Habilitation Work – Working with Children and Young People – Top Up Degree - BSc (Hons)

Attendance:
Part Time
Starting:
February 2016
Campus:
Fees:
£4,800 or £600 per 15 credit module for UK/EU Part Time 2016 entry (view all fees)

This part time course is designed for qualified Rehabilitation Workers who are currently working with children and young people who have a visual impairment or are looking to specialise in this area in the future.

The qualification enables Rehabilitation Workers to progress to degree level, and also provides essential Continuing Professional Development (CPD) for the profession. Students who successfully complete the Foundation Degree in Rehabilitation Work (Visual Impairment) or equivalent can study on this top up degree to achieve a BSc (Hons) in Habilitation Work – Working with Children and Young People

We are offering a course developed and delivered in conjunction with Habilitation Visual Impairment UK (formerly Mobility and Independence Specialists in Education - MISE), the professional body that holds the Register of Qualified Habilitation Specialists based in the United Kingdom, and so takes into account the Quality Standards - Delivery of Habilitation Training (Mobility and Independent Living Skills) for Children and Young People with Visual Impairment.

What's covered in the course?

Working with children and young people differs greatly from working with adults with a visual impairment, as they are generally learning skills for the first time, not re-learning a task that they already know and understand. Birmingham City University has extensive experience (20 years-plus) in training rehabilitation workers and so is your ideal training partner for this specialism. 

In your first year, you explore key issues of child development in relation to understanding the medical and functional implications of children growing up with a visual impairment.

There will be modules dedicated to independent living skills and orientation and mobility for children, while your final module in the first year explores professional practice and contemporary issues.

You will also concentrate on your personal development as a professional through interaction, simulation and preparation for advanced practice. There will be the requirement to observe and shadow a range of professionals who work with children and young people with a visual impairment.

In year 1 2016 you will also receive two days face to face teaching delivered at Priestly Smith School in Birmingham. Here the sessions are based around their mobility and independent living skills department.

Your second year looks in depth at the development of young people with a visual impairment. Practice competencies will need to be demonstrated through a dedicated 20 day habilitation practice placement. Evidence based practice, Independent living skills and orientation and mobility complete the course content for Year 2.

The course is a blend of face-to-face teaching, supported with considerable interactive online materials and resources through the Universities Virtual Learning Environment - Moodle. Executive members of Habilitation VI UK have been involved with the design and writing of the programme and they will deliver the majority of face-to-face lectures.

Learning will be supported through practical skills sessions and online training which includes interactive quizzes, online lectures and presentations, virtual case scenarios, interactive forums and links for the range of mentors to support you.

Skills and simulation workshops will encourage you to consider key issues when working in habilitation work practice, and we can offer you a wide range of placement opportunities in a large number of educational settings who support children and young people with a visual impairment.

Why Choose Us?

