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B920 BSc (Hons) Occupational Therapy

Play a critical role in helping people of all ages with psychological, physical or social disabilities caused by illness, ageing or accident to develop increasing independence to carry out important everyday tasks or occupations. Our BSc Occupational Therapy is a three year programme that gives you all the knowledge and skills to start your career along with eligibility to register with the Health and Care Professions Council as an occupational therapist.

This degree is also recognised and approved by the Royal College of Occupational Therapists and the World Federation of Occupational Therapists. We're ranked first in the UK overall, and first for research quality and intensity (The Complete University Guide 2020).

Introducing your degree

We offer all students on this course the opportunity to participate in an international web-based collaboration with an Occupational Therapy programme outside of the UK but within Europe. There are opportunities to undertake non-traditional and diverse placements in your final year.

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The opportunities my course provided me with have been amazing, from role emerging placements to representing the University in The Guardian.
Lauren Phillips, BSc Occupational Therapy
Occupational Therapy

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Duration: 3 years full-time

This programme will equip you with a range of therapeutic techniques to help people in your care to overcome both physical and psychological 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 bespoke Occupational Therapy 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.

Health Sciences are committed to the active involvement of patients and carers across our provision. Learn more about how this important perspective feeds into your education.

View the programme specification for this course for 2019/20 entrants

View the programme specification for this course for 2020/21 entrants

To Apply

All undergraduate applications should be made through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS). Visit our How to Apply page for information on the application process and further details about UCAS' website, phone and contact details. Specific application deadlines are available on the UCAS website.

Accreditation

College of Occupational Therapists Accreditation Logo

Our BSc Occupational Therapy course is accredited by the Royal 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 your final year you will have the chance to take a placement in a diverse setting. This will give you a good insight into one of the directions in which the profession is headed.

Key Facts

  • Ranked 4th overall and 1st for research quality, The Complete University Guide 2019
  • 96.8 per cent of students are in work/and or study six months after graduation (DLHE 2016/17)
  • Accredited by the Royal College of Occupational Therapists and recognised by the World Federation of Occupational Therapists
  • Opportunity for all students to participate in an innovative collaboration with the OT programmes at Lund University, Sweden and National University of Ireland, Galway
  • Opportunities to undertake a role-emerging placement in your final year
  • Bespoke facilities including a multisensory environment and an 'Activities of Daily Living' suite

Life as an OT Student

Find out more about the typical day of an Occupational Therapy student at the University of Southampton

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Typical entry requirements

For 2020 entry

View 2019 entry requirements

QualificationGrade
GCSE  Applicants must hold GCSE English language (or GCSE English) (minimum grade 4/C), Mathematics (minimum grade 4/C) and Science (minimum grade 4/C) if not offered at a level 3 qualification.
GCE A-Level  BBB including one science or social science subject
GCE A-Level with Contextual offer   We are committed to ensuring that all students with the potential to succeed, regardless of their background, are encouraged to apply to study with us. The additional information gained through contextual data allows us to recognise a student’s potential to succeed in the context of their background and experience. Occupational Therapy applicants are not just applying for a degree but a professional qualification. This is a very demanding programme and we need to be confident that students can cope with the expectations of academic achievement and placement experience. Our values based interview techniques have been developed with clinicians and service users to ensure we recruit the best applicants. We use contextual information when reviewing an application understanding that perhaps the individual has had less support writing a personal statement compared to others, however we will continue to be mindful of all our applicants from all backgrounds that apply through difficult circumstances, whatever that might be.
A- level additional information Offers typically exclude General Studies and Critical Thinking.
Welsh Baccalaureate offer BB from 2 A levels including a science or social science subject and Grade B from the Advanced Welsh Baccalaureate Skills Challenge Certificate.
International Baccalaureate Diploma
offer
Pass with 30 points overall with 16 points at Higher Level including a science or social science subject. Applications where Higher Level subjects have been studied without the full Diploma, will also be considered on a case by case basis.
International Baccalaureate Career Programme (IBCP)
offer

