BSc (Hons) in Occupational Therapy


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Program Description

Our Occupational Therapy programme offers you an active, collaborative learning experience in a friendly, supportive environment.

You’ll gain the theoretical understanding and hands-on practical experience you need to become a professional Occupational Therapist.

You develop knowledge of:

  • occupational needs of people and populations.
  • professional skills to address barriers to occupation.
  • maintaining and enhancing peoples occupational performance.

Occupational Therapists help people recover from physical or mental illness, supporting them to live their life to the fullest.

You’ll work with both adults and children in a range of health and social care settings, finding creative solutions to day-to-day problems.

You'll learn from highly experienced practising Occupational Therapists in a small cohort, and develop your skills in real-life environments and situations, both in our outstanding simulation facilities and on our diverse range of practice placements, undertaken in all three years.

Professional accreditation

The successful completion of BSc (Hons) Occupational Therapy will allow eligibility to apply for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) as an occupational therapist.

The course is also approved by the Royal College of Occupational Therapists.



We are ranked 4th in the UK for Occupational Therapy in the Complete University Guide 2020.


Entry requirements

120 UCAS tariff points

A-Levels: 120 UCAS tariff points from three full A-levels. There are no specific subject requirements. General Studies is not accepted.

BTEC Extended Diploma: DDM in a relevant Health or Science subject.

Applicants on Access Programmes: 122 UCAS tariff points from an Access to Higher Education Diploma in Health Professions, Science or Social Science — at least 12 credits in Biology/Psychology/Sociology must be at minimum grade Distinction.

International Baccalaureate requirements: 120 UCAS tariff points from 3 HL subjects plus HL 3 or SL 4 in Maths.

Plus a minimum of GCSE English Language, Mathematics and Science or Combined Science at grade C or grade 4. Level 2 equivalences are accepted in place of GCSE English Language and Mathematics.

Additional entry requirements

  • As part of the selection process, we interview short-listed candidates prior to making offers.
  • All places are offered subject to satisfactory occupational health screening, a second reference and a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check.
  • Evidence of recent relevant study in the last 5 years is required. If you do not meet this requirement you will need to apply for the Human Biology for Practice module.

The occupational health screening

All places are offered subject to satisfactory occupational health screening. This will involve completing an on-line occupational health questionnaire and attendance is required at a medical appointment.

Students on health care programmes must be able to meet the Health and Care Professions Council Standards of Proficiency (2013). Occupational health screening and assessment will consider the students’ health and wellbeing and their fitness to study and practice. Progress on the course is dependent on your continued fitness.

This screening process complies with Public Health England requirements for the protection of the public and students and staff working in health and social care.

All offers of places are made subject to satisfactory health clearance and an agreement to undergo appropriate blood tests and immunisations.

The University is obliged to make reasonable adjustments for students with disabilities to enable them to fulfil the required competencies of the programme. Candidates who are concerned about health issues are strongly advised to contact us prior to applying.

The Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check

All places are also offered subject to a satisfactory enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) (previously known as CRB check) disclosure. This is due to the fact that you may be required to work with children or vulnerable adults on your clinical placement, and will need to demonstrate that you can safely work with these groups upon HCPC registration.

English language requirements

  • Minimum IELTS 6.5 with no subtest less than 6.0.

If you do not meet the IELTS requirement, you can take a University of Bradford pre-sessional English course.

CIFS entry requirement

  • If you are an international student and do not meet the entry requirements for direct entry onto this course you may be interested in our Certificate of International Foundation Studies
  • 80 UCAS points or equivalent (see individual country pages for details) plus a Maths qualification equivalent to GCSE Grade C. UKVI approved IELTS of 5.5 overall with no sub-test less than 5.5. In addition, applicants will need to succeed in the selection/interview process for the degree programme.

CIFS modules to be taken

Students study the four core modules plus TWO of the following modules:

  • Foundation in Human Biology
  • Foundation in Chemistry
  • Introduction to the Social Sciences
  • Global Business Environment
  • Foundation Mathematics 2

Progression requirements for the degree programme

An overall average of at least 65% and at least 50% in the English Language for Specific Academic Purposes with additional sub-test requirements

Please note: Occupational Therapy has additional entry requirements of disclosure and barring service check and a health check.

What you will study

Please note that for 2020 entry, the module information is subject to change.

First year


  • Professional Knowledge and Foundations of Practice (OCT4006-D)
  • Performance of Occupational Beings (OCT4005-D)
  • Professional Placement One (OCT4007-B)
  • Developing Occupational Therapy Practice (OCT4004-B)

Second year


  • Enabling Occupation (OCT5007-E)
  • Research Methods in Health and Sport (PAR5011-B)
  • Professional Placement Two (OCT5006-B)
  • Professional Placement Three (OCT5005-B)

Final year


  • Evidence-Based Practice (HEA6002-B)
  • Transition into Practice (OCT6004-B)
  • Professional Placement Four (OCT6002-B)
  • Professional Placement Five (OCT6003-D)
  • Aspirational Research Proposal (RES6003-B)
  • Evaluating Service Delivery (PAR6008-B)
  • Literature Review (RES6004-B)
  • Primary Research Project (PAR6011-B)


You will undertake six placement experiences across a range of clinical areas over the duration of the programme.

These increase incrementally from one day a week for five weeks in the first year to nine weeks full time in the third year.

