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Year of Entry 2020/21
BSc (Honours)

Occupational Therapy

Course full
Full-time Occupational therapy

Help people who are experiencing trauma, disability and illness to lead an independent, fulfilled life.

This course is now full for 2020

Sorry, there are no places left on this course starting in 2020.

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Everything you need to know...

What is the fee? Home/EU: £9,250 per year
International: £15,150 per year
How long will I study? 3 Years
Where will I study? Collegiate Campus
What are the entry requirements? 112 UCAS points through Clearing
What is the UCAS code? B920
When do I start? September 2020

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Student satisfaction

This course scored 95% for overall satisfaction in the 2019 National Student Survey.

Course summary

  • Develop the knowledge and skills you need to work as an occupational therapist
  • Apply your work to real-world situations on 32 weeks of placement
  • Focus on your personal and professional development
  • Work in many parts of the world with a degree accredited by the World Federation of Occupational Therapists
  • Make a difference to the lives of others

On this course, you’ll study a wide range of topics and provide comprehensive care to real people on your placement year. You’ll collaborate with other care professions to help you understand the wider context of your work — helping you to graduate ready to start a rewarding career.

Student View

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

How you learn

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

You’ll study relevant topics like science alongside occupational therapy, while gaining practical experience on placement.

The learning, teaching and assessment methods used on this course ensure that you’ll qualify fit for practice in accordance with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) Standards of Education and Training (2017).

 You’ll also 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

Maureen Coleman
Maureen Coleman
Senior Lecturer

Senior Lecturer in Occupational Therapy

Applied learning

Work placements

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

Across four placements, you’ll cover the areas of physical health, mental health, working in the community and working in a non-traditional 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 a wider placement that 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.

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Future careers

This course prepares you for a career in

  • occupational therapy
  • teaching
  • research

Previous graduates of this course have gone on to work for

  • the NHS
  • local authority social services
  • schools
  • private practices
  • charities
  • other health and social care environments

Where will I study?

You study at Collegiate Campus

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

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Equipment and facilities

You work with

  • state-of-the-art technology and equipment 
  • specialist teaching facilities which recreate the workplace on campus

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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

112 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.

If English is not your first language you need an IELTS score of 6.5 or above, with a minimum score of 5.5 in each skill.

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'.


Module and assessment information for future years is displayed as currently validated and may be liable to change. When selecting electives, your choices will be subject to the core requirements of the course. As a result, selections may be limited to a choice between one of two or more specified electives in some instances.

Year 1

Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Collaboration For Individual And Community Wellbeing Credits: 20 Assessment: Practical
Module: Creativity, Occupation And Well-Being Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Essentials In Occupational Therapy Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Factors Influencing Occupational Performance Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Personal And Professional Development Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Practice Placement Learning 1 Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework

Year 2

Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Applied Occupational Therapy Practice Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Assessing And Addressing Complexity Credits: 40 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Evidence And Enquiry For Practice Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Practice Placement Learning 2A Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Practice Placement Learning 2B Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework

Final year

Compulsory modules
Module Credits
Module: Practice Placement Learning 3 Credits: 20
Module: Professional Leadership Credits: 20
Module: Social Approaches To Occupational Therapy Credits: 20
Module: The Advancing Professional Credits: 40
Module: Working With Complexity In Practice Credits: 20

Fees and funding

Home/EU students

Our tuition fee for UK/EU students starting full-time undergraduate study in 2020/21 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 2020/21 is £13,650 with an annual placement supplement of £1,500.

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Health and social care funding

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

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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)

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