Only Social Work applicants need to pay for their DBS. It costs £46 and can be purchased on our online store.
Full training in two years
Our graduate entry programme is designed to enable you to be eligible for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). We have a dedicated team of tutors who utilise their clinical experience to inform their teaching.
This course allows full-time professional training to be condensed into two years. To support teaching, the School of Health and Social Care has a dedicated suite of clinical skills labs, including two well-equipped Activities of Daily Living (ADL) suites, plus large rooms for art, splinting and group skills sessions.
Why Occupational Therapy at LSBU?
- Ranked 1st amongst London competitors for Graduate Prospects and Overall Score in Occupational Therapy (Complete University Guide 2023).
- Professional accreditation: we’re accredited by the Royal College of Occupational Therapists.
- Our three Occupational Therapy Labs, with facilities including splinting laboratory, simulated living spaces and artistic intervention tools.
- Our Occupational therapy course is delivered through a hybrid learning approach, using a wide variety of teaching and assessment methods to tailor for diverse learning needs.
- LSBU Health and Social Care graduates are the second highest paid amongst all London Modern university graduates, and the sixth highest in the UK one year after graduating (DfE LEO data 2022).
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London South Bank University student union is located at 103 Borough Rd, London SE1 0AA.
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Walk or bicycle
The University is in easy walking distance of underground and leading overground stations. We are only 20 minutes away from the Thames. We encourage walking and cycling and have bicycle racks on campus. Please check the Transport for London cycling website for London cycling maps and route planners.
LSBU is very well connected, and a large number of buses travel to and connect in the Elephant and Castle area from across London.
By train or tube
The Bakerloo and Northern lines stop at Elephant & Castle underground station, which is right next to campus. The closest rail stations are Elephant & Castle, London Waterloo and London Bridge. To plan your train journey, visit the National Rail website.
London South Bank University does not provide public parking space. There is a limited amount of parking in the area, so we strongly advise using public transport.
Do consider the Congestion Charge if you are driving through London to reach the campus. Find out if you'll be crossing the Congestion Charge zone to reach our Southwark Campus.
TfL journey planner
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Entry Level Requirements
- Bachelors degree with honours of 2:2 or above in any subject or recognised equivalent
- English GSCE Grade C above or equivalent
- Values and attributes that are comparable to the NHS constitution
- Applicants for whom English is not their first language must have a minimum score of 7.0 overall or equivalent for the International English Language Test Score (IELTS), with no element below 6.5.
Applicants will need to demonstrate the following abilities, skills and attributes within the application, personal statement (see more information below) and interview activities:
- Communicate effectively both verbally and in writing.
- Commitment to the values and principles that underpin the occupational therapy profession.
- Articulate their understanding of the role of the occupational therapist including the value base of the profession.
- Demonstrate reasons for interest in the chosen field of occupational therapy.
- Reflect upon their life skills and the relevance of these to occupational therapy and the demands of the course. Uphold the values and attributes required to work in health and social care as stated in the NHS constitution.
- Personal resilience and adaptability to respond to and manage the demands of working in the evolving health and social care sectors.
- Demonstrate due regard for dignity, respect for persons, and confidentiality.
- Demonstrate awareness of equality, diversity and inclusion and the impact of these issues upon health inequalities for individuals and communities.
- Willingness to learn and engage in lifelong learning and support the development and achievement of high quality care in occupational therapy.
- To be accepted on the course you must have a successful outcome from an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) clearance and occupational health clearance, as well as an up-to-date immunisation record including Hepatitis B.
Assessment and interview
If you are shortlisted you will be invited to complete an interview. The interview panel consists of LSBU staff, lecturers, service users and clinicians.
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.
Health, disability and becoming an occupational therapist
If you believe that you have a disability it is recommended that you read the information provided by the HCPC about becoming a professional, alongside the standards of proficiencies for Occupational therapists.
