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Occupational Therapy BSc (Hons) 2018/19 entry

Course code:


Study options:

3 years full-time



Coventry University


September 2018



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As a registered Occupational Therapist, you will have the privilege to work with people of all ages to help them participate in occupations that hold personal meaning and value to them.

We are the only profession that uses occupation (the things people do every day which can affect their health and wellbeing) as a therapeutic tool to improve their health, wellbeing and quality of life, enabling them to live the life they want.

You will have the opportunity to enhance your attributes as a compassionate and caring critical thinker with an inquisitive and problem-solving mind, as well as developing your communication skills with people of all ages and abilities.

A degree in occupational therapy (and subsequent eligibility to apply for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)) allows you to work in a limitless variety of fields within health and social care, in the private and public sectors. The unique skill set can allow you to work in specialities such as paediatrics, elderly care, mental health, learning disabilities, end of life care, forensics, schools and emergency services, to name just a few.

While studying with us, the largest provider of occupational therapy education in the UK, you will have a wide range of opportunities to work with students studying for other healthcare professions within an inter-professional collaborative learning framework, as well as professional practice placements.

Why Coventry University?

An award-winning university, we are committed to providing our students with the best possible experience. We continue to invest in both our facilities and our innovative approach to education. Our students benefit from industry-relevant teaching, and resources and support designed to help them succeed. These range from our modern library and computing facilities to dedicated careers advice and our impressive Students’ Union activities.

Global ready

An international outlook, with global opportunities


Career-ready graduates, with the skills to succeed

Teaching Excellence

Taught by lecturers who are experts in their field

Course essentials

A degree which offers you more, at no extra cost

Accreditation and Professional Recognition

This course is accredited and recognised by the following bodies:

Health and Care Professions Council

Royal College of Occupational Therapists

When enrolled on the course, you are able to become a student member of the Royal College of Occupational Therapists.

This course aims to educate you to become a graduate occupational therapists who is eligible to apply for registration with the HCPC and the RCOT. On successful completion of the course, you are able to become a professional member of RCOT and apply for registration to practice as an Occupational Therapist.

Our Facilities

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Our facilities include a mock ambulance, which students can use as part of their studies, to help simulate the patient journey. This gives students the opportunity to learn in situations that mirror real life scenarios.


Hospital Wards

Hospital Wards

We have two fully-equipped mock hospital wards, each containing 4 beds. The wards are built to NHS standards and contain moveable beds, first aid equipment and patient monitoring tools.


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The Alison Gingell building contains a state-of-the-art SuperLab, capable of holding up to 270 people at once. The lab's facilities include equipment for microscopy, DNA analysis and forensic testing.

What our students say...

Studying occupational therapy at Coventry University as a mature student has been simply life changing! Staff support and enthusiasm for student participation and development is excellent, with the programme creatively designed, preparing students for clinical practice and building research skills around evidence based practice.  Working collaboratively within the curriculum with fellow allied healthcare student professionals, as well as being part of large and diverse occupational therapy student cohort, drawn from overseas and across the UK have inspired me so, I just can't wait to begin my new career in occupational therapy.

Siobhan Scanlon, Coventry University student, 2016

Course information

A focus on empowerment, self-awareness and individual responsibility will be ever-present in this course, so that you’re prepared to deal with people in real-world situations upon graduating.

The course is made up of practical placements, where you can start to understand how you will perform in a professional setting, as well as workshops, seminars and lectures. Practical placements should also stand you in good stead to secure a professional position upon completion of your course.


of our students are satisfied with the quality of the course

NSS, 2016




  • Foundations in Communication and Professionalism

  • Exploring Evidence to Enhance Learning & Practice

  • The Person and Occupational Performance

  • Social Determinants of Health & Wellbeing

  • Occupational for Health & Wellbeing

  • Occupational Therapy Process for Practice

  • Foundations Studies: Professional Skills development

  • Professional Practice Placement 1



  • Evidence Informed Practice & Decision Making

  • Therapeutic Skills for Occupational Therapy Practice

  • Occupation: Reasoning theory and practice

  • Processional Practice Placement 2

  • Contexts of Occupational Therapy Practice



  • Professional Practice Placement 3

  • Enhanced Practice Through Evaluation and Research

  • Working Together to Lead Service Improvement

  • Occupational Therapy: Employability and Entrepreneurship


Our Occupational Therapy course is ranked 8th by Complete University Guide 2019

In more detail...

