The University of Southampton
Health Sciences

B920 BSc (Hons) Occupational Therapy

Our BSc degree in occupational therapy is a three year programme that gives you all the knowledge and skills you need to start your career. This means that when you graduate you will be able to register with the Health and Care Professions Council as a fully-fledged occupational therapist.

In addition, your occupational therapy degree will be recognised and approved not only by the College of Occupational Therapists, but also the World Federation of Occupational Therapists.

Introducing your degree

Our BSc Occupational Therapy degree is recognised by the World Federation of Occupational Therapists, creating international job opportunities for our graduates. We offer all students on this course the opportunity to participate in an innovative collaboration with the OT programme at Lund University, Sweden and there are opportunities to undertake role-emerging placements in your final year. On completion of this three year degree course, you will be eligible to register with the Health and Care Professions Council as a fully-fledged occupational therapist.

Occupational Therapy

Overview

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Level: 6

Duration: 3 years full-time, 4 year pathway 

This programme will equip you with a range of therapeutic techniques to help people in your care to overcome both physical and mental difficulties.

You will learn from leading academics who are active in research. As a result, you will graduate with the latest scientific knowledge.

You will also benefit from first class facilities, including a multisensory environment, biomechanics laboratory, and a variety of practical rooms.

As you may know, all of our courses are values based, which means we encourage you to foster a deep appreciation of the human condition. This is because attributes like being empathetic and showing compassion prerequisites for any successful healthcare career.

View the programme specification document for this course

To Apply

UCAS

  • B920 - 3 year programme
  • B930 - 4 year pathway

Accreditation

Our BSc Occupational Therapy course is accredited by the College of Occupational Therapists and The world Federation of Occupational Therapists, opening up opportunities both at home and abroad.  This demonstrates our commitment to work in partnership, to maintain high standards of education and shape the national and international development of the profession.

Importantly, you will also be eligible to apply to register in practice with the Health and Care Professions Council.

Programme Structure

This occupational therapy degree gives you the opportunity to integrate both scientific and creative skills. To this end you will combine academic study with practice placements, which take place across a range of health and social care settings.

While on placement you will develop skills like working effectively alongside other healthcare professionals, as well as with clients and their families.

In you final year you will have the chance to take a placement in a role-emerging environment. This will give you a good insight into one of the directions in which the profession is headed.

Also in your final year you can participate in our annual exchange with Lund University in Sweden. 

Key Facts

Occupational therapists work with people of all ages, in an increasing range of health, social care and private care settings. 

Entry Requirements

Typical entry requirements

GCSEs:
QualificationGrade
GCSE5 GCSEs at grades A* - C or 4-9 including Maths, Science and English Language (or IELTS at 7.0 with no component below 7)
A Levels:
QualificationGrade
GCE A-level

AAB-ABB including a science or social science subject (Psychology or Sociology).

Applicants taking the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) will also be made an alternative offer one grade below the standard offer, conditional on achieving an A grade in the EPQ.

IB:
QualificationGrade
International Baccalaureate32-34 points (16-17 at higher level)
Access to HE Diploma:

Science based Access to HE Diploma (125 UCAS Tariff Points including 33 distinctions - 131 UCAS Tariff Points including 39 distinctions)

BTEC:

BTEC Extended Diploma in Health & Social Care (D*D*D) plus Science or Social Science A Level at Grade A

BTEC Diploma in Health & Social Care (D*D*) plus Science or Social Science A Level at Grade A

Other qualifications

Other qualifications may also be considered. Please contact healthsciences@southampton.ac.uk or 023 8059 5500 to find out more.

Selection process:

To enrol on this course, you must meet our entry critieria. You must also have undertaken some relevant formal academic study within the past three years.

Applications should be submitted through UCAS (www.ucas.com). Once you have submitted your application, the Admissions Team will review it to check that you either already meet or are on target to meet our academic entry criteria for this course. If so, your application will be passed to the Programme Admissions Tutor who will review your personal statement and reference and assess these against fixed criteria.

