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Occupational Therapy (PgD)

We are pleased to announce that the next start date will be September 2014. 

This highly respected 2 year accelerated route has been running at Cardiff University since 2004 and is aimed at potential students who already hold a degree. As an accelerated route, the course content is equivalent to a 3 year BSc programme and is undertaken at a higher academic level. The course offers graduates a route that develops their academic and research skills, as well as meeting the requirements of the relevant professional bodies thus enabling registration and practice as an occupational therapist on completion of study. The route requires a fulltime commitment from students and is delivered over 2 calendar years. This is in order to meet the educational requirements of the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and the College of Occupational Therapists.  Thus the curriculum runs over 45 weeks each calendar year; a total of 90 weeks in all. This means that successful graduates can register with the HSPC and begin work in September, when fewer occupational therapy graduates are seeking employment. Compliance with the College of Occupational Therapists’ expectations ensures that graduates also meet the standards for the World Federation of Occupational Therapists enabling them to work abroad.

In order to meet registration requirements, a minimum of 1000 hours of the programme take place in practice settings. These placements are distributed in blocks at dedicated times throughout the programme. Placements are normally arranged across Wales and the borders of England. Students are expected to attend university on a 5 day per week basis.

Brief Overview of Curriculum: The route is designed in modules which cover 3 subject strands; Professional Studies in Occupational Therapy, Occupational Engagement and Interruption across the Life Cycle and Research skills. The learning style of the curriculum reflects a philosophy that respects the academic experience of postgraduate learners. We value previous academic skills and subject knowledge as relevant to occupational therapy. Students are encouraged to take responsibility for identifying and monitoring their own learning throughout the curriculum. Academic modules are delivered as a spiral curriculum which encourages increasing depth and synthesis of knowledge throughout the learning process.

On completion of the Postgraduate Diploma in Occupational Therapy there is an option to undertake a 60 credit self funded module leading to the MSc in Occupation and Health on a full or part time basis.

Learning Style: In order to utilise and value previous academic skills and work experience as well as mirroring the problem solving process used within occupational therapy, the course enables its students to learn through problem based learning,  mostly in small groups.

Assessments: Assessments are integrated throughout the curriculum. These include formative and summative written assignments, one written exam, one viva voce examination and assessment of practice placements. Peer evaluation is incorporated into the problem based learning and presentation of group and individual work. Successful completion of all assignments and practice placements is required.

Student Numbers: The course is validated for 25 places. A number of these places are offered with NHS bursary funding. Self funded places are also offered.

Language: The programme is delivered in English, however under university regulations students can request to submit assignments using the medium of Welsh. Support is given for the use of the Welsh language wherever possible.

Application process:  
Applications for the PGD in Occupational Therapy are welcomed from existing graduates or people expecting to graduate in any subject.

Applications must be made direct to Cardiff University through the online application system on the Cardiff University website. 

Short-listing for interview is based on the information on the application form, in particular the extent to which the personal statement addresses the selection criteria.

The closing date for applications is February 10th 2014. Interviews will be held on Thursday 13th and Friday 14th March 2014

Selection Criteria for Interview
Essential selection criteria:

• Evidence of some understanding of the nature of occupational therapy.

• Evidence of a desire to study occupational therapy.

• Evidence of at least an undergraduate degree (minimum classification 2:2) in any subject or expect to hold such a degree before the start of the programme.

• Evidence of some understanding of the expectations of problem based learning.

Desirable selection criteria:

• Evidence of having undertaken or planning to undertake visits to occupational therapists in a variety of settings.

• Evidence of some understanding of the expectations of post graduate level study.

A potential student event is held in the autumn of each year. They give a range of information about the programme, together with a chance to meet some current students who have first hand knowledge and experience of this type of study. Please register to attend the next event by clicking on this link: 

For further information please contact:

Miss Alison Seymour

Alison Seymour of the School of Healthcare Studies
Telephone: +44 (0)29 206 87762Extension: 87762
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