Foundation Degree in
Assistive Technology (AT) can make a significant contribution to improving Who is the course aimed at? How does the course work?
the health, well-being and choices of older people and those with long The course is aimed at health and social care, housing, Normally you will be employed in a setting where you use assistive
term conditions or disabilities. Coventry University is offering an exciting independent and third sector support workers and industry technology within your role. You will spend one day a week
providers of assistive technology to develop knowledge and skills engaged in University study and one and a half days per week as
2 year part-time course to improve technical knowledge and expertise in in the use and delivery of assistive technology including Telecare a learner in your workplace. You will be supported by a mentor in
assistive technology, product/service delivery, management and project and Telehealth. your workplace and you will have a personal tutor assigned to you
from the University.
skills. This course was endorsed by Foundation Degree Forward (fdf) in
Moving on in your career?
July 2010 providing evidence to employers, sector bodies, commissioners Flexible Learning
and potential students that this work-based learning, higher education This Foundation Degree will provide you with a qualification and
solid base for a future career in the developing field of assistive This course recognises that as you are working you need a flexible
programme has been designed in accordance with good practice and technology. The Foundation Degree in Assistive Technology approach to learning therefore the majority of the course will be
offers a quality learning experience. provides a crucial component of a career pathway from NVQ3. delivered online, by blended learning or through learning in your
It also provides the opportunity for the development of the workplace. You will have access to the University’s virtual learning
knowledge and skills required of Assistant Practitioner level roles environment to support your learning needs and an electronic
in health and social care and offers Continuing Professional portfolio to engage with personal development planning.
What is a Foundation Degree?
If you want to progress even further, this course offers you several
Foundation Degrees (FD) are designed in partnership with employers and opportunities to gain a full degree via a “top up” year in the
combine University based studies with workplace learning to equip people
with the relevant knowledge, understanding and skills to improve practice, • BSc (Hons) Health Studies
• Provided you have passed one of the two 40 credit
personal performance and the effectiveness of service delivery. The course has Management option modules you may progress to the top up
been developed in consultation with employers and key stakeholders including degree BA (Hons) International Leadership and Management
in Health & Social Care
the Foundation for Assistive Technology (FAST) and the Telecare Services • You may also progress to a top up degree BSc (Hons)
Association (TSA) to ensure that it will meet the needs of the workforce in terms Assistive Technology (route under development)
of its content and the methods of delivery. Successful students would also be eligible to apply for
other professional courses (e.g. Rehabilitation Engineering,
The aim of a Foundation Degree programme is that it should “enable learners Occupational Therapy) and you may be able to gain credit for your
acquired prior learning (APL).
to benefit from the interpretation of ideas and the experience of practice, within
the wider context of employment and one in which knowledge, understanding Exceptional students may be able to enrol directly from the
Foundation Degree on to the Postgraduate Certificate in Assistive
and skills are clearly integrated. By focusing on learning within a work context Technology and subsequently on to the full MSc in Assistive
that is underpinned by both vocational and academic understanding Foundation Technology programme delivered by Coventry University.
Degrees should demonstrate learning outcomes that are explicitly relevant
to both employers’, and perhaps also professional, needs. Furthermore, the
application of the knowledge, understanding and skills achieved should enable
successful progression both within employment and to honours level or to other
qualifications” (QAA Foundation Degree Benchmark).
More about the course
The course runs over two years, in three terms of 12 weeks per
year (36 weeks per year).
You can choose from a range of option modules in the second
There are 5 compulsory modules in the first year: year to meet you and your employer’s needs including:
Introduction to Study and Academic Study Skills Work-based learning 1 - Working with People Telecare and Telehealth Risk Management and Service Improvement
(20 credits) (20 credits) (20 credits) (40 credits)
In this module you will learn academic skills which will facilitate This module provides the framework for a directed and individually This module will explore how Telecare and Telehealth may This module enables students to develop an understanding of
your development on the course. Its aim is to develop your ability negotiated activity that is based on opportunities available for contribute to the achievement of personalised health and social quality assurance and governance, risk management and of
to write in different formats to meet the requirements of University, learning within your workplace. The module aims to explore the care outcomes for individuals. The concept of these technologies information management and their uses. This understanding will
work and future employers. context of assistive technology service delivery as experienced will be examined along with the opportunities for both to be applied to health and social care work settings.
by people who use these services. This will enable you to gain potentially contribute to delivering wider national benefits in areas
Introduction to Assistive Technology an appreciation and understanding of the issues that impact on such as shifting the balance of care and the management of long You can also choose from a wider range options from other
(20 credits) service users (including carers) who receive assistive technology term health conditions. Foundation Degree programmes including Rehabilitation, End of
related services. The module aims to give you the opportunity Life Care, Long-term Conditions and Mental Health.
