The accelerated programme is delivered full time over 2 calendar years starting in January each year. The curriculum runs over 45 weeks each calendar year, a total of 90 weeks in all. The 45 weeks are scheduled from January through to December. Students are expected to attend on a 5 day per week basis.
In accordance to the requirements of the World Federation of Occupational Therapists, over 1000 hours of the programme are dedicated to practice placements in a range of service settings. These are distributed in blocks at dedicated times throughout the programme. Placements are arranged across Wales and the borders of England.
Brief Overview of Curriculum:
The programme is designed in modules which cover 3 subject strands, professional studies in occupational therapy, occupational engagement and interruption across the life cycle and practice education.
These modules are designed to integrate the study of occupation and the practice of occupational therapy within a range of relevant medical, psychological and sociological parameters.
The learning style of the curriculum reflects a philosophy that respects the academic experience of postgraduate learners. The programme values previous academic skills and subject knowledge as relevant to occupational therapy. Students are encouraged to take responsibility for identifying and monitoring their own learning throughout the curriculum. Academic modules are delivered as a spiral curriculum which encourages increasing depth and synthesis of knowledge throughout the learning process.
Learning is facilitated through techniques that value student directed work and interactive education. This approach integrates the key principles of problem based learning in small group tutorials with a range of other teaching methods such as seminars, workshops and occasional lectures to enhance and inform the problem based learning tutorials.
Elements of inter-professional learning with students from other health and social care programmes are also incorporated.
A range of practice placements in health, social care and role emerging settings are undertaken to link in with and complement the academic curriculum.
Assessments are integrated throughout the curriculum. These include formative and summative written assignments, one written exam, one viva voce examination and assessment of practice placements. Peer evaluation is incorporated into the problem based learning and presentation of group and individual work. Successful completion of all assignments and practice placements is required.