Occupational Therapy BSc (Hons)

Key information


  • Course length: 3 years
  • UCAS code: B920
  • Year of entry: 2020
  • Typical offer: A-level : BBB / IB : 30 / BTEC : Applications considered
Lecture

Module details

Programme Year One

The aims of Year One are to provide you with the opportunity to:

  • Develop an understanding of the concept of ‘person’ as it relates to health and well-being
  • Explore and experiment with the use of occupation as a therapeutic medium
  • Demonstrate basic self-awareness and communication skills
  • Demonstrate an understanding of normal biological and behavioural functioning that contributes to human lifespan
  • Apply systematic problem-solving approaches to rehabilitation
  • Develop critical appraisal skills
  • Develop skills to inform occupational therapy practice and engage with research literature.

Year One Compulsory Modules

  • Concepts of Inclusive Practice (OCCU136)
    Level1
    Credit level22.5
    SemesterWhole Session
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

    To understand the concept of health and well-being and the implications for occupational therapy practice.

    To appreciate the role of creativity and occupation within health and well-being.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) To demonstrate knowledge of the role of creativity and occupation in health and well-being and its relevance to Occupational Therapy practice.

    (LO2) To differentiate between models of disability, e.g. the medical, social and biopsychosocial models and their implications on practice.

    (LO3) To demonstrate understanding of the implications of stereotyping and how personal, social, cultural, economic and political factors affect the life experience of disabled people.

    (LO4) To promote awareness of the life experiences and inclusivity of disabled people.

    (LO5) To apply different sociological and psychological theories and principles relevant to health, wellbeing and occupation.

    (S1) Critical thinking and problem solving - Problem identification

    (S2) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Listening skills

    (S3) Information skills - Information accessing:[Locating relevant information] [Identifying and evaluating information sources]

    (S4) Working in groups and teams - Group action planning

    (S5) Time and project management - Personal organisation

  • Evidence for Practice in Occupational Therapy 1 (OCCU174)
    Level1
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting20:80
    Aims

    This module will aim to inspire students to seek evidence to inform occupational therapy practice and engage with the research literature.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) Explain how evidence informs occupational therapy practice. 

    (LO2) Describe a basic strategy to gather evidence to underpin an area of occupational therapy practice.

    (LO3) Describe ontology, epistemology and axiology and  identify how they influence research decisions within occupational therapy.

    (LO4) Define core terminology as used in qualitative and quantitative health care research.

    (S1) Application of literacy, ability to produce clear, structured written work and oral literacy - including listening and questioning

    (S2) Research management developing a research strategy, project planning and delivery, risk management, formulating questions, selecting literature, using primary/secondary/diverse sources, collecting & using data, applying research methods, applying ethics

    (S3) Information technology (application of) adopting, adapting and using digital devices, applications and services

    (S4) Problem solving

  • Foundations of Occupational Performance (OCCU116)
    Level1
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

    To have an understanding of occupation and occupational performance of an individual.

    To search and retrieve information about specific conditions in relation to the student’s own learning needs through enquiry based learning.

    To gain an understanding of the role of the occupational therapist in relation to the given conditions.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) To demonstrate knowledge of the conditions and the impact on occupational performance.

    (LO2) Formulate a condition profile.

    (LO3) To apply a conceptual model to a case study.

    (LO4) To demonstrate an understanding of the role of the occupational therapist in given scenarios.

    (S1) Information skills - Information accessing:[Locating relevant information] [Identifying and evaluating information sources]

    (S2) Working in groups and teams - Group action planning

    (S3) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Presentation skills – oral

    (S4) Improving own learning/performance - Personal action planning

    (S5) Research skills - All Information skills

    (S6) Critical thinking and problem solving - Problem identification

  • Foundation Sciences for Occupational Therapy (OCCU115)
    Level1
    Credit level30
    SemesterWhole Session
    Exam:Coursework weighting60:40
    Aims

    To develop core knowledge of foundation sciences with the main focus on anatomy and neuroanatomy to underpin occupational therapy practise

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) To be able to outline the relevance of the structure and function of the musculoskeletal system to common conditions.

    (LO2) To demonstrate an understanding of biomechanics and movement analysis using knowledge of the musculoskeletal system..

    (LO3) To demonstrate an understanding of the roles of the central and peripheral nervous systems and their relationship.

    (LO4) To demonstrate an understanding of the cause of neurological deficit and the impact of neurological deficit on function.

