Tuesday 19 September 2017
An Occupational Therapy (OT) student from Toronto will become the first from her country to graduate with a Master’s degree through a study route with the University of Northampton in England.
In Canada, it can take students like Nuriyah Pochee six extra years to gain a professional qualification to practice as an OT. But by coming to the University of Northampton it has only taken three.
The OT programme at Northampton is the only one in the UK to enable Canadian students with an approved Rehab Diploma to gain a pre-registration OT qualification at BSc and then study for a Master’s in a year.
This means student like Nuriyah can return to Canada with a higher qualification gained more swiftly than if they kept studying at home.
OT can be described as enabling people to become independent in everyday occupations following illness, injury or deprivation. Everyday occupations encompasses a wide range from simple self-care activities to more complex vocational or aspirational activities.
Nuriyah qualified with dissertation projects that included providing sensory support to children with developmental disorders such as autism, which she put into practice through volunteering with one of her tutors.
Talking about her decision to travel to the UK to study, she said: “In Toronto, you really need the Master’s to work as an OT, so I’m very glad University of Northampton’s programme has the flexibility to include this qualification.
“The course at Northampton has included great support from the tutors – especially with helping with my Visa – and the placements have helped solidify the learning. All in all, Northampton has fully prepared me to get into work.”
Sue Griffiths, Subject Lead for Occupational Therapy at the University of Northampton, commented: “Anyone who has met Nuriyah will see her as an inspiration, not only to service users but to fellow students, so congratulations to her on receiving her Masters.
“It is always hard to say farewell to our students, but it is exciting to see them enter the OT workforce. As the academic year starts we welcome our new students as future colleagues which includes two new Canadian students joining the second.”
It’s a busy time for the OT course here at the University of Northampton, celebrating 75 years of OT education, we are one of the longest established in the UK.
The University of Northampton’s annual OT Student Conference is held on 22 September, when students will present examples of their work and service users’ feedback of OT in action.
Prospective OT students in Canada can find out more about the course in the ‘International’ section.
The Canadian Colleges we have ‘articulation arrangements’ with are:
- Vancouver Community College, Vancouver
- Capilano College, Vancouver
- South Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT), Calgary, Alberta
- Medicine Hat College, Alberta
- Humber College, Toronto, Ontario
- Mohawk College, Hamilton, Ontario
- La Cite Collegiale, Ottawa, Ontario
- Alonquin College, Ottawa, Ontario
- Sault College, Ontario