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Duration

Three years, full time

Application Deadline

Applications are still being accepted through UCAS

Location

St George's, University of London

Accreditation

Health & Care Professionals Council (HCPC) and Royal College of Occupational Therapists

UCAS Code

B920, institution code S49

UK, EU and non-EU

(International) citizens may apply

Start dates

September 2021

Apply via UCAS

Overview

Occupational therapy is a very rewarding profession in which you will make a real difference to people’s quality of life. Occupational therapists work with people of all ages to enable them to participate in the daily activities that are important to them. You will work with people with a range of physical and mental health challenges in settings as diverse as schools, prisons, hospitals, the community and many more.

Established in 1752, St George’s, University of London is the UK’s specialist health university, and we are the only UK university to share our campus with a major teaching hospital. You will have opportunities to learn with students and professionals from a variety of healthcare professions that you will go on to work with. On graduation, you’ll be eligible to register with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and Royal College of Occupational Therapists (RCOT).

Read more information about our courses and university services terms and conditions.

Highlights

  • NHS funding offers eligible new and continuing students on this course £5,000 maintenance grant each year.

  • Accredited by the HCPC and RCOT, eligible to register for professional practice on successful completion.

  • 1,000 hours of practice placement experience within a diverse range of settings, for example, in acute and community hospitals, schools and forensics units.

  • Benefit from well-established links with local NHS and social care organisations.

  • Cutting-edge facilities include our dedicated Art of Living Suite with simulated kitchen and bathroom, which enable you to learn skills for practice within a safe environment, as well as access to our pathology museum, anatomy and dissection rooms.

  • Established in 1752, St George’s, University of London is the UK’s specialist health university, and we are the only UK university to share our campus with a major teaching hospital, St George’s University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, which is both on the clinical frontline for a diverse local community and a centre of excellence for specialist conditions.

  • You will be surrounded by like-minded individuals, helping to build your multidisciplinary understanding and context.

Course info

Accidents, illness, disability, mental health issues and ageing affect millions of people all over the world, making it harder for them to do everyday activities, including education, work, leisure or simply caring for themselves. By working with service users, for example, teaching them new ways to do things, identifying specialist equipment and assistive technology or making changes in their environment, occupational therapists enable people with a diverse range of needs live a better life and do what matters most to them.

On our HCPC and RCOT accredited degree, learning is very much hands-on, developing your communication skills and preparing you for practice initially in simulated environments, including our dedicated Art of Living Suite, and subsequently on practice placements in an array of different settings. You’ll deepen your knowledge of the human body and how it works through practical sessions in our anatomy and dissection rooms.

By combining theoretical knowledge with practical experience, this course explores concepts, principles and theories of occupational therapy and occupational science, human development, anatomy, physiology and psychology to develop a strong foundation to practice as an Occupational Therapist (OT).

You’ll quickly realise that no day is ever the same for an ‘OT’ – you may find yourself helping someone rehabilitate after major surgery, or providing the adaptations which enable the elderly stay in their own homes, or supporting someone with mental illness, addiction or learning disabilities.

Over the course of three years, you will spend 1,000 hours, which is approximately a third of your time on the programme, on placement in and around London in a range of different settings to broaden your experience. These reflect the evolving nature of the profession and may include a wide variety of settings, for example, acute trusts, community settings, schools, local authorities, social enterprises, charities and non-traditional placements.

This degree is awarded by St George’s University of London. It is part of a suite of programmes in the Centre for Allied Health (Education), which is in the Faculty of Health, Social Care and Education, a partnership between St George’s, University of London and Kingston University. You benefit from the combined teaching and research expertise, comprehensive and specialist resources provided by these two institutions, as an established medical school and modern multi-faculty university, respectively.

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“From the second you walk through the door, the staff at St George’s are incredibly supportive and encouraging every step of the way throughout your learning experience. Our class bonded really well and we have a lot of fun as well as being there to provide support for each other.”

- Sharon

Occupational Therapy BSc

Tuition fees

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Home (UK) student fees

Academic year

UK (per academic year)

Total fee*

2021/22

£9,250

£27,750

For more information, see our fees and funding pages.*Tuition fees for home (UK) students are determined by UK Government policy. Tuition fees are charged for each year of your course. Fees for second and subsequent years are likely to increase annually in line with UK inflation as measured by the Retail Price Index (RPI-X) and subject to maximum regulated fee rates set by the UK Government. 

 

International (including EU) student fees

Academic year

International (per academic year)

Total fee*

2021/22

£16,500

£49,500

*Tuition fees for international students are set by St George’s, University of London. Tuition fees are charged for each year of your course. Fees for second and subsequent years are likely to increase annually in line with UK inflation as measured by the Retail Price Index (RPI-X) and will not normally increase by more than 5% each year, except when the rate of inflation is significantly more than that projected in the preceding year.

For more information, see our fees and funding pages.

Additional costs

The following table gives you an indication of additional costs associated with your course.  These costs are not included in your tuition fees.

Item 

Description

Admissions costs

DBS - £40
Post office verification - £5 
Administration fee - £6

Technology requirements

Find out more about technology requirements associated with online learning.

 

Clubs, Societies and Community Projects at St George's

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Our entry requirements for 2021 entry and 2022 entry may differ. Please scroll down if you would like to view our 2022 entry criteria.

Entry criteria 2021

You will need to meet both the entry and personal statement criteria to be considered for this course. With the exception of GCSEs, all qualifications must have been awarded no more than five years before your year of application.

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GCSEs

Grades

5 subjects graded C (4) or above

Subjects

Five subjects which must include English Language, Maths and Double Award Science.

Additional information

We accept resits of GCSEs. We are unable to accept Adult Literacy and Numeracy or Functional Maths instead of GCSEs.

If you have completed all of your qualifications before you apply and you meet the A-level or degree (or equivalent) academic requirement, but you do not meet the GCSE requirements, your application may still be considered.

A Levels

Grades

BBB

Subjects

Science or social science subjects may be helpful but are not essential.

