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Occupational Therapy (pre-registration)


School - School of Health and Society

Subject area - Radiography and Occupational Therapy

Start Date(s): September


Two years

Fees 2018-19:

2019-20 fees will be displayed shortly.

Full-time - £9,000 Home/EU

In Brief:

  • Accelerated pre-registration programme to prepare you to enter the workplace
  • Gain an academic  qualification and eligibility to apply for licence to practice with the HCPC
  • Clinical placement opportunity
  • International students can apply

Course Summary

This accelerated programme will provide you with a master's level academic qualification together with eligibility to apply for licence to practice which is a pre-requisite for registration to the Health and Care Professions Council. 

This programme offers you the opportunity to become occupational therapy practitioners at the forefront of occupational therapy. This will be achieved by developing a systematic understanding of knowledge and a critical awareness of current challenges and developments in the field of occupational therapy.

Course Details

Over the two years, you will engage with four modules and four practice placements as detailed below.

The four modules studied on this course are: 

Theory and Practice 

- To enable you to recognise, apply and critically evaluate the core knowledge, skills and values of an occupational therapist.

- To understand the need to respect and uphold, the rights, dignity, values, and autonomy of service users

- To enable you to engage in a variety of placement experiences in order to apply and develop learning and expertise

People as Occupational Beings

- To enable you to gain a critical knowledge of basic sciences and their relevance to human occupation.

- To enable you to gain a critical knowledge of occupations and occupational performance across the lifespan.

- To provide you with the opportunity to volunteer in a relevant service

Theory and Practice 2

- To identify current issues relevant to occupational therapy and critically evaluate their accommodation/implementation in practice.

- To explore the theoretical relationship between occupation, health and wellbeing within the context of models of practice and evaluate the application of the models.

- To demonstrate the ability to apply and evaluate a range of evidenced based occupational therapy strategies.

Ready for Practice 

- To apply the philosophy, core values and skills of occupational therapy to service development, delivery and practice.

- To learn from and with other learners from relevant professions

- To reflect on personal and professional development and prepare for employment

Entry Requirements

An Honours Degree 2:2 or above in any subject area. Normally we would expect this to have been completed in the last five years, but relevant work-related CPD or other study could be considered (with evidence).

English Language Requirements

International applicants will be required to show a proficiency in English. An IELTS score of 6.0 (no element below 5.5) is proof of this.

Suitable For

People with a first degree in any subject looking for an accelerated course to prepare them to work as an occupational therapist.

Fees 2019-20

Fees for entry in 2019 will be displayed shortly.

Fees 2018-19

Type of StudyFee
Full-time£9,000 Home/EU
Full-time International£16,500

Additional costs

You should also consider further costs which may include books, stationery, printing, binding and general subsistence on trips and visits.

Scholarships and Bursaries

From 1 August 2018, new pre-registration postgraduate nursing, midwifery and allied health students will have access to the same student loans system as other students. This applies to new students on pre-registration courses (those which lead to registration with one of the health professional regulators), including this MSc Occupational Therapy (Pre-Registration). 

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The content of the programme is delivered by academic staff, practitioner colleagues and service users. A wide range of teaching methods which match the requirements of the subject matter and different learning styles are utilised. 
A mixture of the following will be used as relevant throughout the modules.
  • Lectures
  • Tutorials
  • Simulation experiences including working on real world problems and engagement in a volunteering role.
  • Workshops
  • Groupwork
  • Seminars
  • Placement experience
  • Individual Scholarly Activity -self directed learning, personal reflection,
  • On line Learning Resources -delivery of supporting resources such as study guides, lectures and tutorials through technologies such as the virtual classroom, podcasts, blogs, wikis, suggested reading, links to web based reading or activities and on line learning forums. 

This programme uses a cognitive pedagogy which emphasises conceptual development through integration and co-creation of ideas, opportunities for reflection and for ownership of a given task. This approach provides interactive environments and appropriate challenges, encourages experimentation and the discovery of broad principles and frames learning outcomes in meta-cognitive terms to encourage the development of autonomy. You will have an identified MSc Tutor who will work with you and your peers to develop these skills and attributes.


Assessment focuses on conceptual understanding (applied knowledge and skills), processes as well as outcomes, crediting varieties of excellence and the development of self- and peer-evaluation skills. The following assessment methods are utilised to collect evidence of academic and professional suitability:-
  • Essays
  • Practical Report
  • Case Study
  • Critique
  • Practice experience Assessment: Learning Agreements
  • Research Proposal
  • Presentations


Career Prospects

Through the programme you will develop a sound level of competence in occupational therapy required to meet professional standards and the UK Health and Care Professions Council Standards of Proficiency for Occupational Therapists.

You will be eligible to apply for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council to obtain a protected title and license to practice as an occupational therapist in the UK.

You will be able to work in a range of practice environments such as paediatrics, older people’s care, long-term mental health settings and learning disability services. Alternatively you may develop your career into medico-legal work, management, education and research. In addition to the NHS services, employers may include prisons, private hospitals, litigation services, voluntary organisations and private and/or independent practice.

Further Study

As a qualified occupational therapist, the University is committed in supporting your continuing professional development and offers a range of short courses and study days throughout the year to keep you at the forefront of new developments within the profession.

You may also wish to pursue further academic study through a research degree on completion of this course.



Our purpose built rehabilitation flat provides the opportunity to test occupational therapy skills within a secure environment.

The flat has a bathroom, kitchen and bedroom with a range of equipment and daily living aids such as:

  • Specialist knives and adapted cutlery
  • Utensil holders and openers
  • Non-slip mats and reachers
  • A variety of dressing aids
  • Bath lift and grab rail

The flat is used to demonstrate equipment and the way in which an occupational therapist may assist a client to learn a new way to perform an activity and maintain their independence. You will also have access to the occupational therapy resource room, equipment relating to ADL, splinting and personal care, and use of community resources for experiential learning.



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