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Occupational Therapy BSc (Hons)

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Overview

A rewarding occupation

Please note: this course is closed for 19/20 entry.

This full-time programme provides an understanding of the science and artistry of occupational therapy. You should possess a keen interest in activity-based therapy, rehabilitation, good communication skills, and a desire to work with people to achieve their goals and promote independence.

OT

We offer the opportunity for all undergraduate Home/EU students to undertake a work placement, internship or work experience while studying a full-time course starting in September 2019.

Why Occupational Therapy at LSBU?

Exciting employment prospects: the No.1 London Modern for graduate prospects in Occupational Therapy (Complete University Guide league table, 2018).
No. 1 in London for student satisfaction and graduate prospects in Occupational Therapy (Complete University Guide 2019).
Professional accreditation: we’re accredited by the Royal College of Occupational Therapists.
Happy students: 1st for overall score amongst London Modern competitors for Health Professions (Guardian League Table 2019).
Professional links: this course can enable you to become a registered occupational therapist, approved by the Health and Care Professions Council.
Work placements across a variety of clinical settings, such as NHS acute Trusts, community placements and the independent sector.
Our three Occupational Therapy Labs, with facilities including simulated living spaces and artistic intervention tools.
An award winning student OT society, which took home society of the year at LSBU in 2016 and 2017.
No.1 amongst London competitors for teaching, assessment & feedback in Allied Health (National Student Survey 2018).

Accreditations

Key course information - ordered by mode
Mode Duration Start date Location
Mode
Part-time
Duration
4 years
Start Date
September
Location
Southwark Campus
Mode
Full-time
Duration
3 years
Start Date
September
Location
Southwark Campus

Stories

Modules

During your course, you’ll study concepts of interprofessional and collaborative practice and have an introduction to occupational focused practice. Alongside your occupational therapy practice placements, you’ll be learning occupational performance analysis and human function, appraising evidence for research informed practice. You’ll also study improving quality, change management and leadership, as well a professional identity, autonomy and accountability. The course is assessed as 69% coursework.

Some compulsory skills sessions may take place in the evening.

Year 1

  • Concepts of interprofessional and collaborative practice
    This module introduces students to the place and value of interprofessional and collaborative working in health and social care delivery. The module aims to support the development of the necessary communication, personal, partnership working and reflective practice skills required to meet the needs of clients/carers and diverse populations who are at the centre of interprofessional health and social care delivery. 
  • Exploring occupation
    This introductory module introduces students to the key theoretical concepts informing and influencing current occupational therapy practice. Through the study of occupational science, students explore the personal, social and cultural meanings of everyday occupations and how a person’s engagement in these occupations affects their health and wellbeing across the life course. 
  • Introduction to occupational focused practice
    This module will develop students’ knowledge and skills to relate occupational therapy theories to practice. It will facilitate students to consider the occupational therapy process when working with adults and older adults in a range of health and social care settings and enable them to explore health and well-being from an occupational perspective with a particular focus on this service user group. 
  • Occupational therapy practice placement 1
    This module prepares the students for their introduction to professional practice, which is a time for personal and professional beginnings. The module will foster an overall appreciation of the occupational therapy process. Students will begin to conceptualise the influences on health and social care organisations, professionalism and professionals. This will enable the students to better understand and appreciate the context of their first occupational therapy placement. 
  • Occupational performance analysis and human function
    This module develops the students’ understanding of occupational performance. Students will develop an understanding of the human body, the body systems including motor and process skills, and develop an understanding of relevant underpinning knowledge and theory such as anatomy and physiology. 

