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Postgraduate Course

Occupational Therapy (Pre-Registration) MSc

Help people to do the things they want and need to in their daily lives, with our accredited Occupational Therapy MSc.

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Occupational therapists support people to lead fulfilling lives. On this course you will learn how to work with people of all ages with physical, mental health and social difficulties. You will graduate ready to respond to the complex changes in health, social care and education, and able to seek opportunities for the future development of the profession.

Accredited by the Royal College of Occupational Therapists (RCOT)

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York campus

  • Duration – 2 years full time
  • Start date – January 2023
  • School – School of Science, Technology and Health

Minimum Entry Requirements

    2:1 honours degree in a related subject

    Interview You will need to attend an interview for this course

Tuition Fees

    UK 2022-23 £9,250 full time

    International 2022-23 £18,400 full time

Discover why York St John University is The One

Course overview

This 2 year accelerated course will prepare you for a career as an occupational therapist. Our use of problem-based learning will support you to become an autonomous learner, global in your outlook, socially responsible and self aware. Upon completion you can seek professional registration. Both the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and the Royal College of Occupational Therapists (RCOT) accredit this course.

As part of the course, you will:

  • Undertake at least 1000 hours of varied clinical practice. These could include health, social care, education or third sector placements. A registered occupational therapist will supervise all clinical practice.
  • Consider the complex relationships between occupation, health and wellbeing. You will learn to critique the application of occupational therapy practice models and occupational science.
  • Develop the ability to carry out occupational therapy assessments and interventions. In doing so, you will enable people with a range of difficulties to fully engage in their everyday life.

The Department of Health and Social Care in England has recently announced that all NHS staff will need to be vaccinated against Covid-19 if they wish to be deployed in roles that involve face to face contact with service users. These rules will come into effect, subject to Parliamentary approval, on 1 April 2022. At present, this requirement only applies to England and not to Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales. Students who are over the age of 18 and not clinically exempt from the Covid-19 vaccination are included in this announcement and should therefore obtain the COVID-19 vaccination.

Course structure

How you will study

You must study this postgraduate course full time.

The course will take 2 years to complete.

In your first year you will study:

  • 6 compulsory taught modules
  • 2 clinical placements

You can find out which modules are available in each term in the Course Specifications.

Modules

Credits: 10

Compulsory module

On this module you will study key concepts, theories and skills that underpin an occupational perspective of humans and health. You will explore occupation, participation, health and wellbeing. You will also come to understand yourself as an "occupational being" and consider methods of understanding human experiences of occupation.

Credits: 20

Compulsory module

This module will introduce you to the theoretical and philosophical foundations of occupational therapy and the clinical processes used in practice.

Credits: 20

Compulsory module

This module will run over your two years of study and will help you to develop an appreciation of the importance of life long learning. You will develop your abilities to be reflective practitioner with leadership skills.

You will develop a portfolio of evidence outlining your development and how you meet the professional standards.

Pass/fail

Compulsory module

This is your first 5 week placement working with a qualified occupational therapist in a practice setting. They will supervise and guide you in actively providing an occupational therapeutic service to clients, developing your professional team working skills.

Pass/fail

Compulsory module

During this second 7 week, practice-based module, you have the opportunity to practically apply the knowledge learned in the university based modules. You can further develop your occupational therapy practice and skills from your first placement.

Credits: 40

Compulsory module

On this module you will develop a critical approach to the application of evidence and theory in a range of professional practice contexts. You will learn to critique a range of practical skills required for practice.

Year 2

In your first year you will study:

  • 5 compulsory taught modules
  • 2 clinical placements

You can find out which modules are available in each term in the Course Specifications.

 

Modules

Credits: 20

Compulsory module

You will gain an occupational perspective on participation with various groups and communities. You will analyse current drivers and contextual influences on contemporary practice in a changing health and social care environment. You will also learn to demonstrate the potential for occupational therapy with groups and communities on a local, national and international scale.

Pass/fail

Compulsory module

This is an 8 weeks module in a contemporary setting. This might be:

  • A new area for occupational therapy
  • A management or leadership role
  • A setting where there currently is no occupational therapy where you can identify the potential for future provision

You will be supervised by a qualified occupational therapist. Your objective is to plan and devise an appropriate product, which could be a single intervention, occupational assessment tool or a proposal for service development.

Your placement will be 1 day a week for the first 5 weeks, then 5 days a week for the remaining 5 weeks.

Credits: 40

Compulsory module

During this module, you will recognize the need for evidence-based practice, learn to undertake critical appraisal of evidence and become critical consumers and producers of research. In the first half of the module you will produce a research proposal which you will undertake in the second half.

Credits: 30

Compulsory module

In this module you will critically investigate how contemporary drivers, policy and legislation influence the provision of health, social care, and education. You will explore leadership and change management in the development of services.

Pass/fail

Compulsory module

This is your final, pre-graduation practice module, where you will work with professionals, clients and carers while carrying your own caseload. Your objective is to demonstrate that you can successfully apply the skills and knowledge learned throughout the course in a practice setting. You will show that you meet the required threshold to enter into an occupational therapy setting at a professional level.

Teaching and assessment

Teaching and learning

Your contact time will usually be 12-18 hours per week, between 9:00am and 8:00pm, Monday to Friday. This course will be delivered using problem-based learning (PBL), a philosophy and overarching approach to learning and teaching.

There will usually be a new problem to solve every 2 weeks. At the start and end of this period, you will take part in PBL tutorials. Your days will be a combination of 2 of the following:

  • Independent study
  • PBL tutorials
  • Options and skills sessions
  • Fixed resource sessions

Problem based learning sessions enable teaching staff to give continuous feedback related to your performance, execution of tasks and quality of the work produced.

