Occupational Therapy
BSc (Hons)

Clinical Placement
Part-time study available
International Students can apply

3 good reasons to study Occupational Therapy at Salford

1.

A Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) approved course facilitating eligibility to register with the HCPC

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Excellent student support and recognised good practice within teaching and learning

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Designed to equip you with the knowledge and skills for the current demands of the workplace

Course Summary

Occupational therapists work with people from a wide range of backgrounds and cultures and across all age groups, helping them to cope with a variety of physical and psychological problems. Occupational therapists work with a person to consider how their physical health, mental health and social environment affect their ability to carry out daily living activities such as personal care, domestic tasks, socialising, leisure and work.

In addition to the Health and Care Professions Council, this course is also accredited by the College of Occupational Therapists and the World Federation of Occupational Therapists.

You will combine academic study with practice placements and develop a variety of professional and personal skills.

Attendance is Monday to Friday for the full-time course and Monday and Thursday for part-time. All practice placements run full-time Monday to Friday.

We're pleased to say that in the Complete University Guide 2017 rankings our Occupational Therapy course has jumped to 1st place in the North West for student satisfaction.

Please note: For applications for entry in September 2017 or later, it is likely there will be changes to the funding of fees and a bursary may no longer be available. Please see the ‘Fees and Funding’ tab for further details.

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Course Details

You will gain an understanding of function and dysfunction in the mind and body and the use of occupation in assessment and treatment of illness. You will also look at the societal and institutional contexts of illness and health, and ethical issues in health care delivery.

This course has five key themes:

  • Person/occupation/environment
  • Therapeutic and professional relationships
  • Occupational therapy process
  • Professional reasoning
  • Behaviour and contexts of practice.

The importance of evidence based practice within occupational therapy practice is emphasised throughout the course.

Course Structure

Year 1

Within this module you will develop a basic understanding of foundation concepts within occupational therapy and prepare for Practice Placement 1 (4 weeks duration).  Models of practice, intervention and assessment skills are introduced within the context of the occupational therapy process.
This module aims to introduce the concept of being a health and social care professional.  You will start to explore factors that influence practitioner and service user interactions and become familiar with issues such as moving and handling, infection control and safeguarding.
You will consider key elements of the basic sciences and their relationship to occupational therapy practice, human function and dysfunction and factors that impact on engagement with occupations across the lifespan.    Factors that affect occupational participation and performance will be explored as will principles of service user engagement and the significance of service user perspectives.
Basic skills of research and evidence based practice will be introduced as will their relevance to occupational therapy practice.
This is a practice placement block of 4 weeks.

Year 2

This module aims to provide an understanding of the importance of occupation for human health and well-being, the complex nature of occupations and to be able to analyse and understand the relationship between occupation, person and environment.  You will develop skills in preparation for practice placement 2 which lasts for 4 weeks and fits within this module.  An  understanding of the Person Environment Occupation model will also be gained.
The aim of this module is to enable you to apply and critically appraise commonly used models of practice.
You will apply elements of the research process to a range of professional scenarios that are relevant to occupational therapists.
Within this module you will recognise, evaluate and apply the core skills of an occupational therapist in practice, develop advanced communication skills, appraise the value of the therapeutic relationship in engaging service users and apply a culture of compassionate care.
This is a practice placement block of 6 weeks.

Year 3

This module aims to support theoretical understanding of occupational therapy concepts, philosophy and core skills in complex and diverse settings.  You will also learn to apply and promote occupational therapy concepts, philosophy and core skills using the evidence base for practice within a placement setting.
This module will facilitate critical application of the research process to a specific topic relevant to occupational therapy practice.
Within this 6 week placement you will work within an organization that does not have an established occupational therapy role and will identify a potential emerging role for occupational therapy.  You will negotiate and where appropriate, apply elements of an occupational therapy service to individuals or groups within the setting.
Critically evaluate Health and Social care Services in the context of current government policy with a focus on the service received by the client within the multidisciplinary team, reflect upon professional development and prepare for employment.

Part-time route

The details of the modules remain the same however the timing of modules is as below:

Year 1

Foundation Principles of Occupational Therapy Practice (incorporates Practice Placement 1 for 4 weeks)

Experiencing Occupation through the Lifespan

Year 2

Introduction to Collaborate Professional Practice

Evidence Based Practice and Research 1

Understanding People as Occupational Beings (incorporates Practice Placement 2 for 6 weeks)

Year 3

Models of Occupational Therapy Practice

Evidence Based Practice and Research 2

Engaging Service Users in Occupational Therapy

Practice Placement 3 for 6 weeks

Year 4

Exploring Contemporary Practice

Practice Placements 4 – Role emerging

Into Employment

Evidence Based Practice and Research 3

Competence in Practice (incorporates Practice Placement 5 for 8 weeks)

Please note that it may not be possible to deliver the full list of options every year as this will depend on factors such as how many students choose a particular option. Exact modules may also vary in order to keep content current. When accepting your offer of a place to study on this programme, you should be aware that not all optional modules will be running each year. Your tutor will be able to advise you as to the available options on or before the start of the programme. Whilst the University tries to ensure that you are able to undertake your preferred options, it cannot guarantee this.

