Occupational Therapy

BSc (Hons)

Key facts

Start dates

September 2023 / September 2024

Course length

Full time: 3 years


Headington (Marston Road site)


Department of Sport, Health Sciences and Social Work


Occupational therapy (OT) involves enhancing the daily lives of people with a broad range of physical, mental health and social needs. As an occupational therapist you will work with people of all ages, to improve their wellbeing and quality of life.

Our Occupational Therapy degree will equip you with the skills to practise as a competent occupational therapist, in a wide variety of health and social care environments.

Your studies will cover:

  • occupational therapy theory
  • occupational therapy practice
  • components of the biological, behavioural, social and medical sciences.

This course will teach you to assess the living skills and occupations of clients. You will use this information to improve how they move around their environment.

You will gain real world experience. We have a clinic where you can watch patients being treated by a qualified occupational therapist.

Six months after qualifying, 90% of students are employed in a professional role with an average salary of £22,000.

Specific entry requirements

GCSE: Grade 4 (C) in English, Maths and Science. For English and Maths, Level 2 Functional Skills are accepted as alternatives to GCSEs.

We strongly recommend that you seek the opportunity to observe an OT working either in hospital setting or community before applying to the University.

Personal qualities and work experience are also taken into consideration if you meet the academic entry requirements. Preference will be given to those candidates who show an understanding of the demands of completing a degree and the resilience necessary to work in as a health care professional. All applicants are invited to take part in a group interview as part of the selection process.

Securing a place is subject to both a satisfactory DBS and an Occupational Health clearance. If neither clearance has been completed prior to enrolment nor a DBS issue has been declared on application, then enrolment may not be possible.

If enrolment has been agreed, then continuation on the programme will be contingent on satisfactory clearances.