Our teaching draws on both our research and professional experience. This means your learning is informed by the most current thinking in the subject area. You can find out more about our research and backgrounds by visiting our staff pages.

Assessment

You will undertake at least 1000 hours of clinical practice in a variety of areas. These could include health, social care, education or third sector. A registered occupational therapist will supervise all clinical practice.

Assessment types vary from module to module. Some of your assessments might include:

  • Portfolios
  • Presentations
  • Oral exams
  • Research or service evaluation proposals
  • Research articles
  • Service evaluation reports

There will also be other assessments that do not count towards your final grade but are an important part of developing your work. For each assessment you will have the chance to talk to a tutor about your work before submission. Each assessment will be marked and returned with feedback so you can improve your academic writing.

Entry requirements

Qualifications

Minimum Entry Requirements

    2:1 honours degree in a related subject

    Interview You will need to attend an interview for this course

If your degree is in an unrelated subject, but you can provide evidence of relevant professional experience, your application may still be considered. Subjects may include Human Biology, Behavioural Science, Sports Science or other health-related degree. You must have completed the foundation sciences including human anatomy and physiology or psychology.

If you have previously been enrolled in an Occupational Therapy Pre-registration degree or any other health professional education course you must submit a self declaration confirming that there are no previous fitness to practice concerns. This is a requirement of the Royal College of Occupational Therapists.

Additional Requirements

Admission to the course is dependent upon the following selection processes and criteria:

  • Satisfactory DBS
  • Medical report
  • Declaration of any convictions, cautions or allegations
  • Insight into the occupational therapy profession
  • Evidence of study within the last 3 years

 

International students

If you are an international student you will need to show that your qualifications match our entry requirements.

Information about international qualifications and entry requirements can be found on our International pages.

If English is not your first language you will need to show that you have English Language competence at IELTS level 6.0 (with no skill below 5.5) or equivalent.

International entry requirements

Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL)

If you can't meet these minimum requirements it may be possible to take into account evidence of Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL) as an alternative method of meeting the programme’s entry requirements. In such a case, appropriate references and records of employment might be presented to support the applicant’s case for admission.

Terms and conditions

Our terms and conditions, policies and procedures contain important information about studying at York St John University. You can read them on our Admissions page.

 

Fees and Funding

UK 2022 - 2023 entry

The tuition fee for 2022 entry to this postgraduate course is £9,250 for full time study.

This cost applies to all UK, Jersey, Guernsey and Isle of Man students.

Funding your studies

If you live in England, you can use the same student loans system as undergraduate students to pay for this course.

When applying for funding, you will need to:

  • Apply as an undergraduate student
  • Find your course by searching MSc Occupational Therapy (Pre-Reg), SLC code 629360 when making your finance application.

If you live in Wales or Scotland, you will need to apply for a Postgraduate Master's Loan.

When applying for this type of funding you will need to:

  • Apply as a postgraduate student
  • Find your course by searching MSc Occupational Therapy (Pre-Reg), SLC code 629360 when making your finance application.

You can find out more about this loan and how to apply by following the link below to our funding opportunities page.

Funding opportunities

Tuition Fees

    UK 2022-23 £9,250 full time

    International 2022-23 £18,400 full time

NHS Learning Support Fund

If you apply for this course, you might be eligible for additional financial support from the NHS. Visit their website to find out more about eligibility criteria and what you can receive.

Learning Support Fund

International 2022 - 2023 entry

The tuition fee for 2022 entry to this postgraduate course is £18,400 for full time study.

This price applies to all students living outside the UK.

Due to immigration laws, if you are an international student on a student visa, you must study full time. For more information about visa requirements and short-term study visas, please visit the International Visa and Immigration pages.

Find out more about funding your postgraduate studies.

International Fees and Funding

Additional costs and financial support

Course-related costs

While studying for your degree, there may be additional costs related to your course. This may include purchasing personal equipment and stationery, books and optional field trips.

Accommodation and living costs

View our accommodation pages for detailed information on accommodation and living costs.

Career outcomes

Where could Occupational Therapy take you?

Successful graduates holding our Occupational Therapy (pre-registration) MSc qualification are entitled to apply for registration to practice and become practicing Occupational Therapists. This clinical skills developed on this course will give you an advantage in the health and social care industry. As a working professional, you may wish to further your development and become an advanced practitioner, specialising in a specific field of therapy.

Stand out from the crowd with postgraduate study.

Far fewer people have postgraduate degrees than undergraduate qualifications. This gives you something extra to set yourself apart in a competitive graduate job market. Those with a postgraduate qualification will earn an average of £8,000 a year more than those with only an undergraduate degree. (Department For Education Graduate Labour Market Report 2019)

Our careers service, LaunchPad, provides career support tailored to your ambitions. Through this service you can access:

  • Employer events
  • LinkedIn, CV and cover letter sessions
  • Workshops on application writing and interview skills
  • Work experience and volunteering opportunities
  • Personalised career advice

This support does not end when you graduate. You can access our expert career advice for the rest of your life. We will help you gain the experience and confidence you need to succeed.

Apply for this course

Applications are not yet open for 2022 entry on this course. Please check back here closer to the time for application links.

When applications do open, you will need to apply to us directly through a link on this page. To complete the online application form you will need to create login details.

Please contact 2 referees before submitting your application. An automated request for a reference will be emailed to them as soon as you submit. Your application will not be reviewed until both references are in place.

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