Contextual admissions

At St George’s, we want to attract students who share our mission to improve the health of society, regardless of their background. That’s why our Contextual Admissions schemes take into consideration additional information from your application, like the school you attended or the area you live in or if you have been in care, to make the admissions process fairer. Further details on Contextual Admissions are available here.

Additional information

AS levels are not considered for this course.

Re-sits will be considered but you may be required to achieve higher grades.

Modular re-sits will be considered, however, you may be required to achieve higher grades.

International Baccalaureate

Award

Full Award Diploma

Overall score

Overall score of 32

Subjects

15 points at Higher Level, Sciences or Social Science may be helpful but are not essential.

At Standard Level, a minimum score of 5 must be attained in Maths and English, if at least a 5 (Grade C) has not previously been attained in GCSE/IGCSE/O Level Maths and English.

Access Diploma

Award

Full award diploma

Scores

60 credits at level 3 (45 graded and 15 ungraded)

Grades

Overall 21 credits graded at Distinction and 24 at Merit.

Must be completed within last 5 years.

Subjects

Credits must be in pure science subjects, excluding Sociology.

Additional credits

Any additional credits outside of the 60 credit diploma will not be accepted.

Additional information

Must be completed within the last 4 years. If you have not taken GCSEs and/or A Levels (or equivalent) or you have lower grades in previous studies, you will be required to complete your Access course prior to submitting an application. You are required to have GCSEs in English Language and Maths alongside the Access Diploma as per the requirements outlined above.

Other qualifications

Birkbeck College
Certificate in Life Sciences

65 per cent overall

Pearson BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma

DDM

Subjects in Science, Psychology, Biology, Health and Social Care may be helpful but is not essential

Open University (OU)

120 units at level 1 and 2
Level 1: Understanding Health Sciences, 30 units

Level 2: Human Biology module, 30 units
Any other module, 30 units
All results must be received and verified by us by 1 September of the year of entry

Cambridge Pre-U Diploma

Overall score of 64 and no subject less than M2

Scottish Highers

Five B grades at Higher Level including English Language, Maths and Science
BBB at Advanced Higher Level including Biology or Human Biology

Irish Leaving Certificate

Six B grades at Higher Level, including English and Maths, English Language and Maths B2 at HL

Applicants should list their Junior Certificates on UCAS form

Undergraduate Degree

2.2 Honours or higher

HKDSE

5,4,4

Foundation Degree

Minimum overall score 65 per cent in health related subject.

EU and international qualifications

We welcome applications from applicants around the world. For information on the requirements for your country, please visit our International Qualifications page.

Other

Please contact us for details

Additional information

If your qualifications do not meet the indicated entry criteria but you have completed some other recognised study, please provide additional information and supporting evidence to the once you have submitted your application.

English language

If English is not your first language and you are not a national of a country deemed by either the UK Home Office or St George’s, University of London to be ‘majority English speaking’ listed here, you will be required to meet the English Language requirements outlined below. Tests are valid for a period of two years.

GCSE / IGCSE

English Language grade 6 / B or above.

Please note: all components (speaking, listening, reading and writing) must be completed and assessed.

IELTS

(International English Language Testing System)


7.0 overall (with a minimum of 6.5 in all sections in core elements - Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking)

You are able to take two attempts to achieve your IELTS qualification per year and your test results are valid for two years.

Pearson's Test

67 overall (including 67 in written and speaking element and no section less than 61)*

Non-academic criteria

Work experience

We understand the challenges for our prospective applicants for medicine and allied health courses trying to gain work experience at this time, particularly in clinical settings.    

In response to the government’s social distancing guidelines, which have a significant impact on all areas of life, we have chosen to relax our work experience requirements for prospective applicants for our courses which would normally require these.    

Despite the relaxed requirements, we still require our applicants to have an understanding of the realities of working as a healthcare professional and to show they have the necessary skills and attributes for their chosen career. Online resources can give you valuable insight into working in the healthcare sector and outline the wide range of careers and courses available. You can find a number of suggested resources for each of our courses here. 

Personal statement

You must demonstrate interest in, and commitment to, working with people; able to identify relevant transferable skills that would make you a good Occupational Therapist; demonstrate a broad awareness of the scope and practice of Occupational Therapy; and an ability to reflect on work experience.

In addition to meeting the academic criteria for admission, you should be able to demonstrate a keen interest in and commitment to working with people, be able to identify relevant transferable skills that would make you a good Occupational Therapist, demonstrate a broad awareness of the scope of Occupational Therapy, and have obtained some relevant work experience where possible. All of this should be evident from your UCAS personal statement. Applicants who do not demonstrate this are unlikely to be invited for interview.

Applicants should be aware that we will be notified by UCAS of any plagiarism within a personal statement. If UCAS indicate that the plagiarism is above 60 per cent then you application is unlikely to be considered any further and you will be unsuccessful.

Health and police screening

Satisfactory clearance in both, including immunisation against Hepatitis B, MMR, Meningitis, TB and Chicken Pox.

Once accepted onto a health and social care course, you are required to pass occupational health screening. When admitting candidates to study and practice as a health and social care practitioner, we have an obligation to both service users and to the individual student. Candidates who are concerned about a health issue are strongly advised to contact us prior to applying. All offers of places are made subject to satisfactory health clearance and an agreement to undergo appropriate blood tests and immunisations.

You will be asked to be immunised against Hepatitis B for personal safety, so please contact your general practitioner (GP) to arrange screening. You should begin a course of Hepatitis B immunisation as soon as you submit your UCAS application, as it consists of three injections over a six month period. If you firmly accept an offer you will be sent a confidential health questionnaire and further information about the process of screening for Hepatitis B.

This course includes working with children and vulnerable adults so all applicants must have enhanced DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) check. More information about this will be sent to applicants as part of the admissions process.

Read more about DBS checks.

Professional registration

If you already belong to a registered professional body, please provide details at interview.

