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Occupational Therapy (Pre-registration)
Postgraduate course
MSc

Occupational Therapy (Pre-registration)

January 2019 applications are now open. Home/EU applications will close on Thursday 7 June 2018 at 4pm. Applications after this date may be considered if places are still available.
Interviews will be held on 11 April, 13 June, 11 July, 13 September and 25 October 2018.
International Applications will close on 27 September 2018 at 4pm.
International Scholarships available

Overview

Gain the skills to become a professional occupational therapist, able to deliver and evaluate occupational therapy in a range of settings.

This programme is underpinned by an understanding of humans as occupational beings, the relationship between occupation and health, models of occupation, occupational science and occupational justice.

You will learn how to carry out occupational therapy assessments and interventions with people from across the lifespan and with a range of physical, mental and social difficulties, such as dementia, stroke, homelessness or unemployment. Your learning experience will include problem-based tutorials, journal clubs, creative and practical sessions, self-directed learning and research. You will be required to undertake a minimum of 1,000 hours of professional practice under the supervision and direction of experienced occupational therapists.

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Research Excellence Framework 2014: 20% of our research in the Public Health, Health Services and Primary Care unit is world leading or internationally excellent.

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You will participate in a wide range of learning experiences including problem / task based tutorials, creative and practical sessions, self-directed learning and research. In addition to university based learning, you will undertake a minimum of 1,000 hours of professional practice under the supervision of experienced occupational therapists.

We understand that full-time study does not suit everyone. That’s why we offer courses which give you the opportunity to decide where, when and how you can get involved in learning. Studying a distance learning course offers the convenience and flexibility to make education work for you. Whether you’d like to fit your studies around childcare, develop your skills while working or, quite simply, want to learn from the comfort of your own home, we can help you gain a qualification at a time and pace that suits your lifestyle.

Like our students on campus, you will have the same excellent teaching and learning resources, however you’ll find these online instead of in a lecture theatre. Not only are all the modules taught online, but you will also have access to an online community and more than 140,000 books and journals in our online library.

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Entry Requirements

Requirements:

Applicants should normally have at least a second class honours degree completed in the last five years in the cognate subjects of Science, Social Sciences, Healthcare (including degrees in related health and social care professions), Psychology, Philosophy, Sociology, History, Politics, Environment or Arts. More information can be found in the guidance booklet for applicants who do not meet this requirement, please see the link below.

Applicants who do not have English as their first language are required to have IELTS 7.0 with no skill below 6.5 or an equivalent award.

Applicants will also need to demonstrate in their application:

  1. An understanding of the philosophy, practice and scope of occupational therapy
  2. Appropriate work experience/shadowing
  3. The attitudes, behaviours and values of care and compassion
  4. Evidence of self-direction and motivation
  5. Effective communication skills and the ability to work both independently and as part of a team

Satisfactory health and enhanced criminal history checks will be required by all applicants prior to acceptance on the course, these will be in line with professional body membership and HCPC registration requirements.

All applications should be supported by two references; a template can be accessed at this link. Please note references should be accompanied by a covering letter on headed paper or emailed directly by the referee.

All applicants should satisfy our University English language requirements, please access further details at this link

Students will be recruited on the basis that their values align with those of the NHS Constitution, as well as having the right skills and aptitude, in accordance with Value Based Recruitment, (Health Education England, Value Based Recruitment Framework, October 2014) click here and if selected will need to attend an interview. At interview you will be tested on the values which promote quality care and a positive patient, staff and student experience.

Interviews will be held on 11 April, 13 June, 11 July, 13 September and 25 October 2018.

Applicants are advised to read the guidance booklet available at this link.

Health and Enhanced Criminal History Checks
Satisfactory health and enhanced criminal history checks will be required by all applicants prior to acceptance on the course. For further information on DBS checks, click here.

The DBS in the UK is currently not able to conduct overseas criminal record checks. International applicants, those without British Citizenship and British Citizens with a significant period of overseas residency therefore require a criminal records check or certificate of good conduct from their home/overseas country prior to entry on to the course. A UK DBS check will be required after enrolment.

English Language Requirement: IELTS 7.0 with no skills below 6.5, or an equivalent qualification. The University provides excellent support for any applicant who may be required to undertake additional English language courses.
Mature Applicants
Our University welcomes applications from mature applicants who demonstrate academic potential. We usually require some evidence of recent academic study, for example completion of an access course, however recent relevant work experience may also be considered. Please note that for some of our professional courses all applicants will need to meet the specified entry criteria and in these cases work experience cannot be considered in lieu.

