Occupational Therapists deliver a high standard of care that is based on sound theory and research, and practice within a variety of settings that include health and social care.
You will study anatomy, physiology, sociology and psychology which will form the ground work on which the study of the occupational therapy process is based. Our course design is primarily problem based learning, which involves groups of students working on real life scenarios in order to gain knowledge and understanding of occupational roles and how health and wellbeing can effect their functioning.
You will spend half your time on the course studying theory and research, and half on practice placements. Placements are designed to enable your competence to develop in terms of hands-on occupational therapy skills. When on placement you will experience shift patterns to include 12-13 hour shifts and weekends.
The entry requirements for this course are 128 tariff points from 3 A-levels or equivalent qualifications. BTEC Extended Diploma of DDM. Offers will be subject and grade specific, particularly in the science subjects.
If English is not your first language, you will need to provide evidence that you can understand English to a satisfactory level. English language requirements for this course are normally:
IELTS (Academic) 6.0 with minimum 5.5 in each component, or equivalent.
Year One - Level C
Becoming an Occupational Therapist
This introductory unit will introduce core occupational therapy (OT) theory and philosophy. You will learn about occupational science concepts, theory of humans as occupational beings, key OT concepts and stages in the OT process.
Skills for Therapy Practice
During this unit you will develop effective and transferable communication skills that promote and value diversity. You will identify the effect of values, attitudes, equality and diversity on communication with others.
Occupational Therapy in Action 1
You will be taught how to implement OT practice with diverse clients in a variety of settings. You will also learn how to gather information through assessment, collaboratively plan and set goals and identify appropriate occupation-focused approaches and adaptions to intervention. This unit will teach you about the physical, sociological, cultural, spiritual and environmental factors that impact on occupational performance.
You will gain an understanding of human anatomy, physiology, psychology, sociology and functioning. On completion of this unit you will be able to describe the structures and functions of the human body in relation to occupations and activities.
Occupational Therapy Portfolio 1
This placement unit enables you to apply the theoretical skills you’ve learnt in your first year to practical environments.
Year Two - Level I
Reasoning for Occupational Therapy Practice
You will explore the relevance of clinical reasoning and best evidence in relation to decision making and intervention planning to promote quality in evidence based occupational therapy practice.
Occupational Therapy in Action 2
This practical unit will further develop your skills of implementing OT practice. You will be able to select, apply and critique a broad range of approaches to a diverse range of situations.
Exploring Evidence to Guide Practice (IP)
You will reflect on how professional practice can be enhanced in ways that emphasise human sensitivity and individual worth in accordance with value bases for professional practice across disciplinary boundaries. You will consider the nature of evidence based practice and the range of research approaches and methods that contribute to evidence in the context of an interprofessional learning environment
Promoting Health and Wellbeing
This unit investigates the development and delivery of non-judgmental, sensitive health promotion, and evidence based practice, which aims to empower and support the rights and dignity of people throughout life and to develop the skills and knowledge required to work in partnership with other organisations.
Occupational Therapy Portfolio 2
During this placement unit you will advance your knowledge and applications of the OT role; you will plan analyse and apply OT theories, knowledge, legislation and clinical governance in practice.
Year Three - Level H
Research for Occupational Therapy Practice
You will investigate the role of research in practice by exploring research approaches and relate research findings to a specific area of practice.
Innovation in Occupational Therapy
During this unit you will explore innovations and the future of OT, drawing on experiences of different sectors and wider economic and socio-political issues. You will propose and evaluate an innovation of your choice, which will be presented at a conference at the end of your final year.
Service Improvement Project
This group project will explore a service area of health care where you can enhance the experiences of people using the service. You will analyse the need for change and demonstrate an innovative idea to solve the problem
Occupational Therapy Portfolio 3
This final placement will ensure you qualify as a confident and proficient professional, capable of providing high quality, autonomous practice. You will practice with minimal supervision safely and effectively.
Following qualification career opportunities include:
Working as an occupational therapist in one of the many roles in the National Health Service
Working as an Occupational Therapist in Social Care
Progressing to work as a Clinical Specialist in a particular area (e.g. paediatrics)
Working in Research
Working in an innovative and emerging area of practice
Graduates can therefore enjoy a range of career opportunities both within the NHS, local Authority, social services, schools and the private sector nationally. You could be working in areas such as paediatrics, mental illness, chronic physicaldisability, learning disability, teaching and research.
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