Occupational Therapy (pre-registration) MSc

 

Course Code

HLST241

Location

Coventry University (Coventry)

 

Study mode

Full-time

Duration

2 years full-time

Start date

January 2023


Course overview

Study level: Postgraduate

As a registered Occupational Therapist, you will have the privilege to work with people of all ages to help them participate in occupations that hold personal meaning and value to them.

Occupational Therapists are the only profession that uses occupation (the things people do every day which can affect their health and wellbeing) as a therapeutic tool to improve their health, wellbeing and quality of life, enabling them to live the life they want.

  • Throughout the course you will have the opportunity to enhance your attributes as a compassionate and caring critical thinker with an inquisitive and problem-solving mind, as well as developing your communication skills with people of all ages and abilities.
  • You will undertake three professional practice placements during their course in diverse, contemporary and community environments which are tailored to learning needs.
  • The two-year postgraduate course leads to eligibility to register with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) (additional costs may apply).

 

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Why you should study this course

This master’s level, pre-registration qualification in occupational therapy has been designed to enable the potential for accelerated career opportunities and provides the opportunity1 to also gain an additional qualification in leadership from the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) with the intention to enable you to make a valuable contribution to improve the quality of services.

The skills set you will have developed on successful completion of this course can allow you to work in specialities such as paediatrics, elderly care, mental health, learning disabilities, end of life care, forensics, schools, and emergency services, to name just a few.

Coventry University offers an advanced learning environment for health care professionals. State-of-the-art facilities of particular relevance to occupational therapists include two fully equipped community houses to help students to develop their clinical skills in simulated practice scenarios and explore developments in assistive and adaptive technologies.

The distinctive features of this course include:

  • Embedded leadership skills and a specific CMI accredited qualification
  • Innovative and varied assessment, specifically designed to reflect skills required in occupational therapy practice
  • International learning opportunities2 including access to fieldtrips (subject to additional costs, availability, application and meeting any applicable visa requirements)
  • Working with service users to simulate real-world environments
  • Collaborative working across multi-professional groups in state-of-the-art simulation facilities enhancing professional identity, knowledge and behaviours
  • Guided development of an employability portfolio designed to enhance career opportunities
  • A commitment to working in partnership with students to continually develop and further enhance the programme
  • Strong links with a wide range of local health trusts, social services, private health, charitable and voluntary organisations who provide practice development activities.

Accreditation and Professional Recognition

This course is accredited1 by the following bodies:

Royal College of Occupational Therapists

Royal College of Occupational Therapists

This course is accredited by the Royal College of Occupational Therapists until 2025. This enables you to become a student member of the Royal College of Occupational Therapists (subject to application and additional costs).

When enrolled on the course, you have the opportunity to become a student member of the Royal College of Occupational Therapists (subject to application and additional costs). Please visit the Royal College of Occupational Therapists website for more information, or speak to your Course Director to find out more.


Health and Care Professions Council

Health and Care Professions Council

This course is accredited by HCPC for the 2022/23 intake.

As an accredited course by the Heath and Care Professions Council, this course aims to educate you to become a graduate occupational therapist who is eligible to apply for registration as an occupational therapist with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) (subject to application and additional costs).


Chartered Management Institute (CMI)

Chartered Management Institute (CMI)

As part of this course, you will undertake a professional development module which is currently accredited by the Chartered Management Institute for the 2022-23 intake. Upon successful completion of this module, you will gain the CMI Level 7 Certificate in Strategic Management and Leadership Practice at no additional cost.


Payment for Occupational Therapy students

Home students on the Occupational Therapy degrees can apply for a £5,000 per year non repayable payment from the UK government.


What you'll study

The first year aims to introduce you to relevant science and theory of occupational therapy and enable you to begin to apply this during your first two placements. The Chartered Management Institute qualification will also be completed during this year.

Modules

  • This module aims to develop core knowledge of the person through the study of the sciences of anatomy, physiology, sociology and psychology. The module will enable you to explore how these sciences underpin the occupational performance of the individual.