If you are a current healthcare professional or a member of a registered professional body, you must provide details of your registration. If you have had your professional registration suspended or revoked, or undergone a disciplinary/fitness to practice investigation, you will be required to provide further information if selected for interview. This will be reviewed by the admissions tutor and you may be required to provide full copies of related documentation. Any information you disclose will only be used for the purpose of considering your application to the applied course.

Work experience

You must have work or voluntary experience in a field which demonstrates communication and people skills which are relevant to a career in Occupational Therapy. This may be in the field of Education, Social Care, or Health but also in Customer Services or Conflict Resolution. Your personal statement should reflect your awareness of the relevance of your experiences to Occupational Therapy. In addition, you must be able to demonstrate a broad awareness of the scope of Occupational Therapy. Although work experience is ideal, your work experience does not have to take place in an NHS or social care setting. It can be paid or voluntary. Working in a care home, hospice or doing community work with disabled adults or children are examples of good work experience. It is useful to see evidence that you have experience with people using health or social care services.

If invited to interview you may be required to provide formal letters detailing the dates, hours worked and duties carried out.

We do not specify a minimum amount of experience, but the more you have the better - there's no such thing as too much experience. It does not have to be full time but regular experience over a period of months is preferable to a couple of weeks here and there as it demonstrates commitment. Recent work experience is preferable although you can reflect on any relevant past experience.

Exceptions

Applicants who are studying or who have previously studied on another Pre-Registration Occupational Therapy course in the UK may not be considered. However, it is worth contacting the admissions tutor to check.

The following qualifications may enhance your application, but cannot contribute to the minimum requirements:

  • NVQs

  • ITEC Anatomy and Physiology.

Entry Criteria: 2022 Entry

Entry Qualifications

To be eligible for the Occupational Therapy BSc programme, you must meet the requirements outlined under Entry Qualifications, Other Academic Requirements, and Non-academic Requirements below.

Entry Qualifications

With the exception of GCSEs, all qualifications must have been completed within the previous five years, including the year of application.

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A Levels

If you are applying on the basis of A Levels, you must meet both the A Level and GCSE requirements below.

Grades

BBB

Subjects

Science or social science subjects may be helpful but are not essential. General Studies is not accepted.

Contextual admissions

At St George’s, we want to attract students who share our mission to improve the health of society, regardless of their background. That’s why our Contextual Admissions schemes take into consideration additional information from your application, like the school you attended or the area you live in or if you have been in care, to make the admissions process fairer. Further details on Contextual Admissions are available here.

Additional information

Resits may be considered.

GCSEs

Grades

Five subjects graded 4 (C) or above

Subjects

Five subjects which must include English Language, Maths and Science (Double or Triple Award).

Additional information

We accept resits of GCSEs. We do not accept Adult Literacy and Numeracy or Functional Skills instead of GCSEs.

International Baccalaureate

If you are applying on the basis of International Baccalaureate, you need to meet both our Higher Level and Standard Level requirements, as outlined below.

Award

Full Award Diploma

Scores

Overall score of 32

Subjects

15 points at Higher Level. Science or social science subjects may be helpful but are not essential.

At Standard Level, a minimum score of 4 must be attained in Maths and English, if at least a 4 (C) has not previously been attained in GCSE/IGCSE Maths and English. We accept both Mathematics: analysis & approaches and Mathematics: applications & interpretations. 

Access Diploma

If you are applying on the basis of an Access Diploma, you must meet both the Access Diploma and GCSE requirements below.

Award

Full award diploma

Scores

60 credits at level 3 (45 graded and 15 ungraded)

Subjects

21 credits at Distinction and 24 credits at Merit. Science or social science subjects may be helpful but are not essential.

Additional information

Any additional level 3 credits outside of the 60 credit diploma will not be accepted.

GCSEs

Grades

Two subjects graded 4 (C) or above

Subjects English Language and Maths

Additional information

We accept resits of GCSEs. We do not accept Adult Literacy and Numeracy or Functional Skills instead of GCSEs.

Other UK Qualifications

Pearson BTEC Level 3 Extended National Diploma

If you are applying on the basis of a Pearson BTEC Level 3 Extended National Diploma, you must meet both the Diploma and GCSE requirements below.

DDM

Science or social science subjects may be helpful but are not essential.

5 GCSEs at grade 4 (C) or above. Subjects must include English Language, Maths and Science (Double or Triple Award).

Pearson BTEC Diploma

If you are applying on the basis of a Pearson BTEC Diploma, you must meet both the Diploma and GCSE requirements below.

DM with an A Level at grade B

Science or social science subjects may be helpful but are not essential.

5 GCSEs at grade 4 (C) or above. Subjects must include English Language, Maths and Science (Double or Triple Award).

Cambridge Pre-U Diploma

If you are applying on the basis of a Cambridge Pre-U Diploma, you must meet both the Diploma and GCSE requirements below.

M2, M2, M2

Three principal subjects. Science or social science subjects may be helpful but are not essential.

5 GCSEs at grade 4 (C) or above. Subjects must include English Language, Maths and Science (Double or Triple Award).

Scottish Highers

If you are applying on the basis of Scottish Highers, you must meet the Highers, Advanced Highers and National 5 requirements below.

Highers: BBB

Advanced Highers: BB

Science or social science subjects may be helpful but are not essential.

English Language and Maths National 5 at grade C or higher is required.

UK Undergraduate Degree

If you are applying on the basis of a degree, you do not need to meet our GCSE or Level 3 (A Level) requirements.

2:2 Honours

Other

Please contact us.

International Qualifications

We welcome applications from applicants around the world. For information on the requirements for your country, please visit our International Qualifications page.

Other Academic Requirements

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English Language

If you are applying from outside of the UK, you will need to meet the English language requirements outlined here. This is a group 1 course.

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Personal Statement

In addition to meeting the academic criteria for admission, you should be able to demonstrate a keen interest in and commitment to working with people, be able to identify relevant transferable skills that would make you a good Occupational Therapist, demonstrate a broad awareness of the scope of Occupational Therapy, and have obtained some relevant work experience where possible. All of this should be evident from your UCAS personal statement. Applicants who do not demonstrate this are unlikely to be invited for interview.

