Occupational Therapy BSc (Hons)

Key information

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 physical and mental health and learning difficulties, for all age groups from young children to the elderly, in our student placements. There are also opportunities for you to study abroad.

More than 1,000 hours of clinical experience, together with the theoretical knowledge gained from the programme, 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 interventions to help them.

The programme is approved by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and is accredited by the Royal College of Occupational Therapists (RCOT). The programme also has approval from the World Federation of Occupational Therapy (WFOT). Recognition of the programme by the RCOT and WFOT are important for graduates seeking 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 within each of the three years of 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 liverpool.ac.uk/goabroad


Department Key Facts

Number of first year students

322 Year One undergraduates in the School of Health Sciences in 2018

UK league tables

3rd for Occupational Therapy in the Complete University Guide 2020 and ranked 5th for Nursing in the Guardian University Guide 2019

National Student Survey

100% overall satisfaction for Orthoptics and Physiotherapy programmes and 97% overall satisfaction for Nursing (NSS 2017)

Why this subject?

Strengthen your career prospects

Benefit from our experience in delivering more than 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 throughout the North West. 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

Interprofessional learning modules reflect the multi-profession, team approach that you will encounter in today’s healthcare settings.