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Occupational Therapy

Entry requirements


A level

B,B,B

including grade B or above in Biology, Human Biology, Chemistry, Psychology, Health and Social Care, Physical Education or Sociology. General Studies is not accepted.

Obtain a minimum of 120 UCAS tariff points in an Access to HE Diploma in Health Science, Health Professions, Health and Social Care, Health Studies, Medicine, Medical Science, Nursing, Occupational Therapy, Physiotherapy, Science or Science in Health Professions with 45 credits at Level 3.

Cambridge International Pre-U Certificate - Principal

M2,M2,M2

including grade M2 or above in Biology, Human Biology, Chemistry, Psychology, Health and Social Care, Physical Education or Sociology

GCSE/National 4/National 5

A minimum of 5 GCSEs at grade C or grade 4 and above are required, including English Language and Mathematics.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

30

including Higher Level 5 in Biology, Human Biology, Chemistry, Psychology, Health and Social Care, Physical Education or Sociology

Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017)

H3,H3,H3,H3,H3

from 5 higher subjects including Biology, Human Biology, Chemistry, Psychology, Health and Social Care, Physical Education or Sociology

OCR Cambridge Technical Diploma

DD

in Applied Science (including all Applied Science Pathways)/Health and Social Care/ Sport and Exercise Science (RQF) plus A level grade B in any subject or Distinction Distinction in any subject with A level grade B in Biology/Human Biology/Chemistry/Psychology/Health and Social Care/Sociology/Physical Education

OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Certificate

D

in Applied Science (including all Applied Science Pathways)/Health and Social Care plus A level grades BB in any subject or Distinction in any subject with A level grades BB including Biology/Human Biology/Chemistry/Psychology/Health and Social Care/Sociology/Physical Education

OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma

DDD

in Health and Social Care, Applied Science (including all Applied Science Pathways) or Sport and Exercise Science (RQF)

Pearson BTEC Diploma (QCF)

DD

in Applied Science (including all Applied Science Pathways)/Health and Social Care/ Sport and Exercise Science (RQF) plus A level grade B in any subject or Distinction Distinction in any subject with A level grade B in Biology/Human Biology/Chemistry/Psychology/Health and Social Care/Sociology/Physical Education

Pearson BTEC Extended Diploma (QCF)

DDM

in Health and Social Care or Applied Science (including all Applied Science Pathways) only

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

DD

in Applied Science (including all Applied Science Pathways)/Health and Social Care/ Sport and Exercise Science (RQF) plus A level grade B in any subject or Distinction Distinction in any subject with A level grade B in Biology/Human Biology/Chemistry/Psychology/Health and Social Care/Sociology/Physical Education

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate (first teaching from September 2016)

D

in Applied Science (including all Applied Science Pathways)/Health and Social Care/Sport and Exercise Science (RQF) plus A level grades BB in any subject or Distinction in any subject with A level grades BB including Biology/Human Biology/Chemistry/Psychology/Health and Social Care/Sociology/Physical Education

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

DDM

in Health and Social Care, Applied Science (including all Applied Science Pathways) or Sport and Exercise Science (RQF)

Pearson BTEC Subsidiary Diploma (QCF)

D

in Applied Science (including all Applied Science Pathways)/Health and Social Care plus A level grades BB in any subject or Distinction in any subject with A level grades BB including Biology/Human Biology/Chemistry/Psychology/Health and Social Care/Sociology/Physical Education

Scottish Advanced Higher

B,B,B

including grade B or above in Biology, Human Biology, Chemistry, Psychology, Health and Social Care, Physical Education or Sociology

UCAS Tariff

120-144

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About this course


Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2022

Subject

Occupational therapy

The human body is amazing but when things go wrong, either mentally or physically, people often aren’t able to do activities that matter to them. What are the barriers to activity? Are there ways to overcome these barriers? These are the questions you’ll be finding the answers to as an Occupational Therapist.

At Brunel you’ll be integrating theory with practice. You’ll learn to examine the physical, psychological and contextual aspects of a patient. This can be from the acute stage through to the general rehabilitation in the community. You’re encouraged to be creative in your approach and to develop ways to solve their problems. For instance you could be helping someone who has had an amputation to use a wheelchair and identifying ways to have their kitchen adapted. On the course you’ll be encouraged to use your own skills and hobbies to aid rehabilitation. This can be anything from art or music to hair braiding.

You’ll learn to use research and literature and to look at evidence to help your understanding of a patient’s condition. Eventually you’ll learn the skills to create your own research.

Brunel is ranked first in London for Occupational Therapy in The Complete University Guide 2019. If you’re positive, a motivator, good at coming up with solutions to problems and looking for a career that’s rewarding and really makes a difference to people’s lives then this is the course for you.

Modules

Year 1

Compulsory Modules
- Core Professional Skills 1
- Human Sciences
- Knowledge and Skills for Occupational Therapy
- Practice Placement 1
- Preparation for FHEQ Level 5 Studies
- Professional Development

Year 2

Compulsory Modules
- Core Professional Skills 2
- Evidence-Based Occupational Therapy
- Occupations for Health and Wellbeing
- Practice Placement 2
- Practice Placement 3
- Theory of Occupation

Year 3

Compulsory Modules
- Core Professional Skills 3
- Occupational Therapy Provision and Service Development
- Practice Placement 4
- Professional Practice
- Research in Occupational Therapy
- Research Methods

Assessment methods

As you progress through your degree studies, your performance in all modules will be assessed. A variety of assessment tools are used, reflecting the variation in subject studies. These include written examinations, essays and reports, together with practical presentations. You will be assessed on each practice placement and must pass these in order to graduate.

Assessments during year 2 and year 3 studies will determine the classification of degree that you will be awarded.

As in all universities, Brunel assessments are subject to review by external examiners to ensure that common standards are maintained across all degrees.

Tuition fees

Select where you currently live to see what you'll pay:

Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
International
£17,875
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Brunel University London

Department:

Clinical Sciences

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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

31%
low
Occupational therapy

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Counselling, psychotherapy and occupational therapy

Teaching and learning

65%
Staff make the subject interesting
58%
Staff are good at explaining things
58%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
73%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

60%
Library resources
73%
IT resources
58%
Course specific equipment and facilities
19%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions
Feel part of a community on my course

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

60%
UK students
40%
International students
16%
Male students
84%
Female students
76%
2:1 or above
10%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

D
B
C

After graduation


The stats in this section relate to the general subject area/s at this university – not this specific course. We show this where there isn't enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Others in subjects allied to medicine

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£22,000
med
Average annual salary
100%
high
Employed or in further education
100%
high
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

93%
Therapy professionals
2%
Health associate professionals
2%
Welfare and housing associate professionals

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

Allied health

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

£25k

£25k

£29k

£29k

£29k

£29k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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