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Occupational Therapy BSc (Hons)


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Occupational therapy is a person-centred health and social care profession concerned with promoting health and wellbeing through occupation. The concept of ‘occupation’ in this context includes everything that people do in their daily lives and the meaning that those chosen activities hold for them.

8 reasons to study here

Employment prospects: No.1  London university for graduate prospects in Occupational Therapy (Complete University Guide league table, 2018).
Supportive academic staff: No.1 University in London for Academic Support (National Students Survey 2016).
Professional accreditation: Accredited by the Royal College of Occupational Therapists.
Happy students: No.1 London modern university in the UK for Satisfied overall with course in Health Professions (Guardian League Table 2018).
Professional links: Through this course you can become a registered occupational therapist, approved by the Health and Care Professions Council.
Work experience: We provide placements across a variety of clinical settings, such as NHS acute Trusts, community placements and the independent sector.
Dedicated facilities: We have three Occupational Therapy Labs, including simulated living spaces and artistic intervention tools.
Society success: Our student OT society won student society of the year at LSBU in 2016 and 2017!

This degree course covers...

Occupational therapists possess a keen interest in activity-based therapy, rehabilitation, good communication skills, and a desire to work with people to achieve their goals and promote independence.

Our course aims to develop understanding of the science and artistry of occupational therapy through a range of taught modules, practice placements and self-directed study. You will have the opportunity to explore the complex interplay between person, occupations and the environment, to facilitate your understanding of occupational performance across the life course.

Part-time route

LSBU has an established part-time BSc in Occupational Therapy which has been running since 1988. Please view our 'How to apply' tab information for details of how to submit an application for this route.


Key course information - ordered by mode
Mode Duration Start date Location
4 years
Start Date
Southwark Campus
3 years
Start Date
Southwark Campus

Case studies


Methods of assessment for course overall: 69% coursework

Year 1

  • Concepts of interprofessional and collaborative practice
    This module introduces students to the place and value of interprofessional and collaborative working in health and social care delivery. The module aims to support the development of the necessary communication, personal, partnership working and reflective practice skills required to meet the needs of clients/carers and diverse populations who are at the centre of interprofessional health and social care delivery. 
  • Exploring occupation
    This introductory module introduces students to the key theoretical concepts informing and influencing current occupational therapy practice. Through the study of occupational science, students explore the personal, social and cultural meanings of everyday occupations and how a person’s engagement in these occupations affects their health and wellbeing across the life course. 
  • Introduction to occupational focused practice
    This module will develop students’ knowledge and skills to relate occupational therapy theories to practice. It will facilitate students to consider the occupational therapy process when working with adults and older adults in a range of health and social care settings and enable them to explore health and well-being from an occupational perspective with a particular focus on this service user group. 
  • Occupational therapy practice placement 1
    This module prepares the students for their introduction to professional practice, which is a time for personal and professional beginnings. The module will foster an overall appreciation of the occupational therapy process. Students will begin to conceptualise the influences on health and social care organisations, professionalism and professionals. This will enable the students to better understand and appreciate the context of their first occupational therapy placement. 
  • Occupational performance analysis and human function
    This module develops the students’ understanding of occupational performance. Students will develop an understanding of the human body, the body systems including motor and process skills, and develop an understanding of relevant underpinning knowledge and theory such as anatomy and physiology. 

Year 2

  • Appraising evidence for research informed practice
    This module extends students’ understanding of the concept of evidence based practice and research in practice. The module equips students with the core skills and understanding to appraise evidence and assess its appropriateness to be implemented into practice. 
  • Occupational therapy practice placement 2  
    This placement will support students to begin developing skills in implementing person centred, occupation focused occupational therapy practice. This is facilitated through the provision of guidelines and policies that govern practice. Students will identify and question the consequences of occupational disruption in relation to key conditions.
  • Occupational therapy practice placement 3
    This module is set within the context of critical disability studies with a focus on the environment and working in partnership with individuals, groups and communities to understand the factors impacting on health and wellbeing. It will focus on developing the students’ understanding of the concepts of environment and disability through the exploration of social inclusion, equality and diversity, occupational identity and performance. Emphasis is placed on the evaluation of occupation based interventions used to promote health and wellbeing.  
  • Delivering occupation focused practice
    This module develops students’ knowledge of the application of occupational therapy theory in practice, with emphasis on children and young people. Knowledge development occurs in line with the philosophical and person-centred basis of occupational therapy and the construction of childhood occupations. The module will explore a range of occupational performance and participation challenges/conditions relevant to physical, learning disability and mental health fields of occupational therapy practice. 

