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PgCert Vocational Rehabilitation

Gain the skills and knowledge needed to support people with illness, injury and disabilities to find, remain in or return to work. Your studies are relevant to roles in areas such as occupational health, human resources or disability/rehabilitation services. The course design allows you to combine your studies with the demands of a busy career and lifestyle.

Course description

Examine the social and political obstacles that individuals with illness, injury and disabilities may experience relating to work. You learn about the ways in which these can be overcome and gain the knowledge, skills and strategies needed to support these people in finding, remaining in or returning to work.

This course is particularly useful if you work in employment-related areas, such as • occupational health • occupational therapy • physiotherapy • human resources • employment services • rehabilitation • disability services.

As a student, you benefit from the flexibility that online distance learning offers, studying at a time that is convenient to you and fits in with your career and lifestyle. It also gives you the opportunity to study with people from different professions both from the UK and abroad, learning together and sharing your experiences. You are encouraged to work together, sharing knowledge and skills through guided e-tivities.

The course has been designed so that you can personalise your approach to learning, studying the modules relevant to your particular area of work or interests. It also provides the variety and flexibility to allow you to tailor your learning needs to your own continuing professional development.

Studying on this course enables you to be at the forefront of political changes relating to work and welfare reform. This is a good way to enhance your employability in your chosen area of work and allow you to engage in best practice with your service users.

After completing the postgraduate certificate, you can progress to PgDip and MSc through our Advancing Professional Practice framework.

International and European entry qualifications

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.

Entry requirements

2017 entry requirements

You typically need a degree and relevant work experience with people with disabilities, including human resources, occupational health, rehabilitation and disability services

If you have other qualifications there may be some flexibility in the entry requirements. You may also be able to claim credit points which can reduce the amount of time it takes to complete your qualification at Sheffield Hallam. Find out more

If English is not your first language you need an IELTS score of 6.5 or above.

Course structure

Online distance learning – typically one year

All delivery is online using a range of creative learning resources such as video clips, digital stories, e-lectures, wikis and blogs in a virtual learning environment (VLE).

Starts September

Typical modules may include

Course structure

The postgraduate certificate (PgCert) is achieved by successfully completing 60 credits.

Core module

Fundamentals of vocational rehabilitation (30 credits)

This module is suitable for anyone interested in understanding the meaning of work and its relationship to health. The module content covers the underpinning policies relating to work. It also addresses assessments and intervention techniques used for return to work and job retention. The module is relevant to those both with experience in vocational rehabilitation but wishing to enhance and evidence base their practice, and for those who have never worked in vocational rehabilitation but who are wishing to develop that as an area of expertise. The module focuses health and work in a range of settings with a range of groups and individuals.

You explore the social and political context of work, you have the opportunity to learn about a variety of assessments used with people who have physical, psychological and cognitive difficulties. You have the opportunity to analyse job roles and plan interventions relating to both job retention and return to work.

Learning takes place alongside other students using online collaborative resources that allow you to work together as a group. As well as watching presentations (e-lectures) you undertake regular 'e-tivities' many of which are as part of a smaller group.

Optional modules (30 credits from)

Ergonomics and human factors at work (30 credits)

This module is suitable for anyone interested in improving worker wellbeing. Ergonomics is about getting the best fit between the individual and everything around them. This module takes this principle and applies it in the work environment. You examine the physical aspects as well as the human factors within the workplace. You also consider the wider organisational context and how relationships at work can impact on health and wellbeing. This can benefit people you work with as well as yourself as a worker .By completing the module you understand how a number of different factors can affect the relationship between a person and their work. These include the physical and social environment as well as individual abilities and requirements. You are able to recognise risk factors within the work environment and make suitable recommendations to improve these risks.

Occupational approaches to health and wellbeing (15 credits)

This module explores the concept using meaningful activity in relation to promoting good health and well-being. During the module you develop an understanding of how periods of transition can impact on the health and well-being of individuals and explore possible preventative approaches to help redress these.

The principles can be applied to anyone experiencing change in their lives, for example, retirement, motherhood, bereavement, worklessness, as well as wider areas of health promotion.

