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Advancing Practice in Occupational Therapy PgCert / Top up to PgDip / Top up to MSc

London South Bank University

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Course Description

Extend your knowledge, understanding and skills in the field of Occupational Therapy to further develop your occupation-centred and evidence-informed practice.

Prepare yourself as an OT to meet the agendas and future challenges within healthcare sector and to enable the development of services fit-for-the-future, including innovation and entrepreneurship.

Key benefits of the PgCert programme...

  1. Enhance the delivery of effective, efficient, quality and sustainable occupational therapy in partnership with service users and other stakeholders
  2. Develop your potential for strategic leadership in health and social care services and other contexts
  3. Develop your reflective, enquiring, critical and innovative approach to professional practice
  4. Allow you to contribute to advancing professional practice by continuing professional learning.

Key benefits of the PgDip programme...

As well as the above, should you take on the PgDip qualification you'll also develop a comprehensive understanding of key concepts and methods in health and social care research together with the skills to find, appraise and use the evidence to address policy and practice issues.

Key benefits of the MSc programme...

In addition to the above, by undertaking the full Masters level qualification you'll develop critically, strategically and in-depth an area of occupational therapy practice, justifying and applying your knowledge in order to undertake a research project, mini systematic review or a work-based project.

Extend your knowledge, understanding and skills in the field of Occupational Therapy to further develop your occupation-centred and evidence-informed practice. Prepare yourself as an OT to meet the agendas and future challenges within healthcare sector and to enable the development of services fit-for-the-future, including innovation and...

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Course Content

The courses are intentionally flexible; modules may be studied in any order and at your pace (provided all modules for an award are completed within a six year timeframe). You'll meet with your personal tutor/course director each semester to discuss module choice and review your progress.

PgCert:

  • Three 20 credit option modules of which a minimum of two must be occupational therapy modules.

PgDip:

  • Research in Health and Social Care (Core)
  • Plus five 20 credit modules (a minimum of three of which must be occupational therapy modules

MSc 

  • Dissertation (60 or 40 credit) - (Core)
  • Research in Health and Social Care (Core)
  • Plus five or six (depending on whether you choose 40 or 60 credit dissertation) 20 credit modules, a minimum of three of which must be occupational therapy modules.

Build your qualification

Open the pop-up module table to see which modules are mandatory or options for PgCert, PgDip and MSc. Also see which modules are taught through blended-learning with an element of on-site teaching - and which are available 100% distance learning.

Before applying please contact our course team at ot-cppd@lsbu.ac.uk to discuss your choice of modules.

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Some compulsory skills sessions may take place in the evening.

Module summaries

  • Research in Health and Social Care
  • 60 credit dissertation
  • 40 credit dissertation
  • Living well with dementia
  • Occupational therapy, public health and working with communities
  • Outcome measures in occupational therapy
  • Advancing practice in assisted living technologies
  • An introduction to counselling skills for health and social care professionals
  • An introduction to teaching in higher education for allied health professionals
  • Introduction to economic evaluation for health and social care practitioners
  • Mentorship for the allied health professions
  • Leadership and quality improvement for allied health professionals

The courses are intentionally flexible; modules may be studied in any order and at your pace (provided all modules for an award are completed within a six year timeframe). You'll meet with your personal tutor/course director each semester to discuss module choice and review your progress. PgCert: Three 20 credit option modules of which a minimum...

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Entry Requirements

You should hold an award which entitles you to register with the HCPC (or equivalent for international students).

For students whose first language is not English, one of the following is also required:

  • A first degree from a UK university or an overseas institution recognised by the University as providing adequate evidence of proficiency in the English language,
  • Possession of an IELTS score of at least 7.0 across all four domains or its equivalent for students whose first language is not English.

Use of Prior Credit (APL/APEL)

Prior certificated credit or prior experiential credit may be used within the Programme in the following ways:

  • Evidence of relevant academic and clinical expertise may be considered through the University’s APL and APEL procedures for Recognition of Prior Learning. Consequently, students may be able to claim appropriate Master's level credits as approved by the University.
  • You may be able to import specific credits into the MSc in support of previous relevant certified learning (APL) or provide evidence of experiential learning for which you may be awarded credit (APEL). This is currently permitted up to a half of an overall award (90 credits of a 180 credit Master's).
  • For the credits offered for APL to be considered they must be current, at Master’s level and of an equivalent scale. Claims under the APL scheme will be considered by the course director and must be supported by acceptable evidence of proof of learning (e.g. transcripts, certificates, and module descriptors).

You should hold an award which entitles you to register with the HCPC (or equivalent for international students). For students whose first language is not English, one of the following is also required: A first degree from a UK university or an overseas institution recognised by the University as providing adequate evidence of proficiency in the English...

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Assessment Methods

Assessment methods are specified in each module descriptor with details in the individual module guides. Assessments are designed to be relevant to real world practice and to meet the module and course learning outcomes. The assessment strategy assists you to work towards disseminable outputs (e.g. conference presentations, posters, journal articles) that will advance the occupational therapy profession.

Coursework can take many forms based on the content of the modules. Examples include:

  • Presentations – poster, PowerPoint, arts-based approaches (e.g. collage, photographs, artefacts or poem)
  • Single or multimedia portfoilio
  • A critical review
  • Literature review
  • A business plan
  • An economic evaluation
  • Essay
  • Report.

Assessment methods are specified in each module descriptor with details in the individual module guides. Assessments are designed to be relevant to real world practice and to meet the module and course learning outcomes. The assessment strategy assists you to work towards disseminable outputs (e.g. conference presentations, posters, journal articles) that will advance the occupational therapy...

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