  • Evidenced 100% student satisfaction 
    The course teams excellent student satisfaction scores reflect the quality of our teaching and our commitment to placing students at the heart of everything we do: The FdSc Rehabilitation Work course achieved 100% satisfaction score in the 2015 National Student Survey.
  • Professional Body Registration
    Students gaining the BSc (Hons) Habilitation Work qualification will be eligible to apply to register with Habilitation Visual Impairment UK (formerly known as Mobility and Independence Specialists in Education – MISE) and subsequently work with children and young people with a visual impairment in line with recognised quality standards
  • Recognised by the RWPN
    The Rehabilitation Workers Professional Network (RWPN) has recommended the need for qualified Rehabilitation Workers (Visual Impairment) to continually develop their skills and knowledge. This is in line with their work towards professional registration.
  • The only course of its kind!
    This is the only Habilitation ‘top up’ degree course available designed specifically for qualified rehabilitation workers.
  • Study individual modules
    Students can choose to study individual modules from the BSc (Hons) course.
  • Dual qualification status
    Students who successfully complete the course will achieve recognised ‘dual qualification’ status.
  • Study alongside your work
    The part-time blended approach between online and face-to-face learning is designed to enable qualified Rehabilitation Workers to study alongside their employed roles.
  • Support when away from the University
    You will receive on-going tutorial support throughout the course at specified times that fit around your work. This will be from a combination of qualified rehabilitation workers and specialist habilitation workers. We see this combination to be the perfect way to support you making the transition to delivering the highest quality habilitation services.
  • Resources, resources, resources!
    Being part of the University’s Faculty of Health, Education and Life Sciences within a large Higher Education Institution means there are many extra resources from which our students can benefit, such as extensive IT services and support, library resources including help with researching, our Personal Development Department for academic support, student services for advice and support on employability, disability, health and well-being and finance.
  • Academic support
    Expert support is available throughout, in areas such as writing assignments and producing portfolios. You will receive in depth constructive feedback on each assessment/assignment submitted.
  • The strongest links to the profession
    We have strong links with practice areas, practice teachers and mentors second to none - ensuring you will have an ideal placement opportunity in year 2 to put your knowledge into practice.
  • Enhancing professional reputation
    Achieving a full BSc (Hons) degree has the potential to place the profession on a par with Social Work and Occupational Therapy.
  • Achieve the very best with BCU!
    We pride ourselves on fostering and supporting a strongly supportive culture, looking to help each and every student achieve the very best out of their time here with us.
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Entry Requirements

Applications to study on the BSc (Hons) top-up course will be made directly to the admissions team. The course starts in February each year and applications will be accepted continually. Applications will be reviewed at the end of each calendar month and applicants will subsequently be contacted by the admissions tutor. Applicants wishing to apply for individual modules will complete the same process.

UK students
Essential

The key entry requirement for the BSc (Hons) programmes will be the attainment of level 4 and 5 qualifications in Rehabilitation Work (Visual Impairment).

A full list of these qualifications is offered below. Applicants will be selected on the basis of the information provided in their application forms and two submitted references.

Candidates must hold one of the following

Foundation Degree in Rehabilitation Work (Visual Impairment) – 240 credits with 120 at level 5

Diploma in Higher Education in Rehabilitation Studies (Visual Impairment) – 240 credits with 120 at level 5

Foundation Degree in Health and Social Care in Rehabilitation Studies (Visual Impairment) – 240 credits with 120 at level 5

For those students who do not hold one of the above but have evidence of a level 4 certificate: for example,

  • Rehabilitation Officer Certificate
  • Mobility Instructor and Technical Officer Certificates

These candidates will be required to submit a CPD portfolio (worth up to 60 credits) and successfully complete the level 5 (15 credit) module ‘APL/Advanced Writing Skills’ module with an associated profile of experiential learning worth up to 45 credits in advance of an offer being made.

 

All prospective candidates should have good working knowledge of Grade 2 Braille (equivalent of Lesson 22 in the RNIB Braille Primer).

Students who need to upgrade their Braille knowledge to encompass Unified English Braille will find supportive learning and teaching resources available on the Birmingham City University Moodle pages.

Additional programme requirements
Essential

GCSE English or equivalent

If English is not your first language an IELTS score of 6.0 overall (or equivalent) is required.

You must have access to and be able to use broadband internet and email facilities, as a proportion of the course is delivered through these media. Please see IT specifications for further information.

You must have access to people of all ages with a visual impairment through appropriate employment such as social services departments, educational establishments and voluntary sector organisations which provide rehabilitation services.

Places are subject to the Disclosure and Barring Service checks.

UK or EU students

Award Start Mode Duration Fees
BSc (Hons) Feb 2016 PT 2 years £4,800 or £600 per 15 credit module

If you're unable to use the online form for any reason, you can complete our PDF application form instead.

International Students

Sorry, this course is not available to international students.

The University reserves the right to increase fees broadly in line with increases in inflation, or to reflect changes in government funding policies or changes agreed by Parliament.

