UCAS Code: B920
International Code: HLSU199
Coventry University (Coventry)
3 years full-time
Occupational therapists have the privilege of working with people of all ages, helping them to participate in occupations that hold personal meaning and value to them.
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Occupational therapists can empower individuals, groups and communities to participate in the everyday occupations that are central to their health and wellbeing, to their sense of who they are, and to the life they want to lead. They work in partnership with people across the lifespan in a range of circumstances to address the barriers that prevent them from engaging in the everyday activities that they want and need to do.
This course aims to provide you with the knowledge, skills and experience required for an occupational therapist, through academic study and professional practice placements (help searching for a placement is provided by the university).* You will explore the power of occupation to transform people’s lives and be supported to develop a professional approach that is compassionate and respectful. You will be encouraged to think in creative and critical ways to give you the opportunity to develop sustainable solutions to complex problems, and you will also have the opportunity to develop effective leadership and communication skills.
Successful completion of our Occupational Therapy BSc (Hons) will provide you with an academic qualification, and eligibility to apply for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council to seek practise as an occupational therapist (application, availability, meeting any applicable visa requirements, membership and registration fees/additional fees may apply). Our course is also accredited by the Royal College of Occupational Therapists (RCOT) for the 2022/2023 intake, and successful completion therefore confers eligibility to apply for membership of the RCOT and the World Federation of Occupational Therapists which can assist you to make the most of national and global professional opportunities (application, availability, meeting any applicable visa requirements, membership and registration fees/additional fees may also apply).
Please see the Accreditation and Professional Recognition section and the HCPC and RCOT websites for further information
Upon successful completion, our course aims to help develop you in being flexible and adaptable in response to evolving healthcare provision, whilst upholding professional standards of practice - key skills of an occupational therapist
Your learning experience through academic study and professional practice placements is designed to support you to adopt the professional values and behaviours expected of an occupational therapist such as empowering service users, collaborative working, ethical decision-making, and delivering and evaluating interventions based upon the best available evidence.
Throughout the course you will also be supported to take responsibility for your personal and professional development, for example through discussions with your Academic and Personal Tutor, opportunities for reflection, and supervision with your professional practice educators. The skills you should develop are intended to lay the foundations for your continuing professional development throughout your potential future occupational therapy career following graduation.
A distinctive feature of our course is our approach to teaching and learning. Our state-of-the-art simulation facilities in the Alison Gingell Building will enable you the opportunity to practise occupational therapy skills in realistic settings. We are proud of our creative approach to assessment which aims to provide you with varied opportunities to demonstrate knowledge and skills in areas relevant to practice. Service user involvement in the teaching and learning process provides you with the chance for real-world experience and feedback. There are also opportunities for collaborative learning with students undertaking other professional healthcare courses at Coventry University.
Our strong focus on employability means that career options for our graduates are excellent. Upon successful completion, a degree in occupational therapy can open the door to a wide range of rewarding career options.
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This course is accredited and recognised by the following bodies:
Successful completion of our BSc (Hons) Occupational Therapy provides you with an academic qualification, and eligibility to apply for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council to practise as an occupational therapist (additional fees may apply). Please visit the HCPC website for further information.
Our course is also accredited by the Royal College of Occupational Therapists (RCOT) for the 2022/2023 intake and successful completion therefore confers eligibility to apply for membership of the RCOT and the World Federation of Occupational Therapists which can assist you to make the most of national and global professional opportunities (application, availability, meeting any applicable visa requirements. membership and registration fees/additional fees may also apply). Please visit the RCOT and WFOT website for further information.
When enrolled on the course, you are eligible to become a student member of the Royal College of Occupational Therapists (subject to application and additional costs may apply).
If the accreditation of this course changes, we will notify applicants and students as soon as possible.
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Studying occupational therapy at Coventry University as a mature student has been simply life changing! 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.
The first year aims to develop your understanding of the fundamentals of Occupational Therapy, including human anatomy and physiology and the importance of Occupation to an individual’s identity and wellbeing.