If you wish to apply through this route you should refer to our University Recognition of Prior Learning policy that is available on our website.

Please note that all applicants to our University are required to meet our standard English language requirement of GCSE grade C or equivalent, variations to this will be listed on the individual course entry requirements.

Requirements:

Applicants should normally have at least a second class honours degree completed in the last five years in the cognate subjects of Science, Social Sciences, Healthcare (including degrees in related health and social care professions), Psychology, Philosophy, Sociology, History, Politics, Environment or Arts. More information can be found in the guidance booklet for applicants who do not meet this requirement, please see the link below.

Applicants who do not have English as their first language are required to have IELTS 7.0 with no skill below 6.5 or an equivalent award.

Applicants will also need to demonstrate in their application:

  1. An understanding of the philosophy, practice and scope of occupational therapy
  2. Appropriate work experience/shadowing
  3. The attitudes, behaviours and values of care and compassion
  4. Evidence of self-direction and motivation
  5. Effective communication skills and the ability to work both independently and as part of a team

Satisfactory health and enhanced criminal history checks will be required by all applicants prior to acceptance on the course, these will be in line with professional body membership and HCPC registration requirements.

All applications should be supported by two references; a template can be accessed at this link. Please note references should be accompanied by a covering letter on headed paper or emailed directly by the referee.

All applicants should satisfy our University English language requirements, please access further details at this link

Students will be recruited on the basis that their values align with those of the NHS Constitution, as well as having the right skills and aptitude, in accordance with Value Based Recruitment, (Health Education England, Value Based Recruitment Framework, October 2014) click here and if selected will need to attend an interview. At interview you will be tested on the values which promote quality care and a positive patient, staff and student experience.

Interviews will be held on 11 April, 13 June, 11 July, 13 September and 25 October 2018.

Applicants are advised to read the guidance booklet available at this link.

Health and Enhanced Criminal History Checks
Satisfactory health and enhanced criminal history checks will be required by all applicants prior to acceptance on the course. For further information on DBS checks, click here.

The DBS in the UK is currently not able to conduct overseas criminal record checks. International applicants, those without British Citizenship and British Citizens with a significant period of overseas residency therefore require a criminal records check or certificate of good conduct from their home/overseas country prior to entry on to the course. A UK DBS check will be required after enrolment.

English Language Requirement: IELTS 7.0 with no skills below 6.5, or an equivalent qualification. The University provides excellent support for any applicant who may be required to undertake additional English language courses.
Verify your qualifications
If you are an international student, we can help you to compare and verify your qualifications. Please contact our International Office on +44 (0)113 812 1111 09.00 to 17.00 Mon-Thurs / 09.00 to 16.30 Fri GMT or email internationaloffice@leedsbeckett.ac.uk.
Need to improve your English Language skills?
Don't worry if you don't have the level of English required for your chosen course. We offer a wide range of courses which have been designed to help you to improve your qualifications and English language ability, most of which are accredited by the British Council. Check your English and find out more about our English courses.


More questions?
No matter what your questions, we are here to answer them, visit our International website to get more information and find out about our online open days.

Careers

Anna Wood

Careers

Anna Wood
Occupational Therapist, Later Life and Memory Service Five Boroughs Partnership

MSc Occupational Therapy

“"My course was very hands-on. I had regular opportunities to try out my skills by using the University's specialist equipment. My placements gave me so much diverse, first-hand experience. This focus on real-life practice has built my confidence, and I now feel really prepared for my future career."

Teaching and learning

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Gain an introduction to the key concepts and skills which underpin advanced occupational therapy. You will investigate and apply evidence based holistic occupational therapy interventions which are culturally competent.

Engage in a six week practice placement situated at the start of the second year of the course. You are required to complete the 225 hours to contribute towards the 1,000 hours in total order to qualify as an occupational therapist. The placement builds further on the knowledge and skills required of an occupational therapist explored with the module Advanced Occupational Therapy Practice (AOTP). It is an opportunity for students to observe occupational therapists in practice and to further develop their skills in occupational therapy intervention within health and social care settings.

This module is a six week practice placement situated within the module Emerging Occupational Therapy Practice (EOTP). Students attend placement one day a week for five weeks and then full time for five weeks. Students are required to develop a project which has an occupational focus.

