The Occupational Therapy course is a pathway in the Faculty of Health and Social Care pre-registration interprofessional learning programme. This means that during the programme there is the opportunity to share learning with students from other health and social care professions and learn about how an occupational therapist works within a team of other health professionals.
The full-time programme is offered at two campuses with two intakes. Students can start in September at Canterbury or in April at our Medway Campus in Chatham Maritime. Six modules are taken in each academic year. Academic and practice knowledge are integrated throughout the course enabling students to apply the theory they have learnt in the classroom in the practice arena.
In Year 1, four occupational therapy specific modules introduce students to the core values, beliefs and theories underpinning the meaning of occupation and occupational therapy practice. Students learn about the links between health and wellbeing and occupation; the person and the contexts they live in and the human body as it functions in daily life. In addition, one module helps them to develop skills for higher learning. In this year, they carry out a seven week placement under the supervision of a qualified occupational therapist.
In Year 2, the occupational therapy specific modules focus on the skills occupational therapists need to assess, plan and carry out treatments to meet service users' needs in hospitals, schools, homes, the workplace, and residential settings. Academic skills are further developed. Students undertake one nine week practice placement this year.
In Year 3, there is an emphasis on health and wellbeing and innovation where students integrate theory, skills and knowledge. The final twelve week placement prepares them for the responsibilities of a junior occupational therapist. In this year, they also undertake an independent literature-based study in an area of professional interest.