This module aims to introduce you to the basic sciences of anatomy, physiology and psychology. It explores how these sciences form the person and underpin their occupational performance. This module is designed to support you to understand typical human development in order to lay the foundations to understand dysfunction.
This module aims to introduce you to the core concepts and theoretical underpinnings of the occupational therapy profession. Through interactive and experiential learning, you will be encouraged to reflect on your own occupational and professional identity as a foundation for your potential future practice following graduation. Successful completion of this module should enable you to learn to recognise fundamental professional behaviours and understand the implications of these behaviours through practical application.
This module aims to enable you to become an independent, evidence-informed, lifelong learner. It will introduce you to the basic principles of gathering, appraising, interpreting and applying evidence to support your learning and professional development. In addition, study skills will be a feature within the module, which aim to help to support effective academic practice. The module will also introduce you to the principles underpinning research and evidence-informed practice in the context of occupational therapy.
This module continues to introduce you to the basic sciences of anatomy, physiology and psychology and aims to consolidate your learning and knowledge. It will continue to explore how these sciences form the person and underpin their occupational performance. This module is designed to support you to understand typical human development in order to lay the foundations to understand dysfunction.
This module aims to develop your knowledge and understanding of the social, politico-economic, cultural and environmental factors that influence individual and community health and wellbeing. The module will draw upon key international, national and local initiatives to support your learning.
This module is designed to build upon the theoretical foundations of occupational therapy practice introduced in previous modules. You will explore how occupational therapy practice models underpin the profession’s unique occupational perspective. Upon successful completion of this module you should be able to articulate how this perspective drives the process of occupational therapy. Through interactive and experiential learning, you should develop the necessary skills to deliver occupation-centred assessment, planning, intervention and evaluation.
This module provides you with the opportunity for your first professional practice-based learning experience (8 weeks), which is sourced for you by the university. It enables you the opportunity to further understand the role of the occupational therapist and their contribution to the multi-disciplinary team and inter-professional working.
In year two you will explore the importance of evidence-informed practice in occupational therapy and should build on your understanding of the significant difference occupational therapists make in the quality of life of service users. You will further have the chance to develop your theoretical understanding and practical application of occupational therapy practice.
This module aims to build on your learning from year one to provide you with the opportunity to enhance your skills for occupational therapy practice. You will have the chance to continue to develop your therapeutic skills, professional identity and your therapeutic use of self which should enable you to be able to work with individuals, groups and communities across all sectors of health, social care and contemporary contexts following graduation. In addition, you will have the opportunity to broaden your understanding and application of a range of professional skills and reasoning in order to give you the opportunity to enhance person-centred practice.
This enquiry-based module aims to build on your previous learning to provide you with the opportunity to enhance the application of theory, reasoning and decision-making to all stages of the occupational therapy process. Case scenarios will be utilised to enable you the opportunity to identify and articulate the contribution of occupational therapists across the breadth of occupational therapy practice and service delivery and consider your professional values.
This module aims to enable you to apply the theoretical knowledge, ethical principles and evidence informed skills that should have been developed in the Foundations of Evidence-Informed Practice module to clinical settings. You will explore how to design and justify your own empirical or literature-based study, relevant to occupational therapy and/or occupational science, with the chance to demonstrate the application of sound ethical reasoning. To achieve this, you will be introduced to a diverse range of approaches to research, reviews and audits (qualitative, quantitative and participatory) and relevant health and social care policy and legislation. This module aims to encourage you to explore how your profession specific core values and beliefs can complement those of other health and social care professions, drawing on differing research traditions.
This 10-week practice-based module aims to enable you to build on the practice experience undertaken in your first year. This placement, which is sourced for you by the university, will provide an opportunity for you to continue your professional development in a new practice environment. You will have had the opportunity to reflect on knowledge and professional skills gained during your first placement and will be expected to demonstrate transference of these skills. The emphasis will be on clinical reasoning, reflective practice and the application of theory into practice. You will be required to demonstrate increased responsibility for evaluating your practice learning and professional development. Your learning process will be supported by a briefing and de-briefing.