This module has been designed to enable you to develop an to hear service users’ views on how well services relate to them Management of Assistive Technology Equipment These options are taken alongside 2 further work-based
awareness of what assistive technology (AT) is and how it can and their needs and enable you to reflect on the issues raised to (20 credits) learning modules.
offer choices for individuals to maintain or improve their health and identify how practice could be improved.
well-being. The module will assist you in the recognition of the The aim of this module is to develop a practical understanding of Work-based learning 3 - Preparing a Project
important role that technology can play in enabling people with Work-based Learning 2 - Working in Practice the key elements of managing assistive technology equipment; (20 credits)
disabilities or long term conditions and in supporting their carers. (40 credits) purchasing, deployment, maintenance, repair and disposal.
It will involve the legal and policy framework within which medical This module provides the framework for a significant item of
AT Process and Practice In this work-based learning module you will identify and agree devices are managed, risk management, adverse incidents, self-directed and individually negotiated work related activity that
(20 credits) a project (based on competencies required for your role and technology adoption and training in the correct use of the devices. will benefit both you and your employer. This single module will
opportunities available within your workplace) that will bring develop a proposal, project plan and learning contract for the
The focus for this module is on approaches and models together and apply the learning from the modules studied in the Inclusive Design and Accessible Environments implementation and evaluation of a work-based project that will
of assessment, selection, provision and review of assistive first year. (20 credits) be completed in Work-based Learning 4.
technology solutions in order to find the optimal match of the
person and technology. The interaction of the person, the This module aims to introduce students to the concept of Work-based learning 4 - Working on a Project
environment, the activity and the technology is explored. Design for Living that encompasses the design of accessible (40 credits)
environments, products and equipment. Specifically issues
around the design of the home and assistive technology will This module implements and evaluates a significant self-directed
be included. and individually negotiated project that will benefit both you and
your employer as defined in the proposal for a work-based project
Using a problem-based approach emphasis is on the developed in Work-based Learning 3.
development of practical and problem-solving skills for designing Through this module you will demonstrate the acquisition and
appropriate homes for older people, disabled people and people application of knowledge and understanding relevant to your
with long-term conditions and choosing appropriate assistive field and topic of study. You will also be able to demonstrate
technology solutions. advanced levels of appropriate practical, inter-personal,
intellectual and transferable competencies relevant to your role.
NB Not all options may run in any one year.
If you wish to progress to a “top up” year to complete the BA
(Hons) International Leadership and Management in Health &
Social Care you will need to select a 40 credit Management
What are the entry requirements? How do I apply?
The normal entry requirements for this course are: Further information including how you can apply on-line can be
(i) 4 GCSEs (at grade C and above) including English
language and Mathematics (or equivalent) www.coventry.ac.uk/at
and Applicants should go to the Foundation Degree in Assistive
Technology course page and the ‘how to apply’ section, click the
(ii) At least 40 points at A2-level or equivalent; (BTEC online application form and follow the instructions.
National Diploma or Certificate, or Access to HE, or
NVQ 3 (or equivalent) qualification with appropriate Would you like more information or talk to a member of
experience and demonstrable ability to study at HE) the course team?
In the first instance, if you wish to receive any further information
or regarding the course or our Open Days please contact (stating
Foundation Degree in Assistive Technology):
a relevant professional qualification gained through
formal assessment of professional experience Admissions Unit, Faculty of Health & Life Sciences
and/or examination Coventry University, Priory Street
Coventry, CV1 5FB
and +44 (0)247679 5959
(iii) be able to offer satisfactory evidence of working at an
appropriate level within an organisation in an OR
area directly related to assistive technology
Dr. Gillian Ward,
Candidates will normally be interviewed, either face to face or Course Director, Foundation Degree in AT
over the telephone, prior to being offered a place to ensure their Department of Occupational Therapy,
suitability and ability to meet the demands of the course and to Faculty of Health and Life Sciences
discuss potential opportunities for gaining the necessary work- Coventry University, Priory St
Proposed Timetable based experience. Coventry, CV1 5FB
+44 (0)247688 8941
Term 1: 12 weeks Term 2: 12 weeks Term 2: 12 weeks The department of Occupational Therapy also offers a range of
Year 1 Introduction to study and academic Introduction to Assistive Assistive Technology Process and other assistive technology learning opportunities including:
writing skills Technology Practice
• Assistive Technology Learning Tool
Work-based Learning 1 Work-based Learning 2 • MSc Assistive Technology
Year 2 Option Option Option • Bespoke training courses
Or Management option Option
Please visit our website for more information
Work-based Learning 3 Work-based Learning 4 www.coventry.ac.uk/at
As much of the Foundation Degree Assistive Technology is Supporting you on the course
delivered on-line you will need, for the duration of the course; a
PC capable of running Windows XP, Internet Explorer 6 or above, As a large proportion of the course is delivered online, support is
Microsoft Office (including PowerPoint) or compatible software, available online as well as directly from the University. This support
Adobe Acrobat Reader, Broadband connection, web cam with is available by e-mail, web conference, telephone or in person. An
microphone and speakers. induction programme will be undertaken at the start of the course
to introduce you to the course and the University, the support
available to assist your studies, study skills, library (including
online access) and to the technology that is utilised throughout
the course. Additional material to support the technology is
available including access to teaching and learning support
services and the use of the University’s IT help desk support