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International: £14,750 per year
This course scored 98% for overall satisfaction in the 2018 National Student Survey.
- Develop the knowledge and practical skills to work as an occupational therapist.
- Work with service users and practising clinicians, adding real-life scenarios to your learning.
Occupational therapists assess and treat people who have difficulties carrying out everyday activities because of disability, illness, trauma, ageing, and a range of long-term conditions. On this course you study occupational therapy, personal and professional development, research and evidence based practice, the sciences, practice placement learning and interprofessional learning.
Watch student Alice Clegg talk about what it’s like to study on this course.
How you learn
The learning, teaching and assessment strategy on this course aims to ensure that qualifying students are fit for practice in accordance with the HCPC Standards of Education and Training (2017).
Effective occupational therapy requires close collaboration and understanding of other professions to ensure better outcomes for people that use our services. You can learn with, from and about other professions within other health and social care courses. We equip you with the knowledge, skills and values to enhance your employment opportunities and give you a strong professional identity.
You learn through
- practical workshops
- practice-based activities
Course leaders and tutors
Shirley Masterson is the Course Lead for the BSc (Hons) Occupational Therapy course
You will apply your skills and knowledge during four practice learning placements. Placements cover the areas of physical health, mental health, working in the community and in a non-traditional or extended scope setting. Examples include working in a community mental health team, a brain injury rehabilitation unit, social services, acute hospital ward, a children's service and a charity or voluntary service.
All students on the course will undertake an extended scope placement which enables you to experience working outside the established role of an occupational therapist. This has been a great opportunity for enhancing personal and professional skills.
Our student led subgroup of our local professional networks, SHOUT (Sheffield Hallam occupational therapy university team) organises monthly CPD events for clinicians, staff and students. It welcomes new students to the University and has an active presence on social media @SHOUTevents
We have good links with our clinicians who provide practice placements and service users who are involved in our student events, such as open days. Specialist clinicians are also involved in teaching.
Come to an open day
Find out more at our undergraduate open days. Book now for June 2019.
This course prepares you for a career in
- occupational therapy
Previous graduates of this course have gone on to work for
- the NHS
- local authority social services
- private practices
- extended scope areas
Employers have reported that the skills gained by our students on their extended scope placement have helped our graduates to stand out when applying for jobs. You can also work in many parts of the world as this course is recognised by the World Federation of Occupational Therapists. As you develop your career there are opportunities to specialise in other areas, such as teaching or research.
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.
Where will I study?
You study at Collegiate Campus
Collegiate Campus can be found just off Ecclesall Road, a bustling student district.Collegiate Campus map
Collegiate Library can be found just off Ecclesall Road. It's open 24 hours a day, every day.Learn more
Equipment and facilities
We are leaders in the use of state-of-the-art technology and equipment to support our teaching. So in addition to well equipped lecture theatres and seminar rooms, we have an extensive range of specialist teaching facilities which enable us to accurately recreate the workplace on campus.
Learn more about your department
Take a tour of the state-of-the-art facilities that enrich student learning in the Faculty of Health and Wellbeing.
From A levels including at least 32 points from either a natural science subject (such as Biology, Chemistry or Physics) or social science (Psychology or Sociology), or equivalent BTEC National qualifications (including suitable natural or social science modules). We do not accept AS levels. We do not accept General Studies.
- BBC at A Level including relevant subject(s)
- DMM in BTEC Extended Diploma from a relevant subject(s)
- Access to HE Diploma from a QAA recognised Access to HE course in health studies, health science, nursing or another science-based course. Normally we require 15 credits at Level 2 and 45 at level 3 of which at least 15 credits should be graded at distinction level.
- FdSc Professional Practice in Health and Social Care - If you are in the process of completing or have successfully completed the above programme at one of our partner colleges (Sheffield College, Barnsley College, Chesterfield College, North Lindsey College, Dearne Valley College, Manchester College, Stockport College and Doncaster College) and are looking to progress your career as a registered professional within the Health and Social Care sector, we would welcome an application from you via UCAS as you may be able to commence this programme at year 2.
If you already hold a first degree with an upper second class honours (2:1) or above, you may be eligible to study our MSc Occupational Therapy (Pre-Registration). Other equivalent qualifications are considered individually. And GCSE's (single or double) in
- Science at grade C or 4 or equivalents*
- Maths at grade C or 4 or equivalents**
- English Language or Literature at grade C or 4 or equivalents***
*GCSE Science equivalents
- OCR Science level 2
- Science units gained on a level 3 BTEC or OCR National Diploma or Extended Diploma quualification
- Science credits gained on Access to Higher Education Diplomas (at least 12 credits at level 2 or 6 credits gained at level 3)
- Science equivalency test from www.equivalencytesting.co.uk
**GCSE Math's equivalents
- Level 2 Key Skills/ Application of Number/ Grade D at GSCE Maths/ Level 2 Maths credits from an Access course
- Maths quivalency test from www.equivalencytesting.co.uk
***GCSE English equivalents
- Level 2 Literacy
- Level 2 Key Skills
If English is not your first language you will need an IELTS score of 6.5 overall and a minimum of 5.5 in all skills, or a recognised equivalent. If your level of English language is currently below IELTS 6.5 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 and Care Professions Council (HCPC) require IELTS 7.0 with no element below 6.5 for registration.
