Online SI Module 1: Foundations and Neuroscience


This page contains information about the Online SI Module 1 course. See information about the Classroom SI Module 1 course here.


The online SI Module 1 course, accredited by Ulster University, is the first part of the modular pathway which also offers the opportunity to work towards a Postgraduate Diploma or Masters in Sensory Integration. (30 credits)
The aim of this module is to enable you to understand the current neuroscience, and the relevant and emergent theories, concepts, and practices, related to Ayres’ Sensory Integration. You will be able to relate sensory processing to the underlying neurology and evidence base of sensory integration.

    Occupational Therapists, Speech & Language Therapists and Physiotherapists. Psychologists registered with HCPC or medical doctors who have GMC registration (or the equivalent) can apply for SI Module 1 only.


    16 weeks, 24 hour access

    Hours: Online Content and contact with Mentors - 55hrs, Independent study (including assessment) 245 hrs, Total effort: 300 hrs

    Fee: Gold or Silver Member Fee: £899 (Instalment plan option)
    Bronze Member Fee: £1,198.67
    Director: Dr Sylvia Taylor-Goh, Director of Postgraduate Education


    The SI Module 1 Online is designed as a series of learning units which address the module learning outcomes. Learning is facilitated via a range of methods including animated presentations, interactive learning scenarios, videos and case study vignettes.

    The learning units include the neuroscience supporting the theory of sensory integration and an overview of all sensory systems. You will enhance your clinical reasoning skills and be able to draw on knowledge of sensory systems and sensory integration theory and research to support your clinical observations and interventions.

    In addition, you will have your own E-Mentor who will support your individual learning needs with online groups offering peer learning support.

    Where does SI Module 1 fit in the pathway?

    SI Modules 1, 2, 3 and 4 are taken directly with Sensory Integration Education and are accredited by Ulster University.  Modules 5, 6 and 7 are taken directly with Ulster University. See more.

    SI Module 1 can be taken as an online course or classroom course. The assessments are taken online and are exactly the same. You can see more information on the two options here.

    Assessment information

    Coursework 1

    40% online, open book, multiple choice questions with a one-hour time limit on the neuroscience of sensory processing from primary receptors to cortical interpretation.

    Assessment period for Coursework 1: This assessment will be made available at the start of week 8 of the course. Once students log  they have an hour to complete it. Students must have completed the assessment by the end of the 16th week from the start of the module.

    Coursework 2

    60% Online clinical scenarios, across a range of client groups across the lifespan, are presented for critical evaluation, application of Ayres' sensory integration and evidence of current neuroscience knowledge and understanding and emerging clinical critical thinking.

    This assessment involves answering a set of short answer questions on two clinical scenarios.

    • Scenario one: Students will select one scenario from four scenarios provided that relate to registration and modulation concepts within sensory integration.

    • Scenario two: Students will select one scenario from four scenarios provided that relate to posture and praxis.

    Students can complete the assessment on scenarios one and two at any time within the given assessment period for coursework 2 (they will not need to complete both together in the same session). Once students log on to do each scenario, they have an hour to complete.

    Assessment period for Coursework 2: This assessment will be made available at the start of week 10 of the course. Once students log on to do a clinical scenario, they have an hour to complete. Students do not need to complete both scenarios in the same session. Students must have completed the assessment (both scenarios) by the end of the 16th week from the start of the module.

    Coursework 3

    Pass / Fail. As part of the assessment strategy in the School of Health Sciences, students will be expected to produce a short piece of work reflecting on the learning achieved and how this has impacted on their patient/client interaction (500 words).

    Who should complete this course?

    Our accredited SI Modular Pathway courses are designed for degree qualified occupational therapists, physiotherapists and speech & language therapists to develop the skills required to practice Ayres’ Sensory Integration Therapy in the context of their particular professional background. 

    See the full Entry Conditions here.

    What will SI Module 1 allow me to do?

    By the end of SI Module 1 course, students will have the necessary foundation knowledge of neuroscience and the theory of Ayres’ Sensory Integration (ASI) required to support clinical reasoning in assessment and intervention using an ASI framework. Students will understand how screening assessments are used in ASI and have a toolbox of sensory based strategies that they can use to enhance the service they offer to the people they work with.

    This course is an introduction to Ayres’ Sensory Integration theory and practice. It is not an assessment or therapy course, and therefore you cannot refer to yourself as a Sensory Integration Practitioner.

    However, subject to successful completion of the course’s assessment, as validated through Ulster University, you are able to generate hypotheses as to sensory system involvement, consider the impact on the person’s participation in life, and to consider strategies that would, and would not, be helpful in reducing participation barriers.

    A Sensory Integration Practitioner’s judgement would be considered essential to confirm/negate your hypotheses and should be sought through mentoring or supervision, in line with best practice.

    Which modules do I need to take to practise sensory integration therapy?

    Sensory Integration Practitioner will have been awarded the Postgraduate Certificate in Sensory Integration by completing and passing SI Modules 1, 2 and 3. 

    An Advanced Sensory Integration Practitioner must complete and pass SI Modules 1, 2, 3 and 4. 

    Technology requirements

    This is an online course. You cannot download this course. You cannot access it without being connected to Wi-Fi/Broadband.
    • Windows: Google Chrome (latest version)
    • Mac: Safari 7 and later, Google Chrome (latest version)
    • Mobile: Safari in Apple iOS 7 and later, Google Chrome (latest version) in Android OS 4.1 and later
    • Stable WiFi/Broadband access required to run the online course.


    See here for frequently asked questions.

    Note: Participants taking our accredited postgraduate SI Modular Pathway courses will be bound by our partner University's Cheating and Plagiarism Policy and other relevant policies upon registering with the University.

    How to book

    Click on the link below for your preferred date and complete the booking form which will open in a new window. Bookings must be made in the name of the person completing the course including their own email address. On booking, you will receive an invoice within 2 working days. Payment is required within 30 days or prior to the course start date, whichever is soonest. Please see our booking terms and conditions for more information.

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    Can I reserve a place?

    We are unable to reserve places. 

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    This page contains information about the Online SI Module 1 course. See information about the Classroom SI Module 1 course here.

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