BSc (Hons) Occupational Therapy induction information 2019 - stage 1


Welcome to the School of Health Professions where we pride ourselves in the quality and professionalism of our academic offer and where our courses are designed to meet the demands of contemporary health and social care practice. 

As you begin your professional journey we will encourage you reach your full potential and achieve excellence in your chosen discipline. We also want you to enjoy your time with us and hope that you will embrace some of the social and recreational opportunities that are such an important aspect of university life.

From the Induction timetable you will see that many activities have been arranged for you and it is important that you attend all of these. 

These activities will help familiarise you with your chosen course, introduce you to the Peninsula Allied Health Centre and the main city centre university campus and also signpost some of the support services available to you.

Sara Demain, Head of School - Health Professions.

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Induction timetable

Tuesday 17 September -  All today's sessions will be held at the Peninsula Allied Health Centre (PAHC) 

1000–1030: Welcome from the Heads of School and the Dean of the Faculty - LT1.
1030–1230: Introduction to Occupational Therapy (Marnie Smith and Rebecca Twinley)  - FF22.
1230–1330: Lunch break  
1330–1530: Tips for Success (Marnie Smith and Rebecca Twinley) - FF22
1530–1630: Registration - FF22. Please bring your passport.
                           Card collection*** See below

Wednesday 18 September - All today's sessions will be held at Drake Circus 

09:30–11:00: Uniform fittings** - MANDATORY See details below - Portland Square C1, C2 and C4.
11:00–13:00: Overview of the Occupational Therapy Programme Module Handbooks, Assessments and Assessment Guidelines - Fitzroy Building 201
13:00–14:00: Lunch break.
14:00–16:30: OTSoc and a Third Year Perspective (Fiona Fraser) - Fitzroy Building 201
Thursday 19 September - All today's sessions will be held at Drake Circus
13:00 - 15:30: Placement Fair - Sherwell Foyer
15:30 –16:30: International student welcome  (Karen Beaulieu and UKVI Compliance) - Babbage Building 410

Friday 20 September - All today's sessions will be held at Drake Circus 
09:00–12:00: Occupational Health** - MANDATORY - See details below - Babbage 403, 413, 415 and 417.
12:00–12.30: Lunch Break
12.30 -13.30: Personal Tutoring (Sarah Reynolds) - Smeaton Building 205
13.30 -15.30: Timetabling and Occupational Therapy Quiz (Sarah Reynolds) Smeaton Building 205

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Today's events

* Occupational health

You will undertake a series of occupational health appointments over the next four months. It is important that you attend your designated occupational health appointment as this is a condition of attendance in placement areas.

Your first appointment will be scheduled on one of the two dates below:

  • Friday 20 September 2019

Venue: Babbage 403, 413, 415, 417

Your individual appointment date and time will be available during your first day at University. One of the rooms will be designated as a reception. Please report to the reception room in the first instance.

When attending your first appointment please ensure you bring a record of any immunisations you may have had. Please also be aware your first inoculation may also take place at this appointment and it is important that you have had something to eat prior to this appointment.

If you have a needle phobia please advise occupational health before you start by emailing:

You will need to quote your name, date of birth and course in any email to occupational health.

Future occupational health appointment dates and times will be forwarded to you via your University email account. The schedule of appointments will be posted on the programme moodle site for your information.

** Uniform fittings

It is compulsory that you attend this session so that your uniform fits properly and is ordered in time for your placement.

*** Card collection

We cannot issue your card if you do not bring your passport. Please note: your card is required to use the free bus scheme.

If you are currently a student on a different course and already have a University of Plymouth card without the bus logo, please email: and we will arrange for a new card to be issued.

Essential information

Please ensure you do the following before starting your programme:

  • Enrol online by 16 September 2019 - this gives you access to your timetable and triggers your student loan
  • Upload a photograph by 16 September 2019 - this allows your registration card to be printed

Passport checking during 17 September 2019

Please bring your passport to the administration session together with any certificates or documentation requested by admissions.

This will enable us to issue your University card, which you will need to access the University of Plymouth Library, Students' Union and free bus service between the University of Plymouth and the Peninsula Allied Health Centre.

If your card is not available for any reason, you will not be able access the bus service free of charge.

Please note that there is no student parking on site.

Suggested Reading List

You will be provided with appropriate reading lists as you are introduced to each module, and you will have access to a range of resources through the university library once you register as a Plymouth student.

In addition student membership of the British Association of Occupational Therapists (BAOT) provides access to a large number of e-books and resources - you will be given information about membership during welcome week. 

If you prefer to have your own hard copy of text books then you may want to purchase some core texts – however you are advised to wait until you can review these books online and decide if you want to purchase your own hard copy.

Below are a few key text books:

Title/Author/Edition/Publication date

•             Occupational Therapy and Physical Dysfunction: Enabling Occupation Michael Curtin, Matthew Molineux, 19 October 2009, 6th edition.

•             Foundations for Practice in Occupational Therapy Edward A. S. Duncan 16 August 2012, 5th edition.

•             Willard and Spackman’s Occupational Therapy Barbara A. Boyt Schell, 2014, 12th edition.

•             Creek’s Occupational Therapy and Mental Health, Bryant W, Fieldhouse and Bannigan K, 5th edition.

In addition you will have access to an electronic version of our primary guide to academic referencing.

•             Cite Them Right: The Essential Referencing Guide (Palgrave Study Skills), Richard Pears and Graham Shields, 23 April 2013.


BAOT access offers texts too numerous to list here (over 80 text books) but a few key ones that you will have access to are:

•             Occupational Science, G Whiteford and C Hocking, 2011.

•             The Occupational Therapy Handbook: Practice Education, R Treseder and T Polglase, 2012.

•             Occupational Therapy and Life Course Development, R Wright and L Sugarman, 2009.

•             Using Occupational Therapy Theory in Practice, G Boniface, & A Seymour, 2011.


Because of the large selection of e-texts that you will have free access to – we do not recommend purchasing books before you enrol – however you will find it helpful to explore the information on the following websites which all contain a large amount of helpful pre-enrolment reading:

• British Association of Occupational Therapists and College of Occupational Therapists

• Health and Care Professions Council

• Department of Health


Essential information for new international students

Monday 17 – Friday 21 September daily between 16.30–17.00 Devonport Lecture Theatre, Portland Square.
This session is delivered by the International Student Advice (ISA) team and is an opportunity for new international students to meet the team and learn about the services they deliver. 

During this session the team will provide you with essential information designed to help you to settle in to living and studying in Plymouth. 
They will also advise you of your tier 4 visa responsibilities and answer any questions you may have related to your visa. 

There is no need to book in advance, you can just turn up.

UPSU events

Friday 14 September: International Fair, the Students' Union

Monday 17 September: Market Day, Students' Union roof

Tuesday 18 September: Freshers Fair, Marquee and Students' Union and Roland Levinsky building and Students' Union roof

Wednesday 19 September: Sports Fair, Rolle Marquee and Students' Union

Thursday 20 September: Societies and Activities Fair, Rolle Marquee and Students' Union and Roland Levinsky Building and Students' Union roof

Friday 21 September: Volunteering Fair, Rolle Marquee

View more information about UPSU events.