Offers will be made on the individual Diploma Course subject(s) and the career-related study qualification. The CP core will not form part of the offer. Where there is a subject pre-requisite(s), applicants will be required to study the subject(s) at Higher Level in the Diploma course subject and/or take a specified unit in the career-related study qualification. Applicants may also be asked to achieve a specific grade in those elements. Please see the University of Southampton International Baccalaureate Career-Related Programme (IBCP) Statement for further information. Applicants are advised to contact their Faculty Admissions Office for more information.
Access to HE Diploma offer 60 credits with a minimum of 45 credits at Level 3, of which 27 must be at Distinction and 12 credits at Merit. Access course must be science based.
Irish Leaving Certificate offer (first awarded 2017) H2 H2 H3 H3 H3 H3 including a science or social science
Irish Leaving Certificate offer (last awarded 2016) AABBBB including a science or social science. Plus English and Maths Ordinary Level O4 or higher
Scottish Qualification offers Offers will be based on exams being taken at the end of S6. Subjects taken and qualifications achieved in S5 will be reviewed. Careful consideration will be given to an individual’s academic achievement, taking in to account the context and circumstances of their pre-university education. Please see the University of Southampton’s Curriculum for Excellence Scotland Statement for further information. Applicants are advised to contact the Admissions Office for more information.
Cambridge Pre-U offer M2 M2 M2 in three Principal subjects including a science or social science subject
Level 3 BTEC (QCF) offer (unreformed) DDD in the BTEC Extended Diploma or DD in BTEC Diploma plus B in A-Level subject or D in the BTEC Subsidary Diploma plus BB in two A-level subjects.
We accept Health studies or science.
Level 3 BTEC (RQF) offer (reformed) DDM in the BTEC National Extended Diploma or DD in BTEC National Diploma plus B in A-Level subject or D in the BTEC Extended Certificate plus BB in two A-level subjects. We accept Health studies or science
European Baccalaureate offer 75% overall to include a science or social science subject
International qualifications Find a list of accepted international qualifications listed by country. This is a list of the international qualifications that are recognised by the University of Southampton. If you are not sure that your qualifications meet the requirements of this course please contact our Admissions Teams
Non-academic entry requirements You will be required to attend a selection day. Satisfactory Occupational Health and Police Checks. Recent relevant study within 3 years
English language requirements All applicants must demonstrate they possess at least a minimum standard of English language proficiency. Applicants requiring a visa to study in the UK who do not offer GCSE English language (or GCSE English) at the required level will need to meet the following English language proficiency requirement. Find out more about the University’s English Language requirements. Band G IELTS 7.0 overall, with a minimum of 6.5 in all components

For 2019 entry

Please note these may be subject to change

QualificationGrade
GCSE 5 GCSEs at grades A* - C or 4-9 including Maths, Science and English Language (or IELTS at 7.0 with no component below 7).
GCE A-level BBB including science or social science (psychology or sociology)
International Baccalaureate 30 (16 at Higher)
Access to HE Diploma 45 credits at L3 including 27 distinctions and 12 merits
BTEC BTEC (RQF) DDM BTEC (CQF) DDD
Irish Leaving Certificate 5 Higher Level subjects. At least 1 subject at H1 and 3 subjects at H2, including a science or social science subject. Plus English and Maths ILC Ordinary Level O4 or higher. If pure science not offered at Higher level, require minimum of Ordinary Level Science at O4.
Other 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 criteria. You must also have undertaken some relevant formal academic study within the past three years.

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

Application process

Applications should be submitted through UCAS. 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”.

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.

Year 1

Core [?]
A core module is a module which must be taken and passed.
HSGM1001Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
OCCT1029Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
OCCT1030Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
OCCT1031Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
OCCT1032Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
OCCT1033Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
OCCT1034Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
OCCT1035Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
20

Year 2

Core [?]
A core module is a module which must be taken and passed.
HSGM2001Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
OCCT2030Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
20
OCCT2031Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
20
OCCT2032Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
OCCT2033Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
OCCT2034Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
OCCT2035Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
30

Year 3

Core [?]
A core module is a module which must be taken and passed.
OCCT3028Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
30
OCCT3030Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
30
OCCT3031Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
30
OCCT3032Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
OCCT3033Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15

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).

Tuition fees

List of tuition fees for this course and it's variations
Course TitleAwardYear of entryMode of studyUK/EUInternational
Occupational TherapyBSc2019Full-time£9,250£22,655
Occupational TherapyBSc2020Full-time£9,250£23,335
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.

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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:

List of tuition fees for this course and it's variations
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: https://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.

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.

 

Breakdown of study time and assessment

Proportion of time spent in scheduled learning, teaching and independent study
Learning, teaching and assessment stage123
Scheduled learning & teaching study23%16%16%
Independent study64%51%51%
Placement study13%33%33%
Proportion of assessment by method
Learning, teaching and assessment stage123
Written exam assessment25%0%0%
Practical exam assessment25%50%50%
Coursework assessment50%50%50%

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 Part 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

 

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