Becoming a Practitioner

The details
Health and Social Care (School of)
Colchester Campus
Full Year
Undergraduate: Level 6
Thursday 05 October 2023
Friday 28 June 2024
08 March 2023


Requisites for this module



Key module for

BSC B939 Occupational Therapy

Module description

Employability encompasses not only the knowledge, understanding and skills of an Occupational Therapist, but also the attitudes and attributes that allow you to gain employment, function effectively within the role, and be able to move between jobs, thus remaining employable throughout your life. This module will provide you with the opportunity to identify and develop skills that can directly contribute to your own employability.

Module aims

  • You will draw on your own learning and experiences throughout the programme, drawing upon key evidence and reflections to address the consolidation of skills for practice.

  • Over the final ten-week placement, you will manage your provision of occupational therapy in a specific setting.

  • By the end you will be able to critically analyse and evaluate practice from multiple perspectives, self-managing.

Module learning outcomes

By the end of this module, students will be expected to be able to:

  1. Draw upon and critically evaluate relevant knowledge from a wide range of sources to demonstrate understanding of key factors within the placement setting (PP-Manage)

  2. Synthesise theory and practice for effective service delivery (PP-Manage)

  3. Effectively manage self to respond to changing and complex situations and initiate appropriate action (PP-Manage)

  4. Align your skills, behaviour and knowledge to regulatory, professional and organisational standards to reflect your contribution to relevant organisations, service users and carers (Skills Portfolio & CPD evidence)

Module information

Within this module you will explore your learning throughout the programme, through personal reflection and identify strengths and areas for further development that will contribute to your continuing professional development.

Learning and teaching methods

The interactive nature of this module is supported by practice placements, simulation/practical skills training and small group work, tutorials which will form the basis of the learning methods within this module. Learners will draw upon knowledge, skills and behaviours established throughout the programme to demonstrate professional skill competences for the transition from student to practitioner. You will draw upon your placement experiences and final 10-week placement, in order to further develop your learning within this module. Preparation and debriefing workshops will be available to learners.


The above list is indicative of the essential reading for the course.
The library makes provision for all reading list items, with digital provision where possible, and these resources are shared between students.
Further reading can be obtained from this module's reading list.

Assessment items, weightings and deadlines

Coursework / exam Description Deadline Coursework weighting
Coursework   Skills portfolio  25/06/2024  100% 

Exam format definitions

  • Remote, open book: Your exam will take place remotely via an online learning platform. You may refer to any physical or electronic materials during the exam.
  • In-person, open book: Your exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may refer to any physical materials such as paper study notes or a textbook during the exam. Electronic devices may not be used in the exam.
  • In-person, open book (restricted): The exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may refer only to specific physical materials such as a named textbook during the exam. Permitted materials will be specified by your department. Electronic devices may not be used in the exam.
  • In-person, closed book: The exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may not refer to any physical materials or electronic devices during the exam. There may be times when a paper dictionary, for example, may be permitted in an otherwise closed book exam. Any exceptions will be specified by your department.

Your department will provide further guidance before your exams.

Overall assessment

Coursework Exam
100% 0%


Coursework Exam
100% 0%
Module supervisor and teaching staff
Mrs Erika Kerry, email: ekerry@essex.ac.uk.
HSC Occupational Therapy staff, external clinicians & service users
Hannah Duncan/Charlotte Fairminer



External examiner

Mrs Ruth Squire
Cardiff University
Senior Lecturer
Available via Moodle
Of 41 hours, 25 (61%) hours available to students:
16 hours not recorded due to service coverage or fault;
0 hours not recorded due to opt-out by lecturer(s), module, or event type.


Further information

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