Year 2

  • Appraising evidence for research informed practice
    This module extends students’ understanding of the concept of evidence based practice and research in practice. The module equips students with the core skills and understanding to appraise evidence and assess its appropriateness to be implemented into practice. 
  • Occupational therapy practice placement 2  
    This placement will support students to begin developing skills in implementing person centred, occupation focused occupational therapy practice. This is facilitated through the provision of guidelines and policies that govern practice. Students will identify and question the consequences of occupational disruption in relation to key conditions.
  • Occupational therapy practice placement 3
    This module is set within the context of critical disability studies with a focus on the environment and working in partnership with individuals, groups and communities to understand the factors impacting on health and wellbeing. It will focus on developing the students’ understanding of the concepts of environment and disability through the exploration of social inclusion, equality and diversity, occupational identity and performance. Emphasis is placed on the evaluation of occupation based interventions used to promote health and wellbeing.  
  • Delivering occupation focused practice
    This module develops students’ knowledge of the application of occupational therapy theory in practice, with emphasis on children and young people. Knowledge development occurs in line with the philosophical and person-centred basis of occupational therapy and the construction of childhood occupations. The module will explore a range of occupational performance and participation challenges/conditions relevant to physical, learning disability and mental health fields of occupational therapy practice. 

Year 3

  • Improving quality, change management and leadership 
    This module is the final interprofessional learning module that will explore leadership, quality improvement and change within organisations from an interprofessional perspective. The module looks at a strategic, evidence based approach to change management in a range of environments. It will integrate the perspectives of service users and take an interprofessional approach. 
  • Professional identity, autonomy and accountability
    This module focuses on consolidating knowledge and skills related to personal management of and engagement in lifelong learning. It prepares students to develop their professional identity as they transition to the workforce. The concept of the self as an accountable and resilient professional will have been introduced in year one, and built upon across year two of the course via the use of a professional development portfolio.  In this final year three module, all strands of the associated activities such as reflections on experience, and evidence of professional growth and development are drawn together. 
  • Research and evidence based practice in occupational therapy
    This module will consolidate the students’ critical understanding of evidence informed practice in occupational therapy by enabling students to select a contemporary aspect of practice on which to base an evidenced enquiry. The module supports current drivers in health and social care to ensure practice is informed by evidence, implemented by practitioners who are knowledgeable, critically reflective and autonomous and who respect the needs and rights of services users. 
  • Occupational therapy practice placement 4
    This module includes the final placement on the programme. It prepares students to be competent for practice and to make the transition from student to newly qualified occupational therapist. This is achieved by demonstrating achievement of the Health and Care Professions Council Standards of Proficiency and the Royal College of Occupational Therapists (2014) graduate competencies.

The part-time pathway will also cover these modules over a four year period.

Employability

Once you graduate you’ll be eligible to eligible to apply for registration as an occupational therapist with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). This allows you to practice within the NHS, community services and local authorities, as well as the private sector. Thanks to this course, you’ll be equipped with the skills you need to work as an occupational therapist with both adults and children who have complex health and social needs.

You might also choose to apply for further study at postgraduate level. We have a part-time MSc Occupational Therapy course that’s suitable for graduates with professional practice experience. You can find out more about this course in ouronline CPPD prospectus.

Employability Service

We are University of the Year for Graduate Employment for the second year in a row - The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018, 2019.

At LSBU, we want to set you up for a successful career. During your studies – and for two years after you graduate – you’ll have access to our Employability Service, which includes:

  • An online board where you can see a wide range of placements: part-time, full-time or voluntary. You can also drop in to see our Job Shop advisers, who are always available to help you take the next step in your search.
  • Our Careers Gym offering group workshops on CVs, interview techniques and finding work experience, as well as regular presentations from employers across a range of sectors.

Our Student Enterprise team can also help you start your own business and develop valuable entrepreneurial skills.

Placements

Staff

Musharrat Ahmed-Landeryou

School/Division: Health and Social Care / Allied Health Sciences
Job title: Senior Lecturer - Occupational Therapy

Musharrat is an HCPC registered occupational therapist and has contributed to the academic community through published academic articles which are narrative reviews on neurophysiology.


Cheryl Angell-Wells

School/Division: Health and Social Care / Allied Health Sciences
Job title: Senior Lecturer - Occupational Therapy

Cheryl has worked in a variety of clinical settings and has been in health profession education for many years. Her key interests are mental health and health professional education. Cheryl is the lead admissions tutor for BSc Occupational Therapy and is currently studying for a Doctorate in Education.


