Occupational Therapy (Pre-Registration) (PgDip)

This two year pre-registration accelerated programme is aimed at those who already hold a degree (2:2 or above) and wish to pursue a career in occupational therapy.

This two-year full-time course is aimed at those who already hold a degree and wish to pursue a career in occupational therapy. By completing the course, you will be eligible to register with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and the College of Occupational Therapists.

The course requires a full-time commitment from students and is delivered over two calendar years. This is in order to meet the educational requirements of the professional bodies. The curriculum runs over 45 weeks each calendar year; a total of 90 weeks in all. This means that successful graduates can register with the HCPC and potentially begin work in September, when fewer occupational therapy graduates are seeking employment. Compliance with the College of Occupational Therapists’ expectations ensures that graduates also meet the standards for the World Federation of Occupational Therapists, enabling them to work abroad in accordance with different countries’ recognition of World Federation of Occupational Therapists’ status compliance.

On completion of the Postgraduate Diploma in Occupational Therapy there is an option to undertake a 60 credit self-funded module leading to the MSc in Occupation and Health on a full- or part-time basis.

Distinctive features

This highly respected, accelerated route is equivalent to a three-year BSc programme and is undertaken at a higher academic level. The course offers graduates a route that develops their academic and research skills, as well as meeting the requirements of the relevant professional bodies thus enabling registration and practice as an occupational therapist on completion of study.

 

Key facts

Next intakeSeptember 2017
Duration2 years
QualificationPgDip
ModeFull-time
Admission Tutor contact(s)

Admissions criteria

The course is suitable for graduates of any discipline. To be admitted to the course students must show an understanding of the programme and career pathway.

Students whose first language is not English will be required to pass an IELTS test. Please see our English Language Requirements guidance for more details.

The personal statement on your application form will be considered when a judgement is made on your suitability for the programme for which you have applied.

You must address the following points in your personal statement, this list is not exhaustive:

  • Why have you selected this programme?
  • What interests you about the programme?
  • Any relevant experience related to the programme or module content.
  • How you plan to use the qualification in your career.
  • How you and your profession will benefit from your studies.
  • Why you feel you should be given a place on the programme.

Applications must be made via the Online Application Service by the application deadline, Friday 27th January 2017. Interviews are then held in March.

Short-listing for interview is based on the information on the application form, in particular the extent to which the personal statement addresses the selection criteria.

Essential selection criteria:

  • Evidence of some understanding of the nature of occupational therapy.
  • Evidence of a desire to study occupational therapy.
  • Evidence of at least an undergraduate degree (minimum classification 2:2) in any subject.
  • Possession of such a degree before the start of the programme.
  • Evidence of some understanding of the expectations of problem-based learning.

Desirable selection criteria:

  • Evidence of having undertaken or planning to undertake visits to occupational therapists in a variety of settings
  • Evidence of some understanding of the expectations of postgraduate-level study.

In order to meet registration requirements, a minimum of 1000 hours of the programme take place in practice settings. These placements are distributed in blocks at dedicated times throughout the course. Placements are normally arranged across Wales and the borders of England. Students are expected to attend university on a five day per week basis.

The learning style of the curriculum reflects a philosophy that respects the academic experience of postgraduate learners. We value previous academic skills and subject knowledge as relevant to occupational therapy. Students are encouraged to take responsibility for identifying and monitoring their own learning throughout the curriculum. Academic modules are delivered as a spiral curriculum which encourages increasing depth and synthesis of knowledge throughout the learning process.

On completion of the Postgraduate Diploma in Occupational Therapy there is an option to undertake a 60 credit self-funded module leading to the MSc in Occupation and Health on a full-time or part-time basis.

Year one

Year two

The University is committed to providing a wide range of module options where possible, but please be aware that whilst every effort is made to offer choice this may be limited in certain circumstances. This is due to the fact that some modules have limited numbers of places available, which are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis, while others have minimum student numbers required before they will run, to ensure that an appropriate quality of education can be delivered; some modules require students to have already taken particular subjects, and others are core or required on the programme you are taking. Modules may also be limited due to timetable clashes, and although the University works to minimise disruption to choice, we advise you to seek advice from the relevant School on the module choices available.

How will I be taught?

Learning is mainly through problem-based learning, mostly in small groups.

How will I be supported?

The University offers a wide range of services and activities designed to support students. These include a student counselling service, a student advisory service, crèche and day facilities, sport and exercise facilities, as well as campus information, library and IT services.

This programme gives you the opportunity to share ideas with health professionals. As well as developing your own intellectual abilities, this sharing of ideas enables you to learn and benefit from the experiences of others.  Opportunity is given for this sort of discussion and exchange of ideas through seminars and tutorials.

All students are given a named personal tutor following registration onto the programme, who is able to assist with any pastoral care as well as advice on writing style, grammar and academic mentoring.

All modules within the programme make extensive use of Cardiff University’s Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) Learning Central, on which students will find course materials, links to related materials and assessment exemplars.

For students whose first language is not English there are open access English Language courses available. These are 5 week courses run on a first come first served basis and cost an administration fee of £25.

Feedback
We will provide you with feedback on your work in a variety of formats.  These will include oral feedback during lectures, written feedback provided through online module discussion forums, and electronic written feedback on assessed coursework through GradeMark.  You can discuss your overall performance with your personal tutor.

How will I be assessed?

Assessments are integrated throughout the curriculum. These include formative and summative written assignments, one written exam, one viva voce examination and assessment of practice placements. Peer evaluation is incorporated into the problem-based learning and presentation of group and individual work. Successful completion of all assignments and practice placements is required.

Completion of the programme leads to eligibility to register with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and the College of Occupational Therapists.

The timing of the course means that successful graduates can register with the HCPC and potentially begin work in September, when fewer occupational therapy graduates are seeking employment.

Compliance with the College of Occupational Therapists’ expectations ensures that graduates also meet the standards for the World Federation of Occupational Therapists, enabling them to work abroad.

Tuition fees

UK and EU students (2017/18)

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Students from outside the EU (2017/18)

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A minimum of 1000 hours of the programme take place in practice settings. These placements are distributed in blocks at dedicated times throughout the programme. Placements are normally arranged across Wales and the borders of England.