Glyndwr University, Wrexham

Degree level: Undergraduate
Awarded by: Glyndŵr University (Prifysgol Glyndŵr)

Occupational Therapy

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Course summary

Would you like to work with people of all ages in a creative and empowering way? Our BSc (Hons) Occupational Therapy programme may be ideal for you. This course: •is 1st in the UK for overall satisfaction (WGU analysis of unpublished NSS 2019 data). •is designed to equip you to develop into being a reflective, autonomous occupational therapist with a wide range of skills including communication, activity analysis, therapeutic interventions, entrepreneurship and research. Students will: •be taught by skilled staff who are all registered Occupational Therapists with specialist clinical and research areas of expertise who maintain clinical practice and/or advisory roles alongside their teaching responsibilities •be encouraged to become an independent learner with a variety of teaching methods used including lectures, practical workshops, group work, interactive seminars, online discussions and practice placements. •access joint sessions with other health and social care students here within the university and with international occupational therapy students. •develop professionally and personally over the course of your study, benefiting from the combination of academic and placement experience. The part-time route of this course will be available from January 2020, with intakes every 2 years, and is also accredited by the Health and Care Professionals Council (HCPC). ‌‌Applications for January 2020 entry are now closed. Key Course Features: •1st in the UK for overall satisfaction, (WGU analysis of unpublished NSS 2019 data) •3rd in UK for graduate prospects, Complete University Guide, 2020 •Small intake of students every year. •Course accredited by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) ( and the Royal College of Occupational Therapists (RCOT) ( ). •Membership of the Royal College of Occupational Therapists provided for all students giving access to a huge range of resources and networking opportunities. •Excellent opportunities for a wide variety of placements in the local area, further afield and in role emerging settings. This is a Welsh Government Bursary-commissioned programme. A full NHS bursary, including tuition fees and a non-repayable bursary for living costs, is available for this programme providing you agree to work in Wales for two years after registration (subject to change).

Course details


Year 1 (Level 4) Studies provide the foundation for future learning. Here you will be introduced to the main themes, philosophies, roles and responsibilities of the Occupational Therapist. You will develop practical skills as well as generic, transferable and study skills. Modules •Professional Studies: introduction to what it means to be a health and care professional. Investigating the role and responsibilities of an occupational therapist. You develop links for a voluntary role that you will continue throughout your studies. •Research 1: focuses on study skills and an introduction to utilising research evidence in health and social care. •Occupational Barriers: introduction to conditions across the lifespan and their impact upon occupational functioning •Human Function: using occupational engagement as a focus to study normal human development, including anatomy, physiology and the study of occupations. •Practice Placement Assessment: first clinical placement focusing on assessment. •Practice Placement Planning: second clinical placement focusing on planning and goal setting. Year 2 (Level 5) Building on your Year 1 knowledge, you will be expected to develop your skills as an independent learner. Theoretical material will focus on the themes of dysfunction, therapeutic intervention and the scope of occupational therapy. The application of reflective and analytical skills will be encouraged. Modules •Approaches to Practice – you will examine the theory underpinning occupational therapy. •Research 2 - focuses on building evaluation and research skills with an introduction to utilising research evidence in health and social care. •Occupational Intervention 1 – focus on therapeutic skills for range of conditions/occupational issues across the lifespan. •Occupational Intervention 2 – focus on therapeutic skills for complex conditions/contexts. •Practice Placement Intervention – third clinical placement focusing on assessment, planning and intervention. Year 3 (Level 6) Level 3 involves the integration of therapeutic processes with skills of critical evaluation. Emphasis is also placed on ethical considerations, management philosophies and legislation. Independent learning and independent reflective practice will be expected. Modules •Leadership and Innovation in Practice – pulling together placement and academic experience you will begin to critique practice. •Research 3 – further consolidation of research skills and completion of your research project. •Evaluating Practice – you will consolidate your therapeutic skills and ability to evaluate and critique practice with complex issues. •Negotiated Study – an opportunity to choose an area of practice to study in more depth. On successful completion of all levels you will be awarded a BSc (Hons) in Occupational Therapy and will be eligible to apply for registration as an Occupational Therapist with the Health and Care Professions Council. The information listed in this section is an overview of the academic content of the programme that will take the form of either core or option modules. Modules are designated as core or option in accordance with professional body requirements and internal academic framework review, so may be subject to change.

Assessment method

There are a wide variety of assessments including: •Essays •Group projects •Viva presentations •Research project •Poster presentations •Practical placements Teaching and learning Wrexham Glyndŵr University is committed to supporting our students to maximise their academic potential. We offer workshops and support sessions in areas such as academic writing, effective note-making and preparing for assignments. Students can book appointments with academic skills tutors dedicated to helping deal with the practicalities of university work. Our student support section has more information on the help available. The course is a three year full time programme, commended on the high value it attaches to supporting students in their studies and the quality of clinical placements. You will be part of a small cohort of students. Study is a mix of university based lectures, group work, self-directed study at home and clinical placements.

How to apply

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

International applicants

This course is not currently available to those requiring a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK.

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Wrexham Glyndwr University takes into account a variety of qualifications and experience when considering applications to our programmes. If you are unsure if the qualifications you currently hold will be accepted for entry, or if you're not sure you'll achieve the required UCAS Tariff points, please contact us at [email protected] for further advice and guidance.

Additional entry requirements

Criminal records declaration (DBS/Disclosure Scotland)

Health checks


Unistats information

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Student satisfaction
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The student satisfaction data is from students surveyed during the Covid-19 pandemic. The number of student respondents and response rates can be important in interpreting the data – it is important to note your experience may be different from theirs. This data will be based on the subject area rather than the specific course. Read more about this data on the Discover Uni website.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £9000 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9000 Year 1
Scotland £9000 Year 1
Wales £9000 Year 1

Additional fee information

This is a Welsh Government Bursary-commissioned programme. A full NHS bursary, including tuition fees and a non-repayable bursary for living costs, is available for this programme providing you agree to work in Wales for two years after registration (subject to change).
Occupational Therapy at Glyndwr University, Wrexham - UCAS