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BSc (Honours) Occupational Therapy (practice based learning)

27 months full-time

UCAS code • Not applicable

Subject area • Occupational therapy

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At a glance

This course is aimed at students who already have some experience of working in health and social care. Develop your knowledge and experience on a course developed in partnership with East Midlands Local Education and Training Board .You learn through practical experience on a clinical placement to ensure you complete the course prepared and qualified as an occupational therapist.

• Enhance your current knowledge and experience in occupational therapy.
• Progress your career and become a qualified occupational therapist.
• Work with real patients on clinical placements for three days a week.

About this course

Practice-based learning is a style of learning for students who already have some experience of working in health and social care. It builds on skills and knowledge you already have.

This course is suitable if you have around two years experience in a health and social care role, such as
• occupational therapy support worker in the NHS
• community care officer in social care
• a similar job in a caring working environment

It is an intensive, full-time 27 month course which has been designed to help people with existing experience progress in their careers to become a qualified occupational therapist. It was developed in partnership with the East Midlands Strategic Health Authority, now known as East Midlands Local Education and Training Board.

Practical, work-based modules form a large part of your work. You work with patients on a clinical placement in East Midlands for three days a week. The remainder of the time is spent in class with lecturers or studying using self-directed learning.

The course is taught entirely in Lincolnshire, at Grantham hospital and on clinical placements in the area. You are taught by both Sheffield Hallam lecturers and experienced occupational therapy practitioners.

This course is full for January 2015. The next recruitment event will take place in 2016 for a January 2017 start.

This course helps you develop your career. Since the course started in 2005, the majority of our graduates have entered jobs as qualified occupational therapists. Others have gone on to work in third sector organisations.

How to apply

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Fees – home and EU students

Course fees may be subject to annual inflationary increase.
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• written papers and projects • presentations • portfolios • group work • interactive assessment • assessment of practice during placements

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Professional Recognition

This course is approved by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). Graduates are eligible to apply to register with the HCPC and can apply to become members of the British Association of Occupational Therapists and College of Occupational Therapists. You must be registered with the HCPC in order to practise as an occupational therapist in the UK.

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