Health & Social Care

PgDip/MSc Occupational Therapy (Pre-registration)

Full-time

  • 2 years
  • Enrolment date: January

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Occupational therapy is the process of facilitating change through activity to improve an individual’s quality of life and allow them to reach a maximum level of function and independence. Occupational therapists value the uniqueness of the individual and believe there is personal capacity for adaptation. This course is approved by the Health and Care Professions Council and accredited by the College of Occupational Therapists and the World Federation of Occupational Therapists.

What you study

Year 1 outlines what an occupational therapist is. We consider the world as a place of occupational opportunity and people as occupational beings. Through a series of modules you consider the philosophy of the profession, practice skills and beliefs, findings and understanding research, and the professional knowledge base required to develop strategies for intervention.

Following two placement experiences you learn to apply the occupational therapy process using evidence from a range of sources. This is supported by input from practice colleagues and service users. You also develop the practical skills needed to demonstrate fitness to purpose. You are encouraged to draw on your placement experience and apply it in your learning. You build on your undergraduate research experience and further explore the research process and its relevance to your interests.

Year 2 helps you understand the professional constructs which determine the scope and viability of occupational therapy. You develop your entrepreneurial and professional skills, and learn about non-traditional or role-emerging practice areas to equip you for an ever-changing workplace. You also start your major project in Year 2, developing academic expertise in your area of research. Your project continues throughout the second year and is submitted in December. You have two more practice placement experiences over the summer.

How you learn

This well-established, progressive course incorporates biological, social and clinical sciences with health policy and research methods. You take a problem-based approach to learning and share learning with students from other disciplines across the University.

The course consists of lectures, seminars and practical sessions. We promote teamwork and encourage you to appreciate the many disciplines contributing to healthcare. You are supported through a personal tutor and a range of School and University strategies.

How you are assessed

The course includes oral and written assessments, with the opportunity to create scientific posters and demonstrate practical, professional techniques.

Career opportunities

Many employment opportunities exist for graduate occupational therapists in health and social care, schools and voluntary agencies. Occupational therapists also work closely with other professionals such as doctors, nurses, physiotherapists, speech and language therapists, psychologists and social workers.

Entry requirements

We are unable to reconsider unsuccessful applicants in the same application cycle. You can, however, reapply in the future and will be required to meet the criteria as if you were a first time applicant.

You should have:

  • a 2.1 honours degree (contact admissions before applying)
  • evidence of study within the last three years
  • you must also be eligible for a Department of Health bursary. Find out more through the NHS Student Bursaries website).

EU applicants must have an overall IELTS score of 7 with no elements below 6.5.

Admission to the course depends on:

  • academic entry requirements being met
  • satisfactory application form
  • successful interview
  • satisfactory references
  • completed work-based risk assessment process
  • enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check.

During and on completion of your course, you must declare any convictions, cautions or allegations to the University and relevant professional body before applying for registration.

Your personal statement is measured against the following criteria:

  • your ability to complete all sections of the application form fully and correctly
  • the level of all qualifications and grades must be specified
  • appropriate academic entry requirements achieved or predicted
  • evidence of study over the last three years
  • a personal statement supportive of your chosen programme that demonstrates an understanding of the uniqueness of the profession and role of the professional
  • evident motivation for completing the programme

At interview you will be measured against the following criteria, mapped against the NHS constitutional values:

  • knowledge of your chosen profession and career
  • an appreciation of the demands of the programme and your chosen profession
  • enthusiasm for the programme and profession
  • an understanding of professional values and attitudes in health and social care
  • an ability to communicate effectively
  • relevant background experience in this area
  • team skills
  • problem solving skills and creative activities.

If you are successful in shortlisting and interview you will receive a conditional offer which is subject to:

  1. evidence of the required academic qualifications
  2. a successful work-based risk assessment which will reflect the Higher Education Occupational Practitioners’ (HEOP) recommendations - please read these
  3. an enhanced DBS check - any warnings, cautions, allegations or convictions received in the last five years may have implications for your continued offer on the course
  4. satisfactory references.

Until the steps above have been completed, the offer of a place on the course remains conditional.

HEOP recommendations

For additional information please see the entry requirements in our admissions section

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