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Tuition fees for home students
Tuition fees for international students
Tuition fees are subject to annual inflationary increases. Find out more about tuition fees
MSc Occupational Therapy (FT) - Year 1
UK fee: £9250.00 International fee: £19000.00 AOS/LSBU code: 4895 Session code: 1FS00 Total course fee: UK: £21658.00 International: £41158.00
PgDip Occupational Therapy (FT) - Year 1
UK fee: £9250.00 International fee: £19000.00 AOS/LSBU code: 4893 Session code: 1FS00 Total course fee: UK: £18500.00 International: £38000.00
MSc Occupational Therapy (FT) - Year 2
UK fee: £12408.00 International fee: £22158.00 AOS/LSBU code: 4895 Session code: 2FS00 Total course fee: UK: £21658.00 International: £41158.00
PgDip Occupational Therapy (FT) - Year 2
UK fee: £9250.00 International fee: £19000.00 AOS/LSBU code: 4893 Session code: 2FS00 Total course fee: UK: £18500.00 International: £38000.00
Possible fee changes
The University reserves the right to increase its fees in line with changes to legislation, regulation and any government guidance or decisions.
The fees for international students are reviewed annually and the University reserves the right to increase the tuition fees in line with the RPIX measure of inflation up to 4 per cent.
We offer several types of fee reduction through our scholarships and bursaries. Find the full list and other useful information on funding your studies on the scholarships and fee discounts page.
Please check your fee status and whether you are considered a home, EU or international student for fee-paying purposes by reading the UKCISA regulations.
Funding for pre-registration postgraduate programmes
Since August 2018 new postgraduate pre-registration nursing, midwifery and allied health professional students have been able to access loans from the Student Loans Company.
Accessing loans provides at least 25% more up-front living cost support whilst you study. You will also have access to the Learning Support Fund, which is administered by the NHS Business Services Authority, for support while attending clinical placements.
MSc students, please note: The fees for year 2 of the course are significantly higher than the maximum tuition fee loan amount available and you will remain responsible for payment of any fees over and above the amount of tuition fee loan awarded.
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Despite being a postgraduate course, please select undergraduate study level on UCAS application.
When you apply, it is important to indicate if you wish to apply for the MSc or PGDip award. If you choose the MSc award, it is possible to leave with a PGDip, but this will mean that you are not able to do the top up MSc module at LSBU.
International applicants should apply through the LSBU website. Please allow sufficient time for the admissions decision-making process and any visa application to be successfully completed.
Please provide a concise personal statement, that provides evidence of the specific skills, qualities, values and attributes that you believe demonstrate:
- Motivation to become an occupational therapist
- Specific personal skills, qualities and attributes that you bring to the courses and the profession
- Ability to work independently and in small groups within an accelerated professional programme at master’s level AND
- Understanding of how engagement in an occupation has contributed to your health and wellbeing. Make sure you provide an example.
One professional/academic reference. You will need to ensure your referee submits their reference as part of your UCAS application.
For further information please contact the postgraduate course enquiry team: email@example.com or call 0800 923 88 88.
If you are successful at the application stage you will be invited to attend an interview. The interview panel may consist of LSBU lecturers, clinicians and service users. Offers will be made following the interviews of all potential applicants.
Prepare to start
Disclosure Barring Service (DBS)
All pre-registration students need to be DBS cleared before going on placement. You’ll need to have an enhanced DBS check even if you have had one before and will not be able to go on placement until this is complete.
The DBS process is not difficult but can take some time so it's best to get started as soon as you receive your email. You will receive the email during Summer 2023.
DBS update service
If you're part of the DBS update service, your subscription is up to date and you already have a DBS certificate, please bring in your original green DBS certificate for the document check. To take advantage of the update service, your certificate needs to be classified as 'Enhanced' and workforce must be listed as 'Adult and Child'. If you have any queries, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
How to complete your DBS
Our DBS supplier, Verifile, will send you an email with all the details you need to complete your DBS.
Verifile will give you instructions to log into their system and complete your personal details and information. To complete the process, you'll need your passport or driving licence and 5-year address history including dates when you moved in/out.
You can use your application number to track the progress of your DBS.
When you've finished, your Disclosure Statement will be mailed to the most recent address in your submission, so please make sure it's correct. We don't automatically receive a copy of this Statement, which is why we need you to bring it in as part of the next step.
Frequently asked questions
What do I need to declare on my DBS?
Please include any and all major and minor, spent and unspent convictions, cautions, warning and reprimands, even if they relate to juvenile offences or seem trivial or unimportant. Some minor offences will not prevent you from going on placement or being offered a place on your course, but still need to be reviewed so it’s best to be honest and include everything. Also, the more information you include about any offences can help reduce the time it takes to assess them.
