Occupational Therapy BSc (Hons) 2020/21 entry

Course code:

B920

Study options:

3 years full-time

 

Location:

Coventry University

Starting:

September 2020

 

Fees:

2020/21 fees TBC*
2019/20 fees - £9,250

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Get in touch

For questions regarding study and admissions please contact us:

+44 (0) 24 7765 5959

 

admissions.hls@coventry.ac.uk

 

Overview

Registered Occupational Therapists have the privilege of working with people of all ages to help them participate in occupations that hold personal meaning and value to them. This profession 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.

You will have the opportunity to develop and enhance your attributes as a compassionate and caring critical thinker with an inquisitive and problem-solving mind, as well as the chance to develop your communication skills with people of all ages and abilities.

By successfully completing a degree in occupational therapy (and subsequent eligibility to apply for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC))* this allows you to work in a wide variety of fields within health and social care, in the private and public sectors. The specialist skill set acquired upon successful completion of the course will enable you to work in areas such as paediatrics, elderly care, mental health, learning disabilities, end of life care, forensics, schools and emergency services, to name just a few.

While studying with us you will have many opportunities to work with students studying for other healthcare professions within an inter-professional collaborative learning framework, as well as professional practice placements.

Occupational Therapy is ranked 10th overall and 4th for research quality in the Complete University Guide 2020.

*Please note that membership and registration fees may apply.

Why Coventry University?

An award-winning university, we are committed to providing our students with the best possible experience. We continue to invest in both our facilities and our innovative approach to education. Our students benefit from industry-relevant teaching, and resources and support designed to help them succeed. These range from our modern library and computing facilities to dedicated careers advice and our impressive Students’ Union activities.

Global ready

An international outlook, with global opportunities

Employability

Career-ready graduates, with the skills to succeed

Teaching Excellence

Taught by lecturers who are experts in their field

Course essentials

A degree which offers you more, at no extra cost

Accreditation and Professional Recognition

This course is accredited and recognised by the following bodies:

Health and Care Professions Council

This course is currently accredited by HCPC on a rolling basis. If for any reason this course would no longer be accredited, we would notify applicants and students as soon as possible.


Royal College of Occupational Therapists

This course is accredited by HCPC until at least 2024.

When enrolled on the course, you are able to become a student member of the Royal College of Occupational Therapists.

This course aims to educate you to become a graduate occupational therapist who is eligible to apply for registration with the HCPC and the RCOT. On successful completion of the course, you are able to become a professional member of RCOT and apply for registration to practice as an Occupational Therapist. Membership and registration fees may apply

Our Facilities

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Hospital Wards

We have two fully-equipped mock hospital wards, each containing 4 beds. The wards are built to NHS standards and contain moveable beds, first aid equipment and patient monitoring tools.

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Life Sciences Research

Our facilities include a real ambulance, which students can use as part of their studies, and a purpose-built Clinical Skills and Simulation Centre. This allows for improved training quality in patient care and patient safety.

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SuperLab

The Alison Gingell building contains a state-of-the-art SuperLab, capable of holding up to 270 people at once. The lab's facilities include equipment for microscopy, DNA analysis and forensic testing.

What our students say...

Studying occupational therapy at Coventry University as a mature student has been simply life changing! Staff support and enthusiasm for student participation and development is excellent, with the programme creatively designed, preparing students for clinical practice and building research skills around evidence based practice. Working collaboratively within the curriculum with fellow allied healthcare student professionals, as well as being part of large and diverse occupational therapy student cohort, drawn from overseas and across the UK have inspired me so, I just can't wait to begin my new career in occupational therapy.

Siobhan Scanlon, 2016

Course information

A focus on empowerment, self-awareness and individual responsibility will be ever-present in this course, so that you are prepared to deal with people in real-world situations upon successfully graduating.

The course is made up of practical placements, designed to help you understand how you will perform in a professional setting, as well as workshops, seminars and lectures. Practical placements can also stand you in good stead to secure a professional position upon successful completion of your course. Travel expenses will be bourne by the student.

