Occupational Therapy enables people to recover from injury and illness and to regain independence to enjoy life to its fullest.

Occupational Therapy

Learning, growing, working, managing our homes, and caring for our families are daily ‘occupations’ of life. Physical, emotional or other challenges can prevent people from participating fully in the job of living. For example, stroke, injury, depression and developmental disabilities can make it difficult for people to do everyday tasks or be as active and as independent as they would like.

Throughout this course, you will be taught within our purpose-built facilities that include a Social Care Setting and Clinical Skills area. This will allow you to develop and practise your skills before using them in the work place.

You will undertake five placements over four years of study at locations throughout Scotland. During the ‘elective’ placement you may be able to undertake it abroad or within services such as the prison service or voluntary sector. Each placement provides you with a high level of ‘hands on’ patient contact. 

Award

BSc (Hons)

UCAS Code

B920

Course Dates

September

Course Length

4 years

Mode of Attendance

Full-time

Academic School

School of Health Sciences

Overview

Year 1

You will develop a basic understanding of the relationship between the person, occupation, health and wellbeing and the environment. You will also develop a basic understanding of the theoretical and practical components of Occupational Therapy related to practice as well as developing your self-awareness, organisational skills and study skills.

Year 2

You will develop your understanding of the impact of ill health and the theory of Occupational Therapy, Clinical Sciences and Social Studies while also exploring media and treatment programmes commonly used in practice. You will apply your learning in practical settings which will include simulated learning experiences and interdisciplinary working.

Year 3

The emphasis will be placed on greater independent study and increasing competence in practice placements. You will be challenged with regard to wider issues concerning occupation, international perspectives and the value of occupation. You will develop your critical thinking, team working, and entrepreneurial skills in relation to professional practice.

Year 4

You will develop your skills to critically evaluate Occupational Therapy practice. Graduates will be prepared for the new areas of practice through exploration of new ways of working and with an elective placement providing the opportunity to consolidate and develop your confidence and professional identity. 


Modules

Modules and delivery order may change for operational purposes.

The University regularly reviews its courses. Course content and structure may change over time. See our Course Disclaimer for more information.

Full-time

Year 1 -- Semester 1
  • Structure And Function Of The Human Body
  • Human Health And Occupation 1
    Semester 2
  • Preparation For Practice
  • Occupational Therapy: Practice Placement 1
  • Human Health And Occupation 2
    Year 2 -- Semester 1
  • Contextualising Personal And Professional Development
  • Occupational Performance, Engagement And Well-being
  • Occupational Performance Through The Lifespan
    Semester 2
  • Occupational Therapy: Practice Placement 2
  • Contextualising Personal And Professional Development
    Year 3 -- Semester 1
  • Occupational Therapy: Practice Placement 3
  • Leadership And Enterprise: Essential Skills For Practice
    Semester 2
  • Research Methods
  • Leadership And Enterprise: Essential Skills For Practice
  • Inclusive Environments: Enabling Occupational Performance, Health And Well-being.
  • Occupational Perspective Of Population Health
    Year 4 -- Semester 1
  • Occupational Therapy: Practice Placement 4
  • The Research Project
  • Transition To Professional Practice
  • Occupational Therapy:Integrating a Public Health Approach
    Semester 2
  • The Research Project
  • Occupational Therapy: Practice Placement 5 (Elective)
  • Partnerships In The Professional Working Environment
  • In Year 4, students are in university for the first six weeks followed by a six week practice placement in Semester 1. In Semester 2, students attend university for 12 weeks with minimal direct contact hours while focusing on writing their final year dissertation. This is followed by a six week elective practice placement prior to finishing the course. 

    Year 4 activity summary

    Lectures

    • Approximately 38 - 100 students per group
    • One to two hours per week

    Seminars

    • Approximately 38 students per group
    • Two to four hours per week

    Tutorials

    • Small groups from six students to 38 students depending on topic area and module
    • Approximately four to six hours per week per Semester

    Project Supervision

    • Approximately five to seven students per group

    Practical class or workshop

    • Approximately 5 - 38 students per group
    • Four hours per week

    External Visits

    • Approximately 6 – 38 students per group
    • Approximately one visit per Semester lasting from a half  to a full day

    Placement / Work Based Learning

    • One to two per setting
    • Approximately 35 per week lasting six weeks per Semester

    Independent study summary

    In Year 4 you are expected to require only minimal guidance to manage your own learning using a wide range of resources. By this stage, you will understand the importance of life-long learning and will engage in in-depth self-directed study (50 – 80% of each module). You should seek and make effective use of feedback as would be expected of an entry level practitioner.

