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Duration

Two years, full time

Application Deadline

26 January 2022

Location

St George's, University of London

Accreditation

Royal College of Occupational Therapists

UK, EU and non-EU

(International) citizens may apply

Start dates

September 2022, September 2023

Occupational therapy is a very rewarding profession in which you will make a real difference to people’s quality of life. Occupational therapists work with people of all ages to enable them to participate in the daily activities that are important to them. You will work with people with a range of physical and mental health challenges in settings as diverse as schools, prisons, hospitals, the community and many more.

Established in 1752, St George’s, University of London is the UK’s specialist health university, and we are the only UK university to share our campus with a major teaching hospital. You will have opportunities to learn with students and professionals from a variety of healthcare professions that you will go on to work with.

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Highlights

  • Accelerated, two-year programme offering a master’s level route into occupational therapy.

  • NHS funding offers eligible new and continuing students on this course £5,000 maintenance grant each year.

  • This course is accredited by the Royal College of Occupational Therapists (RCOT), ensuring it meets the education standards set by the profession.

  • Soon to be accredited by The Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).

  • 1,000 hours of practice placement experience within a diverse range of settings, for example, in acute and community hospitals, schools, forensics units and in primary care and non-traditional settings.
  • Benefit from well-established links with local NHS and social care organisations.

  • Cutting-edge facilities include our dedicated Art of Living Suite with simulated kitchen and bathroom, which enable you to learn skills for practice within a safe environment, as well as access to our pathology museum, anatomy and dissection rooms.

  • Established in 1752, St George’s, University of London is the UK’s specialist health university, and we are the only UK university to share our campus with a major teaching hospital, St George’s University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, which is both on the clinical frontline for a diverse local community and a centre of excellence for specialist conditions.

  • You will be surrounded by like-minded individuals, helping to build your multidisciplinary understanding and context.

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Course info

Accidents, illness, disability, mental health issues and ageing affect millions of people all over the world, making it harder for them to do everyday activities, including education, work, leisure or caring for themselves. By working with service users, for example, teaching them new ways to do things, identifying specialist equipment and assistive technology, or making changes in their environment, occupational therapists enable people with a diverse range of needs to live a better life and do what matters most to them.

On our degree, learning is very much hands-on, developing your communication skills and preparing you for practice initially in simulated environments, including our dedicated Art of Living Suite, and subsequently on practice placements in an array of different settings. You’ll deepen your knowledge of the human body and how it works through practical sessions in our anatomy and dissection rooms.

By combining theoretical knowledge with practical experience, this course explores concepts, principles, and theories of occupational therapy and occupational science, human development, anatomy, physiology, and psychology to develop a strong foundation to practice as an Occupational Therapist (OT).

You’ll quickly realise that no day is ever the same for an ‘OT’ – you may find yourself helping someone rehabilitate after major surgery or providing the adaptations which enable the elderly to stay in their own homes, or supporting someone with mental illness, addiction, or learning disabilities.

Over the course of two years, you will spend 1,000 hours, which is approximately a third of your time on the programme, on placement in and around London in a range of different settings to broaden your experience. These reflect the evolving nature of the profession and may include a wide variety of settings, for example, acute trusts, community settings, schools, local authorities, social enterprises, charities, and non-traditional placements.

“From the second you walk through the door, the staff at St George’s are incredibly supportive and encouraging every step of the way throughout your learning experience. Our class bonded really well and we have a lot of fun as well as being there to provide support for each other.”

- Sharon

Occupational Therapy BSc

Tuition fees

Apply for a £5,000 NHS Training Grant

Apply to create an account on the NHS Learning Support Fund website to stay updated. 

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Home (UK) student fees

Academic year

UK (per academic year)

Total fee*

2022/23

£9,250

£18,500

For more information, see our fees and funding pages.*Tuition fees for home (UK) students are determined by UK Government policy. Tuition fees are charged for each year of your course. Fees for second and subsequent years are likely to increase annually in line with UK inflation as measured by the Retail Price Index (RPI-X) and subject to maximum regulated fee rates set by the UK Government. 

International (including EU) student fees

Academic year

International (per academic year)

Total fee*

2022/23

£17,250

£34,500

*Tuition fees for international students are set by St George’s, University of London. Tuition fees are charged for each year of your course. Fees for second and subsequent years are likely to increase annually in line with UK inflation as measured by the Retail Price Index (RPI-X) and will not normally increase by more than 5% each year, except when the rate of inflation is significantly more than that projected in the preceding year.