Dr Austin Claffey

School/Division: Health and Social Care / Allied Health Sciences
Job title: Senior Lecturer in Occupational Therapy


Anna Forte

School/Division: Health and Social Care / Allied Health Sciences
Job title: Senior Lecturer - Occupational Therapy

Anna Forte has a clinical background in Mental health Occupational Therapy, with experience of working in both community and in-patient settings.


Dr Janice Jones

School/Division: Health and Social Care / Institute of Vocational Learning
Job title: Senior Lecturer

Dr Janice Jones is an experienced occupational therapist and academic. Her research interests include occupational therapy practice in acute care, palliative care and end of life, and spirituality in health and social care practice and education.


Anne Marie Langan

School/Division: Health and Social Care / Allied Health Sciences
Job title: Senior Lecturer in Occupational Therapy

Anne Marie has a diverse range of teaching and research interests. These include problem based learning, professionalism, the public health agenda and the teaching of biomedical sciences in pre-registration occupational therapy courses.


Sarah Maris-Shaw

School/Division: Health and Social Care / Allied Health Sciences
Job title: Senior Lecturer - Occupational Therapy

Sarah Maris-Shaw is a Senior Lecturer in occupational therapy with interests in perinatal mental health. She has worked in education since 2000 joining London South Bank University in 2003. She became Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy in 2016.


Christine Peterson-McKinney

School/Division: Health and Social Care / Allied Health Sciences
Job title: Senior Lecturer - Occupational Therapy

Christine has work experience in acute CVA and neurological rehabilitation for head injury, CVA and spinal cord injury.


Sarah-Jayne Rowe

School/Division: Health and Social Care / Allied Health Sciences
Job title: Senior Lecturer in Occupational Therapy

Sarah-Jayne has clinical experience working with a range of complex acute and chronic medical conditions, acute stroke rehabilitation and neurology.


Dr Paul Sugarhood

School/Division: Health and Social Care / Allied Health Sciences
Job title: Senior Lecturer

Dr Sugarhood is an occupational therapist and has worked as a clinician, manager and researcher in the UK and Brazil. He is Course Director for the MSc Advancing Practice in Occupational Therapy.


Dr Lynn Summerfield-Mann

School/Division: Health and Social Care / Allied Health Sciences
Job title: Associate Professor

Dr Lynn Summerfield-Mann is a Principal Lecturer and Pre-Registration Lead in the Department of Allied Health Sciences, with particular interest in the use of models of practice and Problem-based Learning in the education, practice and research of occupational therapy.


Rebecca Swenson

School/Division: Health and Social Care / Social Sciences
Job title: Lecturer

Rebecca Swenson is a lecturer in Occupational Therapy at London South Bank University.


Sandie Woods

School/Division: Health and Social Care / Allied Health Sciences
Job title: Senior Lecturer, Programme Leader

Sandie worked as an Occupational Therapist with individuals with physical disabilities and mental health needs in hospital and community settings over many years. She is undertaking a Doctorate in Education linked to living well with Dementia and has a special interest in qualitative research. She works full-time.


Homa Zahedi

School/Division: Applied Sciences / Allied Health Sciences
Job title: Senior Lecturer

Homa Zahedi has a clinical background in community adult mental health and mental health of older people. Her particular area of interest is dementia care. She is a registered Occupational Therapist.

Facilities

Occupational Therapy Laboratories

We have three Occupational Therapy Laboratories, including an Art and Music skills laboratory, Splinting laboratory and Assisted Daily Living (ADL) laboratory. You will carry out a range of activities to practice your skills including using art, music and role play as intervention. You will practice making hand splints using thermoplastic materials as well as anatomy practicals using anatomy models. The simulated kitchen, bathrooms and bedroom spaces are used to practice patient transfers, wheel chair manoeuvering and planning activities for intervention using activities from daily life. You also practice using a wide range of standardised assessment tools such as: assistive devices for dressing, kitchen work and mobility.

The laboratories enable you to practice problem identification, intervention planning, implementation, communication skills, risk assessments, problem solving skills and group work skills; all to learn how best to work with the patient.

Teaching and learning

A range of assessment methods are used within this programme – including essays, presentations, critical evaluations and appraisal of research, exams, professional development profiles, reports and placement competencies.

