Full training in two years

Our graduate entry programme is designed to enable you to be eligible for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). We have a dedicated team of tutors who utilise their clinical experience to inform their teaching.

This course allows full-time professional training to be condensed into two years, rather than the traditional three-year route. To support teaching, the School of Health and Social Care has a dedicated suite of clinical skills labs, including two well-equipped Activities of Daily Living (ADL) suites, plus large rooms for art, splinting and group skills sessions.

Why Occupational Therapy at LSBU?

  • Exciting employment prospects: the No.1 London Modern for graduate prospects in Occupational Therapy (Complete University Guide league table, 2018).
  • No. 1 in London for student satisfaction and graduate prospects in Occupational Therapy (Complete University Guide 2019).
  • Professional accreditation: we’re accredited by the Royal College of Occupational Therapists.
  • Our three Occupational Therapy Labs, with facilities including simulated living spaces and artistic intervention tools.
  • An award-winning student OT society, which took home society of the year at LSBU in 2016 and 2017.
  • No.1 amongst London competitors for teaching, assessment & feedback in Allied Health (National Student Survey 2018).


Key course information - ordered by mode

Mode Duration Start Date Location
MSc Full-time 2 years September Southwark Campus
PgDip Full-time 2 years September Southwark Campus


Some compulsory skills sessions may take place in the evening.

Year 1

  • Introduction to occupational therapy and occupational science (20 credits)
  • Human function and occupational performance (20 credits)
  • Promoting health and wellbeing through occupation (20 credits)

Year 2

  • Autonomy, accountability and development of professional identity (20 credits)
  • Person, environment and occupation (20 credits)
  • Contemporary Issues in occupational therapy (20 credits)
  • School of Health and Social Care Dissertation (MSc pathway only) (60 credits)

All modules are at level 7 (Master’s level) and are assessed by a mix of written assignments, case studies, critical review, presentations, examinations, practice placements and a dissertation (MSc students only).


Students who successfully complete the 6 core modules will be awarded a Postgraduate Diploma in Occupational Therapy.

Students who successfully complete the 6 core modules and the additional School of Health and Social Care Dissertation module will be awarded an MSc in Occupational Therapy.

Graduates with either award are eligible to register as an Occupational Therapist with the HCPC. Registration allows you to practice as an Occupational Therapist within the NHS, community services and local authorities, as well as social enterprise and the private sector. Other settings include prisons, residential and nursing homes, schools and Social Services.

Continuous professional development

For graduates with a Postgraduate Diploma in Occupational Therapy from London South Bank University awarded within the last three years, we offer a unique opportunity to 'top up' your qualification to an MSc in Occupational Therapy by completing the School of Health and Social Care dissertation module. This is completed whilst working.

Employability Service

We are the University of the Year for Graduate Employment for the second year in a row - The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018, 2019.

At LSBU, we want to set you up for a successful career. During your studies – and for two years after you graduate – you’ll have access to our Employability Service, which includes:

  • An online board where you can see a wide range of placements: part-time, full-time or voluntary. You can also drop in to see our Job Shop advisers, who are always available to help you take the next step in your search.
  • Our Careers Gym offering group workshops on CVs, interview techniques and finding work experience, as well as regular presentations from employers across a range of sectors.

Our Student Enterprise team can also help you start your own business and develop valuable entrepreneurial skills.

Professional links

We maintain very strong links with occupational therapists working in health and social care settings across the NHS London area. These expert clinicians contribute to the course design, delivery of teaching sessions and provision of practice placements.

The course is approved by the Health and Care Professions Council; the regulator of Health, Psychological and Social professionals.

The course is accredited by the College of Occupational Therapists; the professional association for occupational therapists.

The course is also recognised by the World Federation of Occupational Therapists.

Other professional links include the American Occupational Therapy Association, the Occupational Therapy Board of Australia, and the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapy. You will also be able to join the OT student society, which has won several LSBU awards.


