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Occupational Therapy (Pre-Registration) (Taught)

Cardiff University
2 years
Full time
Graduate diploma / certificate
Scholarships available
On campus
20 September 2021

Program description

Occupational Therapy (Pre-Registration) (Taught)

Join a School ranked 1st in the UK for Occupational Therapy (BSc) by the Complete University Guide 2019. Our Postgraduate Diploma program in Occupational Therapy is specially designed for graduates already holding a degree; offering you a fast-track route into a professional career in healthcare.

As a qualified Occupational Therapist, you will work in partnership with and empower a broad spectrum of people who, for reasons of ill-health, disability, trauma or adverse social circumstances, face barriers and challenges which prevent them from undertaking the activities (or occupations) that matter to them. Our program emphasises the importance of occupation in human life, the relationship between occupation, health and wellbeing and the power of occupation to transform the lives of individuals, groups and communities.

With over 50 years of experience in delivering occupational therapy education at Cardiff University, our two-year, full-time program is approved by the World Federation of Occupational Therapists (WFOT), which means that your qualification will be recognised in around 60 countries worldwide, enhancing your opportunities for international employment.

We have close working relationships with a range of service providers across Wales and you will benefit from practice placements facilitated by experienced occupational therapy educators who will help support you in becoming the best occupational therapist you can be. A varied profile of placement experience undertaken across the two years of the program will allow you to integrate academic theory with actual occupational therapy practice and gain insight as to the wide-ranging employment opportunities available to you upon qualification (e.g. within NHS, Local Authority, private and third sector settings).

You will receive close academic support from experienced personal tutors and be taught and supported by experienced staff whilst sharing ideas within a close-knit student group. An emphasis on scholarly practice also ensures that you enter the profession as a research-capable practitioner equipped with the skills and confidence to contribute to the evidence base which supports and informs current and future occupational therapy practice.

The program fosters a commitment to lifelong learning among its students and you will actively engage in continuing professional development throughout the two years, reflecting upon and recording your individual learning needs and achievements.

Once you have successfully completed the program you will be eligible to apply for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) as well as professional membership of the Royal College of Occupational Therapists (RCOT). You can also choose to undertake a further self-funded 60 credit dissertation module of study which leads to the award of a full MSc in Occupation and Health.

The modules shown are an example of the typical curriculum and will be reviewed prior to the academic year. The final modules will be published by September.

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Admission requirements

In addition to having achieved an undergraduate degree (minimum 2:2 hons or equivalent) in any subject, applicants are required to meet the following criteria:

1. Personal statement

2. References

3. English language requirements

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website.

This program is not currently suitable for applicants who live outside of the UK.

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Scholarships & funding

For more information about scholarships, please visit the university website.


What skills will I practise and develop?

The Learning Outcomes for this Program describe what you will be able to do as a result of your study at Cardiff University. They will help you to understand what is expected of you.

Thus, the learning outcomes for the program found below aim for the development of students into competent, reflective, innovative, entrepreneurial occupational therapists. On successful completion of the Program you will be able to demonstrate:

Knowledge & Understanding:

  • The ability to critically evaluate and adopt the problem-solving approach in relation to service users’ needs.
  • Critically analyse the theoretical frameworks of occupational therapy in an in-depth manner.

Intellectual Skills:

  • Demonstrate an in-depth knowledge and understanding of occupational therapy informed by scholarship and research, including a critical awareness of current issues and professional developments.

Professional Practical Skills:

  • The ability to deliver occupational therapy in a holistic manner, working in collaboration with the service user.
  • Analyse, select, adapt and use occupation and activity as therapeutic tools.
  • Demonstrate leadership potential in the field of occupational therapy.

Transferable/Key Skills:

  • Understand and use the principles of evaluation and research to ensure best practice.
  • Adapt and respond to current and future patterns of service delivery.
  • Learn independently and continue to develop professionally, including the ability to pursue further research where appropriate.

Continuing studies

Increasingly there is a requirement for employers for occupational therapist to gain an MSc as they develop through the career framework. Therefore on successful completion of the Cardiff University Postgraduate Diploma in Occupational Therapy, you may also choose to undertake an additional (self-funded) 60 credit dissertation module that confers successful students with an MSc in Occupation and Health. This qualification retains the Post-graduate Diploma as the registrable award for eligibility for application for registration with the HCPC.

Career opportunities

There are excellent employability options for those pursuing a career in occupational therapy and Cardiff University occupational therapy graduate prospects were rated at 96% within the Complete University Guide 2019. 95% of our occupational therapy graduates are in professional employment within six months of completing the program (Unistats 2017/18). Specifically, 100% of graduating students from the Postgraduate Diploma in Occupational Therapy program in 2018 had secured occupational therapy posts within three months of completing the course.

In addition to established traditional areas of practice within statutory sectors (NHS and Local Authority provision), the unique occupation-focused contribution of occupational therapists is increasingly recognised and valued within public organisations such as prisons and schools, private-sector organisations such as residential homes and housing associations and by third sector organisations such as charities and social enterprises. This program of study will equip you with a sound understanding of the changing landscape of health, social care and wider community services, supporting your development as a creative, dynamic and innovative occupational therapist and will provide opportunities to develop the leadership and research skills you will require to shape current and future services.

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