September 2024

Occupational Therapy BSc (Hons)

Honours Degree, September 2024

Key Details

  • B920 Course Code
  • 3 Years
  • 112 Typical UCAS Tariff

This course is subject to validation by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and accreditation by the Royal College of Occupational Therapists (RCOT).

Do you want to help people to live their best life? Using specialist skills, knowledge and behaviours Occupational Therapists support people of all ages to do the things they want to do whether that be at home, at school, at work or anywhere else!

The BSc (Hons) Occupational Therapy* will prepare you to practice confidently, competently and safely, making a difference to peoples lives across a variety of settings. Equipping you with the skills and knowledge required to rise to the diverse challenges faced by Occupational Therapists you will be encouraged to show initiative, demonstrate critical thinking and work flexibly.

Studying alongside other student health professionals within the School of Nursing and Allied Health, you will develop vital communication and interprofessional skills to enhance your practice and enrich person centred care.

The programme will develop your theoretical knowledge and practical skills within both the university, via state of the art simulation facilities and through a variety of practice environments.

On successful completion of the course*, you are eligible to apply for registration as an Occupational Therapist with the Health and Care Professions Council and apply for membership of the Royal College of Occupational Therapists.

* subject to validation and accreditation

  • The curriculum has been designed to reflect the dynamic and evolving role of the Occupational Therapist.
  • With our commitment to inter-professional learning, you will learn from and with other health care professionals to enhance your practice and person centred care.
  • You will learn from a highly experienced and passionate teaching team who will provide support you to help you to achieve your ambition.
  • We work with a number of practice partners to give you essential practical experience across a range of settings.
  • You will benefit from our new clinical skills suite including a state-of-the-art immersive lab.
  • Our Occupational Therapy programme is subject to accreditation by the Health and Care Professions Council

To support you to develop the skills, knowledge, behaviours and values required to be eligible for registration as an Occupational Therapist, you will study a wide variety of content both academically and practically. This will include:

  • An Introduction to Professional Healthcare Practice
  • Person Centred Care through the Lifespan
  • Human Functioning in Health and Disease
  • Population Health
  • Empowering Self and Others
  • Challenges in Rehabilitation
  • Collaborative Care
  • Leading Change
  • Using Evidence to Transform Practice
  • Transitioning to Professional Life

Practice placements are introduced in year 1 and continue throughout the programme. These placements provide a range of experiences in various settings and sectors facilitating a strong understanding of the value and contribution of Occupational Therapy.

Consent to participate in practical sessions

The development of practical and clinical skills is integral to your development as an Occupational Therapist. Participation in interactive practical sessions is therefore essential to your education. During these teaching sessions, you may be asked to act as a ‘model’ for others. Acting as a model may, by necessity, involve the removal of clothing that enables adequate observation and/or examination of movements or body parts. Therefore, before commencing practical classes, all students are given detailed information regarding this issue and are required to sign the relevant section of a consent form. The issue of consent will be explained in more detail during the induction week and revisited throughout the programme.

If you feel that there is an issue which may have an impact on your ability or willingness to act as a model, please contact the programme leader to discuss this. We will make every effort to put mechanisms in place to address your concerns. We want everyone to feel valued and included whilst ensuring that everyone gains the practical and clinical skills needed to successfully complete the programme of study.

Integration of theory and practice is central to the programme at Birmingham Newman University. You will undertake over 1000 hours of practice based learning during your three years of study. Placements will take place in each year of the three years of your programme.

To reflect the evolving role of the Occupational Therapist, as a student on the BSc (Hons) Occupational Therapy programme at Birmingham Newman University, you will experience a diverse range of placements.

Your practice based learning experiences may take place in:

  • different sectors of health and care including the independent sector, the NHS voluntary organisations or the civil service
  • different settings including people’s homes, GP practices, acute hospitals, , care homes or workplaces
  • pillars of practice including clinical, evidence based practice and leadership – at all levels.