For more information, see our fees and funding pages.

Additional costs

The table below highlights the additional course-specific costs related to this degree. Visit the additional course-related costs for more information on general costs to consider alongside your studies.

Additional cost 

Description

Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check

DBS - £40
Post office verification - £6 
Administration fee - £9

Clothing

Students will require a lab coat for use in wet labs, these can be purchased from the SU - £10.

Uniforms are provided by the University; replacement uniforms are paid for by the student at £30 per full set.

Membership

Student Membership with the Royal College of Occupational Therapists is optional but highly encouraged - £5.05 per month.

Travel to placements

You should expect to spend approximately £800 - £2,000 on travel to placements for the duration of your course.

If you qualify for the UK government Learning and Support fund you maybe able to claim travel and accommodation costs (if the cost of travelling to placement is more than the cost of travelling to university) and accommodation (only if it has been agreed that it would be impractical to travel to placement daily).

If you qualify for the UK government Learning and Support fund you may be eligible to receive a training grant of £5,000 per academic year to help with maintenance and associated study costs and an additional £1,000 for studying a specialist subject. Visit the NHS BSA website for more information.

 

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Entry Criteria: 2022 Entry

To be eligible for the Occupational Therapy MSc programme, you must meet the requirements outlined under Entry Qualifications, Other Academic Requirements, and Non-academic Requirements below.

Entry Qualifications

To be eligible for this programme, your degree should have been awarded within the past five years (e.g. no earlier than summer 2017). If your degree was awarded before this time, please click on the Recent Engagement in Education tab below.

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Undergraduate Degree

You should have or be expected to achieve, a minimum of a 2:1 Honours Degree in a life science or health-related subject. This may include (but is not limited to): biology, behavioural science, sports science, physiology, health science, or a health-related profession which ideally contains human anatomy and physiology. 

Experience of the research process and/or completion of an undergraduate research project is essential.

All degrees must be awarded before 1 August on the year of entry.

International Degree

Please find the UK equivalent of your qualification(s) by visiting the UK ENIC website. Your qualification(s) will need to be equivalent to the requirements outlined above.

Other Academic Requirements

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English Language

If you are applying from outside of the UK, you will need to meet the English language requirements outlined here. This is a Group 1 course.

Non-academic Requirements

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Personal Statement

You will be asked to submit a personal statement with your application. This statement should outline your reasons for applying for the course, demonstrate evidence of experience and what transferable skills you learnt from this experience. The personal statement will be considered at various stages in the application process including if you are invited to interview.

Through the application process, you will need to demonstrate appropriate personal qualities, motivation, communication skills and understanding of an occupational therapist’s role.

You will need to provide one reference. This should be an academic or professional reference.

Work Experience and Insight

We understand the challenges for our prospective applicants for medicine and allied health courses trying to gain work experience at this time, particularly in clinical settings.    

In response to the government’s social distancing guidelines, which have a significant impact on all areas of life, we have chosen to relax our work experience requirements for prospective applicants for our courses which would normally require these.    

Despite the relaxed requirements, we still require our applicants to have an understanding of the realities of working as a healthcare professional and to show they have the necessary skills and attributes for their chosen career. Online resources can give you valuable insight into working in the healthcare sector and outline the wide range of careers and courses available. You can find a number of suggested resources for each of our courses here.

Occupational Health Check

Should you receive an offer to study at St George’s, you will be required to complete a health check and be declared fit to study and practise by the Occupational Health (OH) department before you begin your studies.

The following vaccinations are mandatory for all healthcare students before you begin your studies:

  • MMR (measles, mumps and rubella)
  • Meningococcal meningitis
  • Diphtheria
  • Pertussis (whooping cough)
  • Poliomyelitis
  • Tetanus

As part of the process, you will also be screened by the OH team for Chickenpox, Tuberculosis, HIV and Hepatitis B and C.

We do not currently require you to have been vaccinated against Covid-19, but we strongly recommend that you get double vaccinated before the start of your studies, unless medically exempt.

When admitting candidates to study and practise as a health practitioner, we have an obligation to both patients and to the individual student. Candidates who are concerned about a health issue are advised to contact us.

Disclosure and Barring Service Check & Additional Declarations

This course will include work with children and vulnerable adults, so you will be required to submit a series of declarations.

