Occupational Therapy

Occupational Therapists work with a wide variety of people to help them take control of their lives and gain as much independence as they can, enabling them to live more productive and enjoyable lives.

As one of the largest providers of qualified Occupational Therapists in Scotland, GCU is innovative in practice placement experience, resulting in job creation in new areas of practice.

UK & EU Students

Course Details

UCAS Code:B930

Classification:BSc (Hons)

Course Duration:4 Years

Course Start Date:12 September 2016

Course Mode:Full Time

Subject Area:Health and Social Care

Location:GCU

Course Fees

Students from England, Wales or Northern Ireland

Year Fee Description/Notes
2016/17 Contact us Fees at GCU include all tuition, library, examination & administrative costs. A guide to fees at GCU.

Information about Scholarships and Bursaries for RUK students

Students from Scotland and the rest of the EU

Year Fee Description/Notes
2016/17 Contact us Fees at GCU include all tuition, library, examination & administrative costs. A guide to fees at GCU.

Information about Scholarships and Bursaries

Minimum Entry Requirements

Year 1SQA Higher: BBBC including English or equivalent subject, plus Nat 5 Maths
A level: BCC plus GCSE English and Maths at C
ILC Higher: B2 B2 B2 C1 including English plus Ordinary Level Maths at C
IB Diploma: 24 points
Btech Level 3 Extended Diploma: DMM in a relevant subject. Must include English/Communication subject
Year 2HNC Occupational Therapy Support
Additional RequirementsPrior to entry candidates will be required to complete an enhanced Disclosure Scotland check.

Non UK/EU Students

Course Details

UCAS Code:B930

Classification:BSc (Hons)

Course Duration:4 Years

Course Start Date:12 September 2016

Course Mode:Full Time

Subject Area:Health and Social Care

Location:GCU

Course Fees

Year Fee Description/Notes
2016/17 Contact us Fees at GCU include all tuition, library, examination & administrative costs. A guide to fees at GCU.

Information about Scholarships and Bursaries

Minimum Entry Requirements

Year 1SQA Higher: BBBC including English or equivalent subject, plus Nat 5 Maths
A level: BCC plus GCSE English and Maths at C
ILC Higher: B2 B2 B2 C1 including English plus Ordinary Level Maths at C
IB Diploma: 24 points
Btech Level 3 Extended Diploma: DMM in a relevant subject. Must include English/Communication subject
Year 2HNC Occupational Therapy Support
Additional RequirementsPrior to entry candidates will be required to complete an enhanced Disclosure Scotland check.

College Students

Course Details

UCAS Code:B930

Classification:BSc (Hons)

Course Duration:4 Years

Course Start Date:12 September 2016

Course Mode:Full Time

Subject Area:Health and Social Care

Location:GCU

Course Fees

Year Fee Description/Notes
2016/17 Contact us Fees at GCU include all tuition, library, examination & administrative costs. A guide to fees at GCU.

Information about Scholarships and Bursaries

Minimum Entry Requirements

Year 1SQA Higher: BBBC including English or equivalent subject, plus Nat 5 Maths
A level: BCC plus GCSE English and Maths at C
ILC Higher: B2 B2 B2 C1 including English plus Ordinary Level Maths at C
IB Diploma: 24 points
Btech Level 3 Extended Diploma: DMM in a relevant subject. Must include English/Communication subject
Year 2HNC Occupational Therapy Support
Additional RequirementsPrior to entry candidates will be required to complete an enhanced Disclosure Scotland check.

Programme Description

Occupational Therapists work with a wide variety of people to help them reach their potential and gain as much independence as they can.

For people with physical or mental health limitations everyday tasks may be difficult. But through activity, occupational therapy enables people to live more productive and enjoyable lives.

To meet the standards of the World Federation of Occupational Therapists, a minimum of 1000 hours of practice placement is required. As one of the largest providers of qualified Occupational Therapists in Scotland, GCU is innovative in practice placement experience, resulting in job creation in new areas of practice.

Occupational Therapists work as part of a team and a third of this programme is dedicated to interprofessional study, where students from a range of health and social care professions learn together.

Why Choose This Programme?

Graduates of this very rewarding Honours degree are eligible for membership of the College of Occupational Therapists and also to apply for registration with the Health Professions Council. There are diverse career opportunities available for graduates who will be creative in their thinking, caring in their attitude to their clients and yet disciplined enough to cope with the rigours of such a demanding and satisfying job.

