Please note that this course is now closed for 2020 entry.
Join a School ranked 1st in the UK for Occupational Therapy (BSc) by the Complete University Guide 2019. Our Postgraduate Diploma programme in Occupational Therapy is specially designed for graduates already holding a degree; offering you a fast-track route into a professional career in healthcare.
As a qualified Occupational Therapist, you will work in partnership with and empower a broad spectrum of people who, for reasons of ill-health, disability, trauma or adverse social circumstances, face barriers and challenges which prevent them from undertaking the activities (or occupations) that matter to them. Our programme emphasises the importance of occupation in human life, the relationship between occupation, health and wellbeing and the power of occupation to transform the lives of individuals, groups and communities.
With over 50 years of experience in delivering occupational therapy education at Cardiff University, our two-year, full-time programme is approved by the World Federation of Occupational Therapists (WFOT), which means that your qualification will be recognised in around 60 countries worldwide, enhancing your opportunities for international employment.
We have close working relationships with a range of service providers across Wales and you will benefit from practice placements facilitated by experienced occupational therapy educators who will help support you in becoming the best occupational therapist you can be. A varied profile of placement experience undertaken across the two years of the programme will allow you to integrate academic theory with actual occupational therapy practice and gain insight as to the wide-ranging employment opportunities available to you upon qualification (e.g. within NHS, Local Authority, private and third sector settings).
You will receive close academic support from experienced personal tutors and be taught and supported by experienced staff whilst sharing ideas within a close-knit student group. An emphasis on scholarly practice also ensures that you enter the profession as a research-capable practitioner equipped with the skills and confidence to contribute to the evidence base which supports and informs current and future occupational therapy practice.
The programme fosters a commitment to lifelong learning among its students and you will actively engage in continuing professional development throughout the two years, reflecting upon and recording your individual learning needs and achievements.
Once you have successfully completed the programme you will be eligible to apply for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) as well as professional membership of the Royal College of Occupational Therapists (RCOT). You can also choose to undertake a further self-funded 60 credit dissertation module of study which leads to the award of a full MSc in Occupation and Health.
Please note: The application deadline for this programme is 31st January. We are not able to consider applications for a deferred entry.