You will undertake six placement experiences across a range of clinical areas over the duration of the programme.
These increase incrementally from one day a week for five weeks in the first year to nine weeks full time in the third year.
The nine week placement will take place in a diverse practice setting, where there is minimal or no occupational therapy service. Placement locations are sourced for you by the Faculty, with opportunity to complete 1085 hours of placement learning over the three years of the programme. Placement experience allows you to:
- experience real world clinical environments
- problem solve with real problems
- integrate theory into practice
- learn practical skills
- consolidate learning from modules
- begin to use reflection in and on action
- experience multi professional working
- develop your professional identity and communication skills
Placement experiences will reflect the diverse nature of the profession and also enable you to work with diverse populations and differing multi-disciplinary teams. The map illustrates the geographical area in which placements will occur.
Pre-placement lectures ensure you are prepared for each placement and each placement ends with a debrief session at the university to support your integration of theory and practice learning.
All placements are assessed with marks from placements in year two and three contributing to your overall degree classification.
Learning and assessment
The BSc (Hons) in Occupational Therapy uses a wide range of teaching and learning strategies that reflect the diversity of the student population and accommodate differing learning styles.
This varied approach seeks to facilitate the success of all students and the all-round development of a competent Occupational Therapy practitioner able to meet the learning outcomes for the programme.
The curriculum has a central focus on occupation, including occupational science throughout the programme - ensuring you recognise this as a central tenet of the profession.
The curriculum supports your application of theory into practice in order to develop your skills in addressing occupational limitations and enhancing performance.
You will be supported by the programme team and other University services to develop your academic skills following the period of transition into Higher Education and then throughout the programme. Graduates from Bradford will be critical thinkers, able to use reflection and analysis to identify their future learning needs.
They will be personally and professionally resilient. Research informed lectures are supplemented with group tutorials and practical sessions to facilitate an active and collaborative approach to learning.
Case-based scenarios are used to facilitate the development of your clinical/professional reasoning skills, and the inclusion of service users and carers within the learning and teaching experience will provide a person-centred perspective and further develop your understanding of the relationship between, health, wellbeing, occupation and occupational performance.
The programme team work in close alliance with local and regional stakeholders from a range of NHS, private, independent and voluntary organisations to ensure that the content of the programme is appropriate for your future professional career.
Throughout the programme you are encouraged to use a reflective e-portfolio to record learning experiences. The use of an e-portfolio is an ideal way to continue to evidence reflection and Continuing Professional Development, a statutory part of continued professional registration, with the University of Bradford enabling you to have a life time account with Pebblepad, (an e-portfolio system), when you convert to an alumni account at graduation. Assessments will include professional practice placement assessments, written assignments, reflective portfolios, practical assessments, oral and poster presentations.
Service users, clinicians and academic staff will be involved in marking assessments across the three years.
Arts and Crafts Suite
The Arts and Craft Suite provides opportunities for students to use a variety of therapeutic media within their learning experiences to promote understanding of engagement in activities, and to develop a portfolio of creative media activities.
The room also contains splinting equipment and provides further opportunities for students to develop practical professional specific skills.
Home from Home Room
This room has a working kitchen, a bedroom and non plumbed bathroom to allow a variety of activities to take place to develop students' understanding of barriers within environments. It also helps students to understand the role of an Occupational Therapist empowering and supporting individuals, to enable them to live independently.
The room and facilities also support enquiry and team based learning, with a number of circular tables to promote discussions and activities within the taught sessions.
Students are supported in their learning with the use of electronic devices such as iPads within the taught sessions. All Occupational Therapy rooms are Wi-Fi enabled. The room also has equipment for recording activities which can be useful for activity analysis and providing feedback on practical sessions.