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Assessment and Learning in Practice SettingsPractice placements

Occupational Therapy

Occupational Therapy students

The professional body for Occupational Therapy (College of Occupational Therapists, COT) require learners to spend a minimum of 1,000 hours in ‘successful’ practice placement.

The required hours are completed in a variety of practice areas, as determined by the University, relevant Local Education and Training Boards (LETB), health and social care services, specific trusts, services and/or departments, private and voluntary sectors.



Students on the Occupational Therapy programme are required to complete practice experiences in the following areas:

These practice areas must be balanced across the life-span and offer a range of different care contexts.

The learners’ experience is formally assessed by a designated and briefed practitioner (placement educator). The subsequent practice based placement (practice placement) assessment grade contributes to the academic record and qualifying performance of the learner.


Contact for Practice Academic Liaison Lead

Juliette Truman


College of Occupational Therapists


Health and Care Professions Council


Local Education and Training Board (LETB)

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