If you are invited to an interview, we will request some additional information from you, regarding your criminal record, educational history and employment history. You will also have the opportunity to make any other declarations that you’d like us to be aware of. We may not able to consider applicants who were suspended from previous study/work due to fitness to practise issues or failure in assessments/examinations.

If you are made an offer, you will be required to complete an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check. More information about this is sent to applicants as part of the admissions process.

Recent Engagement in Education

Due to the demanding nature of the Occupational Therapy programme, it is important that applicants can demonstrate recent engagement in education if your degree was awarded more than five years ago. However, we are able to accept degree results from more than five years ago if you have been working within healthcare since graduating. Please ensure this information is included in the Employment section of your UCAS application.

Entry Criteria: 2023 Entry

To be eligible for the Occupational Therapy MSc programme, you must meet the requirements outlined under Entry Qualifications, Other Academic Requirements, and Non-academic Requirements below.

Entry Qualifications

To be eligible for this programme, your degree should have been awarded within the past five years (e.g. no earlier than summer 2018). If your degree was awarded before this time, please click on the Recent Engagement in Education tab below.

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Undergraduate Degree

You should have or be expected to achieve, a minimum of a 2:1 Honours Degree in a life science or health-related subject. This may include (but is not limited to): biology, behavioural science, sports science, physiology, health science, or a health-related profession which ideally contains human anatomy and physiology. 

Experience of the research process and/or completion of an undergraduate research project is essential.

All degrees must be awarded before 1 August on the year of entry.

International Degree

Please find the UK equivalent of your qualification(s) by visiting the UK ENIC website. Your qualification(s) will need to be equivalent to the requirements outlined above.

Other Academic Requirements

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English Language

If you are applying from outside of the UK, you will need to meet the English language requirements outlined here. This is a Group 1 course.

Non-academic Requirements

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Personal Statement

You will be asked to submit a personal statement with your application. This statement should outline your reasons for applying for the course, demonstrate evidence of experience and what transferable skills you learnt from this experience. The personal statement will be considered at various stages in the application process including if you are invited to interview.

You will need to provide one reference. This should be an academic or professional reference. See the “apply” tab for more information.

Through the application process, you will need to demonstrate appropriate personal qualities, motivation, communication skills and understanding of an occupational therapist’s role.

Work Experience and Insight

We understand the challenges for our prospective applicants for medicine and allied health courses trying to gain work experience at this time, particularly in clinical settings.    

In response to the government’s social distancing guidelines, which have a significant impact on all areas of life, we have chosen to relax our work experience requirements for prospective applicants for our courses which would normally require these.    

Despite the relaxed requirements, we still require our applicants to have an understanding of the realities of working as a healthcare professional and to show they have the necessary skills and attributes for their chosen career. Online resources can give you valuable insight into working in the healthcare sector and outline the wide range of careers and courses available. You can find a number of suggested resources for each of our courses here.

Occupational Health Check

Should you receive an offer to study at St George’s, you will be required to complete a health check and be declared fit to study and practise by the Occupational Health (OH) department before you begin your studies.

The following vaccinations are mandatory for all healthcare students before you begin your studies:

  • MMR (measles, mumps and rubella)
  • Meningococcal meningitis
  • Diphtheria
  • Pertussis (whooping cough)
  • Poliomyelitis
  • Tetanus

As part of the process, you will also be screened by the OH team for Chickenpox, Tuberculosis, HIV and Hepatitis B and C.

We do not currently require you to have been vaccinated against Covid-19, but we strongly recommend that you get double vaccinated before the start of your studies, unless medically exempt.

When admitting candidates to study and practise as a health practitioner, we have an obligation to both patients and to the individual student. Candidates who are concerned about a health issue are advised to contact us.

Disclosure and Barring Service Check & Additional Declarations

This course will include work with children and vulnerable adults, so you will be required to submit a series of declarations.

If you are invited to an interview, we will request some additional information from you, regarding your criminal record, educational history and employment history. You will also have the opportunity to make any other declarations that you’d like us to be aware of. We may not able to consider applicants who were suspended from previous study/work due to fitness to practise issues or failure in assessments/examinations.

If you are made an offer, you will be required to complete an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check. More information about this is sent to applicants as part of the admissions process.

