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Year of Entry 2020/21

Sensory Integration

Distance learning Occupational therapy

Develop advanced knowledge and skills in sensory integration, and become an agent of change within your own workplace.

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What is the fee? Home/EU: £3,599 for the course
International: £3,599 for the course
How long will I study? 3 Years
When do I start? January 2021
April 2021

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Course summary

  • Develop a solid knowledge of sensory integration
  • Understand the experience of sensory processing and integration difficulties, exploring how services can effectively support people.  
  • Advance your understanding of current Ayres Sensory Integration® practice, it’s application and evidence base
  • Gain the confidence to practice as an advanced sensory integration practitioner 

This course is available to Occupational Therapists, Physiotherapists and Speech and Language Therapists who have completed a Postgraduate Certificate in Sensory Integration.

How you learn

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

You will have your own Module e-Mentor who will support your individual learning needs, plus an online study group offering peer learning support. All modules ensure that the perspective of the person and their family (the service user) is at the heart of the learning.

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 diploma includes 60 clinical hours across 3 modules. The clinical hours can be completed within your own workplace or you can arrange to complete them in a different suitable environment. 

You are also supported by mentoring sessions, facilitated by a mentor of your choosing from the SIE-Register of Clinical Mentors. In these sessions you will develop both your clinical reasoning and intervention skills.

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 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

Year 2

Compulsory modules
Module Credits
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
Module: Sensory Integration 4: Advanced Practice Credits: 30

Fees and funding

Home/EU students

Our tuition fee for UK/EU students starting full-time study in 2020/21 is £3,599 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 £3,599 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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How do I apply?

You apply for this course via our online application form.

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