Practice based learning experiences across different sectors, settings and pillars of practice will provide you with the opportunity to understand the breadth of Occupational therapy practice. Whether your placement involves providing rehabilitation, leading a service, researching new insights or supporting others to develop, it will help you to understand the importance of your skills as an Occupational Therapist across different environments and the many ways in which you can help people to live their best life.

Placements are automatically organised on your behalf by the practice partnerships team at Birmingham Newman University. Placements may be located anywhere within the West Midlands region but we aim to give you the breadth of experience you require, closest to your term time address. You will not be expected to commute for more than 90 minutes by car or public transport to any of your placements locations.

All placements are full time, that is 37.5 hours per week. Depending on the setting of your placement experience, start and finish times will vary and may include working between the hours of 8am and 8pm Monday to Sunday.

During all practice placements you will be supported by qualified and experienced HCPC registered practice educators and a link tutor from the university, who will work together to maximise your placement experience.


You will be assessed throughout the duration of the programme using a range of methods which will vary depending upon the module. Assessment methods may include:

  • Objective Structured Practical Exams (OSPEs)
  • Written assignments such as essays and case studies
  • Exams (multiple choice, short/long answer)
  • Portfolio completion
  • Poster presentations
  • Group work

During your practice based learning (placements), you will be assessed using a Practice Placement Assessment Form (PPAF). You will be assessed on a pass/fail basis in year one. In years two and three you will receive a percentage score.

All assessments have a pass mark of 40%.

On successful completion of this course you will be eligible to apply for registration with the HCPC as an Occupational Therapist*. Within the profession, there are a wide range of job opportunities and new occupational therapy graduates generally have the advantage of a structured career path with good long term prospects.

Opportunities exist within the NHS such as hospitals, community clinics or GP surgeries or within the public sector such as schools or Government agencies or within the private sector such as within Industry. Many occupational therapists practice independently too. There are significant opportunities to work in partnership with different agencies to help people to live their best life.

Further information about Occupational Therapy and careers as an Occupational Therapist can be found on the Royal College of Occupational Therapists website: Royal College of Occupational Therapists – Home (


*subject to validation

Placement Expenses (Essential)

There may be some costs for travel or temporary accommodation associated with placements. The NHS Learning Support Fund can assist with these costs. For Information regarding the fund including what it covers and eligibility criteria please see: NHS Learning Support Fund (LSF) | NHSBSA


General Costs (Optional)

We recommend that you budget £75 a year for photocopying, memory sticks, printing charges, binding and specialist printing.


Books (Optional)

All module essential texts will be available for you to access via the University library but in limited numbers for physical copies. If you choose to purchase your own copy, books can cost up to £60 each.


Accommodation & Living Costs (Essential)

The cost of accommodation and other living costs are not included within your course fees. More information on the cost of accommodation can be found in on Accommodation – Newman University, Birmingham

Newman University is located in Britain’s second city – Birmingham. With one of the youngest city populations in Europe, it is a vibrant and dynamic place to study.

Studying at Newman University, you have the advantage of being near to the city, but living in, or commuting to peaceful and comfortable surroundings on campus.

Dining out

Birmingham has lots of wonderful places to dine out with a range of different cuisines. Places where you can dine out include; Brindley Place, Mailbox and Hagley Road (just 10 minutes’ from Newman).


Whether you like to go to; the theatre, gigs or clubs, or enjoy: sports, shopping visiting art galleries or exhibitions – Birmingham will not disappoint and you will be spoilt for choice!


Getting around Birmingham is easy via train, bus or by car. Birmingham has excellent transport links to the rest of Britain, making it easy for those weekend getaways!

Why not explore the city for yourself by visiting one of our Open Days?

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Entry Requirements

Standard 3-year entry requirements

UCAS Tariff: 112 points

A Level: Grade profile of BBC

BTEC: Grade profile of DMM. This can be achieved from either an Extended National Diploma or a combination of smaller BTEC qualifications.

