Become an OT

Pre-registration degree courses accredited by the College of Occupational Therapists are recognised internationally and will enable you to work overseas

To become an occupational therapist you will need to study an approved pre-registration programme


There are a variety of accredited occupational therapy programmes available in the UK at various universities across the country.

Most are BSc (with Honours) degrees, although postgraduate diplomas and pdf Document Iconmaster's degrees are also available.

Careers handbook 2015-16

pdf Document IconDownload the Careers Handbook for a full listing of all OT university programmes in the UK.

Find out about applying for OT programmes, with tips for your application and how to choose a programme.

There is also information available for international students and case studies of student experiences.

pdf Document IconDownload our Guidance on Applying for a Pre-Registration Masters Degree in Occupational Therapy.

Other resources

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Occupational therapy as a career

Occupational therapists work in many different roles and settings. This short film will help you find out what a rewarding career you could have as an occupational therapist, helping people to live life their way. 

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Occupational therapy as a career: A student journey

This film follows a day in the life of Bethan, an OT student at Brunel University. Watch to find out more about what it's like to study for a qualification in occupational therapy.

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