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BSc (Honours) Occupational Therapy (practice based learning)

27 months full-time
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Occupational Therapy (practice based learning) degree overview

This course is only open to applications from support workers who are currently employed in the East Midlands.

Develop your knowledge and experience on a course developed in partnership with East Midlands Local Education and Training Board .You learn through practical experience on a clinical placement to ensure you complete the course prepared and qualified as an occupational therapist.

• Enhance your current knowledge and experience in occupational therapy.
• Progress your career and become a qualified occupational therapist.
• Work with real patients on clinical placements for three days a week.

Professional recognition

This course is approved by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). Graduates are eligible to apply to register with the HCPC and can apply to become members of the British Association of Occupational Therapists and College of Occupational Therapists. You must be registered with the HCPC in order to practise as an occupational therapist in the UK.

Health and Care Professions Council

Fees – home and EU students

Course fees may be subject to annual inflationary increase.

Course description

This course helps you develop your career. Since the course started in 2005, the majority of our graduates have entered jobs as qualified occupational therapists. Others have gone on to work in third sector organisations.

This course is full for January 2015. The next recruitment event will take place in 2016 for a January 2017 start.

Practice-based learning is a style of learning for students who already have some experience of working in health and social care. It builds on skills and knowledge you already have.

This course is suitable if you have around two years experience in a health and social care role, such as
• occupational therapy support worker in the NHS
• community care officer in social care
• a similar job in a caring working environment

It is an intensive, full-time 27 month course which has been designed to help people with existing experience progress in their careers to become a qualified occupational therapist. It was developed in partnership with the East Midlands Strategic Health Authority, now known as East Midlands Local Education and Training Board.

Practical, work-based modules form a large part of your work. You work with patients on a clinical placement in East Midlands for three days a week. The remainder of the time is spent in class with lecturers or studying using self-directed learning.

The course is taught entirely in Lincolnshire, at Grantham hospital and on clinical placements in the area. You are taught by both Sheffield Hallam lecturers and experienced occupational therapy practitioners.


• written papers and projects • presentations • portfolios • group work • interactive assessment • assessment of practice during placements

Entry requirements

2016 entry requirements

You must have some experience of delivering care in a professional or voluntary capacity and a reference from a current or recent employer or educational institution.

Normally five GCSE passes at grade C or above, including mathematics, English Language and a science qualification, plus one of the following

• 240 points from GCE/VCE A2 levels (excluding general studies) normally including at least 80 points from a science-related subject such as biology, human biology, psychology, sociology or sports science, or BTEC National qualifications or other qualifications in the UCAS tariff.

• HND in an appropriate subject
• an Access to HE Diploma from a QAA-recognised Access to HE course, in a health science. Normally we require 60 credits at level 3 (A minimum of 36 credits must be in a science related course)
• a relevant NVQ level 3 plus relevant A level study
• a relevant Open University course
• a previous degree

We welcome applications from people of any age. We may be flexible in our normal offer if you can show a commitment to succeed and have the relevant skills and experience. This must show that you will benefit from and finish the course successfully.

Personal qualities

You must be able to demonstrate the following qualities

• a level of understanding of the profession and its related values
• motivation and commitment
• sound verbal and written communication skills, including listening skills
• ability to work with people with disabilities
• ability to work with people regardless of age, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation
• ability to work in accordance with anti-discriminatory and anti-oppressive practices
• basic skills in the use of information technology
• personal maturity with an ability to recognise personal strengths and limitations, including those related to health, and to take appropriate action to address them
• ability to take personal responsibility and to manage self-directed time

You also need to

• have an understanding of the profession of occupational therapy and its related values
• be confident in using computers to complete academic work
• be willing to travel if required


If English is not your first language you will need an IELTS score of 7.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in all skills, or a recognised equivalent. If your level of English language is currently below IELTS 7.0 we recommend you consider an appropriate Sheffield Hallam University Pre-sessional English course which will enable you to achieve the required level of English. Please note that the Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC) require IELTS 7.0 with no element below 6.5 for registration.

This course is only open to home or EU students. We are currently not accepting applications from international students.

Course enrolment – professional requirements

Before enrolling, you must fully declare during the admissions process any

• unspent convictions, cautions, reprimands or warnings. For further information on convictions that must be declared see the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) website.

• disciplinary proceedings during paid or voluntary employment or educational establishments

• involvement with safeguarding proceedings, social services or related organisations

You also need to complete

• a DBS Enhanced Disclosure, and provide us with a copy of your DBS Enhanced Disclosure Certificate if requested. Enrolment also depends on the DBS check being deemed suitable for professional training.

• occupational health screening to determine your suitability to undertake the course and an approved programme of immunisation, as recommended by the Department of Health.

If your personal circumstances change in relation to any of the professional requirements – from when you apply to the end of your course – you must tell the Professional Issues Team immediately by calling 0114 225 3995 or 0114 225 5786.

Shortlisted applicants are invited to attend a selection event.

Apply for this course

To apply for this course complete our postgraduate, part-time or distance learning application form and send it to us.

Course content

Level one modules

• practice learning 1 (including IPE*) • foundations of occupational therapy practice • anatomy and physiology for occupation • mind, mental health and occupation • enabling occupation in practice • evidence informed practice 1

Level two modules

• group work and creative therapies for practice • practice learning 2 (including IPE professional issues) • practice learning 3 (including IPE professional issues) • long term conditions and wellbeing • ageing, lifestyle and occupation • evidence informed practice 2 (including literature critique)

Level three modules

• contemporary issues and leadership in occupational therapy • generating and evaluating evidence for practice • independent study in occupational therapy • practice learning 4 (including IPE collaborative practice)

*IPE (interprofessional education)
You study some IPE modules alongside students from other health disciplines, such as nurses, radiographers and social workers. This shared learning experience allows you to develop teamworking and understand the contribution different professionals make.


Students graduate from this course as a qualified occupational therapist. Previous students have gone onto work in a range of health and social care organisations.

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