- UCAS code: P0HG
- Study mode: Full-time
- Length: 4 years
A year zero foundation programme, designed for mature students who have typically been out of formal education for some time or who have taken non-traditional qualifications, which leads to access onto an Orthoptics BSc programme.
The University of Liverpool, in collaboration with local FE partners, has developed a year zero foundation programme for Home/EU students that leads to access onto a variety of vocational Health Studies programmes. Our Foundation to Human and Animal Health Professions (Orthoptics) course is for students seeking entry to undertake the Orthoptics BSc (B520) programme.
Students seeking entry to Orthoptics will study a foundation year (year zero) at Carmel College, St Helens, about nine miles from the university campus, where the class sizes are small and the standards of academic achievement high.
This programme is specifically targeted at Home/EU mature and non-traditional students, who typically have taken a break from studies.
Please note that we will not consider applications from prospective students who have multiple UCAS applications for a variety of programmes, as this does not demonstrate a clear commitment.
For further information on how to apply to this programme please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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In all modules at year zero, the study skills needed for independent study at undergraduate degree level are developed. Students are also introduced to a variety of learning methods, such as formal taught sessions, workshops and practical laboratory sessions, as well as a variety of assessment tasks, such as written assignments, in class data handling, written and practical examinations to provide a good grounding for vocational programmes.
There are some shared modules for all students, and then route specific modules to ensure the students are prepared for their chosen undergraduate programmes.
This first semester module is designed to provide the knowledge and understanding of the basic structure and function of the human body. This component is delivered by a hybrid blended approach with some small group e-lectures as well as on-site tutorials to include laboratory work which develops practical skills relevant to the biological sciences and promotes independent learning strategies. The module is assessed by continuous coursework based on the practical laboratory skills and an end of semester multiple choice examination to assess knowledge of structure and function.
This second semester module is designed to provide the knowledge and understanding of the basic structure and function of the human body. This component is delivered by lectures, practical laboratory sessions supported by tutorial support. . If COVID restrictions are still in place a hybrid blended approach will be used, utilising lectures/e-lectures and on-site practical laboratory sessions supported by tutorial/e-tutorial support. Independent learning strategies are further refined. The module is assessed by an assisgnment and an end of semester multiple choice examination which also includes short answer questions to assess knowledge of structure and function. The MCQ examination will be presented electronically through the VITAL platform.
This first semester module aims to develop the knowledge and understanding of basic mathematical concepts which underpin the biology and health studies modules covered in the foundation year. The module is delivered through a 50/50 hybrid blended approach using lectures/e-lectures, small group tutorials on-site and on-line using a suitable platform such as Zoom, and on-site practical sessions to develop problem solving abilities. This module is assessed by a one hour unseen paper this will be delivered electronically though VITAL.
This second semester module will continue to develop the knowledge and understanding of basic mathematical concepts which underpin the biology and health studies modules covered in this foundation programme. It will be delivered through interactive and practical sessions where knowledge gained will be applied. If COVID restrictions are still in place then a hybrid blended approach using e-lectures and e-tutorials as well as on-site small group work will be implemented. Self assessment exercises will encourage the student to analyse their progress and identify any areas of concern. This module is assessed by a 1 hour, unseen examination paper which will be delivered electronically through VITAL.
This module is delivered over both semester one and semester two. It is particularly well designed to equip the student with the necessary study and communication skills and knowledge of the health and social care environment to prepare them to take an undergraduate degree in one of the health care professions. It is delivered through interactive lectures, small group discussions and practical sessions. . During semester 1 a hybrid blended approach will be adopted for delivery to include e-Lectures/on-site small group teaching; e-Tutorials and on-site small group practical activities. This model will be extended into semester 2 if needed following COVID guidelines.
It is assessed by a portfolio and short essays whereby the student will demonstrate how they have achieved the module learning outcomes. A formative assessment is in place at the end of semester one to ensure a student has feedback on their work to assist with completion of the portfolio at the end of semester two.
This first semester module focuses on the use of psychological principles to address the problems of everyday life. As a future health professional, this understanding will inform students’ future interactions with clients (service users/patients) to support the development of a therapeutic relationship. HEAL006 will introduce students to basic psychological principles and research methods in preparation for undergraduate study in healthcare professions. . It will be delivered at Birkenhead Sixth Form College through a hybrid blended approach to include interactive on-site lectures/e-lectures which introduce the student to the selected psychological approaches; on-site small group seminars which allow students to discuss these theories and how they could be applied and tutorials/e-tutorials to introduce research methods. This module is assessed by two elements, an MCQ and a wriiten assignment. An MCQ will be taken in week 11 and marked electronically through the on-line VITAL platform and a written assignment submitted at the end of semester 1.
