An Occupational Therapist needs a range of knowledge, skills and experience. These include excellent communication skills, along with a theoretical background and a passionate interest in helping people to achieve their own goals.

occupational therapy student

The overall aim of an Occupational Therapist, is to facilitate clients to participate in everyday activities that are important to them; despite any problems or barriers that may arise from illness, injury , disability or the environment. Working in multidisciplinary teams and practising within a variety of settings, you will be helping people of all ages. This could include work in:

  • Older people’s services
  • Mental health services
  • Social care
  • Children’s therapy services or schools
  • Rehabilitation centres
  • Hospitals
  • Hospices
  • Housing departments
  • Private practice
  • Charities
  • International services

Successful completion of this course allows you to apply for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council and become a member of the Royal College of Occupational Therapists (COT).

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.

Read more about Occupational Therapy on the College of Occupational Therapists’ website.

Watch a short video produced by COT about Occupational Therapy.

Further study

As you gain experience, you may opt to specialise in an area of practice. There are many exciting opportunities for career advancement, further study or research, including further postgraduate study at St George’s.

Learn more about our MSc Rehabilitation post-graduate course.


Last Updated: Thursday, 25 July 2019 17:34