    Compulsory

  • This module introduces you to the core concepts and theoretical underpinnings of the occupational therapy profession. You will explore the relationships between the person, environment and occupation and how this may impact on health and well-being. You will further develop your understanding of these concepts by critically reflecting upon your own occupational identity from an occupational science perspective.

    Compulsory

  • This module introduces an understanding of the key values, behaviours and skills and their impact relevant to occupational therapy practice including the process of reflection; the complexity of communication; and an understanding of teamwork. You will gain an understanding of communication and professionalism skills in the context of developing their therapeutic use of self to enable you to work with individuals across the scope of occupational therapy practice.

    Compulsory

  • This module provides you with your first professional practice-based learning experience2. The placement5, which is sourced for you by the university, takes place 3 days per week for 10 weeks. It builds upon the theoretical foundations of occupational therapy enabling you to further understand the role of the occupational therapist and the knowledge, skills and behaviours required. Through interactive and experiential learning you will develop the necessary skills to deliver occupation-centred assessment, planning, intervention and evaluation.

    Compulsory

  • This module aims to provide you with a framework of knowledge and understanding of how to effectively lead and develop people in a strategically diverse and inclusive way whatever the master’s degree of specialisation you elect to follow. You will explore, for example, the influence and impact of leadership theories, culture, wellbeing, and approaches to developing better equality, diversity and inclusion strategies and practices that can be used creatively within a leadership role in different types of organisational scenarios.
    Ultimately, you will be given the opportunity to develop strategic priorities for leadership, equality, diversity and inclusion. Finally, the module requires you to reflect critically on your personal learning and development needs and how you work with others, from an ethical and professional standpoint to encourage your continuing professional development.

    Compulsory

  • This practice-based module2 will enable you to build on the practice experience within occupational therapy in practice one. The placement, which is sourced for you by the university, is a full-time placement lasting 10 weeks. You will have had the opportunity to reflect on knowledge and professional skills gained during this placement and you will be expected to demonstrate the transference of these skills. The emphasis will be on clinical reasoning, reflective practice and the application of theory into practice.

    Compulsory

The second year aims to consolidate learning of occupational therapy skills and theory providing a more in-depth application to the final placement. This year will also provide a focus on research and will culminate with a service improvement project.

Modules

  • This enquiry-based module will focus on how occupational therapy can facilitate occupational change. It builds on your learning to enhance the application of theory, reasoning and decision making to all stages of the occupational therapy process. You will identify and articulate the contribution of occupational therapists across the breadth of occupational therapy practice and service delivery and consider your professional values.

    Compulsory

  • The aims of this module are to examine the theoretical and philosophical basis of research and to critically appraise different methodological approaches, designs and methods used in health care related research and related fields of practice. There will be emphasis on the importance of evidence-based practice and applying research and guidelines to enhance clinical decision making.

    Compulsory

  • This practice-based module2 will enable you to build on your first two practice placements. The placement5, which is sourced for you by the university, is a full-time placement lasting 10 weeks. You will have had the opportunity to reflect on knowledge and professional skills gained during the first and second placement and will be expected to demonstrate the transference of these skills.

    Compulsory

  • The dissertation module is designed to allow you to undertake an in-depth individual study in an area of interest relevant to your practice which will demonstrate an understanding and application of research at an advanced level. You will have the opportunity to work with real life practice issues to identify service improvements within a relevant clinical area and work alongside clinicians in practice to design and plan a service improvement project.

    Compulsory

We regularly review our course content, to make it relevant and current for the benefit of our students. For these reasons, course modules may be updated.


How you'll learn

You are encouraged to engage in a variety of discussions, simulation, practical and group-work learning activities and have the opportunity to share your own learning and practice experiences with lecturers and peers.

Service users and carers, special visiting lecturers and representatives from health and social care, work in partnership with lecturers in delivering the course in order to deliver educationally transformative learning experiences.