Work Experience and Insight

We understand the challenges for our prospective applicants for medicine and allied health courses trying to gain work experience at this time, particularly in clinical settings.    

In response to the government’s social distancing guidelines, which have a significant impact on all areas of life, we have chosen to relax our work experience requirements for prospective applicants for our courses which would normally require these.    

Despite the relaxed requirements, we still require our applicants to have an understanding of the realities of working as a healthcare professional and to show they have the necessary skills and attributes for their chosen career. Online resources can give you valuable insight into working in the healthcare sector and outline the wide range of careers and courses available. You can find a number of suggested resources for each of our courses here.

Occupational Health Check

Should you receive an offer to study at St George’s, you will be required to complete a health check and be declared fit to study and practise by the Occupational Health (OH) department before you begin your studies.

The following vaccinations are mandatory for all healthcare students before you begin your studies:

  • MMR (measles, mumps and rubella)
  • Meningococcal meningitis
  • Diphtheria
  • Pertussis (whooping cough)
  • Poliomyelitis
  • Tetanus

As part of the process, you will also be screened by the OH team for Chickenpox, Tuberculosis, HIV and Hepatitis B and C.

When admitting candidates to study and practise as a health practitioner, we have an obligation to both patients and to the individual student. Candidates who are concerned about a health issue are advised to contact us.

Disclosure and Barring Service Check & Additional Declarations

This course will include work with children and vulnerable adults, so you will be required to submit a series of declarations.

If you are invited to an interview, we will request some additional information from you, regarding your criminal record, educational history and employment history. You will also have the opportunity to make any other declarations that you’d like us to be aware of. We may not able to consider applicants who were suspended from previous study/work due to fitness to practise issues or failure in assessments/examinations.

If you are made an offer, you will be required to complete an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check. More information about this is sent to applicants as part of the admissions process.

This three-year BSc (Hons) Occupational Therapy degree involves four successive practice placements with a total of 1,000 hours, which represents approximately a third of the programme.

Year 1

In Year 1, you will be introduced to the history, concepts, principles and theories of occupational science and occupational therapy, at the same time building a foundation of biological and biomedical scientific knowledge. We’ll examine therapeutic communication, ethical practice in health and social care and relevant legislation and standards of practice. You also will complete your first practice placement. In doing so, you’ll start to develop a range of essential patient skills for working with service users, such as maintaining dignity and confidentiality, developing effective observational and communication skills, learning to appreciate cultural and ethical issues, as well as health and safety, such as infection control procedures.

Our Essentials for Allied Health Professionals programme brings together students from occupational therapy, healthcare science, medicine, physiotherapy and diagnostic and therapeutic radiography to work together, so you can begin to appreciate the concept of multidisciplinary healthcare teams.

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Year 1 modules

  • Essentials for Allied Health Professionals

  • Factors Influencing Professional Practice

  • Foundations of Occupational Therapy

  • Occupation for Health and Wellbeing

  • Practice Placement 1

Year 2

In year 2, you will advance your knowledge, practical and research skills through your studies and on practice placement. You will learn to implement a range of occupation-focused interventions for people with different needs across the lifespan and in diverse contexts.

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Year 2 modules

  • Research methods in Health and Social Care

  • Enabling Occupational Performance

  • Occupations in Context

  • Human Occupation across the Lifespan

  • Practice Placements 2 and 3

Year 3

In the final year, the focus is on integrating your knowledge, analytical and practice skills to select, justify and implement appropriate strategies for a variety of service users with physical or mental health difficulties or learning disabilities within the contemporary practice context. You will undertake a comprehensive research project on a topic that interests you, for example, one of our recent graduates chose to explore the needs of undergraduate physiotherapy and occupational therapy students with disabilities and specific learning needs.

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Year 3 modules

  • Research in Practice

  • Promoting Occupation in Contemporary Practice

  • Reflection, Evaluation and Outcome Measurement for Occupational Therapists

  • Inter-professional Debates/Management

  • Practice Placement 4

Placement

The variety and volume of placement opportunities we offer is what students tell us they like most about our course – practice placements are undertaken in a variety of health and social care environments, including acute NHS hospital trusts, community-based services, mental health services, social care and children’s services.

The supervised, hands-on experience you get with service users and patients on placement is the best way to consolidate your learning. You will gain experience of working as part of a team, demonstrating professional behaviour and implementing a range of occupational therapy assessments and interventions.

Over the three years of the programme, you will be expected to undertake a minimum of 28 weeks of placement, with full-time working hours. On placement, you are supervised by a practice educator who will facilitate your learning. You receive support from your University link tutor who will meet with you at least once during the placement and provide support as needed. You should be prepared to travel for your placements within the London/Greater London area.

Below are some examples of where our students have attended practice placements.

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Placement examples*

  • Camden and Islington NHS Foundation Trust

  • Central London Community Healthcare NHS Trust

  • Enfield Community Services

  • Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust

  • Islington Community Rehabilitation Services

  • South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust

  • South West London and St George's Mental Health NHS Trust

  • Southend University Hospital NHS Trust

  • St Georges University Hospitals NHS Trust

  • Vauxhall City Farm and Randall Close/Leonard Cheshire

  • West London Mental Health NHS Trust

*This list is subject to change and should be used as a guide of where students may be able to go.

To excel as an occupational therapist, you need practical, personal and professional knowledge and expertise, together with enthusiasm, patience, the ability to make people feel swiftly at ease and think quickly on your feet.

On our degree, you will build a portfolio of clinical and professional skills and competencies, to the standard expected by professional organisations. We pay particular attention to developing your practical skills, so you’ll spend time practising how to use the equipment on other students and mannequins, for example, learning basic life support, doing wheelchair or sliding board transfers, making splints, building your confidence to deal with patients and relatives.

One of the many benefits of studying at St George’s is the opportunity to study and work with students on other healthcare-related courses, including medical, biomedical, physiotherapy, diagnostic and therapeutic radiography, to lay the foundation for future practice as part of a clinical multidisciplinary team. This collaborative inter-professional education helps you develop invaluable communication and team-building skills and appreciate the roles of other professionals.

