Skip to main content

We use cookies to ensure that you get the best experience whilst browsing our website. You can change your cookie settings in your browser at any time.

Link to Search

Occupational Therapist

Occupational therapists help people overcome difficulties caused by physical or mental illness, disability, accidents or ageing.

Entry requirements-

To become an occupational therapist you will need GCSE grades 9-4 (A*-C), particularly in English, maths and science. There are several routes once you have achieved this: you could become an occupational therapy support worker, then go onto a degree; you could also complete a degree apprenticeship. If you have a degree in science, health or psychology you could complete a conversion degree in occupational therapy or you could complete a Bsc in Occupational Therapy 3 year course.

Career progression – You may want to get involved with education, research or become a senior clinician.

 Occupational Therapist goals:

  • admission avoidance
  • speedy discharge from hospital
  • enabling the person to remain in their chosen home environment

Skills you need:

  • knowledge of psychology
  • counselling skills including active listening and a non-judgemental approach
  • sensitivity and understanding
  • to be flexible and open to change
  • knowledge of teaching and the ability to design courses
  • patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
  • the ability to work well with others
  • the ability to use your initiative
  • to be able to use a computer