Everything you need to know...
- Become eligible for registration with the UK Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).
- Study occupational therapy at Masters level, with accreditation from the British Association of Occupational Therapists and Royal College of Occupational Therapists.
- Learn through practice (work) placements and academic study.
One of the first Masters-level routes to qualification as an occupational therapist in the UK, this course allows you to become eligible for application to the HCPC in the space of two years. The degree's integrated placement and rigorous academic study offer a particularly well-rounded education.
This course will close to applications at 5pm on Thursday 30th April.
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How you learn
Your lecturer's view
Studying with a highly respected team who will lead your learning in the core theories and principles of occupational therapy, you are assessed through coursework only, and there is an emphasis on employability throughout. Upon graduating, you will be a strong position to gain employment as a registered occupational therapist.
You learn through
- four practice placements in a variety of different health and social care settings.
- academic study and coursework (there are no exams)
- a substantial final project/dissertation
Course leaders and tutors
In the first year, after a six week full-time induction period, you are placed in two different occupational therapy practice placements, each for 13 weeks from February to May and from September to November. You are on placement from Monday to Wednesday, attend university on Thursdays and normally have some personal study time on Fridays. Your performance on practice placement is assessed to meet professional requirements.
In the second year, you are on placement part-time for 12 weeks from February to May in a service where there may be no direct occupational therapy involvement, but where there is potential for occupational therapy. This may be in the voluntary, independent or private sector. Again your academic study features alongside your practice-based learning. The course ends with a final full-time placement with an occupational therapist over 10 weeks, giving you a solid foundation for your professional career.
Your dissertation is based on your own choice of primary research which you will plan and carry out in your second year.
You will be joining the vibrant community of practice which is occupational therapy. The course gives many opportunities to get to know practising clinicians, students and practitioners from many other health professions as well as occupational therapy. Learning with and from colleagues in physiotherapy, social work and other professions is integral to the course.
You can apply for registration with the UK Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and find careers as an occupational therapist in many sectors. You will also be able to find work throughout the health and social care sector once qualified.
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 British Association of Occupational Therapists and 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
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You need a first degree recognised in the UK at 2:1 or above in a related subject for example psychology, sociology, biology, health sciences and humanities. Applicants with a 2:2 in the above subjects will be considered on an individual basis. Applicants who have a 2:1 in a subject other than those above will also be considered on an individual basis which would take into relevant subjects studied at level 3.
a professional qualification at degree level such as teaching, nursing, social work or an allied health profession
- 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 Maths 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 7.0 overall and a minimum of 5.5 in all skills, or a recognised equivalent. If your level of English language is currently below IELTS 7.0 we recommend you consider an appropriate Sheffield Hallam University Pre-sessional English course which will enable you to achieve the required level of English.
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.
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. To confirm your identity on the day please bring a valid form of photo ID with you, preferably a passport or photo driving licence.
View our selection event guidance to ensure you understand the selection process and how you can prepare.
Course enrolment - professional requirements
Before enrolling you must fully declare the following information on the pre-admission declaration form
s 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
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) 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.
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.
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.
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 Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) standards for education and training and take part without disadvantage both in University and on placement.
You can contact our nursing and midwifery disability coordinator on 0114 225 2470 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.
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
Additional information for EU/International students
This course is not open to international students who require a Tier 4 (General) student visa to study in the UK. If you are an international applicant but do not require a Tier 4 (General) student visa, contact our Admissions Team to find out whether you’re eligible to apply.
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.
|Module: Assessing Occupational Performance||Credits: 15|
|Module: Enabling Occupational Performance||Credits: 15|
|Module: Foundations For Occupation Based Practice||Credits: 15|
|Module: Introduction To Professional Practice||Credits: 15|
|Module: Occupational Therapy Project||Credits: 60|
|Module: Practice Experience One||Credits: -|
|Module: Practice Experience Two||Credits: -|
|Module: Research For Occupational Therapy Practice||Credits: 15|
|Module: Contextualising Occupational Therapy||Credits: 15|
|Module: Enabling Occupational Engagement||Credits: 15|
|Module: Leadership And Management In Occupational Therapy||Credits: 15|
|Module: Practice Experience Four||Credits: -|
|Module: Practice Experience Three||Credits: -|
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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