    Staff delivering this course

    All academic staff teaching on this course are qualified Occupational Therapists with a breadth of clinical experience gained in a variety of clinical and geographical settings. Teaching is also supported by contributions from industry experts from across and out with the profession.

    Facilities

    • Purpose built Clinical Skills Centre
    • Ward Area
    • Occupational Therapy Home Setting Lab
    • University Library
    • Georgina Scott Sutherland Learning Centre
    • Student Support Services

    How you are assessed

    Typically students are assessed: 

    Written Exam – Year 1: MSQ lasting two and a half hours in Semester 1 

    Written Assignment, including essay

    • Year 1: Two (One per Semester)
    • Year 2: Two (One per Semester)
    • Year 3: Two (One per Semester)

    Oral Assessment

    • Year 3: Two (in Semester 2 – a poster presentation and a Podcast)
    • Year 4: Two (One per Semester)

    Dissertation – Year 4: One in Semester 2

    Practical skills assessment

    • Stage 2: One in Semester 1

    Portfolio

    • Year 1: Two (One per Semester)
    • Year 2: One
    • Year 4: One

    Feedback

    We aim to provide you with feedback within 20 working days of hand-in for all written exams, coursework and practical exams.

    Academic Support

    The Disability & Dyslexia Centre advises and supports students who disclose a sensory or mobility impairment, chronic medical condition, mental health issue, dyslexia and other specific learning differences. Applicants are encouraged to arrange a pre-entry visit to discuss any concerns and to view the facilities.

    Study Skills Support

    The Study Support Team provides training and support to all students in:

    • Academic writing
    • Study skills (note taking, exam techniques, time management, presentation)
    • Maths and statistics
    • English language
    • Information technology support

    More on Study Skills

    SQA Higher: BBBC to include English (or a written subject requiring the use of English). Maths and a science subject are required at National 5 level grade B or above if not held at Higher.

    GCE A Level: BCC to include English (or a written subject requiring the use of English). Maths and a science subject are required at GCSE grade 6/B or above if not held at A Level.

    Irish Leaving Certificate Higher: H2H3H3H3 to include English (or a written subject requiring the use of English). Maths and a science subject are required at grade O2 if not held at Higher.

    IB Diploma: 27 to include Higher Level English (or a written subject requiring the use of English). Maths and a science subject are required at Standard Level grade 4 if not held at Higher.

    Alternative Qualifications: We welcome applications from those with equivalent qualifications to those stated, including SVQs/NVQs, access programmes and overseas qualifications. Applications from students with non-standard qualifications or work experience will be considered on an individual basis.

    Applicants from Partner Colleges: HNC in Occupational Therapy Support may allow advanced entry into Year 2.

    Special Requirements: Medical screening, evidence of immunisation and satisfactory PVG clearance (previously an enhanced disclosure) are a requirement for all successful applicants prior to commencement on the course. For more details about the PVG scheme please visit Disclosure Scotland.

    Practice Visit: As part of the application process, all applicants are required to demonstrate an informed perspective of occupational therapy and this will normally be achieved through visiting an occupational therapy setting prior to interview.

    Shortlist Selection Process: All shortlisted applicants are invited to attend a half day selection visit prior to an offer of a place on the course being made. The selection process includes evaluation of your professional suitability, communication and team working skills.

    English Language

    Applicants whose first language is not English should have an IELTS of 7.0 overall, with no component lower than 6.5, or an equivalent.

    English Language requirements

    * All entry requirements listed here should be used as a guide and represent the minimum required to be considered for entry. A small number of courses require higher levels, but this will be stated explicitly on your offer letter.

    Year 1: One six week placement in Semester 2

    Stage 2: One seven week placement in Semester 2

    Stage 3: One six week placement in Semester 1

    Stage 4: Two six week placements (One per Semester)

    The practice placements One - Four are sourced and predominantly arranged by the course Practice Placement Co-ordinator.

    Practice Placement Five is an Elective placement sourced and arranged by the student. 

