HNC Occupational Therapy Students presenting 1
SCQF Level
Start Date
Various start dates
Qualification Type
Course Type
20 months

HNC Occupational Therapy Support (Distance Learning) is designed to develop and enhance knowledge and skills in occupational therapy for support workers currently employed in this role.

Each year, the College enrols three intakes of cohorts at agreed times - depending on application numbers.

What will I learn?

  • Context and development of occupational therapy
  • Needs and rights of service users
  • Policies, procedures and professional standards
  • Philosophy, theory and practice of occupational therapy
  • Anatomy and physiology
  • Psychology and human development
  • Aspects of sociology
  • Audit
  • Graded unit

Assessment is continuous, with a mix of practical and theoretical assessments supported by our web based virtual learning environment (VLE) and regular phone tutorials with your tutor.

Entry requirements (minimum)

  • You must provide a suitable employment reference from your current Manager who has supervised you working in a relevant formal care, support or education support setting. Formal experience should be gained over a substantial period of time (eg for at least six continuous months)
  • You should be able to evidence academic understanding
  • You should provide a personal statement that shows an interest in this course and of understanding occupational therapy
  • Please note that due to the high demand for places, you may need to wait for a place on this course, however all potential candidates will be contacted.

Entry requirement equivalency table

  • If you do not meet the entry criteria for your chosen course, you may be offered an alternative course in the same subject area.

Employer and industry links

The course is supported by employers from health, social care, social services and education both in statutory and third sector services through provision of work place supervision and support. Articulation agreements and partnerships also exist with Scottish universities providing Occupational Therapy degree programmes should you wish to continue further Higher Education study.

Jobs and further study

  • PDA Occupational Therapy Support
  • BSc (Hons) Occupational Therapy
  • BA/Diploma of Higher Education: Education and Social Services
  • HND Care and Administrative Practice
  • BA (Hons) Integrated Health and Social Care
  • HND Additional Support Needs

Many distance learning students choose this course as a route to continue and enhance their employment with their employer, to improve job prospects or gain promoted posts.

Making an application

For courses starting in August, you can make up to two applications.

Applications are made to a course and a first choice of campus. If the course is oversubscribed at your first choice you will be automatically considered for alternative sites and may be made an offer without a further application.

I've applied — what happens next?

You will receive an automated email confirming that we have received your application/note of interest and will be in contact as per the following stages:

  • You and your Manager, will be asked to complete an application form detailing your experience and interest
  • You will receive a phone interview where we can explore how this course can best support your learning needs
  • You will be asked to identify an OT Supervisor who can support you throughout this 2 year Distance Learning course


  • Unconditional place: you have met all the entry requirements and your place is guaranteed
  • Conditional place: your place is secured pending meeting the entry requirements, references supplied and qualifications verified
  • Waiting list: you have met all the entry requirements however the course is full. If any spaces become available you will be contacted prior to the start of course
  • Unsuccessful: you have not met the entry requirements and are advised to contact the Student Advice Centre to discuss alternative options which may be available
  • Once an offer is received, you must reply within 10 working days or risk losing your place
  • Once you have accepted your offer, you will be sent further information for example, student funding, joining instructions and an induction date.

More questions? Contact us about this course

0141 272 3776