Occupational Therapy (pre-registration) MSc

This two year, accelerated MSc Occupational Therapy (pre-registration) programme is suitable for students who already hold a first degree in a relevant subject. Successful graduates will be eligible to seek registration with the Health and Care Professions Council. 

Location
York St John University
Course fees
Home & EU students: £9,250 per annum, International (non EU) students: £18,400 per annum. All places are self-funded unless subject to governmental change in policy.
Duration
2 years full-time
Start date
January 2020
Applications for this course will open on 3 April 2019.

Accredited by the College of Occupational TherapistsCourse overview


This is a problem-based learning programme which has been designed to enable students to consider humans as occupational beings and the complex, dynamic relationship between health, well-being, participation and occupation. Students will be encouraged to critically analyse and apply models of occupational therapy practice in order to equip them to advocate for and deliver contemporary occupational therapy, which is occupation-focussed, occupation-based and occupation-centred. There is a specific theoretical focus on occupational science. 

Occupational therapy graduates need to be dynamic, adaptable and respond to the rapidly changing health, education and social care provision in the 21st century. The curriculum for this programme has been designed specifically to enable students to consider the challenges and opportunities such changes can afford the profession. Students are encouraged to critically analyse and apply models of occupational therapy practice in order to advocate for and deliver contemporary occupational therapy, which is occupation-focussed and person-centred.

This programme is accredited by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and the Royal College of Occupational Therapists (RCOT). Successful graduates holding our MSc Occupational Therapy (pre-registration) qualification are entitled to apply for registration to practice.

Find out more by following us on Twitter @YSJOT and visiting our Occupational Therapy blog

We look forward to welcoming you to York St John University to begin your occupational therapy career.

Sue Mesa – MSc Course Leader, and Dr Alison Wadey – Director of Occupational Therapy

Course structure

Year 1

In Year 1 modules are:

  • Occupational Beings: This module introduces you to the key concepts, theories and skills which underpin an occupational perspective of humans and health.  You will explore occupation, participation, health and well-being.  During the module you will be supported to understand yourselves as occupational beings and consider methods of understanding human experiences of occupation.
  • Theory and Foundations of Occupational Therapy: The aim of this module is to enable you to appreciate and focus on the key tools (including knowledge, skills and attitudes/values) required of an occupational therapist.  Theory, the occupational therapy process, clinical reasoning, assessment and intervention skills are the key components of this module.
  • Contexts of Professional Practice: This module will assist you to develop a critical approach to theory, knowledge, skills and attitudes/values for occupational therapy practice. You will consider a range of practice contexts and the application of the core skills of occupational therapy. The application of professional reasoning and evidence based practice will inform decision making throughout the module.
  • Evidence-based Practice and Research: During this module you will recognise the need for evidence-based practice and become consumers and producers of research. You will explore different approaches to knowledge construction and examine various research paradigms, their approaches to enquiry and their underlying assumptions. You will evaluate a range of research designs and methodological processes and will have opportunities to consider ethical principles which underpin and guide research.

 

Year 2

In Year 2 modules are:

  • Contributing to Communities: This module enables you to have an occupational perspective on the participation of groups and communities.  You will analyse current drivers and contextual influences on contemporary practice in a changing health and social care environment and demonstrate the potential for occupational therapy with groups and communities on a local, national and international scale.
  • Research Project: This module follows on from the previous evidence-based practice and research module where you proposed a research/service evaluation proposal. You are encouraged to reflect on the feedback from the proposal and with supervisor support you will develop your ideas and collect, collate and analyse data as appropriate to your research project. The dissemination of your findings is actively encouraged in the assessment strategy and you will present these at the end of programme conference.
  • Management, Innovation and Creativity: The aim of this module is to help you consider the transition from student to practitioner. The module provides you with an opportunity to critically investigate the current drivers, policy, and legislation which influence health, social care, charitable and independent sector services. You will critique and examine theories of change and integrated, collaborative service provision delivery will be promoted.

Placements

There are two placements in Year 1, each of which lasts 5 weeks:

  • Practice placement 1a offers the first opportunity for you to learn in the practice setting. For five weeks, you will work alongside and be supervised by a qualified occupational therapist who will be your practice educator.  The educator will facilitate and guide you to be actively involved in providing an occupational therapy service to clients. You will develop basic skills to work as a member of an inter-professional team.
  • The second placement at level 1 (1b) enables you to progress your understanding of occupational therapy and develop personal and professional skills for practice. This practice-based module will enable occupational you to apply the knowledge, skills and attitudes/values gained throughout your year 1 university based modules.