  • A commitment to working in partnership with students to continually develop and further enhance the programme which has been running for over 25 years.
  • Our strong links with a wide range of local health trusts, social services, private health, charitable and voluntary organisations who provide practice development activities.

A huge variety of placement experiences and practice placement marks can contribute to your final degree classification.

The course has been designed to provide a practical-focused approach for the personal and professional development of occupational therapists. It will be underpinned by the principles of empowerment, self-awareness and individual responsibility in order to prepare you to work within changing health and social care environments.

Reflecting the variety in the profession of occupational therapy, we offer variety in our teaching methods. Alongside traditional lectures you will participate in seminars, small workshops, problem based learning and practical workshops. The course is designed to develop your lifelong learning skills.

There are three practice placements totalling 29 weeks of full-time clinical practice, which are fully integrated into the course. They provide opportunities for you to develop professional competence and a professional identity in a range of health and social care settings.

The new Science & Health Building offers world-class facilities for simulation opportunities and skills training, including two community houses and a four-bedded ward providing a unique environment to develop your specialist skill set.

Studying a core option module at Level Three allows you to further advance your knowledge of a specialist area of practice.

Teaching methods include: workshops, interactive seminars, lectures, practice placements and online discussions.

An estimated percentage breakdown of how your final grade is assessed is as follows:

  • Placements: 30%
  • Coursework, tests, essays: 30%
  • Group work: 20%
  • Practical or project work: 10%
  • Presentations, posters: 10%

Achievement of learning outcomes in many of the taught modules is assessed by a combination of coursework assignments.

Award of a BSc (Hons) Occupational Therapy requires successful completion of all modules studied at Levels 1, 2 & 3.  Your degree classification is calculated using grades from Levels 2 & 3 of study. Candidates achieving a 70% average will be awarded a First Class degree. Candidates achieving a 60% average will be awarded an Upper Second Class degree. Candidates achieving a 50% average will be awarded a Lower Second Class degree. Candidates achieving a 40% average will be awarded a Third Class degree. Candidates failing to qualify for a BSc (Hons) may be awarded a Certificate of Higher Education for 120 credits in Level 1, or a Diploma of Higher Education for 240 credits by end of Level 2.

30% assessed by coursework, tests, essays

On completion of this course, you should be able to:

  • Practice as a safe, evidence-based, autonomous and enterprising occupational therapist, eligible to apply for registrations with the HCPC and membership of the Royal College of Occupational Therapists (RCOT).
  • Develop a range of higher order cognitive skills in order to be prepared for working in dynamic and diverse contexts of practice.
  • Evaluate your own therapeutic reasoning and practice in relation to person centred care and the unique contribution of occupational therapist in the context of service delivery.
  • Understand the multi-faceted nature of health and ill health and the impact these factors can have on wellbeing and occupational behaviour.
  • Be responsible for appraising your own continuing professional development to actively engage in lifelong learning.
  • Explore issues related to achieving effective and appropriate inter-professional working practice in order to improve the quality of care for patients and/or clients.
  • Investigate the use of evidence and policy frameworks to implement change and improve services for clients and your career.

In a typical week you will have up to 16 'contact' hours of teaching. In your first year of study this generally breaks down as follows:

  • Medium group teaching: 15 hours of seminars each week.
  • Large group teaching: 3 hours of lectures

In Levels 2 & 3 there will be small group teaching (3-8 hours) within an option module and research sets (Level 3), and problem based learning (Level 2).

In addition, you will be expected to undertake a minimum of 20 hours of self-directed study each week, e.g. working on course assignments and small group work. There will also be clinical skills workshops in preparation for clinical practice placements, which include moving and handling, CPR and hand washing.

As a course team and as a university, we are committed to ensuring a variety of international opportunities for our students. These occur in a variety of formats with well-established connections which allows opportunity for all students to practically engage in at least one international experience throughout their time on the course.

We offer placement opportunities abroad in Levels 2 and 3. There is an online discussion forum with occupational therapy students across the globe at Level 3. IC4Life allows an opportunity for students to study a module with international students abroad. In addition, we have voluntary opportunities for students to participate in charitable projects across the world, including most recently Malawi and Lithuania.

