Occupational Therapy (pre-registration) at University of East Anglia UEA - UCAS

University of East Anglia UEA

Degree level: Postgraduate
Awarded by: University of East Anglia

Occupational Therapy (pre-registration) (Taught)

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Course summary

About This Course The central theory of occupational therapy is that all humans are occupational beings and we all engage in meaningful activities to live a fulfilling life. As such, activity itself can be used to aid rehabilitation and independent living. Occupational therapists work closely with people who have an illness, injury or disability to help them live their lives to their full potential. You could be helping a child with a learning disability, a young person with anorexia, or an elderly person to recover from a stroke. Occupational therapy is extremely varied and requires ‘out of the box’ thinking alongside professional reasoning. You will be taught within a multi-professional health school, so you will be well-equipped for working in contemporary healthcare settings once you graduate. Our course will enable you to deliver excellent, person-centred, inter-professional practice. About Occupational therapists are qualified to work in a uniquely varied range of settings, and our two-year, full-time course will teach you how to apply professional reasoning, drawing on human sciences, occupational therapy theory, psychology, sociology and creativity. Respectful relationships with service users are at the heart of occupational therapy practice and at the heart of our programme throughout. As a result, we have Experts by Experience sessions where service users speak to you about their experiences of their condition. Our Master’s programme is open to arts, science, healthcare and humanities graduates. If you are hoping to pursue a career in occupational therapy, our enquiry based-style of learning will shape your understanding of the profession, and underpin it with knowledge of human sciences and therapeutic approaches. Our active learning approach is designed to engage you cognitively, emotionally and spiritually, so you develop your professional identity as an occupational therapist and gain the skills to use yourself therapeutically within health and social care settings. Throughout the programme, you will have an advisor who will help you to reflect on your highs and lows, enabling you to learn from both. You will also learn how to use professional development tools to identify your personal learning needs and goals. Your time with us will be split between university-based learning and practice-based learning. We have a dedicated placement team, who work closely with our practice partners to set up a balanced range of placement experiences for you. While on placement, you will be allocated a dedicated educational supervisor; a qualified occupational therapist, who will support you as you apply your knowledge and gain skills and confidence. Your practice educator will be experienced in judging your needs and will help you to challenge yourself.   We also provide the exciting opportunity for you to take ownership of your professional development and arrange your final eight-week placement in a specialist field you are passionate about or haven’t yet experienced. The course provides four practice placement experiences across the two years. The structure of each year and use of Enquiry Based Learning enables you to develop your core skills prior to Practice Placement 1 and then develop complex therapeutic skills by your final Professional Development placement. Practice placements are designed to give students the skills to work across NHS, independent, private and third sector settings which reflect the contexts of future health and social care. This range of experiences will develop your flexibility and transferable skills. All students will undertake their placements within the same timeframe and will complete a minimum of 37.5 hours assessed practice per week, including 3.5 hours of portfolio development per week. Disclaimer Course details are subject to change. You should always confirm the details on the provider's website: www.uea.ac.uk


Modules include: Human sciences, Occupational Therapy theory and practice; Professional development; and a Research dissertation.

Assessment method

When you study in the School of Health Sciences you will receive both an academic and a practice based education which is second to none. The whole programme adopts an enquiry-based learning ethos focused on student-centred independent learning, problem solving and decision making, which will be facilitated over the two years of the programme. We are very proud of our innovative teaching methods and the passion and dedication of our staff will inspire you to be the best you can be. The course includes the following elements: Interagency Learning, Research, Supportive Culture and Practice Development Placements.

Professional bodies

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

  • Occupational Therapists, College of
  • Health and Care Professions Council

Entry requirements

A 2.1 Honours degree, or equivalent required; applicants must have graduated within the last 10 years. Applicants with a 2.2 or equivalent may be considered if they have strong relevant work experience. You must also have a strong profile of secondary qualifications in arts and sciences (A-level or equivalent). You need to have minimum grade C in GCSE Maths, in GCSE English and GCSE Biology or CC in GCSE Double Science. Our admissions criteria also include requirements such as: a clear understanding of the chosen profession; a broad range of relevant work shadowing; an interest in people and a strong academic attainment. All applicants who are not a British national and/or whose first language is not English will need to demonstrate a suitable level of English language proficiency. This is equivalent to an IELTS 7.0 overall, with a minimum of 6.5 in all components, although we do accept many other types of qualifications or tests. In accordance with the UK Border Agencies student visa guidelines, we will also waive the English language requirement for applicants who meet the defined nationality test or who have completed a degree level course in one of the listed countries.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

International £42350 Whole course
England £18500 Whole course
Northern Ireland £18500 Whole course
Scotland £18500 Whole course
Wales £18500 Whole course

Additional fee information

No additional fees or cost information has been supplied for this course, please contact the provider directly.
Occupational Therapy (pre-registration) at University of East Anglia UEA - UCAS