Occupational Therapy BSc (Hons)
What makes Occupational Therapy at Worcester special?
Occupational therapists play a key role in helping people regain, maintain or improve their participation in life. Often they work with people whose ability to take part in life has been impacted by injury, disability or illness. Increasingly occupational therapists are working with individuals and groups whose ability and freedom to take part in life is restricted by other circumstances, such as those detained in prison, or in immigration centres. Occupational therapists also work with people who are homeless, or who are refugees.
At Worcester we value compassionate, effective, ethical care, equipping you with the skills and experience you will need to support others to live the life of their choice. We have a strong focus on leadership running throughout the programme, helping you to develop both as a therapist and as a dynamic practitioner throughout your career.
- Excellent facilities, including Ability House – our own on-site educational facility, and clinical suites equipped with extensive simulation equipment
- Small class sizes
- Friendly, dedicated teaching team who are all qualified occupational therapy practitioners
- Strong industry links ensure the programme embraces contemporary practice and provides diverse placement opportunities
- Practical skills developed through placements throughout the course, starting at the beginning of first year
- Accredited by the College of Occupational Therapists and the Health and Care Professions Council
What qualifications will you need?
- Minimum of 5 GCSEs A*- C including English Language, Mathematics and Science.
- 120-136 UCAS tariff points, to include A2 Grade B minimum in one of Biology / Human Biology / PE/ Psychology/Sociology/ Health and Social Care. (General Studies not accepted). 120 points must be achieved in A2 subjects or equivalent
- BTEC Extended National Diploma (Sport & Exercise Science, Health Science and Applied Science preferred) DDD. Other BTEC National Diplomas may be considered with AS or A2 Biology / Human Biology / PE at grade B
- International Baccalaureate: 27 points including 3 subjects at Higher Level including Biology at grade 6
- Irish Leaving Certificate: 3A and 3B grades in 6 Higher Level papers at one sitting, including 2 science subjects of which one should be Biology
- Access to Higher Education Diploma: obtain 120 UCAS tariff points, with at least 30 credits at Merit or Distinction, with 12 of those in Science which must include biology related subjects. Access to Health Science and Science preferred.
Other additional qualifications may be considered where an applicant does not have the necessary Biology, Human Biology, Psychology, Sociology, Health and Social Care or PE qualifications. Students should normally have been in education within 3 years of commencing a place on the course. Please contact Admissions Team C for information: firstname.lastname@example.org
English Language Requirements:
Applicants whose first language is not English and who are required to provide a language test certificate as evidence of their proficiency must ensure that it is, or is comparable to, IELTS level 7.0 with no element below 6.5. (HCPC 2012)
International English Language Testing System (IELTS) - 7.0 with no element below 6.5
The points used above are the new UCAS tariff, which will be used for courses starting from September 2017. See our new UCAS tariff page for more information.
Work experience and knowledge of the Occupational Therapy profession
Applicants must gain some work experience, shadowing an Occupational Therapist and have thoroughly researched the breadth of the Occupational Therapy profession. They must be aware of the core areas of practice and where Occupational Therapists work, within and outside of the NHS. The diversity of the profession cannot be understood from one workplace visit and further research will be needed. Applicants should access information about the profession from the following websites, the College of Occupational Therapists and Health and Care Professions Council, and http://www.stepintothenhs.nhs.uk/ and http://www.nhscareers.nhs.uk/ .
Applicants should ensure that their personal statements are focused on a clear interest and motivation for becoming an Occupational Therapist. Applicants should also:
- Be able to reflect on their work experiences in relation to their future studies and their career
- Demonstrate team-working and leadership skills; for example in your work, hobbies or sports
- Show clear awareness of the qualities and values that are needed to become a healthcare professional
- Demonstrate strong verbal and inter-personal communication and listening skill
- Be able to work with a wide variety of different people as individuals, and provide examples of this
- Have strong and creative problem solving and thinking skills
- Have clear motivation for a career in Occupational Therapy, and have made a reasoned career choice
- Be able to articulate clearly why they are interested in a career in Occupational Therapy
All offers are subject to satisfactory Health Clearance and Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service. Students will also be required to sign a Code of Conduct and Fitness to Practice disclosure on commencement of the course.
No offers will be made without Interview. Meeting the minimum entry requirements does not guarantee an interview, or a place on the course.
For full details please see the UCAS website.
The University strongly recommends that all students join the British Association of Occupational Therapists (BAOT). Joining this professional body will enable you to access a wide range of academic material that will enhance your learning. Additional benefits include clinical negligence insurance that may be necessary for practice learning in some non-NHS practice placements. Not becoming a member may affect your opportunities to experience the widest range of placements.
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What will you study?
Here is an overview of current modules available on this course. Regular updates may mean that exact module titles may differ.
Teaching and Assessment
How will you be taught?
