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Northumbria University, Newcastle

Occupational Therapy

UCAS Code: B920

Bachelor of Science (with Honours) - BSc (Hons)

Entry requirements


UCAS Tariff

120

From a combination of acceptable Level 3 qualifications which may include: A-level, BTEC Diplomas/Extended Diplomas, Scottish and Irish Highers, Access to HE Diplomas, or the International Baccalaureate. Find out how many points your qualifications are worth by using the UCAS Tariff calculator: www.ucas.com/ucas/tariff-calculator Subject Requirements: There are no specific subject requirements for this course. GCSE Requirements: Applicants will need Maths, English Language and a Science at minimum grade 4/C, or an equivalent. Additional Requirements: Applicants will be required to attend an interview. Admission is subject to a suitable DBS Enhanced Certificate and a satisfactory health check. Applicants must meet the Health and Care Professions Council's suitability for registration requirements. International Qualifications: We welcome applicants with a range of qualifications which may not match those shown above. If you have qualifications from outside the UK, find out what you need by visiting www.northumbria.ac.uk/yourcountry English Language Requirements: International applicants should have a minimum overall IELTS (Academic) score of 7.0 with 6.5 in each component (or an approved equivalent*). *The university accepts a large number of UK and International Qualifications in place of IELTS. You can find details of acceptable tests and the required grades in our English Language section: www.northumbria.ac.uk/englishqualifications

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About this course


Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2021

Subject

Occupational therapy

As an occupational therapist, you will empower people to live life to their full potential, overcoming physical and mental health difficulties, minimising the impact of disability and promoting independent living.

Successful students studying Occupational Therapy at our Coach Lane Campus will be skilled in creative problem-solving, communication and building relationships. If you want a career working with a variety of people, where no two days are the same, we will assist you to develop the confidence, skills and knowledge for a life-long career in occupational therapy.

You will be taught by staff actively engaged in occupational therapy research and experts from a variety of practice environments. You will learn through a range of methods including lectures, practicals and simulation. The syllabus includes physical and behavioural sciences, medical and mental health conditions, occupational therapy theory and practice, legislation and social care policy, and inter- professional learning. You can also access our highly- specialised Clinical Skills Centre, enabling you to link theory with practice.

With a strong emphasis on practical work, 40% of your time will be in practice placements, spread throughout the three-year Occupational Therapy degree course. Placement settings will vary, including NHS Trusts, local authorities, residential care, charities and special schools; you also have the opportunity to select one ‘elective’ placement which may be abroad.

A degree in Occupational therapy will enable you to apply for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) to gain state registration to practice as an Occupational Therapist.

In line with the principles and values which underpin the NHS constitution, the University expects all students undertaking programmes which lead to registration as a health professional to demonstrate the NHS values.

Modules

For a full list of the modules on your course, please access the course pages at www.northumbria.ac.uk

Assessment methods

Your tutors will use a variety of teaching methods, which may include lectures, seminars, problem-based workshops, case discussions, practical activities, group work and tutorials. Teaching is backed up by a well-designed support system that will underpin your learning journey. You will have access to a Guidance Tutor with whom you can discuss any academic issues. Extensive feedback from both tutors and peers is built into the course.

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
£15,500
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Coach Lane Campus

Department:

Health

TEF rating:
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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.

76%
med
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

70%
Staff make the subject interesting
77%
Staff are good at explaining things
77%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
83%
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

87%
Library resources
97%
IT resources
87%
Course specific equipment and facilities
50%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

98%
UK students
2%
International students
10%
Male students
90%
Female students
84%
2:1 or above
13%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
B
B

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
74%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

75%
Therapy professionals
8%
Welfare and housing associate professionals
6%
Caring personal services

What about your long term prospects?

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

Subjects allied to medicine

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

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£22k

£24k

£24k

£26k

£26k

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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