Undergraduate BSc (Hons)

Occupational Therapy



Three year


September 2019

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In a nutshell

As an occupational therapist, you'll work with people from a wide range of backgrounds and cultures and across all age groups, helping them to cope with a variety of physical and psychological problems. You'll work with your clients to consider how their physical health, mental health and social environment affect their ability to carry out daily living activities such as personal care, domestic tasks, socialising, leisure and work.

This course is accredited by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and the Royal College of Occupational Therapists (RCOT).

This course is now closed for applications for 2019 entry, applications accepted for September 2020 entry. 

You will:
  • Combine academic study with practice placements and develop a variety of professional and personal skills
  • Be taught by highly skilled staff with a range of clinical backgrounds, involvement with professional boards and committees, national and international conference presentations and accreditation with the Higher Education Academy Board
  • Benefit from our strong links with service users, clinical experts and industry partners, meaning we have a excellent reputation for training occupational therapists who are able to meet the demands of current clinical practice

options available


students accepted

Course accreditations
The Royal College of Occupational Therapists

This is for you if...


You want to improve the lives of others


You have great communications skills


You are practical and a problem solver


You want to work with people from all kinds of backgrounds


You are creative and flexible


You are a good observer

Course details

All about the course

You will gain an understanding of function and dysfunction in the mind and body and the use of occupation in the assessment and treatment of illness. You will also look at the societal and institutional contexts of illness and health, and ethical issues in health care delivery.

Attendance is Monday to Friday, with all practice placements also running full-time Monday to Friday.

We consistently receive very positive student feedback about our programme, and we're pleased to say that in the Complete University Guide 2019 rankings our Occupational Therapy course has jumped to 14th place nationally.

Year one

Foundation Principles of Occupational Therapy

Within this module you will develop a basic understanding of foundation concepts within occupational therapy and prepare for Practice Placement 1 (four weeks in duration). Models of practice, intervention and assessment skills are introduced within the context of the occupational therapy process.

Introduction to Collaborative Professional Practice

This module aims to introduce the concept of being a health and social care professional. You will start to explore factors that influence practitioner and service user interactions and become familiar with issues such as moving and handling, infection control and safeguarding.

Experiencing Occupation Through the Lifespan

You will consider key elements of the basic sciences and their relationship to occupational therapy practice, human function and dysfunction and factors that impact on engagement with occupations across the lifespan. Factors that affect occupational participation and performance will be explored as will principles of service user engagement and the significance of service user perspectives.

Evidence Based Practice and Research 1

Basic skills of research and evidence based practice will be introduced as will their relevance to occupational therapy practice.

Practice Placement 1

This is a practice placement block of four weeks.

Year two

Understanding People as Occupational Beings (incorporates Practice Placement 2)

This module aims to provide an understanding of the importance of occupation for human health and well-being, the complex nature of occupations and to be able to analyse and understand the relationship between occupation, person and environment. You will develop skills in preparation for practice placement 2 which lasts for four weeks and fits within this module. An understanding of the Person Environment Occupation model will also be gained.

Models for Occupational Therapy Practice

The aim of this module is to enable you to apply and critically appraise commonly used models of practice.

Evidence Based Practice and Research 2

You will apply elements of the research process to a range of professional scenarios that are relevant to occupational therapists.

Engaging Service Users in Occupational Therapy

Within this module you will recognise, evaluate and apply the core skills of an occupational therapist in practice, develop advanced communication skills, appraise the value of the therapeutic relationship in engaging service users and apply a culture of compassionate care.

Practice Placement 3

This is a practice placement block of six weeks.

Year three

Exploring Contemporary Practice

This module aims to support theoretical understanding of occupational therapy concepts, philosophy and core skills in complex and diverse settings. You will also learn to apply and promote occupational therapy concepts, philosophy and core skills using the evidence base for practice within a placement setting.

Evidence Based Practice and Research 3

This module will facilitate critical application of the research process to a specific topic relevant to occupational therapy practice.

Practice Placement 4

Within this six week placement you will work within an organisation that does not have an established occupational therapy role and will identify a potential emerging role for occupational therapy. You will negotiate and where appropriate, apply elements of an occupational therapy service to individuals or groups within the setting.

Into Employment

On this module, you will critically evaluate health and social care services in the context of current government policy, with a focus on the service received by the client within the multidisciplinary team. You will also reflect upon professional development and prepare for employment.

Competence in Practice

This module develops your competence as a practitioner and incorporates a practice placement of five to eight weeks in duration.

Please note that it may not be possible to deliver the full list of options every year as this will depend on factors such as how many students choose a particular option. Exact modules may also vary in order to keep content current. When accepting your offer of a place to study on this programme, you should be aware that not all optional modules will be running each year. Your tutor will be able to advise you as to the available options on or before the start of the programme. Whilst the University tries to ensure that you are able to undertake your preferred options, it cannot guarantee this.

What Will I be Doing?

You will experience a range of teaching methods such as:

  • Keynote lecture
  • Enquiry-based learning
  • Seminars
  • Tutorials
  • Reading, practical activities
  • Guided study and teaching each other

You will also learn from taking part in practice placements and the contact you will have from clients, carers and other professionals in the community and hospital settings.