    (S1) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Following instructions/protocols/procedures

    (S2) Critical thinking and problem solving - Evaluation

    (S3) Time and project management - Personal organisation

    (S4) Information skills - Information accessing:[Locating relevant information] [Identifying and evaluating information sources]

  • Occupational Therapy Core Skills 1 (OCCU111)
    Level1
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

    To provide students with knowledge of occupational therapy core skills and the profession's underpinning philosophy

    To provide students with an opportunity to explore the application of the occupational therapy process and employ core skills in a safe learning environment.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) To describe the relationship between occupation, activity, health and well being

    (LO2) To recognise and apply occupational therapycore skills within the occupational therapy process

    (LO3) To demonstrate an understanding of group dynamics

    (LO4) To demonstrate an ability to effectively analyse activity

    (S1) Critical thinking and problem solving - Problem identification

    (S2) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Presentation skills – oral

    (S3) Information skills - Information accessing:[Locating relevant information] [Identifying and evaluating information sources]

    (S4) Working in groups and teams - Listening skills

    (S5) Time and project management - Personal action planning

  • Professional Practice in Context (OCCU120)
    Level1
    Credit level15
    SemesterWhole Session
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

    To introduce students to, amd prepare for, the professional practice environment of occupational therapy in order to integrate theory with practice and as a basis for ongoing academic study in line with The College of Occupational Therapists (COT) and the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) standards.

    To consolidate understanding of the occupational therapy process and the persons involved in that process, by observation and participation.

    To raise awareness of the importance and role of self awareness as a professional tool to promote therapeutic relationships.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) To demonstrate reflection upon and practise of the knowledge, skills and attitudes required within professional practice.

    (LO2) To demonstrate awareness of the roles of the carer, other health care practitioners and the professional relationships of an occupational therapist in relation to the service user.

    (LO3) To demonstrate acquired essential skills associated with safe practice and mandatory core skills.

    (LO4) To present information gathered regarding issues which occupational therapists address and relate these to academic study.

    (LO5) To demonstrate personal, professional and study skills commensurate with level of training.

    (LO6) To understand and experience the context in which occupational therapy services are delivered within health and social care.

    (LO7) To work to the College of Occupational Therapists Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct and Health and Social Care Professions Council Standards.

    (S1) Information skills - Record-keeping

    (S2) Improving own learning/performance - Personal action planning

    (S3) Personal attributes and qualities - Willingness to take responsibility

    (S4) Working in groups and teams - Time management

    (S5) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Listening skills

Programme Year Two

The aims of Year Two are to provide you with the opportunity to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding and evaluation of the philosophy and theory of occupation and occupational therapy
  • Appreciate the importance and implications of a multicultural society
  • Demonstrate an understanding of research methodology and the importance of evidence-based practice
  • Apply core skills of occupational therapy
  • Develop a well-being plan to promote health and well-being through engagement in occupation
  • Demonstrate the ability to work both autonomously and collaboratively.

Year Two Compulsory Modules

  • Critical Appraisal for Evidence Based Practice (OCCU240)
    Level2
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

    To allow students the opportunity to further develop the knowledge, skills and professional attitudes gained at level 1 towards evidence based practice through the critique of published studies .

    To apply skills in evaluating the quality of research studies through critical appraisal and discussion of contemporary research relevant to occupational therapy.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) To demonstrate analysis and application of research methodologies appropriate to occupational therapy practice

    (LO2) To demonstrate ability to apply quality assessment tools to analyse the quality of published research studies

    (LO3) To demonstrate ability to critique and evaluate published research studies

    (S1) Research skills - All Information skills

    (S2) Working in groups and teams - Negotiation skills

    (S3) Working in groups and teams - Leadership

    (S4) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Presentation skills – oral

    (S5) Critical thinking and problem solving - Critical analysis

    (S6) Skills in using technology - Using common applications (work processing, databases, spreadsheets etc.)

    (S7) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Presentation skills - written

  • Developing Professional Identity (OCCU220)
    Level2
    Credit level22.5
    SemesterWhole Session
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

    To explore the concept of personal and professional identity within occupational therapy in line with College of Occupational Therapists and Health and Care Professions Council standards

    To develop a knowledge of personal and professional paradigms and the impact on occupations and therapeutic relationships

    To develop the knowledge, skills and attitudes congruent with level 2 expectations required for professional practice

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) To analyse and critique personal and professional development through the use of reflective models

    (LO2) To write a personal development plan appropriate for level 2 learning

    (LO3) To apply the meaning of personal, professional and client paradigms and their role within client centred practice

    (LO4) To analyse the implications of paradigms on occupations and the therapeutic relationship

    (LO5) To demonstrate the knowledge, skills and attitudes required for competent professional practice at level 2

    (S1) Improving own learning/performance - Personal action planning

    (S2) Working in groups and teams - Group action planning

    (S3) Critical thinking and problem solving - Critical analysis

  • Educational Programmes for Health and Well-being (& Pp4) (OCCU237)
    Level2
    Credit level22.5
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

