BSc (Hons) in Occupational Therapy


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Program Description

Occupational Therapists work with a wide variety of people to help them reach their potential and gain as much independence as they can.

For people with physical or mental health limitations, everyday tasks may be difficult. However, through activity, occupational therapy enables people to live more productive and enjoyable lives.

To meet the standards of the World Federation of Occupational Therapists, a minimum of 1000 hours of practice placement is required. As one of the largest providers of qualified Occupational Therapists in Scotland, GCU is innovative in practice placement experience, resulting in job creation in new areas of practice.

Occupational Therapists work as part of a team and a third of this programme is dedicated to the inter-professional study, where students from a range of health and social care professions learn together.

As practice education placements are offered across a wide range of settings within Scotland there will be an expectation to travel and/or relocate as part of the programme.

Your career

Graduates are eligible to apply for membership of the College of Occupational Therapists and registration with the Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC).

What you will study

Year 1

Foundations for Interprofessional Practice, Occupational Performance, Fundamentals of Human Physiology, Art & Science of Occupational Therapy, Practice Education.

Year 2

Practice Education 2, Understanding Occupational Therapy in Practice, Occupational Therapy Theories & Approaches, Research Methods, Inclusive Environments for Occupational Performance, Working in Teams.

Year 3

Practice Education 3, Implementing the Occupational Therapy Process in Practice, Reasoning, Decision-Making & Ethics in Health & Social Care, Practice Education 4, Role Emerging Placement, Teams in Practice, Investigating Occupation Focused Practice.

Year 4

Honours Project, Practice Placement 5, Developing Readiness for Practice, Leadership in Teams, optional module.

Entry requirements

Year 1

SQA Higher

BBBC including English plus Nat 5 Maths at C

A Level

BCC plus GCSE English and Maths at C/4

ILC Higher

H2 H2 H3 H3 to include English at Higher or equivalent plus Ordinary Maths at Ordinary O3

IB Diploma

24 points


DMM in a health-related subject, plus GCSE Maths and English at C/4

Year 2

HNC Occupational Therapy Support. Applicants will be required to attend an interview as part of the admissions process.

English language

Applicants whose first language is not English will normally be required to hold IELTS of overall 7.0 with 6.5 in each element or equivalent.

Additional information

Prior to entry, all students have to undertake Protection of Vulnerable Groups (PVG) check and Occupational Health screening.

Other academic and vocational qualifications

Each application to GCU is considered on an individual basis. If you do not have the typical academic entry qualifications, but can demonstrate relevant work experience and/or credits from recognised professional bodies, you may be eligible to enter this course via the University's Recognition of Prior Learning scheme.

International pathways

If you do not meet the English language requirements, you may be eligible for the English for University Study programme.

Fees and funding

The tuition fees you pay are mostly determined by your fee status. What is my student fee status?

Tuition fees 2018/19

  • Home: £1820
  • RUK: £9250*
  • EU: £1820
  • International: £11,500

*Total tuition fees for RUK students completing a three or four-year degree are capped at £27,750. Specific fees are subject to confirmation by the Scottish Government and may change once confirmed.

If you commence your studies in September 2018 or January 2019, these are the annual or module fees that apply to the duration of your course; however, fees are subject to change. For full details on how fees may change read our fees and refund policy.

Additional costs

In addition to course tuition fees, you may encounter additional costs during your time at University.

Professional body membership

Professional body student membership is required as compulsory from Level 1 (this is needed in preparation for practice placement in role-emerging settings as they require to have professional indemnity cover). The current cost of student membership in 2017 is £5.00 per month.


We provide high-quality education for a fair price; as the University for the Common Good, we are committed to offering accessible higher education for talented students by keeping our tuition fees low and providing a generous scholarship package of over £2.5 million per year.

If you have any questions or enquiries regarding scholarships available for 2018/19, please feel free to contact the student enquiries team.

International student start dates

For new international students, orientation events start on 14 September 2018. This extra time is specifically designed to assist new international students in settling into the UK and GCU prior to the start of general student induction and teaching.

There will be a whole host of fun and informative activities taking place during this period, including campus and city tours, as well as welcome events where you can meet other international students.

Professional accreditation

Graduates are eligible to apply for membership of the College of Occupational Therapists and registration with the Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC).

Assessment methods

We use a wide range of learning and teaching methods to ensure that you have both the necessary knowledge and understanding of business and management and a portfolio of intellectual and personal skills.

Each module on the programme uses its own learning, teaching and assessment strategy to achieve learning objectives. Assessment methods vary between modules and may include unseen examinations, class tests, essays, management reports, case studies, presentations, and group work.

Teaching methods

The learning and teaching methods we use to ensure that our programme is both vocationally relevant and academically challenging. Our approach is student-centred, practical, participative and relevant to the needs of employers.

We've moved away from the traditional teacher-centric learning to a more independent learning approach, where you are encouraged to develop critical thinking skills.

Last updated Feb 2020

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