Occupational therapists (OTs) provide information and advice about managing a disability. They undertake assessments and, when necessary, can recommend equipment and adaptations to the home. Their aim is to enable people with disabilities to live as independently as possible within their own home.
Occupational therapy is one of the fastest growing and most rewarding careers in health and social care. The profession will enable you to make a real difference in helping people to enhance their lives. It provides opportunities within a broad range of work settings, enabling you to choose whether you want to be self-employed or work for an organisation.
To train as an OT, you will usually need to hold five GCSE passes (or equivalent), and two at 'A' level (or three at Higher Grade if you studied in Scotland). At least one science subject must be passed at one of these levels. 'A' level Biology is particularly useful and is required by someuniversities. Alternative qualifications may be accepted by individual universities. Qualification is by studying for a BSc Honours Degree. You will need to register annually with the BAOT/COT (British College of Occupational Therapy) (External link).