Occupational Therapy

Imagine the satisfaction of helping someone reach their potential. Occupational Therapists work with a wide variety of people to help them take control of their lives and gain as much independence as they can.

UK & EU Students

Course Details

UCAS Code:B930

Classification:BSc (Hons)

Course Duration:4 Years

Course Start Date:14 September 2015

Course Mode:Full Time

Subject Area:Health and Social Care

Location:GCU

Course Fees

Students from England, Wales or Northern Ireland

Year Fee Description/Notes
2014/15 Contact us Fees at GCU include all tuition, library, examination & administrative costs. A guide to fees at GCU.

Information about Scholarships and Bursaries for RUK students

Students from Scotland and the rest of the EU

Year Fee Description/Notes
2014/15 Contact us Fees at GCU include all tuition, library, examination & administrative costs. A guide to fees at GCU.

Information about Scholarships and Bursaries

Minimum Entry Requirements

BTECNational Diploma: 3 merit passes
Additional RequirementsPrior to entry candidates will be required to complete an enhanced Disclosure Scotland check.
HigherBBCC
ILCB2B2B2C1
A-LevelBCC
Essential SubjectsEnglish (Higher/ Advanced Higher/GCSE-C/ILC-H/Nat 5C), Maths (Standard Grade 3/GCSE-C/ILC-OC/ Nat 5C).

Non UK/EU Students

Course Details

UCAS Code:B930

Classification:BSc (Hons)

Course Duration:4 Years

Course Start Date:14 September 2015

Course Mode:Full Time

Subject Area:Health and Social Care

Location:GCU

Course Fees

Year Fee Description/Notes
2014/15 Contact us Fees at GCU include all tuition, library, examination & administrative costs. A guide to fees at GCU.

Information about Scholarships and Bursaries

Minimum Entry Requirements

Additional RequirementsPrior to entry candidates will be required to complete an enhanced Disclosure Scotland check.
Entry RequirementsThis programme accepts applications from international students. Please see the International Students pages for further details.

College Students

Course Details

UCAS Code:B930

Classification:BSc (Hons)

Course Duration:4 Years

Course Start Date:14 September 2015

Course Mode:Full Time

Subject Area:Health and Social Care

Location:GCU

Course Fees

Year Fee Description/Notes
2014/15 Contact us Fees at GCU include all tuition, library, examination & administrative costs. A guide to fees at GCU.

Information about Scholarships and Bursaries

Minimum Entry Requirements

Additional RequirementsPrior to entry candidates will be required to complete an enhanced Disclosure Scotland check.
College StudentsYear 2 entry: 15 credit HNC Occupational Therapy Support.
Direct EntryHNC Occupational Therapy Support at Langside College articulates with Year 2 and may allow for direct entry to Year 2 of BSc (Hons) programme.

Programme Description

Imagine the satisfaction of helping someone reach their potential. Occupational Therapists work with a wide variety of people to help them take control of their lives and gain as much independence as they can. For people with physical or mental health limitations, everyday tasks may be difficult. But through activity, occupational therapy helps these people achieve what is important for them.

At Glasgow Caledonian, you will learn how to enable people to live more productive and enjoyable lives. This means assessing ways in which people spend their time, from personal care (getting dressed, washing, shopping), to being productive (paid or unpaid work, housework or education) and use of leisure time (sports, hobbies and social life). As a student you will learn how to help people adjust and cope after they have experienced activity limitation due to illness, injury or environmental restrictions.

You will develop skills in activity analysis, assessing ways in which people spend their time in meaningful activity to achieve a sense of wellbeing. As part of your studies, you will undertake practice education working with people of all ages with mental, physical and social conditions to improve their everyday function and prevent disability. Your work can range from adapting housing, so people can be self-sufficient, to teaching those with health conditions different coping strategies and helping children with learning disabilities participate in social activities. You will learn the core elements of occupational performance, learn to identify client need, develop intervention strategies to enable clients and learn about undertaking research.

Occupational Therapists work as part of a team and almost a third of this programme is dedicated to inter-professional study, where students from a range of health and social care professions learn together.

Assessment

Includes class tests, essays, case studies, posters, leaflets, presentations, critical reviews, reflective reports and an Honours project.

Why Choose This Programme?

Graduates of this very rewarding Honours degree are eligible for membership of the College of Occupational Therapists and also to apply for registration with the Health Professions Council. There are diverse career opportunities available for graduates who will be creative in their thinking, caring in their attitude to their clients and yet disciplined enough to cope with the rigours of such a demanding and satisfying job.

For further information, please have a look at the following:

How Occupational Therapy can help people

Occupational Therapy as a career

What You'll Learn

Year 1
Practice Education, Foundations of Practice in Health & Social Care, Occupational Therapy, Introduction to Psychology & Sociology, Physiology, Occupational Science.

Year 2
Practice Education, Theories & Approaches in Occupational Therapy, Research Methods, Promoting Health & Wellbeing, Inclusive Environments for Occupational Performance.

Year 3
2 types of practice education, Critical Perspectives on Creativity, Reasoning, Decision Making, Ethics and Investigating Effective Practice.

Year 4
Honours project, Organisations Policy & Professional Practice, Social Enterprise Placement, 2 comtemporary practice modules.

Work Placement

To meet the standards of the World Federation of Occupational Therapy, this programme requires a minimum of 1,000 hours of practice placement. As one of the largest providers of qualified Occupational Therapists in Scotland, GCU is innovative when it comes to practice placement experience, resulting in job creation in new areas of practice.