I’ve applied for/had a DBS in past. Do I need to do it again?
Yes, you do. You need to have an up-to-date DBS. Once you have received the email from our DBS supplier make sure you start the process straight away. All details of how to do this will be outlined in the email. If you don’t complete your DBS in the timeframe given, we may withdraw your offer even if term has already started. So it’s important that you get started as soon as you receive the email.
Why do I need an enhanced DBS check?
Government legislation requires all Higher Education Institutions who offer courses where students may come into unsupervised contact with children or vulnerable adults to have this check. These checks also help us to ensure duty of care to our students, and create a safer environment for patients seen by our students.
Who reviews my DBS?
As part of the University’s admissions process, declarations of any offence may be referred to a virtual panel made up of senior managers from partner NHS Trusts and/or other sectors within Health and Social Care. Any DBS that is considered by the panel will be anonymised. The panel members then deliberate and make a recommendation whether the application be rejected, accepted or request further information or documents.
When will I hear back from the panel about my DBS?
If you have declared an offence, we might ask for more information from you in writing which will help the panel make a decision. Once your declaration has been referred to the panel it can take up to 28 working days to be processed.
Which address do I use?
You need to put your current address on your DBS application because this is where your Statement will be mailed. If you’ve moved house between submitting and receiving your DBS, make sure you have mail forwarding set up so that you’ll receive your statement. If you’ve moved recently, make sure you have proof of your new address (such as a new bank statement) to bring for your document checks.
I’ve lost my statement. What do I do?
If you’ve lost your statement you will need to pay £46 to purchase a new one.
I’ve had my application rejected due to my DBS declaration/disclosure. Can I appeal the decision?
Yes. If your application has been rejected due to your DSB declaration/discloser, you will be sent a letter to confirm this. There will be instructions in the letter about how you can appeal and which supporting information you need to provide. Once a decision has been made you will receive a letter from the School Executive Team.
Once you have completed the online part of the DBS process, you will need to produce three accepted documents from this list to be verified.
Document check on campus
Southwark: Southwark Student Help Desk in the K2 building Monday – Friday between 9am-11am or 1pm-4pm
Havering: come to reception at Havering Monday – Friday between 8:30-10:30am, 12-2pm, 4-5pm
Document check at the Post Office
If you’re not able to come to campus, you can get your documents checked and certified at the Post Office for a fee of £10.50. To do this, make photocopies of your three accepted ID documents and take your DBS form, copies and originals of your documents to the Post Office. The Post Office will stamp the form and photocopies and given them back to you. Email your post office receipt, stamped form and stamped documents to email@example.com.
Enrolment and Welcome Week
Before you start your course we’ll send you information on what you’ll need to do before you arrive and during your first few days on campus. You can read about the process on our new students pages.
Occupational Health (OH)
An exciting part of many of our Health and Social Care courses is the opportunity to learn off-campus and work with patients, clients and/or service users. Before you start, we need to make sure that you have the correct levels of immunisations.
The second part of your occupational health check is to get any inoculations that you may need from your GP. When attending your GP appointment, please take printed copies of these two documents with you.
Vaccination Screening Advisory Letter
GP Vaccination and Screening History
Occupational Health appointment
After these steps are complete you will receive an email from OHWorks Ltd inviting you to attend an appointment on-campus with an Occupational Health Nurse. These appointments take place during the week and sometimes when your classes have already started.
The OH team have prepared this guide which outlines what to expect at each stage. If you have queries or concerns about your Occupational Health clearance or inoculations please contact the Occupational Health team.
Frequently asked questions
Do I need to be double vaccinated?
Yes - government legislation advises that everyone must be double vaccinated to work in a health care setting with effect from 1 April 2022.
My local GP doesn’t have my vaccination history. What should I do?
Contact the OH team at firstname.lastname@example.org who will be able to advise you.
What if I can’t make my OH appointment?
Please contact the OH team to reschedule at least 48 hours in advance. Remember that you won’t be able to go on placement until you’re cleared.
I’ve already registered with LSBU’s Disability and Dyslexia Support Unit (DDS). Do I still need to tell the OH Nurse about my condition?
Yes. Tell the OH Nurse about all conditions including specific learning difficulties even if you’ve declared these in the past. This will allow us to make reasonable adjustments whilst you’re on placement.
