Work towards a rewarding career in occupational therapy and make a positive impact on the quality of life for individuals – helping patients recover, improve, and maintain their health and wellbeing to support their everyday routines at home or work.
Occupational Therapy is a long-established profession practised across a range of health and social care settings. Occupational Therapists work to learn and understand people and their occupations, helping them improve their physical and social health and wellbeing.
This part-time Occupational Therapy course is designed to help students develop the skills and knowledge required to practice as an Occupational Therapist across a range of practice environments. It involves a range of placements across health and social care and provides a gateway to a flourishing profession with a wide range of employment opportunities.
Graduates will be eligible to apply for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council and membership of the Royal College of Occupational Therapists.
What you will study
Modules studied help develop a core underpinning knowledge of the medical sciences, involve interprofessional learning and working to enable the highest quality integrated practice, and deliver the fundamental skills required by the Occupational Therapist.
Modules focusing on basic and medical sciences, cover the foundations of assessment, diagnosis and management and are developed throughout all levels of the programme to underpin the management of increasingly complex situations.
Your studies will include the opportunity for interprofessional learning in theory, simulation scenarios and during practice learning experiences. This includes three IPE modules focussing on developing your confidence and decision making in practice and progression to being a proficient occupational therapist.
You will also have shared learning where core themes are considered and then applied to each unique professional group, these modules include the modules focussing on promoting health and preventing ill-health, professional, legal and ethical issues in health care practice and leading and managing quality care across settings.
The course is delivered part time, with each ‘level’ – one full-time year – taking 18 months. You will undertake timetabled University and placement activities over 2-3 days per week depending on the year of study, and will be expected to devote an additional 12.5 hours of individual study per week. There is an extensive placement programme across the NHS, social care and additional care delivery locations.
University activities will include lectures, workshops and seminars. Practical sessions will take place in our simulation and practical teaching areas which are extensively equipped to replicate the facilities and situations encountered in a range of real-world practice locations. You will also regularly work on core techniques in groups, developing confidence to underpin placement practice.
USW helps every kind of student excel by creating a social and supportive environment for studying and living. There is close support from the academics and practitioners you meet on campus and on placement.
What kind of student does this course suit?
Occupational Therapy is a science-based, applied health discipline that supports the participation of people from all backgrounds and abilities in the occupations that help define them and their quality of life.
Practically-oriented students who are patient, understanding, and curious about using a variety of approaches to help improve quality of life, are ideally suited to this course that will lead to a rewarding career.
Occupational Therapy is an applied discipline and will use practical examinations undertaken in both University and within practice placements, with up to 80% coursework. These assessments methods will be used alongside a range of traditional assessment techniques including essays, presentations, and written exams. You will also have the opportunity to work on a project to improve or enhance an aspect of service delivery.
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