BSc (Hons) Occupational Therapy

What is occupational therapy?

Occupational therapists work with individuals, groups and communities to enable their opportunities for occupations that will promote their health and wellbeing. Occupational therapists understand the importance of participation in the occupations and social life of their communities. Occupational therapy is a practice that facilitates choice and diversity of occupations that have meaning and contribute to enhancing quality of life.


About the Course

This course will provide you with the skills and knowledge that are required to work as an occupational therapist in a range of human service settings. You will learn to analyse why people do certain things and how their behaviour influences their health. You will also develop an appreciation for how individuals’ lives can be shaped by their environment and culture and how these factors can impact on health. You will learn through a range of approaches including interactive lectures, workshops, group work, and self-directed learning. In the latter years you will experience greater autonomy and encouragement to debate and appraise practices.

Year One will provide an introduction to occupational therapy. You will study a range of modules and participate in practice education. Placements are a key element of the course and take place each year, giving you the opportunity to put what you are learning into practice and to work with a wide range of individuals and groups of people in diverse settings. In Year Two you will focus on how to plan interventions and work with other team members. During Year Three you will be critically evaluating ideas and exploring the social construction of practice. In Year Four you will focus on translating knowledge into practice in changing contexts.

We have implemented an interprofessional education (IPE) focus within all of our undergraduate healthcare courses to help produce graduates who are confident in their own professional identity and equipped with skills that will allow them to work as effective team members. The IPE component will develop your understanding of: skills and strategies in working in teams; professional roles and perspectives; and collaboration in person-centred practices within current political contexts.

Course Structure

You study for an honours degree over four years. You will complete a range of modules, as outlined, each year.

Entry Requirements

Scottish Higher: Minimum BBBC

A Level: Minimum BCC

Irish Leaving Certificate: H2 H3 H3 H3

International Baccalaureate: 28 points

Required Subjects: Higher English is preferred, or a discursive subject such as History or Sociology at Higher, A Level or equivalent. Eng and Maths at S/Int2/ N5/GCSE

Mature Access: SWAP Access to Health and Social Sciences, HNC Care and Administration, HNC Social Care. We welcome applications from mature students with other relevant qualifications and experience.

Advanced Entry:

Year Two

  • HNC Occupational Therapy Support with B in the graded unit, plus successful fieldwork placement, when places available

Other: A satisfactory criminal records check will be required. You will be required to attend an interview as part of the application process.

International: IELTS score of 6 with no element lower than 5.5. Upon graduation and to be eligible for HCPC registration, an IELTS score of 7 with no element below 6.5 is required.


Year One

Understanding Occupation & Developing Skills for Practice/ Practice Education/ Interprofessional Education 1

Year Two

Developing a Critical Stance Towards Occupation/ Practice Education/ Interprofessional Education 2

Year Three

Expanding and Deepening Perspectives and Contexts/ Practice Education/ Interprofessional Education 3

Year Four

Knowledge Translation into Practice: Transformation Through Occupation/ Practice Education/ Interprofessional Education 4

NB The modules listed here are correct at time of the printing of our Undergraduate Prospectus 2018 (Feb 2017) but may differ slightly to those offered in 2018. Please check the website for any updates.


Excellent career prospects are available in NHS Trusts, local authority social care departments, voluntary organisations, private practice or industry. Your work as an occupational therapist may not necessarily be in a medical setting, hospital or clinic. There are an exciting variety of work opportunities in the community, which includes working with the voluntary sector and in primary care. The course will enable you to work as part of a team with other health and social care professionals. Should you wish to pursue a more academic career path there are opportunities to study at Master’s and PhD level at QMU.

Quick Facts

  • Employers tell us that our graduates are independent learners who can solve problems creatively.
  • We have a cutting edge curriculum with a European dimension.

Learning and Teaching

In Year One, you will spend 12 hours per week in a classroom setting and less so in later years where there is more independent learning. You will spent six weeks on placement in Year One, six weeks in Year Two, eight weeks in Year Three, and eight weeks in Year Four.

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Study Abroad

It is possible to study for a period of time at a university overseas.

Professional Registration

This course is approved by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and World Federation of Occupational Therapists (WFOT). Graduates are eligible to apply for registration with the HCPC. Registration is approved by the College of Occupational Therapists (COT).


There will be a practice placement element in each year. Partnership agreements with institutions abroad may allow opportunities to complete a practice placement in an international setting through the Erasmus Exchange Programme.

Please Note:

The delivery of this course is subject to the terms and conditions set out in our 2018/19 Entry - Terms and Conditions (Undergraduate).

Special Information for EU Applicants:   The Scottish Government has confirmed that undergraduate EU students enrolling in the 2017/8 and 2018/9 academic years will be entitled to free tuition fees in Scotland for the duration of their course. Those assessed as eligible will remain so for the duration of their course. You must apply to the Student Awards Agency for Scotland (SAAS) for funding. For guidance on eligibility and funding please visit the SAAS website.


Course Overview

4 years
Start Date
September 2018
Study Abroad
School of Health Sciences
Subject Area
Fees & Funding
B920 BSc (Hons)/ OT

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