Application process

Applications to study on the BSc (Hons) top-up course will be made directly to the admissions team. The course starts in February each year and applications will be accepted continually. Applications will be reviewed at the end of each calendar month and applicants will subsequently be contacted by the admissions tutor. Applicants wishing to apply for individual modules will complete the same process.

Applicant visit days or telephone meetings will be offered to prospective applicants. These sessions will provide the opportunity to visit the Faculty, engage in talks about the content and delivery of the course and meet with tutors. 

Please apply directly to the University.

Download the following documents to apply online:

This course is not available to International Students

Tel: +44 (0) 121 331 5500
Email: AlliedHealth.admissions@bcu.ac.uk

Additional costs

We offer a wide range of professionally accredited and vocational courses that require the purchase of, among other things, uniforms, equipment, subscriptions, professional body memberships and DBS checks, and may require you to pay to attend conferences or participate in placements.

The link below provides our estimate of the possible costs associated with key activities on specific courses. Please bear in mind that these are only estimates of costs based on past student experience and feedback. The actual costs to you could vary considerably (either greater or lower than these estimates) depending on your choices as you progress through the course. We set out where we can, based on experience, where these indicative costs are for activities that are optional or compulsory.

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Your personal statement

Your personal statement is a highly important part of your application. It gives you a crucial opportunity to say why you’re applying and why the institution should accept you.

Here are the key areas you’ll need to address:

Course choice

Why does this course appeal? What areas are of particular interest?

Career plans

If you have a specific career in mind, say how your chosen course will help you pursue this goal.

Work experience

Mention any work that is relevant to your subject, highlighting the skills and experience gained.

School or college experience

Highlight skills gained at school/college, eg summer schools or mentoring activities.

Non-accredited skills or achievement

eg Duke of Edinburgh Award, Young Enterprise scheme.

You should also mention your future plans – if you’re planning to take a year out, don't forget to give your reasons. Talk about any subjects you’re studying that don’t have a formal assessment and any sponsorships or placements you’ve applied for. And don't be scared to add in details about your social, sports or leisure interests.

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This course is available part-time

If you're unable to use the online form for any reason, you can complete our pdf application form instead.

Additional course information

Students will typically study over two years, with a maximum study length of four years. The full course (two years) tuition fee is 4,800 or £600 per module. You can apply for individual modules on the Habilitation Work course.

For more information on availability and how to apply please contact Admissions on +44 (0)121 331 5500 or fill out the Course Enquiry Form.

First Year

In your first year, you explore key issues of child development in relation to understanding the medical and functional implications of children growing up with a visual impairment.

There will be modules dedicated to independent living skills and orientation and mobility for children. The final module in the first year explores professional practice and contemporary issues. You will also concentrate on your personal development as a professional through interaction, simulation and preparation for advanced practice.

Modules include:
Child Development (Visual Impairment)
Foundations of Child Development and Independent Living Skills and Orientation and Mobility
Child Development and Independent Living Skills and Orientation and Mobility for Practice
Professional Habilitation Practice 1

Second Year

Your second year looks in depth at the development of young people with a visual impairment.

Professional practice continues and competencies will need to be demonstrated through a dedicated habilitation practice placement. Evidence based practice, Independent living skills and orientation and mobility complete the programme content for Year 2.

There will also be the option for individual modules for continued professional development purposes and these will be awarded 15 credits per single module undertaken plus a Certificate of Achievement.

Please note these modules may not be available to APL (Accreditation of Prior Learning) into the BSc (Hons) programme, unless they are undertaken in the correct sequential order.

Modules include:
Evidence Based Practice (online only)
Young People’s Development (Visual Impairment)
Young People’s Development and Independent Living Skills and Orientation and Mobility for Practice
Professional Habilitation Practice 2 (including 20 day practice placement)

How you learn

This is a course tailored and delivered solely around the specific needs of habilitation students, that’s to say the programme content is dedicated to habilitation and does not contain modules from existing rehabilitation courses.

LecturesThere will be ‘face to face’ lectures but the aim is for these sessions to be very interactive. Information and training will be provided but the expectation is that the teaching and learning is shared between lecturers and students. Audio, video and web materials may be used to support learning, debates and presentations are encouraged.

