Skip to content

Medical professionals having a conversation
Year of Entry 2019/20
BSc (Honours)

BSc Honours Occupational Therapy

Course full
Full-time Occupational therapy

Interested in the person, not the diagnosis? Learn how occupation is central to our health and wellbeing.

This course is now full for 2019

Sorry, there are no places left on this course starting in 2019.

Please see our other undergraduate courses with places available.


Everything you need to know...

What is the fee? Home/EU: £9,250 per year
International: £14,750 per year
How long will I study? 3 Years
Where will I study? Collegiate Campus
What are the entry requirements? 104 UCAS points
When do I start? September 2019

Course summary

  • 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.

Student View

Watch student Alice Clegg talk about what it’s like to study on this course.

How you learn

Watch course leader Shirley Masterson talk about this course.

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

  • seminars
  • lectures
  • tutorials
  • practical workshops
  • practice-based activities

Course leaders and tutors

Shirley Masterson
Shirley Masterson
Senior Lecturer in Occupational Therapy

Shirley Masterson is the Course Lead for the BSc (Hons) Occupational Therapy course

Applied learning

Work placements

You will apply your skills and knowledge when you undertake 32 weeks of practice placement during the course.

Four 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 is a great opportunity for enhancing personal and professional skills relevant to practice.

Networking opportunities

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.

Sheffield Hallam University open day

Come to an open day

Find out more at our undergraduate open days. Book now for your place.

Learn more

Future careers

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
  • schools
  • private practices
  • charities
  • 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

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

Collegiate Campus map
Collegiate Campus map

Collegiate Crescent
S10 2BP

Get directions
Students outside Collegiate Library
Collegiate library

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.

Entry requirements

All students

GCSE Maths, Science and English Language at grade C or 4.

104 UCAS points from A level or equivalent, or an alternative qualification such as an Access course. Must include 40 points from either Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Psychology or Sociology OR BTEC National Diploma in a pure science or social science subject.

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

Year 1

Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Creativity, Occupation And Wellbeing (Ot2) Credits: 20 Assessment: Practical
Module: Foundations For Effective Collaborative Practice Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Occupational Therapy Essentials (Ot1) Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Personal Professional Development 1 Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Research And Evidence Based Practice 1 Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Understanding Humans As Individuals Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework

Year 2

Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Developing Capability For Effective Collaborative Practice Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Occupational Therapy Application To Practice (Ot3) Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Personal Professional Development 2 Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Practice Placement Learning 2A Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Practice Placement Learning 2B Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Research And Evidence Based Practice 2 Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework

Final year

Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Enhancing Quality Of Services Through Effective Collaborative Practice Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Occupational Therapy Leadership And Innovation (Ot4) Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Personal Professional Development 3 Credits: 20 Assessment: Practical
Module: Practice Placement Learning 3 Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Research And Evidence Based Practice 3 Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Understanding Human Society Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework

Fees and funding

Home/EU students

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.

International students

Our tuition fee for international students starting full-time study in 2019/20 is £13,250 with an annual placement supplement of £1,500.

Two nurses talking to each other

Health and social care funding

Find out how to fund your studies by visiting our health and social care pages for more information.

Learn more

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)

Legal information

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

Responsible for this course?

Find out how you can update the information on this page.


Where next?

Want to know more about Sheffield Hallam? Get your questions answered with our tips, guides and information.

Two nurses smiling

Health and social care courses

Find out how you could make a difference.

Learn more
Students filling in an application form

How to apply

Read our tips about finding the right course for you, and how to apply.

Learn more
Accommodation buildings

Find accommodation

We guarantee accommodation for all first year students. All of our halls are in popular student areas, and close to our campuses.

Find your home from home
Share this page

Cancel event

Are you sure you want to cancel your place on Saturday 12 November?