If I’ve declared a condition to the OH Nurse, do I need to register with LSBU’s Disability and Dyslexia Support Unit as well?
The information you share with the OH Nurse will be treated with confidence, meaning that it won’t be automatically shared with the DDS team. The DDS team can help you to receive support for your lectures, assignments and exams so it’s worth to register with them and provide evidence of your condition if you need this support.
Your holiday periods will not follow the normal University timetable because of placements. You’ll receive more details once you start your course.
Some health and social care courses’ practice placements will operate outside normal working hours e.g. evenings, nights, weekends and bank holidays.
Most placements and some practical sessions in our skills laboratories will require you to wear a uniform and name badge. You will be measured for uniforms specific to your course as part of your Welcome Week activities after enrolment. In the meantime, we have prepared answers to frequently asked questions that you might find useful.
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 contact using our enquiry form.
Some compulsory skills sessions may take place in the evening.
- Introduction to occupational therapy and occupational science (20 credits)
This module introduces learners to the philosophy, theory and concepts of occupational therapy and occupational science. The module develops learners’ critical understanding and relevance of these concepts to contemporary occupational therapy practice in health, social care and third sector environments. The module includes an introductory practice placement which enables learners to begin the development of their professional identity as an occupational therapist.
- Human function and occupational performance (20 credits)
This module develops learners’ knowledge of body structures and functions and the impact of dysfunction on occupational performance, engagement, and participation in life roles. This knowledge informs activity analysis, contributes to the evidence base for practice, and informs learners’ professional reasoning.
- Promoting health and wellbeing through occupation (20 credits)
This module explores ways in which occupational therapy uses occupation to promote health and well-being from theoretical, evidence and practice based perspectives. Learners begin to develop their knowledge of theories and models influencing occupational therapy practice and consider how the evidence base may inform practice. The module also includes Practice Placement 2 (7 weeks) which requires 3 university day’s attendance. The aim of these 3 days is to enable learners to retain the link between theory and practice as they develop their knowledge and skills of application of the occupational therapy process.
- Autonomy, accountability and development of professional identity (20 credits)
In this module learners will gain confidence in their ability to identify their personal potential as an occupational therapist through critical self-evaluation, awareness of the need for resilience and resourcefulness to meet the requirements for entry into the profession, and the delivery of contemporary occupational therapy practice. The module includes Practice Placement 4.
- Person, environment and occupation (20 credits)
This module develops learners’ ability to utilise knowledge, skills and the evidence base to design, implement and evaluate the practice of occupational therapy with individuals and groups from different heritages and ethnic and cultural identities and with a range of complex health and social needs. This module consolidates the learners’ knowledge and skills in relation to the occupational therapy process and includes consideration of the influence of wider environmental, socio political and economic issues that influence sustainable and productive participation. The module develops learners’ understanding of how the environment in its widest sense – at micro, meso and macro levels – can be adapted to enhance occupational performance and participation. The module includes Practice Placement 3.
- Contemporary Issues in occupational therapy (20 credits)
This final module consolidates learners’ knowledge, critical and analytical skills and understanding of contemporary factors (e.g. changes in policy, demographics, and context) and their impact on occupational therapy theory and practice. The module prepares learners for the complexities of a dynamic health and social care environment to create and develop innovative and sustainable occupational therapy through collaborative working with people within the wider community.
- School of Health and Social Care Dissertation (MSc pathway only) (60 credits)
This module provides learners with the opportunity to undertake original enquiry in a chosen area of professional practice through a systematic review of the literature. Learners will be able to consolidate and extend their knowledge and understanding of research and evaluation design and associated methods of enquiry during six taught sessions. They will subsequently be supported by a named supervisor to develop the practical skills necessary to plan and carry out their chosen project.
All modules are at level 7 (Master’s level) and are assessed by a mix of written assignments, case studies, critical review, presentations, examinations, practice placements and a dissertation (MSc students only).
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:
- Free employability workshop and events for student all year round, more details can be found on our event section.
- Online board where you can see a wide range of placements: part-time, full-time or voluntary. You can also drop in to see our Job Shop advisers, who are always available to help you take the next step in your search.
- LSBU Careers Hub offering group workshops on CVs, interview techniques and support, guidance on future careers, as well as loads of career resources, connecting you with employers, exciting events, 1-1 support and relevant workshops.
