Rehabilitation Work (Visual Impairment) - FdSc

UCAS Code:
Full Time (2 years)
September 2017

A rehabilitation worker in visual impairment is a specialist who works with people who have experienced or who are living with sight loss. This person is qualified to offer professional assessments and to develop a programme based on an individual's needs, with the aim of enabling someone to become as independent as possible in their daily life.

Our foundation degree is accepted as the trusted qualification to be employed as a rehabilitation worker, and by studying here you will be based at the most accessible and largest educator of rehabilitation workers in the UK.

Upon successful completion, you can progress on to one of two part-time top-up degrees, either BSc (Hons) Specialist Complex Needs Rehabilitation Work (Visual Impairment) or BSc (Hons) Working with Children, Families and Young People.

Subject to approval


This course is in the final stages of design and is due to be reviewed and approved to meet our quality standards. The course starts in September 2017.

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New and re-designed courses for 2017/18

At Birmingham City University, we’re dedicated to ensuring you develop the skills employers need. So it’s essential that we keep our range of courses at the cutting edge of the discipline in an ever-changing job market.

That’s why we’re reviewing our course provision* for 2017/18, bringing in new courses that we know employers are looking for, and updating existing courses with new modules and structures.

We also aim to give you greater flexibility within your course, by making all courses modular in structure, giving you more control over what you learn.

Our new courses

  • Practice-led, knowledge-based
  • Entirely modular
  • International in approach
  • Employment-focused

To ensure all new and revised courses fully meet students' needs, representatives of our current students will be part of the course review panel.

We’re investing in our courses to ensure that our graduates are among the most employable in the UK and beyond. More details about new courses and modules will be available on the website soon.

*Please note: all subject areas are being reviewed for 2017/18 apart from the following:

  • Nursing, Midwifery and Social Work
  • Birmingham School of Acting
  • Birmingham Conservatoire

This course is subject to approval

How to apply

UK/EU students

You can apply for the majority of our undergraduate courses via UCAS.

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International students

You will need to complete our international application form or via an in-country representative. Links to the application form will be available soon.

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Why are courses changing?

John Deane, Head of School of Allied and Public Health Professions explains why we are changing our courses.


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.


The kitchen is used by our visual rehabilitation Students. Everything in this room allows students to safely prepare and cook food as a person with a visual impairment.

Visual Rehab Resource Room

This room allows the Visual rehab students to learn to use a whole variety of equipment such as braille machines and simulation glasses.

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

All of our teaching staff have had real-world practice experience in either local authority or non-statutory care settings. Many are themselves visually impaired or been pre-diagnosed with sight loss and have direct knowledge of many of the issues service users encounter around types of visual impairment and blindness.