During the course you are required to successfully complete and pass over 1000 practice placement hours within a broad variety of health and social care settings; meeting the College of Occupational Therapists (2008), the World Federation of Occupational Therapists (WFOT, 2002) and the Health and Social Care Professions standards and requirements.

At LSBU, we work closely with a number of healthcare organisations to provide a wide range of suitable practice placements. You will, therefore, gain experience of working with:

  • People of different ages, diverse backgrounds and life situations.
  • Acute and long-standing health needs (including physical, mental health and learning disability).
  • Services in a range of settings (hospital and community, urban and rural).

Structure of placement learning

Practice placements are in four blocks and are developmental in nature as you progress through the course. Placements are full time following the working hours of the setting. Student work under the guidance and supervision of a state registered occupational therapist (practice educator).

Placement settings

Placements will predominantly be within the Greater London area in the NHS, local authority, voluntary, social enterprise, charities and private sectors. Placements can be in established or emerging services. Applicants should be aware that they may need to cover travel costs and placements could require them to commute across London and beyond if necessary.

Teaching and learning

The course uses a range of teaching and learning methods including lectures, small group sessions, practical skills sessions, online and self-directed learning activities.

Key features of this programme are the use of problem-based (PBL) and inquiry-based approaches to learning. These educational approaches involve students working together in small groups and sharing responsibility for meeting learning outcomes.

Structure of the course

The course runs over 2 years with 2 practice placement in each year.

All occupational therapy courses are required by the World Federation of OT (WFOT) to provide a minimum of 90 weeks of study; this includes a minimum of 1000 practice placement hours.

When at university the core structure of the programme consists of taught and small group session on Tuesdays and Thursdays. In addition to this, the overall number of sessions will vary at different times with practical skills and workshop sessions usually occurring on Mondays and Friday as required. Some sessions may be taught until 7 pm in the evening.

In the second year, the dissertation module runs for a set number of weeks on a Wednesday.

This is an accelerated course and in each of the two academic years, there are seven weeks of holiday.

The above structure may be liable to change.

Personal and professional tutoring

As a Health and Social Care student, you will be allocated a named tutor during your first three weeks at LSBU. The role of your tutor is to be your primary contact for academic and professional development support.

Your tutor will support you to get the most of your time at LSBU, providing advice and signposting to other sources of support in the University. They should be the first person at the university that you speak to if you are having any difficulties that are affecting your work. These could be academic, financial, health-related or another type of problem.

You will have appointments with your tutor regularly throughout your course. This will include an introductory meeting in your first semester and placement visits and calls. You can contact your tutor for additional support by email or phone.

Entry requirements

  • Bachelors degree of 2:2 or above in any subject or recognised equivalent
  • Values and attributes that are comparable to the NHS constitution
  • Students for whom English is not their first language must achieve a minimum score of 7 overall or equivalent with not less than 7.5 in listening/ speaking and not less than 6.5 in writing and reading for the International English Language Test Score (IELTS) or a TOEFL score of 570 including 55 in the Test of Spoken English (TSE) and at least 5 in the Test of Written English (TWE), at the time of application.

Selection Criteria

  • Applicants will need to demonstrate the following abilities, skills and attributes within the application, personal statement and interview activities.
  • Communicate effectively both verbally and in writing.
  • Commitment to the values and principles that underpin the occupational therapy profession.
  • Articulate their understanding of the role of the occupational therapist including the value base of the profession.
  • Demonstrate reasons for interest in the chosen field of occupational therapy.
  • Reflect upon their life skills and the relevance of these to occupational therapy and the demands of the course. Uphold the values and attributes required to work in health and social care as stated in the NHS constitution.
  • Personal resilience and adaptability to respond to and manage the demands of working in the evolving health and social care sectors.
  • Demonstrate due regard for dignity, respect for persons, confidentiality and equal opportunities.
  • Willingness to learn and engage in lifelong learning and support the development and achievement of high-quality care in occupational therapy.
  • To be accepted on the course you must have a successful outcome from an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) clearance and occupational health clearance, as well as an up-to-date immunisation record including Hepatitis B.

