Cardiff University Occupational Therapy

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Cardiff University Occupational Therapy

The BSc Occupational Therapy course aims to provide you with a qualification enabling you to apply for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council.

Occupational therapy is based on the humanistic view of a person’s ability to influence their own health, roles and quality of life. It views the active involvement of the individual as paramount, helping people reach their maximum potential in all areas of work, leisure and daily living activities.

Approved by the Health and Care Professions Council and accredited by the College of Occupational Therapists, this degree offers excellent career opportunities. You will spend much of the course – at least 1,000 hours – on clinical placements throughout Wales and beyond, applying your skills alongside practising professionals.

During your application to the course you will be required to demonstrate that you meet the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) good health and character, fitness to practise requirements. This will be achieved by providing a satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) certificate. All applicants will be required to have a satisfactory health screening prior to enrolment on this course which is conducted independently by the University’s Occupational Health Department. There will be a need to adhere to any immunisation requirements identified. Full guidance on this will be provided at application stage.

INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS: We regret that this course is unable to accept applications from international fee-status applicants because of its association with the National Health Service (NHS) and the restrictions on funding and clinical placements.

Distinctive features

The distinctive features of the course include:

  • The School of Healthcare Sciences has recently invested in new facilities and equipment, including a Clinical Simulation Suite, aiming to provide some of the best technology and modern facilities at your disposal. Skills facilities available to occupational therapy students include an Activities of Daily Living (ADL) suite of rooms which simulate a living space with bedroom and bathroom areas, as well as a clinical space for treating children with developmental disabilities.
  • The School provides pre-registration courses recognised by the UK Health and Care Professions Council in radiotherapy and oncology, occupational therapy, operating department practice, physiotherapy and diagnostic radiography and imaging. It also provides pre-registration courses in nursing and midwifery. This contributes to a vibrant interdisciplinary environment, with opportunities for shared learning and inter-professional education not available at many institutions.
  • Completion of each course leads to eligibility to apply for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council and professional membership of the College of Occupational Therapists.

Key facts

UCAS Code B920
Next intake September 2017
Duration 3 years
Mode Full time
Accreditations “Health and Care Professions Council, the (HCPC)”
College of Occupational Therapists (COT)
Admissions tutor(s)

Entry requirements

For detailed entry requirements see the School of Healthcare Sciences admissions criteria pages.

Typical A level offer ABB from three GCE A-levels achieved in one sitting.
Typical Welsh Baccalaureate offer WBQ core will be accepted in lieu of one A-level (at the grades specified above).
Typical International Baccalaureate offer 35 points. At least one subject must be offered at Higher Level grade 5. In addition, English, Maths and Science must be offered at Subsidiary or GCSE level.
Other requirements BTEC Science and BTEC Health Studies – DDM Applications from those offering alternative qualifications are welcome.