University of Northampton

Degree level: Undergraduate
Awarded by: The University of Northampton

Occupational Therapy

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Course summary

Ranked 11th in the country for Occupational Health, Podiatry and Paramedic Science in the Best UK University Guardian League Table, 2021 for student satisfaction and quality of teaching for our health professions programmes. This means that you can be confident about the high standard and quality of teaching you receive. The BSc (Hons) Occupational Therapy degree prepares you to work as a registered occupational therapist in the UK and overseas. The University of Northampton is one of the longest established Occupational therapy Schools in Britain and offer a wide range of exciting local, national and international practical placement opportunities. Occupational Therapy is a health and social care profession that enhances the physical and mental health and wellbeing of individuals to enable them to achieve their full potential. Occupational therapists work with people of all ages to help them to overcome the challenges of everyday life resulting from illness, trauma and aging. You will have an opportunity to engage in professional practice within a variety of health and social care settings across public, private, voluntary and independent sectors. The range of placements in traditional and non-traditional settings enables you to develop and advance your skills in assessment and intervention with clients. You will be encouraged to consider the evidence base for current practice throughout the course. Occupational Therapists work in diverse areas of practice. Opportunities are available in the UK and abroad with a wide range of career options; the National Health Service, Social Services, private practice, special education, the prison service and in the voluntary sector. By studying at the University of Northampton, you can be sure that:

  • You will experience student life at the University’s £330 million Waterside Campus. Come along to an Open Day and find out more.
  • Students enrolling on this course at Northampton will be provided with their own brand new laptop* to keep at no additional cost. All sports clubs and societies are free to join at Northampton and every essential course text book is available via the library, meaning you won’t have to purchase copies. For more information on this visit our website (
  • Our expert academics teach in small groups supported with one to one assistance. Our academics and students form a tight bond, providing individualised support and guidance whilst challenging students academically.
  • We invest more money into your education than 90% of Universities in the UK**
  • Whatever your ambitions, we’re here to help you to achieve them. We’ll support you to identify the skills you’re learning during your course, find your strengths and secure practical experience so that when it comes to applying for jobs or further study you’ll feel confident in standing out from the crowd.
The Northampton Employment Promise
  • In fact, we’re so confident in our careers and employability support that if you achieve at least a 2:2 degree and complete either our Employability Plus Gold programme or achieve a Changemaker Gold Certificate during your time studying with us, but still haven’t secured full-time employment 12 months after graduating, we will secure a three – six month paid internship for you or support you into postgraduate study.
✱ terms and conditions apply. See for more information ✱✱ source: Guardian University League Table 2021.

Course details


STAGE 1: • Understanding Occupational Beings (compulsory) • Personal and Professional Skills (compulsory) • Foundations of Professional Practice (compulsory) • Functional Human Sciences (compulsory) STAGE 2: • Research Methods (compulsory) • Occupational Engagement (compulsory) • Professional Skills for Practice (compulsory) • Development of Professional Practice (compulsory) STAGE 3: • Independent Study (compulsory) • Enhancing Occupational Therapy in Communities (compulsory) • Occupational Therapy Specialist Skills (compulsory) • Consolidation of Professional Practice (compulsory) *Students must take the compulsory modules Students who do not complete the Honours Degree will be eligible for an Ordinary Degree upon successful completion of a minimum of 60 Level 6 credits. These can be from any Level 6 modules, whether identified as compulsory or designated. The name of the Ordinary Degree will differ from that of the Honours Degree due to professional body requirements. Details can be found in the relevant Supplementary Regulations. **Module information is quoted for 2022/23 entry. Please note that modules run subject to student numbers and staff availability, any changes will be communicated to applicants accordingly.

Assessment method

A diverse range of assessments are included in the course to ensure academic and professional competence and to prepare you for the role of an Occupational Therapist. This includes written assignments, multiple choice question tests, poster presentations, group work, reflective essays, case studies and practice portfolios. You may work together in groups for some assignments. Support is provided by tutors for all module assignments in the form of assessment tutorials and marking criteria.

Professional bodies

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

  • Health and Care Professions Council

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

GCSE Mathematics and GCSE English Language at grade 4 (or C), or equivalent qualifications required. Please note that Key Skills or Functional Skills will not be accepted.

Additional entry requirements

Criminal records declaration (DBS/Disclosure Scotland)


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From 1 April 2022, in accordance with the UK Government legislation it will be a requirement that all students enrolling on this course will be required to be fully vaccinated against Covid-19. All those working in NHS settings and other health care settings including students that have to undertake a placement as part of your course, will need to be fully vaccinated. This means that we will require you to demonstrate proof of full Covid-19 vaccination to enable you to enrol on your course. Our Occupational Health providers will be undertaking this check on our behalf. Please be ready to provide this proof of full vaccination or medical exemption as part of your Occupational Health appointment.

Unistats information

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Student satisfaction
Employment after 15 months (Most common jobs)
Go onto work and study

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

EU £9250 Year 1
England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
Channel Islands £9250 Year 1

Additional fee information

No additional fees or cost information has been supplied for this course, please contact the provider directly.
Occupational Therapy at University of Northampton - UCAS