Role Emerging Placement

The nine-week placement will take place in a diverse practice setting, where there is minimal or no occupational therapy service. Placement locations are sourced for you by the Faculty, with the opportunity to complete 1085 hours of placement learning over the three years of the programme. Placement experience allows you to:

  • Experience real-world clinical environments
  • Problem-solve with real problems
  • Integrate theory into practice
  • Learn practical skills
  • Consolidate learning from modules
  • Begin to use reflection in and on action
  • Experience multi-professional working
  • Develop your professional identity and communication skills

Placement experiences will reflect the diverse nature of the profession and also enable you to work with diverse populations and differing multi-disciplinary teams. The map illustrates the geographical area in which placements will occur.

Pre-placement lectures ensure you are prepared for each placement and each placement ends with a debrief session at the university to support your integration of theory and practice learning.

All placements are assessed with marks from placements in year two and three contributing to your overall degree classification.

Learning and assessment

The BSc (Hons) in Occupational Therapy uses a wide range of teaching and learning strategies that reflect the diversity of the student population and accommodate different learning styles.

This varied approach seeks to facilitate the success of all students and the all-round development of a competent Occupational Therapy practitioner able to meet the learning outcomes for the programme.

The curriculum has a central focus on occupation, including occupational science throughout the programme - ensuring you recognise this as a central tenet of the profession.

The curriculum supports your application of theory into practice in order to develop your skills in addressing occupational limitations and enhancing performance.

You will be supported by the programme team and other University services to develop your academic skills following the period of transition into Higher Education and then throughout the programme. Graduates from Bradford will be critical thinkers, able to use reflection and analysis to identify their future learning needs.

They will be personally and professionally resilient. Research-informed lectures are supplemented with group tutorials and practical sessions to facilitate an active and collaborative approach to learning.

Case-based scenarios are used to facilitate the development of your clinical/professional reasoning skills, and the inclusion of service users and carers within the learning and teaching experience will provide a person-centred perspective and further develop your understanding of the relationship between, health, wellbeing, occupation and occupational performance.

The programme teamwork in close alliance with local and regional stakeholders from a range of NHS, private, independent and voluntary organisations to ensure that the content of the programme is appropriate for your future professional career.

Throughout the programme, you are encouraged to use a reflective e-portfolio to record learning experiences. The use of an e-portfolio is an ideal way to continue to evidence reflection and Continuing Professional Development, a statutory part of continued professional registration, with the University of Bradford enabling you to have a lifetime account with Pebblepad, (an e-portfolio system), when you convert to alumni account at graduation. Assessments will include professional practice placement assessments, written assignments, reflective portfolios, practical assessments, oral and poster presentations.

Service users, clinicians and academic staff will be involved in marking assessments across the three years.


Arts and Crafts Suite

The Arts and Craft Suite provides opportunities for students to use a variety of therapeutic media within their learning experiences to promote understanding of engagement in activities and to develop a portfolio of creative media activities.

The room also contains splinting equipment and provides further opportunities for students to develop practical professional specific skills.

Home from Home Room

This room has a working kitchen, a bedroom and non-plumbed bathroom to allow a variety of activities to take place to develop students' understanding of barriers within environments. It also helps students to understand the role of an Occupational Therapist empowering and supporting individuals, to enable them to live independently.

The room and facilities also support enquiry and team-based learning, with a number of circular tables to promote discussions and activities within the taught sessions.

Students are supported in their learning with the use of electronic devices such as iPads within the taught sessions. All Occupational Therapy rooms are Wi-Fi enabled. The room also has equipment for recording activities which can be useful for activity analysis and providing feedback on practical sessions.

Fees, finance and scholarships

Tuition fee

  • Home/EU: £9,250*
  • International: £19,850

* Fees going forward have been capped by the Government at £9,250 in October 2017.


Every year we award numerous non-repayable scholarships to UK, EU and international students on the basis of academic excellence, personal circumstances or economic hardship. For full details, visit our scholarships website.

Career support

The University is committed to helping students develop and enhance employability and this is an integral part of many programmes. Specialist support is available throughout the course from Career and Employability Services including help to find part-time work while studying, placements, vacation work and graduate vacancies. Students are encouraged to access this support at an early stage and to use the extensive resources on the Careers website.

Discussing options with specialist advisers helps to clarify plans by exploring options and refining skills of job-hunting. In most of our programmes, there is direct input by Career Development Advisers into the curriculum or through specially arranged workshops.

Career prospects

The programme team is particularly proud of its graduates, many of whom chose employment locally and who now provide placements for current students thus providing a fantastic sense of cohesion between students and local practitioners. Students consistently obtain employment in traditional and diverse areas of practice, with feedback from clinicians that Bradford graduates are well prepared for employment and have higher profiles when entering the employment market. Graduate employability is 100%, with many third-year students invited to employment interviews by placement educators, demonstrating the high regard for Bradford students by employees. Graduates go into roles in private, NHS or social services employment, or for jobs outside of the usual statutory organisations.

Employment statistics

89.5% of our 2017 graduates in BSc (Hons) Occupational Therapy found employment or went on to further study within six months of graduating.*

Salary expectations

The average starting salary for our 2017 BSc (Hons) Occupational Therapy graduates was £21,850.*

*These DLHE statistics are derived from annually published data by the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA), based on those UK domiciled graduates who are available for employment or further study and whose destinations are known.

Last updated Mar 2020

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