 

What will the Admissions Tutors look for in my Personal Statement?

The Admissions Tutor looks for evidence that you offer a caring and compassionate approach; that your personal values and attitudes align with those of the NHS Constitution and the University; that you have realistic insight to the area you plan to study; and that you are committed to both study and practice parts of the course.

Why do you want to be an Occupational Therapist? What is it about ‘your’ attitudes, values and character that makes this profession so appropriate for you?

What do you understand about the role? To further strengthen your application, it is important that you demonstrate a clear insight into your chosen profession and scope of the role. This should hopefully be achieved by reflecting on relevant work experience, volunteering or shadowing you may have undertaken.

Discuss your relevant academic preparation. What have you particularly enjoyed during your studies and how do you feel this has prepared you for this degree. Discuss any particularly relevant projects/coursework you may have undertaken.

Personal interests sports / music / drama / ‘team’ / job / responsibilities / relaxing / etc. Identify transferable skills that will be useful in your chosen profession

The Admissions Tutor will then decide whether to shortlist your application and invite you to attend a selection session or reject your application. You will normally be notified of this decision within 3 weeks of submitting your application, however at peak times this can be longer.

 

What happens if my application is shortlisted?

If the Admissions Tutor decides to invite you to a selection session you will receive an invitation via email. You will be offered a range of dates to choose from and further information on how to confirm your attendance. You will also receive a link to a website with important information informing you how to prepare and what to expect during your selection session.

Occupational Therapy Selection Sessions normally run from 10am until 4pm. While the whole day forms the selection process (for you and us), during the morning you will be asked to complete two formal written assessments:

15-20 minute on-line test that explores values and qualities (provided and marked by an external agency).

A written piece based on your response to a narrative and/or illustration. While there is no time limit, most candidates take between 45-60 minutes to complete this activity. Two admissions tutors will mark your work according to a scoring grid and if there is a discrepancy in the score offered, a 3rd tutor will be asked to moderate.

Formal assessment scores will be reviewed in conjunction with details from your UCAS application and considered in line with your performance throughout the day to determine whether to make you an offer or reject your application. You will normally be notified of this decision within 2 weeks of attending the selection session.

As part of the selection session, you will also have the opportunity to pose yours questions to Admissions Tutors and current students in order to discover more about the course and studying at Southampton. We get a lot of information from you in this session so it’s important that you ask all your questions too.

 

 

Understanding your offer

If you receive an offer of a place to study on our course, this will be a “Conditional” offer. This means to secure your place on this course you need to meet certain conditions such as attaining certain academic grades/qualifications. Any conditions attached to your offer will be shown on UCAS Track.

All offers are also made on the condition that you pass an Occupational Health check and Disclosure and Barring Service (criminal record) check. Further information on these processes will be provided to you before you start the course.

You will only be able to enrol on the course when you have met all these conditions and your offer becomes “Unconditional”.

 

This page contains specific entry requirements for this course. Find out about equivalent entry requirements and qualifications for your country.

Modules

Typical course content

On the BSc occupational therapy course you will develop the skills and knowledge you need to work in a range of practice settings, and you will study the management and research skills required to equip you for your future professional practice.

Please note: This specification provides a concise summary of the main features of the programme and the learning outcomes that a typical student might reasonably be expected to achieve and demonstrate if s/he takes full advantage of the learning opportunities that are provided. More detailed information can be found in the programme handbook (or other appropriate guide or website).

Fees & funding

Tuition fees

Course fees for 2017/18 full-time UK and EU undergraduate students are typically £9,250 per year. Tuition fees for international students differ between each course. Most part-time courses cost 50% of the full-time fee.

View the full list of course fees

Funding

Scholarships, bursaries or grants may be available to support you through your course. Funding opportunities available to you are linked to your subject area and/or your country of origin. These can be from the University of Southampton or other sources.

