Undergraduate BSc (Hons)

Occupational Therapy with Foundation Year

School of Health and Society




Four year

Next enrolment

September 2019

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In a nutshell

The Health Care Foundation Year aims to provide you with an understanding of the basic concepts of health care and the allied health professions. The course also develops your skills and knowledge to prepare you for successful progression onto a degree course.

You will:
  • Develop the skills and knowledge to successfully study at Level 4
  • Learn about the basic theories and concepts relating to allied health professions
  • Be taught by a multi-disciplinary programme team with experience in a range of professional health care settings
Course details

All about the course

This Foundation Year will provide a solid foundation and pathway into one of our nursing programmes. The key areas of study will be effective communication and study skills and you will be introduced to basic theories and concepts within disciplines. 

On this course, you will develop: 

  • An understanding of fundamental theories that will be developed further within the associated degree programme
  • The necessary skills and knowledge to study successfully at level 4
  • An awareness of the importance of communication and collaboration within health care professions, and develop these skills over the duration of the programme 
  • Numeracy skills and competencies required for your subject area

There are six modules of 20 credits each on this course, as detailed below.

There is a requirement to achieve 60% in the following modules as relevant to your pathway, in addition to the 40% pass mark in all other modules: 

Communication in Healthcare Settings, Working in Healthcare Settings, Foundation of Physical Health, Foundation of Mental Health

If you do not achieve the required marks, you will be offered the opportunity to progress on to a course with lower entry requirements. 

Details of the modules on the degree programme can be found here:

BSc (Hons) Occupational Therapy

Foundation year

Communication in Healthcare Settings (20 credits)

This module introduces skills and knowledge around communicating with service users and colleagues in a health care setting. You will explore different methods of communication and be given opportunities to practice newly acquired skills and knowledge. The module assessment is in the form of a 20 minute observed scenario with an actor playing a service user.

Study Skills

Studying Healthcare at University necessitates the development and completion of essays and presentations, measured against the academic rigours of Degree level studies. This module helps you to develop skills in writing, referencing, presenting information, etc, all of which will be assessed via an essay at the end of the module.

Allied Health Professions

The module is designed to act as an introduction to the health care professions and the required skills and competencies to undertake specific roles. This will include a comparison of a specified profession alongside other associated professions to identify areas of similarity and overlap whilst also identifying distinctive elements of the profession. Core skills and competencies will be highlighted to provide an outline key working practices to ensure you are confident in their choice of this professional area as a future career. The assessment for this module will be a 1,500-word skills analysis essay.

Foundation of Physical Health

In this module, you will be introduced to how we function physically. You will look at what happens when our bodies' systems breakdown and how we try to influence people’s lifestyle choices to give them the best chance of a long and healthy life.The assessment is looking at providing a session (usually a powerpoint presentation) which will aim to look at one lifestyle issue, how it contributes to poor health, and provision of a health promotion strategy which can be used with service users. 


This module will help you become aware of the need to consider numeracy as an important skill in many professions pertinent to healthcare. You will get many opportunities to hone your numeracy skills, using evidence based strategies, recognized in healthcare education as providing the best resources for the job. Your assessment is a one-hour numeracy assessment where you are given 20 calculations to work out in class.

Introduction to Applied Sciences

This module will provide a firm grounding in the key applied sciences needed to study for a degree in a range of professions. You will be provided with a focused review of key biological, biomechanical and anatomical principles, allied to key applications in the vocational setting. A grounding in these applied sciences will ensure you are able to cope with the transition to level 4 studies. The assessment for this module will be a two-hour multiple choice exam.

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.

Rehabilitation Flat

The Occupational Therapy Department at the University of Salford has upgraded a training room designed to provide a realistic home simulation environment. The 'flat' has a living area, bedroom, bathroom and kitchen to set the scene of a community visit where occupational therapists and other health care professions may work alongside service users to increase their levels of independence using adapted equipment, new techniques, energy saving devices or other interventions to improve their well-being. The bedroom and bathroom are fitted with ceiling track hoists to demonstrate safe transfers and allow the students valuable practice in a safe and supportive learning environment.

The kitchen is used for group baking and kitchen assessment sessions and the bedroom has a high seat chair, a raised bed and commode to really immerse the students in personal care in the bedroom.

The flat is fitted with cameras and therefore allows for a structured debrief method through video-facilitated feedback.


What you need to know

As part of the application process, you may be invited to an interview. Have a look at our top ten tips for preparing for your interview. If you are offered an interview following your application, you will be sent further information about what to expect and what you need to bring with you on the day. 

This foundation year pathway is designed for students who do not have the standard entry requirements to enter university at degree level.

You can read about the entry requirements for individual allied health profession degree programmes here:

BSc (Hons) Occupational Therapy

BSc (Hons) Podiatry

BSc (Hons) Prosthetics and Orthotics

Standard entry requirements


English Language and Maths at grade 4/C or above (or equivalent). You must fulfil our GCSE entry requirements as well as one of the requirements listed below

UCAS tariff points

64 points. 

GCE A Level

64 UCAS points, from a minimum of two A Levels or equivalent.

BTEC National Extended Diploma


Scottish Highers

64 points

Irish Leaving Certificate

64 points

European Baccalaureate

Pass of at least 75%

Access to HE

64 points

How much?

Please view the relevant degree programme information to the view the fees for the remaining years of your course. 

Type of study Year Fees
Full-time home/EU 2019/20 £8,250 for Foundation Year and £9,250 for subsequent years.
Additional costs

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

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Enrolment dates

September 2019

September 2020

UCAS information

Course ID B921

Institution S03