Personal and professional tutoring

As a Health and Social Care student, you will be allocated a named tutor during your first three weeks at LSBU.  The role of your tutor is to be your primary contact for academic and professional development support.

Your tutor will support you to get the most of your time at LSBU, providing advice and signposting to other sources of support in the University. They should be the first person at the university that you speak to if you are having any difficulties that are affecting your work. These could be academic, financial, health-related or another type of problem.

You will have appointments with your tutor regularly throughout your course.  This will include an introductory meeting in your first semester and placement visits and calls.  You can contact your tutor for additional support by email or phone.

Entry requirements

  • A Level BBB or;
  • BTEC National Diploma DDM or;
  • Access to HE qualifications in Health and Social Care or similar with 30 Distinctions and 15 Merits or;
  • Equivalent level 3 qualifications worth 128 UCAS points
  • Applicants must hold 5 GCSEs A-C including Maths and English or equivalent (reformed GCSEs grade 4 or above).

English language

If your first language is not English you must have the following minimum International English Language Test Score (IELTS) results at the time of applying:

  • 7.0 overall or equivalent
  • 7.0 in the listening and reading sections
  • 7.0 in the writing and speaking sections.

Interview

If your initial application to a Health and Social Care course is successful, you’ll be invited for an interview.

Visit our interview page for information on preparing for the day and what to bring.

Foundation Year

Been out of study for a long time? Or maybe you haven’t met the entry requirements of your chosen degree? Our entry year acts as a bridge to degree-level studies.

How to apply

2019 entry

Instructions for Home/EU applicants
Mode Duration Start date Application code Application method
Mode
Part-time
Duration
4 years
Start date
September
Application code
2386
Application method
Mode
Full-time
Duration
3 years
Start date
September
Application code
B930
Application method

Please note: this course is closed for 19/20 entry.

Please send your application through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) using our institution code L75. UCAS is the organisation responsible for managing applications to higher education courses in the UK.

See our How to apply page for further details.

Personal statement

Download our Personal Statement Guide (PDF File 160 KB) for your UCAS application.

Results

If you are unsuccessful in your application to LSBU for this year you cannot apply through UCAS Extra or Clearing. However you can apply for the following year.  It is important that you read the comments in the results statement so that you are prepared for any other interviews you may have.

Accommodation

Once we have made you an offer, you can apply for accommodation. You can rent from LSBU and you’ll deal directly with the university, not third party providers. That means we can guarantee you options to suit all budgets, with clear tenancy agreements and all-inclusive rents that include insurance for your personal belongings, internet access in each bedroom and on-site laundry facilities.

Or, if you’d rather rent privately, we can give you a list of landlords – just ask our Accommodation Service.

Read more about applying for accommodation at LSBU.

Finance

You don't need to wait for a confirmed place on a course to start applying for student finance. Read how to pay your fees as an undergraduate student.

Fees and funding

Fees are shown for new entrants to courses, for each individual year of a course, together with the total fee for all the years of a course. Continuing LSBU students should refer to the Finance section of our student portal, MyLSBU. Queries regarding fees should be directed to the Fees and Bursaries Team on: +44 (0)20 7815 6181.

Full-time
Part-time
The fee shown is for entry 2019/20.
UK/EU fee: £9250International fee: £17155
AOS/LSBU code: 3769Session code: 1FS00
Total course fee:
UK/EU £27750
International £51465
The fee shown is for entry 2019/20.
UK/EU fee: £6935International fee: £11483.33
AOS/LSBU code: 2386Session code: 1PS00
Total course fee:
UK/EU £26203.34
International £41340

For more information, including how and when to pay, see our fees and funding section for undergraduate students.

Please check your fee status and whether you are considered a Home, EU or International student for fee-paying purposes and for our regulatory returns, by reading the UKCISA regulations.

See our Tuition Fees Regulations (PDF File 149 KB) and Refund Policy (PDF File 102 KB).

Possible fee changes

The University reserves the right to increase its fees in line with changes to legislation, regulation and any government guidance or decisions.

The fees for international students are reviewed annually and the University reserves the right to increase the tuition fees in line with the RPIX measure of inflation up to 4 per cent.

