Taught course

Occupational Therapy (pre-registration)

Oxford Brookes University · Department of Sport and Health Sciences

Entry requirements

BA or BSc (Hons) at 2:2 or above, in a relevant subject - for example: Sociology, Psychology, Biological Sciences, or Anthropology. All applicants must have taken and passed a module or course on research methods, addressing both qualitative and quantitative study designs and statistics. OR Undergraduate level Diploma / bachelors degree in Occupational Therapy (2:2 or above) and must have taken and passed a module or course on research methods. Three A-level subjects at grade B or above. Five GCSE passes to include grade C in English, Maths and Science.

Months of entry


Course content

The spiral model of education has been used as a framework to design the curriculum and structure this masters degree. Graduate students already practised in independent learning and with high levels of self-motivation will be able to capitalise their pre-existing study skills will be able to use enquiry based learning approaches to meet the demands of the intense format of this programme.

Year 1 is where you will use the fundamental conceptual models of occupational therapy practice, alongside the therapeutic use of self, in order to develop the procedural and interactive reasoning skills needed to apply the occupational paradigm. You will examine human performance and function within the context of Occupational Therapy and apply your understanding of anatomy and physiology to medical conditions that have an impact on the skills and abilities of clients. You will use their investigation skills to examine the evidence base for occupational therapy in module P40306 (Applied Research Methods) and prepare your ideas for an occupational therapy focused dissertation. This year concludes with a 6-week practice education module.

Semester one of Year 2 is the application of the curriculum where you will have the opportunity to analyse disruption to occupational performance and use your analytical skills to plan, implement and critically evaluate the evidence underlining occupation-focused interventions to support performance, participation and engagement across the lifespan. In the new programme there is an explicit move away from separating mental health and physical health, to a focus on the whole person in the context of their diverse occupations and environments throughout the lifespan. You will complete a practice education module (2 days a week) to reinforce theoretical learning called Professional Development 2b.

The final semester of Year 2 provides you with opportunities to consolidate your learning and critically evaluate occupational therapy in different contexts of practice. Considering the provisional nature of your knowledge professional reasoning skills will challenge you to help you develop the skills to analyse and respond to the complexities of practice. There is the opportunity for inter-professional learning in relation occupational therapy leadership and entrepreneurship in Partnerships 3. This course will end with a 13 week practice education module Professional Development 3 in Semester 3 where you are expected to demonstrate autonomous practice and manage a case load independently.

Information for international students

If English is not your first language, you will be required to achieve an average score of 7.0 in an IELTS test with no less than 6.5 in any component.

Qualification and course duration


full time
24 months

Course contact details

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