Taught course

Occupational Therapy (Pre-Registration)

University of Brighton · School of Health Sciences

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Entry requirements

Degree and/or experience: - Degree 2:2 or above in any subject, obtained in the last 10 years. You need to supply a copy of the original certificate. - Work experience in health or social care preferred but not essential. Other: - Two separate 500-word reports on visits to occupational therapy settings, to include a mental health and physical health setting, one of which should be with adults. These reports should be in addition to the personal statement and separate from the application form. Each applicant is responsible for gaining the experience required to write the reports; this may be through talking to an occupational therapist, or visiting an occupational therapy department or attending an organised open day. What you decide to include in your reports is up to you, but it could include the sort of problems the patients/clients have, the assessments used, who the occupational therapist works with and what interventions are used. - Two academic/professional references. - On entry to the programme, successful applicants will be also required to undertake basic life support training. - Incomplete applications without the additional entry criteria will not be considered. For non-native speakers of English: IELTS 7.0 overall with no element below 6.5 (to meet requirements of the Health and Care Professions Council).

Months of entry


Course content

This course (previously known as Health Through Occupation) gives you license to register and practice as an occupational therapist with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).

It is ideal for graduates of any subject who wish to gain both a professional and academic qualification and start a career in this challenging and highly rewarding field.

You will explore occupational health through our innovative problem-based learning approach, with an emphasis on practical application of skills and knowledge. Through this balance of theory and practice experience you will graduate a capable and confident occupational therapist.

Our high quality teaching and research are renowned, and have an applied focus. We have established strong links with specialist practice educators to ensure the provision of support and guidance both within the university and in practice.

Successful completion of the professional elements of the programme leads to the award of a postgraduate diploma in Occupational Therapy.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

Course contact details

School of Health Science
01323 644644