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Occupational Therapy BSc - Frequently Asked Questions

FAQs for prospective BSc level one students

What are the requirements for professional courses?

Please see our Professional course requirements page for full details. 

How many days am I likely to be on campus for during term time and what is my timetable?

The timetable is not yet finalised, but you can expect to be on campus between four and five days in term one. This may reduce slightly in term two as one block ends in December.

What time of the day will my lectures and seminars be held?

The times that you can expect to be on campus are from 9am to 5pm. The times of seminars and lectures varies depending on the different blocks and seminar allocations. Although when you are not on campus there is a lot of personal study. You will have a clearer idea of the specific groups you are in after Induction / Fresher’s week.

What are the term dates?

Please note that the teaching timetable for the Occupational Therapy course is slightly different to the published academic calendar. Students return on Monday 8 January and finish Thursday 29 March 2018 to ensure the delivery of learning objectives on the professional course.

Term 1: Mon 25 Sept – 15 Dec 2017, the compulsory induction week is the week before term starts to get you acquainted to University life and study

Term 2: Mon 8 Jan – 29 March 2018

Term 3: 16 April – prep for level 2.

What are the placement dates?

There are four placements on the BSc programme. The first is four weeks and either 5 - 30 March 2018 which runs into Easter Break or 29 May to 22 June 2018 for a few students. You could be working in the NHS, social care or the charitable sector. We aim to give you experiences in community.

I am unable to attend some of Induction/Freshers’ Week, will this be a problem? 

You need to attend this week because it provides key details about your first level of studies. Without this you will find it difficult to orientate yourself to the programme and what you are expected to do. It is also really important for you to start to build relationships with peers and staff. Current students have reported this to be important for them.

The timetable will be uploaded when it has been finalised. You can expect the week to be an introduction to the various university resources that will be useful for your learning and support. There are also introductions to a variety of blocks including placements, mandatory core professional skills including fire training. Also you will meet your personal tutor and have an opportunity to buy and view books. In this week we also get you to meet with your peers from both occupational and physiotherapy programmes.

I’ve been told I need to have completed CPR training and have a certificate before I join in September. How do I go about this?

You will need to have a certificate that demonstrates you have completed practical cardio-pulmonary resuscitation (CPR) training. It needs to be carried out in the last 12 months and cover all the allocated placement periods. You will therefore need to update this training annually.

Below are some websites that you might want to look at to identify a possible course. Please note we require you to have had practical CPR training, so if in any doubt do get in touch with them to confirm this. 

This is local based company (to campus) who students have used previously


One day first aid training to include practical resuscitation


Emergency first aid at work course which includes practical CPR (Hammersmith area)


The British Red Cross or St John ambulance may also have a course near you. 



What immunisations do I need to have completed?

Please see our Professional course requirements page for full details. 

What is the reading list for my studies?

Our current level one students suggested to staff that it would be really useful for you to learn about all the bones and muscles of the body before you start before coming onto the programme. A book list will be in your Induction/ Fresher’s pack available in that week. The following text will be referred to in the programme and will help you with anatomy now:

Tyldesley and Grieve's Muscles, Nerves and Movement in Human Occupation(2011) Ian McMillan & Gail Carin-Levy