Recent Engagement in Education

Due to the demanding nature of the Occupational Therapy programme, it is important that applicants can demonstrate recent engagement in education if your degree was awarded more than five years ago. However, we are able to accept degree results from more than five years ago if you have been working within healthcare since graduating. Please ensure this information is included in the Employment section of your UCAS application.

This two year MSc Occupational Therapy (Pre-registration) Occupational Therapy degree involves four successive practice placements with a total of 1,000 hours, which represents approximately a third of the programme.

This is an intensive programme which is 45 weeks per year. Your studies will incorporate university and practice-based learning. University-based teaching is problem-based, using an interactive, integrated and self-directed approach to learning the philosophy, underpinning theories and evidence for occupational therapy. Problem-based learning helps students to gain the evaluation skills relevant to masters level, critical thinking and analysis.

Problem-based learning sessions will be in small groups and facilitated by a member of the occupational therapy team. Students will consider real-life situations relevant to professional practice. Additional learning activities such as practical sessions, seminars, debates, self-directed learning and guest lectures are scheduled to integrate the skills, theories and evidence required to provide a solution to the real-life scenario.

There is a strong emphasis on the relationship between health, well-being, participation and human occupations, as well as occupational justice. Students will be encouraged to consider how occupational therapy skills and perspectives can be used in a range of education, health and social care settings, with both groups and communities.

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Year 1 modules

  • Occupational Beings
  • Occupational Therapy: Theory and Practice
  • Maximising Occupational Performance
  • Evidence-based Practice and Research
  • Practice Placement 1
  • Practice Placement 2

Year 2 modules

  • Advancing Contemporaneous Occupational Therapy Practice
  • Research in Practice
  • Contributing to Communities
  • Practice Placement 3
  • Practice Placement 4

Placement

The range and volume of placement opportunities we offer is what students tell us they like most about occupational therapy programmes – practice placements are undertaken in a variety of health and social care environments, including acute NHS hospital trusts, community-based services, mental health services, social care, non-statutory provision and children’s services.

The supervised, hands-on experience you get with service users and patients on placement is the best way to consolidate your learning. You will gain experience of working as part of a team, demonstrating professional behaviour, and implementing a range of occupational therapy assessments and interventions.

Over the two years of the programme, you will be expected to undertake a minimum of 28 weeks of placement, with full-time working hours. On placement, you are supervised by a practice educator who will facilitate your learning. You receive support from your University link tutor who will meet with you at least once during the placement and provide support as needed. You should be prepared to travel for your placements within the London/Greater London area.

Below are some examples of where our students have attended practice placements.

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Placement examples*

  • Camden and Islington NHS Foundation Trust
  • Central London Community Healthcare NHS Trust
  • Enfield Community Services
  • Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust
  • Islington Community Rehabilitation Services
  • South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust
  • South West London and St George's Mental Health NHS Trust
  • Southend University Hospital NHS Trust
  • St Georges University Hospitals NHS Trust
  • Vauxhall City Farm and Randall Close/Leonard Cheshire
  • West London Mental Health NHS Trust

*This list is subject to change and should be used as a guide of where students may be able to go

To excel and work effectively as an occupational therapist, you need practical, personal, and professional knowledge and expertise, together with enthusiasm, patience, the ability to make people feel swiftly at ease and think quickly on your feet.

On our degree, you will build a portfolio of clinical and professional skills and competencies, to the standard expected by professional organisations. We pay particular attention to developing your critical thinking and practical skills. You will learn how to critically analyse and use the evidence base in clinical practice.  In addition, you will spend time practising how to use equipment on other students and mannequins, for example, learning basic life support, doing wheelchair or sliding board transfers, making splints, building your confidence to deal with patients and relatives.

One of the many benefits of studying at St George’s is the opportunity to study and work with students on other healthcare-related courses, including medical, physiotherapy, diagnostic and therapeutic radiography, to lay the foundation for future practice as part of a clinical multidisciplinary team. This collaborative inter-professional education helps you develop invaluable communication and team-building skills and appreciate the roles and responsibilities of other professionals.

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Our expertise

You will be taught by staff with extensive experience of working in practice, teaching and research, who will share their up-to-date knowledge and experience in specialist areas including mental health, neurology, trauma, orthopaedics, children and families. Where possible we invite carers, service users or patients to talk to you directly about their own experiences, for example, their lived experience of occupational therapy and the importance of participating in their occupations. Capitalising on our contacts with a range of organisations, we invite practitioners to deliver teaching sessions on specialist areas of practice (for example, palliative care) and evolving areas of occupational therapy practice (for example, working with refugees).  