    To apply knowledge of educational approaches to address occupation and health behaviour choices

    To apply skills gained to develop an evidence-based programme that informs health behaviour choices to address an individual’s health and occupational needs

    To develop the knowledge, skills and attitudes congruent with level 2 expectations required for professional practice

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) To apply understanding of the relationship between occupation and healthbehaviour choices impacting on occupational performance in context of aselected condition

    (LO2) To analyse and apply knowledge of health behaviour change, educationalapproaches and service user perspectives to develop an evidence-basededucational occupational therapy programme

    (LO3) To apply the best available evidence to underpin the educationalprogramme

    (LO4) To demonstrate the knowledge, skills and attitudes required forcompetent professional practice at level 2

    (S1) Critical thinking and problem solving - Problem identification

    (S2) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Presentation skills - written

    (S3) Time and project management - Personal organisation

    (S4) Information skills - Information accessing:[Locating relevant information] [Identifying and evaluating information sources]

    (S5) Critical thinking and problem solving - Evaluation

  • Occupational Performance Across the Lifespan (OCCU210)
    Level2
    Credit level22.5
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting100:0
    Aims

    To integrate and apply knowledge of occupational theory and occupational performance through the occupational therapy process

    To develop and apply understanding of the occupational therapy process to maximise engagement in occupation across the lifespan

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) To apply theoretical models and and frames of reference that underpin occupational therapy practice

    (LO2) To apply and justify a relevant and appropriate theoretical basis for given case studies across the lifespan

    (LO3) To plan and discuss the occupational therapy process in context of occupational performance for the given case studies across the lifespan

    (S1) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Report writing

    (S2) Critical thinking and problem solving - Problem identification

    (S3) Working in groups and teams - Group action planning

    (S4) Time and project management - Personal organisation

    (S5) Information skills - Information accessing:[Locating relevant information] [Identifying and evaluating information sources]

  • Occupational Therapy Core Skills 2 (OCCU215)
    Level2
    Credit level22.5
    SemesterWhole Session
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

    Provide background  knowledge and opportunities to develop skills in two core areas of occupational therapy practice, namely enabling occupational participation and group-work. Enable students to develop their clinical reasoning and knowledge of appropriate theory to develop strategies to enable occupational participation. Provide opportunities for students to develop their ability to apply theory of groups, leadership and occupational therapy in the planning, facilitating and evaluation a range of groups.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) Differentiate between task, activity and occupation as used in occupational therapy theory and practice.

    (LO2) Appraise occupational therapy interventions to enable occupational performance or engagement of a client, drawing on appropriate theory

    (LO3) Identify the skills required for group facilitation in occupational therapy and reflect upon one's own skill in facilitating groups.

    (S1) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Communicating for audience

    (S2) Time and project management - Personal organisation

    (S3) Critical thinking and problem solving - Problem identification

    (S4) Working in groups and teams - Leadership

    (S5) Improving own learning/performance - Reflective practice

    (S6) Critical thinking and problem solving - Creative thinking

  • Well-being Through Occupation (OCCU236)
    Level2
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

    To study the relationship between occupation and staying well through life transitions

    To reflect upon the personal impact upon health & well-being of participating in a non statutory community based activity

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) To analyse and apply reflection to the theoretical concepts of the science of occupation

    (LO2) To complete a period of experiential study in their local community to analyse the personal impact of occupation on health and well-being

    (LO3) To apply knowledge of a range of non statutory organisations and local community settings to maximise an individual’s health & well-being to inform future practice

    (S1) Information skills - Record-keeping

    (S2) Numeracy/computational skills - Problem solving

    (S3) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Presentation skills – oral

    (S4) Information skills - Information accessing:[Locating relevant information] [Identifying and evaluating information sources]

    (S5) Working in groups and teams - Listening skills

    (S6) Time and project management - Personal organisation

Programme Year Three

The aims of Year Three are to provide you with the opportunity to:

  • Consolidate an understanding of the relationship between person, occupation, environment and well-being
  • Demonstrate creativity, innovation and entrepreneurship through the application of technology to practice
  • Demonstrate competent acquisition of the basic professional skills
  • Make explicit the acquisition of professional standards of practice.

