Final Practical Observation - Dates and Guidance

Guidance for the final observation can be found under the calendar. 

Below you will find dates that have been arranged for final observations.

 Please allow an hour for each assessment to take place.  

You will need to have completed the assignments at least 2 weeks before your final observation. This allows time for the tutor to mark your work and then forward it to the Internal verifier. If you cannot make this deadline you are advised to change your final observation date.

Final Practical Assessment Day


Unsure about what to expect for your final practical assessment? Then this may be of help.

The practical observation checklist will help you see what has to be assessed during this final session. This is the form that the Assessor and Internal Verifier complete on the day. Please make sure that you download the correct one for your level and course. The sheets can be found on the paperwork pages for both REP's and APT.

 How to Book

Select the date, time and venue that you wish to do your final practical.  Available slots are indicated by 0/1 in the appointments column.  Click on the magnifying glass to the right of your selected slot, this will confirm the date and time available.  Click on "Create new appointment" and enter your full name, and select the correct course from the drop down menu.  Once you have entered the correct information, just click on "create appointment" to confirm.  If you wish to verify the information.  You can click on the magnifying glass again, or the picture of the calender next to it, which will bring up your details.

Please do not leave gaps in between slots.  All appointments must be booked consecutively.  Whilst every effort is made to meet the needs of the learner, all slots are on a first come, first served basis.  Somerset Skills and learning reserve the right to amend appointment times as required and in the event of any "gaps" appointments may be brought forward.  If you are unable to attend a face to face practical session due to distance, then alternatively you can submit via DVD/memory stick.  You will be contacted by your personal tutor in the event of any amendments.

Please contact your personal tutor immediately if you are unable to attend your final practical.  

1. Stand in wuji stance and say what you are doing in the position. Ensure that you show correct body alignment at this point - you can mention a few points if you like.

2. Perform Shibashi.
  • Name each of the movements as you go through.
  • Describe each of the movements as you go through them. You only need to do this to show that you could describe the movements when teaching. Mention things like which way the palms face, not locking knees or elbows etc - basic teaching points
  • Mention the breathing pattern for each movement.
  • Mention any H & S issues that are connected with the movement when you are doing it. This is really important.

How would you do this?
Here's an example for what you might say for Scooping from the Sea.

  • Step out into bow stance, left leg forward. Toe in the air and hands in the air.
  • Change weight to the front foot and raise the back heel, lowering the hands as you breath out.
  • Keep the head above the heart as you bend down slightly and don't compress the chest. Try and look forward rather than bobbing the head up and down.
  • Change weight to the back foot, lifting the front toe and bring the arms up, as though you are throwing water over your head. Breath in as you make this movement. Make sure that you don't lean backwards as you rock and change weight.

3. Return to wuji after you have completed the 18 movements. Stand in Tai Chi then wuji stance saying why you are doing this - to allow the blood to return to it's natural flow and return blood to the heart (external counterpulsation). 

4. Then you will need to show 3 adaptations for different health conditions. For REPs candidates it will need to be specifically for Older or disabled people.
Talk these through as you perform, saying who would do this adapted movement (what health condition or reduced mobility they would have) and mention all the health & safety issues.
Remember that a chair can be bought into the equation at this point!

 5. You will be asked a few questions to clarify some of the issues that relate to the movements.
 (If you haven't mentioned them during your demo)

  • If you forgot to mention important H & S issues whilst preforming Shibashi, (like keeping the knee in line with the toe), you will be asked questions to ensure that we know that you know this!
  • Wuji and Tai Chi stance - If you didn't mention this in enough detail ( reasons for this before and after Shibashi) then you will be asked for more detail.
  • Rooting - we need to see that you are rooted. You can mention rooting whilst standing in wuji at the beginning if you like - remember the 2 things that ensure that you are rooted.
  • What are the H & S issues that are connected when teaching Shibashi to a new learner. You must include the main issues: remember the basics - diagnostic/initial assessment, GP permission etc
    Before your assessment look at the final observation sheet and the health & safety study guide and handouts:
    Re-check the main H & S issues when performing Shibashi, rather than the H & S issues related to the environment ( although you can mention these as well).

 The whole practical session only takes about 30 - 45 mins. You only need to repeat 4 of each of the Shibashi movements. There is no need to show a warm up.