Entry Requirements

Qualification Entry requirements
GCSE Five A-C grades including English Language, Maths and preferably Dual Science or Biology/Physics or Chemistry
GCE A level Three A2s BBB, at least one from the following: Biology/Human biology, psychology, sociology, preferred but are not essential if applicants apply with other subjects refer to admissions tutor.
GCE A level double award 300 points, at least one from the following: Biology/Human Biology, Psychology, Sociology
BTEC National Diploma DDM in Health/Science related subjects
Scottish Highers 300 points, Science preferred
Irish Leaving Certificate 300 points, Science preferred
International Baccalaureate 32 points

Salford Alternative Entry Scheme (SAES)

We welcome applications from students who may not meet the stated entry criteria but who can demonstrate their ability to pursue the course successfully. Once we have received your application we will assess it and recommend it for SAES if you are an eligible candidate.

The University offers two routes for entry under the scheme and applicants will be directed to the one appropriate for their course.  As this course is part of the School of Health Sciences you will only be considered under Entry Route 1.

http://www.salford.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/salford-alternative-entry-scheme/entry-routes

English Language Requirements

International applicants will be required to show a proficiency in English. An IELTS score of 6.5 (with no element below 6.0) is proof of this. If you need to improve your written and spoken English, you might be interested in ourEnglish language courses.

Applicant profile

You should have relevant experience of working with people along with good communication skills and the ability to demonstrate an understanding of occupational therapy as a profession and the impact that illness and disability may have on a person's life. If you submit a satisfactory application you will be invited for interview. You are strongly advised to visit at least two clinical occupational therapy departments before applying in order to be able to demonstrate at application and interview an understanding of occupational therapy and to give examples of occupational therapists working in physical and mental health settings. Volunteering roles in relevant areas would also give a stronger profile for applicants.

The interview follows a values based approach informed by the NHS Constitution and the 6Cs of health care. The process will consist of a number of elements that may include a face to face interview, a group task and a short written task.

Teaching

You will experience a range of teaching methods such as:

  • Keynote lecture
  • Enquiry Based Learning
  • Seminars
  • Tutorials
  • Reading, practical activities
  • Guided study and teaching each other

You will also learn from taking part in practice placements and the contact you will have from clients, carers and other professionals in community and hospital settings.

Contact hours

Full-time: 18 hours per week face to face contact

Part-time: Nine hours per week face to face contact

This is complemented by independent study and research.

Assessment

  • Written exam
  • Written assessments
  • Viva/Oral presentation

You will also be expected to submit a learning agreement after each placement, five in total, which includes reflections on practice and will be assessed by your placement educator.

Employability

As an occupational therapist you will have considerable scope for career development in clinical specialities, management, research and education. Occupational therapists are employed in a range of health and social care settings, in addition to working for employers such as prisons, litigation services, voluntary organisations and private practice.

Career Prospects

Occupational therapists are qualified to work in a range of clinical environments such as paediatrics, older people, acute and 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 and social services, employers include prisons, private hospitals, litigation services, voluntary and charitable organisations and private practice.

Alumni Profile

“The tutors on my course were incredibly passionate about what they do and were always on hand to offer help if I needed it. The mix of ages on my course was great. Being a mature studentI,   was very nervous about studying again and appearing old, but the variety of ages and backgrounds on the course was fantastic and testament to Salford’s open approach to learning. I have now started my first job in the field since graduating, a ten bed male Psychiatric Intensive Care Unit! I'm excited to use all of my new skills and also start studying to be an educator to some new Salford students!”

Sophie McNeill, BSc (Hons) Occupational Therapy, 2015 graduate

Links with Industry

An integral part of your learning will be provided by a series of five supervised placements amounting to over 1,000 hours in health and social care settings. These placements include hospital settings and community services. In addition to this you will have the opportunity to go on an innovative role emerging placement in your third year. These placements involve all students going to new organisations which promote professional development and facilitate innovation. Examples of role emerging placements include schools, charities and private organisations.

Placement Opportunities

Further Study

Fees and Funding

Fees 2016-17

Type of StudyFee
Full-timeIf you are a UK or EU resident, and have home student status, you will have your tuition fees paid for you. You may also qualify for a means-tested bursary (http://www.advice.salford.ac.uk/page/otherfunding ) to help with living expenses
Part-timeIf you are a UK or EU resident, and have home student status, you will have your tuition fees paid for you. You may also qualify for a means-tested bursary (http://www.advice.salford.ac.uk/page/otherfunding ) to help with living expenses
Full-time International£13,300

Students will be expected to pay approximately £30 for health clearance from their GP. Please note, the charge for health clearance is at the discretion of your GP and can range from £0 to £120. In addition, students may incur other expenses during placements. Costs are approximated based on the  current academic year. 

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

Please note: For applications for entry in September 2017 or later, it is likely there will be changes to the funding of fees and a bursary may no longer be available. Please see more information on the proposed changes here, and we will update this page as soon as the changes are confirmed. If you are applying for entry before September 2017, there will be no changes to the funding available.

 

Facilities

Rehabilitation flat

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

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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

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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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