Occupational Therapy

Robert Gordon University


Year 1:
You will develop a basic understanding of the relationship between the person, occupation, health and wellbeing and the environment, in addition to acquiring knowledge and skills, self-awareness, organisational skills and study skills. You will also develop a basic understanding of the theoretical and practical components of occupational therapy related to practice.

Year 2:
You will explore wider theoretical aspects of occupational therapy, clinical sciences and social studies, and develop your understanding of the impact of ill health and the value of occupation to the health and wellbeing of individuals throughout the lifespan. You will develop your understanding of the necessity for reflective practice for your personal development as an Occupational Therapist.
Inter-professional education opportunities are integrated across the year to facilitate students’ learning experiences and other allied health professional students which is reflective of the working environment.

Year 3:
You will have further opportunities to develop your skills through integration of academic theory and practical skills. You will be encouraged to take increasing responsibility for independent learning and decision-making, increasing your competence in practice placements. You will be challenged with wider issues within healthcare, with consideration of political, professional, societal, cultural and environmental influences.

Year 4:
You will evaluate basic occupational therapy skills and the wider issues of professional practice including interdisciplinary practice and the working environment. You will engage in in-depth self-directed study, acquire an increased understanding of and critical approach to practice, extend your awareness of the work setting and lifelong learning and gain the confidence to be flexible in your approach to professional practice and self evaluation. Graduates will be prepared for the new areas of occupational therapy practice through exploration of new ways of working and with elective placement providing the opportunity to consolidate and develop your confidence and professional identity.

Entry Requirements

2023 entry requirements

Standard entry:
4 Highers at BBBC including English or another English based subject, and a science or humanities subject plus Maths and Biology, Chemistry or Physics at National 5 at B.

Widening access entry:
4 Highers at BCCC including English plus Maths and Biology, Chemistry or Physics at National 5 at B.

All shortlisted applicants are invited to attend a selection session providing an opportunity to meet the Occupational Therapy team. The session also includes a short interview, group communication and team-working exercise.

Medical screening and evidence of immunisation is required prior to commencement of the course. You will also require a satisfactory criminal record check from Disclosure Scotland to show that you are suitable for this type of course. Contact Disclosure Scotland for details on the type you would need.

Start Date






Study Method

Full time



Course Length

4 years


School of Health Sciences

SCQF Level



Career Area

Health and Medicine

Career Sectors

Alternative Medicine

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