Occupational therapists have the privilege of working with people of all ages, helping them to participate in occupations that hold personal meaning and value to them. Occupational therapists can empower individuals, groups and communities to participate in the everyday occupations that are central to their health and wellbeing, to their sense of who they are, and to the life they want to lead. They work with people across the lifespan in a range of circumstances to address the barriers that prevent them from engaging in the everyday activities that they want and need to do. This course aims to provide you with the knowledge, skills and experience required for an occupational therapist, through academic study and professional practice placements (help searching for a placement is provided by the university)*. You will explore the power of occupation to transform people’s lives and be supported to develop a professional approach that is compassionate and respectful. You will be encouraged to think in creative and critical ways to give you the opportunity to develop sustainable solutions to complex problems, and you will also have the opportunity to develop effective leadership and communication skills.
- Accredited by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and Royal College of Occupational Therapists (RCOT).
- All home students on this course can apply for a minimum payment from the Government of £5,000 per year, with additional payments for students incurring childcare costs*.
- Teaching facilities including dedicated laboratories for anatomy, electrotherapy and manual skills, hospital wards, critical care settings, community housing and other real-life environments relevant to practice.
- Successful completion will provide you with an academic qualification, and eligibility to apply for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council to seek practise as an occupational therapist (application, availability, meeting any applicable visa requirements, membership and registration fees/additional fees may apply). Our course is also accredited by the Royal College of Occupational Therapists (RCOT) for the 2023/2024 intake, and successful completion therefore confers eligibility to apply for membership of the RCOT and the World Federation of Occupational Therapists which can assist you to make the most of national and global professional opportunities (application, availability, meeting any applicable visa requirements, membership and registration fees/additional fees may also apply). Please see the Accreditation and Professional Recognition section and the HCPC and RCOT websites for further information.
- Upon successful completion, our course aims to help develop you in being flexible and adaptable in response to evolving healthcare provision, whilst upholding professional standards of practice - key skills of an occupational therapist
- Your learning experience through academic study and professional practice placements is designed to support you to adopt the professional values and behaviours expected of an occupational therapist such as empowering service users, collaborative working, ethical decision-making, and delivering and evaluating interventions based upon the best available evidence.
- A distinctive feature of our course is our approach to teaching and learning. Our simulation facilities in the Alison Gingell Building will enable you the opportunity to practise occupational therapy skills in realistic settings. Service user involvement in the teaching and learning process provides you with the chance for real-world experience and feedback. There may also be opportunities for collaborative learning with students undertaking other professional healthcare courses at Coventry University.
Year One The first year aims to develop your understanding of the fundamentals of Occupational Therapy, including human anatomy and physiology and the importance of Occupation to an individual’s identity and wellbeing. Modules The Human Body, Mind and Occupation Part 1 - 10 credits Occupational Therapists: Doing, Being, Becoming & Belonging - 20 credits Foundations of Evidence-Informed Practice - 20 credits The Human Body, Mind and Occupation Part 2 - 10 credits Health and Wellbeing in the Community - 20 credits Delivering Theory-Based Occupational Therapy - 20 credits Occupational Therapy Practice Placement 1 - 20 credits Year Two In year two you will explore the importance of evidence-informed practice in occupational therapy and should build on your understanding of the significant difference occupational therapists make in the quality of life of service users. You will further have the chance to develop your theoretical understanding and practical application of occupational therapy practice. Modules Skills for Occupational Therapy Practice - 30 credits Reasoning & Decision-Making in Occupational Therapy Practice - 20 credits Developing Evidence Informed Practice - 10 credits Occupational Therapy Practice Placement 2 - 40 credits Understanding Occupational Therapy’s Unique Contribution - 20 credits Final Year In the final year you will be encouraged to look at how to prepare for entering the workplace as a qualified occupational therapist upon graduation (and registration with the HCPC). You will study leadership and management in an occupational therapy context and have the opportunity to choose from a range of option modules to study an aspect of occupational therapy of particular interest to you. Modules Enhancing Employability as an Occupational Therapist - 20 credits Occupational Therapy Practice Placement 3 - 40 credits Evidence Based Research Project - 20 credits Leadership & Management for Healthcare Professionals - 20 credits One Optional Module We regularly review our course content, to make it relevant and current for the benefit of our students. For these reasons, course modules may be updated. Before accepting any offers, please check the website for the most up to date course content. For full module details please check the course page on the Coventry University website.
This course will be assessed using a variety of methods which will vary depending upon the module. Assessment methods include: Placement competencies Coursework Digital portfolios Practical assessments Reports Group work elements Presentations/posters. This course uses varied assessment methods, moving away from the traditional written exams, to assess you in an authentic way reflecting the challenges faced in the clinical context and allowing you the opportunity to demonstrate your creativity and digital fluency. The Coventry University Group assessment strategy ensures that our courses are fairly assessed and allows us to monitor student progression towards achieving the intended learning outcomes.
Professionally accredited courses provide industry-wide recognition of the quality of your qualification.
- Health and Care Professions Council
How to apply
This is the deadline for applications to be completed and sent for this course. If the university or college still has places available you can apply after this date, but your application is not guaranteed to be considered.
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Points of entry
The following entry points are available for this course:
- Year 1
All applications are considered on an individual basis and the whole application is reviewed which includes previous and predicted qualifications, experience, reference and your motivation to study the course. The University also accepts the BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate/BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma and BTEC Level 3 National Diploma/BTEC Level 3 Diploma for entry onto degree programmes, provided that they are studied in combination with other qualifications that are equivalent to three A2 Levels. This may include subject specific requirements where necessary. If you are successful in receiving an offer, you will be invited to an Applicant Visit Day to discover more about the course and studying at Coventry University.
Additional entry requirements
Criminal records declaration (DBS/Disclosure Scotland)
A minimum of 2 days occupational therapy work experience is required.
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Fees and funding
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*This is a provisional fee and subject to change.