Composition of the course
At the core of transformative teaching and learning is the development of a supportive and trusting relationship between students, staff, and practice areas. You will be allocated a personal academic tutor who you will meet during the first week of your programme followed by regular timetabled contact and additional tutorials throughout the duration of your studies. You will be supported to explore your existing skills and identify development needs as an action plan. Written narrative and reflection will be used to explore your previous learning experiences and will form the basis of individual and class tutorials to discuss expectations of being a student in higher education.
Our colleagues in Academic Learning Development will help you access and make use of resources that can support the ongoing development of your academic skills.
The Occupational Therapy programme engages with the University peer mentoring scheme which is a support mechanism for helping first year students to settle into to university life.
There is a mix between face-to-face teaching, directed study and self-directed study. For each module you will have 50 hours of either face-to-face teaching or directed study where you complete work in preparation for discussion in the classroom. This allows students to work at their own pace and for us to explore and discuss topics in detail whilst improving the quality of the time spent we spend together
The majority of the academic teaching team are experienced practitioners who are registered with the Health and Care Professions Council, are members of the Royal College of Occupational Therapists and are Fellows of the Higher Education.
In the past three years many members of the team have been nominated by students for the Golden Apple award that recognises the support given by staff.
Staff have research interests and expertise in, for example, suicide prevention, supporting carers of and people with dementia, the management of children with postural care needs in home and schools, neurological rehabilitation, supporting people with long term conditions, working with people with mental ill-health and supporting occupational justice in communities.
Our dedicated and knowledgeable staff and the occupationally-focussed teaching strategies used place a real world emphasis on: the importance and meaning of occupation and how it relates to health and wellbeing – what you can do to allow people to make a difference in their lives. Innovation and integrated working are a major focus for the programme.
As a student on a professional programme, when on practice placements you must conform to local university and organisational policies regarding appearance and conduct.
During practice placement you may be required to work shift patterns over a seven day week. This ensures that you experience the full range of activity in your individual practice placement. Shift work could include split pattern working days, weekend working, bank holidays and night duty.
Owing to the varied nature of practice placements, there may be a need for you to travel up to an hour and a half to and from placements. Our placements are mostly within Kent, Medway, Surrey, Sussex and London so you can gain a breadth of experience in a range of settings.