Helping your application succeed
Experience of interacting with members of the public from a range of backgrounds in different settings is essential when applying to a health or social care course. It is important to be able to understand and explain how your experiences relate to the activities and qualities which are required of occupational therapists. The NHS values are key to all our health courses. For further information on the standards required of students in the allied health professions please take a look at the Health and Care professions code of conduct and ethics. There are many ways you can gain experience - this might be as part of a programme of study or in a paid or voluntary capacity, and doesn't always need to be within a care setting. Interacting with people with different life experiences will help you develop a deeper level of understanding of the diversity of the population who access health and social care. In your personal statement please reflect upon your learning from any of these experiences demonstrating an understanding of the occupational therapy profession and a genuine, reasoned commitment to studying an occupational therapy course. You will be invited to attend an interview if these key elements are included in your personal statement. Learn more at our health and social care application support sessions.
You must provide a reference from a current or recent employer or educational institution with your UCAS application.
The selection event
If you are shortlisted, we will invite you to a selection event, and you should bring a passport or photo driving license with you. You can bring other forms of photo ID for the selection event, but if you do, you will still need to present valid identity documents required by the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) at your pre-course day. View our selection event guidance to ensure you understand the selection process.
Course enrolment - professional requirements
Before enrolling you must fully declare on the forms provided during the admissions process:
- Unfiltered criminal convictions, cautions, reprimands or warnings. For further information on unfiltered offences please see the Disclosure and Barring Service website.
- Involvement in disciplinary proceedings during paid or voluntary employment or education establishments
- Involvement with safeguarding proceedings, social services or related organisations
- Enrolment on a health or social work professional course at another University
In addition Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service Criminal Record Check
- You must undertake an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) criminal record check prior to or during the enrolment week of your course. This will be provided by the University free of charge.
- If you have lived outside of the UK for more than six consecutive months in the last five years you must provide an overseas criminal record check. Further information on obtaining this check can be found here
- Where your DBS Enhanced Disclosure certificate contains any recorded information you must present this to the Professional Issues Team within ten working days of receipt of the certificate.
Occupational Health Screening
You must undertake occupational health screening to determine your suitability to undertake the course. This will be provided by the University free of charge.
You must undertake a programme of immunisations as required by the Department of Health and meet the immunisation and immunity requirements of placement providers. This will be provided by the University free of charge.
After completing the above professional checks, if you reside in the UK you are expected to make every reasonable attempt to attend a Pre-Course Day event to undertake the professional requirements of your course. This is also an opportunity to meet fellow applicant to the health and social care courses who will be starting their studies at the same time as you, some current students and teaching staff.
Other professional suitability information
Your full enrolment on your course will be confirmed when the Professional Issues Team have verified that your Enhanced DBS Disclosure (and overseas criminal record check where relevant) indicates that you are suitable to work with vulnerable groups including children and clearance from your health screening has been received. 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 5637 or emailing HWB-Professional-Issues@shu.ac.uk.
If you are a disabled person or have a long term health condition, you are advised to read the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) booklet: A disabled persons guide to becoming a health professional. We strongly recommend that you tell us about any long term health conditions, learning difficulty or disability you may have. This is so we can assess whether we can deliver the course in such a way that you can meet the HCPC standards of proficiency and take part without disadvantage both in University and on placement. You can contact our disability co-ordinator for allied health professions on 0114 225 2588 or you can contact our university disabled student support team on 0114 225 3964 (voice and Minicom) to discuss any queries you may have. The Disability Disclosure booklet also provides information for students on health and social care courses and will help you understand the importance of disclosing your disability at the earliest possible stage. This is so you can be assessed for the support you may require to succeed on the course.
Our open days give you an opportunity to come and talk to our teaching staff and current students on the course you are considering. You can explore the campus, view our facilities and ask any questions you may have in a relaxed environment. To book a visit please follow this link: University open days
Please note the University will only admit students who are aged 18 at the point of enrolment.
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. You can also watch a video guide on how to apply.
For details of English language entry requirements (IELTS), please see the information for 'All students'.
The modules for 2019/20 may vary to those given below, which are for academic year 2018/19
|Module: Creativity, Occupation And Wellbeing (Ot2)||Credits: 20||
|Module: Foundations For Effective Collaborative Practice||Credits: 20||
|Module: Occupational Therapy Essentials (Ot1)||Credits: 20||
|Module: Personal Professional Development 1||Credits: 20||
|Module: Research And Evidence Based Practice 1||Credits: 20||
|Module: Understanding Humans As Individuals||Credits: 20||
|Module: Developing Capability For Effective Collaborative Practice||Credits: 20||
|Module: Occupational Therapy Application To Practice (Ot3)||Credits: 20||
|Module: Personal Professional Development 2||Credits: 20||
|Module: Practice Placement Learning 2A||Credits: 20||
|Module: Practice Placement Learning 2B||Credits: 20||
|Module: Research And Evidence Based Practice 2||Credits: 20||
|Module: Enhancing Quality Of Services Through Effective Collaborative Practice||Credits: 20||
|Module: Occupational Therapy Leadership And Innovation (Ot4)||Credits: 20||
|Module: Personal Professional Development 3||Credits: 20||
|Module: Practice Placement Learning 3||Credits: 20||
|Module: Research And Evidence Based Practice 3||Credits: 20||
|Module: Understanding Human Society||Credits: 20||
Fees and funding
Our tuition fee for UK/EU students starting full-time undergraduate study in 2019/20 is £9,250 per year.
† 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.
Our tuition fee for international students starting full-time study in 2019/20 is £13,250 with an annual placement supplement of £1,500.
Health and social care funding
Find out how to fund your studies by visiting our health and social care pages for more information.
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)
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