Occupational therapy is a unique career where you can enable people to improve their health and wellbeing and enjoy higher quality of life through preventing and overcoming barriers to participation in the everyday activities they value.
The BSc (Hons) Occupational Therapy can be studied full-time over 3 years or part-time over 4 years. It will provide you with an understanding of the science and artistry of occupational therapy. Develop the unique skillset needed to be a successful occupational therapist, including leading activity-based therapy, rehabilitation, communication skills and more. Plus, gain experience and expertise on a variety of practice placements outside of the university, and in our special Occupational Therapy Labs and their simulated living spaces and artistic intervention tools.
“The tutors are very kind, and I received a lot of support from my personal tutor and the Disability and Dyslexia Service. The range of experience both at university and on the placements has been valuable and I have learnt so much about myself.”
|Application method UCAS
|Application method Direct to LSBU
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If you have been out of study for a considerable amount of time or have slightly missed the entry requirements this course, you can take your first steps to becoming a registered practitioner with our Health and Social Care Foundation year. Boost your qualifications and confidence for further study with this one-year introductory course and on completion of this course you will be guaranteed entry on to one of our 13 health BSc pre-registration health and social care degrees.
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|Duration 3 years
|Start date September
|Application code B930
|Application method UCAS
|Duration 4 years
|Start date September
|Application code 2386
|Application method Direct to LSBU
Please provide a concise personal statement, that provides information about your motivation to become an occupational therapist and the reasons why this is the right career for you.
More guidelines onto how to write your personal statement can be found in the UCAS website: How To Write Your Undergraduate Personal Statement | Undergraduate | UCAS
If you meet the relevant entry level requirements, you will be invited to attend an interview.
The interview panel will contain two HCPC registered occupational therapists. An additional person may be on the interview panel including current occupational therapy students, and service users.
The second occupational therapist on the interview panel may be present in the interview or, with your consent, they may listen to an audio recording of your interview instead. This is designed to make our interviews more equitable and accessible for candidates. A privacy statement and consent form will be provided to you in advance of the interview to inform your consideration of these options.
If you are offered an interview, these are the 3 questions that will be asked. Please refer to the NHS values in preparation for these questions.
1. Why do you want to be an occupational therapist?
2. Working with others is an important part of being an occupational therapist. Can you tell us what you have learnt from working with others?
3. A description of equity is that services should be resourced to be able to meet each patient’s individual needs. What are your thoughts regarding equity for patients?
There are different resources you can access to prepare for your interview. Please contact the occupational therapy admissions team at email@example.com so they can provide you with more information.
The Occupational therapy programmes at LSBU aim to provide an education centred on the meaning and performance of occupations in life. Occupational therapy as a profession is concerned with key concepts such as occupational performance, occupational identity and how the environment and cultural factors together influence the effective participation in unique and individual lives; from childhood through to older age and including end of life. The course begins with modules that introduce the concepts and theory of occupation and occupational therapy practice. Case studies are used to show the diversity and range of people and conditions that an occupational therapist can work with. Relevant anatomy, physiology and psychology are covered. The students get opportunities to apply the theory taught at university to practical placements that occur each academic year. Students will develop their professional identity as the course progresses.
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 interventions. 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, wheelchair manoeuvres 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.
At LSBU, we want to set you up for a successful career. During your studies – and for two years after you graduate – you’ll have access to our Employability Service, which includes:
Our Student Enterprise team can also help you start your own business and develop valuable entrepreneurial skills.
Once you graduate you’ll be 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. Thanks to this course, you’ll be equipped with the skills you need to work as an occupational therapist with both adults and children who have complex health and social needs. The Royal College of Occupational Therapists have a website Choose OT which explains if this career is right for you and the possible routes your career could take.
There are a range of further study option at postgraduate level. You can find out more about courses in our online CPPD prospectus.
Completion of this course entitles you to become a registered occupational therapist, approved by the Health and Care Professions Council.
This course is approved by the Health and Care Professions Council, the regulator of health, Psychological and Social professionals. And it’s accredited by the Royal College of Occupational Therapists, the professional association for staff in Occupational Therapy.
The course fulfils the requirements of the World Federation of Occupational Therapists, which makes you eligible to apply for international employment. The programme is delivered in partnership with health and social care authorities and University staff. We’re actively involved with Knowledge Transfer Partnerships and endeavour to expand our links with the voluntary and independent sector.
The course is accredited by HCPC and RCOT.
The Health and Care Professions Council is the regulator of health, Psychological and Social professionals.
The Royal College of Occupational Therapists is the professional association for staff in Occupational Therapy.
The course is taught in the form of lectures, seminars, tutorials and practical sessions.
There are a range of assessments including essays, examinations and presentations. The placements are also assessed by the practice educator at the placement site.
Every student is provided with a professional and personal tutor who supports the student throughout the course.