Our Student Enterprise team can also help you start your own business and develop valuable entrepreneurial skills.
Students who successfully complete the 6 core modules will be awarded a Postgraduate Diploma in Occupational Therapy.
Students who successfully complete the 6 core modules and the additional School of Health and Social Care Dissertation module will be awarded an MSc in Occupational Therapy.
Graduates with either award are eligible to register as an Occupational Therapist with the HCPC. Registration allows you to practice as an Occupational Therapist within the NHS, community services and local authorities, as well as social enterprise and the private sector. Other settings include prisons, residential and nursing homes, schools and Social Services.
For more information on what is involved in working as an occupational therapist, please watch 'Occupational Therapy can help people'. 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.
Post Registration Occupational Therapy MSc (Top-Up) / Continuous professional development
For graduates with a Postgraduate Diploma in Occupational Therapy from London South Bank University awarded within the last three years, we offer a unique opportunity to 'top up' your qualification to an MSc in Occupational Therapy by completing the School of Health and Social Care dissertation module. This is completed whilst working.
To find out more about this course and other continuous professional development opportunities please refer to our online CPPD prospectus.
We maintain very strong links with occupational therapists working in health and social care settings across the NHS London area. These expert clinicians contribute to the course design, delivery of teaching sessions and provision of practice placements.
- The course is approved by the Health and Care Professions Council; the regulator of Health, Psychological and Social professionals.
- The course is accredited by the Royal College of Occupational Therapists; the professional association for occupational therapists.
The course is also recognised by the World Federation of Occupational Therapists.
Other professional links include the American Occupational Therapy Association, the Occupational Therapy Board of Australia, and the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapy. You will also be able to access the OT Student Community through the Student Union.
During the course you are required to successfully complete and pass over 1000 practice placement hours within a broad variety of health and social care settings; meeting the Royal College of Occupational Therapists (2019), the World Federation of Occupational Therapists (2016) and the Health and Social Care Professions Council (2017) standards and requirements.
At LSBU, we work closely with a number of health and social care organisations to provide a wide range of suitable practice placements. On completion of the course you will have experienced a wide range of health and social care provisions that are 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.
Placements may include working with people of different ages, diverse backgrounds and life situations, acute and long standing health needs (including physical, mental health and learning disability) and be based in a range of settings (hospital, community, existing and emerging services).
Structure of placement learning
Practice placements are in four blocks and are developmental in nature as you progress through the course. Placements are full time following the working hours of the setting. Student work under the guidance and supervision of a state registered occupational therapist (practice educator).
Placements will predominantly be within the Greater London area in the NHS, local authority, voluntary, social enterprise, charities and private sectors. Placements can be in established or emerging services. Applicants should be aware that they may need to cover travel costs and placements could require them to commute across London and beyond if necessary.
Teaching and Assessment
The course uses a range of teaching and learning methods including lectures, small group sessions, practical skills sessions, online and self-directed learning activities.
Key features of this programme is the use of problem-based (PBL) and inquiry-based approaches to learning. These educational approaches involve students working together in small groups and sharing responsibility for meeting learning outcomes.
Structure of the course
The course runs over 2 years with 2 practice placement in each year.
All occupational therapy courses are required by the World Federation of OT (WFOT) to provide a minimum of 90 weeks of study; this includes a minimum of 1000 practice placement hours.
When at university the core structure of the programme consists of taught and small group session on Tuesdays and Thursdays. In addition to this the overall number of sessions will vary at different times with practical skills and workshop sessions usually occurring on Mondays and Friday as required. Some sessions may be taught until 7pm in the evening.
In the second year the dissertation module runs for a set number of weeks on a Wednesday.
This is an accelerated course and in each of the two academic years there are seven weeks of holiday.
The above structure may be liable to change.
Personal and professional tutoring
As a Health and Social Care student, you will be allocated a named tutor during your first three weeks at LSBU. The role of your tutor is to be your primary contact for academic and professional development support.
Your tutor will support your engagement and motivation to study, providing advice and signposting to other sources of support in the University. They should be the first person at the university that you speak to if you are having any difficulties that are affecting your work. These could be academic, financial, health-related or another type of problem.
You will have appointments with your tutor regularly throughout your course. This will include an introductory meeting in your first semester and placement visits and calls. You can contact your tutor for additional support by email or phone.
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