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Occupational Therapy pre-registration degree programmes are delivered across the UK at undergraduate and postgraduate levels, with programmes combining both practical and academic study.

 All programmes will leave you eligible to apply for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC), and they will get you to that point through a variety of methods and experiences.

Academic course components include:

  • Theories and models relating to occupation and occupational science
  • The relationship between occupation, health, and wellbeing, and how this can be used in interventions
  • The core values and beliefs of occupational therapy
  • Professional attitudes and behaviours
  • Critical thinking and reasoning skills, including research skills
  • Occupational therapy process skills
  • Skills in the analysis and use of occupations as therapeutic media
  • Entrepreneurial and leadership skills


A minimum of 1,000 hours is spent on practice placements. Students gain experience in occupational therapy services or in new settings where the OT role could be introduced. Placements vary in length and cover a range of different practice areas.                                                                   


NHS Borders

Here in NHS Borders, we are committed, through our Practice Placement Agreement (PPA) to offer a specific number of placements throughout each year.

All students are expected to comply with the HCPC "Standards of Conduct, Performance & Ethics" (2016) and The College of Occuaptional Therapists "Code of Etics and Professional Conduct" whilst on placement with NHS Borders.

These webpages have been designed to offer the relevant advice to students as part of their pre-placement information package and offer Information on transport, accomodation, general information and specific placement information in relation to placement location.