St George’s enjoys a global reputation as experts in population health, infection and immunity, and molecular and clinical sciences thanks to our four world-class research institutes – Molecular and Clinical Science, Population Health Research, Faculty of Health, Social Care and Education and Infection and Immunity.

Assessment methods

Students will receive feedback after each of their module assessments, which may include and Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE), an examination, written analyses and reports, presentations, research proposals and projects. Students are assessed separately in professional practice placements blocks by their nominated assessor.

While the St George’s programmes are recognised by many different countries, applicants are advised to check with their own individual national authorities if they wish to practise in their chosen country.

More occupational therapists are needed across the UK to help address the growing number of people who need their support now, as well as those who will require it in the future. 

Career prospects are excellent with opportunities for career progression within the NHS and other settings through professional practice and development into Senior Occupational Therapist and Advanced Practitioner roles, as well as progression into management, education and training, or academic career pathways. 

If you are an EU or non-EU (international) applicant, you should check with the professional registration body in your country to ensure that you will be eligible to practise there. 

As well as working with individual patients and their families, you could also work with groups and communities, or as part of a multidisciplinary team in hospitals, clinics, charities, prisons and social services departments. As you gain experience, you may opt to specialise in a particular area of practice such as mental health, hand therapy, elderly care or paediatrics. The skills you’ll develop could lend themselves to new emerging roles too, such as working with asylum seekers or refugees, the police or the fire services. 

There are many exciting opportunities for career advancement, further study or research, including further postgraduate study at St George’s on our MSc Rehabilitation course.

 

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Career examples

  • Acute health and social care

  • Charities

  • Children’s therapy services or schools

  • Forensic mental health

  • Hospices

  • Hospitals

  • Housing departments

  • International services

  • Mental health services

  • Older people’s services

  • Private practice

  • Rehabilitation centres

Facilities

St George’s is the only UK university, which specialises in healthcare education and is based on a hospital site, namely St George’s Hospital, where the Channel 4 television series 24 hours in A&E was filmed. We offer a unique opportunity to study and work alongside the full range of clinical professionals and their patients. Based in the thriving multi-cultural hub of Tooting in South West London, our location has the added advantage of being just a short tube ride from Central London and all the city lifestyle has to offer.

We also have a range of specialist health and academic facilities to support your learning, listed below.

The Art of Living Suite

This specifically designed teaching facility for occupational therapy has adapted, functioning kitchen and simulated bathroom facilities, in addition to specialist equipment so that you can practise assessment and intervention skills.

Dissection room

The dissection room is where present and future healthcare professionals and scientists in the hospital and University learn or refresh their anatomy knowledge directly from the human body, through access to cadaveric material and models, and plastinated (preserved) specimens.

Pathology museum

Our on-site museum houses a collection of over 2,000 pathological specimens, including a number of original specimens donated by Sir Benjamin Collins Brodie in 1843. This space is used for small group tutorials by students across all of our courses as an educational tool to help you understand the mechanisms of disease.

Library and learning technology

Our modern health sciences library offers a wide range of books, e-books, academic journals and other resources to support you. You will also have access to online resources, such as the Canvas virtual learning environment

and our Hunter discovery service to help you find the information you need. The library is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and comprises silent, quiet and group learning areas, as well as four group discussion rooms.

IT facilities

We have five computer suites housing 260 workstations. Three of these suites are accessible 24 hours a day. It’s easy to find a free space with our handy real-time computer locator. We also have 75 self-service laptops available. Free Wi-Fi covers the whole campus, including all accommodation. You can use these resources to access your course materials, discussion boards, assessment and feedback through Canvas.

Student support

Whether you are heading off to university straight from another university or returning to education as a mature student, we want to ensure your experience is positive from the outset. At St George’s, you’ll be welcomed by a multicultural student and staff body of different ages, ethnicities, nationalities, and backgrounds, all with one thing in common – an interest in healthcare.

Students frequently tell us they greatly appreciate the diversity of our student and staff body, as well as the patients who access healthcare services in the borough of Tooting. We attract a substantial number – over two-thirds – of ‘mature’ students, aged 21 or over when they start; many have family and caring responsibilities.

