HNC Occupational Therapy Students presenting 4
Langside Campus
SCQF Level
Start Date
24 Aug 2020
Qualification Type
Course Type
1 Year (August to June)

Applications for this course are now closed.

This occupational therapy support course is designed to develop and enhance knowledge and skills in occupational therapy for individuals who wish to gain employment in an occupational therapy setting or progress to relevant degree programmes. In addition candidates who work in health care, social services and education support settings can benefit from an enhanced understanding of how to improve overall occupational performance and function, enabling people to live more independently.

What will I learn?

  • Context and development of occupational therapy
  • Needs and rights of service users
  • Policies and procedures
  • Philosophy and theory of occupational therapy
  • Anatomy and physiology
  • Psychology
  • Sociology
  • Audit and quality assurance
  • Graded unit.

Assessment is continuous, with a mix of practical and theoretical assessments. 

An extensive workplace element is also included to assist understanding of how to apply knowledge from the class setting to real life practice.

Employer and industry links

The course is supported by employers across the health, social care and supported education in statutory and third sector services through provision of placements and work place supervision. 

Articulation Routes

Articulation agreements and partnerships also exist with Scottish universities providing Occupational Therapy degree programmes.

Jobs and further study

  • 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

Employment as a support worker within occupational therapy or related areas of health, social services or supported education.

Entry requirements (minimum)

  • You must provide two suitable references (one must come from someone that has supervised you working in a relevant formal care setting). Formal care experience should be gained over a substantial period of time, for example, six months.
  • You should be able to evidence academic ability. For example two Highers, or equivalent, one preferably in English or an NC in a health or care related area, or
  • A Foundation Apprenticeship in Social Services and Healthcare along with one Higher, preferably in English
  • You should provide a personal statement that shows an interest in and of understanding of occupational therapy
  • Placement (full-time route) is subject to Protection of Vulnerable People Disclosure (PVG) criteria
  • You will also be able to apply without formal qualifications, but you must have relevant life and/or work experience
  • Please note that due to the high demand for places, the specialist nature of the programme and placement requirements, not all candidates who meet the entry criteria will be called for interview.

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.

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?

When you apply

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

  • Your application will be reviewed.
  • If you have relevant qualifications, care experience and understanding of occupational therapy you will be invited to attend an interview. Our admissions team will send you two reference forms. Please bring references and proof of qualifications to the interview.
  • The interview will consist of an information session and a one-to-one interview.
  • Interviews will take place from March to June.
  • You will not hear about the outcome of the selection process before May. 


  • 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 for this course and are advised to contact the college Student Advice Centre to discuss alternative options which may be available to you.

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