If you are a qualified Rehabilitation Worker (Visual Impairment) and you wish to take your expertise to the next level our top degree course is for you. Students will learn specialist techniques to enhance their practice with adults who have a wide range of additional complex needs including deafblindness, dementia, mental health conditions and learning disability.
Students who successfully complete the Foundation Degree in Rehabilitation Work (Visual Impairment) or equivalent can continue their studies to achieve a BSc (Hons) in Specialist Complex Needs Rehabilitation Work (Visual Impairment). Extensive consultation with sector professionals and sensory service managers has ensured that this course closely reflects the developmental needs of the workforce.
The course uses a blended approach between online and face-to-face learning and is designed to enable qualified Rehabilitation Workers to study alongside their employed roles. This allows logistical flexibility with 2/3 days attendance at University per single module. Throughout this course you will benefit from the experience of external experts and specialist
Your first module will concentrate on working with people who have dementia or mental health conditions. Through this study you will focus upon key strategies for working with this group as well as a range of broader topics that are relevant to work with a wide range of people who have complex needs. By initially focusing upon areas such s how the brain works and mental capacity you can lay foundation knowledge for future modules.
There is a double module dedicated to up-skill and equip you to deliver specialist assessment and service provision for working with people who are Deafblind. This module is in line with the statutory requirements outlined in the Care Act 2014 in relation to conducting specialist Deafblind assessment and service provision. You will establish competence with appropriate techniques to facilitate communication, access to information and movement, orientation and mobility.
You will learn key techniques for working with people who have a visual impairment and a learning disability or autism. Particular attention will be focused on specialist assessment approaches, travel training techniques, independent living skills and incorporating positive behaviour strategies in your practice.
A range of key concepts will be examined that are pertinent to enhancing visual impairment rehabilitation work practice within a multi-disciplinary setting. You will explore skills from counselling techniques, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and brief solution focused therapy
There will be the opportunity to concentrate on a specific area of your practice and to develop your ability to make more reliable professional judgments based upon the evidence available. There is flexibility to investigate an area in which you have an intrinsic interest which will enhance your individual skills set as a specialist practitioner.
Our next Postgraduate Open Day will be on Wednesday 26 April 2017, between 3 and 8pm. Come along to find out more about our courses and see our facilities.
You may be able to take advantage of the government’s plans to make loans of up to £10,280 available for postgraduate study.
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,
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.
|BSc (Hons)||Sep 2017||FT||1 years||£4,800|
|BSc (Hons)||Sep 2017||PT||2 years||£4,800|
If you're unable to use the online form for any reason, you can complete our PDF application form instead.
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.
UK / EU students are required to submit a personal statement as part of their application for this course.*
The personal statement 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:
Why does this course appeal? What areas are of particular interest?
If you have a specific career in mind, say how your chosen course will help you pursue this goal.
Mention any work that is relevant to your subject, highlighting the skills and experience gained.
Highlight skills gained at school/college, eg summer schools or mentoring activities.
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.
Get more information on writing personal statements.
*Non-EU students are not required to submit a personal statement when applying for this course.
Applications to study on the BSc (Hons) top-up course will be made directly to the admissions team. The course starts in September 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 to arrange a short informal telephone interview. This telephone interview will discuss how you intend to fund the course and mange the studies alongside your other life commitments. Applicants wishing to apply for individual modules will complete the same process.
Applicant visit days and 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 via the online application link.
Download the following documents to apply online:
This course is not available to International Students
Tel: +44 (0) 121 331 5500
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.
All our students are provided with 100 free pages of printing each year to a maximum total value of £15.
Search our Frequently Asked Questions for a range of information about our courses and studying here.
Group learning week 1: 4th – 8th September 2017 – one full week consisting of 2 days induction & 3 days teaching
Through this study you will focus upon key strategies for working with these groups. In addition you will focus upon a range of broader topics such as the impact of complex needs on how the brain works and the implications of mental capacity in rehabilitation work practice. These areas are relevant to work with these groups as well as a wide range of people who have complex needs.
Dementia and Mental Health
Evidence Based Practice and Specialist Professional Skills
Double module (40 credits) – Occurs in year 2 for part time students credits
Group learning week 2: 4th – 8th December 2017 (plus attendance for an assessed individual presentation on 21st May 2018
This module enables you to critically appraise an area of practice in order to develop the ability to make reliable professional judgements. There is flexibility for you to investigate an area in which you have an intrinsic interest and one which will further develop you individual skills set as a specialist practitioner. The module aims to enhance professional decision making skills based on the evidence available.
