University of Brighton Occupational Therapy
Occupational therapists help people to maintain or rebuild their physical and psychological lives, and to use activity to retain their independence.
As an occupational therapist, you will work with a diverse range of people who, for various reasons, are unable to do the things in life that they want or need to do. These might be essential everyday skills such as dressing, eating and cooking, or the aspects of life that help us define who we are such as our jobs, leisure interests and relationships.
This accredited part-time course gives you everything you need to qualify and practice as an occupational therapist. A practical approach to learning means that you will apply your knowledge to solve real-world case scenarios in clinical settings.
You will develop practical skills in our Daily Living Suite. The suite is furnished like a flat with kitchen, bedroom and bathroom facilities. Other specialist rooms are equipped for creative arts and crafts such as pottery.
Based in Eastbourne, you will share facilities and some teaching with students on our other health courses.
This focus on interdisciplinary learning enriches your experience while preparing you for the reality of professional practice. Many students on the course are already working in health and social care, but we also welcome applicants with transferable experience from other backgrounds.
The entry requirements listed here are our typical offer for this course if you wish to begin studying with us in 2017. They should be used as a general guide.
We operate a flexible admissions policy – this means that you could receive a lower conditional offer than the typical offer, informed by our assessment of your complementary non-academic achievements and experiences. For courses that require interview or portfolio review, this may also be considered in the level of any conditional offer that follows if your application is successful.
At least one A-level (or equivalent level 3 qualification), plus relevant work experience in a health, social care or other setting completed within 5 years of the start of the course.
If you have an honours degree in any subject at minimum grade 2:2 (3.00 GPA) awarded within the last 10 years, you can apply for our accelerated Occupational Therapy (Pre-Registration) MSc course. It is ideal for graduates who wish to start a career in this challenging and highly rewarding field.
Two 500-word reports on the role of two different occupational therapy services are required alongside each application. Applicants who work in an occupational
therapy service can use this for one of the reports. The two services should be in different areas, ideally a mental health and physical setting. The reports should be attached to the Personal Statement section on the online application. Events are organised by the School of Health Sciences to assist applicants in writing their reports. Details on these can be found in the Other Requirements and Interview tab above.
Applicants who wish to be seconded by their employer need to complete and return an Employment Information Sheet, available from the School of Health Sciences.
For non-native speakers of English
IELTS 7.0 overall, with no element below 6.5.
Two references. References should not be from personal acquaintances, and you should consider referees who can best support your suitability for an occupational therapy course at undergraduate level.
Please note that complete applications (including the two reports and two written references) need to be received before Friday 7 April 2017.
We strongly advise that applications are submitted well in advance of the deadline.
You will attend classes on campus two days per week, 32 weeks per year. In each year of the course you will also complete at least seven weeks of full-time practice placement.
The innovative curriculum uses a problem-based learning approach, where you will examine real-life scenarios in small groups with a tutor. This type of education has been found to deepen understanding and promote lifelong learning. You will practice a variety of creative skills, for example in arts and crafts, cooking, ceramics, and horticulture.
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