WorkshopsA large part of your course will involve practical workshops. Generally you will work in either pairs or threes to experience issues associated with habilitation service provision and also practice your problem solving and teaching skills to deliver appropriate training programmes.

TutorialsAll students will have their own ‘personal tutor’. You can book appointments to see your personal tutor when you are attending the University. There is also the opportunity for telephone tutorials when you are not on site.

Distance Learning – Your course is a blend of face to face teaching at the University combined with the requirement to learn when you are not on site. This allows you to study part time whilst working.

Directed StudyThere will be times when you will be directed to work on specific tasks. Materials will be provided with tutorial support available.

MoodleMoodle (Modular Object-Oriented Dynamic Learning Environment)is the University’s virtual learning environment (VLE). You will have access to a wide range of resources 24 hours a day, 365 days of the year.

Each module will have a dedicated Moodle space and this is where you will find all the information related to that Module and teaching resources associated with that module. The Moodle space will be the place to find module descriptors, assignment briefings, timetables for the module and details of teaching sessions. Teaching staff will upload preparatory work to Moodle and will (where applicable) upload teaching and learning resource related to their teaching sessions. Teaching staff will also post messages to Moodle to communicate with you.

Assessments – these are a mixture of written assignments, portfolios, interaction with online resources and practical assessments designed to demonstrate competency in the delivery of key practical skills. Tutorial support involves face-to-face individual tutorials available in group learning weeks (and in-between for students able to get to BCU) plus telephone tutorials and email support.

Studying around full and part time work

The part-time blended approach between online and face-to-face learning is designed to enable qualified Rehabilitation Workers to study alongside their employed roles. To allow logistical flexibility, there will be two day’s attendance at University for each single module. Face-to-face sessions involve interactive lectures, group discussions, and application of practical skills, case study analysis and challenging simulation exercises.

Students will typically study over two years, with a maximum study length of four years. Rehabilitation Workers who wish to attend certain lectures to gather knowledge but do not wish to study for the credits will be welcome to attend for a fee and treat their learning as CPD. The degree can either be completed to BSc level, which requires 60 credits at level 6, or to BSc (Hons) level, which requires 120 credits at level 6.

Course structure

The course takes new students in February each year and applications are continually accepted. Students will typically study part time over two years, with a maximum study length of four years. Rehabilitation workers who wish to attend certain teaching sessions to gather knowledge and enhance their techniques in a specific area are welcome to study individual modules for a fee and treat their learning as CPD. The course structure takes into account the need to provide a blended learning approach as the majority of our students are in full or part-time employment. To make the course accessible to people from all over the United Kingdom, there will be a combination of face-to-face teaching days at Birmingham City University and the requirement for students to dedicate regular time to the substantial online materials and resources.

Dates for 2016

In Year 1 there will be an initial five-day induction and teaching week, starting in February and a further six on-site teaching days, split into three two-day blocks (Thursday and Fridays).

Dates for the 2016 year 1 intake are:

Week 1 Monday 8th to Friday 12th February 2016

Week 2 Thursday 14th and Friday 15th April 2016

Week 3 Thursday 18th Friday 19th August 2016

Week 4 Thursday 11th Friday 10th November 2016

(There are a further eight face to face teaching days and a twenty day practice placement in year 2)

Face-to-face teaching days will involve interactive group lectures and small group experiential teaching scenarios. There will be opportunities to book time with your personal tutor and access the wide range of resources available at Birmingham City University.

Student engagement is a central part of the teaching and learning experience and contributes to extensive networking, collaboration and peer support. Access to tutors, library, support staff, services and departments can be via a range of methods including email, forums, telephone, Live Chat and Skype.

