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    Hello, I am interested in applying for an Occupational Therapy Course and have some questions I was hoping OT students could help with!

    Could you please give me information about placements - how many there are, how they are distributed throughout the years, how long each placement lasts, do you get to pick where you go for placement, just any information would be appreciated!

    And when you aren't on placement is the course mostly lecture based/individual learning? Or is it a lot of group and practical work?

    I'd really love to train to become an OT but I am SO shy and suffer from anxiety & I don't know if I would be so keen if they throw you into the deep end with lots of practical work and placements in your first year.

    Thank you!!
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    You'd be best off asking the individual unis you're interested in. Each OT course will have 1000 hours minimum of time spent on placement, in order to comply with COT requirements, but some unis might ask you to do more. From the open days I've been to (I'm starting at Cumbria in September), learning seems to be very interactive and group-based, and much coursework-based than exam-based.

    All the universities I visited have placements throughout the course, including first year, but it varies when exactly you start them. They tend to get longer as you progress through uni.

    I'd really recommend heading along to some open days to get a better picture of what it's like, and also try and organise meeting up with some OTs or shadowing them in the workplace - most universities will expect you to have arranged this as part of your application, and it gives you a much better insight into whether OT is the career for you.

    I'd also really recommend doing a bit of volunteering with the NHS or somewhere healthcare-related - not only will it look great on your application, but it can really help you to overcome shyness, get used to being around patients and professionals, and get a first-hand view of how the NHS works.
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    (Original post by superwolf)
    You'd be best off asking the individual unis you're interested in. Each OT course will have 1000 hours minimum of time spent on placement, in order to comply with COT requirements, but some unis might ask you to do more. From the open days I've been to (I'm starting at Cumbria in September), learning seems to be very interactive and group-based, and much coursework-based than exam-based.

    All the universities I visited have placements throughout the course, including first year, but it varies when exactly you start them. They tend to get longer as you progress through uni.

    I'd really recommend heading along to some open days to get a better picture of what it's like, and also try and organise meeting up with some OTs or shadowing them in the workplace - most universities will expect you to have arranged this as part of your application, and it gives you a much better insight into whether OT is the career for you.

    I'd also really recommend doing a bit of volunteering with the NHS or somewhere healthcare-related - not only will it look great on your application, but it can really help you to overcome shyness, get used to being around patients and professionals, and get a first-hand view of how the NHS works.
    Thanks for the reply. It's Mental Health OT type work that I'm interested in & I have an idea of what it's like as an Mental Health OT visits me for my anxiety. But I have no related work experience or voluntary work, do you think I'd get rejected this year from my local Uni (they have an OT course on UCAS EXTRA)? I could always try get experience and apply next year...
    Best of luck for when you start!
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    (Original post by sarahreid95)
    Thanks for the reply. It's Mental Health OT type work that I'm interested in & I have an idea of what it's like as an Mental Health OT visits me for my anxiety. But I have no related work experience or voluntary work, do you think I'd get rejected this year from my local Uni (they have an OT course on UCAS EXTRA)? I could always try get experience and apply next year...
    Best of luck for when you start!
    I'm planning on specialising in MH too once I graduate - but as a student you'll be required to do placements across all areas, not just mental health, so it's best to get an idea of the subject as a whole. You can probably make a pretty good personal statement out of having been treated by an OT, if you can reflect well on how they did their job, what you got out of it as a client, and show good insight into the experience in general. Make sure you do recognise the other roles of an OT too, even if it's MH you're most interested in.

    I'd definitely see no harm in applying this year, and if you get an interview it'll be good experience in and of itself, even if you don't get an offer out of it.

    Good luck to you too!
 
 
 

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