Occupational Therapy BSc (Hons) #psychology #degree

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Occupational Therapy
BSc (Hons)

Salford Alternative Entry Scheme (SAES)

We welcome applications from students who may not meet the stated entry criteria but who can demonstrate their ability to pursue the course successfully. Once we have received your application we will assess it and recommend it for SAES if you are an eligible candidate.

The University offers two routes for entry under the scheme and applicants will be directed to the one appropriate for their course. As this course is part of the School of Health Sciences you will only be considered under Entry Route 1.

English Language Requirements

International applicants will be required to show a proficiency in English. An IELTS score of 6.5 (with no element below 6.0) is proof of this. If you need to improve your written and spoken English, you might be interested in ourEnglish language courses .

Applicant profile

You should have relevant experience of working with people along with good communication skills and the ability to demonstrate an understanding of occupational therapy as a profession and the impact that illness and disability may have on a person’s life. If you submit a satisfactory application you will be invited for interview. You are strongly advised to visit at least two clinical occupational therapy departments before applying in order to be able to demonstrate at application and interview an understanding of occupational therapy and to give examples of occupational therapists working in physical and mental health settings. Volunteering roles in relevant areas would also give a stronger profile for applicants.

The interview follows a values based approach informed by the NHS Constitution and the 6Cs of health care. The process will consist of a number of elements that may include a face to face interview, a group task and a short written task.


You will experience a range of teaching methods such as:

  • Keynote lecture
  • Enquiry Based Learning
  • Seminars
  • Tutorials
  • Reading, practical activities
  • Guided study and teaching each other

You will also learn from taking part in practice placements and the contact you will have from clients, carers and other professionals in community and hospital settings.

Full-time: 18 hours per week face to face contact

Part-time: Nine hours per week face to face contact

This is complemented by independent study and research.


  • Written exam
  • Written assessments
  • Viva/Oral presentation

You will also be expected to submit a learning agreement after each placement, five in total, which includes reflections on practice and will be assessed by your placement educator.


As an occupational therapist you will have considerable scope for career development in clinical specialities, management, research and education. Occupational therapists are employed in a range of health and social care settings, in addition to working for employers such as prisons, litigation services, voluntary organisations and private practice.

Career Prospects

Occupational therapists are qualified to work in a range of clinical environments such as paediatrics, older people, acute and long-term mental health settings and learning disability services. Alternatively you may develop your career into medico-legal work, management, education and research. In addition to the NHS and social services, employers include prisons, private hospitals, litigation services, voluntary and charitable organisations and private practice.

Alumni Profile

The tutors on my course were incredibly passionate about what they do and were always on hand to offer help if I needed it. The mix of ages on my course was great. Being a mature studentI, was very nervous about studying again and appearing old, but the variety of ages and backgrounds on the course was fantastic and testament to Salford s open approach to learning. I have now started my first job in the field since graduating, a ten bed male Psychiatric Intensive Care Unit! I’m excited to use all of my new skills and also start studying to be an educator to some new Salford students!

Sophie McNeill, BSc (Hons) Occupational Therapy, 2015 graduate

Links with Industry

An integral part of your learning will be provided by a series of five supervised placements amounting to over 1,000 hours in health and social care settings. These placements include hospital settings and community services. In addition to this you will have the opportunity to go on an innovative role emerging placement in your third year. These placements involve all students going to new organisations which promote professional development and facilitate innovation. Examples of role emerging placements include schools, charities and private organisations.

Placement Opportunities

Further Study

If you are a UK or EU resident, and have home student status, you will have your tuition fees paid for you. You may also qualify for a means-tested bursary (http://www.advice.salford.ac.uk/page/otherfunding ) to help with living expenses

If you are a UK or EU resident, and have home student status, you will have your tuition fees paid for you. You may also qualify for a means-tested bursary (http://www.advice.salford.ac.uk/page/otherfunding ) to help with living expenses

Students will be expected to pay approximately £30 for health clearance from their GP. Please note, the charge for health clearance is at the discretion of your GP and can range from £0 to £120. In addition, students may incur other expenses during placements. Costs are approximated based on the current academic year.

You should also consider further costs which may include books, stationery, printing, binding and general subsistence on trips and visits.

Please note: For applications for entry in September 2017 or later, it is likely there will be changes to the funding of fees and a bursary may no longer be available. Please see more information on the proposed changes here. and we will update this page as soon as the changes are confirmed. If you are applying for entry before September 2017, there will be no changes to the funding available.

I am a UK/EU student I am an International student

As a UK/EU student you could be entitled to:


Rehabilitation flat

Our purpose built rehabilitation flat provides the opportunity to test occupational therapy skills within a secure environment.

The flat has a bathroom, kitchen and bedroom with a range of equipment and daily living aids such as:

  • Specialist knives and adapted cutlery
  • Utensil holders and openers
  • Non-slip mats and reachers
  • A variety of dressing aids
  • Bath lift and grab rail

The flat is used to demonstrate equipment and the way in which an occupational therapist may assist a client to learn a new way to perform an activity and maintain their independence

You will also have access to the occupational therapy resource room, equipment relating to ADL, splinting and personal care, and use of community resources for experiential learning.

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Key Information

Course Code: B920 – Full-time (apply via UCAS), B972 – Part-time (apply direct to the University. 3 week application cycle starts 2nd week in October)
Start Dates: September

Three years full-time
Four years part-time (Monday and Thursday attendance between 9am-4pm)

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We all encourage each other
At Salford doing OT
We work hard to achieve
It s a very good place to be!

With knowledgeable tutors
And all of the support we require
We re not spoon fed
But so many skills we ve acquired

Prepared for the working world
We ll do right by our clients
The study serves us well
We re proud of our OT alliance!

Dwaipee Sarker Level 6

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