A Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) approved course facilitating eligibility to register with the HCPC
Excellent student support and recognised good practice within teaching and learning
Designed to equip you with the knowledge and skills for the current demands of the workplace
Occupational therapists work with people from a wide range of backgrounds and cultures and across all age groups, helping them to cope with a variety of physical and psychological problems. Occupational therapists work with a person to consider how their physical health, mental health and social environment affect their ability to carry out daily living activities such as personal care, domestic tasks, socialising, leisure and work.
In addition to the Health and Care Professions Council, this course is also accredited by the College of Occupational Therapists and the World Federation of Occupational Therapists.
You will combine academic study with practice placements and develop a variety of professional and personal skills.
Attendance is Monday to Friday for the full-time course and Monday and Thursday for part-time. All practice placements run full-time Monday to Friday.
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Occupational Therapy at the University of Salford, UK
You will gain an understanding of function and dysfunction in the mind and body and the use of occupation in assessment and treatment of illness. You will also look at the societal and institutional contexts of illness and health, and ethical issues in health care delivery.
This course has five key themes:
The importance of evidence based practice within occupational therapy practice is emphasised throughout the course.
The details of the modules remain the same however the timing of modules is as below:
Foundation Principles of Occupational Therapy Practice (incorporates Practice Placement 1 for 4 weeks)
Experiencing Occupation through the Lifespan
Introduction to Collaborate Professional Practice
Evidence Based Practice and Research 1
Understanding People as Occupational Beings (incorporates Practice Placement 2 for 6 weeks)
Models of Occupational Therapy Practice
Evidence Based Practice and Research 2
Engaging Service Users in Occupational Therapy
Practice Placement 3 for 6 weeks
Exploring Contemporary Practice
Practice Placements 4 – Role emerging
Evidence Based Practice and Research 3
Competence in Practice (incorporates Practice Placement 5 for 8 weeks)
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.
|GCSE||Five GCSE subjects at grade C or above including English Language, Mathematics and preferably Dual Award Science or Biology/Physics or Chemistry. If you are in England and are taking GCSEs that are awarded from 2017 onwards, grade 4 will be required.|
|UCAS tariff points||120 points (points must be awarded in the same sitting)|
|GCE A level||Three A2s BBB, at least one from Human Biology, Biology, Psychology, Sociology preferred.|
|GCE A level double award||120 points, at least one from Human Biology, Biology, Psychology, Sociology preferred.|
|BTEC National Diploma||DDM in Health/Science related subjects|
|Scottish Highers||120 points, Science preferred|
|Irish Leaving Certificate||120 points, Science preferred|
|International Baccalaureate||32 points|
|Access to HE||60 credits overall with 45 at level 3 and 30 of those must be at distinction grade|
We welcome applications from students who may not meet the stated entry criteria but who can demonstrate their ability to pursue the course successfully. Once we have received your application we will assess it and recommend it for SAES if you are an eligible candidate.
The University offers two routes for entry under the scheme and applicants will be directed to the one appropriate for their course. As this course is part of the School of Health Sciences you will only be considered under Entry Route 1.
Find out more about the scheme here.
As part of the application process, you may be invited to an interview. The interview follows a values based approach informed by the NHS Constitution and the 6Cs of health care.
The interview session will consist of an individual 1:1 interview, group task and short written task. 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.
International applicants will be required to show a proficiency in English. An IELTS score of 6.5 (with no element below 6.0) is proof of this. If you need to improve your written and spoken English, you might be interested in our English language courses.
You should have relevant experience of working with people along with good communication skills and the ability to demonstrate an understanding of occupational therapy as a profession and the impact that illness and disability may have on a person's life. If you submit a satisfactory application you will be invited for interview. You are strongly advised to visit at least two clinical occupational therapy departments before applying in order to be able to demonstrate at application and interview an understanding of occupational therapy and to give examples of occupational therapists working in physical and mental health settings. Volunteering roles in relevant areas would also give a stronger profile for applicants.
You will experience a range of teaching methods such as:
You will also learn from taking part in practice placements and the contact you will have from clients, carers and other professionals in community and hospital settings.
Full-time: 18 hours per week face to face contact
Part-time: Nine hours per week face to face contact
This is complemented by independent study and research.
All staff who teach on this course have worked clinically as occupational therapists in a wide variety of settings, including internationally. There is an active research ethos across the department which informs the practice of occupational therapy in the clinical setting.
You will also be expected to submit a learning agreement after each placement, five in total, which includes reflections on practice and will be assessed by your placement educator.
As an occupational therapist you will have considerable scope for career development in clinical specialities, management, research and education. Occupational therapists are employed in a range of health and social care settings, in addition to working for employers such as prisons, litigation services, voluntary organisations and private practice.
Occupational therapists are qualified to work in a range of clinical environments such as paediatrics, older people, acute and long-term mental health settings and learning disability services. Alternatively you may develop your career into medico-legal work, management, education and research. In addition to the NHS and social services, employers include prisons, private hospitals, litigation services, voluntary and charitable organisations and private practice.
“The tutors on my course were incredibly passionate about what they do and were always on hand to offer help if I needed it. The mix of ages on my course was great. Being a mature studentI, was very nervous about studying again and appearing old, but the variety of ages and backgrounds on the course was fantastic and testament to Salford’s open approach to learning. I have now started my first job in the field since graduating, a ten bed male Psychiatric Intensive Care Unit! I'm excited to use all of my new skills and also start studying to be an educator to some new Salford students!”
Sophie McNeill, BSc (Hons) Occupational Therapy, 2015 graduate
An integral part of your learning will be provided by a series of five supervised placements amounting to over 1,000 hours in health and social care settings. These placements include hospital settings and community services. In addition to this you will have the opportunity to go on an innovative role emerging placement in your third year. These placements involve all students going to new organisations which promote professional development and facilitate innovation. Examples of role emerging placements include schools, charities and private organisations.
There is the opportunity to apply for an international placement on this course.
|Type of Study||Fee|
|Full-time||£9250 per year|
|Part-time||Your annual fee will be calculated pro rata to the full-time fee according to the number of credits you are studying.|
Students will be expected to pay approximately £30 for health clearance from their GP. Please note, the charge for health clearance is at the discretion of your GP and can range from £0 to £120. In addition, students may incur other expenses during placements. Costs are approximated based on the current academic year.
You should also consider further costs which may include books, stationery, printing, binding and general subsistence on trips and visits.
Please note: For applications for entry in September 2017 or later, there have been changes to the funding of fees and a bursary will no longer be available. Please see more information on the changes here.
A range of scholarships and bursaries are available to Home/EU and International students.
Further information is available at:
Our purpose built rehabilitation flat provides the opportunity to test occupational therapy skills within a secure environment.
The flat has a bathroom, kitchen and bedroom with a range of equipment and daily living aids such as:
The flat is used to demonstrate equipment and the way in which an occupational therapist may assist a client to learn a new way to perform an activity and maintain their independence
You will also have access to the occupational therapy resource room, equipment relating to ADL, splinting and personal care, and use of community resources for experiential learning.
B920 - Full-time (apply via UCAS), B972 - Part-time (apply direct to the University. 3 week application cycle starts 2nd week in October)
Start Dates: September
Three years full-time
Four years part-time (Monday and Thursday attendance between 9am-4pm)
Extra application information:
“We all encourage each other
At Salford doing OT
We work hard to achieve
It’s a very good place to be!
With knowledgeable tutors
And all of the support we require
We’re not spoon fed
But so many skills we’ve acquired
Prepared for the working world
We’ll do right by our clients
The study serves us well
We’re proud of our OT alliance!”Dwaipee Sarker Level 6