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Ready to embark on an exciting journey?

If you like what you’ve read and you’d love to use your skills to help people live fulfilling lives, this is the place to find out how to turn your interest into an amazing career.


A career that’s about creativity and empathy

As well as core skills and traits like team working, creative problem solving, communication and empathy, you’ll need a qualification.

There are over 35 universities across the UK running a range of programmes including:

  • Full time three-year programmes – four years in Scotland
  • Full time two-year programmes (if you already have a degree)
  • Four-year part time programmes

Alternatively, if you’re based in England, you can gain an occupational therapy degree through an apprenticeship. This route is provided by an employing organisation like the NHS or a social care service. You’ll become fully qualified by spending part of your time in paid work (80%) and part in a learning environment (20%).

More information on the qualifications you’ll need can be found in the Routes into occupational therapy section of this website.


When it comes to your pre-registration degree, there’s plenty of choice.