The course uses a variety of methods. These include didactic lectures, structured skills development and practice, workshops/seminar style learning, experiential learning and the practical application of the teaching through supervised practice.
During the first year the taught element of the programme takes place over six three-day blocks and one two-day block from January to November (Friday-Sunday).
During the second year the attendance is over eight two-day blocks (December-September). The course formally ends in the following January.
Seminars are scheduled 10.00 to 16.00 hrs.
Clinical work commences in October/November towards the end of the first year and students are required to complete 200 hours of supervised practice during this time at a ratio of 1:6.
As well as attending all modules students are required to attend peer support meetings on a monthly basis of 2-3 hours duration. Additionally students are required to engage with self directed learning which would include relevant reading, preparation for essays and case study submission whilst also keeping a personal journal. Students will also be expected to research a relevant topic as their second year project. The project titles will be issued at the start of Year 2 and will be 4,000 words. Students may be offered further CPD events during the life time of the course. Tutorial groups will be held during each module on Saturday and therefore on those days the course will finish slightly later. Students will also need to attend at least one individual tutorial each year.
We recommend that you download and familiarize yourself with the course brochure so that you gain a fuller picture of the course. Both the brochure and the application form are available for download.