Teesside university Occupational Therapy

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Teesside university Occupational Therapy

BSc (Hons) Occupational Therapy

UCAS code: B920 BSc/OT

Occupational therapy has an important role in health and social care. It is a process of facilitating change through activity to improve people’s quality of life and to enable them to reach their maximum level of function and independence. This degree course equips you with the knowledge and skills you need to apply to register with the Health and Care Professions Council as an occupational therapist.


You are required to demonstrate the values and beliefs of the NHS Constitution as you become an integral part of a multiagency team providing the expertise to ensure that clients reach their maximum level of independence. This is a full-time course and in addition, as part of the placement experience, you will be required to participate in a shift pattern rota or work weekends. You are allocated to placements within health and social care settings, enabling you to develop and apply your knowledge and skills to become a safe and autonomous professional practitioner. This course is approved by the Health and Care Professions Council and accredited by the World Federation of Occupational Therapists and Royal College of Occupational Therapists.


The emphasis in Year 1 is on gaining relevant knowledge and comprehension related to occupational therapy as a profession and related contributory life sciences. You are introduced to underpinning core beliefs and values of occupational therapy. You gain knowledge of the basic assessment and treatment skills necessary when working with clients. As well as developing a broad range of practical skills. You will learn how to use the best evidence to support your practice and will also develop your communication skills. Professional regulations, governance and ethics of practice are also explored. You will undertake two practice placements.

Year 2 consolidates the links between theory and practice, for both practice and research. You evaluate the effectiveness of a range of occupational therapy assessment and treatment interventions, undertake a practice placement and a period of voluntary work. You develop your communication and service user engagement skills and have the opportunity to explore our communities, considering their impact on individuals and relationships.

In Year 3 the emphasis is on preparation for professional life and developing a plan for continuing professional development. You also develop the ability to synthesise and evaluate data from a range of sources into a comprehensible form. You also undertake two practice placements, with one being in a new area for occupational therapy.

Course structure

Year 1 core modules

  • Building Evidence for Occupational Therapy
  • Occupational Being, including Practice Placement 1
  • Occupational Therapy Professional Practice
  • Principles of Occupational Therapy
  • Promoting Independent Lives, including Practice Placement 2

Year 2 core modules

  • Occupation, including Practice Placement 3
  • Occupational Therapy Process
  • The Occupational Voice
  • Utilising Evidence for Occupational Therapy

Year 3 core modules

  • Facilitating the Future Development of Occupational Therapy Services
  • Meeting the Challenge for Occupational Therapy Practice
  • Practice Placement 4 and Clinical Reasoning
  • Practice Placement 5

Entry requirements

A typical offer is 112-128 tariff points to include a science-based subject, preferably biology, to at least AS level (excluding General Studies A level) and have GCSE passes at grade 4 (grade C) or above, or equivalent, to include English language, maths and science or equivalent. For further detailed entry requirements for this course please visit www.ucas.com.

You’re encouraged to seek some work experience before you apply.

Please note: EU applicants must have an overall IELTS score of 7 with no elements below 6.5.

If you have at least an upper second-class honours degree and are considering applying for an undergraduate course you may be eligible to apply for a master’s degree in occupational therapy.

The selection process includes shortlisting of your application, following which, if successful you will be invited for an interview.

Your personal statement will be measured against the following criteria:

  • your ability to complete all sections of the application form fully and correctly
  • the level of all qualifications and grades must be specified
  • appropriate academic entry requirements achieved or predicted
  • evidence of study over the last three years
  • personal statement that supports your chosen programme and demonstrates an understanding of the uniqueness of the profession and the role of the professional
  • motivation for completing the programme is evident
  • satisfactory references.

At the interview you will be measured against the following criteria which is mapped against the NHS Constitution:

  • knowledge of chosen profession/career
  • an appreciation of the demands of the programme and chosen profession
  • enthusiasm for the programme/profession
  • understanding of professional values and attitudes in health and social care
  • ability to communicate effectively verbally and non-verbally
  • relevant background experience in this area
  • team skills
  • problem solving skills / creative activities.

If you are invited to an interview and the date is not suitable we may not be able to offer you an alternative date due to the high volume of applications received for this course but it is important that you contact the admissions office immediately.
If you are successful in both shortlisting and interview you will receive an offer which is subject to the following:

  1. evidence of achievement of the required academic qualifications
  2. a successful work based risk assessment which will reflect the HEOPS recommendations – please read these here. For more information on all of the HEOPS standards click here
  3. a satisfactory DBS disclosure – please note that any warnings, cautions, allegations or convictions received in the last five years may have implications for your continued offer on the course
  4. satisfactory references.

Please note until 1 to 4 have been successfully completed the offer of a place on the course remains conditional.

International applicants
From September 2018 international applicants can apply for this course.

  • International applicants must have IELTS 7.0 with a minimal score of 6.5 in all sections before an unconditional offer is made
  • If you are successful at shortlisting you will be invited to attend an interview (which may be in person OR Skype) in one of our international offices in either India, Malaysia or China, or you can choose to attend an interview at Teesside University (at your own cost).
  • If you can not attend an interview as stated, you will be unable to proceed with your application

For international enquiries please email internationalenquiries@tees.ac.uk

For additional information please see the entry requirements in our admissions section

You can gain considerable knowledge from work, volunteering and life. Under recognition of prior learning (RPL) you may be awarded credit for this which can be credited towards the course you want to study.

Course information

  • Length: 3 years

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  • Not available part-time
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