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Occupational Therapy

BSc (Hons)

School - School of Health Sciences

Subject area - Radiography and Occupational Therapy

UCAS Code: B920

Start Date(s): September


Three years full-time


UK - £9,250 per year

International - £15,960 per year

In Brief:

  • The course is approved by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and accredited by the Royal College of Occupational Therapists (RCOT)
  • Excellent student support and recognised good practice within teaching and learning
  • Strong links with service users, clinical experts and industry partners, meaning we have a excellent reputation for training occupational therapists who are able to meet the demands of current clinical practice
  • Highly skilled staff with a range of clinical backgrounds, involvement with professional boards and committees, national and international conference presentations and accreditation with the Higher Education Academy Board
  • Clinical placement opportunity
  • International students can apply

Course Summary

This course is available with a Health Care Foundation Year

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 approval by the Health and Care Professions Council, this course is also accredited by the Royal 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, with all practice placements also running full-time Monday to Friday.

We consistently receive very positive student feedback about our programme, and we're pleased to say that in the Complete University Guide 2019 rankings our Occupational Therapy course has jumped to 15th place nationally.

“I just want to say thank you for providing such an amazing placement with Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service, I have enjoyed every minute and have learned so much. Thanks again for having such an important placement as part of the role emerging. The information and knowledge we have taken from this will change our practice."

Gillian Cooke, part-time 4th year student

Awards and Accreditation

Course Details

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:

  • Person/occupation/environment
  • Therapeutic and professional relationships
  • Occupational therapy process
  • Professional reasoning
  • Behaviour and contexts of practice.

The importance of evidence based practice within occupational therapy practice is emphasised throughout the course.

Year 1

Within this module you will develop a basic understanding of foundation concepts within occupational therapy and prepare for Practice Placement 1 (4 weeks duration).  Models of practice, intervention and assessment skills are introduced within the context of the occupational therapy process.
This module aims to introduce the concept of being a health and social care professional.  You will start to explore factors that influence practitioner and service user interactions and become familiar with issues such as moving and handling, infection control and safeguarding.
You will consider key elements of the basic sciences and their relationship to occupational therapy practice, human function and dysfunction and factors that impact on engagement with occupations across the lifespan.    Factors that affect occupational participation and performance will be explored as will principles of service user engagement and the significance of service user perspectives.
Basic skills of research and evidence based practice will be introduced as will their relevance to occupational therapy practice.
This is a practice placement block of 4 weeks.

Year 2

This module aims to provide an understanding of the importance of occupation for human health and well-being, the complex nature of occupations and to be able to analyse and understand the relationship between occupation, person and environment.  You will develop skills in preparation for practice placement 2 which lasts for 4 weeks and fits within this module.  An  understanding of the Person Environment Occupation model will also be gained.
The aim of this module is to enable you to apply and critically appraise commonly used models of practice.
You will apply elements of the research process to a range of professional scenarios that are relevant to occupational therapists.
Within this module you will recognise, evaluate and apply the core skills of an occupational therapist in practice, develop advanced communication skills, appraise the value of the therapeutic relationship in engaging service users and apply a culture of compassionate care.
This is a practice placement block of 6 weeks.

Year 3

This module aims to support theoretical understanding of occupational therapy concepts, philosophy and core skills in complex and diverse settings.  You will also learn to apply and promote occupational therapy concepts, philosophy and core skills using the evidence base for practice within a placement setting.
This module will facilitate critical application of the research process to a specific topic relevant to occupational therapy practice.
Within this 6 week placement you will work within an organization that does not have an established occupational therapy role and will identify a potential emerging role for occupational therapy.  You will negotiate and where appropriate, apply elements of an occupational therapy service to individuals or groups within the setting.
Critically evaluate Health and Social care Services in the context of current government policy with a focus on the service received by the client within the multidisciplinary team, reflect upon professional development and prepare for employment.

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Occupational Therapy at the University of Salford, UK

Entry Requirements

Qualification Entry requirements
You must fulfil our GCSE entry requirements as well as one of the requirements listed below.
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, 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 A minimum of 120 UCAS points to include specific subjects access to health, or health science or Allied Health

Salford Alternative Entry Scheme (SAES)

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.

English Language Requirements

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.

Applicant profile

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. You are strongly advised to visit at least two clinical occupational therapy departments before applying in order to be able to demonstrate 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.

Fees and Funding


Fees 2019-20

Type of Study Fee
Full-time £9,250 per year
Full-time International £15,960 per year

Fees 2018-19

Type of Study Fee
Full-time £9,250 per year
Full-time International £15,480 per year

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.

For international students who undertake a placement, there will be an additional placement fee in the region of £2,000.


You will experience a range of teaching methods such as:

  • Keynote lecture
  • Enquiry Based Learning
  • Seminars
  • Tutorials
  • Reading, practical activities
  • Guided study and teaching each other

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.

The Occupational Therapy team at the University also work closely with the Institute of Dementia at their new Dementia Hub. The brand new Hub, opened in May 2017, features a dementia friendly garden, a visitors’ centre designed to look as much as possible like a home, and will be a base for the University’s dementia associates. The centre also contains a special kitchen built to demonstrate the latest dementia friendly designs, with a glass fronted fridge and cupboards as well as other design features such as colour cues to help people with dementia understand the environment.

People with dementia and their carers can visit the Hub to take part in activities such as gardening and dance and to get guidance from others who have experienced the condition, while researchers from across the University will also be able to work there. As a student you'll benefit from gaining insight into the research but also practically from the facilities and activities offered by the Hub.

Contact hours

Normally there will be an average of 18 hours per week face to face contact.

This is complemented study time, which includes directed study tasks, research and independent study.

Teaching staff

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. Find out more about our current research on our Centre for Health Sciences Research webpages.


  • Written exam
  • Written assessments
  • Viva/Oral presentation

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.

Career Prospects

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.

Alumni Profile

“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 student, I 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

Links with Industry

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.

Placement Opportunities

There is the opportunity to apply for an overseas placement on this course.

Further Study


Rehabilitation flat

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:

  • Specialist knives and adapted cutlery
  • Utensil holders and openers
  • Non-slip mats and reachers
  • A variety of dressing aids
  • Bath lift and grab rail

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.


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