Occupational Therapy at University of Huddersfield - UCAS

Course summary

Occupations are practical, meaningful, and purposeful activities that allow people to develop a sense of identity – for example, self-care, work, or leisure tasks. Occupational therapists, therefore, work collaboratively with people to help them engage in the activities (occupations) they need or want to do, enabling them to lead fulfilling and healthy lives. On this Occupational Therapy BSc(Hons) course, you’ll work with people of all ages in different situations, assessing their needs and collaboratively developing interventions to help them achieve their potential and enjoy maximum quality of life. This will assist you in developing an in-depth understanding of occupational therapy, through placements in different settings, including people’s homes, hospitals, local authorities, schools, charities, and prisons. Why Study Occupational Therapy BSc(Hons) at University of Huddersfield? Whilst studying the course, our purpose-built occupational therapy skills lab enables you to learn in authentic, simulated situations and environments. You’ll also hear experiences and viewpoints from service users and carers, who are part of the Public Partnership Group. Occupational therapists work interprofessionally, alongside other healthcare professionals. You’ll therefore study alongside students from other healthcare professions courses, and you’ll carry out a research project and develop entrepreneurial and change management skills with them. Working on both the teamwork and autonomous practice skills required to work in a rapidly changing health and social care context, you’ll discover how to integrate underlying theory and principles of occupational therapy. You’ll then apply what you learn to different areas of practice. In 2024, the University’s new Daphne Steele Building will open on the site of the National Health Innovation campus, too. This will allow our Occupational Therapy students to benefit from specialist clinical teaching facilities and world-leading research facilities. Professional Bodies This course is accredited by the Royal College of Occupational Therapists. Courses accredited by the Royal College of Occupational Therapists also receive accreditation from the World Federation of Occupational Therapy. The course is also regulated by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). Why Huddersfield? Huddersfield’s vibrant and friendly campus is a great place from which to study, while the town itself offers lots to see and do, with good transport links in and around the area. Not quite ready to start Occupational Therapy BSc(Hons)? Successful completion of our Health Foundation Pathway will equip you with the foundation knowledge to study Occupational Therapy.


This is a common first year and comprises: • Contextualising Occupational Therapy • Factors Affecting Occupational Performance and Participation • Health and Performance Skills for Occupation • Practice Based Experience 1 • Principles Underpinning Occupational Therapy Practice • Professional Development and Research 1 To see the full range of modules and descriptions please visit our website. A link to this course can be found at the bottom of the page in the ‘Course contact details’ section.

Assessment method

Teaching and learning are delivered through seminars, group work, practical experience, lectures, presentations, and simulation. Assessment involves a combination of coursework, practice/competency-based learning, examinations, and essays. This also includes a variety of innovative methods, including reflective logs, group presentations, case studies, portfolios of learning, poster presentations and practice-based reports. Your module specification/course handbook will provide full details of the assessment criteria applying to your course.

Professional bodies

Professionally accredited courses provide industry-wide recognition of the quality of your qualification.

  • Occupational Therapists, College of
  • Health and Care Professions Council
  • The World Federation of Occupational Therapists

How to apply

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

NCFE CACHE Technical Level 3 Extended Diploma/Level 3 Extended Diploma in Health and Social Care at Grade B. GCSE English Language or English Literature and Maths at grade 4 or above, or grade C if awarded under the previous GCSE grading scheme, or equivalent Ofqual regulated qualification. If you do not have the appropriate qualifications for direct entry to this degree you may be able to apply to our Health Foundation Pathway leading to a BSc(Hons) Degree - https://courses.hud.ac.uk/full-time/undergraduate/health-foundation-pathway-leading-to-a-bsc-hons-degree You must demonstrate an good understanding of the profession of occupational therapy You may be eligible to gain accreditation for your prior learning towards this course - https://www.hud.ac.uk/undergraduate/how-to-apply/apl/ * Offers will be subject to an interview and references. Please note all the information provided in support of your application may be checked and must be verifiable as a true record * You also need satisfactory enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) and occupational health clearances prior to registration. We arrange these as part of the application process. You will be required to sign a self-declaration at the start of each year. All police contact during the course must be reported to the course leader as a matter of urgency and may lead to suspension or termination. We will request an Overseas Police Check if you have lived in a country outside of the UK for 6 months or more (whether continuously or in total) in the last 10 years before applying to us and whilst aged 18 or over. Placement providers for this course may require you to have received a number of vaccinations, unless medically exempt, and provide evidence of these. As a student on a course with a clinical or healthcare placement, we strongly recommend that you complete any courses of vaccinations required under current guidelines for your future profession. Failure to do so may result in your inability to undertake a placement in certain clinical settings, therefore impacting upon your academic progression, and may result in academic failure of your course. Other suitable experience or qualifications will be considered. For further information please see the University's minimum entry requirements. Please note places are limited and attainment of the minimum entry requirements does not guarantee an interview or offer. You must include details of any previous study.

Please click the following link to find out more about qualification requirements for this course


Additional entry requirements

Criminal records declaration (DBS/Disclosure Scotland)

Health checks


English language requirements

If your first language is not English, you will need to meet the minimum requirements of an English Language qualification. The minimum for IELTS is 6.5 overall with no element lower than 6.0, or equivalent.

Read more about the University’s entry requirements for students outside of the UK on our International Entry Requirements pages.


Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £9250* Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250* Year 1
Scotland £9250* Year 1
Wales £9250* Year 1
Channel Islands £9250* Year 1
Republic of Ireland £9250* Year 1
EU £18700* Year 1
International £18700* Year 1

*This is a provisional fee and subject to change.

Tuition fee status depends on a number of criteria and varies according to where in the UK you will study. For further guidance on the criteria for home or overseas tuition fees, please refer to the UKCISA website .

Additional fee information

This information sets out the tuition fee charges for full-time undergraduate students for the academic year 2024/25. This webpage will be updated with 2025/26 tuition fees as information becomes available. Tuition fees will cover the cost of your study at the University as well as charges for registration, tuition, supervision and examinations. For more information about funding, fees and finance for UK students, including what your tuition fee covers, please see Fees and finance - http://www.hud.ac.uk/undergraduate/fees-and-finance/ If you are an EU or international student coming to study at the University of Huddersfield, please visit the International Fees and Finance pages for full details of tuition fees and support available - https://www.hud.ac.uk/international/fees-and-funding/ Please email the Student Finance Office ([email protected]) or call 01484 472210 for more information about fees and finance.

Sponsorship information

Please see our website for more information - http://www.hud.ac.uk/undergraduate/fees-and-finance/undergraduate-scholarships/ NHS Funding Students studying this course may be eligible to receive a non-repayable grant of at least £5,000 each year. Further information is available on the NHS Learning Support Fund Website - https://www.nhsbsa.nhs.uk/nhs-learning-support-fund

Occupational Therapy at University of Huddersfield - UCAS