About the course
This course provides you with skills and knowledge for a career as a Graduate Occupational Therapist, who will be eligible to register with the HCPC on successful completion of the course. With the help of an academic team of scientists and clinicians, an extensive network of practice placements and a superbly equipped School, you will have the chance to learn about: professional values and conduct; underpinning clinical sciences; underpinning theories and skills for practice; and research that informs evidence based practice.
This course will equip you with the knowledge and skills to treat people with physical, psychological, or social disabilities. You will study alongside other health care students (Physiotherapists, Paramedics, Operating Department Practitioners, Midwives and Nurses), learning about each other’s scope of practice and inter-professional referral. This will help student to develop a strong professional identity as an occupational therapist and gain a clear understanding of how the role contributes to the wider multi-disciplinary teams.
Occupational therapy combines a range of areas including human sciences (anatomy, physiology, and psychology), sociology, pathology, learning disabilities and mental health. Throughout the three year programme, students will be offered practice placement opportunities (minimum 1000 hours) at each level to enable development of professional practice skills in a variety of NHS, social care, voluntary and private service settings under supervision.
The course is not funded by the NHS.
The course is currently in the process of professional validation from the Health and Care Professionals Council (HCPC) and Royal College of Occupational Therapists.
Why choose this course?
This is a brand new course, benefitting from the most recent changes in healthcare provision and expanding on the recently revised Learning and Development Standards for Pre-registration Education (2019) by Royal College of Occupational Therapists (RCOT).
The course runs alongside the Physiotherapy course benefitting from inter-professional learning and support, helping develop understanding of your own professional role and the role of other professionals in healthcare provision. There is the potential for collaborative research as the programme progresses with a further preparation for practice module in year 3 addressing HCPC registration, career development and continuing professional development.
The course has been designed with the student experience at the centre using previous experience, knowledge, beliefs, opinions and perception of self as a building block to learn. The curriculum design places the patient at the centre of all therapy provision underpinned by holistic healthcare delivery.
Unlike many undergraduate Occupational Therapy courses, the clinical placements are part-time for the 1st and 2nd year which gives students access to the university services to include the library and support staff as well as their academic staff during their clinical placements. Third year placements are full-time.
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