Work-based learning project (15 or 30 credits)

This module is about making links between your learning and the strategic needs of the organisation by focusing on a negotiated activity or project agreed with the employer, learner and university. It has been created to enable you to work on issues which have specific relevance to you and to your organisation. The work-based learning module is designed to enable you to customise the learning outcomes in order to fulfil personal learning objectives and organisational goals. This means the work and assessment in this module link directly to your professional practice, developments within your practice area and your personal professional review.

Personalised study module (15 or 30 credits)

This module aims to provide you with the opportunity to plan and carry out a personally chosen study into an area of personal or professional development. Each personalised study module is unique given that a key feature of this learning package is that the aims, learning objectives and content are negotiated by students with the module leader and articulated on the personalised study proposal form.

Understanding and applying cognitive and perceptual processing (15 credits)

This module explores the underpinning neuroanatomy relating to cognition and perception to facilitate an understanding of why an individual might be presenting with a particular difficulty. Models and approaches to the assessment and treatment of cognition and perception are analysed and applied across the lifespan, taking into account the functional impact on work, leisure and self-care.

Further information is available on our continuing professional development webpages.

Optional modules (30 credits)

Ergonomics and human factors at work (30 credits)

This module is suitable for anyone interested in improving worker wellbeing. Ergonomics is about getting the best fit between the individual and everything around them. This module takes this principle and applies it in the work environment. You examine the physical aspects as well as the human factors within the workplace. You also consider the wider organisational context and how relationships at work can impact on health and wellbeing. This can benefit people you work with as well as yourself as a worker .By completing the module you understand how a number of different factors can affect the relationship between a person and their work. These include the physical and social environment as well as individual abilities and requirements. You are able to recognise risk factors within the work environment and make suitable recommendations to improve these risks.

Health Promotion and Lifestyle Management (15 credits)

This module explores the concept using meaningful activity in relation to promoting good health and well-being. During the module you develop an understanding of how periods of transition can impact on the health and well-being of individuals and explore possible preventative approaches to help redress these.

The principles can be applied to anyone experiencing change in their lives, for example, retirement, motherhood, bereavement, worklessness, as well as wider areas of health promotion.

Work-based learning project for service development (15 or 30 credits)

This module is about making links between your learning and the strategic needs of the organisation by focusing on a negotiated activity or project agreed with the employer, learner and university. It has been created to enable you to work on issues which have specific relevance to you and to your organisation. The work-based learning module is designed to enable you to customise the learning outcomes in order to fulfil personal learning objectives and organisational goals. This means the work and assessment in this module link directly to your professional practice, developments within your practice area and your personal professional review.

Personalised study module (15 or 30 credits)

This module aims to provide you with the opportunity to plan and carry out a personally chosen study into an area of personal or professional development. Each personalised study module is unique given that a key feature of this learning package is that the aims, learning objectives and content are negotiated by students with the module leader and articulated on the personalised study proposal form.

Understanding and applying cognitive and perceptual processing (15 credits)

This module explores the underpinning neuroanatomy relating to cognition and perception to facilitate an understanding of why an individual might be presenting with a particular difficulty. Models and approaches to the assessment and treatment of cognition and perception are analysed and applied across the lifespan, taking into account the functional impact on work, leisure and self-care.

Further information is available on our continuing professional development webpages.

Assessment Assessment methods include
  • written assignments
  • reports
  • development of practical resources
  • case studies
  • personal reflections.

Employability

Your studies are designed to enhance your current practice if you work in vocational rehabilitation. If you are not currently working in this area, the knowledge gained may help you change direction and begin a career in vocational rehabilitation.

Fees

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Please note tuition fees may increase in each subsequent academic year of your course, subject to government regulations on fee increases and in line with inflation. More information can be found in the ‘Tuition Fee Increases’ section of our Fees Regulations (PDF, 2.10 MB)

2016/17 academic year

Typically £2,100 for the course

Postgraduate loans of up to £10,000 are available across the majority of subject areas.

2017/18 academic year

Typically £6,400 for the MSc, 15 credits £535 or 30 credits £1,070

International student

2016/17 academic year

Typically
• £640 per 15 credit module
• £1,275 per 30 credit module

2017/18 academic year

Typically
•£665 a 15 credit module
•£1,325 a 30 credit module

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 information

How to apply

Complete the application form available at www.shu.ac.uk/study/form

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

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