Students on this broad and varied Occupational Therapy course study psychology, anatomy and physiology, as well as occupational therapy theories, assessment and treatment approaches and evidence-based practice.
The UCC course stands out fromother occupational therapy courses in itsfocus on your development Â– both personal and professional Â– which is interwoven throughout academic and practice-based modules.
Learning is different at UCC too. Complex task-based learning (TBL) is the medium through which you will study, with a lot of self-directedindividual and group work. Emphasis is placed on being able to talk about what you are doing and thinking. Your knowledge, skills and abilities will be developed in a logical sequence over the course of the four years.
At UCC, we place equal emphasis on learning to work with children/young people and adults/older adults and on developing expertise in the areas of physical and mental health.
On our course, we want to educate future practitioners who possess the knowledge, skills and attitudes to deliver traditional occupational therapy and are prepared to be leaders in policy development and emerging areas of practice.
Year 1 Modules:
AN1060 Topographical Anatomy (5 credits);
AP1249 Introduction to Developmental and Social Perspectives on Psychology (5 credits);
OT1001 & OT1002 Person Environment Occupation I & II (15 credits each);
OT1004 Becoming a Healthcare Professional (5 credits);
OT1005Creative Occupations and Health (5 credits);
OT1006Practice Education I (5 credits);
PL1025Fundamentals of Physiology (5 credits)
Year 2 Modules:
Developmental Neuro-anatomy for Occupational Therapy; Advanced Developmental Psychology; Introduction to Research Methods; Person Environment Occupation; Becoming a Professional Practitioner; Practice Education; Personal Professional Development
Year 3 Modules:
Applied Neurology for Occupational Therapy; Applied Developmental Psychology II: The Psychology of Ageing; Advanced Research Methods; Personal Professional Development; Becoming a Professional Practitioner; Person Environment Occupation; Practice Education
Year 4 Modules:
Integrated Professional Practice; Practice Education; Research-Based Project; Personal Professional Development.
On successful completion of this course, you will be able to:
- promote health and wellbeing through participation in occupation across the lifespan
- practise occupational therapy in accordance with the World Federation of Occupational Therapists Revised Minimum Standards for the Education of Occupational Therapists (2002) ensuring your practice is occupation-based, evidence-based, person-centred and culturally sensitive
- apply the occupational therapy process to individuals, groups and communities of all age groups in context, based on strong theory and evidence
- practise in adherence with legal, ethical and best practice guidelines
- establish and maintain therapeutic and professional relationships in a range of practice settings
- demonstrate professional reasoning skills and reflective practice in a broad range of practice settings
- value the context of professional practice, demonstrating a critical awareness of health and social policies and legislation
- demonstrate a commitment to continuing professional education and lifelong learning, for yourself and others
- engage in research to advance knowledge and practice development in occupational science and occupational therapy.
See the College Calendar for more detailed information on the programme and the Book of Modulesfor a more detailed description of programme modules.
Course Code: CK704
Course Title: Occupational Therapy
College: Medicine and Health
Duration: 4 years
Teaching Mode: Full-time
Qualifications: BSc (Hons)
NFQ Level: Level 8
Costs: Full-time EU/EEA/Swiss State undergraduate students may be exempt from paying tuition fees. The State will pay the tuition fees for students who satisfy the Free Fees Criteria. In 2016/17 the Student Contribution Charge will be EUR 3,000 and the Capitation Fee will be EUR 165.You will be required to pay for essential textbooks, a lab coat, Occupational Therapy uniform, vaccinations, first aid training and to cover travel and accommodation expenses incurred on placement, some of which will take place outside of Cork city.
2017 Entry Requirements: H5 in two subjects, and O6/H7 in four other subjects in the Leaving Certificate from Irish, English, another language, Mathematics, one Laboratory Science subject (i.e. Chemistry, Physics, Biology, Physics with Chemistry (joint) or Agricultural Science)and one other subject recognised for entry purposes. Special Entry Requirement: H4 in a Laboratory Science subject.
Entry Points: 2016: 525. Points may vary from year to year.
Our students experience a range of teaching methods including lectures, simulations, workshops, seminars, tutorials and study groups. You are expected to be readers, integrators and investigators with regard to knowledge in the field of occupational therapy. We believe that learning comes from all areas of life, not only from textbooks. You will find you learn from the task experiences themselves, your peers, your friends, published work and the experienced staff.
You will be expected to practice professional behaviours and manage a busy timetable and workload across the academic year, just as you will have to do when you are a practising therapist.
Fitness to Practise
This programme is subject to UCC's Fitness to Practise Policy Â– full details may be found here.
Written exams will take place before Christmas and in May. Not all modules will have formal examinations. Many modules use other types of assessment to give our students multiple and varied opportunities for learning and students are assessed in a variety of ways on their acquisition of knowledge, skills and abilities.
We use varied methods of assessment in recognition of the different learning styles of students e.g. oral presentations, poster presentation, group projects, reflective papers, research reports, self- and peer-assessment.
Detailed written feedback is provided to each student on each element of assessment. We use continuous assessment so you can use this feedback to improve your learning for subsequent assignments within each year.
EU Applicants: Application to Year 1 of the degree programme is made directly through the Central Applications Office (CAO). Applicants should apply online at www.cao.ie. The normal closing date for receipt of completed applications is 1st February of the year of entry.
Mature Applicants: Application is made through the CAO (www.cao.ie) and the closing date for receipt of completed applications is 1st February of the year of proposed entry.
Further Contact Information
Ms. Kerry Murphy
Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy
T: +353 (0)21 490 1569