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BSc (Hons) Occupational Therapy

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    Full time according to Funding Council definitions

Places available to study this September

We have greater flexibility with our entry requirements during Clearing, so let’s talk about your future.
BU and you. A match made in Clearing.

Call us on +44 (0)1202 966777 or +44 (0)1202 524111.

Occupational therapists work to improve the everyday life skills of people who suffer with physical, social, and psychological difficulties.

This degree, which is accredited by the Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC) and the College of Occupational Therapists, is designed to give you the sophisticated knowledge, as well as the analytical and practical skills, needed to critically assess a patient’s circumstances in order to help them adapt to their environment and maximise their performance potential.

You’ll delve into the exciting disciplines of anatomy, physiology, sociology, psychology and occupational science; forming the groundwork on which occupational therapy is based.

To complement classroom theory, you’ll gain hands-on practice using our excellent clinical simulation facilities, which feature a daily living suite and kitchen, plus equipment to tackle a comprehensive range of situations commonly encountered by occupational therapists. What’s more, to support your campus-based education, you’ll gain real world experience through 1000 plus hours in professional placements.

When it’s time to join the workforce, we believe our course will give you an edge over the competition as we’ll equip you with all the desired technical, managerial and communication skills needed to enter practice. Testament to this is our 100% graduate employment rate. 

According to Unistats, 100% of our final year students said staff are good at explaining things; visit us at Open Day to find out more, or watch a webinar presentation about our Occupational Therapy course

All statistics shown throughout this page are taken from Unistats, Destination of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE), BU institutional data and Ipsos MORI (National Student Survey) unless otherwise stated.

Key information

Next start date:

September 2018


Bournemouth University, Lansdowne Campus


3 years, including mandatory placements


Health & Care Professions Council and College of Occupational Therapists

Entry requirements:

Places available to study this September

We have greater flexibility with our entry requirements during Clearing, so let’s talk about your future.
BU and you. A match made in Clearing.

Call us on +44 (0)1202 966777 or +44 (0)1202 524111.

International entry requirements:

If English is not your first language you'll need IELTS (Academic) 7.0 with minimum 6.5 in each of the 4 components or equivalent.

For more information check out our international entry requirements.

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Course details

Our course design utilises a range of diverse teaching and learning strategies with a strong emphasis on problem based learning, which involves groups of students working on real life scenarios in order to gain knowledge and understanding of occupational roles and how health and wellbeing can affect their functioning.

On this course you will usually be taught by a range of staff with relevant expertise and knowledge appropriate to the content of the unit. This will include senior academic staff, qualified professional practitioners, demonstrators and technicians. You will also benefit from regular guest lectures from industry.

Download the programme specification (pdf 430 kb)


Over the three years of the course and in order to provide you with the necessary breadth of clinical experience, you will undertake the following placements across Dorset, Somerset and Wiltshire:

  • Year 1: 1 week and 6 weeks
  • Year 2: 8 weeks
  • Year 3: 10 weeks and 8 weeks.

You’ll be supported by a practice placement educator throughout your practice placements.

Read about our placement locations

Your application

Entry requirements


There are a wide range of roles open to you once you qualify as an occupational therapist, not just in the NHS but also within local authorities, social services, schools and the private sector. Every role is rewarding in its own way and this course will prepare you to work as an OT in a variety of environments, helping people from all walks of life.

You can specialise in paediatrics, mental illness and learning disabilities, among others, or you can go into teaching or research. According to Unistats, 95% of our students are in professional/managerial jobs six months after graduating.

Costs and fees

All fees are quoted in pounds sterling and are per annum. Your tuition fees will be the same for each year of your course. You can find full information about funding your studies and paying your fees in our pages on funding support for healthcare courses. Our fees and funding section also includes information about the scholarships and bursaries on offer – including unlimited Academic Excellence Scholarships for UK, EU and International students.

Fees quoted are for tuition only unless stated otherwise, and we’re committed to ensuring there are no hidden extra costs while you’re at university – that’s why we’re clear about what you can expect us to cover, and what your cost of living will be. 

Our staff

Our staff are actively engaged in research and professional practice in the nutrition sector which is integrated into the teaching of this course. Find out more about some of the staff and their research activities who will be teaching on this course below. 

Course changes

What our students say

Rebecca Hill

You get ample opportunity to focus on areas that interest you. The lecturers are extremely approachable with extensive practical experience. This allows them to give examples from practice, vital to understanding occupational therapy.

Hear from our alumni

Sharon Diaper

OT is a challenging but rewarding profession to enter into, it's more than a course, it's a new way of thinking. At BU you have the privilege of being taught by some of the best therapists.

What our students say

Gemma McCallum

The structure of the course provides an opportunity to openly discuss, debate and collate ideas within a close group of peers in a friendly environment.