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BSc (Honours) Occupational Therapy

BSc (Honours) Occupational Therapy

Degree apprenticeship

Nurse talking to patientEarn while you learn and train to be a registered occupational therapist in less than 3 years, gaining valuable experience in the workplace throughout.

How does the degree apprenticeship work?

You study a university course alongside 30+ hours of employment a week – so you'll need a relevant job role before you apply. The combination of the course and the job has to meet a national ‘apprenticeship standard’ – in this case the Occupational Therapy standard. So you get to study for a recognised qualification, while earning a salary and having no student fees to pay. 

The course normally takes 2 and a half years, followed by an endpoint assessment which you'll complete within 6 months.


1. Course summary

  • Develop your skills and knowledge to make change in people's lives.
  • Prepare for practice in the NHS, social care, third sector and the wider community.
  • Graduate with eligibility to apply to the HCPC to practise as an occupational therapist in the UK.

This course is suitable whether you'd like to start a new career or upskill as an existing support worker or therapy assistant. Once qualified, the course aims to ensure you're fit for practice in accordance with the HCPC Standards of Education and Training (2017). You'll also be able to apply to become a member of the Royal College of Occupational Therapists.


2. How you learn

This apprenticeship has been developed by a group of NHS trusts and services, and higher education providers, allowing you to benefit from a combination of work-based learning modules and specialist education. You’ll also gain the essential components of professional practice you need to be successful in a complex and dynamic modern workplace.

You learn through

  • block release, distance learning and placements
  • seminars, lectures, tutorials and practical workshops
  • assessment of proficiency in practice
  • written and patchwork assignments
  • reflective care studies
  • poster and group presentations
  • an end-point assessment


3. Where you'll study

You'll learn in modern facilities at our Collegiate Campus, run by our highly experienced and knowledgeable staff.

4. Entry requirements

You need a job role to accompany your apprenticeship course

This has to be 30+ hours a week of employment in a relevant job role – and you would need your employer to agree to fund your course, either through government co-funding or the apprenticeship levy. You must also have the right to Abode in the UK.

You normally need qualifications

The usual entry requirements include three GCSE (or equivalent) passes at grade C, 4 or above, in maths, English and science – plus one of the following

  • 112 UCAS points from A levels (including at least 40 points from either a natural science subject such as biology or human biology, or a social science subject such as psychology, sociology or health and social care), or equivalent BTEC National qualifications (including suitable natural or social science modules). We don't accept AS levels or General Studies
  • Access to HE Diploma from a QAA-recognised Access to HE course in health studies, health science, nursing or another science-based course. Normally we require 15 credits at level 2 and 45 at level 3 – of which at least 30 credits should be graded at distinction level
  • a previous degree in a related natural or social science subject
  • Open University study in natural or social sciences, such as a foundation course

We'll also consider the following qualifications on an individual basis

  • professional qualifications at level 5 diploma (or above) in a related area
  • a level 3 apprenticeship in health and social care

You'll also need

  • relevant work experience
  • to provide evidence of your understanding of occupational therapy to make sure you're making the right choice of profession – such as visiting occupational therapy departments, attending open events or speaking to occupational therapists about their roles

5. Modules

Level 4 • collaboration for individual and community wellbeing • personal professional development • essentials in occupational therapy • creativity, occupation and group work • factors influencing occupational performance • occupational therapy placement 1
Level 5 • assessing and addressing complexity • evidence and enquiry for practice • applied occupational therapy practice • occupational therapy placement 2 • occupational therapy placement 3
Level 6 • professional leadership • working with complexity in practice • the advancing professional • independent study in occupational therapy • occupational therapy placement 4

6. Fees and funding

You'll need an employer who can support your application – funding your course through government co-funding or the apprenticeship levy.

Funding options for employers.

How do I apply?

If you're already employed and your employer is willing to support your application, here's what you need to do.

If you don't have an employer who can support you yet, here's how you can look for opportunities.

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