BSc (Hons) Occupational Therapy

You will study a broad range of cutting edge theory and research from occupational science and occupational therapy.

You will benefit from accreditation by the Royal College of Occupational Therapists.

We’re very proud of our National Student Survey (NSS) 2019 return showing that 87 per cent of students that responded were satisfied with the quality of the course, and 97 per cent agreed that staff are good at explaining things.

Course details

Experience problem-based learning designed to be practical and close to real-life issues faced by occupational therapists.

  • Mode of study: 3-4 days  a week
  • Intake: Intakes: September
  • Course length: 3-4 years
  • Course fee: 9250 per year
  • Location: Plymouth campus

Plymouth University

Course overview

Do you want to help people to live the lives they want? This course will prepare you to help people deal with life challenges including ill-health, disability, and social problems. You’ll learn how everyday activities can be used and adapted creatively to promote health, wellbeing and a satisfying lifestyle, so that you graduate with the skills and knowledge needed to be an effective occupational therapist.


Entry requirements

UCAS tariff

128 – 112

All applicants must have five GCSEs (or equivalent) at grade C/4 or above to include maths and English prior to commencing the course. 

A levels

112-128 points from a minimum of 2/3 A levels, to include grades B/C and preferably biology, science or social science (psychology/sociology).

Typical offer is 30 overall to include five higher level subjects preferably including biology/human biology, psychology or sociology.
IB English accepted if higher level = 4+ or 5 or standard level = 5+ or 6.


Occupational therapists work with people who are having difficulty in completing the everyday things that are important to them, which can vary. Their work is based on what their service users identify. They support individuals at home, in work and at leisure, by creating bespoke treatment programmes for people of all ages. Occupational therapists make a difference to people’s lives by enabling people to live with more confidence by promoting health and wellbeing.
Occupational therapists make a difference to people’s lives across a variety of settings. The type of illness or injury they work with varies, it is dependent upon the setting and whether the person is having difficulty doing the things that are important to them as a result of the illness or injury.

  • Physical
  • Neurological
  • Learning disabilities
  • Mental health conditions
  • Diverse patient groups


Note: All modules are indicative and based on the current academic session. Course information is correct at the time of publication and is subject to review. Exact modules may, therefore, vary for your intake in order to keep content current. If there are changes to your course we will, where reasonable, take steps to inform you as appropriate.

  • Occupational Studies: Biological and Psychological Foundations for Occupation (OCT406)
  • Occupational Studies: Foundations for Occupational Therapy Practice 1 (OCT407)
  • Occupational Studies: Foundations for Occupational Therapy Practice 2 (OCT408)
  • Occupational Studies: Humans as Occupational Beings Through Community Engagement (OCT409)
  • Practice Placement 1 (OCT410)
  • Preparation for Practice (SOHP401)
  • Occupational Studies: The Young Person; Interruptions and Transitions (OCT528)
  • Occupational Studies: Adults; Interruptions and Transitions (OCT529)
  • Occupational Studies: The Older Person; Interruptions and Transitions (OCT530)
  • Practice Placement 2 (OCT531)
  • Occupational Studies: Exploration into Practice (OCT532)
  • Project Studies (SOHP503)
  • Occupational Studies: The Innovative Practitioner (OCT605)
  • Occupational Studies: The Contemporary Practitioner (OCT606)
  • Practice Placement 3 (OCT607)
  • Occupational Studies: Occupation for Promoting Health and Wellness of Communities (OCT608)
  • Inter-professional Working in Health and Social Care (SOHP602)
  • Project (SOHP605)