Year Three Compulsory Modules

  • Creativity and Innovation (OCCU332)
    Level3
    Credit level22.5
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

    To develop an evidence based opinion on the role of creativity and innovation in occupational therapy practice

    To explore the impact of creativity and technologies on health and well-being

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) To critically evaluate the relationship between occupation and creativity impacting on health and well-being

    (LO2) To critically evaluate the value and role of creativity and innovation in occupational therapy practice

    (LO3) To synthesise and employ knowledge of creativity, technologies and innovation to undertake a project

    (LO4) To critically evaluate and utilise the best available evidence to underpin the project and reason its application to practice

    (S1) Research skills - All Information skills

    (S2) Working in groups and teams - Group action planning

    (S3) Information skills - Information accessing:[Locating relevant information] [Identifying and evaluating information sources]

    (S4) Critical thinking and problem solving - Critical analysis

    (S5) Numeracy/computational skills - Problem solving

  • Environment and Occupational Performance (OCCU330)
    Level3
    Credit level22.5
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

    To develop skills in assessing an individual's social, political, cultural, socio-economic and physical environment and critically evaluate the environmental impact on occupational performance

    To develop skills in modifying aspects of the environment to promote participation

    To demonstrate knowledge, skills and attitudes required for a competent professional practice level 3

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) To conduct an assessment of an individual's environment

    (LO2) To critically evaluate the effect of the environment on occupational performance and environment

    (LO3) To critically analyse the evidence base for environmental interventions to inform clinical reasoning

    (LO4) To demonstrate the knowledge, skills and attitudes required for a competent professional practice level 3

    (S1) Research skills - All Information skills

    (S2) Critical thinking and problem solving - Critical analysis

    (S3) Critical thinking and problem solving - Synthesis

    (S4) Time and project management - Personal organisation

    (S5) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Report writing

  • Service Commissioning for Occupational Therapists (OCCU325)
    Level3
    Credit level22.5
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

    This module enables students to demonstrate knowledge of service commissioning and critically evaluate the process of service commissioning within health and social care. It will also support students to articulate the potential and unique contribution of occupational therapy services. Students have the opportunity to explore gaps in service provision and develop a service proposal to meet the needs of a chosen population.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) Critically evaluate the policy context affecting health and social care service commissioning.

    (LO2) Discuss gaps in service that could impact occupational participation, health and well-being for a specific population

    (LO3) Propose and justify a service that addresses identified health and well-being challenges for a chosen population and articulate clear anticipated outcomes for the service.

    (LO4) Discuss challenges associated with the service commissioning process in the context of a proposed service.

    (S1) Problem solving/ critical thinking/ creativity analysing facts and situations and applying creative thinking to develop appropriate solutions.

    (S2) Business and customer awareness basic understanding of the key drivers for business success – including the importance of innovation and taking calculated risks – and the need to provide customer satisfaction and build customer loyalty

    (S3) Communication, listening and questioning respecting others, contributing to discussions, communicating in a foreign language, influencing, presentations

    (S4) Self-management readiness to accept responsibility (i.e. leadership), flexibility, resilience, self-starting, initiative, integrity, willingness to take risks, appropriate assertiveness, time management, readiness to improve own performance based on feedback/reflective learning

  • Systematic Review (OCCU340)
    Level3
    Credit level22.5
    SemesterWhole Session
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

    To facilitate the knowledge and skills to undertake secondary research to support evidence based practice

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) To demonstrate an understanding of all stages of the systematic review process

    (LO2) To conduct a structured review following systematic principles using appropriate resources

    (LO3) To demonstrate an ability to critically evaluate and synthesise information to answer a research question to inform professional practice

    (S1) Research skills - All Information skills

    (S2) Numeracy/computational skills - Confidence/competence in measuring and using numbers

    (S3) Improving own learning/performance - Personal action planning

    (S4) Time and project management - Project planning

    (S5) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Academic writing (inc. referencing skills)

  • Transition to Newly Qualified Occupational Therapist (& Pp6) (OCCU320)
    Level3
    Credit level30
    SemesterWhole Session
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

    To prepare students for practice as a newly qualified occupational therapist

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) To critically evaluate the political environment for current occupational therapy practice and the student's effectiveness in working within it

    (LO2) To discuss strategies for coping with the transition from student to newly qualified occupational therapist

    (LO3) To complete a reflective professional development portfolio to show competence in all dimensions of clinical practice in line with the NHS Knowledge and Skills Framework for a Band 5 Occupational Therapist (or equivalent)

    (LO4) To critically evaluate the role and contribution of other health care professionals in health and social care provision

    (LO5) To demonstrate the knowledge, skills and attitudes required for competent professional practice at level 3

    (S1) Critical thinking and problem solving - Critical analysis

    (S2) Time and project management - Personal organisation

    (S3) Working in groups and teams - Group action planning

    (S4) Improving own learning/performance - Reflective practice

The programme detail and modules listed are illustrative only and subject to change.


Teaching and Learning

Learning is promoted through a wide variety of activities that enable the students to become autonomous and continuous learners. Interactive lectures, practical and clinical skills group work, 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, the 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 is also inter-professional education and learning opportunities across all Healthcare Professions programmes.


Assessment

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.