Full-time: Two years
Subject to approval
Successful completion of this course will ensure you are eligible to apply for initial registration as an Occupational Therapist with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and for full membership of the British Association of Occupational Therapists and World Federation of Occupational Therapists.
You will complete modules on campus and practice placements. You will be taught in a small group in our purpose built rehabilitation and assessment facilities, which includes an occupational therapy skills areas, simulated home environments and movement analysis laboratory. There is particular emphasis on ‘real life’ assessments that reflect the ways in which you will learn and practice during the course and will make you ready for the complexity of contemporary occupational therapy practice.
We have excellent links with Occupational Therapists working within the NHS, Social Care and private practices across the North West. There are also links with charitable organisations and international institutions and hospitals, providing excellent opportunities for our students to gain experience of the breadth of contemporary practice.
Application to the programme will be via a completed application form (including personal statement) and two supporting references. Successful candidates will be selected and invited to undertake a values based recruitment event, having demonstrated within their application form how they meet the academic entry requirements (listed below), a knowledge of and motivation to join the occupational therapy profession.
Normal Entry requirements
Non-standard applicants will be considered on individual merit.
We may accept qualification gained in other countries. Enquires of eligibility, including certified translations in to English of qualifications, can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org
Candidates offered a place will also be required to demonstrate the following prior to entry:
Further details of the interview process will be provided to applicants who have successfully met the entry requirements. Applicants will be guided through the DBS and occupational health screening process. The cost of these services are included with the course fees.
Over the first year the initial the emphasis is on foundation science knowledge and considering occupational therapy theory and practice skills. There is a focus on understanding and managing occupational therapy practice, designing effective and client-centred interventions and on becoming a safe and competent occupational therapist.
In the second year you will build on knowledge and skills developed in year 1 applying it to contemporary service delivery, exploring entrepreneurship, intrapreneurship and leadership skills. You will also have the opportunity to complete an extended piece of project work, further developing skills for research and service improvement.
Find out more about Postgraduate courses at our Postgraduate Advice Event on 7 March 2018
The programme is comprised of six modules four delivered in the first year and two in year two. You will develop your knowledge, skills and capabilities through small-group learning, through a case-based and client-centred approach. You will develop your learning via realistic cases, so that you can see the contemporary practice relevance of the content. The face-to-face time will be used in an active and interactive way, and we expect you to engage in tutor- and self-directed learning.
Students will have opportunity to test their knowledge and skill development through a range of assessment tasks, including practice based learning assessment, written assignments, presentations, practical skills assessments, occupational analysis, project work, OSCE and examinations.
In addition to these summative assessment tasks (which students must pass in order to pass each module), we offer formative assessment opportunities which include online learning tasks, peer assessment of written work, class presentations, academic advisor support for the core practice skills portfolio, and regular debrief sessions of practice placement experience. These opportunities are central to your learning, as you will receive feedback that is relevant both to your development and to the summative assessment tasks in the module.
All the core members of the teaching team are HCPC registered Occupational Therapists and members of the RCOT. The team has wide and diverse experience, including current practice, research informed teaching, and research. We have staff who are specialists in a range of Occupational Therapy practice and research areas, who are able to bring this expertise and experience to life for students in the teaching sessions.
Inter-professional working is an integral part of Occupational Therapy practice. During this course and in your professional career, you will be working alongside other healthcare related professionals such as Doctors, Nurses, Physiotherapists, Psychologists and Social Workers to deliver effective and patient-centred care. Whilst you are at University, you will have timetabled sessions where you will work in partnership with several professions. You will learn about the crossover in care amongst disciplines, as well as distinct differences and boundaries between the professions. Learning about, with and from students in other disciplines will help prepare you for real-world practice settings. During your time on placement, you will work with a variety of professionals and will be a part of the wider multi-disciplinary team. This will further develop your skills in communication and collaborative working to provide optimal care and improve health and social care outcomes.
During the programme you will undertake 4 placement blocks in a range of contemporary settings which are arranged throughout the programme. You will experience real-life occupational therapy practice from the first semester of the course. You will be supported by your Practice Placement Educator and be also visited by your UCLan Placement Tutor. This means that you will have opportunity to learn in the practice environment whilst also being supported by academic staff in the university. You will ned to successfully complete minimum 1,000 hours of assessed placement practice. The final placement block can be a 10-week full time elective placement, where you have the opportunity to negotiate your own placement setting which could be an international placement.
We have excellent employability rates for students graduating from our Health and social Care Professional programmes. Through consultation with our clinical stakeholders we know that there is a demand for occupational therapists in the North West, and especially with Master-level qualifications.
Within the School we have opportunities to study at level 8 within the School via a Profession Doctorate or PhD
You can apply for many of the postgraduate UCLan courses using our Online Application System.
All offers made for this programme are subject to a satisfactory values-based interview. Further details of the interview process will be provided to applicants who have successfully met the entry requirements.
For detailed information about studying this course at UCLan, please see the course handbook for your year of entry:
For information on possible changes to course information, see our Important Information.
Please note that this course is subject to review/validation which may result in changes to the course structure. Any changes as a result of the review/validation will be immediately included and highlighted in the course documentation and all students holding current offers will be provided with a comprehensive list of those changes. If you are not satisfied with the changes, you will be offered the opportunity to withdraw from the programme and, if required, reasonable support to transfer to another provider.
Throughout this course you will be working with vulnerable groups of individuals including children. In order to ensure that the Faculty of Health and Wellbeing offers places on their programmes to the most suitable candidates you will all be required to obtain a satisfactory Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service clearance (formerly termed CRB). The Faculty of Health and Wellbeing will be able to guide you through this process once you have been successfully offered a conditional place at the University. It is important to note that any unsatisfactory Enhanced DBS clearance may result in the offer of your place being withdrawn even if you have already started your course.
The Faculty of Health and Wellbeing is one of the largest providers of health and Social care education in the North West region and as a result we have developed close links with practice partners in the North-West, in both NHS and non-NHS settings. We organise annual recruitment events where employers from the public (NHS and Social Care Providers) and private spheres attend and network with students.
We have excellent employment rates for graduates of professional registered programmes across the Faculty of Health and Wellbeing.
The course is approved with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and accredited by the Royal College of Occupational Therapists (RCOT).