This module aims to consolidate your understanding of the unique contribution occupational therapists make in the maintenance and/or restoration of health and wellbeing of service users. This should enable you to clearly articulate the multifaceted nature of the profession considering both entrepreneurial and intrapreneurial opportunities. National and global political drivers relating to health and wellbeing will be explored and you will consider how these may influence professional identity and employability.
In the final year you will be encouraged to look at how to prepare for entering the workplace as a qualified occupational therapist upon graduation (and registration with the HCPC). You will study leadership and management in an occupational therapy context and have the opportunity to choose from a range of option modules to study an aspect of occupational therapy of particular interest to you.
This module aims to increase your confidence and competence throughout the recruitment process with particular attention to communication skills. On successful completion of this module, you should be equipped with the skills to pursue the career option of a graduate occupational therapist. The aim of this module is to give you the opportunity to appraise and critique your own employability skills and unique professional identity within the wider practice context.
This 10-week practice-based module, which is sourced for you by the university, will provide you with an opportunity to continue your professional development in a new practice environment. You will have had the opportunity to reflect on knowledge and professional skills gained during Level 4 and 5 placements and will be expected to demonstrate transference of these skills. The emphasis will be on clinical reasoning, reflective practice and the application of theory into practice. You will be required to demonstrate increased responsibility for evaluating your practice learning and professional development.
This module provides you with the opportunity to undertake an in-depth exploration in an area of professional interest. On successful completion of this module, you should have an enhanced understanding of the research process (either literature-based or empirical) and the potential of informing future practice following graduation.
This module aims to support the development of the leadership behaviours and management skills required to function effectively by a newly qualified registered healthcare professional working within the multi-professional team in the delivery of high-quality care.
Assessment: coursework and group presentation
Choose ONE option module from the list below. These modules are designed to equip you to adapt occupational therapy practice in creative ways to address occupational challenges faced by diverse or marginalised populations. Each module aims to introduce you to the specialist skills, techniques and interventions employed by occupational therapists in their specialist fields:
Occupational Therapy - Children, Young People and Families (20 credits)
This module aims to equip you to adapt occupational therapy practice in creative ways to address occupational challenges faced by diverse or marginalised populations. It aims to extend your knowledge and understanding of child and adolescent development and enable evaluation of occupational therapy provision with children, young people and their families. It offers you the opportunity to deepen your understanding of the occupations, opportunities and challenges encountered by the developing young person and to explore and evaluate occupational therapy models, approaches and intervention techniques which best meet their needs. Within the module you will critically evaluate the contemporary and contextual issues for occupational therapy practice with children and young people to equip you with the knowledge and skills for their future employment.
Occupational Therapy - Design for Living (20 credits)
This module aims to equip you to adapt occupational therapy practice in creative ways to address occupational challenges faced by diverse or marginalised populations. The module aims to introduce you to the concept of ‘Design for Living’ that encompasses the design of accessible environments, products and equipment in the context of inclusive design. Specific issues around the design of the home and assistive technology will be included. Using an enquiry-based approach, emphasis is on the development of practical and problem-solving skills required for occupational therapists involved in the home design process. You will choose assistive technology solutions suitable for a range of individuals with a variety of occupational needs.
Occupational Therapy - Hand Therapy and Orthotics (20 credits)
This module aims to equip you to adapt occupational therapy practice in creative ways to address occupational challenges faced by diverse or marginalised populations. This module aims to introduce you to the specialist skills, techniques and interventions employed by occupational therapists in the field of hand therapy and orthotics. The module will address key areas of knowledge including anatomy and physiology, aetiology, assessment, interventions, principles and practice of static orthotics. It is a practical module aimed at developing clinical competencies and a critical approach to working in this speciality underpinned by theoretical knowledge.
