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Southampton and Cardiff best places to study occupational therapy

Tuesday 14th May 2019
Cardiff and Southampton universities have been ranked the best in the UK for occupational therapy courses, scoring highly in a number of categories.
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Anyone looking to go into occupational therapy as a career will likely be considering a degree, and that means finding a suitable university to attend. While there are plenty of different options, the latest ranking tables have been released and there are a few clear contenders for the top places to study this subject.

The Complete University Guide has just released its 2020 league tables, and when it comes to occupational therapy the best place to study is apparently the University of Southampton. The establishment came first in the rankings for this subject, up from third place last year. It was followed by the universities of Cardiff, Oxford Brookes, Bradford and Liverpool.

Part of the reason for Southampton’s high placing was its research quality. It scored 3.47 out of a total of four, placing it top of the rankings for this metric. It was closely followed by Cardiff and Bradford.

However, this is not the top of some people’s priorities when choosing a university. There are some aspects of Southampton that might make it a poor choice for some aspiring occupational therapists. For example, when it came to student satisfaction, it did not even place in the top 20.

Instead, the most satisfied occupational therapy students went to Sheffield Hallam, which scored 95 out of a possible 100. Huddersfield and Oxford Brookes also scored highly in this category.

Oxford Brookes also placed second in terms of graduate prospects, with 98 per cent of its occupational therapy students going on to work in the field or undertake further study. However, the university was slightly let down by its research quality, which was just 2.96 out of four.

Written by Alex Franklin Stortford

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