Year 1 modules provide you with a foundation in the knowledge, skills, values and attitudes of occupational therapy and the relevant biological and behavioural sciences. You will undertake an interprofessional module. You will spend time in our skills laboratories as teaching through experience to integrate the theory and practice of occupational therapy is also a key part of the course. The placements you undertake at the end of the academic year will provide you with practical experience of the work of an occupational therapist.
In Years 2 and 3 you will take further occupational therapy modules, developing skills and knowledge in specific practice areas. Emphasis is placed on integrating theory with practice and on developing the skills to think like an occupational therapist. There is a module to gain an understanding of undertaking research. Further study with students from other professional fields will help you prepare for multidisciplinary teamwork and develop self-management and organisational skills. Two placement opportunities in different practice areas will refine your practical and professional skills.
Study modules As courses are reviewed regularly the module list you choose from may vary from that shown here.
Therapeutic Use of Self - Compulsory module
This module will enable you to develop the skills necessary to build and maintain a therapeutic alliance with clients. You will have the opportunity to develop critical self-awareness skills fostering your ability to be an empathetic and compassionate listener, as well as the opportunity to develop specialist therapeutic communication skills to work with people who have additional communication difficulties and/or behavioural challenges.
Foundations of Occupational Therapy Practice - Compulsory module
This module introduces you to a range of Occupational Therapy models including Canadian Model of Occupational Performance and Engagement (CMOPE), Model of Human Occupation (MOHO) and theories from psychology and sociology to develop an understanding of the occupational paradigm and an understanding of occupational performance, participation and engagement across the lifespan.
Human Performance and Function in Occupational Therapy - Compulsory module
This module promotes the development of knowledge about the functioning of the body and body systems in health. You will have the opportunity to consider how changes to individuals’ health and well-being influence their occupational participation. The module will provide you with clinical lab based time to develop the skills fundamental for professional practice at Stage 1 level, applying the anatomical and physiological parameters of human performance and function in the exploration of occupational disruption caused by disease processes of the body.
Skills for Health Informatics - Compulsory module
This module introduces key principles and skills for selecting, collating and managing digital information in both the delivery of health care and the contemporary management of health conditions. It will provide opportunities to work alongside other health and social care students, developing the essential digital skills required to effectively practice in an evidenced based health environment. This module is designed to be shared with other health and social care students, thus enabling the students to develop collaborative strategies essential for health care delivery.
Professional Development 1a - Compulsory module
This professional development module provides you with the essential pre-requisites to enable you to gain 'fitness to practise' authorisation. This is prior to the practice module Professional Development 1b. You will participate in statutory and mandatory training requirements of the National Health and Social Care Services. Your learning will be recorded and submitted as part of the professional portfolio in order to meet the 'fitness to practise' requirements for practice placement. This will provide a basis for the continuing professional development requirements of the Royal College of Occupational Therapists and the Health and Care Professions Council.
Professional Development 1b - (6 weeks' placement in practice) Compulsory module
This professional development module enables you to begin to develop and apply the professional values, skills and knowledge in a practice context. You will observe, reflect and participate in occupational therapy practice with supervision, as appropriate to the setting and your level of abilities. The placement experience provides opportunities for you to recognise key occupational therapy concepts and be able to describe their application in the placement setting. You will show professional suitability in particular through your communication skills with service users and team members.
Occupational Therapy for Participation across the Lifespan - Compulsory module
This module will enable you to develop skills in planning occupational therapy intervention for individuals with a wide range of needs throughout the lifespan, informed by occupational therapy theory and current best practice guidance. This module runs alongside the Occupational Disruption module which focuses on conditions, life events and assessment relevant to occupational therapy practice. This module builds upon Level 4 academic modules within the occupational therapy programme and your experience gained on Professional Development 1b.
Occupational Disruption - Compulsory module
This module will develop your understanding of concepts of occupational disruption, transition and adaptation across the life span. You will explore the presentation of a range of health conditions and use your theoretical and conceptual knowledge to analyse the impact on occupational performance and participation using a variety of occupational therapy assessment approaches. You will be offered opportunities to analyse and understand how life events affect occupational performance and well-being. This module builds upon Level 4 academic modules within the occupational therapy programme and your experience gained on Professional Development 1b.
Collaborative Practice in Health Care - Compulsory module
This module aims to give students the opportunity to engage in a series of enquiry based learning activities focussed on practice based scenarios designed to simulate interdisciplinary practice experiences. The students will work alongside other health and social care colleagues, such as Physiotherapists. This module aims to develop the necessary skills and values for health and social care practitioners to work in collaboration to ensure seamless client focused delivery in practice. Students’ ability to use patient-centred clinical reasoning and multi-disciplinary care planning approaches will be developed.
Professional Development 2a - Compulsory module
This professional development module provides you with the essential prerequisites to gain 'fitness to practise' authorisation. This is prior to the practice module Professional Development 1b. You will participate in statutory and mandatory training requirements of the National Health and Social Care Services. Your learning will be recorded and submitted as part of the professional portfolio to meet the 'fitness to practise' requirements for practice placement. This will be built upon from Professional Development 1a and will contribute to the professional development requirements of the Royal College of Occupational Therapists and the Health and Care Professions Council.
