Occupational Therapy

Occupational Therapy BSc (Hons) - Pre-registration

This new, innovative and dynamic occupational therapy programme will provide an outstanding learning experience for those wanting to join this well-established and valued profession.

Combining academic and practice placement components, UCLan offers a three year full-time BSc course to enable students to develop all the skills, knowledge and attributes required to meet the Health and Care Professions Council requirements for registration as an occupational therapist. Key features of the course include a small student cohort, the use of novel technology and authentic case studies to support learning, superb clinical skills environments and a programme placed within a Faculty of Health and Wellbeing ensuring a range of opportunities for inter-disciplinary education.

Academic teaching is provided by educators who are themselves occupational therapists with a wealth of knowledge. They use a wide range of teaching and learning resources to ensure that the course content comes to life. The programme has been commended by the Royal College of Occupational Therapists for links with COMENSUS, an organisation within the University comprising people with experience of health and social care. This collaboration ensures students hear first-hand how health conditions can impact a person’s life.  Learning in practice placement settings provide opportunity to translate learning from University into a practice environment. Students are supported on their practice placements by experienced and knowledgeable occupational therapist educators. Each student will have the opportunity to experience at least four different practice settings.

Come and join the occupational therapy team as they shape this new and exciting programme to meet the needs of ever-changing health and social care environments.


Clinical Skills Suite

Human Anatomy Learning Centre

Industry links

There are strong established links with a variety of allied health professionals currently working in health and social care settings to ensure a wide variety of practice placements for the students on this programme,


Elective placement in year 3 which could include Study Abroad or work in an emerging setting.

Key Information

  • Duration:

    Full time: three years

  • Level:


  • Delivery:

    Campus, Full-time

  • Award Type:

    BSc (Hons) - Pre-registration

  • UCAS Code:


  • Campus:

    Preston (Campus code: U)

  • Start Date:


  • Fees 2019/20

    Full-time: £9,250* per year (UK/EU)

    Students starting a new Nursing, Midwifery or Allied Health Professional course on or after 1 August 2017 may be eligible to apply for financial support from the Learning Support Fund (LSF).

Scholarships and Bursaries

The University offers a range of scholarships and bursaries to support you through your studies.

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Entry Requirements

Our typical offer is 120 UCAS tariff points.  We operate a flexible admissions policy and treat everyone as an individual. This means that we will take into consideration your educational achievements and predicted grades (where applicable), your work experience and the additional information presented in your application in your personal statement.

BBB for a total of 120 UCAS tariff point, including one science subject - Biology, Human Biology, Sociology, Psychology or PE (General Studies not included).
BTEC Extended Diploma: Distinction, Distinction, Merit in related subject.
GCSE: 5 GCSEs at C/4 including English Language, Mathematics and Science
IELTS: For applicants where English is not their first language, we will require an IELTS examination score of at least 7.0 with no element below 6.5

Applicants with non-standard qualifications.

Applications from individuals with non-standard qualification, relevant work or life experience and who can demonstrate the ability to cope with and benefit from degree-level study are welcome. If you have not studied recently you may need to undertake some study prior to application.

Applicants meeting the entry requirements and presenting a strong application will be invited for interview.

DBS Checks

Candidates offered a place will also be required to complete the following prior to entry:

  • Satisfactory enhanced DBS disclosure
  • Satisfactory occupational health clearance

Applicants will be guided through the DBS and occupational health screening process.

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DBS Checks

Throughout this course you will be working with vulnerable groups of individuals including children. In order to ensure that the Faculty of Health and Wellbeing offers places on their programmes to the most suitable candidates you will all be required to obtain a satisfactory Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service clearance (formerly termed CRB). The Faculty of Health and Wellbeing will be able to guide you through this process once you have been successfully offered a conditional place at the University. It is important to note that any unsatisfactory Enhanced DBS clearance may result in the offer of your place being withdrawn even if you have already started your course.

Course Overview

Year 1

Semester 1

  • Foundations of Practice in Occupational Therapy
  • The Individual and Occupational Performance

Semester 2

  • Research Methods and EBP (1)
  • Culture and Context of Occupational Therapy Practice
  • Practice Placement 1 Occupational Therapy

Year 2

Semester 1

  • Barriers to Occupational Performance
  • Therapeutic Skills and Professional Reasoning for Occupational Therapy
  • Practice Placement 2 Occupational Therapy

Semester 2

  • Contemporary Occupational Therapy Theory and Practice
  • Research Methods and EBP (2)
  • Practice Placement 3 Occupational Therapy

Year 3

Semester 1

  • Occupational Therapy Practice Project
  • Advancing Practice Skills

Semester 2

  • Practice Placement 4 Occupational Therapy
  • Employability, Leadership and Entrepreneurship in Occupational Therapy

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Learning Environment and Assessment

A 3 year degree qualification typically comprises 360 credits and each 20 credit (a standard module) equates to 200 hours of study, which comprises of a mixture of lectures, seminars, tutorials, practical sessions and independent study. Independent study is an important aspect of your degree course. The exact combination of study time will be detailed within your module descriptors, and will depend on your option choices.

A wide range of assessments are utilised within the programme including written assignments, examinations, observed structured clinical examinations, oral presentations and practice placements. The assessments enable students to demonstrate their ability in a variety of contexts.

Feedback is provided both following formal assessments (summative feedback) and during the programme (formative feedback)

Each student must complete at least 1000 hours of practice placement during the programme. Four practice placements provide a variety of practice experience and meeting this requirement.


Students successfully completing the BSc (Hons) Occupational Therapy will be eligible to apply to the Health and Care Professions Council to register as an occupational therapist. Once registered occupational therapists can apply for posts in a wide variety of settings: hospitals, GP practices, residential homes, social services, charities, schools and prisons, as well as many other settings.

In the final year of the programme, students are supported in applying for occupational therapy jobs. This preparation includes mock interviews, CV development and compilation of a Continued Professional Development portfolio.

This is a new programme, however, it is intended that occupational therapists who have studied at UCLan will have an appetite for continued learning and a curiosity to drive their professional pathway. This may be through striving for excellence in their practice setting or undertaking further study or research.

This programme will be the start of an exciting journey.



Important Information

Contact Us

This course is based in the School of Health Sciences
Telephone us for further information +44(0)1772 892400
or email us at: cenquiries@uclan.ac.uk | Book a visit

Course Handbook

For detailed information about studying this course at UCLan, please see the course handbook for your year of entry: | 2019 Entry
For information on possible changes to course information, see our Essential and Important Course Information.

Tuition Fees & Finance

*Tuition Fees are per year unless otherwise stated.
For 2018/19 fees please refer to our fees page.

Further Information for students

You can find regulations and policies relating to student life at The University of Central Lancashire on our Student Contract page.

Entry Requirements

For changes to 2017 UCAS tariff entry requirements please see our Essential and Important Course Information. UCLan requires all undergraduate applicants to have a minimum attainment of five GCSEs at grade C and above, or equivalent, (including Maths and English). In 2017 and beyond we will view the new Grade 4 as being equivalent to a C grade and will therefore require students to achieve GCSE Grade 4 or above. However, if the subject is relevant to our degree programme and requires a higher GCSE grade (e.g. GCSE B grade), and/or includes a Professional body that governs the entry requirements, Grade 5 or above may be required.