Global ready

Did you know we help more students travel internationally than any other UK university according to data from the experts in higher education data and analysis, HESA?

In 2015/16, we were able to provide a total of 2101 experiences abroad that lasted at least five days, 76% of which were our own organised trips for undergraduates and 23% from postgraduate travel.

Much of this travel is made possible through our Global Leaders Programme, which enables students to prepare for the challenges of the global employment market, as well as strengthening and developing their broader personal and professional skills.

Explore our international experiences

1st for

international experiences

Sending more students overseas than any other UK uni (HESA)


Student experiences

The number of student trips abroad for at least 5 days in 2015/16


and counting

The number of students we’ve helped travel internationally so far


global programmes

As well as trips, we offer other opportunities like language courses

What our students say...

The variety of the placements have been really interesting and helped me to develop my skills and confidence.

Liz Wicks

What our students say...

The variety of the placements have been really interesting and helped me to develop my skills and confidence.

Liz Wicks

Tuition Fees

We pride ourselves on offering competitive tuition fees which we review on an annual basis and offer a wide range of scholarships to support students with their studies. Course fees are calculated on the basis of what it costs to teach each course and we aim for total financial transparency.

For more information, please visit our Finance pages.



September 2018

£9,250 (per year)


If you're a truly outstanding undergraduate candidate we may be able to offer you a Coventry University Scholarship.

Coventry University Scholarships are awarded to recognise truly exceptional sports achievement and academic excellence.



September 2018

£9,250 (per year)


For the September 2018 intake we're investing in a range of EU Academic Excellence scholarships for high achieving and enterprising students. Fulfil your potential this academic year with Coventry University!



September 2018

£14,850 (per year)


For the September 2018 intake we're investing in a wide range of Academic Excellence scholarships for high achieving and enterprising international students. Fulfil your potential this academic year with Coventry University!

Course essentials at no extra cost

We're committed to communicating study costs clearly to make sure you're not faced with having to make any unexpected payments.

This is why our ‘Flying Start’ package provides you with a few course essentials. Your full-time fee for an undergraduate degree will cover the following:

UK field trips

Any mandatory site visits and trips within the United Kingdom.

Key material

This can include core textbooks, software and equipment.

Laser prints

1,000 A4 sides of black and white laser printing credits per year.

Optional year

Pay no tuition fees for optional work placements or study abroad trips.

What our students say...

The variety of the placements have been really interesting and helped me to develop my skills and confidence.

Liz Wicks

Career prospects

We are proud of our students who seek to become high quality Occupational Therapists with an understanding and experience of the variety of contexts in which they will work.

Staff are proud that the course is ranked 8th (Complete University Guide 2019), and has a student satisfaction score of 96% (NSS, 2017).

In offering three assessed practice placements, students have over 29 weeks of practice experience, and placements occur in a variety of settings (NHS, social care, charitable organisations and private practice). You will be supported by practice educators whose supervision facilitates and enables your development as a rounded professional.

On successful completion of this course you will be eligible to apply to register with the HCPC as a registered Occupational Therapist.


of our graduates are in work or further study six months after the course

DHLE 2014/15


Our graduates earn an average salary of £22,000 six months after the course (DHLE 2014/15)

What our students say...

After graduating in 2010, I started working as a Band 5 Occupational Therapist in a rotational post at my local hospital trust. Arriving on that first day, I had confidence that the course had equipped me with the right practical skills, theoretical knowledge and placement experience to succeed. I progressed into a band 6 role in Paediatrics, using my knowledge of evidenced-based practice to create a motor skills programmes for schools across the county. Throughout my studies at Coventry University, I was impressed with the knowledge, passion and support of the lecturers. I always felt that I, as an individual, mattered to them. I’m proud to say that I have now joined the teaching team and look forward to continuing that ethos.

Jo Mason, former student, now lecturer in Occupational Therapy

By accepting your offer of a place and enrolling with us, a Student Contract will be formed between you and the University. The Contract will detail your rights and the obligations you will be bound by during your time as a student and will contain the obligations that the University will owe to you. We encourage you to read the Contract before you accept an offer of a place and before you enrol at the University. A copy of the 18/19 Contract can be found here.