Postgraduate MSc/PgDip/PgCert

Occupational Therapy (Pre-Registration)

School of Health and Society

Attendance

Full-time

Course

Two year

Next enrolment

September 2020

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Introduction

In a nutshell

This accelerated programme will provide you with a master's level academic qualification together with eligibility to apply for a licence to practice which is a pre-requisite for registration to the Health and Care Professions Council. 

This programme offers you the opportunity to become occupational therapy practitioners at the forefront of occupational therapy. This will be achieved by developing a systematic understanding of knowledge and a critical awareness of current challenges and developments in the field of occupational therapy.

Please note this course is now full for September 2019. Next intake will be September 2020. 

You will:
  • Gain an academic qualification and eligibility to apply for licence to practice with the HCPC
  • Have the opportunity for a clinical placement
  • Be prepared to enter the workplace on completion of this programme
Placement

options available

International

students accepted

Course accreditations
The Royal College of Occupational Therapists
The Health and Care Professions Council

This is for you if...

1.

You want to gain a global perspective in the field of occupational therapy

2.

You want to improve the lives of others

3.

You have great communication skills

4.

You are practical and problem solver

5.

You are a good observer

6.

You want to work with people from all kinds of backgrounds

Course details

All about the course

Over the two years, you will engage with four modules and four practice placements as detailed below.

The four modules studied on this course are: 

Modules

Theory and Practice

  • To enable you to recognise, apply and critically evaluate the core knowledge, skills and values of an occupational therapist. 
  • To understand the need to respect and uphold, the rights, dignity, values and autonomy of service users.
  • To enable you to engage in a variety of placement experiences in order to apply and develop learning expertise.

 

People as Occupational Beings

To enable you to gain critical knowledge of basic sciences and their relevance to human occupation. 

To enable you to gain critical knowledge of occupations and occupational performance across the lifespan. 

To provide you with the opportunity to volunteer in a relevant service. 

 

Theory and Practice

  • To identify current issues relevant to occupational therapy and critically evaluate their accommodation/ implementation in practice.
  • To explore the theoretical relationship between occupation, health and wellbeing within the context of models of practice and evaluate the application of the models.
  • To demonstrate the ability to apply and evaluate a range of evidence-based occupational therapy strategies. 

Ready for Practice

  • To apply the philosophy, core values and skills of occupational therapy to service development, delivery and practice. 
  • To learn from and with other learners from relevant professions.
  • To reflect on personal and professional development and prepare for employment.

Please note that it may not be possible to deliver the full list of options every year as this will depend on factors such as how many students choose a particular option. Exact modules may also vary in order to keep content current. When accepting your offer of a place to study on this programme, you should be aware that not all optional modules will be running each year. Your tutor will be able to advise you as to the available options on or before the start of the programme. Whilst the University tries to ensure that you are able to undertake your preferred options, it cannot guarantee this.

What will I be doing?

TEACHING

The content of the programme is delivered by academic staff, practitioner colleagues and service users. A wide range of teaching methods which match the requirements of the subject matter and different learning styles are utilised. 

A mixture of the following will be used as relevant throughout the modules.

  • Lectures
  • Tutorials
  • Simulation experiences including working on real-world problems and engagement in a volunteering role.
  • Workshops
  • Groupwork
  • Seminars
  • Placement experience
  • Individual Scholarly Activity - self-directed learning, personal reflection,
  • Online Learning Resources -delivery of supporting resources such as study guides, lectures and tutorials through technologies such as the virtual classroom, podcasts, blogs, wikis, suggested reading, links to web-based reading or activities and online learning forums. 

This programme uses a cognitive pedagogy which emphasises conceptual development through integration and co-creation of ideas, opportunities for reflection and for ownership of a given task. This approach provides interactive environments and appropriate challenges encourage experimentation and the discovery of broad principles and frames learning outcomes in meta-cognitive terms to encourage the development of autonomy. You will have an identified MSc Tutor who will work with you and your peers to develop these skills and attributes.

ASSESSMENT

Assessment focuses on conceptual understanding (applied knowledge and skills), processes as well as outcomes, crediting varieties of excellence and the development of self- and peer-evaluation skills. The following assessment methods are utilised to collect evidence of academic and professional suitability:-

  • Essays
  • Practical Report
  • Case Study
  • Critique
  • Practice experience Assessment: Learning Agreements
  • Research Proposal
  • Presentations

The School of Health and Society

We are focused on enhancing the health and wellbeing of patients, service users and athletes and our commitment to public involvement help us retain our strong focus on real-world issues.

Rehabilitation Flat

Our purpose built rehabilitation flat provides the opportunity to test occupational therapy skills within a secure environment.

The flat has a bathroom, kitchen and bedroom with a range of equipment and daily living aids such as:

  • Specialist knives and adapted cutlery
  • Utensil holders and openers
  • Non-slip mats and reachers
  • A variety of dressing aids
  • Bath lift and grab rail

The flat is used to demonstrate equipment and the way in which an occupational therapist may assist a client to learn a new way to perform an activity and maintain their independence. You will also have access to the occupational therapy resource room, equipment relating to ADL, splinting and personal care, and use of community resources for experiential learning.

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Employment and stats

What about after uni?

As a qualified occupational therapist, the University is committed to supporting your continuing professional development and offers a range of short courses and study days throughout the year to keep you at the forefront of new developments within the profession.

You may also choose to pursue further study and research on our Professional Doctorate (Health and Social Care/Advanced Practitioner/Social Work)

Career Links

Through the programme, you will develop a sound level of competence in occupational therapy required to meet professional standards and the UK Health and Care Professions Council Standards of Proficiency for Occupational Therapists.

You will be eligible to apply for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council to obtain a protected title and license to practice as an occupational therapist in the UK.

You will be able to work in a range of practice environments such as paediatrics, older people’s care, long-term mental health settings and learning disability services. Alternatively you may develop your career into medico-legal work, management, education and research. In addition to the NHS services, employers may include prisons, private hospitals, litigation services, voluntary organisations and private and/or independent practice.

FURTHER STUDY

As a qualified occupational therapist, the University is committed to supporting your continuing professional development and offers a range of short courses and study days throughout the year to keep you at the forefront of new developments within the profession.

You may also wish to pursue further academic study through a research degree on completion of this course.

Requirements

What you need to know

Please note this course is now full for September 2019. Next intake will be September 2020. 

This course is suitable for people with a first degree in any subject looking for an accelerated course to prepare them to work as an occupational therapist. 

English language requirements 

International applicants will be required to show proficiency in English. An IELTS score of 7.0 (no element below 6.5) is proof of this.

Standard entry requirements

Undergraduate degree

An Honours Degree 2:2 or above in any subject area. Normally we would expect this to have been completed in the last five years, but relevant work-related CPD or other studies could be considered (with evidence).

GCSEs

GCSE or equivalent Maths and English at grade 4/C or above.

GCSE Science is preferred but not essential. 

How much?

Type of study Year Fees
Full-time home/EU 2019/20 £9,000per year
Full-time international 2019/20 £16,500per year
Additional costs

You should also consider further costs which may include books, stationery, printing, binding and general subsistence on trips and visits.

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Enrolment dates

September 2020