    Find out more about  Health Professions Placements & Professional Links

    Professional Accreditation

    The degree is a professional qualification which is accredited by the College of Occupational Therapists and meets the standards of the World Federation of Occupational Therapists. It is also approved by the Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC), registration with which is a requirement of employment in the NHS and other statutory bodies.

    UK/EU Students 

    If you are a Scottish resident or EU national you are not liable to pay fees and should apply to SAAS for full payment of tuition fees.

    Financial Assistance

    Find out about the financial support available

    For a student loan, students from Scotland should apply to SAAS and students from England, Wales and N Ireland should apply to the appropriate student finance body.  

    Practical Placement Expenses

    • If you have to go on a practical placement away from University and you have extra travel or accommodation costs, you may receive assistance with these from SAAS.
    • You can claim up to £10.08 each day for placements during term-time and £8.57 each day for placements during the summer.
    • You should complete form AB24, available from the University. This form should not be used for normal daily travel expenses from and to University during term-time. These should be made in the normal way - refer to the Travelling Expenses section of this leaflet.

    For Academic Year 2018/2019

    Scottish/EU Students

    • £1820 per academic year

    Rest of UK Students

    • £6750 per academic year

    International Students

    • £13,270 per academic year

    For Academic Year 2017/2018

    Scottish/EU Students

    • £1820 per academic year

    Rest of UK Students

    • £6750 per academic year

    International Students

    • £12,880 per academic year

    For Academic Year 2016/2017

    Scottish/EU Students

    • £1820 per academic year

    Rest of UK Students

    • £6,750 per academic year

    International Students

    • £12,900 per academic year

    For Academic Year 2015/2016

    Scottish/EU Students

    • £1820 per academic year

    Rest of UK Students

    • £6,750 per academic year

    International Students

    • £12,400 per academic year

    For Academic Year 2014/2015

    Scottish/EU Students

    • £1820 per academic year

    Rest of UK Students

    • £6,750 per academic year

    International Students

    • £12,000 per academic year

    For Academic Year 2013/2014

    Scottish/EU Students

    • £1820 per academic year

    Rest of UK Students

    • £6,750 per academic year

    International Students

    • £11,200 per academic year

    For Academic Year 2012/2013

    Scottish/EU Students

    Full-time

    • £1,820 per academic year

    Rest of UK Students

    Full-time

    • £6,750 per academic year

    International Students

    • £10,800 per academic year

    For Academic Year 2011/2012

    UK/EU Students

    • £1820 per academic year

    International Students

    • £11,300 per academic year

    Disclaimer

    Course fees are reviewed periodically and so are subject to change for new applicants. All tuition fees are fixed for the duration of a course at the rate confirmed in your offer letter. You will also be liable to pay a graduation fee of £40 before receiving a University award.

    For further information see Student Finance pages

     

    Home, EU and Rest of UK applicants to Robert Gordon University must apply online at www.ucas.com/students/apply.

    It is important that you keep track of your application process using the UCAS website, as it will update you on whether you have been offered a place from the University. It is also where you should respond to offers and receive confirmation of your place within your chosen course, rather than contacting the institution in the first instance.

    International fee paying students have the option of applying either via UCAS or direct using our application form.

    Terms and Conditions of Admissions

    The Terms and Conditions of Admission describe to applicants holding an offer of a place to study at RGU, the principal rights, duties and obligations of both the applicant and the University prior to enrolling on a course of study.

    Terms and Conditions of Admissions (PDF 142KB)

    A career in occupational therapy offers the opportunity to work in a dynamic and increasingly important area of health and social care. Occupational therapists work in hospitals, social work services, rehabilitation units, housing services, schools, day care facilities, patient homes, third (voluntary) sector, prison service and addiction services.

    The following course-related costs are not included in the course fees:

    • The cost of books that you may wish to purchase. Find your reading list by module.
    • Printing
    • Accommodation: £1000 approximately to cover potential accommodation costs incurred during practice placements which you may be able to claim from funding body
    • Costs associated with your placement / study abroad
    • Health screening/ surveillance and recommended immunisation costs: £250 approximately for four years - please note this is currently covered by Scottish Government but agreed on an annual basis
    • Protection of Vulnerable Groups clearance: £60 approximately – please note this is currently covered by Scottish Government but agreed on an annual basis
    • Student membership of professional body – CROT: £6 per month approximately

    Other Fees and Charges

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