for the responsibilities of a junior occupational therapist.

Updated 24/03/2017

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