Rehabilitation Work (Visual Impairment) - BSc (Hons) / BSc - Top-Up Degree

Course Overview

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BSc (Hons) / BSc
  • BSc (Hons) Part Time (2 years)
  • BSc Part Time (1 year)
School of Allied and Public Health Professions
City South

Following extensive market research, this programme has been reviewed. Subject to approval, we will be able to offer a revised programme that focuses much greater emphasis on enhancing the skills and expertise of qualified Rehabilitation Workers (Visual Impairment) for working with people who have a wide range of complex needs.

This 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) can progress to this top-up degree (designed as part-time study) to obtain a BSc or BSc (Hons) in Rehabilitation Work (Visual Impairment).

The course takes new students in September each year. Students will typically study over two years, with a maximum study length of four years. Rehabilitation workers who wish to attend certain teaching sessions to gather knowledge but do not wish to study for the credits will be welcome to attend individual modules for a fee and treat their learning as CPD. Assessment can include presentations, written assignments and viva voce assessments which will be linked to your current practice.

The course is aimed at workers who are already qualified as a Rehabilitation Worker (Visual Impairment), or a Rehabilitation Officer in appropriate employment. The course predominately looks at how to improve and reflect on your current practices.

Key Facts

  • You will learn to relate the associated physiological, psychological and functional impacts of a range of health conditions and disabilities to working with people who have visual impairment.
  • Assess the application of a range of practical approaches pertinent to facilitating visual impairment rehabilitation work practice with people who have additional complex needs.
  • Evidence the interpretation and application of advanced theoretical concepts designed to enhance professional rehabilitation work practice.
  • Reflect on personal capabilities and create models of best practice to enhance individual visual impairment rehabilitation work service delivery within a multi-disciplinary setting.
  • The part-time blended learning nature of the programme is designed to enable qualified RWs to study alongside their employed roles. To allow logistical flexibility, there will be two days attendance at University for each single module and four days for each double module.

Why Choose Us?

  • Our staff have many years' experience both from working at Birmingham City University and as rehabilitation workers in the statutory and voluntary sector, including national charities. This course also includes experienced external teaching staff on some modules.
  • This course is designed to equip you with the enhanced capabilities required to support your individual working roles and benefit your service users.
  • Development of your existing skillset and reflection on work-based practice are at the core of the programme. This will enable you to apply newly-acquired advanced knowledge and techniques to your practice.
  • The flexibility of the programme will allow you to tailor your learning to your own circumstances.

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Entry Requirements

Candidates must hold one of the following:

  • Foundation Degree in Rehabilitation Work (Visual Impairment) – Full award
  • Diploma in Higher Education in Rehabilitation Studies (Visual Impairment) – Full award
  • Foundation Degree in Health and Social Care in Rehabilitation Studies (Visual Impairment) – Full award
  • Rehabilitation Officer Certificate – Certificate plus a portfolio of evidence (see below)
  • Mobility Instructor and Technical Officer Certificates – Both certificates plus a portfolio of evidence (see below)

Portfolio of evidence

A Portfolio route has been devised for applicants who are already working in a social care setting and do not meet the formal entry requirements. To follow this route you are still expected to possess GCSE Maths or equivalent.

The Portfolio, which should be submitted four weeks after interview, should include:

  • Two written testimonies (one of which must be from your employer) supporting your application.
  • One reflective piece that draws on your current practice (2,500 – 3,000 words)

All pieces of work should be endorsed by your line manager.

Additional requirements

  • 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.
  • 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 a Criminal Records Bureau Disclosure and registration with the Independent Safeguarding Authority.

You should be aware that qualifications, personal statement, interview, references, written exercise and where appropriate portfolio all form part of the selection criteria for this course.

How to Apply

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

Fees and Finance

Fees for students from the UK or EU countries?
Start Mode Duration Award Fees
Sep 2015 PT 2 years BSc (Hons) £600 per module
Sep 2015 PT 1 year BSc £600 per module

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.

* The BSc (Hons) qualification is worth 120 credits; the BSc is worth 60 credits.

Individual modules, contributing to CPD qualifications, can be taken - the cost is £600 per single module.

