As a registered Occupational Therapist, you will have the privilege to work with people of all ages to help them participate in occupations that hold personal meaning and value to them.
Occupational Therapists are the only profession that uses occupation (the things people do every day which can affect their health and wellbeing) as a therapeutic tool to improve their health, wellbeing and quality of life, enabling them to live the life they want.
Throughout the course you will have the opportunity to enhance your attributes as a compassionate and caring critical thinker with an inquisitive and problem-solving mind, as well as developing your communication skills with people of all ages and abilities.
Successful completion of this course (and subsequent eligibility to apply for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)) allows you to work in a wide variety of fields within health and social care, in the private and public sectors. The skills set you will have developed on successful completion of this course can allow you to work in specialities such as paediatrics, elderly care, mental health, learning disabilities, end of life care, forensics, schools, and emergency services, to name just a few. This master’s level, pre-registration qualification in occupational therapy has been designed to enable the potential for accelerated career opportunities and provides the opportunity to also gain an additional qualification in leadership from the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) with the intention to enable you to make a valuable contribution to improve the quality of services.
Why Coventry University?
An award-winning university, we are committed to providing our students with the best possible experience. We continue to invest in both our facilities and our innovative approach to education. Our students benefit from industry-relevant teaching, and resources and support designed to help them succeed. These range from our modern library and computing facilities to dedicated careers advice and our impressive Students’ Union activities.
Successful completion of this two-year, full time MSc in Occupational Therapy (pre-registration) will enable you to become a qualified occupational therapist. Occupational therapists work with adults and children of all ages with a wide range of conditions to help them to carry out their everyday tasks or occupations.
The design of the course provides a balance of university-based education and professional practice and meets The World Federation of Occupational Therapists requirement for students to successfully complete a minimum of 1000 hours in practice (World Federation of Occupational Therapists 2016). Each practice placement on this course has been positioned within the programme to enable you to relate recent learning to the practice setting and to build on the experiences of university-based studies in order to facilitate future learning.
The master’s level curriculum has been designed to enable the potential for accelerated career opportunities and provide an additional qualification in leadership from the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) to enable you to make a valuable contribution to improve the quality of services.
Coventry University offers an advanced learning environment for health care professionals. State -of-the-art facilities of particular relevance to occupational therapists include two fully equipped community houses to help students to develop their clinical skills in simulated practice scenarios and explore developments in assistive and adaptive technologies.
The distinctive features of this course include:
- Embedded leadership skills and a specific CMI accredited qualification
- You undertake three professional practice placements during their course in diverse, contemporary and community environments which are tailored to learning needs;
- Innovative and varied assessment, specifically designed to reflect skills required in occupational therapy practice;
- International learning opportunities including access to fieldtrips (subject to additional costs, availability, application and meeting any applicable visa requirements);
- Partnership working with service users to simulate real-world environments;
- Collaborative working across multi-professional groups in state-of-the-art simulation facilities enhancing professional identity, knowledge and behaviours.
- Guided development of an employability portfolio designed to enhance career opportunities.
- A commitment to working in partnership with students to continually develop and further enhance the programme.
- Our strong links with a wide range of local health trusts, social services, private health, charitable and voluntary organisations who provide practice development activities.