Our BSc Occupational Therapy helps you to develop the knowledge, skills and attributes to enable you to work with clients of all ages who have physical or mental health problems or learning difficulties. We combine a number of learning styles, such as lectures, seminars, problem-based learning and workshops. Teaching and learning is undertaken both in our University and at work placements.
Our BSc Occupational Therapy views the client as central to the therapeutic process, promoting health and well being through the use of occupation. The main teaching and learning method used is a hybrid, embedded problem-based learning approach (PBL) which is supported by key lectures and other group work.
For our BSc Occupational Therapy, attendance at our University is for two days per week, along with full time clinical placements (one in the first year, two in the second year, one in the third and one in the final year).
Our programme aims:
1. To develop you to graduate level with competencies which meet occupational standards and codes of practice;
2. To meet QAA academic and practitioner standards and benchmark statements for occupational therapy;
3. To fulfil COT curriculum framework guidelines;
4. To meet HPC standards of education and training;
5. To fulfil university generic learning outcomes;
6. To develop you as reflective and independent practitioners capable of operating in a multidisciplinary health care context;
7. To promote and develop evidence-based practice and research awareness;
8. To cultivate in you the capacity to integrate the theoretical principles and concepts of occupational therapy with practice in order to provide quality intervention for service users; and
9. To assist you to engage in the analysis of academic discourses in order to continually develop professional practice.
Our pre-registration programmes have the advantage of inter-professional learning (IPL), encouraging professionals to learn with and from each other an understanding that helps to ensure you have the expertise to respond adequately and effectively to the complexity of service user needs, ensuring that care is safe, seamless and of a high standard. This means throughout your time with us you will benefit from the expertise of a teaching team that includes professionals from our other inter-professional learning programmes.
Some teaching will be through problem-based learning (PBL) and, for these sessions, you may be working alongside students in other programmes to prepare you for multidisciplinary team working during your placements and upon registration as an occupational therapist. In addition, our occupational therapy team invite practising clinicians, experts in their fields, to contribute to the teaching of the programme.
For our BSc (Hons) Occupational Therapy programme, attendance at our University is for two days per week, along with full time clinical placements (one in the first year, two in the second year, one in the third and one in the final year).
Please note that module information on our course finder provides a guide to course content and may be subject to review on an annual basis.
Health Well-Being and Inter-Professional Practice;
Biopsychosocial Perspectives of Occupation;
Foundations of Occupational Therapy Practice;
Performance and Occupation; and
Practice Placement 1
Reflection in Occupational Therapy Practice;
Practice Placement 2;
Occupational Therapy in Mental Health;
Physical Aspects of Occupation; and
Practice Placement 3
Skills for Practice;
Research and Evidence for Practice;
Practice Placement 4; and
Contexts of Professional Practice
Research and Evidence for Practice 2;
Research and Evidence for Practice 3; and
Competence in Occupational Therapy Practice
Universities in the United Kingdom use a centralized system of undergraduate application: University and College Admissions Service (UCAS). It is used by both domestic and international students. Students have to register on the UCAS website before applying to the university. They will find all the necessary information about the application process on this website. Some graduate courses also require registration on this website, but in most cases students have to apply directly to the university. Some universities also accept undergraduate application through Common App (the information about it could be found on universities' websites).
Both undergraduate and graduate students may receive three types of responses from the university. The first one, “unconditional offer” means that you already reached all requirements and may be admitted to the university. The second one, “conditional offer” makes your admission possible if you fulfill some criteria – for example, have good grades on final exams. The third one, “unsuccessful application” means that you, unfortunately, could not be admitted to the university of you choice.
All universities require personal statement, which should include the reasons to study in the UK and the information about personal and professional goals of the student and a transcript, which includes grades received in high school or in the previous university.
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Please be aware that we are not able to accept applications for deferred entry for this course.
You must be able to demonstrate that you meet the following minimum entry requirements:
A-levels, normally at CC or equivalent (e.g. BTEC National Diploma MMP; Access to HE Diploma with 45 credits at Level 3 at pass or above; or Advanced Diploma in Society, Health and Development with 160 points in total)
Evidence of recent academic study
Five GCSEs including Maths and English grade C or above or equivalent standard of literacy and numeracy
For those students for whom English is not your native language, you would also need to successfully complete the IELTS testing with a score of 7.0 or above, with no element below 6.5
You must also have: two satisfactory references (including an academic reference), a satisfactory Occupational health and enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check (DBS formerly known as CRB) both of these are organised by the University.
Access is supported by the Health Education East of England, consequently the course is only available to: applicants classified as home or EU students.
NB: All applicants will be classified as either Home/EU students or International students.
In order to be classified as a Home or EU student you must be:
a) Settled in the UK as a UK or EU citizen, or have indefinite leave to remain granted by the Home Office. Settled means being both ordinarily resident in the UK and without any immigration restriction on the length of your stay in the UK; and
b) Ordinarily resident in the UK and Islands for the full three-year period before the first day of the first academic year of the programme.
All other applicants will be classified as International students.
As part of the selection process, students will be expected to demonstrate good knowledge and a clear understanding of the scope of work that an occupational therapist is required to undertake as well as the significance of the NHS Constitution and its core values (you can find further information on these on the Health Education East of England website and the Gov.UK webpages https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/the-nhs-constitution-for-england.
Please note: You are also required to supply two satisfactory references preferably one from an academic source, the other from a work-based source. If you are selected for interview, then you will also be required to sit a Literacy & Numeracy test.
The closing date for completed applications to be received (including all references and supporting documentation) is 28 February 2014.
Interviews will take place during March 2014 for a start in September 2014.
We accept a wide range of other qualifications from applicants studying in the UK, EU and other countries. For further details about the qualifications that we accept, please e-mail us with information about the high school qualifications you have already completed or are currently taking.
No work experience is required.
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