Assessment and Interview

If you are shortlisted you will be invited to complete an interview. The interview panel consists of LSBU staff, lecturers, service users and clinicians.

English language

Those whose English is not their first language must achieve a minimum score of 7.0 overall or equivalent with not less than 7.0 in the listening and reading sections and not less than 7.0 in the writing and speaking sections for the International English Language Test Score (IELTS) at the time of application.

Health, disability and becoming an occupational therapist

If you believe that you have a disability it is recommended that you read the information provided by the HCPC about becoming a professional, alongside the standards of proficiencies for Occupational therapists.

How to apply

Instructions for Home/EU applicants

Mode Duration Start Dates Application code Application mode
MSc Full-time 2 years September 4895 See below
PgDip Full-time 2 years September 4893 Direct to LSBU

When you apply, it is important to indicate if you wish to apply for the MSc or PGDip award. If you choose the MSc award, it is possible to leave with a PGDip, but this will mean that you are not able to do the top up MSc module at LSBU.

International applicants

International applicants should also apply through the LSBU website. Please allow sufficient time for the admissions decision-making process and any visa application to be successfully completed.

All applicants for 2019

Please ensure copies of GSCE, undergraduate certificates or equivalent qualifications are included with your application.

Personal statement

Please provide a concise personal statement, max. 1000 words, that provides evidence of the specific skills, qualities, values and attributes that you believe demonstrate your;

  1. Motivation to become an occupational therapist
  2. Specific personal skills, qualities and attributes that you bring to the courses and the profession
  3. Ability to work independently and in small groups within an accelerated professional programme at master’s level AND
  4. Understanding of how engagement in occupation has contributed to your health and wellbeing. Make sure you provide an example.


Two professional/academic references. You will need to ensure your referees submit their reference as part of your application.


If you are successful at the application stage you will be invited to attend an interview. The interview is a combination of a one-to-one interview and group activities. The interview panel consists of LSBU lecturers, clinicians and service users. Offers will be made within one month after the interview.

Skype/Facetime interviews

We are able to consider Skype interviews for international applicants only. This does not include EU applicants or UK applicants who are travelling or on short-term employment abroad.

Prepare to start


You need to declare any previous convictions, cautions, warnings or reprimands through the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS). Find out more on the DBS process for applicants.

To see when and if convictions and cautions are removed from the DBS certificate check the filtering rules for the criminal record check certificates.

Enrolment and Welcome Week

Before you start your course we’ll send you information on what you’ll need to do before you arrive and during your first few days on campus. You can read about the process on our new students' pages.

Occupational health

Please read our guide to immunisation, screening and health clearance.

If you have met the conditions of your offer download and complete an online medical questionnaire. This will go to our current occupational health provider. You can only enrol on your course when this is complete.

Vaccination screening

Before you enrol on your course take the GP Vaccination and Screening History Form (PDF File 117 KB) to your GP for them to complete, sign and stamp.

Once you’ve enrolled take the form to the meeting with the occupational health nurse so the nurse can check your immunisation status and confirm this for your placement. If you do not complete the occupational health process you cannot go on placement and this may jeopardise your continuation on your course.


Your holiday periods will not follow the normal University timetable because of placements. You’ll receive more details once you start your course.

Practice placements

Most health and social care courses’ practice placements will operate outside normal working hours e.g. evenings, nights, weekends and bank holidays.


Most placements will require you to wear a uniform on placement or during some practical sessions in our skills laboratories. This will be provided along with a formal name badge.

You'll have to pay for any additional or replacement uniforms.


If you wish to change your address, change your personal details or withdraw your application, you must put this in writing to the Admissions Office.

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Last updated February 19, 2019
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Sep 23, 2019
2 years
9,250 GBP
Year 1 Full-time UK/EU fee: £9250; International fee: £16500.
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