University Calendar 2013/14
Section X : Academic Regulations - Faculty of Health Sciences

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Academic Unit Health Sciences
Final Award Bachelor of Science (Honours)
Programme(s) BSc (Hons) Occupational Therapy
Last modified July 2013

Reference should be made to the University's General Regulations found in Section IV and Section V (Higher Degree Regulations) of the University Calendar.

Except where an opt-out has been granted by the University, the following academic regulations apply in addition to the General Regulations.

1. Admissions
Candidates for admission must satisfy the Regulations for Admission to Degree Courses as specified in Section IV of the University Calendar. They must normally offer at least three A level passes(AAB or ABB) and, additionally, at least five GCSE passes at Grade C or above including English language, mathematics and a science subject. Candidates aged over 21 years and those who have other academically equivalent qualifications completed in the three years prior to commencing a programme are also considered.  Information about those qualifications most commonly accepted is published in the Faculty prospectus and updated annually.  Candidates with other qualifications outside of these are considered on an individual basis.

Admission to, and continuation on, the programme is subject to specific health requirements (consistent with the provisions of the Equality Act [2010]). This is to comply with statutory requirements laid down by the Health Act (1999) and the Health Care Professions Council. Prospective students are required to inform the Head of Programme of any health problems relevant to their future employment as a health professional. All students will be subject to an occupational health check.

Admission to, and continuation on, the programme is subject to consideration of any criminal convictions. The programme is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (1986). This is to comply with statutory requirements laid down by the Health Act (1999) and the Health Care Professions Council. Prospective students are required to inform the Faculty of all criminal convictions. All students will be subject to an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check.

Students holding a professional qualification in Occupational Therapy may register for individual modules and, on satisfactory completion of that module, may be awarded the appropriate credit.

Equality Statement
The Faculty wishes to make places available to a wide range of people who will make a useful contribution to the study and practice of occupational therapy. The University and the Faculty are committed to a comprehensive policy of equal opportunities in which students are recruited on the basis of their relevant merits and abilities and are given equal opportunities within the University. The aim of the policy is to ensure that no prospective or current students should receive less favourable treatment on any grounds that are not relevant to academic ability and attainment and state registration as a professional Occupational Therapist.

The University's Disability Equality Scheme includes an Action Plan which identifies the steps that the University is taking to improve the opportunities available to disabled students. Applications from candidates with disabilities are always considered and assessment of their abilities and needs undertaken sensitively.

Decisions are based on whether or not the applicant meets the admission criteria, whether the programme can be delivered to the applicant in a way that meets their requirements, making reasonable adjustments if necessary and whether at the end of the programme, the graduate would meet the HPC Standards of Proficiency.

Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL)
APEL/APCL will be considered on a case by case basis and in accordance with the University regulations for APL.

2. Structure of Programme(s)
Progress from one level of the programme to the next will depend upon the successful completion of the appropriate examination and coursework requirements, and the satisfactory completion of practice placements.

In level 4 students will study 120 credits (certificate level) (60 ECTs)
In level 5 students will study 120 credits (diploma level) (60 ECTs)
In level 6 students will study 120 credits (honours level) (60 ECTs)

The programmes leading to the awards BSc (Hons) Occupational Therapy shall normally be of three years duration full-time and four years part-time.

Incorporating periods of suspension or interruption of studies, the College of Occupational Therapists sets the maximum time in which students should normally complete the programme and gain the professional qualification. This is to ensure that those qualifying have currency of professional knowledge for safe practice and the protection of the public.
  • Three-year Bachelor programmes should normally be completed within five years.
  • Four-year part-time Bachelor programmes should normally be completed within six years.
Extension of a student’s registration period beyond the maximum time set by the College of Occupational Therapists must have prior approval of the College and must have the support of the higher education institution.

The outline of the content of each module shall be specified in the module profiles and made available to students on 'Blackboard'.

3. Progression
Progression Regulations are as described in the University Calendar, Section IV : General Regulations; Progression, Determination and Classification of Results.

To comply with the requirements of the College of Occupational Therapists, this programme must normally be completed within 5 years on the full time route and up to 6 years on the part time route.

Module Referral and Retrieval

The criteria for module assessment referral are:
  • Failure to achieve a Pass/Fail assessment.

  • Where an assessment comprises of two or more components the minimum pass mark for each part must be 40%, except in specific modules where it has been agreed a combined mark of 40% must be achieved.

  • Non-attendance or late arrival more than half an hour after the start of an examination/presentation, or is required to leave the examination room.

  • Late Submission of an assignment as described in the University Assessment Policy:
Termination of Registration

A studentís registration will normally be terminated following resit/retrieval assessments if he/she:

4. Assessment
To graduate from the programme, students must have satisfactorily completed all assessment components including the required practice placement hours.

Candidates who exceed the specified word limitation (+/- 10%) within a module will incur a 10% penalty reduction in their assessment mark.

When attending for an examination you must produce either your university ID card or a form of photographic ID in which you are clearly identifiable. Students without photographic ID will not be permitted entry to the examination.

Work submitted up to 5 days after the deadline will be marked as usual.  The final agreed mark is then reduced by the factors detailed in the relevant University Policy.

5. Award of Qualification(s)
All candidates registered for the degree of Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy shall be candidates for an Honours degree since this is the minimum level of attainment laid down by the professional body as a pre-requisite for registration as an occupational therapist.

Successful completion of this programme provides eligibility to apply for registration with the Health Care Professions Council (HPC). It is a legal requirement that anyone who wishes to practice using a title protected by the Health Professions Order 2001 is on the HCPC Register. For more information, please see the HCPC website.

In order to qualify for the award of the degree of Bachelor of Science [Honours] in Occupational Therapy candidates must:
  1. have satisfied the entry requirement as set out in the programme regulations;

  2. have followed the approved curriculum and passed all the required assessments and examinations;

  3. have completed all practical work, clinical placements and other coursework as required;

  4. be judged as of good character and worthy of admission to the Health Care Professions Council's register.
Students who are successful at all level 4 assessments but are unable to complete their full degree studies shall be eligible for the exit award of a Certificate of Allied Health Studies.

Students who are successful at all level 5 assessments but are unable to complete their full degree studies shall be eligible for the exit award of a Diploma of Allied Health Studies.

Any student who experiences grave or terminal illness/injury which prevents them from continuing on their programme of study and achieving qualification may be eligible for a posthumous or aegrotat degree named Certificate in Allied Health Sciences or Diploma in Allied Health Sciences. The award cannot be named 'Occupational Therapy' since the term 'Occupational Therapy' is a title protected under the Health Act (1999) for those who are fully qualified and registered as Occupational Therapists.

6. Placements/Study Abroad/Exchange/Fieldwork
Practice placements form an integral part of the programme and students are required to pass in order to be awarded a BSc (Hons) in Occupational Therapy.

During the course of their programme, students are required to successfully complete a minimum of 1000 assessed hours of practice learning during which they use occupational therapy skills and interventions.

Students are not permitted to continue in placement whilst progressing an academic appeal against a relevant body.

7. Other
These regulations may be revised during the student's period of registration in accordance with the procedures approved by Senate.

Compensation is not permitted on this programme.

Fitness to Practice
Students are advised to acquaint themselves with the University Fitness to Practise Policy which is used within the Faculty of Health Sciences.

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