The Occupational Therapy team at the University also work closely with the Institute of Dementia. The Hub, opened in May 2017, features a dementia-friendly garden, a visitors’ centre designed to look as much as possible like a home, and will be a base for the University’s dementia associates. The centre also contains a special kitchen built to demonstrate the latest dementia friendly designs, with a glass-fronted fridge and cupboards as well as other design features such as colour cues to help people with dementia understand the environment.

People with dementia and their carers can visit the Hub to take part in activities such as gardening and dance and to get guidance from others who have experienced the condition, while researchers from across the University will also be able to work there. As a student, you'll benefit from gaining insight into the research but also practically from the facilities and activities offered by the Hub.


Normally there will be an average of 18 hours per week face to face contact.

This is complemented study time, which includes directed study tasks, research and independent study.


All staff who teach on this course have worked clinically as occupational therapists in a wide variety of settings, including internationally. There is an active research ethos across the department which informs the practice of occupational therapy in the clinical setting. Find out more about our current research on our Centre for Health Sciences Research webpages.


  • Written exam

  • Written assessments

  • Viva/Oral presentation

You will also be expected to submit a learning agreement after each placement, five in total, which includes reflections on practice and will be assessed by your placement educator.

The School of Health and Society

The School of Health and Society is a forward-thinking, dynamic school with a commitment to lifelong learning and real-world impact.

Our courses are informed by the latest research and we work closely with organisations from both the public and private sector to ensure our teaching is at the forefront of practice.

Rehabilitation Flat

Our purpose built rehabilitation flat provides the opportunity to test occupational therapy skills within a secure environment.

The flat has a bathroom, kitchen and bedroom with a range of equipment and daily living aids such as:

  • Specialist knives and adapted cutlery
  • Utensil holders and openers
  • Non-slip mats and reachers
  • A variety of dressing aids
  • Bath lift and grab rail

The flat is used to demonstrate equipment and the way in which an occupational therapist may assist a client to learn a new way to perform an activity and maintain their independence

You will also have access to the occupational therapy resource room, equipment relating to ADL, splinting and personal care, and use of community resources for experiential learning.

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Employment and stats

What about after uni?

As an occupational therapist, you will have considerable scope for career development in clinical specialities, management, research and education. Occupational therapists are employed in a range of health and social care settings, in addition to working for employers such as prisons, litigation services, voluntary organisations and private practice.


Occupational therapists are qualified to work in a range of clinical environments such as paediatrics, older people, acute and long-term mental health settings and learning disability services. Alternatively, you may develop your career into medico-legal work, management, education and research. In addition to the NHS and social services, employers include prisons, private hospitals, litigation services, voluntary and charitable organisations and private practice.

A taste of what you could become

Occupational therapist

Private practitioner

Disability service worker

And more...

Career Links

An integral part of your learning will be provided by a series of five supervised placements amounting to over 1,000 hours in health and social care settings. These placements include hospital settings and community services.

In addition to this you will have the opportunity to go on an innovative role emerging placement in your third year. These placements involve all students going to new organisations which promote professional development and facilitate innovation. Examples of role emerging placements include schools, charities and private organisations.


What You Need To Know

This course is now closed for applications for 2019 entry, applications accepted for September 2020 entry.

You should have relevant experience of working with people along with good communication skills and the ability to demonstrate an understanding of occupational therapy as a profession and the impact that illness and disability may have on a person's life.

You are strongly advised to visit at least two clinical occupational therapy departments before applying in order to be able to demonstrate an understanding of occupational therapy and to give examples of occupational therapists working in physical and mental health settings. Volunteering roles in relevant areas would also give a stronger profile for applicants.

English language requirements 

International applicants will be required to show proficiency in English. An IELTS score of 6.5 (with no element below 6.0) is proof of this. If you need to improve your written and spoken English, you might be interested in our English language courses.

Standard entry requirements


Five GCSE subjects at grade C/grade 4 or above including English language, mathematics and preferably dual award science or biology/physics or chemistry

UCAS tariff points

120 points (points must be awarded in the same sitting)

GCE A level

Three A2s, at least one from human biology, biology, psychology, sociology preferred

GCE A level double award

120 points, at least one from human biology, biology, psychology, sociology preferred

BTEC National Diploma

DDM in health/science related subjects

Scottish Highers

120 points, science preferred

Irish Leaving Certificate

120 points, science preferred

International Baccalaureate

32 points

Access to HE

A minimum of 120 UCAS points to include specific subjects access to health, or health science or allied health

Alternative entry requirements

Salford Alternative Entry Scheme (SAES)

We welcome applications from students who may not meet the stated entry criteria but who can demonstrate their ability to pursue the course successfully. Once we have received your application we will assess it and recommend it for SAES if you are an eligible candidate.

The University offers two routes for entry under the scheme and applicants will be directed to the one appropriate for their course. As this course is part of the School of Health Sciences you will only be considered under Entry Route 1.

Find out more about the scheme here.

How Much?

Type of study Year Fees
Full-time home/EU 2019 £9,250per year
Full-time international 2019 £15,960per year
Additional costs

Students will be expected to pay approximately £30 for health clearance from their GP. Please note, the charge for health clearance is at the discretion of your GP and can range from £0 to £120. In addition, students may incur other expenses during placements. Costs are approximated based on the current academic year. 

You should also consider further costs which may include books, stationery, printing, binding and general subsistence on trips and visits.

For international students who undertake a placement, there will be an additional placement fee in the region of £2,000.

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Enrolment dates

September 2019

September 2020

UCAS information

Course ID B920

Institution S03