University of East Anglia Occupational Therapy

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University of East Anglia Occupational Therapy

University of East Anglia Occupational Therapy

BSc Occupational Therapy

Occupational Therapists work closely with people who have an illness, injury or disability to help them live their lives to their full potential. You could be helping a young person with anorexia, or an elderly person with mobility issues. The profession is extremely varied and requires a great deal of ‘out of the box’ thinking alongside clinical reasoning. Our course prepares you with the wide range of skills, knowledge and experience you need for an exciting and rewarding career.

We will support you to become the very best Occupational Therapist you can be. You will join a supportive community, working together to gain first-hand experience and deliver first-class care.

We are ranked 5th in the UK for Occupational Therapy (Complete University Guide, 2017). We also have a great reputation with our partner NHS Trusts, and are proud that our students graduate with excellent career prospects and good honours.


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By studying our Occupational Therapy BSc programme, you are choosing an exciting and rewarding profession that focuses on developing extraordinary partnerships with people and helping to make lasting, positive changes in their lives.

Occupational therapists work with people who find it difficult to participate in life due to illness, injury or disability. We enable them to do the things they need or want to do. You will be taught to consider the physical, psychological, social, spiritual and environmental needs of your patient, helping them to develop the skills and confidence to carry out practical and purposeful activities. For more information on Occupational Therapy, you can visit the British Association of Occupational Therapists.

By studying our BSc Occupational Therapy programme you will receive the best possible academic grounding, which is highly regarded by our students. Our students enjoy a varied and interactive learning experience, with early patient contact and an innovative approach to education, based on current research.

You will be part of small teaching groups, becoming involved in a close-knit student body and enjoying a supportive learning culture. We also have superb, dedicated learning facilities including: anatomy room, assistive technology suite, and other well-equipped rooms – all designed to help you develop the skills and abilities you will need to pursue a career in this challenging profession. As part of our recruitment process, the values of the NHS Constitution will be explored at interview, with successful candidates demonstrating how these are reflected in their own beliefs.

This Occupational Therapy Degree course is fully approved by and prepares you for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).

Course Structure

The course builds up your Occupational Therapy knowledge and skills in a structured way through the three years of study, with a curriculum made up of carefully planned compulsory modules.

First Year
In the first year you will engage with core Occupational Therapy theory and practice. This will include exploring the values underpinning health and social care in order to develop academic study skills. A two week placement introduces you to the workplace, whilst a further four week placement will allow you to establish theory practice links.

Second Year
The second year of study addresses biological, psycho-social and spiritual perspectives of health. You will study specific health conditions in order to understand how Occupational Therapy relates across diverse areas of practice. You will also take part in 14 weeks of placement experience to continue to build your practice profile.

Final Year
During your final year you will continue to develop your knowledge and skills, as you explore Occupational Therapy theory and practice using creative media. You will also study a variety of contemporary health topics, as well as the legislation and policies that drive the health and social care agenda. You will complete 14 weeks of practice placement, which includes an eight week elective placement, with the opportunity to plan and undertake a placement of your choice.


You will be assessed through a combination of course work and project work, designed to support your academic progression. Coursework assessment methods include essays, integrated assignments, poster and oral presentations. There is also a final year dissertation. Throughout the course you will have to pass all your placements.
Development of problem solving and analytical skills will be monitored throughout all of your modules. In addition, you will be expected to generate a professional portfolio, which will support your professional development.

Course Modules 2017/8

Students must study the following modules for 120 credits:

Name Code Credits


HSC-4024Y 40


HSC-4025Y 0


HSC-4026Y 40


HSC-4028Y 20


HSC-4027Y 20


Whilst the University will make every effort to offer the modules listed, changes may sometimes be made arising from the annual monitoring, review and update of modules and regular (five-yearly) review of course programmes. Where this activity leads to significant (but not minor) changes to programmes and their constituent modules, there will normally be prior consultation of students and others. It is also possible that the University may not be able to offer a module for reasons outside of its control, such as the illness of a member of staff or sabbatical leave. Where this is the case, the University will endeavour to inform students.

Entry Requirements

  • A Level BBB
  • International Baccalaureate 31 points including 6 5 5 at Higher Level
  • Scottish Advanced Highers BBB
  • Irish Leaving Certificate BBBBBB or 6 subjects at H2
  • Access Course Pass with Merit in 45 Credits at Level 3 in a Health, Care or Science subject
  • BTEC DDM in a Health, Care or Science subject
  • European Baccalaureate 70%

Entry Requirement

We look for applicants to have a clear understanding of the profession ideally with relevant voluntary or paid work in health care, an interest in people, a strong academic attainment and a broad academic base.

You are required to have 5 GCSEs at a minimum of grade C or grade 4 including English Language, Mathematics and a Science subject. (Please note that we are not able to accept Adult Numeracy or Literacy, Key Skills, City & Guilds, Functional Skills or Access to HE credits in lieu of GCSEs.)

General Studies, Critical Thinking, Public Services and AS-levels are not considered.

