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Occupational Therapy BSc - Frequently Asked Questions

FAQs for prospective BSc year one students

What are the requirements for professional courses?

Please see our Professional course requirements page for full details. 

How many days am I likely to be on campus for during term time and what is my timetable?

The timetable is not yet finalised, but you can expect to be on campus between four and five days in term one. This may reduce slightly in term two as one block ends in December.

What time of the day will my lectures and seminars be held?

The times that you can expect to be on campus are from 9am to 5pm. The times of seminars and lectures vary depending on the different blocks and seminar allocations. Although, when you're not on campus there is a lot of personal study. You'll have a clearer idea of the specific groups you're in after Induction / Fresher’s week.

What are the term dates?

Please note that the teaching timetable for the occupational therapy course maybe slightly different to the published academic calendar. Students return on Monday 6 January and finish Thursday 27 March 2020 to ensure the delivery of learning objectives on the professional course.

Term one: Mon 23 Sept – 13 Dec 2019, the compulsory induction week is the week before term starts to get you acquainted to University life and study.

Term two: Mon 6 Jan – 27 March 2019

Term three: 20 April – prep for year two

What are the placement dates?

There are four placements on the BSc programme. The first is four weeks and will commence 9 March to 3 April 2020 (TBC), which runs into the Easter Break on 25 May to 19 June 2019 for a few students. You could be working in the NHS, social care or the charitable sector. We aim to give you experiences in community.

I am unable to attend some of Induction/Freshers’ Week, will this be a problem? 

You need to attend this week because it provides key details about your year one studies. Without this, you'll find it difficult to orientate yourself to the programme and what you're expected to do. It's also really important for you to start to build relationships with peers and staff. Current students have reported this to be important for them.

The timetable will be uploaded when it has been finalised. You can expect the week to be an introduction to the various university resources that will be useful for your learning and support. There are also introductions to a variety of blocks including placements and mandatory core professional skills such as fire training. Also you'll meet your personal tutor and have an opportunity to buy and view books. In this week we also get you to meet with your peers from both occupational and physiotherapy programmes.

I’ve been told I need to have completed CPR training and have a certificate before I join in September. How do I go about this?

You'll need to have a certificate that demonstrates you have completed practical cardio-pulmonary resuscitation (CPR) training. It needs to be carried out in the last 12 months and cover all the allocated placement periods. You'll therefore need to update this training annually.

Below is a local based company that runs courses on campus, that some of our students have previously used. Please note we require you to have had practical CPR training, so if in any doubt do get in touch with them to confirm this. 

www.firstaidbushey.co.uk

What immunisations do I need to have completed?

Please see our Professional course requirements page for full details. 

What is the reading list for my studies?

Our current year one students suggested to staff that it would be really useful for you to learn about all the bones and muscles of the body before you start before coming onto the programme. A book list will be in your Induction / Fresher’s pack available in that week. The following text will be referred to in the programme and will help you with anatomy now:

McMillan I & Carin-Lewy G (2011) Tyldesley & Grieve’s  Muscles, Nerves and Movement in Human Occupation (3rd Edition). Blackwell Publishing.

Will I incure addiontional costs? 

All students must review the 'additional costs' details for the course - you'll find a link to this in your offer letter. 

Costs associated with placements

EU students may not be eligible to claim their travel and/or accommodation costs associated with their placement, this is determined by residency criteria and managed by the Business Services Authority - please visit their website for more information.

International students will be required to pay a placement fee of £667 for each year of study (three years). You won't be able to claim reimbursement for travel and/or accommodation costs associated with your placement. However, we endeavour to minimise the travel and costs where possible.