There are two placements in Year 2:

  • Placement 2a is a practice-based module that entails one day per week for the first five weeks, thereafter full time for nine weeks (10 weeks in total). This will be in a role-emerging/contemporary setting where there is no existing occupational therapy service. You could be supervised by an on-site educator or an occupational therapist.
  • Placement 2b is your final practice placement (12 weeks). On successful completion of the placement you will have demonstrated that you have met the threshold standards for health professionals entering their first post. On this final placement you will have the opportunity to work collaboratively with professionals, clients and carers and carry you own caseload to provide a clear person-centred service.

Programme specification

Further information on this course is available in the programme specification. Please note that the programme specification relates to course content that is currently being studied by students at the University. For new programmes, the programme specification will be made available online prior to the start of the course.

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Entry Requirements

Qualifications and Experience

You must meet the University’s general entry criteria for postgraduate study. In addition, there are the following requirements.

You would normally require a First- or upper second-class BSc honours degree e.g. a  human biology/behavioural science/sports science/health-related degree, in which the foundation sciences (including human anatomy and/or physiology/psychology) were completed; furthermore you will need to have experience of undergraduate level research and a project/dissertation.  Insight into the occupational therapy profession is required, as is evidence of study within the last three years.

However, if you have a BA honours degree you may still be considered if you have recent professional experience in a relevant field. 

Admission to the course is dependent upon your completion of the following selection processes:

  • Academic entry requirements being met (as noted above) – application is direct to the University
  • Satisfactory application form and personal statement
  • Successful interview on the selection day
  • Satisfactory references
  • Receipt of a satisfactory DBS
  • Satisfactory medical screening

During the course and on completion you will be required to declare any convictions, cautions or allegations to the University and relevant professional body prior to application for registration.

International students

For applicants whose first language is not English they are required to at least meet one of the following criteria:

  • Successful completion of a Bachelors or Master’s degree at a University in a majority English speaking country (for a list of these consult YSJ International) where the language of tuition has been English;  
  • The British Council IELTS 7.0 with no less than 6.5 in each component
  • An IBT TOEFL score of 87 overall (with no less than 23 in each band, other forms of TOEFL are not acceptable);
  • A Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE) of 59 overall, with no less than 59 in any component.

Tests must have been completed within the last two years (and the original official certification must be seen). Where students have satisfied these English language requirements, but further English language training needs are identified after admission, further training is available through the York Business School.

English language requirements

York St John University requires applicants whose first language is not English to at least meet one of the following:

Successful completion of a Bachelors or Master’s degree at a University in a majority English speaking country (for a list of these consult YSJ International) where the language of tuition has been English; 

  • The British Council IELTS 0 with no less than 6.5 in each component
  • An IBT TOEFL score of 87 overall (with no less than 23 in each band, other forms of TOEFL are not acceptable);
  • A Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE) of 59 overall, with no less than 59 in any component.

Tests must have been completed within the last two years (and the original official certification must be seen). Where students have satisfied these English language requirements, but further English language training needs are identified after admission, further training is available through the Business School at the university.

If the student does not have traditional qualifications, she/he/they may be eligible for entry on the basis of Accredited Prior (Experiential) Learning (APL/APEL). We also consider applications for entry with advanced standing.

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

UK & EU 2019 / 20

The tuition fee for 2019/20 entry to this postgraduate course is £9,250 per annum for UK and EU Students.

From 1 August 2018 MSc Occupational Therapy (Pre-registration) students will have access to the same student loans system as undergraduate students. This applies to new students on pre-registration courses (those which lead to registration with one of the health professional regulators).

When applying for student finance you will need to apply as an undergraduate student, you will be able to find your course by searching MSc Occupational Therapy (Pre-Reg) – SLC code 629360. The course attracts undergraduate funding and not postgraduate so students are not eligible to apply for a Postgraduate Master’s Loan.

Students on this course are not eligible for Postgraduate Scholarships, however are entitled to the 10% discount applicable to all York St John University undergraduate Alumni (subject to a minimum of 120 credits and achievement of a recognised award) undertaking Postgraduate level study (excludes PGCE).

Additional financial support is available via the NHS for this course through the Learning Support Fund. For more information about the eligibility of this fund, please visit Learning Support Fund.

Overseas 2019 / 20

International (non EU) students: £18,400 per annum.

International Fees & Funding

How to Apply

You can apply directly to the course via our Apply Now links .You will need to create a login and password and complete the online form. Please contact two referees in advance of submitting your application as an automated request will go out as soon as you submit, and your application will not be reviewed until both references are in place.
 
Applications will open on 3 April 2019 for January 2020 entry.

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