New scholarships for 2015/16

Postgraduate Scholarships You could potentially qualify for our new Academic Excellence or Loyalty Scholarships to help fund your course!

Find out more about scholarship opportunities for 2015/16

Postgraduate Open Event

Our next Postgraduate Open Day is on Wednesday 25 November 2015 (2-7pm). Registration will open in September 2015.

PG Open Evening

Our postgraduate open event offers you the chance to:

  • Meet with lecturers and other prospective students to discuss study options
  • Meet and chat with our current students
  • Obtain advice on fees and funding opportunities.

93 per cent of our graduates find work or further study within six months (DLHE). Explore your potential at our open evening.

Who is it for?

Whether you are coming to the end of your undergraduate studies, or have been in your job for a while and want to progress in your career or change direction, a postgraduate qualification gives you the opportunity to stand out from the crowd in a competitive market.

Our graduates are already shaping the world in a variety of high-profile roles – and you could be next. Read some of our inspiring case studies.

For more information, visit our Open Days page or call our Course Enquiries Team on +44 (0)121 331 5595.

Postgraduate Open Day - 22 April 2015

University Approach to Employability

Birmingham City University is committed to preparing students for successful employability and professional careers. We have an innovative approach to employability that will help you obtain an interesting and well-paid graduate job.

Read our Employability Statement to find out more.

Course Structure

A typical year's teaching sessions may include the following:

  • September 2015: four day attendance (two-day induction and a two-day teaching block)
  • December 2015: two-day teaching block
  • March 2016: two-day teaching block
  • June 2016: two-day teaching block
  • Year 2 follows a similar format without the induction day.

Course Modules

The modules may be studied individually or combined to achieve a BSc or BSc (Hons) qualification.

  • BSc: Requires a total of 60 credits at Level 6
  • BSc (Hons): Requires a total of 120 credits at Level 6 (all modules)

Single modules are spread over four non-consecutive days.

Double modules are spread over eight non-consecutive days.

Key Approaches for Working with People who have Complex Needs (double module)

This module will examine the overarching knowledge and common approaches that professionals require for working with people who have additional complex needs. These techniques will be applicable to, for example, people who have experienced brain injury and strokes as well as laying the foundations for work with people who have learning disabilities, dementia and other mental health conditions. It is advisable that this module is completed before the modules Learning Disability and Travel Training, and Dementia and Older Adults’ Mental Health.

Learning Disability and Travel Training (single module)

This module will enable you to explore a range of learning disabilities and to enhance your strategies to effectively undertake visual impairment rehabilitation work with people who have a learning disability. In particular there is a focus on travel training techniques that can be utilised in the teaching of orientation and mobility skills.

Dementia and Older Adults’ Mental Health (single module)

This module involves a practical interpretation and investigation of aspects of older people’s mental health issues. You will be able to create a tool kit for working with adults with these types of conditions in a visual impairment rehabilitation work setting.

The Advanced Practitioner (single module)

The module will inform you about a range of key skills and concepts pertinent to enhancing visual impairment rehabilitation work practice. There will also be a focus on enabling you to concentrate on your individual leadership capabilities which may involve being an effective practice teacher and supervisor. Importantly these techniques can also be applied to becoming a more effective team player and to leading in a wider multi-disciplinary setting.  

Evidence Based Practice (single module)

This module encourages you to critically appraise an area of practice in order to develop your ability to make reliable professional judgements. Moreover the module aims to enhance professional decision making skills based on the evidence available.

Expertise in Specialist Deafblind Assessment and Service Provision (double module)

This module aims to up-skill and equip you with the expertise to meet the professional requirements for the provision of specialist deafblind assessment and services as outlined in the Care Act 2014.

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Prospective students from the UK
  • Take a look at our Frequently Asked Questions for answers to a range of questions about our courses and studying here.
  • If you need further help, you can contact the Course Enquiries Team online by using the Course Enquiry Form.
  • Alternatively, call us on +44 (0)121 331 5595.


For an overview of our postgraduate courses and a range of other information please download our Postgraduate Prospectus (10Mb).

Further Information

To find out more about the course or how to apply, please contact:

Peter Cooke – Senior Lecturer/Admissions Tutor
Phone: +44 (0)121 202 4223

This course is not available to International Students

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