We support continuing professional development (CPD) by offering a wide range of learning
pathways to clinicians and health care professionals. We also offer an extensive range of bespoke workshops and courses which can be tailored to your exact needs.
"Occupational therapy is a profession concerned with promoting health and
well-being through occupation", (World Federation of Occupational
Therapists 2004). This definition encapsulates our approach to occupational
therapy. Central to our philosophy is the value attached to 'occupation' and
'activity' as a means to achieving health and well-being, and to helping
individuals achieve their goals.
What is an occupational therapist?
occupational therapist works with people of all ages to help them overcome
the effects of disability or difficulties caused by physical or psychological
illness, ageing or accident. They work in a very wide range of areas, including
mental health services, learning disabilities, care management, paediatrics,
physical rehabilitation, assistive equipment for daily living and environmental
The settings occupational therapists work within are just as varied, from
hospitals, clients' homes, residential and nursing homes and GP practices, to
more unexpected places such as prisons, schools, community centres and
industrial or commercial organisations. For more information visit
British Association of Occupational Therapists
and the College of Occupational Therapists.
The way that the NHS funds Occupational Therapy BSc and MSc courses is
changing. There is still NHS funding for places in MSc Occupational Therapy
(Pre-Registration) which is guaranteed for those who are successful in applying
for entry in 2017.
BSc Occupational Therapy
Our BSc Occupational Therapy helps you to develop the knowledge, skills and
attributes to enable you to work with clients of all ages who have physical,
mental health or learning difficulties.
MSc Occupational Therapy (Pre-Registration)
Our full-time MSc Occupational Therapy helps you to develop the knowledge,
skills and attributes to enable you to work with clients of all ages who have
physical, mental health or learning difficulties. This Masters level
pre-registration course is offered as an accelerated programme, giving you the
advantage of inter-professional learning (IPL), which encourages professionals
to learn with and from each other.
We have a limited number of places open to self-funding international
students on our MSc Occupational Therapy, see the
course details for more information.
Why study with us?
To practise as an occupational therapist, you must be registered with the
Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). Our pre-registration courses are
approved by the HCPC, so when you graduate you will meet the required levels of
expertise ensuring you are eligible to apply for registration with the HCPC and
practise as an occupational therapist.
Literacy and numeracy
When your application successfully makes it through the initial admissions
process, you will be invited to attend an interview where you will complete a
literacy and numeracy test.
We offer a number of professional doctorate
and research courses which cover a variety of
specialist areas within the health, social care and voluntary arenas.
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