Explore funding opportunities

Costs associated with this course

Students are responsible for meeting the cost of essential textbooks, and of producing such essays, assignments, laboratory reports and dissertations as are required to fulfil the academic requirements for each programme of study.

There will also be further costs for the following, not purchasable from the University:

TypeDescription
StationeryYou will be expected to provide your own day-to-day stationary items, e.g. pens, pencils, notebooks, etc). Any specialist stationery items will be specified under the Additional Costs tab of the relevant module profile. Calculators: Candidates may use calculators in the examination room only as specified by the University and as permitted by the rubric of individual examination papers. The University approved models are Casio FX-570 and Casio FX-85GT Plus. These may be purchased from any source and no longer need to carry the University logo.
BooksWhere a module specifies core texts these should generally be available on the reserve list in the library. However due to demand, students may prefer to buy their own copies. These can be purchased from any source. Some modules suggest reading texts as optional background reading. The library may hold copies of such texts, or alternatively you may wish to purchase your own copies. Although not essential reading, you may benefit from the additional reading materials for the module.
EquipmentStandard art equipment and materials will be provided where appropriate, unless otherwise specified in a module profile. For customisation of arts projects calling for material other than standard art equipment and materials, students will bear the costs of such alternatives. Design Equipment and Materials: Standard construction/modelling materials will be provided where appropriate, unless otherwise specified in a module profile. For customisation of designs/models calling for material other than standard construction/ modelling materials, students will bear the costs of such alternatives. Field Equipment and Materials: Certain items (e.g. sets of spanners, tape measures, scissors) will be necessary for placement and students will have to bear the costs of such items.
EquipmentIT: Students will be expected to purchase memory sticks to back up their academic work and to take presentations to assessment.
ClothingLab Coats: Provided for use in the dissecting rooms Protective Clothing: Uniforms are provided but for certain outdoor placements students will have to provide their own warm waterproof clothing and boots. Sensible shoes (enclosed to protect the upper part of the foot) need to be worn in placement.
FieldworkProtective Clothing: Uniforms are provided but for certain outdoor placements students will have to provide their own warm waterproof clothing and boots. Sensible shoes (enclosed to protect the upper part of the foot) need to be worn in placement.
Printing and copyingIn the majority of cases, coursework such as essays; projects; dissertations is likely to be submitted on line. However, there are some items where it is not possible to submit on line and students will be asked to provide a printed copy. A list of the University printing costs can be found here: http://www.southampton.ac.uk/isolutions/services/copying_for_students_and_visitors/faq.php#594
FieldworkAccommodation: Students in receipt of an NHS Bursary can recoup costs of accommodation whilst on placement. Those who are not in receipt of such a bursary must bear these costs themselves. Insurance: Insurance/indemnity costs will be met by the University except for overseas trips where normal travel insurance must be arranged. Travel Costs: Students in receipt of an NHS Bursary can recoup costs to and from placement. Those who are not in receipt of such a bursary must bear these costs themselves. In addition, students are required to attend certain external events or community resources and they will be expected to bear these costs. Immunisation/Vaccination Costs: These will be paid for by the commissioning body.
PlacementsAccommodation: If you have been approved to participate in an Erasmus+ Study/Work Placement you will automatically qualify for an Erasmus+ grant and details of this will be sent to you as part of the application process. Students who participate in the Erasmus+ scheme can benefit from an EU-funded grant. It is not intended to be a maintenance grant but rather a contribution towards the extra costs associated with studying abroad. The International Office will calculate your grant for you once you have given them the dates of your placement. You will be sent an Erasmus Grant Agreement confirming the amount of your grant and conditions of participation.
Conference expenses Accommodation: Cost of incidental travel which is required as part of a module, e.g. visits to external facilities or exhibitions, is the responsibility of the student.
OtherSome modules may include optional visits to a museum, galleries, etc. You will normally be expected to cover the cost of travel and admission, unless otherwise specified in the module profile.