4th

for research quality

Complete University Guide 2019

Course Specification
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Modules

Overview

Modules

  • The Human, Mind and Occupation 1

  • Occupational Therapists: Doing, Being, Becoming & Belonging

  • Foundations of Evidence Informed Practice

  • The Human, Mind and Occupation 2

  • Health and Well-being in the Community

  • Delivering Theory Based Occupational Therapy

  • Occupational Therapy Practice

Overview

Modules

  • Skills for Occupational Therapy Practice

  • Reasoning & Decision Making in Occupational Therapy Practice

  • Developing Evidence Informed Practice

  • Occupational Therapy Practice Placement 2

  • Understanding Occupational Therapy’s Unique Contribution

Overview

Modules

  • Enhancing Employability as an Occupational Therapist

  • Occupational Therapy Practice Placement

  • Evidence Based Research Project

  • Leadership & Management for Healthcare Professionals

  • Optional Modules

    Select one from the following optional modules:

    • Occupational Therapy: Children and Young people
    • Occupational Therapy: Design for Living
    • Occupational Therapy: Hand Therapy
    • Occupational Therapy: Neurology
    • Occupational Therapy: Older People
    • Occupational Therapy: Pulmonary Rehabilitation

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.

In more detail...

  • A commitment to working in partnership with students with the aim to continually develop and further enhance the programme which has been running for over 25 years.
  • Our strong links with a wide range of local health trusts, social services, private health, charitable and voluntary organisations who provide practice development activities.

A huge variety of placement experiences and practice placement marks can contribute to your final degree classification.

The course has been designed to provide a practical-focused approach for the personal and professional development of occupational therapists. It will be underpinned by the principles of empowerment, self-awareness and individual responsibility in order to help prepare you to work within changing health and social care environments upon successful completion of the course.

Aiming to reflect the variety in the profession of Occupational Therapy, we offer variety in our teaching methods. Alongside traditional lectures you have the opportunity to participate in seminars, small workshops, problem based learning and practical workshops. The course is designed to develop your lifelong learning skills.

There are three practice placements totalling 29 weeks of full-time clinical practice, which are fully integrated into the course. They provide opportunities for you to develop professional competence and a professional identity in a range of health and social care settings. Travel costs are borne by the student.

The Alison Gingell Building offers facilities for simulation opportunities and skills training, including two community houses and a four-bedded ward, designed to provide an environment where you have the opportunity to develop your specialist skill set.

Studying a core option module at Level Three can allow you to further advance your knowledge of a specialist area of practice.

Teaching methods include: workshops, interactive seminars, lectures, practice placements and online discussions.

This course will be assessed using a variety of methods which will could vary depending upon the module. Assessment methods include placements, coursework, tests, essays, group work, practical or project work and presentations/posters.

The Coventry University Group assessment strategy ensures that our courses are fairly assessed and allows us to monitor student progression towards the achieving the intended learning outcomes. Assessments may include exams, individual assignments or group work elements.

On successful completion of this course, you will be able to practice as a safe, evidence-based, autonomous and enterprising occupational therapist, eligible to apply for registrations with the HCPC and membership of the Royal College of Occupational Therapists (RCOT). Membership and registration fees may apply.

You will be able to develop a range of higher order cognitive skills in order to be prepared for working in dynamic and diverse contexts of practice, evaluate your own therapeutic reasoning and practice in relation to person centred care and the unique contribution of occupational therapist in the context of service delivery. In addition you will explore the multi-faceted nature of health and ill health and the impact these factors can have on wellbeing and occupational behaviour.

On successful completion of your studies you will be responsible for appraising your own continuing professional development to actively engage in lifelong learning. You will be able to explore issues related to achieving effective and appropriate inter-professional working practice in order to improve the quality of care for patients and/or clients. You will also be able to investigate the use of evidence and policy frameworks to implement change and improve services for clients and your career.

In a typical week you will have up to 16 'contact' hours of teaching. In your first year of study this generally breaks down as follows:

  • Medium group teaching: 15 hours of seminars each week.
  • Large group teaching: 3 hours of lectures

In Levels 2 & 3 there will be small group teaching (3-8 hours) within an option module and research sets (Level 3), and problem based learning (Level 2).

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.

As a course team and as a university, we are committed to ensuring there are a variety of international opportunities for our students. These occur in a variety of formats with well-established connections which allows opportunity for all students to practically engage in at least one international experience throughout their time on the course.