You will be informed about a range of key skills and concepts pertinent to enhancing visual impairment rehabilitation work practice within a multi-disciplinary setting. Study will involve investigation of a broad range of skills from counselling techniques, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and brief solution focused therapy. In addition, you will assess the application of concepts such as emotional intelligence and psychological theories of motivation to enable you to become a specialist practitioner. There will also be a focus on enabling you to concentrate on your individual leadership capabilities. These approaches will support you in becoming a more effective team player and enable you to lead within a wider multi-disciplinary setting.
Specialist Deafblind Assessment and Service Provision
Double module (40 credits) – Occurs in year one for part time students credits
Group learning week 3: 5th - 9th March 2018 (plus attendance for a practical assessment date between 2nd – 4th July 2018)
A person is termed Deafblind if they have a combined sight and hearing loss, dual sensory loss/impairment, Deaf visually impaired or blind hard of hearing. This module aims to up-skill and equip students with an in-depth foundation of knowledge concerning the associated impacts on daily life for people who are Deafblind. You will develop competence with appropriate techniques to facilitate communication, access to information and movement, orientation and mobility. You will acquire the expertise to inform your teaching practice within a visual impairment Rehabilitation Work setting when delivering assessment and service provision to people who are Deafblind.
This module is in line with the statutory requirements concerning specialist Deafblind assessment and service provision as outlined by the Care Act 2014.
Learning Disability and Autistic Spectrum Disorders
Single module (20 credits) – occurs in year two for part time students credits
Group learning week 4: 22nd – 25th May 2018 - plus attendance for an assessment date between 2nd – 4th July 2018
This module will enable you to acquire key techniques required to deliver specialist independent living skills and orientation and mobility training to people who have a visual impairment and a learning disability or autism. You will focus upon crucial aspects including functional and sensory implications, eligibility criteria, specialist assessment skills and service provision. You will develop skills to enable independence, address stress and anxiety and manage risk as well as how to incorporate positive behaviour strategies into your practice.
To be awarded the full BSc (Hons) top up degree you will study all the course modules.
You may apply to study individual modules with a Certificate of Achievement being awarded for their completion. You may be able to complete the Accreditation of Prior (Educational) Learning (AP(E)L) application process to have these credits recognised as part of the BSc (Hons) top-up degree course. In addition, there will be a requirement for students studying individual modules to complete an induction prior to the start of the module dates. Please note that the study of individual modules will often start with online tasks prior to the face to face teaching.
The course consists of 4 modules that are delivered sequentially full time over one year or part time over two years:
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 (PG Cert) or a Postgraduate Diploma (PG Dip) and then continue your studies with the Master’s (MSc), either through full, part-time or modular study, depending on which is most convenient.
The following spreadsheet gives 2016/17 dates for all Health-related modules:
With the successful completion of the BSc (Hons) Specialist Complex Needs Rehabilitation Work (Visual Impairment) course you will gain specialist expertise which should make you a more adaptable and versatile worker.
The application of new techniques to your practice should extend your competence and confidence to deliver a higher quality of service to a wider range of people with complex needs. In addition, the top up degree will enable you to be in lie with the statutory requirements of the Care 2014 in relation to providing specialist Deafblind assessment and service provision.
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.
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.
With the successful completion of the BSc (Hons) Specialist Complex Needs Rehabilitation Work (Visual Impairment) course you will develop a broad range of specialist skills, knowledge and expertise that professionals require for working with people who have additional complex needs.
These attributes should make graduates more desirable within the employment market and enhance promotion prospects within Local Authorities. Attainment of a honours degree is also often desired by employers advertising for supervisory or managerial roles.
Your specialist expertise will make you a more adaptable and versatile worker.
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.
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.
This room allows the Visual rehab students to learn to use a whole variety of equipment such as braille machines and simulation glasses.
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.
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:
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.
The modules are delivered alongside nationally recognised experts and specialist academics from within the Faculty of Health, Education and Life Sciences. This enables the student to benefit from the specialist knowledge of practitioners who have extensive experience of working with people who have brain injury, stroke, dementia and mental health conditions as well as those who are Deafblind or have a learning disability.
Each student will also have a dedicated personal tutor who is a qualified Rehabilitation Worker who has extensive experience as a practitioner, sector manager and as a Senior Lecturer at the university. This tutor will support your learning journey and help you meet the academic requirements of the course.
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.