Year 3

  • Improving quality, change management and leadership 
    This module is the final interprofessional learning module that will explore leadership, quality improvement and change within organisations from an interprofessional perspective. The module looks at a strategic, evidence based approach to change management in a range of environments. It will integrate the perspectives of service users and take an interprofessional approach. 
  • Professional identity, autonomy and accountability
    This module focuses on consolidating knowledge and skills related to personal management of and engagement in lifelong learning. It prepares students to develop their professional identity as they transition to the workforce. The concept of the self as an accountable and resilient professional will have been introduced in year one, and built upon across year two of the course via the use of a professional development portfolio.  In this final year three module, all strands of the associated activities such as reflections on experience, and evidence of professional growth and development are drawn together. 
  • Research and evidence based practice in occupational therapy
    This module will consolidate the students’ critical understanding of evidence informed practice in occupational therapy by enabling students to select a contemporary aspect of practice on which to base an evidenced enquiry. The module supports current drivers in health and social care to ensure practice is informed by evidence, implemented by practitioners who are knowledgeable, critically reflective and autonomous and who respect the needs and rights of services users. 
  • Occupational therapy practice placement 4
    This module includes the final placement on the programme. It prepares students to be competent for practice and to make the transition from student to newly qualified occupational therapist. This is achieved by demonstrating achievement of the Health and Care Professions Council Standards of Proficiency and the Royal College of Occupational Therapists (2014) graduate competencies.

The part-time pathway will also cover these modules over a four year period.


Occupational therapy as a career

On graduating you are eligible to apply for registration as an occupational therapist with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). This allows you to practice within the NHS, community services and local authorities, as well as the private sector. This course will equip you with the skills to work as an occupational therapist with both adults and children who have complex health and social needs.

Work sectors and salary

Occupational therapists beginning their career as allied health professionals in the NHS at Band 5 have a starting salary of about £21,909.(Prospects) Salaries in local government are at similar levels. Career development offers opportunities to move to higher grades in team leadership, clinical expert, service management and Consultant Therapist roles. Within the NHS this can mean a salary in the band 7 and 8 range.

Career progression

As a graduate from this course, you will be able to apply for further study at postgraduate level. LSBU runs a part-time MSc Occupational Therapy course which is suitable for graduates with professional practice experience. To find out more about this course take a look our online CPPD prospectus.

LSBU Employability Service

We are University of the Year for Graduate Employment - The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018

LSBU is committed to supporting you develop your employability and succeed in getting a job after you have graduated. Your qualification will certainly help, but in a competitive market you also need to work on your employability, and on your career search.

As an LSBU student you have access to the Employability Service and its resources during your time here and for two years after you graduate.

Our Employability Service will support you in developing your skills, finding a job, interview techniques, work experience or a placement/internship, and will help you assess what you need to do to get the career you want at the end of your course. LSBU offers a comprehensive Employability Service, with a range of initiatives to complement your studies, including:

  • Direct engagement from employers who come in to network with students
  • Job Shop – daily drop in service to help with, tailoring CVs, cover letters and applications, sourcing online resource, mock interviews and general job searching. One to one appointments for further support also available
  • Mentoring and work shadowing schemes
  • Higher education achievement report - The HEAR is designed to encourage a more sophisticated approach to recording student achievement, which acknowledges fully the range of opportunities that LSBU offers to our students.
    It pulls into one certificate: Module grades, Course descriptions, Placements, LSBU verified extra-curricular activities
  • Employability workshops - delivered free to students all year round on a variety of related topics
  • Careers fairs throughout the year to really focus your thoughts on a career after university

Find out about any of these services by visiting our student employability page


Time spent on placement

During the course you will spend a third of your time involved in practice within a broad variety of healthcare and social care settings and the rest in academic study. A practice placement allows you to put theory into practice by working with a range of health professionals in clinical situations to develop the skills, knowledge, values and experience required to become a competent occupational therapist.  Although sometimes initially challenging, practice learning is one of the most interesting and exciting aspects of learning to be an occupational therapist.

