Occupational Therapy at University of Cumbria - UCAS

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Course summary

Are you wondering how to become an occupational therapist? Do you want to help others achieve their goals and help improve people's lives? Become a champion for the rights and beliefs of people to take part in the occupations that they need and value? Our occupational therapy degree is designed to equip you with the skills and professional qualifications required for you to become an occupational therapist accredited by the RCOT and registered with the HCPC. What’s more, our Allied Health Profession courses are ranked 1st in the North West and top 10 in the UK. We are also 1st in the North West for continuation and career prospects following graduation from Allied Health Profession Courses (Guardian University Guide 2023 Results). Course Overview During this occupational therapy course, you will spend at least 1,000 hours on placement in a variety of settings with children, adults and older adults with physical, social or mental health challenges. Placements take place within the NHS, councils, private, voluntary and independent sector organisations, and in a range of settings from hospitals, health and day centres, care homes or places of work. As well as this, you will apply your theoretical learning to simulated real-world scenarios using our dedicated simulation facilities. This will enable you to build your confidence and skills in safe and supportive practice environments, before progressing to real-life cases. You will be eligible to apply for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and apply for membership of the Royal College of Occupational Therapists (RCOT) upon graduation. Our graduates have an excellent reputation making them sought after by a multitude of employers including the NHS, councils, private, voluntary and independent sector organisations. On this course you will...

  • Work in small groups with your peers, developing teamwork and networking skills, with the opportunity to collaborate and engage with clinicians and service users.
  • Have placement experiences in a range of settings including the NHS and role-emerging placements alongside qualified clinicians.
  • Develop analytical and research skills to support your practice as an evidence-based occupational therapist.
  • Be supported by our team – we get to know you personally and our staff and students have great relationships, allowing you to feel fully supported as you study.
  • Develop your practical skills in our purpose-built 'home' rooms and simulation laboratories. You will have the opportunity to gain confidence and skills outside of your placements.
What you will learn You'll learn the fundamental rights and beliefs of people to take part in the occupations that they need and value and to enable such engagement through the practice of occupational therapy. You will have a focus on leadership and entrepreneurial skills including the effective management of resources and promoting the profession to potential commissioners and users of services. Personal development planning is embedded throughout your programme to ensure an appreciation of, and progression in, the required skills for life-long learning. The programme explores and applies the well-established theoretical and practical skills of occupational therapy and responds to the ever-changing world of health and social care practice. You will adapt to and be involved in actively shaping the many and varied settings where the occupational needs of people are addressed. You will contribute responsibly to individual and community wellbeing.

How to apply

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Carlisle - Fusehill Street
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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

This course may be available at alternative locations, please check if other course options are available

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

GCSE English Language at grade 4/C or above. Work shadowing/experience prior to interview is preferred.

Additional entry requirements

Criminal records declaration (DBS/Disclosure Scotland)

Health checks


Student Outcomes

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

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
EU £9250 Year 1
International £16000 Year 1

Additional fee information

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Occupational Therapy at University of Cumbria - UCAS