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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.
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.
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.
The course includes oral and written assessments, with the opportunity to create scientific posters and demonstrate practical, professional techniques.
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.
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:
EU applicants must have an overall IELTS score of 7 with no elements below 6.5.
Admission to the course depends on:
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:
At interview you will be measured against the following criteria, mapped against the NHS constitutional values:
If you are successful in shortlisting and interview you will receive a conditional offer which is subject to:
Until the steps above have been completed, the offer of a place on the course remains conditional.
For additional information please see the entry requirements in our admissions section
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Year 1 core modules
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