Teaching contact hours

Contact hours for teaching varies according to the modules you are studying. In a typical week during semester one you will have up to 12 'contact' hours of teaching per week which is made up of: lectures, workshops and seminars.

In addition, you will be expected to undertake a minimum of 20 hours of self-directed study each week, e.g. working on course assignments and small group work. There will also be clinical skills workshops in preparation for clinical practice placements, which include moving and handling, CPR and hand washing.

During semester two you will complete a part-time practice placement. During a typical week you will attend your practice placement for three days and attend university alongside it with ‘contact’ hours of teaching approximately 4 hours per week.

Placements two and three are full time placements within practice (approximately 37 hours per week).

The contact hours may be made up of a combination of face-to-face teaching, individual and group tutorials, and online classes and tutorials.

As an innovative and enterprising institution, the university may seek to utilise emerging technologies within the student experience. For all courses (whether on-campus, blended, or distance learning), the university may deliver certain contact hours and assessments via online technologies and methods.

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are prepared for courses due to start in or after the 2022/2023 academic year to be delivered in a variety of forms.  The form of delivery will be determined in accordance with Government and Public Health guidance.  Whether on campus or online, our key priority is staff and student safety.


Assessment

Course assessment has specifically been designed to reflect the skills required in occupational therapy practice and includes:

  • Presentations
  • Critical reflections
  • Reports
  • Case-based oral assessment

The Coventry University Group assessment strategy ensures that our courses are fairly assessed and allows us to monitor student progression towards achieving the intended learning outcomes.


Entry requirements

Previous relevant degree 2:2 or above – preferably completed within the last 5 years or evidence of recent CPD met, however applicants who do not have recent qualifications or CPD will be considered on a case by case basis.

GCSE in Maths and English at grade 4/grade C or above.

Evidence of experience and understanding of the role of an occupational therapist demonstrated through the face-to-face values-based interview (which can be done online if necessary) or supplementary information submitted following a successful interview.

Enrolment is subject to a satisfactory Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check and an Occupational Health assessment, to assess fitness to undertake the clinical component of the degree. Satisfactory health clearance and enhanced criminal record disclosure is also required. As part of the health clearance checks you will be required to provide information about your immunity and vaccination status. You will also be required to provide information about your COVID-19 vaccination status. We therefore recommend that you are fully vaccinated including the COVID-19 vaccine. The information you provide will be used to determine your eligibility to go on placement(s). Placements are provided at the placement provider’s discretion. The University is therefore unable to guarantee the provision of placements or the location and type of placement offered.

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Alternatively, visit our International hub for further advice and guidance on finding in-country agents and representatives, joining our in-country events and how to apply.

Previous relevant degree 2:2 or above – preferably completed within the last 5 years or evidence of recent CPD met, however applicants who do not have recent qualifications or CPD will be considered on a case by case basis.

Evidence of experience and understanding of the role of an occupational therapist demonstrated through the face-to-face values-based interview (which can be done online if necessary) or supplementary information submitted following a successful interview.

Enrolment is subject to a satisfactory Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check and an Occupational Health assessment, to assess fitness to undertake the clinical component of the degree.

English language requirements

  • IELTS: 7.0 overall, with no component lower than 6.5.

If you don't meet the English language requirements, you can achieve the level you need by successfully completing a pre-sessional English programme before you start your course. 

For more information on our approved English language tests visit our English language requirements page.

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Fees and funding

2022/23 Tuition fees

Student Full time Part time
UK £9,250 per year Not available
International £16,950 per year Not available

For advice and guidance on tuition fees3 and student loans visit our Postgraduate Finance page.

We offer a range of International scholarships to students all over the world. For more information, visit our International Scholarships page.


Facilities

Our state-of-the-art teaching facilities4 in the Alison Gingell Building include dedicated laboratories for anatomy, electrotherapy and manual skills, hospital wards, critical care settings, community housing and other real-life environments relevant to practice.

