Occupational therapists work with individuals, groups and communities to enable their opportunities for occupations that will promote their health and wellbeing. Occupational therapists understand the importance of participation in the occupations and social life of their communities. Occupational therapy is a practice that facilitates choice and diversity of occupations that have meaning and contribute to enhancing quality of life.
This course will provide you with the skills and knowledge that are required to work as an occupational therapist in a range of human service settings. You will learn to analyse why people do certain things and how their behaviour influences their health. You will also develop an appreciation for how individuals lives can be shaped by their environment and culture and how these factors can impact on health. You will learn through a range of approaches including interactive leactures, workshops, group work, and self-directed learning. In the latter years you will experience greater autonomy and encouragement to debate and appraise practices.
Year One will provide an introduction to occupational therapy. You will study a range of modules and participate in practice education. Placements are a key element of the course and take place each year, giving you the opportunity to put what you are learning into practice and to work with a wide range of individuals and groups of people in diverse settings. In Year Two you will focus on how to plan interventions and work with other team members. During Year Three you will be critically evaluating ideas and exploring the social construction of practice. In Year Four you will focus on translating knowledge into practice in changing contexts.
We have implemented an interprofessional education (IPE) focus within all of our undergraduate healthcare courses to help produce graduates who are confident in their own professional identity and equipped with skills that will allow them to work as effective team members. The IPE component will develop your understanding of roles, expertise and values of other team members; skills and strategies in working in teams; problem solving, team decision making skills; role flexibility; and ability to learn from others.
You study for an honours degree over four years. You will complete a range of modules, as outlined, each year.
We have a highly skilled and innovative staff team committed to your learning.
Employers tell us that our graduates are independent learners who can solve problems creatively.
We have a 'cutting edge' curriculum with a European dimension.
In Year One, you will spend 12 hours per week in a classroom setting and less so in later years where there is more independent learning. You will spent six weeks on placement in Year One, six weeks in Year Two, eight weeks in Year Three, and eight weeks in Year Four.
This course is approved by the Health and Care Professions Council.
There will be a placement element in each year. Links with institutions abroad may allow opportunities to complete a practice placement in an international setting in Year Two through the Erasmus Exchange Programme.
This course is approved by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). Graduates are eligible to apply for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). Registration is approved by the HCPC.
Becoming a Professional / Finding and Consuming Knowledge / Humans as Occupational Beings / Practice Placement / Interprofessional Education
Assessment and Analysis / Intervention / Practice Placement / Interprofessional Education
Critical Considerations/ Reconstructing Occupation / Evaluating Occupation and Occupational Therapy / Practice Placement / Interprofessional Education
Translating Knowledge into Practice / Transformation through Occupation / Professional Autonomy and Critical Engagement with Learning / Practice Placement / Interprofessional Education
Irish Leaving Certificate:
Pre 2017: BBBC
2017 onwards: H2, H3, H3, H3
Higher English is preferred, or a discursive subject such
as History or Sociology at Higher A Level or equivalent, Eng and Maths at S/Int2/ N5/GCSE
SWAP Access to Health and Social Sciences, HNC Healthcare, HNC Social Care. We welcome applications from mature students with other relevant qualifications and/ or experience.
Year Two - HNC Occupational Therapy Support with B in the graded unit, plus successful fieldwork placement, when places available.
- A satisfactory criminal records check will be required. - You will be required to attend an interview as part of the application process.
IELTS score of 6 with no element lower than 5.5. Upon graduation and to be eligible for HCPC registration, an IELTS score of 7 with no element below 6.5 is required.
Excellent career prospects are available in NHS Trusts, local authority social care departments, voluntary organisations, private practice or industry. Your work as an occupational therapist may not necessarily be in a medical setting in a hospital or clinic. There are an exciting variety of work opportunities in the community, which includes working with the voluntary sector and in primary care. The experience you will gain on this course will enable you to work as part of a team with other health and social care professionals. Should you wish to pursue a more academic career path there are opportunities to study at Masters and PhD levels.
Marie Westwood, BSc (Hons) Occupational Therapy
When I finished school, I wanted a break from studying and decided to go travelling around Europe. After two years travelling, I went to work in various care homes, hospitals and within the community, and it sparked my interest in occupational therapy: I wanted to help people gain their independence after an illness and the philosophy of occupational therapy applied to me. I was not ready to pursue a career in it at that point though, as I had two small daughters, but when they started school I went to FE college to do an HNC in Health Care. This, coupled with my work experience, allowed me to get on the Occupational Therapy course at QMU.
I am really enjoying the course: I have found it really interesting and all my expectations have been met. I have really enjoyed my placements - all have been very different and a definite highlight. They have ranged from paediatrics, neuro-rehabilitation to forensic occupational therapy. QMU have also been very helpful in arranging placements for me that were fairly close to home due to me having children. The QMU campus is a great place to learn: there are lots of computers and a range of study spaces where you can practice presentations, meet with groups or have some quite study time. Everyone at QMU is friendly and willing to help, whatever the problem. It seems like everyone wants to support you to succeed and reach your goal.
In Year Three, I got the opportunity be involved in the European network of occupational therapy in higher education (ENOTHE) where I gave a presentation with three of my peers in Coruna, Spain. This was the 15th ENOTHE meeting and was the European Year of Creativity and Innovation. Our presentation was 'An exploration of the use of the Wii console in occupational therapy'. I got the opportunity to meet with other OT students from across Europe, as well as meeting and listing to some inspirational lectures. As a mature student with two children, I didnt expect to be able to get involved in anything like this, but I exceeded my own expectations.
When I graduate, I hope to get a job as an occupational therapist, but who knows where my degree will take me, maybe I will do more travelling at some point and I could always come back to QMU to further my education.
BSc (Hons) Occupational Therapy
When I left school, I didn't really know what I wanted to do and took some time out where I had many amazing experiences: I volunteered with a class of adolescents with learning disabilities; worked as a carer for the elderly; was an au pair; trained and volunteered as a first aider; and spend three weeks in Africa. These experiences taught me a lot, were great for my CV and helped me to discover occupational therapy. I had never heard of it at school and was excited by the opportunities it seemed to hold. It suited both my creative and scientific interests. I explored it further and did some work experience and finally decided that this was what I wanted to do.
I am really enjoying the course - in particular the optional module which I undertook on chronic pain, which is very interesting and is to be the subject of my dissertation. I have also really enjoyed learning about research and am looking forward to applying the skills that I have learnt.
The course is well designed to meet many different learning needs with lectures and assessments structured in different ways including essays, group presentations, individual presentations and debates. In my second year, I leapt at the opportunity to undertake my placement in Trondheim, Norway and had an amazing time ,it was fantastic to see OT in a different culture and was both a personal and academic learning experience. Placements take place in each year and allow you to put theory into practice, consolidate the knowledge you have gained and learn the practical skills required to be an OT.
The lecturers at QMU are really friendly, supportive and approachable and having a personal academic tutor for the four years is great. I would recommend QMU to friends as it offers diverse opportunities, fantastic support and takes into consideration many different learning styles, adapting to these appropriately.