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Occupational Therapy

Brunel University London
3 years
Bachelor's degree
On campus
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Program description

Brunel is ranked 1st in London for Occupational Therapy (The Complete University Guide 2018) and 5th in the UK (The Guardian University Guide 2018).
As occupational therapists we believe that an individual’s performance is integral to their health and quality of life. Viewing people as individuals within their own environment and context is central to occupational health philosophy. Health and social care has become one of the most hotly debated issues of our time. Whether you look at it from a biological, psychological, sociological, philosophical, political, environmental or cultural perspective, these aspects affect us as individuals and as members of families, communities and society as a whole. Brunel has an international reputation for progressive and innovative research in many areas of health and social care. Our research feeds into our courses, so you can be sure that what you are learning is up to date.
Our purpose-built rooms mirror the clinical environment and include a specialist kitchen, arts room and gym. In our ‘Keep Living Suite’ you’ll learn about the use of equipment and adaptable living environments.
We have close connections with our colleagues in the NHS, social services and voluntary organisations around London. This means you’ll benefit from excellent research and practice placements. Our students work in a wide range of occupational therapy settings, ranging from Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospital to Ealing Council Social Care
Our Occupational Therapy course integrates theory with practice. You’ll study the management of therapeutic activity groups and learn interviewing and communication skills. You’ll also develop skills in creative, vocational and recreational activities and consider the use of these skills in treatment. You’ll gain a thorough understanding of the subject and learn to apply your skills as you develop them, with work experience built in to the programme. The course includes 28 weeks of practice placements in a wide range of occupational therapy settings. They include top London teaching hospitals and social and community services. The department’s international links mean that staff from other countries often lecture on the programme. You may be able to undertake part of your studies overseas. There may also be scholarships available – visit
The course has three central themes: occupation, enquiry and professional performance.
-Occupation-This theme introduces you to concepts including occupational therapy and occupational science; productivity, self-care and leisure; occupational therapy theories and models; effective intervention; and managing the occupational therapy process to address clients’ needs.
-Enquiry -This theme teaches skills including methods of obtaining and assessing evidence; understanding the research process and gathering data; evaluating and applying professional evidence; producing research proposals; and evaluating the impact of service provision.
-Professional performance-This theme develops your understanding and use of occupational therapy procedures. You’ll learn professional terminology; demonstrate clinical reasoning and client-centred practice; identify change events and their impact on practice; and justify interventions.
Your practice placements of 28 weeks, combined with your academic studies, provide valuable experience and create a strong foundation for your therapeutic career. We place students in the NHS, local government, charities and private organisations around London. An Occupational Therapy BSc enables you to work in many areas. These include physical rehabilitation, mental health settings, with children in schools or clinics and with people with learning disabilities. You might be based at a hospital or with a community reablement team.

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Brunel University London

Brunel University London is an international university dedicated to education and research, relevant to the global economy, industry and society. We attract academicsfrom around the world to teach our courses and lead our research programmes. From them, you’ll discover new ways of thinking and...

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