Occupational Therapy BSc (Hons)

Key information

  • Course length: 3 years
  • UCAS code: B920
  • Year of entry: 2020
  • Typical offer: A-level : BBB / IB : 30 / BTEC : Applications considered

The Occupational Therapy programme at Liverpool will equip you with a range of both academic and practical skills for a rewarding career that enhances the quality of life for a variety of people encountering physical, emotional and social difficulties.

You will be taught by respected academics with a breadth of clinical and research experience and will graduate with up-to-date knowledge. You will learn about the human body and use the impressive Human Anatomy Resource Centre. This knowledge will help you learn about disease and disability and how they impact on the ability to engage in everyday meaningful occupation.

Throughout the three years you will undertake clinical placements. We have extensive connections with a diverse range of clinical specialties in both physical and mental health, for all age groups from young children to the elderly in our student placements. There are also opportunities for you to study abroad.

Over 1,000 hours of clinical experience, together with the theoretical knowledge gained from the course, will enable the Liverpool graduate occupational therapist to competently analyse the psychosocial, physical and environmental factors in the lives of the people in their care and devise appropriate intervention to help them.

The programme has recognition from the World Federation of Occupational Therapy (WFOT) and the College of Occupational Therapists (COT), both of which are important for international job opportunities.

Programme in detail

During your three years you will engage in modules which are framed within four themes. These themes explore the person, occupation and environment relationship, which is a core underpinning philosophy for the practice of occupational therapy. They are:

  • Core concepts and skills
  • Professional identity
  • Society and well-being
  • Evidence for practice.

As a requirement for qualification you will experience a minimum of 1,000 hours practice placement education. Placements are integrated throughout the programme and are undertaken in a variety of health and social care settings.

It may be possible to undertake a placement overseas as an elective personal choice in Year Three or as part of international agreements with other universities. Studying abroad has huge personal and academic benefits, as well as giving you a head start in the graduate job market. For more information, visit www.liverpool.ac.uk/goabroad

For more information on Occupational Therapy, see www.liverpool.ac.uk/occupational-therapy or email shs@liverpool.ac.uk.

Department Key Facts

Number of first year students

288 Year One undergraduates in the School of Health Sciences in 2017

UK league tables

Ranked 1st for Nursing in the Guardian University Guide 2018 and 5th for Occupational Therapy in the Complete University Guide 2019

National Student Survey

• 100% overall satisfaction for Orthoptics and Physiotherapy programmes and 92% overall satisfaction for Nursing (NSS 2017)

Why this subject?

Strengthen your career prospects. Benefit from our experience in delivering over 100 years of teaching across practical and professionally focused programmes.

Learn from experienced, registered, working practitioners. Our curriculum is developed and assessed by leading healthcare providers, including Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospital Trust, Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital, Clatterbridge Cancer Centre and the Christie, Manchester. Many such partners across the North West provide exciting placement opportunities.

Bring your learning to life through clinical experience. Gain a breadth of patient-focused practical experience in a region with a particularly diverse population, providing an invaluable insight to future roles.

Prepare for practice by studying with professionals from across the Health Sciences. Inter-professional modules reflect the multi-profession, team approach that you will encounter in today’s healthcare settings.