Professional Development 2b - Compulsory module
This extended practice module (10 weeks) is set at an advanced level, building on Professional Development 1b (6 weeks). This placement module involves managing a small caseload and undertaking identified responsibilities (as appropriate). You are supported through the transition from guided to more self-directed practice, self-evaluation and setting of your own development goals. The practice placement will provide a different setting/client group or age range from Professional Development 1b, and will retain an emphasis on person centred multidisciplinary teamwork to promote effective collaborative working.
Research Methods and Analysis - Compulsory module
This module will teach you the research process, the associated research methods, data analysis and the ethical considerations associated with health and social care research. The module focuses on the techniques and skills for data collection and analysis in quantitative and qualitative research designs. It provides you with more advanced skills to critique research and determine its usefulness for evidence based practice. It is the pre-requisite research methods module for the honours degree dissertation.
Professional Development 3 - Compulsory module
This professional development module is the final period of supervised practice and builds on previous Professional Development modules. This sustained period of professional development (13 weeks) provides you with an opportunity to contribute to the planning, implementation and evaluation of a service and to critically appraise your own performance. The module allows you to demonstrate the ability to take on appropriate levels of responsibility relevant to the practice context and to work effectively with other colleagues, teams and organisations. This final practice module serves as a transition into autonomous professional practice, requiring you to demonstrate leadership skills and creative entrepreneurial abilities as well as an active commitment to lifelong learning.
Advancing Occupational Therapy - Compulsory module
This module will build on your capacity to use your acquired knowledge in an applied manner to enhance your therapeutic reasoning skills. You will expand, consolidate and evaluate this knowledge and integrate evidence-based information for professional practice in different contexts. The module will focus on transitions to graduate professional practice, enabling you to apply advanced skills in therapeutic reasoning in new, diverse and complex settings. To help launch you into your new professional career the module will offer opportunities to explore current drivers for practice (policy, law, ethics, and professional regulations – HCPC, RCOT, and continuing professional development requirements) and to investigate potential future trends, directions and theory development. You will have opportunities to prepare for graduate occupational therapy practice and to respond to the ever changing and diverse needs of the population.
Contexts of Occupational Therapy practice - Compulsory module
In this module you will reflect on your acquired professional skills and consolidate your practice education experiences. You will develop and build on a range of occupational therapy practice skills through participation in specialist workshops focusing on a wide variety of clinical areas. The module will provide you with current health and social care strategies to deliver relevant evidence-based practice in the workplace. Workshops are led by lecturers and clinicians with expertise in specialist areas of practice; with additional input from service users, carers and other professionals.
Occupational Therapy Dissertation / Project (Evidence Based) - Compulsory module
This module is focused around evidence-based practice. It enables you to autonomously investigate a topic of particular interest, to critically appraise and synthesise a body of knowledge and identify a gap or substantive problem in that knowledge/ practice arena and draw up a research proposal or project specification designed to investigate the issues. You are given the opportunity to:
- develop a deeper acquaintance and understanding of a particular area of interest building on previous learning within the programme
- acquire expertise in investigating a substantive problem from a research or evidence based perspective
- develop autonomous investigative and project management skills.
Leadership and Management in Healthcare - Compulsory module
This module aims to provide students with the skills, knowledge and strategies to promote and develop effective leadership qualities to work in partnership within diverse teams/agencies across professional and organisational boundaries. This module will develop critical insight and evaluation of individual professional development needs as a preparation for continuing professional development and future employment opportunities, both national and international. This module facilitates interdisciplinary working by involving teaching and learning activities with peers from a variety of health and social care programmes.
Practice placements occur each year and form an integral part of your course. You will complete three placements, each consisting of supervised workplace learning in a selected health or social care setting, which may be located in a hospital or in the community. You will become increasingly involved in the treatment of clients of different ages and with a diversity of needs.
We offer a range of support mechanisms, both within the University and in the placement area, to support you through your programme of study. While on placement, you will be supported by a named member of staff known as a practice educator.
We have a dedicated Practice Education Unit that provides administrative and academic support for placement learning/practice education for all pre-qualifying courses.
Free language courses for students - the Open Module
Free language courses are available to full-time undergraduate and postgraduate students on many of our courses, and can be taken as a credit on some courses.
Please note that the free language courses are not available if you are:
- studying at a Brookes partner college
- studying on any of our teacher education courses or postgraduate education courses.
This is a full time course and the pattern of attendance and self-directed study will vary across the 3 years. The majority of teaching and assessment activities take place between Mondays and Fridays, 9am to 5pm. There may be occasions when such activities may fall outside of these hours. We aim to allow you time on Wednesday afternoons to participate in wider university activities.
Attendance is full-time (37-hour week) for all practice placements.
Shoes suitable for skills lab/practice - approximately £50
Hire of bones for study (optional) £10
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