Applications are encouraged from those with non-traditional qualifications. Applicants with the following qualifications are required to demonstrate 5 GCSEs at grade C or grade 4 including English Language and Mathematics.

CACHE Level 3 Extended Diploma in Children’s Care, Learning and Development or Children and Young People’s Workforce or Health and Social Care (including Technical Level) Not accepted
CACHE Level 3 Diploma in Child Care and Education (Early Years Educator) Not accepted
Foundation Year in a Health, Care or Science subject 70%
Foundation Degree in a Health, Care or Science subject 60%
Open University (minimum 60 Credits at Level 1) in a Health, Care or Science subject 55%
Certificate of Higher Education 55%
Diploma of Higher Education 55%
Bachelor Degree (Hons) 2.2
Access to Higher Education Diploma in a Health, Care or Science subject Pass with Merit in 45 Credits at Level 3

We do not consider Apprenticeships, NVQs (any level) or work-based Level 3 Diplomas (previously NVQs) as meeting the minimum academic entry requirements, although these can be used as evidence of recent study. We will also not consider an applicant who has an academic fail from a health based degree programme, including where an exit award has been achieved.

Due to competition for places on this course,meeting (or being predicted to meet) the minimum academic entry requirements is not a guarantee of selection for interview.

Graduates may wish to consider our accelerated Masters programmes.

Students for whom English is a Foreign language

We welcome applications from students from all academic backgrounds. We require evidence of proficiency in English (including writing, speaking, listening and reading):

  • IELTS : 7.0 overall (minimum 7.0 in any component)



INTO University of East Anglia

If you do not meet the academic and or English requirements for direct entry our partner, INTO University of East Anglia offers progression on to this undergraduate degree upon successful completion of a preparation programme and interview.

International Foundation in Pharmacy, Biomedicine and Health FS2


Of the applicants who pass the initial screening stage, the strongest will be invited to interview.

Those invited to attend an interview morning or afternoon will be required to undertake a numeracy test and a short written literacy test. The results of these tests do not form part of the selection process but are a requirement of Health Education England and help the University to plan the level of numeracy support we provide to our cohorts. An example test paper may be found here.

The interview lasts approximately 30 minutes and follows a multiple mini-interview format across four stations. When applicants enter the interview room, they will find a series of four interview ‘stations’ to circulate through, spending approximately 5 minutes at each. Interviews explore a range of issues, including the applicant’s suitability for the profession and whether the applicant holds the NHS values as reflected in the NHS constitution. Please note that we do not disclose interview questions. Further information regarding the interview day can be found here.

Gap Year

We welcome applications from students who have already taken or intend to take a gap year. We believe that a year between school and university can be of substantial benefit. You are advised to indicate your reason for wishing to defer entry and to contact directly to discuss this further.

Special Entry Requirements

We prefer applicants to demonstrate evidence of recent formal academic study within 5 years of the start of the course. This is to ensure they are equipped to succeed on this academically rigorous course.

If you have not studied for an academic qualification within the last 5 years, and particularly where your previous study does meet our entry requirements, do contact our Admissions Service (

We want to hear from you to assess whether your work, life or previous educational studies are suitable evidence for demonstrating your motivation, potential, knowledge and ability to study the course. We want you to succeed and an application and offer will only be considered where we believe that an applicant has the potential to complete the course with a good final degree classification. The Admissions Service can also give you advice on further study, if required, that can help you make a future application to the course.

Successful applicants will be subject to a satisfactory occupational health check, an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check and an additional satisfactory reference.


The School’s annual intake is in September of each year.

Fees and Funding

Undergraduate University Fees and Financial Support: Home and EU Students

Tuition Fees

Please see our webpage for further information on the current amount of tuition fees payable for Home and EU students and for details of the support available.

Scholarships and Bursaries

We are committed to ensuring that costs do not act as a barrier to those aspiring to come to a world leading university and have developed a funding package to reward those with excellent qualifications and assist those from lower income backgrounds.

Home/EU – The University of East Anglia offers a range of Bursaries and Scholarships.  To check if you are eligible please visit the website.

Undergraduate University Fees and Financial Support: International Students

Tuition Fees

Please see our webpage for further information on the current amount of tuition fees payable for International Students.


We offer a range of Scholarships for International Students – please see our website for further information.

How to Apply

Applications need to be made via the Universities Colleges and Admissions Services (UCAS), using the UCAS Apply option.

UCAS Apply is a secure online application system that allows you to apply for full-time Undergraduate courses at universities and colleges in the United Kingdom. It is made up of different sections that you need to complete. Your application does not have to be completed all at once. The system allows you to leave a section partially completed so you can return to it later and add to or edit any information you have entered. Once your application is complete, it must be sent to UCAS so that they can process it and send it to your chosen universities and colleges.

The UCAS code name and number for the University of East Anglia is EANGL E14.

Further Information

If you would like to discuss your individual circumstances with the Admissions Service prior to applying please do contact us:

Undergraduate Admissions Service
Tel: +44 (0)1603 591515

Please click here to register your details via our Online Enquiry Form.

International candidates are also actively encouraged to access the University’s International section of our website.