Occupational Therapists

An Occupational Therapist works with people who have physical, mental and/or social problems, either from birth or as the result of accident, illness or ageing.  Their aim is to enable people to live as independently as possible.  An Occupational Therapist understands that everyone’s lifestyle is different.  Occupational Therapists help people to perform everyday activities such as getting up in the morning, washing, dressing and preparing meals etc.  An Occupational Therapist will work with a person to design a programme of treatment based on the individual’s unique lifestyle, environment and preferences. 
Occupational Therapists also work alongside other professionals and voluntary organisations in promoting the health and well-being of the client.  They will consider the importance of how a person’s physical, mental and social needs will impact on their recovery process and help them to achieve the goals that are most important to them.  Occupational Therapists practice in a variety of settings including hospitals, day care and community settings including the client’s own home, educational, social services for health or local authority bodies and as private practitioners.  Their work may involve adapting a person’s home or work environment to enable independent living and a socially inclusive lifestyle.


There are three ways to qualify as a state registered occupational therapist recognised by the Health and Care Professions Council, either: 
Successful completion of one of the above courses allows membership of the British Association of Occupational Therapists and state registration with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). Registration is essential if you wish to work within the NHS or with local authorities.  You will also qualify for membership of the World Federation of Occupational Therapists (WFOT).


These are a rough guide - please contact UCAS/institution for exact entry requirements.
Three year/Four year degree
A Level
Grades ABB (320 UCAS points) in one sitting – excluding General Studies, Critical Thinking and Citizenship Studies
Five GCSEs obtained in one sitting at grade C or above, to include English/Welsh Language, Mathematics and a Science subject
Equivalent qualifications may be considered.  Seek advice from the institution. 
Applicants must be eighteen years old by 1 November of the year of entry. 
Mature applicants age 21 and over are considered independently and on merit. Please contact the institution directly for more information.
Two year full-time post graduate diploma
Evidence of at least an undergraduate degree (minimum classification 2:2) in any subject before the start of the programme, with evidence of some understanding of the nature of occupational therapy.
All applicants will be required to satisfactorily complete a criminal records check and occupational health screening as a condition of acceptance.


Three year full-time degree
The University and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) administers the application process for the three-year degree programme. Please click here for more information.
Four year part-time degree and two year full-time post graduate diploma
Applicants are NOT dealt with by UCAS.  Applications should be made directly to the institution.


Agenda for Change Band Examples of Roles
2 Clinical Support Worker
3 Clinical Support Worker Higher Level
4 Occupational Therapy Technician
5 Newly Qualified Occupational Therapist; Occupational Therapy Technical Instructor Higher level
6 Specialist Occupational Therapist
7 Advanced Occupational Therapist; Occupational Therapist Team Manager
8a Principal Occupational Therapist
8a-8b Consultant Occupational Therapist
Please click here for details on NHS pay and conditions.
For employment opportunities, see NHS Jobs website www.jobs.nhs.uk.


Each year the Welsh Government funds a number of healthcare students to undertake this course. For those healthcare students who have secured an NHS Wales funded place, the Welsh Government supports healthcare students in two ways:
  • Funds full costs of tuition fees
  • Provides student financial support to eligible students which includes bursaries/salaries, childcare costs, disabled students' allowance etc. Please click here for more details.


Academic Institutions:
Glyndŵr University            
Professional Association:
Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)                    
HCPC is a regulatory body that maintains a register of health and care professionals. All of these professions have at least one professional title that is protected by law. Anyone using these titles must be registered with HCPC. It is a criminal offence for someone to claim that they are registered with HCPC when they are not, or to use a protected title that they are not entitled to use. 
Please contact nhswalescareers@wales.nhs.uk for any queries/comments on this page.

Last updated: 16 April 2013