Scholarships

We offer several types of fee reduction through our scholarships and bursaries. Find the full list and other useful information on our scholarships page.

Stories

Select a case study and read about practical project work, student's placement experiences, research projects, alumni career achievements and what it's really like to study here from the student perspective.

Prepare to start

Disclosure Barring Service (DBS)

All pre-registration students need to be DBS cleared before going on placement. You’ll need to have an enhanced DBS check even if you have had one before and will not be able to go on placement until this is complete.

The DBS process is not difficult but can take some time so it's best to get started as soon as you receive your email.

DBS update service

If you're part of the DBS update service, your subscription is up to date and you already have a DBS certificate, please email a copy to hscdbsoh@lsbu.ac.uk and then bring in your hard copy for the document check. To take advantage of the update service, your certificate needs to be classified as 'Enhanced' and workforce must be listed as 'Adult and Child'. If you have any queries, please email us at hscdbsoh@lsbu.ac.uk.

How to complete your DBS

Our DBS supplier, Verifile, will send you an email with all the details you need to complete your DBS.

Verifile will give you instructions to log into their system and complete your personal details and information. To complete the process, you'll need your passport or driving licence and 5-year address history including dates when you moved in/out.

You can use your application number to track the progress of your DBS.

When you've finished, your Disclosure Statement will be mailed to the most recent address in your submission, so please make sure it's correct. We don't automatically receive a copy of this Statement, which is why we need you to bring it in as part of the next step.

Frequently asked questions

  • Only Social Work applicants need to pay for their DBS. It costs £46 and can be purchased on our online store.

  • Please include any and all major and minor, spent and unspent convictions, cautions, warning and reprimands, even if they relate to juvenile offences or seem trivial or unimportant. Some minor offences will not prevent you from going on placement or being offered a place on your course, but still need to be reviewed so it’s best to be honest and include everything. Also, the more information you include about any offences can help reduce the time it takes to assess them.

  • Yes, you do. You need to have an up-to-date DBS. Once you have received the email from our DBS supplier make sure you start the process straight away. All details of how to do this will be outlined in the email. If you don’t complete your DBS in the timeframe given, we may withdraw your offer even if term has already started. So it’s important that you get started as soon as you receive the email.

  • Government legislation requires all Higher Education Institutions who offer courses where students may come into unsupervised contact with children or vulnerable adults to have this check. These checks also help us to ensure duty of care to our students, and create a safer environment for patients seen by our students.

  • As part of the University’s admissions process, declarations of any offence may be referred to a virtual panel made up of senior managers from partner NHS Trusts and/or other sectors within Health and Social Care. Any DBS that is considered by the panel will be anonymised. The panel members then deliberate and make a recommendation whether the application be rejected, accepted or request further information or documents.

  • If you have declared an offence, we might ask for more information from you in writing which will help the panel make a decision. Once your declaration has been referred to the panel it can take up to 28 working days to be processed.

  • You need to put your current address on your DBS application because this is where your Statement will be mailed. If you’ve moved house between submitting and receiving your DBS, make sure you have mail forwarding set up so that you’ll receive your statement. If you’ve moved recently, make sure you have proof of your new address (such as a new bank statement) to bring for your document checks.

  • If you’ve lost your statement you will need to pay £46 to purchase a new one.

  • Yes. If your application has been rejected due to your DSB declaration/discloser, you will be sent a letter to confirm this. There will be instructions in the letter about how you can appeal and which supporting information you need to provide. Once a decision has been made you will receive a letter from the School Executive Team.

Document check

Once you have completed the online part of the DBS process, you'll need to bring your DSB Statement along with three accepted documents from this list to be verified at either our Southwark or Havering campus. Document checks can be completed for free at either campus, no appointment is necessary.

If you cannot get to either of our campuses, you can have your documents checked and certified at the Post Office for a small fee.

