We understand that you may not have the time to do a full-time degree, so our CPD pathways allow you to study flexibly, in the way that best suits you. The structure, mode of delivery and level of support allow you to progress towards a qualification at postgraduate certificate level.
This pathway enables clinicians who have specialised in hand therapy to advance their practice. Students will engage in material related to clinical decision making, clinical service quality improvement strategies, and advanced clinical skills such as injection therapy. There is flexibility within this pathway for students to direct their learning to topics of personal interest. We:
This course sits within our School of Sport, Rehabilitation and Exercise Sciences. This provides an exciting opportunity to join a community specifically focused on sports and exercise science, sports therapy and physiotherapy. This will allow us to bring together our internationally recognised research, share knowledge, and enhance placement and vocational opportunities for our students and graduates.
Professional, statutory and regulatory bodies
We are committed to embedding the NHS Constitution Values (which are strongly reflected in our University values) into everything we do. They define the behaviours and expectations of all our staff and students underpinning the work we do in the university, clinical arena and other workplaces.
We understand that not all of our students and staff are employed within the NHS but these values uphold the underlying principles of excellent care as a standard, and as such we expect that anyone who cars for others will aspire to uphold these values.
For us, involving not only our students, but service users, experts by experience, carers and NHS/non-NHS professionals in the creation and delivery of all programmes is vital.
This pathway has received accreditation from the British Association of Hand Therapists (BAHT). Any student completing the PGCert will be awarded 12 BAHT points towards their Accredited Hand Therapist Award. Students completing the single module SE731 in a topic relevant to Hand Therapy will be awarded 5 BAHT points at Level 3.
We have a range of international staff involved with this pathway and guest specialists who work with us. These include Billy Fashanu, consultant physiotherapist and various other tutors such as other injecting practitioners.
In order to apply for a place on this degree pathway you will need to have:
This degree pathway is not available to students who require a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK
We accept a wide range of qualifications from applicants studying in the EU and other countries. Get in touch with any questions you may have about the qualifications we accept. Remember to tell us about the qualifications you have already completed or are currently taking.
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If English is not your first language we require an IELTS score of 6.5 or a TOEFL score of 450/200.
If you do not meet our IELTS requirements then you may be able to complete a pre-sessional English pathway that enables you to start your course without retaking IELTS.
Total credits: 60
Fees will increase for each academic year of study.
We hold Open Days for all our applicants throughout the year. Our Colchester Campus events are a great way to find out more about studying at Essex, and give you the chance to:
If the dates of our organised events aren’t suitable for you, feel free to get in touch by emailing email@example.com and we’ll arrange an individual campus tour for you.
If you are intending to follow this modular programme, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. You will be guided through how to apply.
Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL)
We recognise the importance of your previous academic learning and professional experience, and you can use both to gain credit value towards the specific programme you are interested in, known as Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning or APEL.
APEL is dependent on many factors. If you are interested in this option, please email us at email@example.com before you apply. It is necessary to highlight any prior learning before you apply as the modules you wish to study may be dependent on this. For further information on our APEL procedure, please review the University's Quality Enhancement information.
Please note, there is an administration fee for the APEL process request which can be found on our fees document.
Applications forms and supporting documents
Once you have had your pathway discussion with the relevant programme lead and, if relevant, spoken to the CPD lead about APEL, you will need to fill in an application form and send it through to the School. Please note, check the module you are interested in as there may be additional documents required.
If you are interested in applying for a specific module, you will need to complete the module application form:
Your application and funding
If you are being funded by your employer, please obtain your line manager's signature once you have completed the application form, including how payment will be made and, if you work within the NHS, forward to your Education Liaison Manger for processing.
If you are self-funded, please complete the application form providing the required information and forward to your contracts administrator, who will then instruct you on how to make payments.
If you are being funded by a charitable organisation, please complete the application form, with the signature of the person providing the funds and the way in which they will be paying, and forward to our contracts administrator, who will then instruct your sponsor on how to make payments.
Once we have received your signed and completed application form we will write to confirm if you have been successful in gaining a place.
Downloads and module links
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