We offer a full range of academic support and student services across all institutes, departments, and faculties, some of which are listed below. We take pride in offering a transformative educational experience underpinned by cooperation and collaboration between staff and students. Our innovative Student-Staff Partnership Grants (SSPGs), for example, provide funding for small projects led jointly by students and staff.

Personal tutor

On arrival, you will be allocated a personal tutor, who is a member of the programme team, someone with whom you can have regular contact, who you ask questions and discuss problems with, both academic and personal. The main purpose of a personal tutor is to monitor your progress, pick up and help you resolve any problems, whether academic or welfare related. Even if they don’t have the answer, they will point you in the right direction towards the best people to deal with specific problems.

Induction programme

Within your first week at St George’s, you’ll take part in an induction programme to help with your orientation and introduce you to various study skills, including interprofessional learning and use of the Dissecting Room. Additional sessions provide advice and guidance about the Registry, Students’ Union, personal tutor system, safety, occupational health and sexual health awareness.

Academic staff support

You’ll have access to your lecturers, usually by arrangement via email.

Placement support

Placement in practice is formalised through a placement management agreement. Whilst on placement, an allocated practice educator will facilitate your learning. One of our occupational therapy lecturers will also be your link tutor and will meet with you and the practice educator at least once during the placement and offer support as needed.

Mums and dads scheme

‘Mums and dads’ is a buddy scheme organised by the Students’ Union. Every fresher (first year student) has the choice of being assigned a ‘parent’ from the year above in their respective course. The returning student then acts as a ‘go to’ for advice about courses and university life, providing an additional support system during your first year, both academically and socially. They have been in your position and know the struggles of starting university; they also know all of the best pubs, clubs, restaurants, gyms and will help introduce you to your new St George’s family. 

Student Life Centre

Our Student Life Centre team can help you with almost any aspect of student life: finances, accommodation, exams and assessment, academic procedures, admissions, international queries, careers, disability and wellbeing, even finding your way around – whatever it takes to make you feel at home.

Careers service

Our careers service works to support current students and recent graduates to find and maintain the career of their dreams. We work with careers tutors from each course area to ensure that careers activities specific to your programmes and future profession come to you. In previous years, we have held a careers fair for Occupational Therapy and Physiotherapy students, which has included presentations from occupational therapists from local trusts as potential future employers, as well as opportunities for students to practise various skills in preparation for job applications (including writing CVs and interview skills).

Apply for this course through UCAS (the University and College Admissions Service) by 26 January in the year of entry. There are no upper age limits, and we welcome applications from mature students.

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Application checklist

Apply for this course through UCAS.

Please ensure that you have completed all tabs, including personal statement and reference details.

Deferred entry

We will consider applications from applicants who wish to defer entry by a year, provided you plan to use the time constructively. If you are offered a place on the course and subsequently decide to defer, you must inform us by 1 June of the year of application.

After application

Acknowledgement emails and letters are sent out on receipt of applications. Please ensure that your email account is able to accept communications from St George’s as we will mainly communicate with applicants via email. Selected applicants will be invited to attend an interview. 

Decisions from St George’s will be entered onto UCAS Track. Applicants will be contacted via email.

Our priority is to keep our students and staff safe and support their wellbeing, while protecting our community from the risks of Covid-19 on our site, based inside a hospital. We have listened to feedback and preferences from our student community about St George’s as a place to study.

We won’t be making any significant changes to the content of our programmes, but there will be some changes to the way they are delivered. Please see below for further details of how this may affect this course.

If government advice changes, we may need to update our plans, but our approach is designed to make it possible to continue with much of the on-campus teaching planned. If we do need to make changes, we will update this information, and will keep current students and offer holders informed by email.

We will also continue to update our frequently asked questions page for applicants and offer holders and current students as more information becomes available.

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Location of study

All face-to-face teaching will take place at St George’s, University of London on the campus that we share with St George’s Hospital in Tooting with appropriate social distancing measures in place.

We have not explored alternative locations for teaching and have no immediate plans to do so.

If government advice on social distancing changes, we will consider ways in which we can deliver more teaching onsite in a manner that is safe for students and staff.

Starting in September 2021 we hope to have a minimum of two days onsite for workshops and some tutorials and practical sessions. Lectures will continue online for the autumn term.

For clinical programmes, placement providers will continue to offer placements as they have in previous years. We will use our existing procedures for allocating students to placements.

We also use placements outside of the NHS and social care, and these will be subject to the same quality and safety arrangements for students.