T-levels: A T-level with an overall Merit grade.

Other Level 3 qualifications are also accepted for entry. Please contact the admissions team for further information.

Graduate Entry: A 2:2 or above in a related area will also be considered.


GCSE/IGCSE English Language and Maths grades 9-4/A*-C or equivalent

If English is not your first language, you must have an IELTS score of 7.0, with no element below 6.5. (Other English language qualifications are also accepted. Please contact admissions for further information). 

Students must have achieved these before commencing on the three year programme.

Students must also complete an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check.

The Admissions team will use the entrance criteria, as well as the personal statement, reference and work experience information, to shortlist candidates for interview. Successful applicants will be invited to an interview. Candidates will be assessed on their motivation and understanding of the role of a Occupational Therapist and familiarity with NHS Constitution and Values as well as the requirements of an HCPC registered professional.

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) and Recognition of Prior Experiential Learning (RPEL) can be applied for this programme. All RPL claims for HCPC programmes as scrutinised on an individual basis and are also assessed by an external examiner as part of the School of Nursing and Allied Health RPL/RPEL process. Applicants who have previously been enrolled in an occupational therapy pre-registration programme or any other health education programme will be required to  submit a self declaration confirming no fitness to practice concerns.

Please note that equivalency tests or short GCSE courses are not acceptable for entry onto the BSc (Hons) in Occupational Therapy

Non-academic entry requirements

Work Experience

Applicants are strongly encouraged to undertake voluntary work or gain work experience shadowing an Occupational Therapist in order to have a clear understanding of what the profession entails. This will help you to decide whether Occupational Therapy is the career for you.  It will also enable you to demonstrate your commitment to and passion for the profession in your application and at interview.

If you are finding it difficult to organise work experience you could explore the profession through speaking with qualified Occupational Therapists, reading industry publications or undertaking some research online. Useful websites include The Royal College of Occupational Therapists (RCOT) and NHS Health Careers.


Health checks

As part of the health clearance checks you will be required to provide information about your immunity and vaccination status. Candidates must prove they have been immunised against Rubella, Measles, Tuberculosis and Hepatitis B. We strongly recommend that all successful applicants (unless exempt on medical grounds) receive a full course of Covid-19 and Influenza vaccinations prior to commencing the course.

Candidates must receive a satisfactory occupational health clearance prior to commencing the course.

All offers are subject to satisfactory Health Clearance and Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service checks.

Students will also be required to sign a Code of Conduct and Fitness to Practice disclosure on commencement of the course.

Please contact Admissions if you have any questions regarding any of the above.

Course Fees

The full-time course fee for September 2024 will be updated in due course, subsequent to UK Government decisions regarding fees for the 2024 academic cycle start.

The University will review tuition fees and increase fees in line with any inflationary uplift as determined by the UK Government, if permitted by law or government policy, in subsequent years of your course. It is anticipated that such increases would be linked to RPI (the Retail Price Index excluding mortgage interest payments).

Additional Funding

From September 2020 students studying Nursing BSc, Midwifery BSc, Physiotherapy BSc, Occupational Therapy BSc and Paramedic Science BSc will receive a non-repayable and non-means-tested payment of at least £5,000 a year, in addition to existing mainstream student support.

There will also be additional funding available on some prioritised courses. Additional funding will also be available for childcare and to support regional recruitment difficulties. Total additional funding could come to as much as £3,000 per year for some students.

The new funding will be offered to continuing students as well as new course entrants.

The new financial support is intended to provide additional funding and not to replace the maintenance loan.

This funding is made available by the government. Students are advised to check the latest information from the government to confirm their eligibility.

Additional Information

Regarding the OfS Discover Uni information below, the data displayed is from students on other courses in Subjects allied to medicine.
Because the Occupational Therapy degree is new, there is no information to publish specifically for this course. This does not reflect on the quality of the course.