University of Huddersfield - Occupational Therapy Degree Apprenticeship BSc Hons

University of Huddersfield

Occupational Therapy Degree Apprenticeship BSc Hons

This apprenticeship course has been designed to provide the opportunity to study Occupational Therapy BSc(Hons) whilst being employed in a health or social care role. During this apprenticeship you’ll get a strong grounding in the theory exploring what is involved in the various components of occupational therapy practice.

  • This will assist you in developing an in-depth understanding of occupational therapy through alternative practice based learning placements in different settings including people’s homes, hospitals, local authorities, schools, charities and prisons.
  • Our purpose-built occupational therapy skills lab enables you to learn in authentic simulated environments.
  • You’ll have the opportunity to hear the experiences and viewpoints from service users and carers, who are part of the Public Partnership Group.
  • Occupational therapists work inter-professionally alongside other healthcare professionals, therefore you’ll study alongside students from other healthcare professions including physiotherapists, speech and language therapists and podiatrists.
  • You’ll have the opportunity to carry out a research project and develop entrepreneurial and change management skills.

In line with the apprenticeship model, the course is designed to support a training in practice approach. Whilst undertaking the course you’ll remain employed by your host organisation and will spend approximately 60% of your time in your current workplace, 20% will be spent at the University undertaking theory work and the remaining 20% will be undertaking alternative practice based learning placements in areas outside of your organisation. The course culminates in an End Point Assessment (EPA) which is independently assessed by the Higher Education Institution (Skills Funding Agency, 2018). The course is designed to be progressively demanding and once qualified you’ll be eligible to apply for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). You can also apply for membership with the Royal College of Occupational Therapists (RCOT) as a learner.

Entry Requirements

BBB at A Level preferably in a health-related subject.

DDMin BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Health and Social Care or Applied Science.

  • NCFE CACHE Technical Level 3 Extended Diploma/Level 3 Extended Diploma in Health and Social Care at Grade B.
  • Access to Higher Education Diploma with 45 Level 3 credits, 30 at Distinction and 15 at Merit.
  • If your first language is not English, you will need to meet the minimum requirements of an English Language qualification. The minimum of IELTS 7.0 overall with no element lower than 6.5, or equivalent will be considered acceptable.

Career Prospects

Career opportunities after successfully completing this course could include working as an Occupational Therapist in NHS, private and voluntary healthcare services.

Additionally, you may diversify into related areas of work including healthcare management, the educational sector or research.

Practice based learning is an important and compulsory part of the course, so practice based learning placements are undertaken throughout the three years.

You're required to successfully complete 1000 hours of assessed professional practice throughout the course in a range of health, social and third sector care settings, outside of your usual employment environment. This will be equivalent to placements of five weeks in Year 1, 12 weeks in Year 2 and 10 weeks in Year 3.

Your practice based learning provides you the opportunity to apply and develop skills under the guidance and supervision of an experienced practitioner.

Course Details

Year 1

Context of Occupational Therapy practice
Foundations of Occupational Therapy
Health and occupational performance
Occupational Disruption
Practice Based Learning (1)

Year 2

Enabling occupational performance for groups and communities Compulsory
Enabling Occupational Performance for Individuals
Practice Based Learning (2A)
Practice Based Learning (2B)

Year 3

Applied Evidence and Research
Broadening Occupational Therapy Practice
Integration of occupational therapy practice
Practice Based Learning (3)
Occupational Therapy End Point Assessment

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