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BSc in Occupational Therapy

Brunel University London, United Kingdom


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September 2023

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First Year Course Fee

USD 24,489

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  • 3 Years
  • On Campus
  • Undergraduate
  • Degree
The human body is amazing but when things go wrong, either mentally or physically, people often aren’t able to do activities that matter to them. What are the barriers to activity? Are there ways to overcome these barriers? These are the questions you’ll be finding the answers to as an Occupational Therapist.
  • At Brunel you’ll be integrating theory with practice. You’ll learn to examine the physical, psychological and contextual aspects of a patient. This can be from the acute stage through to the general rehabilitation in the community. You’re encouraged to be creative in your approach and to develop ways to solve their problems. For instance you could be helping someone who has had an amputation to use a wheelchair and identifying ways to have their kitchen adapted. On the course you’ll be encouraged to use your own skills and hobbies to aid rehabilitation. This can be anything from art or music to hair braiding.
  • You’ll learn to use research and literature and to look at evidence to help your understanding of a patient’s condition. Eventually you’ll learn the skills to create your own research.
  • Brunel is ranked first in London for Occupational Therapy in The Complete University Guide 2019. If you’re positive, a motivator, good at coming up with solutions to problems and looking for a career that’s rewarding and really makes a difference to people’s lives then this is the course for you.
  • The NHS Values are shaped by patients, public and staff have helped develop this expression of values that inspire passion in the NHS and that should underpin everything it does. Individual organisations will develop and build upon these values, tailoring them to their local needs. The NHS values provide common ground for co-operation to achieve shared aspirations, at all levels of the NHS.
  • Dean’s International Scholarship: This course is eligible for a £2,000 fee waiver, per academic year, subject to availability. This Scholarship is for full-time international students only.

Enrollment Cycles

  • September 2023

UK entry requirements

  • GCE A-level BBB, including a Grade B in Biology, Human Biology, Chemistry, Psychology, Health and Social Care, Physical Education or Sociology (General Studies not accepted).
  • BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma DDM in Health and Social Care or Applied Science.
  • BTEC Level 3 Diploma DM in Health and Social Care or Applied Science, with an A-level at grade B.
  • BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma D in Health and Social Care or Applied Science, with A-level grades BC.
  • International Baccalaureate Diploma 30 points including 5 in Higher Level Biology, Human Biology, Chemistry, Psychology, Health and Social Care, Physical Education or Sociology. GCSE English equivalent SL 5 or HL 4 and Mathematics SL 4 or HL 4.
  • Obtain a minimum of 120 UCAS tariff points in the Access to HE Diploma in Health Science, Health Professions, Health and Social Care, Health Studies, Medicine, Medical Science, Nursing, Occupational therapy, Physiotherapy, Science or Science in Health Professions with 45 credits.
  • Five GCSEs at grade C or grade 4 or above are also required, including English Language and Maths.
  • All shortlisted applicants will be interviewed

EU and International entry requirements

  • If you require a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK, you must prove knowledge of the English language so that we can issue you a Certificate of Acceptance for Study (CAS). To do this, you will need an IELTS for UKVI or Trinity SELT test pass gained from a test centre approved by UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) and on the Secure English Language Testing (SELT) list. This must have been taken and passed within two years from the date the CAS is made.

English language requirements

  • IELTS: 7 (min 6.5 in all areas)
  • Pearson: 64 (59 in all subscores)
  • BrunELT: 68% (63% in all areas)
  • TOEFL: 100 (min 23 in all areas)
  • The course integrates theory with practice. Periods of campus-based study will prepare you for practice placements, and then information and experience gained on placements provides much of the case study material used in university study. There is also a mix of individual and group work. Your course will follow four themes. These will form the basis of your learning throughout the three years. These themes are:


  • The word ‘occupation’ in occupational therapy refers to people’s everyday activities such as work, hobbies, looking after yourself etc. You’ll learn human biology (anatomy and physiology) and psychology, which will inform you how illness or chronic disease can affect a person’s ability to carry out these daily activities.


  • You’ll learn to read literature and research and evaluate evidence. You’ll be taught about the research process and how it applies in the context of being a health professional. You will become proficient users of existing research, be able to help your patients to understand what it means and eventually you’ll have the skillset to create your own research projects.

Professional performance

  • You’ll learn the professional language and terminology used in occupational therapy and be able to use clinical reasoning. You’ll understand and use a range of occupational therapy procedures. As an occupational therapist you’ll be dealing with vulnerable people in society so this theme also covers the importance of professional integrity and conduct.

Practical skills

  • You’ll learn how to assess patients, work out their difficulties and to resolve their problems. This can be helping people with dementia to maintain their quality of life, working with people with physical difficulties to help them with self-care and independent living techniques or working with mental health patients to redevelop either social or vocational skills. These are just a few examples. Our purpose-built Keep Living Suite and our specialist equipment will help you to learn about the type of equipment you will use when you’re working as an occupational therapist. You’ll learn to fit equipment such as commodes and bath seats, how to advise patients on sitting positions, desk or table configurations and the use of equipment in bedrooms, bathrooms and kitchens. There are opportunities on campus and as part of your course to help with Brunel’s wheelchair basketball team, use sensory integration equipment and help with children who have developmental coordination disorder.
  • This course can be studied 3 years full-time, starting in September.

Year 1

  • HH1708 - Core Professional Skills 1
  • HH1705 - Human Sciences
  • HH1704 - Knowledge and Skills for Occupational Therapy
  • HH1608 - Practice Placement 1
  • HH1707 - Preparation for FHEQ Level 5 Studies
  • HH1607 - Professional Development

Year 2

  • HH2711 - Core Professional Skills 2
  • HH2710 - Evidence-Based Occupational Therapy
  • HH2709 - Occupations for Health and Wellbeing
  • HH2604 - Practice Placement 2
  • HH2605 - Practice Placement 3
  • HH2708 - Theory of Occupation

Year 3


  • HH3713 - Core Professional Skills 3
  • HH3709 - Occupational Therapy Provision and Service Development
  • HH3602 - Practice Placement 4
  • HH3603 - Professional Practice
  • HH3711 - Research in Occupational Therapy
  • HH3710 - Research Method
  • UK
  • £9,250 full-time
  • Fees for EU applicants – For entry in 2021/22 academic year, eligible EU applicants will have the same tuition fees as UK students to support EU students during this transition period. These fees will be applied for the duration of the course. EU fees for 2022 entry are not yet confirmed.

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