For further information, please have a look at the following:

How Occupational Therapy can help people

Occupational Therapy as a career

What You'll Learn

Year 1: Foundations for Interprofessional Practice, Occupational Performance, Fundamentals of Human Physiology, Art & Science of Occupational Therapy, Practice Education

Year 2: Practice Education 2 – Understanding Occupational Therapy in Practice, Occupational Therapy Theories & Approaches, Research Methods, Inclusive Environments for Occupational Performance, Working in Teams

Year 3: Practice Education 3 – Implementing the Occupational Therapy Process in Practice, Reasoning, Decision-Making & Ethics in Health & Social Care, Practice Education 4 – Role Emerging Placement, Teams in Practice, Investigating Occupation Focused Practice

Year 4: Honours Project, Practice Placement 5 – Developing Readiness for Practice, Leadership in Teams, Optional Module 

Work Placement

To meet the standards of the World Federation of Occupational Therapy, this programme requires a minimum of 1,000 hours of practice placement. As one of the largest providers of qualified Occupational Therapists in Scotland, GCU is innovative when it comes to practice placement experience, resulting in job creation in new areas of practice.

There are five blocks of practice:
Level 1: 2 wks
Level 2 : 9 wks (P/T)
Level 3: 5 wks role emerging (1 wk F/T, 4 wks P/T)
Level 3: (9 wks F/T)
Level 4: (20 days)

Professional Accreditation

Graduates are eligible to apply for membership of the College of Occupational Therapists and registration with the Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC) and subsequent practice as an Occupational Therapist.

International Study/Exchanges

Student exchange opportunities may be available with this programme.

Assessment Methods

A wide range of assessment methods are used which strengthen our students’ knowledge and skills required in practice. As a professional programme, assessment of knowledge, skills and attributes is central to the curriculum. The occupational therapy programme team view assessment, embedded within high quality learning and teaching experiences as key to enabling students to develop the attributes to be proficient in their discipline.

To achieve this, the approach to assessment is therefore flexible, inclusive, accessible and as far as possible, provides opportunities for personalisation in learning and assessment. An external examiner commented that the design of our assessments was “creative and impressive.”

The programme has embraced the Glasgow Caledonian University Academic Advising scheme, PPACT (Personal, Professional, Academically informed, Consolidated, Transitional) which encourages students to be self-directed in their learning and engage with their continuing professional development.

On progression to practice education the skills obtained in using the PPACT system can be used as the foundation for the construction of a CPD (Continuing Professional Development) Portfolio. Learning the skills required in keeping a CPD portfolio allows graduates to meet the requirements of the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) as the regulatory body in providing evidence of their continuing professional development.

Teaching Methods

Our teaching staff focus on the quality of teaching they deliver and are committed to developing innovative strategies to support our students. At the student led teaching awards, a member of our staff has been shortlisted for awards every year since the awards began in 2010, with a team member winning in 2010 and 2012.

There is a Clinical Simulation Laboratory to allow students to problem solve in a realistic environment. This includes a home and adapted home environment that can be used to explore the challenges and barriers to occupational performance.

Placements are an integral part of our programme, with the requirement from the World Federation of Occupational Therapists that a minimum of 1000 hours be completed during the duration of study. We have established relationships with local employers, services and voluntary organisations, providing a breadth of experience for our students.

Our students have the opportunity for international exchange within the programme with some Level 3 students recently undertaking a practice placement in Finland.

Employment Details

As well as being employed in Health and Social Care environments, qualified Occupational Therapists work in areas such as education, industry, commerce, the prison service, insurance and private practice.

The programme is structured in a way which encourages our students to develop the skills required for a contemporary workplace, giving graduates the attributes required to compete and thrive in the careers market. Communication skills are one such attribute that can help graduates to market themselves effectively and NSS ratings over the last five years evidence the fact that students feel their communication skills have improved as a result of engaging with the programme.

The programme aims to integrate a number of initiatives regarding professional development (PDP) and employability so that students develop their skills of reflection and evaluation with particular regard to their own learning, and subsequent career development. For example, our final year students receive guidance in writing CV’s, completing application forms and preparing for interviews. A career event is organised for them, where employers are invited to attend in order to provide information on opportunities within their services. This gives our students the chance to find out about employment within health services, social services and voluntary or non-statutory organisations.

As students graduate from a programme recognised by the World Federation of Occupational Therapists this increases access to international job opportunities.

Fee Information

Glasgow Caledonian University is one of the UK’s most dynamic and diverse higher education institutions, with a tradition of welcoming students from all walks of life. As such, the University offers a range of scholarships and bursaries to ensure all students have an equal chance of success. The fees and funding that are relevant to you also depend on where you lived before coming to university.

To make things as simple as possible we have information on all of this, including links to our award winning student support team, available at www.gcu.ac.uk/money.

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