  • Southwark: Southwark Student Help Desk in the K2 building Monday – Friday between 9am-11am or 1pm-4pm

    Havering: come to reception at Havering Monday – Friday between 8:30-10:30am, 12-2pm, 4-5pm

  • If you’re not able to come to campus, you can get your documents checked and certified at the Post Office for a fee of £10.50. To do this, make photocopies of your three accepted ID documents and take your DBS form, copies and originals of your documents to the Post Office. The Post Office will stamp the form and photocopies and given them back to you. Email your post office receipt, stamped form and stamped documents to hscdbsoh@lsbu.ac.uk.

Enrolment and Welcome Week

Before you start your course we’ll send you information on what you’ll need to do before you arrive and during your first few days on campus. You can read about the process on our new students pages.

Occupational Health (OH)

An exciting part of your placement is that you’ll be learning off-campus and working with patients, clients and/or service users. Before you start, we need to make sure that you have the correct levels of immunisations.

Questionnaire

The first part of your occupational health check is to complete the online questionnaire which our occupational health provider will review.

Complete your online questionnaire

GP appointment

The second part of your occupational health check is to get any inoculations that you may need from your GP. When attending your GP appointment, please take printed copies of these two documents with you.

Vaccination Screening Advisory Letter
GP Vaccination and Screening History

Occupational Health appointment

After these steps are complete you will receive an email from OHWorks Ltd inviting you to attend an appointment on-campus with an Occupational Health Nurse. These appointments take place during the week and sometimes when your classes have already started.

The OH team have prepared this guide which outlines what to expect at each stage. If you have queries or concerns about your Occupational Health clearance or inoculations please contact the Occupational Health team.

Frequently asked questions

  • We have a duty of care to students and patients and so need to make sure you have the correct level of immunisation before you go on placement. You won’t be able to go on placement if you don’t have this or are not OH cleared.

  • Please contact the OH team to reschedule at least 48 hours in advance. Remember that you won’t be able to go on placement until you’re cleared.

  • Yes. Tell the OH Nurse about all conditions including specific learning difficulties even if you’ve declared these in the past. This will allow us to make reasonable adjustments whilst you’re on placement.

  • The information you share with the OH Nurse will be treated with confidence, meaning that it won’t be automatically shared with the DDS team. The DDS team can help you to receive support for your lectures, assignments and exams so it’s worth to register with them and provide evidence of your condition if you need this support.

Holidays

Your holiday periods will not follow the normal University timetable because of placements. You’ll receive more details once you start your course.

Practice placements

Most health and social care courses’ practice placements will operate outside normal working hours e.g. evenings, nights, weekends and bank holidays.

Uniforms

Most placements and some practical sessions in our skills laboratories will require you to wear a uniform and name badge. You will be measured for uniforms specific to your course as part of your Welcome Week activities after enrolment. In the meantime, we have prepared answers to frequently asked questions that you might find useful.

Frequently asked questions

  • Yes, LSBU will supply you with uniforms for your placement with the exception of Social Work and Health and Social Care BSc students who are not required to wear uniforms for their placements.

  • Nursing and midwifery students will receive two pairs of trousers, three tunics and a name badge. Polo shirts will be issued instead of tunics for students studying mental health nursing, physiotherapy, chiropractic and sport rehabilitation. ODP students will receive one set of scrubs top and trousers.

  • The items are to last for the duration of your programme of study.

  • A measuring and distribution service will be available by the uniform provider at both Southwark and Havering campuses. As garments are fitted for work purposes they need to allow for flexibility of movement so it’s best to have the uniform provider measure you up.

  • You can request a longer tunic for religious or medical reasons. To do this, you should advise the uniform supplier at the measuring session. These tunics are 2 inches longer and sleeves finish just above the elbows. Due to infection control, full length sleeves are not permitted.

  • Name badges are professional and need to include your formal names.

  • You can order a replacement name badge direct with the uniform provider. Badges need to be worn at all times when you are at placement.

  • You are welcome to purchase additional items at www.wisconnect.co.uk. You will need to log in using your student ID and then follow the step-by-step instruction. Please note that dresses are not available.

  • You should try on your uniforms the day you receive them so that the staff at the measuring service can help arrange any size exchanges. If you choose not to try on your uniforms and require different sizes at a later date you will need to purchase these through the uniform provider’s online portal at your own cost.

  • They are yours to keep – you do not need to return the garments.

 
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