BSc (Hons) Occupational Therapy

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. However, 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 inter-professional study, where students from a range of health and social care professions learn together.

As practice education placements are offered across a wide range of settings within Scotland there will be an expectation to travel and/or relocate as part of the programme.

Your career

Graduates are eligible to apply for membership of the Royal College of Occupational Therapists (RCOT) and registration with the Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC).

Year 1

Foundations for Interprofessional Practice, Occupational Performance, Fundamentals of Human Physiology, Art and Science of Occupational Therapy, Practice Education.

Year 2

Practice Education 2, Understanding Occupational Therapy in Practice, Occupational Therapy Theories and 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 and Ethics in Health and 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.

Download the Programme Specification for a detailed breakdown of its structure, what you will learn and other useful information.

Study Options

  • 2021/22

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UCAS

BSc (Hons)
Full Time
4 Years
28 Sep 2021
GCU Glasgow
B930
Award Mode of study Duration Start date Location UCAS  
BSc (Hons) Full Time 4 Years 28 Sep 2021 GCU Glasgow Enquire Apply

Year 1
Scottish Higher: Standard entry requirement: BBBC (incl English/essay-based subject) Nat 5: C (Maths)
Minimum entry requirement*: BCCC (incl English/essay-based subject) Nat 5: C (Maths)
A level: BCC GCSE: C/4 (English and Maths)
ILC Higher: H2 H2 H3 H3 (incl English)   O2: (Maths)
SWAP: Health/Science-related - BBB
College HNC: Health Care/Social Care/Social Services/Social Sciences/Care and Administrative practice or Health-related subject

Year 2
College HNC: Occupational Therapy Support

English language IELTS score of 7.0 with no element below 6.5 (or equivalent)

Additional information

Acceptance to this programme is subject to a satisfactory occupational health screening and PVG clearance. You must be physically fit and have the strength to lift and carry patients and equipment.

There is no requirement for applicants to hold a driving licence to enter the programme. This is because the Standards of Proficiency for paramedics does not stipulate driving as an element of regulated practice. However, we do strongly advise that you have a full driving licence and aim to obtain the C1 endorsement (for driving vehicles up to 7.5 tonnes) prior to completing the programme to enhance your employment opportunities.

Modern Apprenticeships

If you have completed a Modern Apprenticeship at SCQF level 6 in a relevant discipline this would be equivalent to two highers at B.

Relevant experience (RPL)

GCU’s flexible entry policies exist to allow relevant work experience and prior learning to be considered towards standard entry or advanced entry into a course. If you have three to five years of relevant work experience, you can apply for the degree that interests you and get in touch with our admissions team about your application and your eligibility for Recognition of Prior Learning.

International pathways

If you do not meet the English language requirements, you may be eligible for our pre-sessional English programme which is taught at our Glasgow campus.

Graduates are eligible to apply for membership of the Royal College of Occupational Therapists (RCOT) and registration with the Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC).

The tuition fees you pay are mostly determined by your fee status. What is my student fee status?

Tuition fees 2021/22

Home: £1,820*
RUK: £9,250**
EU and International: £12,250

*Scottish student tuition fees are subject to confirmation by the Scottish Government and may change once confirmed.
**Students from rest of UK will pay no more than £27,750 towards the total fees of a three or four-year degree.

Fees are subject to change and published here for guidance only.

Professional body membership fees

Professional body student membership is required as compulsory from Level 1 (this is needed in preparation for practice placement in role-emerging settings as they require to have professional indemnity cover). The current cost of student membership is £5.05 per month.

Additional costs for Scottish domiciled students

If you are a Scottish domiciled student, you will not need to pay for PVG checks, occupational health checks and uniforms. However, while on practice education placements, you will need to meet any additional costs for accommodation and travel. You may be able to apply to SAAS for additional expense support to help meet these costs. Check out the SAAS Nursing and Midwifery student placement expenses claim and Allied Health Professions student placement expenses claim forms.

Additional costs for all other students (rest of UK, EU and International)

During this course, you will be required to cover the cost of:
- Uniforms, approximately £15 each. The number of uniforms you require depends on the duration of your course and can range from two to four.
- Occupational health checks and vaccination set fee of £220.
- Membership of Protection of Vulnerable Groups (PVG) scheme. New applications cost £59. Updates to the existing scheme record cost £18.

Invoices will be issued by the University for payment of all of the above additional costs in Trimester B (March/April) of the first year of your programme.

- Potential accommodation and additional travel costs during practice education placements

Additional costs

As a student at the University, there are additional fees and costs which may or may not apply to you, but that you should be aware of.

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Scholarships

We provide high-quality education for a fair price; as the University for the Common Good, we are committed to offering accessible higher education for talented students by keeping our tuition fees low and providing a generous scholarship package of over £2 million per year.

View our Undergraduate scholarships.

We use a wide variety of interesting and challenging assessment methods to help you to develop personally, whilst simultaneously developing your knowledge and understanding of topics integral to occupational therapy practice.





The learning and teaching methods we use ensure that our programme is both vocationally relevant and academically challenging. Our approach is student-centred, practical, participative and relevant to the needs of employers.

We've moved away from the traditional teacher-centric learning to a more independent learning approach, where you are encouraged to develop critical thinking skills.