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Sheffield Hallam University

Occupational Therapy

UCAS Code: B920
Bachelor of Science (with Honours) - BSc (Hons) years full-time 2018
Ucas points guide


% applicants receiving offers


  • Others in subjects allied to medicine
Student score
89% HIGH
% employed or in further study
96% MED
Average graduate salary
£21.7k MED
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What do you need to get in?

Source: UCAS

Main entry requirements

A level
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Scottish Highers
Not Available

BTEC Diploma
Not Available

UCAS tariff points

120 UCAS points from A levels (including at least 40 points from either a natural science subject (such as Biology, Chemistry or Physics) or social science subject (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.

If your qualifications aren’t listed here, you can use our UCAS points guide of 120 and refer to the university’s website for full details of all entry routes and requirements.

The real story about entry requirements

% applicants receiving offers


Provided by UCAS, this is the percentage of applicants who were offered a place on the course last year. Note that not all applicants receiving offers will take up the place, so this figure is likely to differ from applicants to places.

What does the numbers of applicants receiving course offers tell me?

Tuition fee & financial support


Maximum annual fee for UK students. NHS-funded, sandwich or part-time course fees may vary.

If you live in:

  • Scotland and go to a Scottish university, you won’t pay tuition fees
  • Northern Ireland and go to an NI uni, you’ll pay £3,805 in tuition fees
  • Wales you’ll pay £3,810 in fees and get a tuition fee grant to cover the rest
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Will this course suit you?

Sources: UCAS & KIS

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Course description

Occupational Therapists (OTs) help people of all ages to carry out everyday activities which are essential for their health and wellbeing. They assess and treat people who have difficulties carrying out these activities because of disability, illness, trauma, ageing, and a range of long-term conditions. What you study On the course your work is based on adult learning principles with a combination of lectures workshops and self-directed group work, with opportunities for practical learning. Key areas you will study include • occupational therapy practice • research and evidence based practice • personal and professional development • supporting sciences and practice placements. The personal and professional development learning will help you bring together your learning from all modules, while at the same time preparing you for practice and lifelong learning. You develop your skills in • activity analysis and grading • clinical reasoning • person-centred practice • occupation-based intervention in a range of settings • using evidence to support practice • reflection • collaborative working • leadership. You’re also taught and encouraged to • think critically • analyse and evaluate your practice • solve problems • be creative in your practice to meet the needs of individuals and their carers • reflect on your practice • become a lifelong learner. Current government policy drivers require different professional groups to work much more closely together in order to deliver better outcomes for people that use services, whilst making best use of public resources. The size and scope of provision at Sheffield Hallam means that you get to learn with, from and about other professions within health and social care. Our aspiration is to equip you with the knowledge, skills and values that enhance your employment opportunities, give you a strong professional identity as well as confidence in working with different professional groups and agencies. Placements and work experience You will also apply your skills and knowledge during four practice learning placements. Placements cover the areas of physical health, mental health, working in the community and in a non-traditional or extended scope setting. Examples include • working in a community mental health team • a brain injury rehabilitation unit • social services • acute hospital ward • a children’s service • charity or voluntary service. Facilities Your studies within the University centre around a number of specially equipped facilities, including a vocational rehabilitation room with equipment used to help people back into the workplace. Expertise You also benefit from a highly respected and award-winning team. The teaching team consists of many active researchers who bring their knowledge and expertise back into the classroom. Your student membership fees for the College of Occupational Therapists are paid, enabling you to access the services they provide. SHOUT Our student led subgroup of our local professional networks, SHOUT (Sheffield Hallam occupational therapy undergraduate 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. Clinical and service user links We have good links with our clinicians who alongside providing practice placements are involved in our student recruitment process and marketing events, such as open days. Specialist clinicians are also involved in teaching. Professional recognition 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.


**Core modules** These are based on adult learning principles and combine lectures workshops and self-directed group work alongside practical skills workshops. The course has six strands which progress through the three years • occupational therapy practice • research and evidence based practice • personal and professional development • interprofessional education • supporting sciences and practice placements. The personal and professional development modules help you bring together your learning from all modules, while at the same time preparing you for practice and lifelong learning. **Practice education** You complete one assessed placement plus an unassessed observation week in year one, two in year two and one in your final year. They cover the areas of physical health, mental health, working in the community and working in a non-traditional setting.

Sheffield Hallam University

Adsetts Learning Centre

Sheffield has all the excitement of a major city but the friendliness of a small town. The university and students' union work together to enhance the student experience; your employability is at the top of our agenda. We have lots of societies, sports clubs and volunteering opportunities, plus the largest number of students in Britain on courses with a year's paid work placement.

How you'll spend your time

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How you'll be assessed

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What do the numbers say for

The percentages below relate to the general subject area at this uni, not to one course. We show these stats because there isn't enough data about the specific course, or where this is the most detailed info made available to us.

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What do students think about this subject here?

Source: NSS

Here's how satisfied past students were taking courses within this subject area about things such as the quality of facilities and teaching - useful to refer to when you're narrowing down your options. Our student score makes comparisons easier, showing whether overall satisfaction is high, medium or low compared to other unis.

What do student satisfaction scores tell you?

Overall student satisfaction 92%
Student score 89% HIGH
Able to access IT resources


Staff made the subject interesting


Library resources are satisfactory


Feedback on work has been helpful


Feedback on work has been prompt


Staff are good at explaining things


Staff value students' opinions



Who studies this subject?

Source: HESA

Start building a picture of who you could be studying with by taking a look at the profile of people that have studied this subject here in previous years.

UK / Non-UK
1% of students here are from outside the UK
Male / Female
73% of students are female
Full-time / Part-time
32% of students are part-time
Typical Ucas points
330 entry points typically achieved by students
2:1 or above
66% of students achieved a 2:1 or above
Drop-out rate
4% of students do not continue into the second year of their course
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What are graduates doing after six months?

Source: DLHE

Here’s what students are up after they graduate from studying this subject here. We’ve analysed the employment rate and salary figures so you can see at a glance whether they’re high, typical or low compared to graduates in this subject from other universities. Remember the numbers are only measured only six months after graduation and can be affected by the economic climate - the outlook may be different when you leave uni. What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

% employed or in further study 96% MED
Average graduate salary £21.7k MED
Graduates who are welfare and housing associate professionals


Graduates who are therapy professionals


Graduates who are childcare and related personal services


Employment prospects for graduates of this subject

Sources: DLHE & HECSU
These statistics refer to the prospects of graduates from a range of degrees including environmental health, counselling and occupational therapy, but the numbers of students taking these subjects tend to be quite small. Occupational therapy is an exception, with 1,060 degrees awarded in 2015. There are also usually a larger number of mature students, particularly with counselling-related degrees. We don't have enough occupational therapists to meet demand in the UK and numbers training are falling, so if you're looking at a role in the health sector this is a good option to consider.
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