You will complete over 1000 hours of placement; meeting the Royal College of Occupational Therapists (2008) and the World Federation of Occupational Therapists (WFOT, 2002) requirements. The placements are full-time and are integrated into the curriculum in four blocks (the first placement is six weeks, the second is seven weeks, and the third and fourth placements are ten weeks in length). Over these four placements the practice placement facilitators on the programmes aim to provide you with the range of experience as outlined by WFOT (2002). You will therefore gain experience of working with:

  • People of different ages
  • Acute and long standing health needs (including physical, mental health and learning disability)
  • Services in a range of settings (hospital and community, urban and rural)

Practice settings

At LSBU, we work closely with a number of healthcare organisations to provide a wide range of suitable practice placements so that by the end of the course, you will have experienced healthcare provision that is wide ranging and is suitable for the chosen programme.  These placements take place across a variety of clinical settings such as NHS acute Trusts, community placements and the independent sector. You will go on placements within the Greater London area in the NHS, local authority, voluntary, social enterprise and private sectors. Placements can be in existing services as well as emerging services.

Structure of placements

The four practice placements within the professional pre-registration courses, which total 33 weeks full time study, allow students to achieve the minimum 1000 hours required for their professional qualification. The student learning on placement is designed to be cumulative across the four placements:

Occupational Therapy Practice Placement 1
This is the first practice placement and will foster an overall appreciation of occupational perspectives of health and wellbeing, and the occupational therapy process. This placement provides an opportunity to observe and engage with occupational therapy practice. You'll also be encouraged to reflect on the impact of different aspects of the environment on occupational performance.

Occupational Therapy Practice Placement 2
This placement will support you to begin developing skills in implementing person centred, occupation focused occupational therapy practice. This is facilitated through the provision of guidelines and policies that govern practice. 

Occupational Therapy Practice Placement 3
Building on the learning outcomes from practice placements 1 and 2, there is an increasing emphasis of developing depth of understanding of and increasing competence in the application of the occupational therapy process during this third practice placement. 

Occupational Therapy Practice Placement 4
This final placement prepares you to be competent to practice, by providing the opportunity to make the transition from student to independent practitioner in occupational therapy and facilitating you to meet the HCPC standards of proficiency (HCPC, 2013), COT (2014) graduate competencies and COT (2015) Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct. This placement will require you to demonstrate competence in implementing the occupational therapy process with a limited caseload.

Supported on placements

Whilst on placement you are allocated to a named Practice Educator who facilitates your learning. At least once during each placement University staff will contact you and the Practice Educator to ensure that all procedures and support mechanisms are in place and working productively for your learning and achievement. 


Practice learning opportunities will be arranged in a geographical location within the M25 area for all London sponsored or self-funding students.

Where an approved opportunity has arisen, students have been able to complete one placement, placement 2 or placement 3, abroad. However this is limited as a scrutiny process has to be undertaken to ensure the compatibility of the placement with the programme and eligibility for HCPC registration.


Musharrat Ahmed-Landeryou

School/Division: Health and Social Care / Allied Health Sciences
Job title: Senior Lecturer - Occupational Therapy

Musharrat is an HCPC registered occupational therapist and has contributed to the academic community through published academic articles which are narrative reviews on neurophysiology.

Cheryl Angell-Wells

School/Division: Health and Social Care / Allied Health Sciences
Job title: Senior Lecturer - Occupational Therapy

Cheryl has worked in a variety of clinical settings and has been in health profession education for many years. Her key interests are mental health and health professional education. Cheryl is the lead admissions tutor for BSc Occupational Therapy and is currently studying for a Doctorate in Education.

