BSc (Honours) Occupational Therapy

Year of Entry 2024/25
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BSc (Honours)

Occupational Therapy

Course in clearing Full-time Occupational therapy

Learn to assist people facing trauma, disability and illness to achieve independence – gaining a degree that prepares you to register to practise as an occupational therapist.

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Apply for a place on this course starting in 2024. Get started with our online form, or call 0330 024 6390.

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We are unable to accept applications from international students through clearing. Please complete our international application form instead.


Everything you need to know...

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    What is the fee?

    Home: £9,250 per year
    International/EU: £18,155 per year

  • Time

    How long will I study?

    3 Years

  • Location

    Where will I study?

    Collegiate Campus

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  • Date

    When do I start?

    September 2024


100% of our graduates are in work or further study fifteen months after graduating, with 100% in highly skilled employment or further study (2020/21 Graduate Outcomes Survey).

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Course summary

  • Develop your understanding of the role of occupation for health and wellbeing. 
  • Explore how occupational engagement is shaped environmentally and personally.
  • Deliver person-centred occupational therapy inclusively and collaboratively.
  • Apply your learning in a range of stimulating practice-based placements. 
  • Employ creative adaptations of everyday activities to enhance health, wellbeing and quality of life.

Aligned with professional and ethical standards, this course trains you as an occupational therapist who meets the contemporary needs of diverse populations. You’ll support people to take part in what they want, need, and are expected to do – modifying occupation and environment to maximise health and wellbeing. You’ll connect with their lived experiences, collaborating to enhance occupational performance and recommend meaningful activities. 

If you don't meet the entry requirements for this course, or you’d like extra preparation before starting degree-level study, we recommend you join the foundation course.

Accredited by
  • College of Occupational Therapists (COT)
  • Health and Care Professions Council, the (HCPC)

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 Royal College of Occupational Therapists. You must be registered with the HCPC in order to practise as an occupational therapist in the UK.

How you learn

Your lecturer's view
Watch course leader Shirley Masterson talk about this course.

Our course is designed around a set of key principles, enabling you to engage with the world and collaborate with others. We’ll challenge you to think in new ways and provide you with a supportive environment in which you can thrive. 

Teaching and learning is enriched by research, meaning you’ll develop research and inquiry skills over the programme. You’ll be supported to develop academically and professionally throughout the course, building your learning, assessment and practice skills. 

You’ll also have opportunities to learn with other health and social care students, understanding how to work collaboratively with other professions. We’ll provide you with the knowledge, skills and values to enhance your employability so you’ll be ready for future practice. 

You learn through:  

  • Seminars, lectures and practical sessions 
  • Remote learning and digital learning packages  
  • Work-related learning  
  • Independent learning  
  • Applied learning 

Key Themes

The curriculum is designed to scaffold and develop your knowledge, skills and confidence as you progress through the course. 

In your first year you’ll build a strong knowledge base of occupational therapy. In your second year you’ll be able to apply your learning to practice-based learning experiences while embracing more complexity and criticality. Then in your final year you’ll advance into practice and prepare to work as a colleague.

Course Support

  • You’ll be supported in your learning journey towards highly skilled, graduate-level employment through several key areas. These include: 
  • Access to our unique student support triangle to help with your personal, academic and career development 
  • Access to our Skills Centre with one to ones, webinars and online resources, where you can get help with planning and structuring your assignments 
  • Specific employability activities such as live projects, learning in simulated environments and networking/volunteering opportunities

Course leaders and tutors

Maureen Coleman
Maureen Coleman
Senior Lecturer

Senior Lecturer in Occupational Therapy

Student View

Hear our BSc (Hons) Occupational Therapy student Amelia discuss how she is making a difference to people's lives and why she chose to study for a career in occupational therapy.

Applied learning

Live Projects 

You’ll apply the theory you study to practice-based learning experiences. These will help you to develop critical and ethical approaches to your practice, preparing you to become a life-long, competent professional. These experiences are compulsory to achieve the course’s practice-based learning outcomes. They’ll help you build your skills, confidence, creativity, resilience, integrity and curiosity. 

You’ll have a range of experiences linked to the Royal College of Occupational Therapists’ pillars of practice: professional practice, facilitation of learning, leadership and evidence, research and development. These will prepare you to be a confident practitioner.  

Work Placements 

You’ll have mandatory placements at all levels of study. They’ll take place in various practice-based learning environments, reflecting the diverse ways occupational therapy services are currently delivered. This might include blended learning experiences, real-world experiences of services delivered face-to-face to service users, and be connected to the aforementioned pillars of practice.  

We’ll ensure that the practice-based learning element of your course complies with the requirements of the Professional and Statutory Regulatory Body (PSRB) governing the occupational therapy profession. By the end of your course, you’ll have the opportunity to demonstrate that you meet the requirements to register as an occupational therapist.

