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Year of Entry 2020/21

Sensory Integration

Distance learning Occupational therapy

Develop your knowledge and understanding of the neuroscience underpinning sensory integration and processing, and the theory and application of Ayres Sensory Integration®

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What is the fee? Home/EU: £6,289 for the course
International: £6,289 for the course
How long will I study? 2 / 4 Years
When do I start? January 2021
April 2021

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Course summary

  • Become equipped with the knowledge and confidence to work as an advanced sensory integration practitioner
  • Consider how the learning from your study can contribute to the growing evidence base around sensory integration
  • Plan and implement a Sensory Integration focussed research study. 

This course is available to Occupational Therapists, Physiotherapists and Speech and Language Therapists. You’ll learn the knowledge and skills to develop first as a practitioner, and then an advanced practitioner in Sensory Integration.


How you learn

You will be part of an online community which is multi-disciplinary in nature and promotes peer and tutor support. 

You learn through

  • Online presentations and lectures
  • Webinars
  • Independent study tasks
  • Online discussion boards
  • Online activities

In the research methods module, you will have access to a multi-disciplinary teaching team and an e-tutor.  You will have your own research supervisor who will support you through your research dissertation as well as access to a range of electronic resources to support you in your research.


Course leaders and tutors

Judith Mitchell
Judith Mitchell
Senior Lecturer

Jude is the placement lead for Occupational Therapy and a senior lecturer within the team

Applied learning

The postgraduate certificate and diploma includes up to 90 clinical hours, which sit within the sensory integration modules. The clinical hours can be completed within your own workplace or you can arrange to complete them in a different suitable environment.

You’ll also be supported in mentoring sessions that help you hone your clinical skills. Your mentor will be from the SIE-Register of Clinical Mentors and you will usually have around three hours of mentoring per module.

In addition, when you start your Sensory Integration Masters learning you will become a member of Sensory Integration Education’s community of best practice, Association of Sensory Integration practitioners (ASIP).

Future careers

This course prepares you for a career in

  • Healthcare
  • Social care
  • Education 
  • Third sector organisations
  • Private practice

Where will I study?

You study this course online from any location

Entry requirements

All students

Normally, applicants will hold a first degree or professional qualification in Occupational Therapy, Physiotherapy or Speech and Language Therapy which is recognised in the UK.

Equivalent, international academic and/or professional qualifications will be accepted.

Applicants are usually required to provide at least one reference evidencing your capability for postgraduate study.

If English is not your first language you will need an IELTS score of 7.0 overall and a minimum of 5.5 in all skills, or a recognised equivalent.

Additional information for EU/International students

If you are an International or non-UK European student, you can find out more about the country specific qualifications we accept on our international qualifications page. You can also watch a video guide on how to apply.

For details of English language entry requirements (IELTS), please see the information for 'All students'.


Module and assessment information for future years is displayed as currently validated and may be liable to change. When selecting electives, your choices will be subject to the core requirements of the course. As a result, selections may be limited to a choice between one of two or more specified electives in some instances.

Modules studied may differ depending on when you start your course.

Year 1

Compulsory modules
Module Credits
Module: Sensory Integration 1: Foundations And Neuroscience Credits: 30
Module: Sensory Integration 2: Clinical Reasoning In Sensory Integration: Assessment Credits: 20
Module: Sensory Integration 3: Clinical Reasoning And Practice In Sensory Integration: Intervention Credits: 40
Module: Sensory Integration 4: Advanced Practice Credits: 30

Final year

Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Dissertation 45 Credits Credits: 45 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Researching For Practice (Distance Learning) Credits: 15 Assessment: Coursework

Fees and funding

Home/EU students

Our tuition fee for UK/EU students starting full-time study in 2020/21 is £6,289 for the course.

† If you are studying an undergraduate course, postgraduate pre-registration course or postgraduate research course over more than one academic year then your tuition fees may increase in subsequent years in line with Government regulations or UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) published fees. More information can be found in our terms and conditions under student fees regulations.

International students

Our tuition fee for international students starting full-time study in 2020/21 is £6,289 for the course.

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Additional course costs

This link allows you to view estimated costs associated with the main activities on specific courses. These are estimates and, as such, are only an indication of additional course costs. Actual costs can vary greatly depending on the choices you make during your course.

Additional costs for Occupational therapy courses (PDF)

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You apply for this course via our online application form.

You can also use the application form above to apply for future years of entry. If you require an alternate version of the application form, please email

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