We offer placement opportunities abroad in Levels 2 and 3. There is an online discussion forum with occupational therapy students across the globe at Level 3. IC4Life allows an opportunity for students to study a module with international students abroad. In addition, we have voluntary opportunities for students to participate in charitable projects across the world, including most recently Malawi and Lithuania. International/abroad, placement and voluntary opportunities may be subject to availability, competitive application, meeting visa requirements and additional fees.

Global ready

Did you know we help more students travel internationally than any other UK university according to data from the experts in higher education data and analysis, HESA?

In 2016/17, we were able to provide a total of 3,482 experiences abroad that lasted at least five days.

Much of this travel is made possible through our Global Leaders Programme, which enables students to prepare for the challenges of the global employment market, as well as strengthening and developing their broader personal and professional skills.

Explore our international experiences

1st for

international experiences

Sending more students overseas than any other UK uni (HESA 2016/17)


3,482

Student experiences

The number of student trips abroad for at least 5 days in 2016/17


21,000

and counting

The number of students we’ve helped travel internationally so far


12

global programmes

As well as trips, we offer other opportunities like language courses

What our students say

I love the enthusiasm and warmth of the tutors and lecturers and the friendship and support of my fellow students. I also really enjoy the practical aspects of the course.

Rose Snook, 2017

Entry Requirements

University Course Code: HLSU199
A Level BTEC Other GCSE requirement International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme
BBB - CCC (Excludes General Studies). DDM in a Health & Social Care related diploma.  Access to Health & Social Care (or other related programme) with a minimum of 36 credits at Merit or Distinction. Minimum 5 GCSEs at A*-C including English Language and Mathematics, or specified equivalents. Evidence of recent study is desirable. 29 points to include 16 points at Higher level

 

We accept other qualifications in addition to those identified above.

Portfolio

Required work experience: A minimum of 2 days occupational therapy work experience is required by 31 July.

All eligible candidates are interviewed following review of their qualifications, academic reference and personal statement. The interview has group, one-to-one and written elements.

A-Levels

A-Level applicants are required to have three
 A2 Levels. Coventry University may include AS grades within an offer for certain courses, but we are not able to accept two AS Levels in place of one A2 Level. In some courses it may be necessary for entrants to have passed specific A2 Levels in nominated subjects. Please see the course pages for more information.

Access Diplomas

The Access Diploma in a Health related subject to include 36 Level 3 credits at Merit or Distinction.

Coventry University welcomes applicants who have completed, or who are studying, the Access to HE Diploma developed by the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA). Successful completion of the course will require you to gain 60 credits with at least 45 to be achieved at Level 3 (with the remainder at Level 2). In some cases we will require you to have gained Merit or Distinction grades in a number of units or in nominated subjects. For more information on the entry requirements for your chosen course please see the relevant course pages.

BTEC Level 3 Diplomas

The University will accept the BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma for entry to most courses. In some cases we will require applicants to have studied either certain named modules or a specific named Diploma. The appropriate course page will have full information on the entry requirements. The University also accepts the BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma and BTEC Level 3 Diploma for entry to degree programmes, provided that they are studied in combination with other qualifications that provide a total volume of study that is equivalent to three A2 Levels. For example, you could be studying a BTEC Level 3 Diploma plus an A2 Level, or a BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma plus two A2 Levels. Where a specific A2 or BTEC subject is required for entry then you must be offering this as part of your combination of qualifications.

Other

Criminal records declaration (DBS/Disclosure Scotland)

Health checks

Interview

A minimum of 2 days occupational therapy work experience is required.

Please visit our page on European entry requirements for more information about specific country information.

English as a Foreign Language: This course requires IELTS of 7.0 overall, with no component lower than 6.5. Pre-sessional English is available if required.

Our International Student Hub offers information on entry requirements for your country, as well as contact details for agents and representatives should you need more advice.

More detail

Select your region to find detailed information about entry requirements:

English as a Foreign Language: This course requires IELTS of 7.0 overall, with no component lower than 6.5. Pre-sessional English is available if required.

Our International Student Hub offers information on entry requirements for your country, as well as contact details for agents and representatives should you need more advice.

More detail

What our students say...

I love the enthusiasm and warmth of the tutors and lecturers and the friendship and support of my fellow students. I also really enjoy the practical aspects of the course.

Rose Snook, 2017

Tuition Fees

We pride ourselves on offering competitive tuition fees which we review on an annual basis and offer a wide range of scholarships to support students with their studies. Course fees are calculated on the basis of what it costs to teach each course and we aim for total financial transparency.

