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Occupational Therapy

Entry requirements


A level

B,C,C

English or a discursive subject such as History or Sociology at A Level or equivalent. English and Maths at GCSE level grade C.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

28

Preferably to include a discursive subject. History, Literature, Modern Studies or similar.

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

H2,H2,H3,H3

These grades should include English or a discursive subject such as History or Sociology at Higher Level or equivalent. English and Maths are required at Ordinary Level grade O4 or Higher Level H5 if not taken at Higher level.

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

DDM

Health and Social Care

Scottish HNC

Pass

In Health and Social Care subjects to include a pass in the graded unit at grade B.

Scottish HND

Pass

In Health and Social Care subjects to include a pass in the graded units at grade CB.

Scottish Higher

B,B,B,B

English or a discursive subject such as History or Sociology at Higher or equivalent. English and Maths required at National 5 level grade C.

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104-108

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About this course


Course option

4.0years

Full-time | 2022

Subject

Occupational therapy

Living, not existing – that’s a primary objective for the profession. As an occupational therapist, you will work with individuals, groups and communities to foster participation in the aspects of life that people need, want and have to do. This course is your first step towards a rewarding and diverse healthcare career with excellent employment prospects.

On this course you will explore how to provide practical support to empower people, facilitate health and wellbeing, and help identify and respond to barriers that prevent people from doing what really matters to them.

You will learn a wide range of transferable personal and professional skills – understanding why and how people engage in occupation and what might disrupt patterns of occupation; critically engaging with knowledge and evidence that informs the profession; collaborating with services to address needs of their communities. You will also develop an appreciation of how individual’s lives can be shaped by society including environments, history, or systems and how these factors can impact on health. You will learn through a variety of approaches including interactive lectures, workshops, group work and self-directed learning. Practical placements are a key element of the course, giving you the opportunity to translate your learning into practice and to work with a wide range of services and populations. There is a practice placement offered in each of the four years, and in total you will complete 31 weeks of full time practice-based education.

In Year One you will study a range of modules that provide you with the knowledge and concepts that are foundational to occupational therapy practice. You will be introduced to different perspectives on occupation and its centrality in everyday life, as well as its relationship with health and wellbeing. You will also develop skills in communication, information technology and academic study skills.

In Year Two you will focus on occupational therapy processes (assessment, goal setting, intervention, evaluation) with individuals and communities. You will explore disruption and deprivation of occupation (personal and contextual factors), across the life span. Aspects of public health and health promotion will be introduced and revisited in the later years.

During Year Three you will critically explore issues related to practice, theories and systems. You will also study the social construction and complexity of knowledge and practice. You will develop further understanding of leadership, practice development and innovation in thinking and action.

Year Four consolidates your master’s-level learning opportunities and builds upon your previous knowledge and practice experiences in diverse and changing contexts. This year will include community partnership working, project development and deepening leadership skills.

Interprofessional learning and working is an integral part of professional practice and will be incorporated throughout the course.

Modules

Year One
•Foundations of Occupational Therapy Practice
•Personal Academic and Professional Development
•Preparation for Practice-Based Learning
•Practice-based Learning 1
•Health Wellbeing and Participation in Occupation
•Finding, Evaluating and Consuming Knowledge

Year Two
•Assessing, Analysing and Evaluating Occupational Needs, Performance and Participation
•Developing Goals to Meet Occupational Needs
•Facilitating Learning within Occupational Therapy
•Developing, Delivering and Evaluating Occupation-Focused Interventions
•Practice-based Learning 2

A learner who achieves 60% average in SCQF level 8 modules can proceed on MOccTher route. They may choose to remain on the BSc (Hons) route.

Year Three

BSc (Hons) route:
•Elective Module Occupational Therapy: Contexts, Collaborations and Communities
•Practice-based Learning 3
•Evaluating Occupational Therapy Practice

MOccTh route:
•Elective Module
•Occupational Therapy: Contexts, Collaborations and Communities
•Practice-based Learning 3
•Evaluating Occupational Therapy Practice
•Research Methods

Year Four

BSc (Hons) route:
•Health Society and Occupation
•Practice-based Learning 4
•Dissertation Project

MOccTh route:
•Health Society and Occupation
•Practice-based Learning 4
•Transforming Occupational Therapy Practice
•Dissertation Project

The modules listed here are correct at time of posting (April 2021) but may differ slightly to those offered in 2022. Please check provider's course webpages for updates.

Assessment methods

Our course is designed to allow you to get to know your peers and our staff, and build positive academic and professional relationships. You will be taught in lectures, seminars, practical workshops and small groups. Outside these timetabled sessions, you will be expected to continue learning through independent study. For assessment, we focus less on written examinations and more on demonstrations of knowledge and understanding: reports, essays, presentations, oral and practical examinations, and creative assessments.

Tuition fees

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Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
EU
£15,500
per year
International
£15,500
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Republic of Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£1,820
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Queen Margaret University

Department:

School of Health 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.

100%
high
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

97%
Staff make the subject interesting
100%
Staff are good at explaining things
100%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
100%
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

83%
Library resources
76%
IT resources
89%
Course specific equipment and facilities
100%
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?

64%
UK students
36%
International students
9%
Male students
91%
Female students
61%
2:1 or above
11%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

D
C
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.

£21,600
med
Average annual salary
98%
med
Employed or in further education
74%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

57%
Therapy professionals
14%
Welfare and housing associate professionals
9%
Health 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.

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£21k

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£23k

£25k

£25k

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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