Composition of the course
The current course provides a balance between face-to-face teaching, self-study time and practice placement. Throughout each of the three years of the programme a proportion of time will be spent in lectures, seminars, getting feedback on assignments and similar face-to-face contacts.
There will be practice placements in each of the three years which will be located in Kent, Medway and also in Sussex and London to provide you with a wide placement experience.
You will carry out directed and independent study such as reading, looking at online presentations, completing workbooks, working in small groups, etc.
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.
The majority of the academic teaching team are experienced educationalists holding a teaching qualification, and practitioners registered with the Health and Care Professions Council and with the British Association/ College of Occupational Therapists. They are responsible for facilitating the development of your knowledge and skills in relation to the professional aspects of the programme.
In 2014/15 two members of staff were awarded senior fellowship of the Higher Education Academy by demonstrating a ‘proven and sustained track record in Higher Education teaching and management’
Students in placement must conform to NHS rules of appearance and conduct as set out by the placement provider/organisation.
During placement you may be required to attend at shift times, as is often the case once in employment. This ensures that you experience the full range of activity in your individual placement. Shift work could include weekends, bank holidays and night duty.
Owing to the varied nature of placements, there may be a need for you to travel to and from placements within mostly within Kent, Medway and also East Sussex and London so you can also gain experience from some specialist settings.