For more information, please visit our Finance pages.

Starts

Fee


September 2020

2020/21 fees TBC*
2019/20 fees - £9,250 (per year)


UK Scholarships

If you're a truly outstanding undergraduate candidate we may be able to offer you a Coventry University Scholarship.

Coventry University Scholarships are awarded to recognise truly exceptional sports achievement and academic excellence.

Starts

Fee


September 2020

2020/21 fees TBC*
2019/20 fees - £9,250 (per year)


EU Scholarships

For the September 2019 intake we're investing in a range of EU Academic Excellence scholarships for high achieving and enterprising students. Fulfil your potential this academic year with Coventry University!

Starts

Fee


September 2020

2020/21 fees TBC*
2019/20 fees - £15,600 (per year)


International Scholarships

For the September 2019 intake we're investing in a wide range of Academic Excellence scholarships for high achieving and enterprising international students. Fulfil your potential this academic year with Coventry University!

Course essentials at no extra cost

We're committed to communicating study costs clearly to make sure you're not faced with having to make any unexpected payments.

This is why our ‘Flying Start’ package provides you with a few course essentials. Your full-time fee for an undergraduate degree will cover the following:

UK field trips

Any mandatory site visits and trips within the United Kingdom.

Key material

This can include core textbooks, software and equipment.

Laser prints

1,000 A4 sides of black and white laser printing credits per year.

Optional year

Pay no tuition fees for optional work placements or study abroad trips.

EU student fees

EU nationals and their family members starting in the 2019/20 academic year remain eligible for the same fees as home students and the same financial support. Financial support comes from Student Finance England, and covers undergraduate and postgraduate study for the duration of their course, providing they meet the residency requirement.

For tuition fee loans

EU nationals must have resided in the European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland for the three years prior to the start of their course. The purpose of that three year residency should not have been mainly for the purpose of receiving full time education.

For maintenance loans

EU nationals must have resided in the UK and Islands for the five years prior to the start of their course. The purpose of that five year residency should not have been mainly for the purpose of receiving full time education.

What our students say...

I love the enthusiasm and warmth of the tutors and lecturers and the friendship and support of my fellow students. I also really enjoy the practical aspects of the course.

Rose Snook, 2017

Career prospects

We are proud of our students who seek to become high quality Occupational Therapists with an understanding and experience of the variety of contexts in which they will work.

In offering three assessed practice placements, students have over 29 weeks of practice experience, and placements can occur in a variety of settings (NHS, social care, charitable organisations and private practice). Please note that travel costs are borne by the studemt. You will be supported by practice educators whose supervision facilitates should help enable your development as a rounded professional.

On successful completion of this course you will be eligible to apply to register with the HCPC as a registered Occupational Therapist. Membership and registration fees may apply.

5th

for student satisfaction

Complete University Guide 2019

What our students say...

After graduating in 2010, I started working as a Band 5 Occupational Therapist in a rotational post at my local hospital trust. Arriving on that first day, I had confidence that the course had equipped me with the right practical skills, theoretical knowledge and placement experience to succeed. I progressed into a band 6 role in Paediatrics, using my knowledge of evidenced-based practice to create a motor skills programmes for schools across the county. Throughout my studies at Coventry University, I was impressed with the knowledge, passion and support of the lecturers. I always felt that I, as an individual, mattered to them. I’m proud to say that I have now joined the teaching team and look forward to continuing that ethos.

Jo Mason, former student, now lecturer in Occupational Therapy
Disclaimer

By accepting your offer of a place and enrolling with us, a Student Contract will be formed between you and the University. A copy of the 19/20 Contract can be found here. The Contract details your rights and the obligations you will be bound by during your time as a student and contains the obligations that the University will owe to you. You should read the Contract before you accept an offer of a place and before you enrol at the University.

The University will charge the tuition fees that are stated on the course webpage and in the prospectus for the first year of study. The University will review tuition fees each year. For UK and EU students, if Parliament permit an increase in tuition fees, the University may increase fees for each subsequent year of study in line with any such changes. Note that any increase for UK and EU Students is expected to be in line with inflation. For international students, the University may increase fees for each subsequent year of study but such increases will be no more than 5% above inflation.

Admission to this course is subject to Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks and a successful interview. Find out about the application process

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