Networking Opportunities

You’ll have the opportunity to get involved with SHOUT,  Sheffield Hallam’s academic society for occupational therapy, plus other healthcare students and professionals who are interested in occupational therapy.

You’ll benefit from guest lecturers from a variety of healthcare backgrounds, as well as employer presentations. You’ll have opportunities to meet with clinicians who lecture within the modules, and we have excellent links with employers to promote job opportunities.

We also seek to enhance your learning with extra-curricular activities, which may include recruitment or professional development activities.

Future careers

Upon full completion of the course, you’ll have the opportunity to show your eligibility to apply for registration with Health and Care Professions Council, allowing you to practise as an occupational therapist.

Previous graduates of this course have gone on to work for:  

  • The NHS 
  • Local authority social services 
  • Extended scope areas 
  • Schools 
  • Private practices 
  • Charities 
  • Other health and social care environments 
  • International roles
  • Teaching 
  • Research

Where will I study?

You study at Collegiate Campus through a structured mix of lectures, seminars and practical sessions as well as access to digital and online resources to support your learning.

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Collegiate Campus can be found just off Ecclesall Road, a bustling student district.

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Equipment and facilities

Delivery of teaching on campus is in a range of classroom and practical spaces which include:  

  • Modern teaching facilities with specialist rooms  
  • Practice rooms and simulated ward environments 
  • Home environments
  • A range of innovative equipment, eg for anatomy teaching 
  • Using a range of specialist software to facilitate learning 

We’ve invested over £100m in new facilities to help you study how and when you want. This means 24-hour libraries and study spaces designed by our students.

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Entry requirements

All students

We will offer flexibility on our usual entry requirements for clearing applicants. Please call us on 0330 024 6390 to discuss your options and apply.

Additional information for EU/International students

If you are an International or non-UK European student, you can find out more about the country specific qualifications we accept on our international qualifications page.

For details of English language entry requirements (IELTS), please see the information for 'All students'.


Important notice: The structure of this course is periodically reviewed and enhanced to provide the best possible learning experience for our students and ensure ongoing compliance with any professional, statutory and regulatory body standards. Module structure, content, delivery and assessment may change, but we expect the focus of the course and the learning outcomes to remain as described above. Following any changes, updated module information will be published on this page.

Year 1

Compulsory modules

Collaboration For Individual And Community Wellbeing
Credits 20
Assessment Practical(100%)
Foundations Of Occupational Therapy Practice
Credits 40
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Introduction To Occupational Therapy Practice
Credits 40
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Occupational Therapy Practice Based Learning 1
Credits -
Personal And Professional Development
Credits 20
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Year 2

Compulsory modules

Assessing And Addressing Complexity In Practice
Credits 20
Assessment Practical(100%)
Clinical Reasoning In Occupational Therapy Practice 
Credits 40
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Evidence And Enquiry For Practice
Credits 20
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Expanding Occupational Therapy Practice
Credits 40
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Occupational Therapy Practice Based Learning 2
Credits -
Occupational Therapy Practice Based Learning 3
Credits -
Final year

Compulsory modules

Complexity & Leadership In Professional Practice
Credits 20
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Leading Occupational Therapy Practice 
Credits 40
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Occupational Therapy Practice Based Learning 4
Credits -
The Advancing Professional
Credits 40
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Transition To Occupational Therapy Practice 
Credits 20
Assessment Coursework(100%)

Fees and funding

Home students

Our tuition fee for UK students starting full-time undergraduate study in 2024/25 is £9,250 per year. These fees are regulated by the UK government and are therefore subject to changes in government policy.

If you are studying an undergraduate course, postgraduate pre-registration course or postgraduate research course over more than one academic year then your tuition fees may increase in subsequent years in line with Government regulations or UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) published fees. More information can be found in our terms and conditions under student fees regulations.

International students

Our tuition fee for International/EU students starting full-time study in 2024/25 is £18,155, which includes an annual placement supplement of £1,500.

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Health and social care funding

Home fee-paying students can access a non-repayable maintenance grant of at least £5,000 per year. You may also be eligible for additional financial support based on your circumstances.

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Additional course costs

This link allows you to view estimated costs associated with the main activities on specific courses. These are estimates and, as such, are only an indication of additional course costs. Actual costs can vary greatly depending on the choices you make during your course.

Additional costs for Occupational therapy courses (PDF, 342.1KB)

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Any offer of a place to study is subject to your acceptance of the University’s Terms and Conditions and Student Regulations.

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Health and social care funding

Home fee-paying students can access a non-repayable maintenance grant of at least £5,000 per year. You may also be eligible for additional financial support based on your circumstances.

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