Taught course (will run subject to approval)

Occupational Therapy (pre-registration mode)

London South Bank University · Health and Social Care

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

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.

Selection Criteria

  • Applicants will need to demonstrate the following abilities, skills and attributes within the application, personal statement and interview activities.
  • Communicate effectively both verbally and in writing.
  • Commitment to the values and principles that underpin the occupational therapy profession.
  • Articulate their understanding of the role of the occupational therapist including the value base of the profession.
  • Demonstrate reasons for interest in the chosen field of occupational therapy.
  • Reflect upon their life skills and the relevance of these to occupational therapy and the demands of the course. Uphold the values and attributes required to work in health and social care as stated in the NHS constitution.
  • Personal resilience and adaptability to respond to and manage the demands of working in the evolving health and social care sectors.
  • Demonstrate due regard for dignity, respect for persons, confidentiality and equal opportunities.
  • Willingness to learn and engage in lifelong learning and support the development and achievement of high quality care in occupational therapy.

To be accepted on the course you must have a successful outcome from an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) clearance and occupational health clearance, as well as an up-to-date immunisation record including Hepatitis B.

Assessment and interview

If you are shortlisted you will be invited to complete an interview. The interview panel consists of LSBU staff, lecturers, service users and clinicians.

English language

Those whom English is not their first language must achieve a minimum score of 7.0 overall or equivalent with not less than 7.0 in the listening and reading sections and not less than 7.0 in the writing and speaking sections for the International English Language Test Score (IELTS) at the time of application.

Health, disability and becoming an occupational therapist

If you believe that you have a disability it is recommended that you read the information provided by the HCPC about becoming a professional, alongside the standards of proficiencies for Occupational therapists.

Months of entry


Course content

Our graduate entry programme is designed to enable you to be eligible for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). We have a dedicated team of tutors who utilise their clinical experience to inform their teaching.

Fees and funding


We offer several types of fee reduction through our scholarships and bursaries. Find the full list and other useful information on funding your studies on the scholarships and fee discounts page.

Funding for pre-registration postgraduate programmes

Since August 2018 new postgraduate pre-registration nursing, midwifery and allied health professional students have been able to access loans from the Student Loans Company.

Accessing loans provides at least 25% more up-front living cost support whilst you study. You will also have access to the Learning Support Fund, which is administered by the NHS Business Services Authority, for support while attending clinical placements.

MSc students, please note: you are able to apply for a £9250 student finance loan each year but this will not cover the full cost of the second year of this course.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • PGDip
    full time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
  • MSc
    full time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Course Enquiries Team