Behaviour Change and Clinical Practitioner Skills at Sheffield Hallam University - UCAS

Course summary

Please check the Sheffield Hallam University website for the latest information. This course is moving into one of our new buildings at City campus. Teaching will mainly be delivered at our Collegiate campus until December 2024 while we get our new facilities ready. From January 2025 you will study in brand new facilities at City campus. Course Summary

  • Learn to apply different approaches, theories and models to health-related issues and behaviour change.
  • Develop your ability to reflect on your practice, planning and personal development.
  • Build an understanding of clinical practitioner skills to enhance your applied work with patients, service users and clients in a variety of health and social care settings.
  • Apply problem solving strategies to complex professional scenarios.
  • Develop research and literature reviewing skills.
This course focuses on health psychology’s approach to understanding people’s experience of illness, disability and health. You'll acquire knowledge and skills that enhance your professional practice, enable you to meet new challenges, and understand ways to improve care. 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. This course is multi-disciplinary, exploring health and illness in terms of its psychological, sociological, biological and political context. Areas of study include biopsychosocial approaches to acute illness, adjustment to long-term conditions and bereavement, clinical practitioner skills and competencies and behaviour change interventions. Modules combine online learning with weekly on-campus study days. This provides flexible learning opportunities to enable a diverse range of students to study alongside employment and/or family commitments. Students attend an induction on campus in September, before typically attending one day per week thereafter. You learn through
  • online study
  • group work
  • problem solving
  • practitioner skills workshops
Applied learning Live/real world projects An important part of your learning is to apply your developing knowledge and skills to real-world problems, both individually and in group discussion. Our course leaders are experts in clinical health practitioner work in private practice and in the NHS. You'll have the opportunity to practice applied practitioner skills on campus, such as person-centred care, conflict resolution, solution-focused counselling and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), and consultation and collaborative treatment planning. This course aims to provide you with the ability to use your work or voluntary experience within a health and/or social care related setting to aid your learning and training. For example, work-based reflection is a core element of the clinical practitioner skills and competencies module and is designed to contribute to your continuing personal and professional development. If you do not work in a health-related setting, we have a careers workshop and a dedicated careers adviser who can help you find suitable employment or voluntary work. Networking opportunities Specialist research seminars, delivered by members of the department and guest speakers which include academics and practitioners, are used to deepen knowledge and understanding of the course content. All our courses are well supported by a comprehensive suite of career management services including interview training, and networking opportunities. There is also have a week of dedicated focus on employability to give you early orientation to career opportunities, and we encourage an atmosphere of supportiveness among our students. This course is designed to enhance your continuing professional development or employability in any health or social care setting.


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. Compulsory modules Adjustment To Long Term Conditions And Bereavement Behaviour Change Interventions: Development And Evaluation Biopsychosocial Determinants Of Acute Illness Introduction To Clinical Practitioner Skills And Competencies Introduction To Research Methods Research Methods And Measurement Issues In Health Psychology Social Determinants Of Health Understanding Behaviour

Assessment method

Coursework | Practical

Entry requirements

Applicants need one of the following: BSc or BA Psychology with a 2.1 or above, OR BSc or BA in a closely related discipline (e.g. health, social, community care) with a 2.1 or above. Applications from students who have achieved a 2.2 degree will be considered by the course leadership team. Where there is evidence that at least two of the following criteria have been met, you may be offered a place on the course: work experience in a health-related setting, an enthusiasm for health psychology, and/or an ability to achieve a 2.1 within your undergraduate degree (for example, transcripts reveal a 2.1 in key undergraduate curriculum areas such as research methods). You may also be able to claim credit points which can reduce the amount of time it takes to complete your qualification at Sheffield Hallam. (Find out more - All applicants are required to provide two satisfactory references (normally one of these will be an academic reference) and a personal statement. If you do not have GBC you can do a BPS accredited conversion course. We offer an MSc in Psychology that would give you eligibility for GBC, provided you achieve an overall mark of at least 50 per cent and pass your dissertation. You should be enthusiastic about psychology and have a good understanding of the British Psychological Society's core areas.

English language requirements

If English is not your first language you will need an IELTS score of 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in all skills, or a recognised equivalent. If your level of English language is currently below IELTS 6.0 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

Tuition fees

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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.

Behaviour Change and Clinical Practitioner Skills at Sheffield Hallam University - UCAS