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 the student's current practice. Some attendance at the University will be necessary for the modules; the amount will depend on the module. The teaching for different modules can occur in the same week, enabling students to attend the University for a few days in the same week and study two modules within that week.
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.
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.
- Our staff have many years of 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.
- You must be working or linked with people who are experiencing sight loss, or have a visual impairment.
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.
- 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.
Please apply directly to the Faculty of Health.
Download the following documents to apply online:
- Application form
- Guidance for applicants
- Reference form
- Accreditation of Prior Achievement information
Tel: +44 (0) 121 331 5500
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UK, EU and international students applying for most undergraduate degree courses in the UK will need to apply through UCAS.
You submit an application via the UCAS website with a list of up to five courses. All choices are confidential during the application process so universities and colleges considering an application cannot see your other choices. Applications must be completed by mid-January of the year that you wish to start university.
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Fees and Finance
Fees for students from the UK or EU countries?
|Sep 2013||PT||2 years||BSc (Hons)||£4,800 *|
|Sep 2013||PT||1 year||BSc||£2,400 *|
Most of our undergraduate and postgraduate courses start in September/October, at the beginning of the academic year. However, some courses also have January/February or April start options. Short courses take place throughout the year.
Many of our courses can be studied on a Full-Time (FT) or Part-Time (PT) basis.
We also offer a Sandwich (SW) option for some courses – this usually involves two periods of Full Time study separated by a 'sandwich' placement spent working in an occupation related your course.
Online Learning (OL) courses can be studied remotely, usually using online learning tools.
Fees quoted are only for the academic year or start date stated. Fees may change in future years.
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.
Financial Options and Advice
We have deliberately tried to set fees that reflect the cost of course delivery in order to help our students avoid debt.
Full-time students won't have to pay for tuition fees until after their studies - there are government tuition fee loans available. If you are a full-time student, after leaving university you will start to pay back your loan once you are earning over £21,000 a year, at a rate of nine per cent on any income above £21,000. So if you were earning £25,000, you would pay back nine per cent of £4,000, or £30 per month.
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We offer further information on possible financial support. This includes how to access non means tested grants, means tested bursaries and any additional grants.
Saturday 14 June 2014 (9am - 3pm)
Our Open Day provides you with the perfect opportunity to visit the University and discover just what we have to offer.
You can learn more about our courses, great teaching and links with leading employers – as well as our £238 million investment in facilities.
There is a non-stop programme of events and activities running throughout the day, so we recommend that you arrive at 9am to ensure you get the most out of the day.
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The day will cover all levels of study but is predominantly for undergraduate courses.
University Approach to Employability
Expertly woven into our curriculum and work experience opportunities, and underpinned by a diligent approach to career preparation and the close involvement of professional bodies, the University views employment as one of the principal rewards for a student's ambition, application and academic achievement. It's why the University is one of the country's top 30 universities* for placing students in graduate-level employment.
Our close links with business and the professions mean that our courses are always relevant, up-to-date and meet the exact needs of the current marketplace. Wherever possible, we involve employers in planning the curriculum, while many of our lecturers come from and maintain their links with industry, ensuring they are up to speed with the latest developments.
Employability will be an integral outcome of your studies.
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Single modules are spread over four non-consecutive days.
Double modules are spread over eight non-consecutive days.
Modules commencing September 2013
Advanced O & M incorporating working with children (single module)
This module will include learning and teaching in relation to Orientation and Mobility, addressing travel needs for people that have complex needs, teaching children and young adults and current adaptive technology
Evidence-based Practice (double module)
This module will enable the student to gain knowledge and competence in using evidence-based practice. This is a double module that will examine research methods in relation to rehabilitation practice.
Techniques and Approaches to Management and Supervision (single module)
This module includes coaching and motivational strategies. Content will include models of management and links will be strong to rehabilitation practice. Risk and negligence will form part of the module. This will enable the student to gain knowledge and competence in how to assess and minimise risk.
Modules commencing September 2014
Person-centred Practice and Psychology (double module)
This core module includes applying psychological and person-centered theories to practice enabling students to develop their knowledge and skills of enabling, empowerment and advocacy.
Working with People who have Complex Needs and Impairments (single module)
This core module includes examining and evaluating methods of effective communication with people who have additional and complex needs
Advanced Low Vision Training (including eccentric viewing) (single module)
This module will include lighting, contrast sensitivity and application of viewing strategies.
There is a minimum number of students required on each module for it to run. We reserve the right to not run a module if the minimum number of students on that module is not achieved.
We are constantly investing in our estate and are currently in the process of spending £238 million on new learning facilities. It’s no surprise that the Complete University Guide placed us in the UK top 10 for spending on facilities in both 2012 and 2013.
Prospective students from the UK or EU
- 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.
Prospective students from non-EU countries
- International enquirers from non-EU countries may enquire via the International Enquiry Form.
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