Occupational Therapy (pre-registration) at Sheffield Hallam University - UCAS

Course summary

Please check the Sheffield Hallam University website for the latest information. Course summary

  • Address the complex occupational challenges people experience every day.
  • Think critically to develop future services.
  • Complete four placements – three part-time and one full-time.
  • Collaborate with students across other health programmes.
The course combines an integrated educational approach in both academic and practice environments. You’ll build your competence in both theoretical and practical aspects of practice. You’ll also prepare for the changing face of health and social care, to help you meet the needs of people across communities. How you learn 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. On this course you'll benefit from an eclectic approach to teaching. With a combination of active, problem-based and enquiry-based learning, we’ll simulate authentic, real-life scenarios across the modules you study. There are no exams within this course. Instead we focus on your personal development through reflective practice, skills and employability. You learn through
  • practice-based learning in a variety of health and social care settings
  • group work
  • lectures and seminars
  • simulated and practical workshops
  • academic study and coursework
  • conducting research through a planned dissertation
  • action learning sets
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 allows you to apply for registration with the UK Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) – and to find careers as an occupational therapist in a wide range of health, social care, voluntary and independent sector environments. Graduates have secured positions across the UK and international locations. Previous graduates for this course have gone on to work for
  • the NHS
  • the Education Authority
  • charities
  • the independent private sector
  • the Royal College of Occupational Therapists (RCOT)
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.


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 Creating Original Practice Evaluating Research Methodologies Leadership And Enterprise In Occupational Therapy Occupational Performance Across The Lifespan Occupational Performance And Engagement: Challenges And Innovations Occupational Therapy Foundations For Professional Practice Practice Experience One Practice Experience Two Professional Practice Understanding Complexity In Practice Final year Compulsory modules Contextualising Occupational Therapy Evaluating Complexity In Practice Practice Experience Four Practice Experience Three

Professional bodies

Professionally accredited courses provide industry-wide recognition of the quality of your qualification.

  • Health and Care Professions Council
  • British Association of Occupational Therapists and College of Occupational Therapists

Entry requirements

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. or a professional qualification at degree level such as teaching, nursing, social work or an allied health profession **GCSEs 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 qualification -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 equivalency test from www.equivalencytesting.co.uk **GCSE English equivalents** -Level 2 Literacy -Level 2 Key Skills **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. **Interview** If you are shortlisted, we will invite you to an online interview. To confirm your identity on the day please bring a valid form of photo ID with you. 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 form 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) (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.

English language requirements

TestGradeAdditional details
IELTS (Academic)7you will need an IELTS score of 7.0 overall and a minimum of 5.5 in all skills, or a recognised equivalent

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.

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Fees and funding

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Additional fee information

Our postgraduate fees vary depending on course, level and mode of study. Each postgraduate course page tells you how much the tuition fees are, and what additional costs you might have to budget for during your studies. Please refer to our website for up-to-date information on costs and fees for both full-time and part-time postgraduate study options.

Sponsorship information

Scholarships, discounts and bursaries may be available to students who study this course.

Occupational Therapy (pre-registration) at Sheffield Hallam University - UCAS