Teaching methods include lectures, staff and student-led seminars, tutorials, case-based learning, problem-based learning, interactive workshops, group work, clinical skills training in simulated environments and practice placements.

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Our expertise

You will be taught by staff with extensive experience of working in practice, teaching and research, who will share their up-to-date knowledge and experience in specialist areas including mental health, neurology, trauma, orthopaedics, children and families. Where possible we invite service users or patients to talk to you directly about their own experiences, for example, their lived experience of occupational therapy and the importance of participating in their occupations. Capitalising on our contacts with different health trusts, as well as St George’s Occupational Therapy department, we encourage practitioners to deliver teaching sessions on specialist areas of practice, such as falls prevention and oncology.

St George’s enjoys a global reputation as experts in population health, infection and immunity, and molecular and clinical sciences thanks to our four world-class research institutes – Molecular and Clinical Science, Population Health Research, Faculty of Health, Social Care and Education and Infection and Immunity.

Assessment methods

We use a range of assessment techniques, chosen to match the competencies being learned and tested within each module. These include written assignments (essays, posters, presentations, reflective writing, case reports) and practical assessments of occupational therapy skills on placement. Assessed, practice placement blocks take place in all years of study. In your final year, we ask you to produce a problem-based report on an aspect of interdisciplinary practice, a research project and a poster related to contemporary occupational therapy practice.

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While the St George’s programmes are recognised by many different countries, applicants are advised to check with their own individual national authorities if they wish to practise in their chosen country.

More occupational therapists are needed across the UK to help address the growing number of people who need their support now, as well as those who will require it in the future. 

Career prospects are excellent with opportunities for career progression within the NHS and other settings through professional practice and development into Senior Occupational Therapist and Advanced Practitioner roles, as well as progression into management, education and training, or academic career pathways. 

On completion of this degree, you will be eligible to apply both for professional registration with the HCPC and membership of the RCOT. If you are an EU or non-EU (international) applicant, you should check with the professional registration body in your country to ensure that you will be eligible to practice there. 

As well as working with individual patients and their families, you could also work with groups and communities, or as part of a multidisciplinary team in hospitals, clinics, charities, prisons and social services departments. As you gain experience, you may opt to specialise in a particular area of practice such as mental health, hand therapy, elderly care or paediatrics. The skills you’ll develop could lend themselves to new emerging roles too, such as working with asylum seekers or refugees, the police or the fire services. 

There are many exciting opportunities for career advancement, further study or research, including further postgraduate study at St George’s on our MSc Rehabilitation course.

 

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Career examples

  • Acute health and social care

  • Charities

  • Children’s therapy services or schools

  • Forensic mental health

  • Hospices

  • Hospitals

  • Housing departments

  • International services

  • Mental health services

  • Older people’s services

  • Private practice

  • Rehabilitation centres

Facilities

St George’s is the only UK university, which specialises in healthcare education and is based on a hospital site, namely St George’s Hospital, where the Channel 4 television series 24 hours in A&E is filmed. We offer a unique opportunity to study and work alongside the full range of clinical professionals and their patients. Based in the thriving multi-cultural hub of Tooting in South West London, our location has the added advantage of being just a short tube ride from Central London and all the city lifestyle has to offer.

We also have a range of specialist health and academic facilities to support your learning, listed below.

The Art of Living Suite

This specifically designed teaching facility for occupational therapy has adapted, functioning kitchen and simulated bathroom facilities, in addition to specialist equipment so that you can practise assessment and intervention skills. We use specialist recording equipment in the suite to provide feedback and help you develop your interpersonal and communication skills.

Dissection room

The dissection room is where present and future healthcare professionals and scientists in the hospital and University learn or refresh their anatomy knowledge directly from the human body, through access to cadaveric material and models, and plastinated (preserved) specimens.

Pathology museum

Our on-site museum houses a collection of over 2,000 pathological specimens, including a number of original specimens donated by Sir Benjamin Collins Brodie in 1843. This space is used for small group tutorials by students across all of our courses as an educational tool to help you understand the mechanisms of disease.

Library and learning technology

Our modern health sciences library offers a wide range of books, e-books, academic journals and other resources to support you. You will also have access to online resources, such as the Canvas virtual learning environment

and our Hunter discovery service to help you find the information you need. The library is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and comprises silent, quiet and group learning areas, as well as four group discussion rooms.

IT facilities

We have five computer suites housing 260 workstations. Three of these suites are accessible 24 hours a day. It’s easy to find a free space with our handy real-time computer locator. We also have 75 self-service laptops available. Free Wi-Fi covers the whole campus, including all accommodation. You can use these resources to access your course materials, discussion boards, assessment and feedback through Canvas.

Student support

Whether you are heading off to university straight from school or college, or returning to education as a mature student, we want to ensure your experience is positive from the outset. At St George’s, you’ll be welcomed by a multicultural student and staff body of different ages, ethnicities, nationalities and backgrounds, all with one thing in common – an interest in healthcare.

Students frequently tell us they greatly appreciate the diversity of our student and staff body, as well as the patients who access healthcare services in the borough of Tooting. We attract a substantial number – over two-thirds – of ‘mature’ students, aged 21 or over when they start; many have family and caring responsibilities.

We offer a full range of academic support and student services across all institutes, departments and faculties, some of which are listed below. We take pride in offering a transformative educational experience underpinned by cooperation and collaboration between staff and students. Our innovative Student-Staff Partnership Grants (SSPGs), for example, provide funding for small projects led jointly by students and staff.

Personal tutor

On arrival, you will be allocated a personal tutor, who is a member of the programme team, someone with whom you can have regular contact, who you ask questions and discuss problems with, both academic and personal. The main purpose of a personal tutor is to monitor your progress, pick up and help you resolve any problems, whether academic or welfare related. Even if they don’t have the answer, they will point you in the right direction towards the best people to deal with specific problems.