In some cases you'll be able to choose modules (which may have different costs associated with that module) which will change the overall cost of a programme to you. Please also ensure you read the section on additional costs in the University’s Fees, Charges and Expenses Regulations in the University Calendar available at www.calendar.soton.ac.uk.

Career Opportunities

Occupational therapy is a diverse field that offers a wide range of career prospects. In the past our graduates have found work in a variety of settings, including hospitals, rehabilitation clinics, homeless hostels, schools and other care organisations.

During your career you will have the opportunity to become a senior practitioner, researcher, manager, lecturer, or consultant. You could also choose to specialise in a number of areas, including physical rehabilitation, learning disabilities, or mental health.

In 2013 95% of Health Sciences graduates became employed or enrolled in further study within six months of graduating. This statistic demonstrates the excellent reputation we have within the healthcare sector.

More information about careers in Occupational Therapy can be found on the NHS Careers website

Learning & Assessment

Learning and assessment methods on the BSc occupational therapy course are varied and include both individual and group approaches.

Essays, written exams and practical exams all form part of the picture when it comes to being assessed.

You will also be judged on your ability to critically examine your own practice and manage your work competently.

Pathways

Pathways

This programme is available to study over 3 or 4 years.  The three year programme is full time.  If you wish to study the programme over 4 years, there is the option to complete level 4 OR level 5 over two years.

Part time level 4 & Full time level 5 route :

Year 1 (Level 4)

Semester 1

Foundations of Health Sciences
IPLU1a
Placement A (3 days only)
Clinical skills module
Moving and Handling

Semester 2

Applied Health Sciences
IPLU1b
Practice Placement B (part 1)(3 days for 5 weeks)

Year 2 (Level 4)

Semester 1

Foundations of Occupational Therapy Practice

Semester 2

Principles of Occupational Therapy Practice
Practice Placement B (part 2)(3 days for 5 weeks)

Year 3 (Level 5 - 2009 Validation)

Semester 1

Therapeutic Process (Physical)
Therapeutic Process (Mental Health)
Placement C1(full time 6 weeks)

Semester 2

Integrated Therapeutic Processes
Partnership in (public) Health and Social Care
IPLU2
Placement C2 (full time 6 weeks)

Year 4 (Level 6 - 2009 Validation)

Semester 1

Complex Therapeutic Engagements
Research
Healthcare Futures & Innovations
IPLU3

Semester 2

Leadership & Management
Research
Placement D (10 weeks full time) or Part 1 - 9 weeks (3days) January - March & Part 2 - 8 weeks (3 days) June-July

Full time level 4 & Part-time level 5 route:

Year 1 (Level 4)

Semester 1

Foundations of Health Sciences
Foundations of Occupational Therapy Practice
IPLU1a
Placement A (5 days)
Moving and Handling
Clinical skills module

Semester 2

Applied Health Sciences
Principles of Occupational Therapy Practice
IPLU1b
Placement B (6 weeks)

Year 2 (Level 5)

Semester 1

Therapeutic Process (Physical)
Placement C1 Part 1 (3 days for 5 weeks)

Semester 2

Partnership in (public) Health and Social Care
Placement C1 Part 2 (3 days for 5 weeks)

Year 3 (Level 5)

Semester 1

Therapeutic Process (Mental Health)
Placement C2 Part 1 (3 days for 6 weeks)

Semester 2

Integrated Therapeutic Processes
Placement C2 Parrt 2 (3 days for 6 weeks)
IPLU2

Year 4 (Level 6)

Semester 1

Complex Therapeutic Engagements
Research
Healthcare Futures & Innovations
IPLU3

Semester 2

Leadership & Management
Research
Placement D (10 weeks full time) or Part 1 - 9 weeks (3days) January - March & Part 2 - 8 weeks (3 days) June-July

 

Study Locations

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