Dr Austin Claffey

School/Division: Health and Social Care / Allied Health Sciences
Job title: Senior Lecturer in Occupational Therapy

Anna Forte

School/Division: Health and Social Care / Allied Health Sciences
Job title: Senior Lecturer - Occupational Therapy

Anna Forte has a clinical background in Mental health Occupational Therapy, with experience of working in both community and in-patient settings.

Sarah-Jayne Kennedy

School/Division: Health and Social Care / Allied Health Sciences
Job title: Senior Lecturer in Occupational Therapy

Sarah-Jayne has clinical experience working with a range of complex acute and chronic medical conditions, acute stroke rehabilitation and neurology.

Anne Marie Langan

School/Division: Health and Social Care / Allied Health Sciences
Job title: Senior Lecturer in Occupational Therapy

Anne Marie has a diverse range of teaching and research interests. These include problem based learning, professionalism, the public health agenda and the teaching of biomedical sciences in pre-registration occupational therapy courses.

Sarah Maris-Shaw

School/Division: Health and Social Care / Allied Health Sciences
Job title: Senior Lecturer - Occupational Therapy

Sarah Maris-Shaw is a Senior Lecturer in occupational therapy with interests in perinatal mental health. She has worked in education since 2000 joining London South Bank University in 2003. She became Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy in 2016.

Christine Peterson-McKinney

School/Division: Health and Social Care / Allied Health Sciences
Job title: Senior Lecturer - Occupational Therapy

Christine has work experience in acute CVA and neurological rehabilitation for head injury, CVA and spinal cord injury.

Dr Paul Sugarhood

School/Division: Health and Social Care / Allied Health Sciences
Job title: Senior Lecturer

Dr Sugarhood is an occupational therapist and has worked as a clinician, manager and researcher in the UK and Brazil. He is Course Director for the MSc Advancing Practice in Occupational Therapy.

Dr Lynn Sumerfield-Mann

School/Division: Health and Social Care / Allied Health Sciences
Job title: Associate Professor

Dr Lynn Summerfield-Mann is a Principal Lecturer and Pre-Registration Lead in the Department of Allied Health Sciences, with particular interest in the use of models of practice and Problem-based Learning in the education, practice and research of occupational therapy.

Rebecca Swenson

School/Division: Health and Social Care / Social Sciences
Job title: Lecturer

Rebecca Swenson is a lecturer in Occupational Therapy at London South Bank University.

Sandie Woods

School/Division: Health and Social Care / Allied Health Sciences
Job title: Senior Lecturer, Programme Leader

Sandie worked as an Occupational Therapist with individuals with physical disabilities and mental health needs in hospital and community settings over many years. She is undertaking a Doctorate in Education linked to living well with Dementia and has a special interest in qualitative research. She works full-time.

Homa Zahedi

School/Division: Applied Sciences / Allied Health Sciences
Job title: Senior Lecturer

Homa Zahedi has a clinical background in community adult mental health and mental health of older people. Her particular area of interest is dementia care. She is a registered Occupational Therapist.


Occupational Therapy Laboratories

We have three Occupational Therapy Laboratories, including an Art and Music skills laboratory, Splinting laboratory and Assisted Daily Living (ADL) laboratory. You will carry out a range of activities to practice your skills including using art, music and role play as intervention. You will practice making hand splints using thermoplastic materials as well as anatomy practicals using anatomy models. The simulated kitchen, bathrooms and bedroom spaces are used to practice patient transfers, wheel chair manoeuvering and planning activities for intervention using activities from daily life. You also practice using a wide range of standardised assessment tools such as: assistive devices for dressing, kitchen work and mobility.

The laboratories enable you to practice problem identification, intervention planning, implementation, communication skills, risk assessments, problem solving skills and group work skills; all to learn how best to work with the patient.

Teaching and learning

Assessment methods

The programme features a range of assessment methods, including essays, presentations, critical evaluations and appraisal of research, exams, professional development profiles, reports and placement competencies.