Induction programme

Within your first week at St George’s, you’ll take part in an induction programme to help with your orientation and introduce you to various study skills, including interprofessional learning and use of the Dissecting Room. Additional sessions provide advice and guidance about the Registry, Students’ Union, personal tutor system, safety, occupational health and sexual health awareness.

Academic staff support

You’ll have access to your lecturers, usually by arrangement via email.

Placement support

Placement in practice is formalised through a placement management agreement. Whilst on placement, an allocated practice educator will facilitate your learning. One of our occupational therapy lecturers will also be your link tutor and will meet with you and the practice educator at least once during the placement and offer support as needed.

Mums and dads scheme

‘Mums and dads’ is a buddy scheme organised by the Students’ Union. Every fresher (first year student) has the choice of being assigned a ‘parent’ from the year above in their respective course. The returning student then acts as a ‘go to’ for advice about courses and university life, providing an additional support system during your first year, both academically and socially. They have been in your position and know the struggles of starting university; they also know all of the best pubs, clubs, restaurants, gyms and will help introduce you to your new St George’s family. 

Student Life Centre

Our Student Life Centre team can help you with almost any aspect of student life: finances, accommodation, exams and assessment, academic procedures, admissions, international queries, careers, disability and wellbeing, even finding your way around – whatever it takes to make you feel at home.

Careers service

Our careers service works to support current students and recent graduates to find and maintain the career of their dreams. We work with careers tutors from each course area to ensure that careers activities specific to your programmes and future profession come to you. In previous years, we have held a careers fair for Occupational Therapy and Physiotherapy students, which has included presentations from occupational therapists from local trusts as potential future employers, as well as opportunities for students to practise various skills in preparation for job applications (including writing CVs and interview skills).

Apply for this course through UCAS (the University and College Admissions Service) by 15 January in the year of entry. There are no upper age limits, and we welcome applications from mature students.

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Application checklist

 

 

 

Things to remember

You must provide:

  • full details of your Level 2 (GCSE equivalent qualifications) with grades

  • full details of your Level 3 (A Level or equivalent qualifications) with achieved/predicted grades

  • a personal statement (more information about this document is available on the UCAS website)

  • an academic reference from your current or most recent institutions with predicted grades

  • log in to UCAS Track and check your application to see if all your academic details have been included.

If any subjects or predicted results are missing, email the Admissions Officer with your UCAS number and missing subjects and grades.

After submitting your application to UCAS
  • Log in to UCAS Track and check your application to see if all your academic details have been included.

  • If any subjects or predicted results are missing, email the admissions officer with your UCAS number and missing subjects and grades

Deferred entry

We will consider applications from applicants who wish to defer entry by a year, provided you plan to use the time constructively. If you are offered a place on the course and subsequently decide to defer, you must inform us by 1 June of the year of application.

After application

Acknowledgement emails and letters are sent out on receipt of applications. Please ensure that your email account is able to accept communications from St George’s as we will mainly communicate with applicants via email. Selected applicants will be invited to attend an interview.

Decisions from St George’s will be entered onto UCAS Track. Applicants will be contacted via email.

We have been working hard to find ways to teach our courses without disruption, while keeping our staff and students safe and making sure we follow government guidance on Covid-19. We won’t be making any significant changes to the content of our programmes, but there will be some changes to the way they are delivered. Please see below for further details of how this may affect this course.

If government advice changes, we may need to update our plans. If we do so, we will update this information, and will keep current students and offer holders informed by email.

We will also continue to update our frequently asked questions page for applicants and offer holders and current students as more information becomes available.

Course content

We are not making any significant changes to the content of the Occupational Therapy programme. However, we have remodelled placement activity for Year 2 and 3 as students were unable to complete all their necessary placements for academic year 2019/20. This has been necessary as all students on this programme must complete 1,000 hours of practice placement as part of the degree award and professional body requirements.

All the programme modules are compulsory and must be passed for successful completion for the degree award, and for you to be eligible for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council under the protected title of Occupational Therapist.

There is a possibility that government advice on social distancing may change in the future and this may restrict access to the campus. Even if this were to be the case, we expect to be able to continue to deliver all modules of the programme. However, we would need to consider how to adapt practice placement activities, in line with the guidance of the relevant professional bodies (Health Education England, Health and Care Professions Council, and Royal College of Occupational Therapists).

Supporting vulnerable students

Students considered to be most at risk from Covid-19 should work at home wherever possible in line with government advice. Students who are going on placement will be required to complete an individual risk assessment and others may choose to do so. In addition, students from vulnerable groups, including care leavers, students estranged from their families and students with disabilities, are prioritised for help from the University’s Hardship Funds and for accommodation in Horton Halls. Priority for loans of laptops from the University will be given to those eligible to receive a hardship grant; those registered as disabled, care leavers or with caring responsibilities; and international students who may have difficulty sourcing an appropriate device on arrival in the UK.

We recognise the impact that the current circumstances may have on mental health and have expanded our counselling provision, offering remote appointments to any student. In addition, every student will be allocated a personal tutor to offer individual pastoral and academic support from the start of their studies. (Further information about health and wellbeing advice during Covid-19 is available here.)

Priority consideration has been given to support for students with disabilities when accessing teaching and learning online, through the provision of automatic live captioning and British Sign Language within our primary technologies of Panopto, MS Teams and Big Blue Button. These can benefit a range of students, especially those who are deaf or hard of hearing, as well as students with an Autistic Spectrum Condition (ASC), memory processing issues, and for whom English is an additional language.

Human-level captioning is also available where a need has been established through the Disability Advisory team. Human-level captioning requests are processed by the Learning Technology Services (LTS) section and can be requested by email to lts@sgul.ac.uk.  

How the course will be delivered

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The existing learning outcomes for our modules and courses will remain in place. From September to December 2020 all students will primarily access their learning, including learning materials, via the Virtual Learning Environment (VLE), Canvas. Hands-on practical teaching and learning activities will be delivered on campus with appropriate social distancing and personal protective equipment (PPE) measures put in place, and with controls on the number of people in each location.