There are five blocks of practice:
Level 1: 2 wks
Level 2 : 9 wks (P/T)
Level 3: 5 wks role emerging (1 wk F/T, 4 wks P/T)
Level 3: (9 wks F/T)
Level 4: (20 days)

Professional Accreditation

Graduates are eligible to apply for membership of the College of Occupational Therapists and registration with the Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC) and subsequent practice as an Occupational Therapist.

International Study/Exchanges

Student exchange opportunities may be available with this programme.

Career Opportunities

As well as being employed in Health and Social Care environments, qualified Occupational Therapists work in areas such as education, industry, commerce, the prison service, insurance and private practice.

GCUSA Student Led Teaching Awards

“Since the student led teaching awards began in 2010 two members of our teaching team have been nominated for awards. In 2010 Fiona Kennedy, Senior Lecturer in Occupational Therapy for the School of Health won the award of Effective teaching that: inspires and motivates learning in the Glasgow Student Led Teaching Awards 2009/10.

Because Fiona is so passionate about her topic she energies us to go beyond the classroom and look up things and learn for ourselves as well. Fiona uses many different methods of teaching from class debates, arts and craft, lectures, tutorials etc. She is particularly refreshing in her teaching methods and consistently strives to find new and exciting ideas that will aid the learning of OT.
Nominated by Elaine Fox

Fiona Kennedy was also nominated for the award of Effective teaching that: Offers timely and constructive feedback in the Glasgow Student Led Teaching Awards 2009/10.

The feedback we are given is always constructive criticism, she highlights aspects of our essays that are well written and also parts that need to be worked on. The feedback is always helpful and I feel enables me to positively progress on future essays. Feedback has always been relevant and has been very beneficial when coming up to exam time.
Nominated by Angela Duffy
In 2012 Moyra Muir, Lecturer in Occupational Therapy, School of Health and Life Sciences won the award for Effective Teaching that Offers Support and Recognises Students as Individuals.”
“Moyra always displays a warm and receptive approach to her students. Should a student experience any difficulties whilst on placement, she is always on-hand to help resolve issues and responds very quickly.”

“Moyra has always made herself available to help and advise where she can. She is inspirational her approach to job in how despite her work load in the way she does all she can to accommodate and help her students.”

Assessment Methods

A wide range of assessment methods are used which strengthen our students’ knowledge and skills required in practice. As a professional programme, assessment of knowledge, skills and attributes is central to the curriculum. The occupational therapy programme team view assessment, embedded within high quality learning and teaching experiences as key to enabling students to develop the attributes to be proficient in their discipline.

To achieve this, the approach to assessment is therefore flexible, inclusive, accessible and as far as possible, provides opportunities for personalisation in learning and assessment. An external examiner commented that the design of our assessments was “creative and impressive.”

The programme has embraced the Glasgow Caledonian University Academic Advising scheme, PPACT (Personal, Professional, Academically informed, Consolidated, Transitional) which encourages students to be self-directed in their learning and engage with their continuing professional development.

On progression to practice education the skills obtained in using the PPACT system can be used as the foundation for the construction of a CPD (Continuing Professional Development) Portfolio. Learning the skills required in keeping a CPD portfolio allows graduates to meet the requirements of the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) as the regulatory body in providing evidence of their continuing professional development.

Teaching Methods

Our teaching staff focus on the quality of teaching they deliver and are committed to developing innovative strategies to support our students. At the student led teaching awards, a member of our staff has been shortlisted for awards every year since the awards began in 2010, with a team member winning in 2010 and 2012.

There is a Clinical Simulation Laboratory to allow students to problem solve in a realistic environment. This includes a home and adapted home environment that can be used to explore the challenges and barriers to occupational performance.

Placements are an integral part of our programme, with the requirement from the World Federation of Occupational Therapists that a minimum of 1000 hours be completed during the duration of study. We have established relationships with local employers, services and voluntary organisations, providing a breadth of experience for our students.

Our students have the opportunity for international exchange within the programme with some Level 3 students recently undertaking a practice placement in Finland.

Employment Details

The programme is structured in a way which encourages our students to develop the skills required for a contemporary workplace, giving graduates the attributes required to compete and thrive in the careers market. Communication skills are one such attribute that can help graduates to market themselves effectively and NSS ratings over the last five years evidence the fact that students feel their communication skills have improved as a result of engaging with the programme.

The programme aims to integrate a number of initiatives regarding professional development (PDP) and employability so that students develop their skills of reflection and evaluation with particular regard to their own learning, and subsequent career development. For example, our final year students receive guidance in writing CV’s, completing application forms and preparing for interviews. A career event is organised for them, where employers are invited to attend in order to provide information on opportunities within their services. This gives our students the chance to find out about employment within health services, social services and voluntary or non-statutory organisations.

As students graduate from a programme recognised by the World Federation of Occupational Therapists this increases access to international job opportunities.

Fee Information

Glasgow Caledonian University is one of the UK’s most dynamic and diverse higher education institutions, with a tradition of welcoming students from all walks of life. As such, the University offers a range of scholarships and bursaries to ensure all students have an equal chance of success. The fees and funding that are relevant to you also depend on where you lived before coming to university.

To make things as simple as possible we have information on all of this, including links to our award winning student support team, available at www.gcu.ac.uk/money.

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