Undertake a ten week practice placement situated towards the end of the programme. You are required to complete a minimum of 350 hours to contribute to the 1,000 hours in total in order to apply for registration to practice as an occupational therapist.

This module will develop your application of the value of occupation and its relation to health and wellbeing, but emphasises development of new or emerging services for occupational therapy.

Study the ways in which occupational therapy and the occupations of humans are subject to a range of contextual influences. You will consider the social, physical, cultural and political contexts.

Explore the key concepts that underpin an occupational perspective of health. You will gain the skills to assess occupational performance and engagement.

Discover the key tools required of an occupational therapist. You will undertake a practice placement near the end of the module. Learn how the occupational therapy process of information gathering, assessment, treatment planning, intervention and evaluation, together with how occupational therapists engage clients and the importance of a therapeutic relationship and clinical reasoning are key components of this module.

Gain an introduction to research design. The module provides you with the knowledge and skills to identify a gap in knowledge and propose a research study relevant to occupational therapy. You will learn about epistemological and ontological research positions, the principles and process of research ethics, qualitative, quantitative and mixed methodologies, data collection methods and data analysis strategies.

This module provides the opportunity for you to conduct the research project you proposed in RIOT 1. You are required to gain appropriate ethical approval for their study before carrying out data collection and analysis. The findings from your research are written up in the style of a peer-reviewed journal article and are also presented in a research poster. You are also attend a viva-voce to defend your research.

Examine occupational therapy interventions in complex client situations and consider key knowledge and skills for employment as an occupational therapist. You will explore employability and the transition from student to therapist, including preceptorship, interview techniques and job applications.

Undertake a six week practice placement situated at the end of the sixth month on the programme and near the end of the module Occupational Therapy Practice (OTP). You are required to complete placement hours in order to qualify as an occupational therapist, building on the knowledge and skills required of an occupational therapist which are introduced to you within OTP. It is an opportunity for you to observe occupational therapists and consider how theory is applied in practice within health and social care settings.

Dr Rob Brooks
Dr Rob Brooks
Course Director
Previously and occupational therapist for children and young people, Rob has published literature on children's play and spoken internationally about occupation and young people.
I am passionate about how occupational therapists and students can collaborate in research. My own qualitative research was based on my practice in child and adolescent mental health, and I am working with students and clinicians to generate research that could make a real difference to occupational therapy practice.
Play MSc Occupational Therapy Graduates - Anna Wood and Amy Parkin Video
MSc Occupational Therapy Graduates - Anna Wood and Amy Parkin
Play MSc Occupational Therapy Alice Gibson Video
MSc Occupational Therapy Alice Gibson
Play MSc Occupational Therapy Paul Dodgson Video
MSc Occupational Therapy Paul Dodgson

Fees & funding

The tuition fee for the year for students entering in 2018/19 is £9250. The amount you will pay may increase each year to take into account the effects of inflation.
See further information on financing your studies.

Work placement travel expenses - Upto £250 Variable for non NHS bursary students. Travel expenses to placements may be reimbursed if student is eligible for bursary. Please note this is only available to UK/EU students only.
The tuition fee for the year for students entering in 2018/19 is £14500. The amount you will pay is fixed at this level for each year of your course.
See further information on fees and finance on our Financing Your Studies webpage.

Work placement travel expenses - Upto £250 Variable for non NHS bursary students. Travel expenses to placements may be reimbursed if student is eligible for bursary. Please note this is only available to UK/EU students only.

Facilities

  • Community Living Area
    Community Living Area

    Used to demonstrate rehabilitation activities, it contains a functioning kitchen, living area, bathroom and bed, and is equipped with a ceiling hoist, emergency lifting cushion, bariatric chair and a range of adapted equipment.

  • Library
    Library

    Our Library is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, every day of the year, providing you with access to specialist books and journals, learning spaces, computers, multimedia facilities and media equipment hire. Tens of thousands of our Library's digital resources, including ebooks, ejournals and databases, can be accessed online at a time and place to suit you.

  • Clinical Skills Suite
    Clinical Skills Suite

    The £1 million suite has been designed to meet the learning needs of a range of health professionals, with specialist equipment in purpose-built rooms enabling a variety of sessions to be carried out in a suitable and safe environment.

  • Gym and Sports Facilities
    Gym and Sports Facilities

    Keeping fit is easy at Leeds Beckett - our fitness suites are easy to get to, kitted out with all the latest technology and available to all sports members.

Location

City Campus

City Campus

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