A meaningful career
If a career in occupational therapy interests you and you have an undergraduate degree, this course could be for you.
Occupational therapists enable people to take part in meaningful activities by helping them to overcome barriers that prevent them from reaching their potential. These activities vary from paid or unpaid work and self-care activities to sports and leisure. We´ll help you develop a deep and critical understanding of the profession.
Professionally accredited course
This course is approved by the Health and Care Professions Council, so you will be eligible to apply for registration to practise as an occupational therapist when you graduate. It is also accredited nationally and internationally through the College of Occupational Therapists and the World Federation of Occupational Therapists.
You´ll need an honours degree at 2.1 or above, or a 2.2 with additional qualification at level 7. If your degree is over 5 years old then evidence of study at level 6 or above in the past 2 years is required. We´ll also consider all the information that you´ve included in your application, as we are looking for a range of skills and experience that demonstrates commitment, enthusiasm and suitability to become an Occupational Therapist. We´ll want to see that you´re enthusiastic and motivated to take this course and that you have the potential to benefit from coming to university. You will also require evidence that you will be able to manage the academic demands of Masters level study.
If you apply before the end of January each year, you will be given full consideration for an interview, however, due to the popularity of the programme those applications received after this date may not be afforded this opportunity.
You´ll need to be familiar with at least two areas of occupational therapy, shadowing experience with an Occupational Therapists, ideally in more than one setting is desirable. You´ll need to be fluent in English and for overseas students the IELTS at level 7 or equivalent is also required.
If you are offered a place on this course you will need to undergo health screening. On application you will need to undergo an enhanced criminal record check which is done through the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS). This course is ‘exempt’ from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 and therefore you are required to declare any convictions, cautions, reprimands and final warnings that are not "protected" (i.e. filtered out) as defined by the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (as amended in 2013). The amendments to the Exceptions Order provide that certain ‘spent’ convictions and cautions are ‘protected’ and are not subject to disclosure and cannot be taken into account. Guidance and criteria on the filtering of these cautions and convictions can be found on the Disclosure and Barring Service website. Further information can also be found on the Nacro website.
We welcome applicants from a wide variety of backgrounds and life experiences. Your criminal record will not, in itself, debar you from being offered a place on the Occupational Therapy programme. All cases will be examined on an individual basis.
You’ll study these modules:
Foundations for Occupational Performance
You’ll consider the nature of occupational performance throughout life, including play, work, productivity, leisure and self-care. This module is delivered face-to-face.
During this triple module, you’ll have the opportunity to investigate in detail a chosen area of practice relevant to your profession. This module is delivered face to face.
Occupational Impact of Life Changes
In this module, you’ll critically explore the effects of life changes on a person’s ability to engage in occupations. You’ll need to be able to identify the needs of clients or service users and inform their decision-making in what may often be complex and unpredictable situations. This module is delivered face to face.
Occupational Therapy: Foundations for Professional Practice
During this module, you’ll critically review the foundations of occupational therapy. You’ll analyse the core philosophies, skills, values and processes of the profession, and consider the contribution that occupational therapy makes to health and social care. You’ll explore and analyse the requirements of professional practice and critically evaluate factors, both internal and external to the profession, which must be considered in service delivery and improvement. This module is delivered face to face.
Occupational Therapy: Reasoning and Therapeutic Practice
Building on earlier modules, you’ll critique and justify the principles of analysis, grading and adaptation of occupation and activity for individuals and groups within a range of current and potential occupational therapy practice settings, where informed professional decisions are made in complex and unpredictable situations. This module is delivered face to face. The Practice Placement Education modules are compulsory, non-credit bearing modules:
Practice Placement Education 1
This module introduces you to the occupational needs of individuals and to the occupational therapy process in practice. It enables you to develop your professional, communication, interpersonal and managerial skills at a basic level. This module is delivered on practice placement.
Practice Placement Education 2
You’ll build on the experiences of your previous placement within a different setting, to develop your practice skills and professionalism. This module is delivered on practice placement.
Practice Placement Education 3
You’ll build on your previous placement experience and be encouraged to reflect and critically evaluate your placement, in order to become a competent occupational therapist. This module is delivered on practice placement.
The Developing Practitioner
To be effective in your therapeutic practice, you’ll need to develop a strong therapeutic alliance with the people you’re working with. You’ll focus on emotional intelligence to give you the knowledge, skills and experience needed to create effective relationships and take part in experiential learning through one to one and group activities. This module is delivered face to face.
The Occupational Therapy Process: Integrating Theory and Practice
This module offers the opportunity to analyse and evaluate the principles of the occupational therapy process. You’ll develop skills in effective self-management, personal responsibility for your own learning and that of others, and teamwork. This will ensure that you become a confident and competent practitioner. This module is delivered face to face.
On successful completion, you’ll be well placed within the employment market as a self-directed, reflective, proactive and initiative driven practitioner, capable of influencing the development of others and the profession.
When you’ve completed this fast-paced two-year professional masters course, you’ll be able to apply for exciting and diverse career opportunities within occupational therapy in this country or abroad.
You could work with people of all ages facing different challenges in a wide range of settings such as:
Schools and community
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