Prior to each placement, students undertake a week of preparation, which will include any necessary Covid-19, PPE and risk assessment arrangements.

Course content

We are not making any significant changes to the content of the Occupational Therapy MSc programme.

However, we have remodelled placement activity for Year 2 to accommodate the original schedule for practice placements due to the interruptions caused by the pandemic.

This has been necessary as all students on this programme must complete 1,000 hours of practice placement as part of the degree award and professional body requirements.

All the programme modules are compulsory and must be passed for successful completion for the degree award, and for you to be eligible for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) under the protected title of Occupational Therapist.

There is a possibility that government advice on social distancing may change in the future and this may alter access to the campus. We expect to be able to continue to deliver all modules of the programme in a blended format (a combination of online learning and on site sessions, per the guidance given for autumn term 2021). We will continue to adapt practice placement activities, in line with the guidance of the relevant professional bodies (Health Education England, Health and Care Professions Council and the Royal College of Occupational Therapists).

How the course is being delivered

The Occupational Therapy BSc programme intends to ensure a minimum of 2 days per week spent on site at the university, where possible.

The existing learning outcomes for our modules and courses will remain in place.

From September to December 2021 all students will primarily access their learning, including learning materials, via the Virtual Learning Environment (VLE), Canvas.

Hands-on practical teaching and learning activities will be delivered on campus with appropriate social distancing and personal protective equipment (PPE) measures put in place, and with controls on the number of people in each location, as per current government guidance.

The online components of the course will be designed to balance interactive real-time sessions with lecturers and other students, with self-paced independent study. Students will have clear learning pathways through the activities they are expected to engage with, and there will be opportunities to check learning and progress.

Personal tutor support and all other student support, such as the Academic Success Centre, will also be online for this period, using a range of methods for staying in touch, such as telephone, email and the University’s web conferencing systems and Microsoft Teams.

All students on placement will be expected to undertake a risk assessment and adhere to local Trust working patterns and guidance. 

To get the most from online study, hardware requirements have been established and communicated to all existing students and offer holders. Students will need their own personal computer or laptop and an internet connection in their place of accommodation. This needs to be in place at the start of the course. Once enrolled, students will have the ability to use Office 365 as part of our institutional licence, and access software required for their modules/courses via AppsAnywhere. In addition, we offer Office for Mac via Office 365, but only the following applications are available for Mac: Teams, Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Outlook, OneNote. Web-based Office applications are available on Mac. Full details are available here.

There is a provision for students who may struggle to meet the hardware requirements to contact our IT Hardship team.

Course length

At this stage, we expect to deliver the course within the planned timescales to enable successful students to progress through the programme, and to graduate without delay, providing they meet the requirements of the programme.

Some assessments are designed to be taken on-site or in small groups. Where necessary we have developed alternative assessment strategies to enable students to complete assessments remotely and without coming to campus. Students will be coached on how to use the relevant online platforms to enable them to do this.

The programme does include practical, clinical and skill-based elements that are delivered in specialist teaching rooms and with specialist equipment. Practical classes in our specialist teaching rooms will be arranged to minimise travel to and from the site (approximately twice a week during September–December 2021) with appropriate social distancing measures and PPE if required by government guidelines. Anatomy sessions normally delivered in our Dissection Room will be delivered online with video recordings in the first term (September–December 2021). Practical, clinical and skills-based teaching will run as planned for the remainder of the 2021/22 academic year.

We have currently planned for placement activity for Years 1, 2 and 3 of the programme and will use our normal systems and processes to allocate students to placements. We will consider any necessary risk assessments for individual students and plan their placements accordingly.

There is a possibility that government advice on social distancing may change. If that is the case, we will endeavour to adjust practical components of the programme in order to maximise a positive student experience.

 

We will continue to offer final-year research projects in small groups which enable students to work with staff on topics related to occupational science or occupational therapy. Depending on government advice and guidance, we may be able to offer face-to-face data collection. However, projects will be designed to be flexible, in case this is not possible.

For clinical programmes, placement providers will continue to offer placements as they have in previous years. Their capacity to offer placements may change if there is a further outbreak of Covid-19 and delivering care and treatment to affected patients becomes the overriding priority. If this happens, we will limit the impact on students where possible. We will place students in those placement sites that do continue to accept students, and if necessary, we will use our simulation facilities or remote placements to offer a comparable clinical experience.