Occupational Therapy - Neurology (20 credits)
This module aims to equip you to adapt occupational therapy practice in creative ways to address occupational challenges faced by diverse or marginalised populations. The module builds upon the foundation material provided by level one and two studies. It aims to extend your knowledge of those experiencing occupational performance deficits owing to a neurological condition and will include normal movement, disorders of motor control, cognition, perception, behaviour and central nervous system function and dysfunction. In addition, the module will provide theoretical background to practical experience. This module will expand upon the principles underpinning the approaches adopted by occupational therapists working with this service user group. The module will aim to contextualise the approaches in relation to the occupational challenges which a person with a neurological difficulty might present. The occupational performance components that will be considered are physical, psychological, cognitive, social and perceptual. The module will combine theoretical principles with practical application and critique of past and present research evidence.
Occupational Therapy - Older People (20 credits)
This module aims to equip you to adapt occupational therapy practice in creative ways to address occupational challenges faced by diverse or marginalised populations. It aims to extend your knowledge and understanding of the experience of ageing and enable evaluation of occupational therapy provision with older people. It offers you an opportunity to reflect on the opportunities and challenges associated with later life and to critically analyse the contribution of occupational therapy to the promotion and maintenance of wellbeing in older age.
You will develop an understanding of the social, political and cultural dimensions of working with this client group and how these may impact upon the provision of occupational therapy services. You will have opportunity to develop knowledge and therapeutic skills that may be used to help maximise independence and empowerment of older people.
Occupational Therapy - Pulmonary Rehabilitation (20 credits)
This module aims to equip you to adapt occupational therapy practice in creative ways to address occupational challenges faced by diverse or marginalised populations. This module will explore the challenges to occupational performance encountered by people who have long term respiratory conditions. You will also explore the role of occupational therapy working within a pulmonary rehabilitation programme. The module will introduce you to common respiratory conditions and examine how assessments, interventions and outcome measures are utilised in pulmonary rehabilitation programmes. Common interventions such as relaxation techniques and energy conservation strategies will be studied, you will investigate strategies to optimise occupational participation and performance for people with respiratory disease. You will apply this knowledge to develop and critique effective assessments and interventions for clients attending pulmonary rehabilitation services.
We regularly review our course content, to make it relevant and current for the benefit of our students. For these reasons, course modules may be updated.
Teaching and learning at Coventry University has been designed to support you to actively engage in learning and learning activities. This aims to ensure that learning is applied with problems and activities as a stimulus for learning, that students have the opportunity to interact regularly with staff and peers, and that content is designed to be inclusive and accessible to all.
Blended learning approaches and problem-based learning together with formal lectures aim to encourage you to explore theory and research during self-directed study time and aim to help facilitate your development as an independent lifelong learner. You will be fully supported in these ways of learning through the use of comprehensive study guides and resource lists. Theory should be applied and practical skills should be developed during simulation activity, seminars and practical workshops in groups of around 25 students.
There are three professional practice placements* totalling around 28 weeks of full-time clinical practice, which are integrated throughout the course. These provide opportunities for you to develop professional competence and a professional identity in a range of health and social care settings.
You will also have an academic personal tutor assigned to you for academic and pastoral support throughout your course.
In a typical teaching week you will have around 15-20 contact hours of teaching. The majority of this will be either seminars or practical workshops, supplemented with some lectures and online teaching. In addition, you will be expected to undertake a further 15-20 hours minimum of self-directed study each week.
This course uses varied assessment methods, moving away from the traditional written exams, to assess you in an authentic way reflecting the challenges faced in the clinical context and allowing you the opportunity to demonstrate your creativity and digital fluency. Assessment methods may include placement competencies, coursework, digital portfolios, practical assessments, reports, group work elements, and presentations/posters.
The Coventry University Group assessment strategy ensures our courses are fairly assessed and allows us to monitor student progression towards achieving the intended learning outcomes.
The teaching and learning approaches used within the course aim to allow you to develop a wide range of practical and academic skills required to meet the expanding role and diverse career pathways of occupational therapists within the contemporary healthcare setting upon graduation. For example, you will have a choice of option modules in final year to give you the chance to develop skills in a specialist area of practice.