Assessment Methods

Assessment will evaluate your theoretical knowledge and your practical skills. Methods of assessment during the programme include:

  • Developmental portfolios
  • Written assignments
  • Practical teaching assessment
  • Individual presentations
  • Reflective observational reports
  • Design of learning programmes
  • Research proposal
  • Placement workbook
  • Viva
  • Placement assessment

Further study

An option is to apply to study on the MSc Advanced Practice programme. On the Advanced Practice course you will need to relate the content of each module to your own specialty. In addition provision for practitioners from some specialties is built into the programme. For example, primary care, palliative care and children and neonates

These courses are also designed to be as flexible as possible. Their aim is to help you find the option that best suits your personal and professional commitments. You can choose to study for a Postgraduate Certificate (PgCert) or a Postgraduate Diploma (PgDip) and then continue your studies with the Master’s (MSc), either through full, part-time or modular study, depending on which is most convenient.

Module dates

The following spreadsheet gives 2016/17 dates for all Health-related modules:

Post graduate modules 2016/17

Enhancing Employability Skills

With the successful completion of the BSc (Hons) Habilitation Work – Working with Children and Young People course you will become dual-qualified and thus be able to work with the full spectrum of ages and support younger people making the transition into adulthood and beyond.

Successful completion of the course will also make you eligible to apply for registration as a Specialist Habilitation Worker through the Professional Body – Habilitation VI UK

These attributes should make graduates more desirable within the employment market and enhance promotion prospects within Local Authorities and Voluntary organisations. Attainment of an honours degree is also often desired by employers advertising for supervisory or managerial roles.

There is potential to work within education, as well as local authorities and voluntary organisations. There can also be opportunities to work abroad with Australia and New Zealand being two countries that actively look to recruit qualified workers from the U.K.

Placements

The full BSc (Hons) Habilitation Work – Working with Children and Young People requires a 20 day practice placement towards the end of year 2. You will be linked with a mentor/s for support. We will work with each student and employer to identify how to structure each individual placement to have minimal impact on the working commitments but fully meet the required placement outcomes. There will be potential for a certain degree of flexibility in relation to the number of days spent on placement per week. The amount of days will be agreed by all parties to ensure that the learning outcomes of the placement are met.

There is a further requirement of ‘observational’ days. There will be a minimum of 10 of these threaded throughout the two years. These are opportunities to shadow and observe a wide range of professional whose services are linked to habilitation. These days can be further split into half days where required to fit around work commitments.

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OpportUNIty: Student Jobs on Campus ensures that our students are given a first opportunity to fill many part-time temporary positions within the University. This allows you to work while you study with us, fitting the job around your course commitments. By taking part in the scheme, you will gain valuable experiences and employability skills, enhancing your prospects in the job market.

It will also allow you to become more involved in University life by delivering, leading and supporting many aspects of the learning experience, from administration to research and mentoring roles.

Careers

There may be potential to work within education as well as local authorities and voluntary organisations.

Our Facilities

We are constantly investing in our estate and are currently in the process of spending £260 million on new learning facilities.

We boast up-to-date, innovative facilities that simulate the real situations that medical staff may come across.

These resources are essential in offering students a hands-on introduction to health and social care practice. Much of our teaching is carried out within our state-of-the-art, £30m Seacole Building, which houses some of the best learning facilities in the UK.

Take a virtual tour of our skills suites at Seacole

In a sector where new techniques are constantly being discovered, we work hard to ensure that students learn using the most up-to-date equipment available. These include the only mock operating theatre in an English university and a cutting-edge radiography virtual clinical training facility, virtual ward and virtual case creator.

Virtual Case Creator

For pre-registration midwives, Virtual Case Creator software contains a range of scenarios to let you experience birthing situations and decide on appropriate interventions in a safe environment.

Hospital Ward

Our mock wards enable you to get a feel of what a ward is really like before you head out for your first placement. They contain ‘Sim Men’, which are demonstration dummies that develop ailments, allowing you to treat them as you would a real patient and build your confidence in reacting to the changing needs of patients.

The Hospital Ward can be adapted from a low care to high dependency care environment with the necessary monitoring equipment.

