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Key information


  • Course length: 3 years
  • UCAS code: B920
  • Year of entry: 2018
  • 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.

Year One Compulsory Modules

  • 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

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

    ​To demonstrate an understanding of biomechanics and movement analysis using knowledge of the musculoskeletal system..

    ​To demonstrate an understanding of the roles of the central and peripheral nervous systems and their relationship.

    ​To demonstrate an understanding of the cause of neurological deficit and the impact of neurological deficit on function.

  • 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

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

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

     

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

    ​To promote awareness of the life experiences and inclusivity of disabled people.

    ​To apply different sociological and psychological theories and principles relevant to health, wellbeing and occupation.

  • 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
    To demonstrate knowledge of the conditions and the impact on occupational performance

    ​Formulate a condition profile

    ​To apply a conceptual model to a case study

    ​To demonstrate an understanding of the role of the occupational therapist in given scenarios

  • 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 theprofession''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
      To describe the relationship between occupation, activity, health and well being

        To recognise and apply occupational therapycore skills within the occupational therapy process

        To demonstrate an understanding of group dynamics​

        To demonstrate an ability to effectively analyse activity​

    • 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

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

      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. ​

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

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

      To demonstrate personal, professional and study skills commensurate with level of training. ​

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

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

    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 community-based project in collaboration with a range of organisations working towards social change and well-being
    • 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 To demonstrate analysis and application of research methodologies appropriate to occupational therapy practice

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

      To demonstrate ability to critique and evaluate published research studies

    • 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

      ​To analyse and critique personal and professional development through the use of reflective models

      To write a personal development plan appropriate for level 2 learning ​

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

      ​To analyse the implications of paradigms on occupations and the therapeutic relationship

      To demonstrate the knowledge, skills and attitudes required for competent professional practice at level 2 ​
    • Educational Programmes for Health and Well-being (& Pp4) (OCCU237)
      Level3
      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

      ​To apply understanding of the relationship between occupation and health
      behaviour choices impacting on occupational performance in context of a
      selected condition

      To analyse and apply knowledge of health behaviour change, educational
      approaches and service user perspectives to develop an evidence-based
      educational occupational therapy programme​

      ​To apply the best available evidence to underpin the educational
      programme

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

    • 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

      ​To apply theoretical models and and frames of reference that underpin occupational therapy practice

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

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

    • Occupational Therapy Core Skills 2 (OCCU215)
      Level2
      Credit level22.5
      SemesterWhole Session
      Exam:Coursework weighting70:30
      Aims
    • ​To develop a knowledge and apply understanding of two fundamental occupational therapy core skills (occupation based activity analysis and groupwork)

    • To develop the ability to plan occupational therapy interventions utilising the core skill of occupation based activity analysis

    • To develop the ability to explore and plan occupational therapy group processes and interventions

    • Learning Outcomes

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      To apply reasoning to differentiate between activity and occupation

      To demonstrate how to apply and utilise occupation based activity analysis when planning occupational therapy interventions

      To show analysis of how to grade activity/occupation in relation to client need ​

      To plan an occupational therapy group intervention within a theoretical frame of reference and recognise own group behaviours
    • 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

      ​To analyse and apply reflection to the theoretical concepts of the science of occupation

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

      ​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

    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 (knowledge base)
    • Demonstrate competent acquisition of the basic professional skills (skills base)
    • Make explicit the acquisition of professional standards of practice (attitude base).

    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

      ​To critically evaluate the relationship between occupation and creativity impacting on health and well-being

      ​To critically evaluate the value and role of creativity and innovation in occupational therapy practice

      ​To synthesise and employ knowledge of creativity, technologies and innovation to undertake a project

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

    • 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

      ​​To conduct as assessment of an individual''s environment

      ​To critically evaluate the effect of the environment on occupational performance and environment

      ​To critically analyse the evidence base for environmental interventions to inform clinical reasoning

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

    • 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 servicecommissioning and critically evaluate the process of service commissioningwithin health and social care. It will also support students to articulate thepotential and unique contribution of occupational therapy services. Studentshave the opportunity to explore gaps in service provision and develop a serviceproposal to meet the needs of a chosen population.

      Learning Outcomes

      ​​Critically evaluate the policy context affecting health and social care service commissioning.

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

      ​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.

      ​​Discuss challenges associated with the service commissioning process in the context of a proposed service.

    • 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 OutcomesTo demonstrate an understanding of all stages of the systematic review process

      To conduct a structured review following systematic principles using appropriate resources

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

    • 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

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

      To discuss strategies for coping with the transition from student to newly qualified occupational therapist​

      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)

      To critically evaluate the role and contribution of other health care professionals in health and social care provisionTo demonstrate the knowledge, skills and attitudes required for competent professional practice at level 3​

    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 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.


    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.