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PgCert Sensory Integration

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Year of Entry 2023/24

Sensory Integration

Distance learning Occupational therapy

Learn the scientific and theoretical foundations of sensory processing and integration, and develop the clinical skills required to work as a sensory integration practitioner.

Everything you need to know...

What is the fee? Home: £2,849 for the course
International/EU: £2,849 for the course
How long will I study? 2 Years
When do I start? September 2023
January 2024
April 2024

Course summary

  • Join a course run in partnership with Sensory Integration Education (SIE).
  • Study the neuroscience underpinning sensory integration and processing. 
  • Understand the theory and application of Ayres Sensory Integration®.
  • Explore sensory integration and processing throughout the lifespan with a range of individuals.

This course is available to occupational therapists, physiotherapists, and speech and language therapists. You’ll gain the knowledge and confidence to practise as a sensory integration practitioner.

There are multiple start dates of each sensory integration module throughout the year. To work out your most appropriate pattern of study, please contact the collaborative course lead Colette Fegan ( or the Sensory Integration Education Helpdesk ( to talk about your circumstances, funding arrangements and goals for study.

How you learn

All our courses are designed around a set of key principles based on engaging you with the world, collaborating with others, challenging you to think in new ways, and providing you with a supportive environment in which you can thrive.

Each module ensures the perspective of the person and their family (the service user) is at the heart of the learning. You’ll have your own module e-mentor who supports your individual learning needs – plus an online study group offering peer learning support.

You learn through

  • online presentations and lectures
  • module e-mentor facilitated forum discussions
  • quizzes and practical activities
  • independent study tasks
  • online activities
  • clinical hours and reflection

Course leaders and tutors

Colette Fegan
Colette Fegan
Principal Lecturer

I teach on the MSc Vocational Rehabilitation and I am involved in the delivery of the work based learning module

Applied learning

Work placements

The postgraduate certificate includes 40 clinical hours, which can be completed in your own workplace – or you can arrange to complete them in another suitable environment. 

You’re also supported by mentoring sessions, facilitated by a mentor of your choosing from the SIE register of clinical mentors. In these sessions you’ll develop both your clinical reasoning and intervention skills.

Networking opportunities

You’ll also become a member of Sensory Integration Education’s community of best practice when you start your studies – the 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 

You could also go on to further study – with either a postgraduate diploma in sensory integration (along with Advanced Sensory Integration Practitioner status awarded by SIE) or a Masters in sensory integration.

Where will I study?

You study this course online from any location

Equipment and facilities

We’ve invested over £100m in new facilities to help you study how and when you want. This means 24-hour libraries and study spaces designed by our students.

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 6.5 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.

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

Final year

Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Sensory Integration 3: Clinical Reasoning And Practice In Sensory Integration: Intervention Credits: 40 Assessment: Coursework

Fees and funding

Home students

Our tuition fee for UK students starting part-time study in 2023/24 is £2,849 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/EU students starting part-time study in 2023/24 is £2,849 for the course.

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Postgraduate student loans

Up to £11,222 available for Home students on most masters courses.

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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, 215.8KB)

Legal information

Any offer of a place to study is subject to your acceptance of the University’s Terms and Conditions and Student Regulations.


How do I reply?

Complete an application form on the Sensory Integration website to apply for this course.

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