BSc (Honours) Occupational Therapy

Year of Entry 2025/26
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BSc (Honours)

Occupational Therapy

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

Everything you need to know...

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    What is the fee?

    Home: See fees section below
    International/EU: £18,655 per year

  • Time

    How long will I study?

    3 Years

  • Location

    Where will I study?

    Collegiate Campus

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    What are the entry requirements?

    112-120 UCAS points

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    What is the UCAS code?

    B920

  • Date

    When do I start?

    September 2025


Employability

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 the knowledge and skills 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.
  • Make a difference to the lives of others.
  • Home students can access a non-repayable maintenance grant of at least £5,000 per year.

On this course you’ll study a wide range of topics while developing knowledge and skills in a variety of placement settings. You’ll collaborate with other care professions to help you understand the wider context of your work, helping you to prepare for a rewarding career.

We also offer a degree apprenticeship version of this course, where you study alongside 30+ hours of employment a week. 

Accredited by
  • College of Occupational Therapists (COT)
  • Health and Care Professions Council, the (HCPC)
This course is accredited by the HCPC and the Royal College of Occupational Therapists


How you learn

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

All our courses are designed around a set of key principles based on engaging you with the world, collaborating with others, challenging you to think in new ways, and providing you with a supportive environment in which you can thrive.

You’ll study relevant topics like science alongside occupational therapy while gaining practical experience on placement. The learning, teaching and assessment methods used on the course mean 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 health and social care. We’ll provide 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

You will be supported in your learning journey towards highly skilled, graduate level employment through a number of 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
  • industry-specific employability activities such as live projects, learning in simulated environments and networking 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

Work placements    

You’ll apply the theory you study to practice-based learning experiences. Here you’ll develop critical and ethical approaches to your practice – preparing you to become a life-long, competent professional. The experiences you’re provided with are compulsory to achieve the course’s practice-based learning outcomes.
 
These experiences will help you build your skills, confidence, creativity, resilience, integrity, and curiosity. They’ll take place in different practice-based learning environments – reflecting the range of ways services are currently delivered. This might include simulated learning and virtual placements, alongside real-world experience of services delivered face to face to service users. 
 
We’ll ensure the practice-based learning element of your course complies with the requirements of the Professional and Statutory Regulatory Body (PSRB) which governs the occupational therapy profession. So by the end of your course, you’ll have the opportunity to show that you meet the requirements to register as an occupational therapist.


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

Collegiate campus

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

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Location

Collegiate Crescent
Sheffield
S10 2BP

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Equipment and facilities

On this course you work with

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

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

UCAS points

112-120

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.

For example:

  • BBC-BBB at A Level including relevant subject(s)
  • DDM in BTEC Extended Diploma from a relevant subject(s)
  • Merit overall from a T level qualification

You can find information on making sense of UCAS tariff points here and use the UCAS tariff calculator to work out your points.

Or

 

  • Access to HE Diploma from a QAA recognised Access to HE course in health studies, health science, nursing, social science or another science-based course. Normally we require 15 of the Level 3 credits to be graded at merit with 9 of these merits from science or social science units.
  • If you are in the process of completing the FdSc Professional Practice in Health and Social Care at one of our partner colleges and are looking to progress your career as a registered professional, we would welcome an application from you. Please note the different application routes below:
    • Completing the level 4 Certificate of Higher Education in Professional Practice in Health and Social Care means you can apply via UCAS to be considered for entry at Year 1 of your chosen professional degree
    • Completing the full two year FdSc to level 5 means you can apply to be considered for entry in to Year 2 of this professional degree. This is a direct application process in accordance with the partnership arrangement between Sheffield Hallam University and your college, not via UCAS. Please note that places to commence this course in Year 2 are limited.

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 D 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/ 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

IELTS

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

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. This is so you will have an understanding of the diversity of the population who access health and social care. It is important to be able to understand and explain how your experiences relate to the activities and qualities which are required for the profession at your interview.

Reference

You must provide a reference from a current or recent employer or educational institution with your UCAS application.

Interview

After you have submitted your application, If you are shortlisted, we will invite you to an online interview. 

View our interview guidance to ensure you understand the interviews process and how you can prepare for this.   

Course enrolment - professional requirements

Before enrolling you must fully declare the following information on the pre-admission declaration 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 will be required to 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.
  • you will need to present valid identity documents (PDF) (PDF, 38.1KB) as part of the application process
  • 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 an overseas criminal record check.
  • 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 will need to undertake occupational health screening to determine your suitability to undertake the course. This will be provided by the University free of charge. As part of this assessment you are expected to provide all relevant, truthful and accurate information to ensure a safe environment for yourself and service users.

Immunisations

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. Please obtain details of your immunisation history from your doctor so you can submit this during your Occupational Health Screening.

Pre-course Day

After completing the above professional checks, if you reside in the UK it is important for you to make every reasonable attempt to attend a Pre-Course Day event to undertake the next stage of the professional requirements for your course. The pre-course day is also a good opportunity to meet fellow applicants on the health & social care courses who will be starting their studies at the same time as you, as well as some current students and teaching staff. We will look forward to welcoming you on the day.

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, please tell the Professional Issues team immediately by calling 0114 225 5637 or emailing HWB-Professional-Issues@shu.ac.uk.

Disability support

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 Health and Care Professions Council standards of proficiency and take part without disadvantage both in University and on placement.

You can contact our disability coordinator on 0114 225 2588 to explore any issues you may have, or you can contact our university disabled student support team on 0114 225 3964 (voice and Minicom).

The Disability Disclosure booklet 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.

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'.


Modules

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

Module
Credits
Assessment
Collaboration For Individual And Community Wellbeing
Credits 20
Assessment
Foundations Of Occupational Therapy Practice
Credits 40
Assessment
Introduction To Occupational Therapy Practice
Credits 40
Assessment
Occupational Therapy Practice Based Learning 1
Credits -
Assessment
Personal And Professional Development
Credits 20
Assessment
Year 2

Compulsory modules

Module
Credits
Assessment
Assessing And Addressing Complexity In Practice
Credits 20
Assessment
Clinical Reasoning In Occupational Therapy Practice 
Credits 40
Assessment
Evidence And Enquiry For Practice
Credits 20
Assessment
Expanding Occupational Therapy Practice
Credits 40
Assessment
Occupational Therapy Practice Based Learning 2
Credits -
Assessment
Occupational Therapy Practice Based Learning 3
Credits -
Assessment
Final year

Compulsory modules

Module
Credits
Assessment
Complexity & Leadership In Professional Practice
Credits 20
Assessment
Leading Occupational Therapy Practice 
Credits 40
Assessment
Occupational Therapy Practice Based Learning 4
Credits -
Assessment
The Advancing Professional
Credits 40
Assessment
Transition To Occupational Therapy Practice 
Credits 20
Assessment

Fees and funding

Home students

Our tuition fees for UK students starting full-time undergraduate study in 2025/26 are regulated by the UK government and are yet to be confirmed. For an indication, our tuition fee for UK students starting full-time undergraduate study in 2024/25 is £9,250 per year. During your placement year you will pay a reduced fee of £1,200.

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 2025/26 is £18,655, 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

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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.

Learn more
 

How do I apply?

Apply now via UCAS

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