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Bournemouth University

Occupational Therapy

UCAS Code: B930
Bachelor of Science (with Honours) - BSc (Hons) years full-time 2018
Ucas points guide


% applicants receiving offers


  • Others in subjects allied to medicine
Student score
67% LOW
% employed or in further study
97% MED
Average graduate salary
£21.5k MED
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What do you need to get in?

Source: UCAS

Main entry requirements

A level
Not Available

Scottish Highers
Not Available

BTEC Diploma
Not Available

Accepted as part of the overall tariff

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma

International Baccalaureate

32 - 33 overall including grade H5 from 2 Higher Level subjects

UCAS tariff points

128 - 136 tariff points including a minimum of 2 A-levels or equivalent. BTEC Extended Diploma: Distinction, Distinction, Merit.

If your qualifications aren’t listed here, you can use our UCAS points guide of 128-136 and refer to the university’s website for full details of all entry routes and requirements.

The real story about entry requirements

% applicants receiving offers


Provided by UCAS, this is the percentage of applicants who were offered a place on the course last year. Note that not all applicants receiving offers will take up the place, so this figure is likely to differ from applicants to places.

What does the numbers of applicants receiving course offers tell me?

Tuition fee & financial support


Maximum annual fee for UK students. NHS-funded, sandwich or part-time course fees may vary.

If you live in:

  • Scotland and go to a Scottish university, you won’t pay tuition fees
  • Northern Ireland and go to an NI uni, you’ll pay £3,805 in tuition fees
  • Wales you’ll pay £3,810 in fees and get a tuition fee grant to cover the rest
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Will this course suit you?

Sources: UCAS & KIS

Every degree course is different, so it’s important to find one that suits your interests and matches the way you prefer to work – from the modules you’ll be studying to how you’ll be assessed. Top things to look for when comparing courses

Course description

Occupational therapists work to improve the everyday life skills of people who suffer with physical, social, and psychological difficulties. This degree, with its 95% graduate employment rate, is accredited by the Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC) and the College of Occupational Therapists. It’s been developed to give you the sophisticated knowledge, analytical and practical skills needed to critically assess a patient’s circumstances in order to help them adapt to their environment and maximise their performance potential. You’ll be taught by highly-qualified lecturers and practitioners, and delve into a variety of exciting disciplines on which occupational therapy is based. You’ll gain hands-on practice using our excellent clinical simulation facilities, and gain real world experience through 1000 plus hours in professional placements. We’ll also equip you with all the desired technical, managerial and communication skills needed to enter practice after graduation.


In the first year you will experience an introductory placement, followed by the first six-week clinical placement. There are two six-week placements in the second year and one six-week and one eight-week placement in the third year to ensure you gain the minimum of 1,000 hours practice experience specified by the HCPC. You will study a variety of units including occupational therapy in action, skills for therapy practice, promoting health and wellbeing, service improvement project and innovations in occupational therapy.

Bournemouth University

The University by night

Bournemouth University offers a diverse range of courses from advertising to midwifery, and has a variety of award-winning facilities. The Students' Union at BU runs campaigns throughout the year and provides outstanding advice and exciting events, club nights, volunteering and fundraising opportunities. Our Media School is the only Centre for Excellence in Media Practice in the UK.

How you'll spend your time

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How you'll be assessed

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What do the numbers say for

The percentages below relate to the general subject area at this uni, not to one course. We show these stats because there isn't enough data about the specific course, or where this is the most detailed info made available to us.

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What do students think about this subject here?

Source: NSS

Here's how satisfied past students were taking courses within this subject area about things such as the quality of facilities and teaching - useful to refer to when you're narrowing down your options. Our student score makes comparisons easier, showing whether overall satisfaction is high, medium or low compared to other unis.

What do student satisfaction scores tell you?

Overall student satisfaction 67%
Student score 67% LOW
Able to access IT resources


Staff made the subject interesting


Library resources are satisfactory


Feedback on work has been helpful


Feedback on work has been prompt


Staff are good at explaining things


Staff value students' opinions



Who studies this subject?

Source: HESA

Start building a picture of who you could be studying with by taking a look at the profile of people that have studied this subject here in previous years.

UK / Non-UK
4% of students here are from outside the UK
Male / Female
74% of students are female
Full-time / Part-time
57% of students are part-time
Typical Ucas points
356 entry points typically achieved by students
2:1 or above
82% of students achieved a 2:1 or above
Drop-out rate
10% of students do not continue into the second year of their course
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What are graduates doing after six months?

Source: DLHE

Here’s what students are up after they graduate from studying this subject here. We’ve analysed the employment rate and salary figures so you can see at a glance whether they’re high, typical or low compared to graduates in this subject from other universities. Remember the numbers are only measured only six months after graduation and can be affected by the economic climate - the outlook may be different when you leave uni. What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

% employed or in further study 97% MED
Average graduate salary £21.5k MED
Graduates who are health associate professionals


Graduates who are therapy professionals


Graduates who are sales assistants and retail cashiers


Employment prospects for graduates of this subject

Sources: DLHE & HECSU
These statistics refer to the prospects of graduates from a range of degrees including environmental health, counselling and occupational therapy, but the numbers of students taking these subjects tend to be quite small. Occupational therapy is an exception, with 1,060 degrees awarded in 2015. There are also usually a larger number of mature students, particularly with counselling-related degrees. We don't have enough occupational therapists to meet demand in the UK and numbers training are falling, so if you're looking at a role in the health sector this is a good option to consider.
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