Canterbury Christ Church University Occupational Therapy
Occupational therapists work with people of all ages to enable them to live meaningful lives. At Canterbury Christ Church University you will develop your understanding of where the person should be – at the centre of all that occupational therapists do.
Feedback from past students who are now in employment confirms that the active involvement of service users and carers both in the classroom and on placement is an essential part of your learning, and so our course has a strong theory-practice relationship. Our students have been commended for their innovation outputs by entrepreneurs, leaders and managers involved in this aspect of the course.
Our staff are committed to supporting students to undertake their studies and to develop as confident and competent therapists who can work collaboratively in a changing health and social care environment. Our experienced staff draw upon their academic and professional wealth of expertise and knowledge to support our goal of helping all students to achieve their full academic potential.
What will I study?
To ensure our students experience the most current and relevant occupational therapy education, we are excited to provide a newly designed programme focused on your occupational therapy and interprofessional education. The course builds on our many years’ experience, reflects how health and social care professionals come together to work in practice, and focuses on the rapidly evolving dimensions of the health and social care sector and the needs of the individual.
Within the new design our aim is to give students the opportunity to embrace and capture their interprofessional placement experiences and use of interprofessional interactions through simulation activities, such as role play and use of discussion boards. These, and other activities, support learning, teaching and assessment.
Academic and practice knowledge are integrated throughout the course enabling you to apply the theory you have learnt in the classroom in the practice arena. Practice placements form around half of the course. The BSc (Hons) Occupational Therapy degree is subject to the approval of the Health and Care Professions Council. This allows students to apply for registration as an occupational therapist upon successful completion of the course.
Year 1 modules will introduce you to the core values, beliefs and theories underpinning the meaning of occupation and occupational therapy practice. You will learn about links between health and wellbeing and occupation; the person and the contexts they live in; how the human body and mind impact on daily life. In this year, you will have an assessed practice placement under the supervision of a qualified occupational therapist
Year 2 modules will focus more on the practical and theoretical skills needed to assess, plan, set goals and implement interventions to meet service users’ needs across settings including hospitals, schools, homes, the workplace and residential settings. Academic skills are further developed and work is carried out with other health professionals and people that occupational therapists might work with. You will spend more time on assessed practice placement in order to embed and apply the skills and knowledge learnt in the classroom.
In year 3, there is an emphasis on health and wellbeing where you further integrate theory, skills and knowledge, and innovation to help prepare you for future employment. You will spend time working in groups developing your entrepreneurial skills and demonstrating innovation. You will also undertake an independent literature-based study in an area of professional interest to you. Your final assessed placement will prepare you for the responsibilities of a junior occupational therapist.