Entry requirements

2018 Entry

  • A Level BBB or;
  • BTEC National Diploma DDM or;
  • Access to HE qualifications in Health and Social Care or similar with 30 Distinctions and 15 Merits or;
  • Equivalent level 3 qualifications worth 128 UCAS points
  • Applicants must hold 5 GCSEs A-C including Maths and English or equivalent (reformed GCSEs grade 4 or above).

We welcome qualifications from around the world. English language qualifications for international students: IELTS score of 7.0 or Cambridge Proficiency or Advanced Grade C.

Attributes and values

  • Personal qualities and values in line with those expected by the NHS constitution.
  • Assessment and Interview

    If you are shortlisted you will be invited to complete a literacy test and attend an interview. The interview panel consists of LSBU staff, lecturers, service users and clinicians. In addition to having your writing and grammar skill assessed, our interview will assess your ability to problem solve and reason.

    English language

    Those whom English is not their first language must achieve a minimum score of 7.0 overall or equivalent with not less than 7.0 in the listening and reading sections and not less than 7.0 in the writing and speaking sections for the International English Language Test Score (IELTS) at the time of application.

    How to apply

    Instructions for Home/EU applicants
    Mode Duration Start date Application code Application method
    4 years
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    3 years
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    All full-time undergraduate students apply to the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS). Full details of how to do this are supplied on our How to apply webpage for undergraduate students.


    Applications for the part-time route should be made directly to the programme team using the application form and equal opportunities form. You can return these forms by post or complete them and email to

    The closing date for applications to the 2018 part-time route is Friday 13th April 2018

    Three stages to your application

    1. Full-time students apply through UCAS, and part-time students apply direct to LSBU 
    2. Write your personal statement and use this as a tool to illustrate why you are right for the course
    3. Prepare for your interview

    Personal statements

    Remember the personal statement is extremely important. This is essentially a selling tool on why you are right for the course. The personal statement is taken into consideration when shortlisting applicants for interview. Download our Personal Statement Guide (PDF File 160 KB).


    If you are shortlisted you will be invited to attend an interview. The interview panel consists of LSBU staff, lecturers, service users and clinicians. You will be assessed through multiple mini interviews (MMIs).

    The morning interviews run between 9.30 and 12.30 and the afternoon between 1.30 and 4.30, please be aware that the interview  process takes approximately 3 hours.

    For the interview you will need some knowledge about occupational therapy that govern working in healthcare. 

    If successful in shortlisting you will be asked to complete the Declaration of character and conduct form.

    Download and read our Interview Guidance (PDF File 88 KB) to help you prepare for your interview.

    You will also be asked to complete a Declaration of character and conduct form (PDF File 166 KB), which is a disclosure of any convictions you may have and bring this with you to your interview.

    Please also ensure you bring along your evidence as noted in the letter which will enable us to assess your residency status.

    Fees and funding

    Fees are shown for new entrants to courses, for each individual year of a course, together with the total fee for all the years of a course. Continuing LSBU students should refer to the Finance section of our student portal, MyLSBU. Queries regarding fees should be directed to the Fees and Bursary Team on: +44 (0)20 7815 6181.

    The fee shown is for entry 2017/18.
    UK/EU fee: £9250International fee: £15100
    AOS/LSBU code: 3769Session code: 1FS00
    Total course fee:
    UK/EU £27750
    International £45300
    The fee shown is for entry 2017/18.
    UK/EU fee: £6935International fee: £10416.67
    AOS/LSBU code: 2386Session code: 1PS00
    Total course fee:
    UK/EU £26203.33
    International £37500

    Recent changes to funding of Health and Social Care courses

    If you’re starting a pre-registration undergraduate course in nursing, midwifery or allied healthcare in September 2017 you’ll be eligible to apply for tuition fee loans via Student Finance England, as NHS bursaries will no longer be available.

    In the following video Professor Warren Turner, Dean of our School of Health and Social Care, answers some of the questions you may have around funding and financial support.

    Funding for students with existing undergraduate degrees

    Students who have previously studied another undergraduate degree may be eligible to apply for a tuition fee loan for a second undergraduate degree in nursing, midwifery and allied healthcare. More information is available by reading the Council of Deans of Health page.

