Occupational Therapy

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Course overview
(BSc) Bachelor of Science
Occupational Therapy
University of Essex
University of Essex
Health and Social Care (School of)
Colchester Campus
Honours Degree
Occupational Therapy
BSC B939

Professional accreditation

Approved by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) for the purpose of providing eligibility to apply for registration with the HCPC as an occupational therapist.

Admission criteria

A-levels: BBC (or equivalent)

Equivalent level 3 qualifications include:

- IB: 29 points. We are happy to consider a combination of separate IB Diploma Programmes at both Higher and Standard Level. Exact offer levels will vary depending on the range of subjects being taken at higher and standard level, and the course applied for. Please contact the Undergraduate Admissions Office for more information.

- Access to HE Diploma (in a relevant pathway, e.g. Health Professions, Social Sciences): 45 level 3 credits at merit or above. This Access diploma must be supported by level 2 Maths & English (either as GCSE or functional skill - Level 2 qualifications)

- BTEC Extended Diploma: DMM (in relevant subject e.g. Health & Social Care, Health Studies, Health Sciences)

GCSE: 5 GCSEs at C/4 or above (to include Maths, English and Science) also required.

Alongside academic criteria, applicants need to demonstrate knowledge of the scope of Occupational Therapy and practice settings, together with effective communication skills.

You must also have a satisfactory Occupational Health Check and enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Check (including child and adult barred list check) - both of these are organised by the University. A satisfactory Overseas Criminal Record Check/Local Police Certificate is also required, in addition to a DBS Check, where you have lived outside of the UK in the last 5 years for 6 months or more.

IELTS (International English Language Testing System) code

English language requirements for applicants whose first language is not English: IELTS 7.0 overall with a minimum of 6.5 in each component (or equivalent).

Other English language qualifications may be acceptable so please contact us for further details. If we accept the English component of an international qualification then it will be included in the information given about the academic levels listed above. Please note that date restrictions may apply to some English language qualifications

If you are an international student requiring a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK please see our immigration webpages for the latest Home Office guidance on English language qualifications.

If you do not meet our IELTS requirements then you may be able to complete a pre-sessional English pathway that enables you to start your course without retaking IELTS.

Course qualifiers


Rules of assessment

Rules of assessment are the rules, principles and frameworks which the University uses to calculate your course progression and final results.

Additional notes


External examiners

Ms Jeannette Carol Head

Lecturer/Senior Lecturer MSc Health and Wellbeing Programme Director

Canterbury Christ Church University

External Examiners provide an independent overview of our courses, offering their expertise and help towards our continual improvement of course content, teaching, learning, and assessment. External Examiners are normally academics from other higher education institutions, but may be from the industry, business or the profession as appropriate for the course. They comment on how well courses align with national standards, and on how well the teaching, learning and assessment methods allow students to develop and demonstrate the relevant knowledge and skills needed to achieve their awards. External Examiners who are responsible for awards are key members of Boards of Examiners. These boards make decisions about student progression within their course and about whether students can receive their final award.

eNROL, the module enrolment system, is now open until Monday 27 January 2020 8:59AM, for students wishing to make changes to their module options.


Core You must take this module.
You must pass this module. No failure can be permitted.
Core with Options You can choose which module to study.
You must pass this module. No failure can be permitted.
Compulsory You must take this module.
There may be limited opportunities to continue on the course/be eligible for the degree if you fail.
Compulsory with Options You can choose which module to study.
There may be limited opportunities to continue on the course/be eligible for the degree if you fail.
Optional You can choose which module to study.
There may be limited opportunities to continue on the course/be eligible for the degree if you fail.

Year 1 - 2019/20

Component Number Module Code Module Title Status Credits
01  HS140-4-FY  Interprofessional Working and Development  Core  30 
02  HS171-4-AU  Occupational Being  Core  15 
03  HS172-4-SP  Practice Placement One: EXPLORE  Core  15 
04  HS173-4-AP  Informing Sciences 1  Core  15 
05  HS175-4-PS  Engagement in Occupation  Core  15 
06  HS174-4-SU  Informing Sciences 2  Core  15 
07  HS176-4-PS  Concepts of Therapy  Core  15 

Year 2 - 2020/21

Component Number Module Code Module Title Status Credits
01  HS272-5-PS  Professional Reasoning  Core  15 
02  HS273-5-AU  Practice Placement Two: INITIATE  Core  15 
03  HS274-5-FY  Therapy and Occupation  Core  30 
04  HS240-5-AP  Professional Enquiry  Core  15 
05  HS275-5-SU  Practice Placement Three: LEAD  Core  15 
06  HS276-5-FY  Leadership in Service Enhancement  Core  30 

Year 3 - 2021/22

Component Number Module Code Module Title Status Credits
01  HS371-6-FY  Advancing Occupational Therapy Practice  Core  30 
02  HS372-6-AU  Employability in Occupational Therapy  Core  15 
03  HS340-6-FY  Professional Enquiry Proposal  Core  30 
04  HS373-6-SP  Practice Placement Four: MANAGE  Core  15 
05  HS374-6-SU  Transition from Student to Occupational Therapist  Core  30 

Exit awards

A module is given one of the following statuses: 'core' – meaning it must be taken and passed; 'compulsory' – meaning it must be taken; or 'optional' – meaning that students can choose the module from a designated list. The rules of assessment may allow for limited condonement of fails in 'compulsory' or 'optional' modules, but 'core' modules cannot be failed. The status of the module may be different in any exit awards which are available for the course. Exam Boards will consider students' eligibility for an exit award if they fail the main award or do not complete their studies.

Programme aims

To develop students to graduate level with competencies which meet occupational standards and codes of practice.

To meet QAA academic and practitioner standards and benchmark statements for occupational therapy.

To fulfill COT curriculum framework guidelines.

To meet HPC standards of education and training.

To fulfill university generic learning outcomes.

To develop students as reflective and independent practitioners capable of operating in a multidisciplinary health care context.

To promote and develop evidence based practice and research awareness.

To cultivate in students the capacity to integrate the theoretical principles and concepts of occupational therapy with practice in order to provide quality intervention for service users

To assist students to engage in the analysis of academic discourses in order to continually develop professional practice

Learning outcomes and learning, teaching and assessment methods

On successful completion of the programme a graduate should demonstrate knowledge and skills as follows:

A: Knowledge and understanding

Learning methods

Assessment methods

B: Intellectual and cognitive skills

Learning methods

Assessment methods

C: Practical skills

Learning methods

Assessment methods

D: Key skills

Learning methods

Assessment methods


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Should you have any questions about programme specifications, please contact Course Records, Quality and Academic Development; email: crt@essex.ac.uk.