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MSc Occupational Therapy (pre-registration)

Course Description

This is an innovative course and the first of its kind in the UK. You learn about occupational therapy while on placement in the workplace, supported by one or two days a week of academic learning delivered at Sheffield Hallam University. Successfully completing this course makes you eligible to apply for registration with the UK Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). Registering with the HCPC enables you to work as an occupational therapist anywhere in the UK.

You learn from a highly respected team who will lead your learning in the core theories and principles of occupational therapy.

You take four periods of practice in occupational therapy health and social care settings and study nine academic modules. Modules you study include:
-Introduction to professional practice.
-Foundations for occupation based practice.
-Leadership and management in occupational therapy.
-Occupational therapy project (practice-based research dissertation).

Your academic modules guide you in developing relevant knowledge and theory that underpins occupational therapy practice, and are assessed through coursework. Throughout the taught modules we use your placement experiences in group discussions to relate theory to practice and enhance critical thinking skills.

You also spend a significant amount of your time in practice-based learning. In the first year, after a six week full-time induction period, you are placed in two different occupational therapy practice placements, each for 13 weeks from February to May and from September to November. You are on placement in these services from Monday to Wednesday, attend the university on Thursdays and normally have some personal study time on Fridays. Your practice in the service is assessed to meet professional requirements.

In the second year, you are on placement part-time for 12 weeks from February to May in a service where they may be no direct occupational therapy involvement but where there is potential for occupational therapy. This may be in the voluntary, independent or private sector. Again your academic study features alongside your practice-based learning. The remainder of the academic year is spent in full-time study and research and you usually attend university for one or two days a week.

Finally you complete a ten-week full-time placement in the early part of your third year as you finish the course. The course team are aware of the commitment that international students make to enable them to study away from their home country and the course is designed to allow sufficient time to have a break to travel.

For more information, see the website: https://www.shu.ac.uk/study-here/find-a-course/msc-occupational-therapy-preregistration

Professional recognition

This course is accredited by the British Association of Occupational Therapists and College of Occupational Therapists.
Graduates can apply for registration with the UK Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). You must be registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) in order to practise as an occupational therapist.

You can also apply to become full members of the British Association of Occupational Therapists and College of Occupational Therapists.

Course structure

Full time for 28 months. Starts January.

Course structure
The masters award is achieved by successfully completing 180 credits.

Core modules
-Introduction to professional practice (15 credits)
-Foundations for occupation based practice (15 credits)
-Research for occupational therapy practice (15 credits)
-Assessing occupational performance (15 credits)
-Enabling occupational performance (15 credits)

Assessment: we assess your practice learning to meet professional requirements and your academic modules through coursework. There are no formal examinations.

Other admission requirements

*GCSE maths and English equivalent
-Equivalency test from http://www.equivalencytesting.co.uk

You must demonstrate an understanding of occupational therapy, have good communication skills, leadership qualities and an interest in working with people regardless of age, ethnicity or disability. Skills in using technology are also important.

You must include two references normally one academic and one from another source which is not family.

If you have a health or social care professional qualification at diploma level we expect you to demonstrate recent continuing professional development, and provide some evidence of academic activity to show your ability to work at masters level. You may need to submit a short essay so that we can assess academic potential.

International and European Union entry qualifications
If you are an international or EU student, please visit our international qualifications web page to see the country specific academic qualifications we accept.

If English is not your first language you will need an IELTS score of 7.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in all skills, or a recognised equivalent. If your level of English language is currently below IELTS 7.0 we recommend you consider an appropriate Sheffield Hallam University Pre-sessional English course which will enable you to achieve the required level of English. Please note that the Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC) require IELTS 7.0 with no element below 6.5 for registration.

Applications for January 2017 entry will close on 30 April 2016.

The selection event
If you are shortlisted, we will invite you to a selection event, and you should bring a passport or photo driving license with you. You can bring other forms of photo ID for the selection event, but if you do, you will still need to present valid identity documents required by the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) at your pre-course day.

You will be notified within one month of 30 April 2016 if you have been invited to a selection event. The events are scheduled to take place on 6, 9, 13 and 27 June 2016.

View our selection event guidance to ensure you understand the selection process: http://www.shu.ac.uk/selection-event/304

Visit the MSc Occupational Therapy (pre-registration) page on the Sheffield Hallam University website for more details!

Entry Requirements

You must normally have: a GCSE pass at grade C or above in English and mathematics or equivalent*; some experience of research or knowledge of research methods; previous experience in a managerial, supervisory or leadership capacity or be able to demonstrate comparable personal qualities. Plus at least one of the following: an honours degree with a 2:1 or above in a related subject for example psychology, sociology, biology, health sciences and humanities; a professional qualification at degree level such as teaching, nursing, social work or an allied health profession. See course description for further admission details.

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