    Further information

    Download our fees and funding guide (PDF File 139 KB) which details the financial support now available to you.

    The Funding Clinic on the Council of Deans of Health web pages is also a useful resource and will provide information tailored to your circumstances.

    Students who have previously studied another undergraduate degree may be eligible to apply for a tuition fee loan for a second undergraduate degree in nursing, midwifery and allied healthcare. More information is available by reading the Council of Deans of Health page.

    Possible fee changes

    Current regulatory proposals suggest that institutions will be permitted to increase fee levels in line with inflation up to a specified fee cap. Specifically, LSBU may be permitted to increase its fees for new and existing Home and EU undergraduate students from 2017/18 onwards. The University reserves
    the right to increase its fees in line with changes to legislation, regulation and any governmental guidance or decisions.


    We offer students considerable financial help through scholarships, bursaries, charitable funds, loans and other financial support. Many of our scholarships are given as direct tuition fee discounts and we encourage all eligible students to apply for our Access Bursary. New home full-time undergraduate
    students meeting eligibility criteria could receive a £1,000 cash bursary by joining us in the 2017/18 academic year. Find out more about all our scholarships and fee discounts for undergraduate students.

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    Prepare to start

    The following information is for applicants once you have been successful at interview and have been offered a place on your chosen course.

    Disclosure Barring Service (DBS) and Declaration of character and conduct form

    You are required to complete a declaration at your interview and declare any previous convictions, cautions, warnings or reprimands. After the interview you will also be asked to complete a Disclosure Barring Service (DBS) (formerly known as the Criminal Records Bureau or CRB). Have a look at our DBS process for applicants and Declaration of Character and Conduct information (PDF File 202 KB) to find out more.

    To check the categories as identified by the DBS as being filtered and will therefore not be included in any criminal record certificate issued by the DBS look at the filtering rules for the criminal record check certificates.For more information please read our DBS FAQs. If you have further questions you can email us at

    Occupational health

    You need to complete an occupational health assessment once you have been given an offer on a health and social care course.

    Download and print the following documents on vaccination guidelines and carefully read the guidance on the occupational health process:

    You must take the GP vaccination and screening history form to your GP for them to complete, sign and stamp. This must be done prior to enrolment. This form also needs to be taken to the meeting with the occupational health nurse following enrolment in which the nurse can check immunisation status and confirm this for your placement. You should be aware that if you do not complete the occupational health process you will not be permitted on placement and this may jeopardise your continuation on your course.

    Applicants who have met the conditions of an offer need to complete an online medical questionnaire. This will go to our current occupational health provider. Any delays in completing the medical questionnaire will delay enrolment. For further information please read ourOccupational Health FAQs.

    If you have any more questions you can email us at


    Students should apply for accommodation at London South Bank University (LSBU) as soon as possible, once we have made an offer of a place on one of our academic courses.

    Read more about applying for accommodation at LSBU.

    Enrolment and Induction

    Enrolment takes place before you start your course. On completing the process, new students formally join the University. Enrolment consists of two stages: online, and your face-to-face enrolment meeting. The online process is an online data gathering exercise that you will complete yourself, then you will be invited to your face-to-face enrolment meeting.

    In September, applicants who have accepted an unconditional offer to study at LSBU will be sent details of induction, which is when they are welcomed to the University and their School. Induction helps you get the best out of your university experience, and makes sure you have all the tools to succeed in your studies.

    Read more about Enrolment and Induction.


    You will receive fixed holiday periods, which will not follow the normal University timetable. Further details will be available upon commencement of the course.

    Practice placements

    Practice placements are provided under our contract with NHS Trusts and other organisations. On some health and social care courses you may find local arrangements require you to attend practice placements outside the normal work hours (evening, nights, weekends and bank holiday).


    If you are required to wear a uniform on placement and during some practical sessions in the skills laboratories then this will be provided along with a formal name badge. ODP students will receive one set of scrubs. No further items will be issued, and you'll have to pay for any additional uniform.


    If you wish to change your address, change your personal details or withdraw your application, you must put this in writing to the Admissions Office who you can email at

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