Part of the package is our SIM baby, SIM man and Mega code kid. There are also nursing manikins for fundamental skills teaching and various equipment to support essential skills teaching, such as blood pressure monitoring venepuncture and cannulation equipment.

Skills Practice and Clinical Enhancement facility

The SPACE (Skills Practice And Clinical Enhancement) learning facility lets you further practice the skills taught in class, at your own pace and convenience.

It is fully stocked with the specialist items and equipment needed for procedures such as taking blood pressure, giving an injection, abdominal examination of a pregnant woman and caring for ill babies in an incubator.

Biomedical Laboratories

We have recently installed new laboratory facilities to help you explore understand the scientific principles underpinning many of our courses. The physiology laboratory is equipped to help you learn about the way the human body works by performing investigative experiments. The biomedical science laboratory is undergoing an upgrade over the summer and will allow you to learn about anatomy, cellular processes, immunology and enzymology in a hands-on way that links directly to day-to-day health care.

Simulation Mannequins

We have several Simulation men (SIM men) and Simulation babies (SIM babies) which are leading edge, anatomically correct mannequins used for teaching specific techniques such as advanced adult and paediatric life support skills, acute and high dependency clinical skills, first aid and communication skills.

The SIM men and SIM baby mannequins are complete with software, which is used to replicate real symptoms, and are enhanced by the manipulation of for example blood pressure, pulse and heart rate for extra realism. SIM Man can also “talk” to the students which adds another dimension to their use in teaching clinical skills and in simulation exercises.

Mary Seacole Library

The Seacole library, based at City South Campus, is one of the UK's largest specialist health education libraries. The state-of-the art facility offers an extensive range of range of information and reference materials set out in a relaxing environment, conducive to studying. There are comfortable seating areas, group study areas, a silent study area and private study rooms.

You will have access to all of the University’s libraries, including the main Kenrick Library on the City North Campus, which is open for almost 90 hours a week and holds more than 320,000 books, 2,000 print journals and carries more than 4,000 electronic journals online.

Computer Facilities

The Seacole building houses a large open access IT Suite which comprises of 96 PCs, full colour printers, photocopiers and scanners. Our PCs utilise the latest Intel i5 core technology, all with:

  • Fast (unrestricted) internet connectivity
  • Ability to save files to USB, DVD & CD
  • Microsoft Office software
  • Research and statistical software
  • Storage space which can be accessed from any PC across the University and from home

Our PCs are also designed to support students who may have difficulties with reading and writing, featuring specialised software with zooming/magnification and screen reading capabilities, which may also be customised for individual student needs.

The IT Suite offers extended opening hours and is supported by a specialist Open Access Assistant during term time. In addition to the open access PCs within the IT Suite, there are 12 networked student PCs available within Seacole library.

Our Staff

We use external specialist lecturers who are nationally recognized habilitation experts. They are also executive members of the voluntary professional body Habilitation VI UK.

All of our specialist lecturers are currently in practice. They provide extensive knowledge of working with children and young people. They will offer insight based extensive experience of the provision and design of high quality habilitation services. Our specialist lecturers will also provide dedicated tutorial support at agreed times

The habilitation top up degree is part of the larger rehabilitation portfolio of courses. From here you will have your own dedicated personal tutor who will support you with the academic requirements of the course and help support your learning journey.

As the course is designed to up skill qualified rehabilitation workers to deliver specialist habilitation services, you will have ongoing access to qualified rehabilitation workers who deliver the FdSc and BSc (Hons) Rehabilitation Work courses. A member of the rehabilitation team will be your University based personal tutor. This will enable you to have access to both rehabilitation and habilitation specialist tutorial support throughout the course.

Peter Cooke

Senior Lecturer/Admissions Tutor

Peter’s connection with the visual impairment sector began following his diagnosis of Retinitis Pigmentosa when he was 15 years old. Early volunteering experience working with children and young people fostered an intrinsic interest in developing a career involving work with those living with serious sight loss.

UK prospective students:

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+44 (0)121 331 5595

EU / International prospective students:

International enquiry form

+44 (0)121 331 5389

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