The online components of the course will be designed to balance interactive real-time sessions with lecturers and other students, with self-paced independent study. Students will have clear learning pathways through the activities they are expected to engage with, and there will be opportunities to check learning and progress.

Personal tutor support and all other student support, such as the Academic Success Centre, will also be online for this period, using a range of methods for staying in touch, such as telephone, email and the University’s web conferencing systems BigBlueButton and MSTeams.

Pending Health Education England (HEE) approval, placements are currently expected to resume from September 2020 with minimum changes to planned delivery or timings. All students on placement will be expected to undertake a risk assessment and adhere to local Trust working patterns and guidance.  

To get the most from online study, hardware requirements have been established and communicated to all existing students and offer holders. Students will need their own personal computer or laptop and an internet connection in their place of accommodation. This needs to be in place at the start of the course. Once enrolled, students will have the ability to use Office 365 as part of our institutional licence, and access software required for their modules/courses via AppsAnywhere. In addition, we offer Office for Mac via Ofice365, but only the following applications are available for Mac: Teams, Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Outlook, OneNote. Web-based Office applications are available on Mac. Full details are available here. There is a provision for students who may struggle to meet the hardware requirements to contact our IT Hardship team.

Current students

The existing learning outcomes for our modules and courses will remain in place. From September to December 2020 all students will primarily access their learning, including learning materials, via the Virtual Learning Environment (VLE), Canvas. Hands-on practical teaching and learning activities will be delivered on campus with appropriate social distancing and personal protective equipment (PPE) measures put in place, and with controls on the number of people in each location.

The online components of the course will be designed to balance interactive real-time sessions with lecturers and other students, with self-paced independent study. Students will have clear learning pathways through the activities they are expected to engage with, and there will be opportunities to check learning and progress.

Personal tutor support and all other student support, such as the Academic Success Centre, will also be online for this period, using a range of methods for staying in touch, such as telephone, email and the University’s web conferencing systems BigBlueButton and MSTeams.

Pending Health Education England (HEE) approval, placements are currently expected to resume from September 2020 with minimum changes to planned delivery or timings. All students on placement will be expected to undertake a risk assessment and adhere to local Trust working patterns and guidance.  

To get the most from online study, hardware requirements have been established and communicated to all existing students and offer holders. Students will need their own personal computer or laptop and an internet connection in their place of accommodation. This needs to be in place at the start of the course. Once enrolled, students will have the ability to use Office 365 as part of our institutional licence, and access software required for their modules/courses via AppsAnywhere. In addition, we offer Office for Mac via Ofice365, but only the following applications are available for Mac: Teams, Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Outlook, OneNote. Web-based Office applications are available on Mac. Full details are available here. There is a provision for students who may struggle to meet the hardware requirements to contact our IT Hardship team.

Risk assessment

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Students with pre-existing illnesses or disabilities, or who are shielding

If you suffer, or have suffered, from a serious illness (physical or psychological) or have a disability, or have been required to shield due to Covid-19, please let us know. St George’s is committed to supporting our students and will explore all reasonable adjustments to support you to thrive on your course.

Please contact our Disability Advisor as soon as possible with details to help us establish whether your health history or disability is likely to affect your ability to study or practise. This will also give us sufficient time to carry out a detailed assessment, obtain reports and organise additional expert assessments if required.

Attendance at site

Most of our courses include elements of teaching for which you will be required to attend the University site. Attendance at these sessions will be essential to enable you to engage with the course and undertake assessments.

Placements

You will be required to undertake a personal risk assessment before you can attend any placement that is part of your course (or undertake certain other activities, such as those which include the practice of clinical skills or require the use of PPE). Where a health concern arises, every effort will be made to identify alternative placement arrangements, but your health and safety will be the first priority, and alternative arrangements may not be possible. This may have implications for the continuation of your study. If you are clinically vulnerable or have been shielding, we strongly encourage you to contact the Disability Advisor now to undertake an assessment.

Current students

Students with pre-existing illnesses or disabilities, or who are shielding

If you're a student with a pre-existing illness or disability, or who is shielding, your course team will contact you to ask if you would like to complete a personal risk assessment before you return to the site. If you suffer from a serious illness which may increase your level of risk or have been required to shield due to Covid-19, we recommend that you complete a personal risk assessment. St George’s is committed to supporting our students and will explore all reasonable adjustments to support you to thrive on your course. 

Attendance at site

For the majority of our courses, we will be delivering an element of face to face, hands-on teaching on campus in line with social distancing guidelines which you are required to attend. If you will be unable to attend teaching on-site due to a health reason, you must let us know by the start of the academic year so we can consider alternative arrangements to ensure you progress through the course. Mitigating Circumstances can still be submitted for unforeseen illnesses; however, being unable to attend the site due to shielding or being at heightened risk from a pre-existing illness or disability will not be accepted as grounds for Mitigating Circumstances. Please discuss this with your course team and complete a personal risk assessment so that all reasonable adjustment can be made.

Placements 

You will be required to undertake a personal risk assessment before you can attend any placement (or undertake certain other activities, such as those including the practice of clinical skills or requiring the use of PPE) that is part of your course. Where a health concern arises, every effort will be made to identify alternative placements arrangements, but your health and safety will be the first priority, and where alternative arrangements are not possible, there may be implications for your studies. If you are clinically vulnerable or have been shielding, we strongly encourage you to contact your course team now to undertake a personal risk assessment.

Course length

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At this stage, we expect to deliver the course within the planned timescales to enable successful students to progress through the programme, and to graduate without delay, providing they meet the requirements of the programme.

Some assessments are designed to be taken on-site or in small groups. Where necessary we have developed alternative assessment strategies to enable students to complete assessments remotely and without coming to campus. Students will be coached on how to use the relevant online platforms to enable them to do this.

The programme does include practical, clinical and skill-based elements that are delivered in specialist teaching rooms and with specialist equipment. Practical classes in our specialist teaching rooms will be arranged to minimise travel to and from the site (approximately three sessions during September–December 2020) with appropriate social distancing measures and PPE if required. Anatomy sessions normally delivered in our Dissecting Room will be delivered online with video recordings in the first term (September–December 2020). Communication skills sessions will be online in the first term. Practical, clinical and skills-based teaching will run as planned for the remainder of 2021.