For continuing students, it may be possible to delay placements to the following academic year to protect student interests. However, there is a possibility that graduation for some final year students may be delayed until they are able to complete all placements.

Assessments

Incoming students (starting September 2021)

We assess the knowledge, skills and attributes of our students in a variety of ways. The methods that we use include formal written examinations, practical examinations and in-course assessments. These might include essays, practical write-ups and special study reports, oral presentations and poster presentations.

All formal written examinations take place in December 2021. At this stage, we expect to deliver these assessments as planned. Although some assessments are designed to be taken on-site, we successfully developed an alternative assessment strategy in 2019/20 and in 2020/21 in order to enable students to complete assessments remotely without coming  to campus. For example, formal examinations and some presentations were taken remotely by students within a window stipulated by us. If the government advice on social distancing does not change by December 2021, we will take this approach again.

Current students

The university-based assessments will continue, and students will submit online as usual. Some assessments have been adapted slightly (e.g. the small group presentation assessments) to ensure each student can achieve the learning outcomes. You will be informed of these changes at the start of each module.

Assessments, where students are directly observed performing a practical or clinical skill by an examiner, can only be delivered on campus or on practice placement. For assessments within which a student’s ability to communicate appropriately with a patient or simulated patient can also only be delivered onsite, we expect at this stage to be able to deliver assessments of this kind onsite or during practice placement.

However, if government advice changes and the campus is closed, we would not be able to deliver these assessments as planned. In that case, it might be possible to delay these assessments to the following academic year to protect student safety. If that happens, graduation for some final-year students may be delayed until you are able to complete all assessments, because we have an obligation to our regulators to confirm that our students have met the clinical and practical outcomes for the programme before they graduate.

Additional costs

We do not expect students to incur any extra costs over and above those that we have advertised on the course page.

As a result of our courses beginning with the majority of teaching online in autumn term 2021, you will need a personal laptop or computer and access to the internet to participate in online lectures. Information is available on recommended device specification here.

If you are worried you might struggle to meet these requirements, you should email IThardship@sgul.ac.uk so we can look at support options for you.

Personal protective equipment (PPE) will be provided for you if needed.

If government guidance changes and we need to postpone or alter placements, then you may need to cover living expenses might be beyond the standard term dates of the programme.

Course timetable

A typical timetable will vary each year of the course.

Students will complete anywhere from 1 to 2 placements per year depending on the year of the course they are currently completing.

Depending on the government guidance surrounding Covid-19, the hope is that most teaching will return to site in January 2022 following the end of social distance guidelines.

Year 1

Students will typically have sessions (both remote and onsite) Monday to Friday from 9:00-17:00 with breaks interspersed throughout the day.

Students will typically be on site most Thursdays and Fridays, and possibly some Mondays in the first term.

Students will complete a four-week placement after Easter.

Year 2

Students will typically have sessions (online and onsite) Monday to Friday from 9:00-17:00 with breaks interspersed throughout the day.

Students will typically be on site on Mondays and Tuesdays in the first term.

Students will complete an eight-week placement in the autumn term and another eight-week placement after Easter.

Year 3

Students will typically have sessions (online and onsite) Monday to Friday from 9:00-17:00 with breaks interspersed throughout the day.

The days students are on site will vary in the first term.  

Students will complete two eight-week placements in January 2022 and in April 2022 in order to be able to graduate by July 2022.

Term dates

Consenting to these changes

At enrolment or re-enrolment you consented to the changes we anticipated as a result of the pandemic, which were outlined on the ‘Covid-19 updates’ tab of your course page at: www.sgul.ac.uk/study/courses.

The changes that we are making are the consequence of current public health advice and our need to anticipate changes to that advice. Our capacity to offer alternatives is therefore limited. We do not feel that the changes will adversely affect students.  

If you wish to avoid these changes (e.g. by taking a year out from your studies) please discuss this directly with your course team in the first instance.

We remain, as always, focused on the best experience and outcomes for our students.

Making a complaint

If you have concerns about the quality of course delivery, please raise these with your course team in the first instance.

If you wish to take a more formal route, guidance is available to you in our student concerns and complaints procedure.

“I have found online studying to be quite successful for me. You can interact with your peers and lecturers as you usually would, but all from the comfort of your home. ”

- Jennifer, Medicine (MBBS) student, year 4

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Duration

Two years, full time

Application Deadline

26 January 2022

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