More about the BSc (Hons) Occupational Therapy


Experience one ten week placement each academic year. These are organised throughout Devon and Cornwall . It may be necessary to re-locate for the duration of the placement. 

We use a wide range of settings within social, community, charitable and health organisations. While on placement you will work with a named educator and work alongside Occupational Therapists and other members of staff. Placements are assessed by achieving professional competencies while working in the practice setting and by oral presentations when you return to the University. 
Professional accreditation

On successful completion of the course, you’ll be eligible to apply for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council.

Professional Practice

If you are enrolling on this course, we prefer you to be a member of the British Association of Occupational Therapists and College of Occupational Therapists.

Additional costs

If you are a bursary recipient you can apply for support with travel and accommodation costs associated with placements across Devon and Cornwall – however you should budget for some additional costs. Please note all additional costs must be met in the first instance by the student and reclaimed via the bursary unit after the placement.

Student access to free E-book provision is continually expanding and all core texts are available in the library however most students find it necessary to have their own copy of some core text books. This is likely to amount to a cost of approximately £130.

All lecture and workshop materials are supplied electronically – students will need to print out lecture notes and other materials as needed.

Uniforms are provided to all students – but suitable footwear may need to be purchased if you do not already own suitable flat shoes.

Semester dates

For details of the semester dates for the next academic session, please refer to the semester dates page. 
You will need to attend from 9am until 6pm, Monday to Friday.

Please note: In order to successfully complete your course and be eligible to apply for a professional registration you must complete a specified number of practice placement hours along with your theoretical study. This is a requirement of the HCPC. You will only be able to take personal holidays during the specified leave periods for your course. This includes induction week where it is vital you attend ALL sessions.

Further information

Find out more about placements, teaching locations and additional checks.

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Placement learning support
Everything you need to know as a student undertaking a nursing or health professions practice placement.

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