Your three professional practice placements* provide opportunities for you to develop professional competence and a professional identity in a range of health and social care settings.
The occupational therapy course team is committed to preparing you for your future career and giving you a competitive edge in the graduate job market. Throughout the course you will have the chance to record your learning experiences in an e-portfolio which aims to provide a foundation for a professional lifelong learning commitment, and the opportunity to fulfil one of the requirements of the Health and Care Professions Council, with the aim of enhancing employability upon successful completion.
The final year modules are designed to facilitate your preparation for potential entry into the occupational therapy profession upon graduation. A dedicated module exploring employability aims to help to equip you with the skills needed to secure your potential first job and flourish professionally within public, private or third sector organisations upon graduation. We usually hold an annual occupational therapy Careers Fair which aims to allow you to explore the career opportunities following graduation and, in some cases, apply and be interviewed there and then. Your assigned academic personal tutor is also available to advice on your future career decisions.
You are encouraged to consider your potential contribution to the wider global community, with opportunities to take part in international activities such as online international learning events, field trips and international exchanges in Europe and further afield.
Typical offer for 2022 entry.
|Requirement||What we're looking for|
|A level||BBB - CCC (Excludes General Studies).|
|GCSE||Minimun 5 GCSEs graded 9-4 / A* - C including English Language and Mathematics, or specified equivelant. Evidence of recent study is desirable.|
|BTEC||DMM in a Health & Social Care related diploma.|
|Other||Access to Health & Social Care (or other related programme) with a minimun of 36 credits as Merit or Distinction.|
|International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme||29 points to include 16 points at Higher level|
We recognise a breadth of qualifications, speak to one of out advisers today to find out how we can help you.
Required work experience: A minimum of two days occupational therapy work experience is required by 31 July.
All eligible candidates are interviewed following review of their qualifications, academic reference and personal statement. The interview has group and one-to-one elements.
A level applicants are required to have three A levels. In some courses it may be necessary for entrants to have passed specific A levels in nominated subjects.
The Access Diploma in a health-related subject to include 36 Level 3 credits at Merit or Distinction.
We welcome applicants who have completed, or who are studying, the Access to HE Diploma developed by the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA). Successful completion of the course will require you to gain 60 credits with at least 45 to be achieved at Level 3 (with the remainder at Level 2). In some cases we will require you to have gained Merit or Distinction grades in a number of units or in nominated subjects. For more information on the entry requirements for your chosen course please see the relevant course pages.
BTEC Level 3 Diplomas
The University will accept the BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma for entry to most courses. In some cases we will require applicants to have studied either certain named modules or a specific named Diploma. The appropriate course page will have full information on the entry requirements. The University also accepts the BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma and BTEC Level 3 Diploma for entry to degree programmes, provided that they are studied in combination with other qualifications that provide a total volume of study that is equivalent to three A2 levels. For example, you could be studying a BTEC Level 3 Diploma plus an A2 level, or a BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma plus two A2 levels. Where a specific A2 or BTEC subject is required for entry then you must be offering this as part of your combination of qualifications.
Select your region to find detailed information about entry requirements:
You can view our full list of country specific entry requirements on our Entry requirements page.
Alternatively, visit our International hub for further advice and guidance on finding in-country agents and representatives, joining our in-country events and how to apply.
If you don't meet the English language requirements, you can achieve the level you need by successfully completing a pre-sessional English programme before you start your course.
For more information on our approved English language tests visit our English language requirements page.
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.
|Full time||Part time|
|UK|| 2022/23 fees TBC*
2021/22 fees - £9,250 per year
|International|| 2022/23 fees TBC*
2021/22 fees - £17,700 per year
Our multi-million-pound Alison Gingell Building features a range of mock healthcare settings, including hospital wards, ambulance, therapy suites and community houses, giving you the opportunity to replicate real-life situations before you go on placement.
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.
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.
Our multi-purpose suite is equipped with multiple Olympic lifting platforms, a 20m gait analysis track, an anti-gravity treadmill and even a 3D motion capture system!