This second semester module incorporates the essential information to help provide knowledge of the practical and social aspects of health and social care provided to clients. The module is eclectic in nature, covering a wide variety of interrelated topics. It is delivered through interactive lectures and small group discussion sessions. If COVID restrictions are still in place during semester 2 then a hybrid blended teaching approach will be adopted using a mixture of on-site lectures and e-Lectures; small group tutorials on site and on-line with small group practical tasks on-site. Students will deliver a health promotional campaign within their college and use this as a focus for their assignment.
Learning is promoted through a wide variety of activities that enable students to become autonomous and continuous learners. Interactive lectures, practical and clinical skills group work, simulation, directed study, role play, problem based learning, small group work, student-led seminars, collaborative project work and interactive tutorials are key learning strategies of the programmes. Practical work using our imaging suite digital equipment, 3D virtual reality radiotherapy facility, Clinical Skills Resource Room and the Human Anatomy Resource Centre complement teaching activities. Face-to-face interactions between all students will occur at shared lectures, tutorials and group work and online interaction will be encouraged and facilitated. There are also inter-professional education and learning opportunities across all healthcare professions programmes.
Using a mixture of coursework and examination, a range of assessment methods can be seen across the programmes. These include seen and unseen written examinations, essay assignments with specific word lengths, multiple choice questions, case study presentations, video analysis and interactive practical examinations. Assessment of the work-based learning element of all programmes is an important aspect. You will be required to communicate your views orally and in written form; analyse, implement and evaluate your practice; and to extend the research and evidence base of your chosen profession.
The various methods of assessments have been chosen to provide a balance that will permit the undergraduates to demonstrate their intellectual abilities in all areas to the full.
We have a distinctive approach to education, the Liverpool Curriculum Framework, which focuses on research-connected teaching, active learning, and authentic assessment to ensure our students graduate as digitally fluent and confident global citizens.
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As a graduate of the School of Health Sciences you’ll be eligible to apply for registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) or the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). You can look forward to a career in the National Health Service, Social Services or the private sector.
You will have gained a qualification that meets the Government’s criteria for ‘fitness for purpose’ and ‘fitness for practice’ as well as developing transferable skills such as communication, information technology, problem solving and teamwork.
Most graduates choose to work in the National Health Service as an orthoptist in an eye care team. However, there are opportunities to progress within your role as an orthoptist in a number of additional extended roles and advanced practice such as stroke, age-related macular degeneration, glaucoma and special educational needs. There may also be opportunities to work in a private clinic or even abroad due to the international high recognition of the qualification.
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|Foundation year fee||£5,140|
|This course is not available to international students.|
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The qualifications and exam results you'll need to apply for this course.
Applicants should normally be considered ineligible for direct entry to the BSc route.
My qualifications are from: United Kingdom.
This programme is designed for mature students who have typically been out of formal education for some time or who have taken non-traditional qualifications.
Please note that we will not consider A-Level students or School Leavers. However, consideration may be given to candidates who studied some time ago.
In order to give all applicants an equal opportunity, applicants who have been rejected following an interview will not normally be considered again.
|GCSE||3 GCSEs at a minimum grade 4 (C) to include Maths; English Language; Science (single; dual; combined). Applied GCSE Science will not be accepted.|
|BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma||
Students currently studying BTEC level 3 will not be considered; BTEC level 2 will not be accepted in lieu of GCSE
Applicants currently studying for International Baccalaureate will not be considered
|Irish Leaving Certificate||Applicants currently studying for Irish Leaving Certificate will not be considered|
|Scottish Higher/Advanced Higher||
Applicants currently studying for Scottish Highers will not be considered
|Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced||Applicants currently studying for Welsh Baccalaureate will not be considered|
Applicants with a previous degree but do not meet criteria for direct entry to the degree programme will be considered if they are returning to education following a break.
|Access||Applicants currently studying for an Access Diploma will not be considered. Mature students who have taken alternative routes with a range of qualifications will be looked at on an individual basis.|
|Profession-specific knowledge and skills required||
Evidence of a clinical visit is highly recommended but not compulsory.
|Declaration of criminal background||
Applicants may be expected to complete either a Declaration of Criminal Background or have a full Disclosure Barring Service check as part of their application.
Additional support is given to students who have declared a disability on their UCAS application.
|Work Experience Requirements||
Applicants with relevant work based qualifications will be considered. However, there will be no concession on number of GCSEs or grades/ topics.
Many countries have a different education system to that of the UK, meaning your qualifications may not meet our direct entry requirements. Although there is no direct Foundation Certificate route to this course, completing a Foundation Certificate, such as that offered by the University of Liverpool International College, can guarantee you a place on a number of similar courses which may interest you.
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