We have currently planned for placement activity for Years 1, 2 and 3 of the programme and will use our normal systems and processes to allocate students to placements. We will consider any necessary risk assessments for individual students and plan their placements accordingly.

There is a possibility that government advice on social distancing may change. If that is the case, we will endeavour to delay practical components of the programme to a subsequent semester (or year) to protect the safety of students.

Current students

At this stage, we expect to deliver the course within the planned timescales to enable successful students to progress through the programme and to graduate without delay.

Some assessments are designed to be taken on-site or in small groups, we have developed alternative assessment strategies to enable students to complete assessments remotely and without coming on to campus. Students will be coached on how to use the relevant online platforms to enable them to do this.

The programme does include practical, clinical and skill-based elements that are delivered in specialist teaching rooms and with specialist equipment. Practical classes in our specialist teaching rooms will be arranged to minimise travel to and from the site during the first term (September–December 2020) with appropriate social distancing measures and PPE if required. Practical, clinical and skills-based teaching will run as planned for the remainder of 2021.

We have currently planned for placement activity for Year 2 and 3 of the programme and will use our normal systems and processes to allocate students to placement. We will consider any necessary risk assessments for individual students and plan their placements accordingly.

There is a possibility that government advice on social distancing may change. If that is the case, we will endeavour to delay practical components of the programme to a subsequent semester (or year of the programme) to protect the safety of students.

We will continue to offer final year research projects in small groups which enable students to work with staff on topics related to occupational science or occupational therapy. Depending on government advice and guidance, we may be able to offer face-to-face data collection. However projects will be designed to be flexible, in case this is not possible.

For clinical programmes, placement providers will continue to offer placements as they have in previous years. Their capacity to offer placements may change if there is a further outbreak of Covid-19 and delivering care and treatment to affected patients becomes the overriding priority. If this happens, we will limit the impact on students where possible. We will place students in those placement sites that do continue to accept students, and if necessary we will use our simulation facilities or remote placements to offer a comparable clinical experience.

For continuing students, it may be possible to delay placements to the following academic year to protect student interests. However, there is a possibility that graduation for some final year students may be delayed until they are able to complete all placements.

Additional costs

We do not expect students to incur any extra costs over and above those that we have advertised on the course page.

As a result of our courses beginning with the majority of teaching online, you will need a personal laptop or computer and access to the internet to participate in online lectures. Information is available on recommended device specification. If you are worried you might struggle to meet these requirements, you should email IThardship@sgul.ac.uk so we can look at support options for you.

Personal protective equipment (PPE) will be provided for you if needed.

If government guidance changes and we need to postpone or alter placements, then you may need to cover living expenses might be beyond the standard term dates of the programme.

Assessment methods

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We assess the knowledge, skills and attributes of our students in a variety of ways. The methods that we use include formal written examinations, practical examinations and in-course assessments. These might include essays, practical write-ups and special study reports, oral presentations and poster presentations. 

All formal written examinations take place December. At this stage, we expect to deliver these assessments as planned. Although some assessments are designed to be taken on-site, we successfully developed an alternative assessment strategy in 2019/20 to enable students to complete assessments remotely without coming on to campus. For example, formal examinations were taken remotely by students within at a time of their choosing within a window stipulated by us. If the government advice on social distancing changes, we will take this approach again.

Current students

The university-based assessments will continue, and students will submit online as usual. Some assessments have been adapted slightly (e.g. the small group presentation assessments) to ensure each student can achieve the learning outcomes. You will be informed of these changes at the start of each module.

Assessments, where students are directly observed performing a practical or clinical skill by an examiner, can only be delivered on campus or on practice placement. Assessments within which a student’s ability to communicate appropriately with a patient or simulated patient can also only be delivered on-site. At this stage, we expect to be able to deliver assessments of this kind on-site or during practice placement.

However, if government advice changes and the campus is closed, we would not be able to deliver these assessments as planned. In that case, it might be possible to delay these assessments to the following academic year to protect student safety. If that happens, graduation for some final year students may be delayed until you are able to complete all assessments, because we have an obligation to our regulators to confirm that our students have met the clinical and practical outcomes for the programme before they graduate.

Award

The Occupational Therapy BSc programme is accredited and validated by the Health and Care Professions Council and recognised by the Royal College of Occupational Therapists. The programme has previously mapped against their requirements and standards and this is unchanged.

Successful graduates from the programme will, therefore, be eligible to apply for registration when they complete the programme if they have passed all university-based and practice placement assessments. Students will be required to complete and pass 1,000 hours of assessed practice placement.

Location of study

All face-to-face teaching will take place at St George’s, University of London on the campus that we share with St George’s Hospital in Tooting with appropriate social distancing measures in place. We have not explored alternative locations for teaching and have no immediate plans to do so. If government advice on social distancing changes, we will consider ways in which we can deliver teaching on-site in a manner that is safe for students and staff.

For clinical programmes, placement providers will continue to offer placements as they have in previous years. We will use our existing procedures for allocating students to placements. We also use placements outside of the NHS and Social Care, and these will be subject to the same quality and safety arrangements for students. Prior to each placement, students undertake a week of preparation, which will include any necessary Covid-19, PPE and risk assessment arrangements.

Consenting to these changes

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The changes that we are making are the consequence of current public health advice, and our capacity to offer alternatives is limited by that advice. If you wish to avoid these changes by deferring your offer please contact admissions@sgul.ac.uk.

Current students

The changes that we are making are the consequence of current public health advice, and our capacity to offer alternatives is limited by that advice. You will be required to consent to these changes as part of your re-enrolment. If you wish to avoid these changes (e.g. by taking a year out from your studies) please discuss this directly with your course team in the first instance. We remain, as always, focused on the best experience and outcomes for our students.

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Duration

Three years, full time

Application Deadline

Applications are still being accepted through UCAS

UCAS Code

B920, institution code S49

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