You will learn how to:
- Contribute to the health and wellbeing of our society through the rigorous and considered application of occupational science to individuals, groups and populations
- Apply leadership and management skills to co-ordinate, manage and deliver effective occupational therapy interventions and quality service provision, including risk management
- Critically reflect upon contemporary theoretical perspectives which provide the underpinning knowledge base for professional practice recognising the importance of participation and occupation
- Analyse the wider political, cultural, economic and social context of current health and social care provision as an influence on occupational engagement
- Assessing, plan, manage, audit, and reflect and review practice in order to modify occupational therapy provision accordingly within a range of care settings
- Evaluate evidence and research; apply best available evidence, knowledge and appropriate repertoire of skills indicative of safe and effective occupational therapy practice
- Achieve the HCPC (2012) Standards of Proficiency providing eligibility to apply to register with the HCPC as an Occupational Therapist and the British Association of Occupational Therapists as a professional member
- Small class size encourages interactive and engaging lectures and seminars
- Online and independent learning methods, aimed to develop and enhance individual students skills
- Part time and fulltime workplace learning through practice education in a range of settings
- Simulated practice in practical workshops, role plays and skills classes
- Group work and peer learning, to encourage team working skills and communication necessary for occupational therapy practice
- Interprofessional teaching and learning where possible with physiotherapy, nursing and other students
- Guest lecturers and visiting speakers with specialist skills in occupational therapy practice
- Opportunities for involvement in research projects under supervision
The course is delivered across 2 semesters in each of three years. It comprises a mix of campus based and placement learning. This approach helps students to integrate practice and theory. All modules are compulsory. Many are taught jointly with BsC(Hons) Physiotherapy.
Meet the team
Here are a few of the current members of the department who teach on this course:
Dr Yvonne Thomas
Yvonne is an experienced occupational therapy educator and researcher, having worked in Universities in New Zealand and Australia, prior to moving to University of Worcester. Yvonne's doctoral studies looked at the occupations and wellbeing of people who are homeless. She is committed to providing high quality occupational therapy education and ensuring the graduation of health professionals who can practice in a diverse wide range of services to meet health and wellbeing needs of people without discrimination or prejudice . She is specifically interested in development of professional identity and practice education.
Dr Alison Blank
Alison has been an occupational therapist for more than 30 years and her main area of clinical experience has been in community mental health services for working age adults. Her particular interest was in working collaboratively with people who used mental health services, especially those with severe and enduring mental health problems. Prior to joining the team at UW, Alison taught on the BSC and MSc occupational therapy programmes at Brunel University, London.
Alison is passionate about teaching and Occupational Therapy. She loves the out of doors and also runs a rainbow unit (guiding group of girls 5-7 years) outside of work.
Alison has been an Occupational Therapist for nearly 20 years and has worked in all sorts of settings (inpatient, community, schools) as well as with a variety of clients groups (learning disabilities and long term conditions mainly). Her specialist clinical area is the use of sensory based approaches, using the sensory integration theory.
Before joining the team at UW Alison has recently joined the university teaching team on this new Occupational Therapy course, having been was a manager in the NHS and also a professional lead for Occupational Therapy.
Terri has been an Occupational Therapist for 19 years, practising for 14 years as a specialist Occupational Therapist in the field of Stroke Rehabilitation, and has been involved in setting up services locally to improve the quality of rehabilitation for people following Stroke.
Terri has spent the majority of her clinical practice supporting and developing others, from students to colleagues to support staff. As a team leader and manager within the NHS she realised that this was an area in which she felt enthusiastic and energised, and was positively received by her colleagues.
Terri joined the Occupational Therapy lecturing team full time in 2015, having taught on the programme part time during the previous academic year and finding that she loved it. She is also a qualified gymnastics coach although she is currently taking a break from coaching due to the rigours of work and family life.
Jay is an occupational therapist teaching practice and research skills at the University of Worcester. He previously worked as an occupational therapy service manager in a specialist faith charity for young people with learning disabilities. Jay has taught undergraduate occupational therapy students on a range of modules and facilitated Problem Based Learning sessions. Jay has presented in related areas at the College of Occupational Therapists, the Royal College of Nursing and The British Sociological Association. His research interests relate to young people and healthcare engagement.
Where could it take you?
Occupational Therapists are employed in a wide range of organisations and specialities. Many work for the National Health Service and Social Care organisations but there is a growing body of therapists employed in Private Practice. Occupational Therapists work with people of all ages from childhood through to the end of life and support people with physical or mental health needs, learning disabilities and those whose opportunities are restricted by circumstance.
Students study a specific module in their final year covering the constantly changing nature of employment as an Occupational Therapist in the modern world. Practical interview and self development skills are taught and practiced and students have opportunities to meet with local employers to develop an understanding of what makes a successful candidate for a specific job role. Opportunities are provided for students to explore the employment possibilities of the NHS, Social Care, Private Sector and Voluntary Organisations.
The variety of placement experiences and, specifically, the contemporary placement experience are developed to enable students to demonstrate their unique selling point as a newly qualified Occupational Therapist.
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How much will it cost?
Full-time tuition fees
UK and EU students
The standard tuition fee for full-time UK and EU students registering in 2017 will be £9,250.
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The standard tuition fee for full-time international (non-EU) students registering in 2017 will be £11,700 per year.
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Part-time tuition fees
UK and EU students
The standard tuition fees for part-time UK and EU students registering on this course in 2017 will be £1,156 per 15-credit module, £1,542 per 20 credit module and £2,313 per 30-credit module.
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Every course has day-to-day costs for basic books, stationery, printing and photocopying. The amounts vary between courses.
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We have over 1,000 rooms across our halls, 358 of which were new in 2009. We offer halls of residence to suit every budget and need, from our 'Traditional Hall' at £94 per week to the £153 per week 'En-suite Extra'.
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How do you apply?
Applying through UCAS
Occupational Therapy BSc (Hons) (Single Honours) B930 BSc/OT
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