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Alison Gingell Building

Our state-of-the-art Alison Gingell Building features mock hospital wards, an operating theatre, critical care settings and other real-life environments.

Students and a tutor with a manikin in the hospital ward

Mock Hospital Wards

Our mock hospital wards and critical care settings give you the chance to experience patient scenarios in a real-world environment.

Patient, student and staff member talking in community house setting

Community Houses

Our two full-size community homes can be used for sessions simulating working with patients outside of a hospital setting.


Careers and opportunities

On successful completion of the course, you will be able to:

  • Evidence a critical understanding of the complexity of human occupation and its centrality in relation to health and wellbeing
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the core principles and values of occupational therapy and their application to person-centred practice across the lifespan for individuals and groups within and across communities
  • Critically evaluate therapeutic reasoning and practice and the contribution of occupational therapy knowledge, skills and behaviours to service delivery and communities of practice
  • Critically appraise intercultural competencies at a national and international level, to practice as an autonomous health care professional, and to be able to appraise your own intercultural development in order to enhance your lifelong learning
  • Apply collaborative capabilities that promote integrated learning and working within public, private and third sector organisations, for the health and well-being of people in our community
  • Manage your own personal health and wellbeing and have insight and self-awareness of when and how to access support, as emotionally intelligent and resilient individuals
  • Appraise and create research as evidence informed practitioners within the context of health and social care
  • Critically examine your leadership capabilities to enable you to continually improve and influence service development
  • Be an innovative and creative practitioner who critically engages and participates in an evolving technological arena demonstrating digital fluency
  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the principles of coaching and mentoring and the theories and practices of strategic leadership.

On successful completion of this course you will be eligible to apply to register with the HCPC as a registered Occupational Therapist (additional fees to HCPC apply).

The master’s level curriculum has been designed to develop the potential for accelerated career opportunities and provide an additional qualification in leadership from the Chartered Management Institute (CMI)1 to enable you to make a valuable contribution to improve the quality of services. In addition an employability portfolio will enable regular reflection upon the development of skills and learning and will provide the potential for enhancement of employability and career development prospects. 

Where our graduates work

Occupational Therapists have a wide range of employment opportunities including the NHS, social care, charities, education, private employers and within independent practice.


How to apply

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  • 1Accreditations

    The majority of our courses have been formally recognised by professional bodies, which means the courses have been reviewed and tested to ensure they reach a set standard. In some instances, studying on an accredited course can give you additional benefits such as exemptions from professional exams (subject to availability, fees may apply). Accreditations, partnerships, exemptions and memberships shall be renewed in accordance with the relevant bodies’ standard review process and subject to the university maintaining the same high standards of course delivery.

    2UK and international opportunities

    Please note that we are unable to guarantee any UK or International opportunities (whether required or optional) such as internships, work experience, field trips, conferences, placements or study abroad opportunities and that all such opportunities may be subject to additional costs (which could include, but is not limited to, equipment, materials, bench fees, studio or facilities hire, travel, accommodation and visas), competitive application, availability and/or meeting any applicable travel COVID and visa requirements. To ensure that you fully understand the visa requirements, please contact the International Office.

    3Tuition fees

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    For International Students, we may increase fees each year but such increases will be no more than 5% above inflation. If you defer your course start date or have to extend your studies beyond the normal duration of the course (e.g. to repeat a year or resit examinations) the University reserves the right to charge you fees at a higher rate and/or in accordance with any legislative changes during the additional period of study.

    4Facilities

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    5Placements

    Satisfactory health clearance and enhanced criminal record disclosure is also required. As part of the health clearance checks you will be required to provide information about your immunity and vaccination status. You will also be required to provide information about your COVID-19 vaccination status. We therefore recommend that you are fully vaccinated including the COVID-19 vaccine. The information you provide will be used to determine your eligibility to go on placement(s). Placements are provided at the placement provider’s discretion. The University is therefore unable to guarantee the provision of placements or the location and type of placement offered.

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