Taught course

Occupational Therapy (pre-registration)

London South Bank University · Allied Health Professions

Entry requirements

  • Bachelors degree of 2:2 or above in any subject or recognised equivalent
  • Values and attributes that are comparable to the NHS constitution
  • GCSE mathematics and English (language), grade C or above
  • OT visit and 1000 word report: Completion of at least one visit to an occupational therapist working in a health or social care setting followed by a 1000 word written report

Months of entry


Course content

This graduate entry programme is designed to enable students to develop the required competences, skills and standards of proficiency to be eligible for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) as an Occupational Therapist with either the PgDip Occupational Therapy or the MSc Occupational Therapy. The award received depends on the modules passed.

The accelerated format allows the full-time professional training to be condensed into two years, rather than the traditional three-year route. Key features are the use of problem-based (PBL) and inquiry-based learning approaches. These educational approaches involve students working together in small groups and sharing responsibility for meeting module learning outcomes. The course therefore requires students to draw on a range of self-management skills and this experience acts as good preparation for entering the evolving world of health and social care as a qualified member of the workforce.

Occupational Therapy at LSBU has a dedicated team of tutors who utilise their wealth of knowledge, skills and clinical experiences of working in health and social care to inform the teaching programme. The team has a strong commitment to engaging with clinicians and service users in the teaching programme.

To support the teaching programme, the School of Health and Social Care has a dedicated suite of clinical skills labs, including two well-equipped Activities of Daily Living (ADL) suites plus large rooms for art, splinting and group skills sessions.

Information for international students

Students for whom English is not their first language must achieve a minimum score of 7 overall or equivalent with not less than 7.5 in listening/speaking and not less than 6.5 in writing and reading for the International English Language Test Score (IELTS) or a TOEFL score of 570 including 55 in the Test of Spoken English (TSE) and at least 5 in the Test of Written English (TWE), at the time of application.

Fees and funding

Currently the funding of health education is going through a transition period from student bursaries to student loans. The Government has now published its response to the consultation on implementing the funding reforms.

The consultation recognises the valuable contribution of postgraduate applicants and has advised that students commencing pre registration postgraduate programmes in the 2017/18 academic year will be eligible to apply for an NHS Bursary. Commissions for places are likely to remain similar to 2016/17 levels for this period.

Application dates for new starters and guidance on how to open a BOSS account are available on the NHS Business Services Authority website.

For the latest information see the Council of Deans briefings and website The Funding Clinic.

Qualification and course duration


full time
21 months


full time
24 months

Course contact details

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