There is strong demand and excellent employment options for occupational therapists. Our courses are developed collaboratively with key stakeholders including practice partners and service users with the aim of producing graduates with the knowledge and practical skills desired by potential employers.
On graduation, you will be eligible to apply for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council allowing you the opportunity to work as an occupational therapist in the UK (please note registration is subject to application, availability, meeting any applicable visa requirements, membership/registration and additional fees may apply). Please visit the Accreditation and Professional Recognition section and the HCPC website for further information.
The expanding role of the occupational therapist within both the public, charity and private sectors offers many career pathways within the NHS, social care, industry, community settings, and the private, independent and voluntary sectors. Our placement opportunities* throughout the course aim to reflect these diverse options. Upon successful completion, your qualification may also allow you to apply for overseas accreditation to work abroad**. Our course aims to provide international learning experiences* to help prepare you for the global employment market as well as strengthen and develop your broader personal and professional skills upon successful completion.
**Acceptance of HCPC accreditation to practise overseas is determined by the individual countries and may change over time.
Our previous occupational therapy graduates have gone on to work in a range of professional roles, in the NHS, social services, charities and private companies in the UK and around the world.
Full-time students applying to start in September should apply for this course through UCAS. Part-time students should apply directly to the university. Read our application pages to find out your next steps to apply.
If you'd like further support or more information about your course get in touch with us today.
Full-time students applying to start in September should apply directly to the university. Read our application pages to find out your next steps to apply.How to apply
For further support for international applicants applying for an undergraduate degree view our International hub.
You can also download our International Guide which contains lots of useful information about our courses, accommodation, tips for travel and guidance on how to apply.
If you'd like further support or more information about your course get in touch with us today.
By accepting your offer of a place and enrolling with us, a Student Contract will be formed between you and the university. A copy of the 2021/22 Contract can be found here. The Contract details your rights and the obligations you will be bound by during your time as a student and contains the obligations that the university will owe to you. You should read the Contract before you accept an offer of a place and before you enrol at the university.
The tuition fee for the course that is stated on the course webpage and in the prospectus for the first year of study will apply. We will review our tuition fees each year. For UK and EU students, if Parliament permit an increase in tuition fees, we may increase fees for each subsequent year of study in line with any such changes. Note that any increase is expected to be in line with inflation. Following the UK’s exit from the European Union, EU students should be aware that there may be a change to UK laws following the UK’s exit, this may change their student status, their eligibility to study part time, and/or their eligibility for student finance. We will act in accordance with the UK’s laws in force in relation to student tuition fees and finance from time to time.
For International students the tuition fee that is stated on the course webpage and in the prospectus for the first year of study will apply. We will review our tuition fees each year. For international students, we may increase fees for each subsequent year of study but such increases will be no more than 5% above inflation.
The majority of our courses have been formally recognised by professional bodies, which means the courses have been reviewed and tested to ensure they reach a set standard. In some instances, studying on an accredited course can give you additional benefits such as exemptions from professional exams (subject to availability, fees may apply). Accreditations, partnerships, exemptions and memberships shall be renewed in accordance with the relevant bodies’ standard review process and subject to the university maintaining the same high standards of course delivery.
Facilities mentioned on this page may not be relevant for every course. Due to the ongoing restrictions relating to COVID-19, some facilities (including some teaching and learning spaces) and some non-academic offerings (particularly in relation to international experiences), may vary from those advertised and may have reduced availability or restrictions on their use.
Please note that we are unable to guarantee any placement or study abroad opportunities and that all such opportunities may be subject to additional costs (e.g. travel, visas and accommodation etc.), competitive application, availability and/or meeting any applicable visa requirements. To ensure that you fully understand the requirements in this regard, please contact the International Office for further details if you are an EU or International student.
This course may incur additional costs associated with any field trips, placements or work experience, study abroad opportunities or any other opportunity (whether required or optional), which could include (but is not limited to), equipment, materials, bench fees, studio or facilities hire, travel, accommodation and visas).