The entry requirements listed here are our typical offer for this course if you wish to begin studying with us in 2018. They should be used as a general guide.
We operate a flexible admissions policy – this means that you could receive a lower conditional offer than the typical offer, informed by our assessment of your complementary non-academic achievements and experiences. For courses that require interview or portfolio review, this may also be considered in the level of any conditional offer that follows if your application is successful.
Five GCSE’s (or equivalent) at grade C or above. A minimum of a level 3 qualification (ie, A-levels, Access to HE Diploma, BTEC Diploma, NVQ) awarded within the last five years;
A first degree, achieved with an overall classification of 2:2 or above (any subject), awarded within the last 10 years.
If you have an honours degree in any subject at minimum grade 2:2 (3.00 GPA) awarded within the last 10 years, you can apply for our accelerated Occupational Therapy (Pre-Registration) MSc course. It is ideal for graduates who wish to start a career in this challenging and highly rewarding field.
Two 500-word reports on the role of two different occupational therapy services are required alongside each application. Applicants who work in an occupational therapy service can use this for one of the reports. The two services should be in different areas, ideally a mental health and physical setting. The reports should be attached to the Personal Statement section on the online application. Events are organised by the School of Health Sciences to assist applicants in writing their reports. Details on these can be found in the Other Requirements and Interview tab above.
Applicants who wish to be seconded by their employer need to complete and return an Employment Information Sheet, available from the School of Health Sciences.
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IELTS 7.0 overall, with no element below 6.5.
Occupational health clearance
You will be sent a health questionnaire to complete and return to our Occupational Health department in Brighton. If needed you may be asked to attend an appointment (in Brighton) for vaccinations. You will either be confirmed as fit for work, or that you will need some additional support/assistance due to health issues.
All students will need a DBS (Disclosure Barring Service) check. Previously known as a CRB (Criminal Records Bureau) check, this will be paid for by the university.
Two references. References should not be from personal acquaintances, and you should consider referees who can best support your suitability for an occupational therapy course at undergraduate level.
Please note that complete applications (including the two reports and two written references) need to be received before Friday 12 April 2019.
We strongly advise that applications are submitted well in advance of the deadline.
Other requirements and interview
Writing the Reports: events to help applicants
Local trusts and social services departments organise events to help applicants with the writing of the two 500 word reports. You will only need to attend one physical and one mental health. These events do get booked up very quickly so I would advise you to book a place as soon as possible. There will be no other events available after these dates.
For full details and to book a place, visit our subject open days page or contact Lisa Harford at on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Interviews are held in May each year. Applicants will be interviewed individually within a group to allow them to demonstrate their communication skills as these are so important both during the course, and for future practice. The interview is an opportunity for applicants to find out more about the course, see the campus, meet some of the existing students and staff, and to meet other applicants.
We are looking for students who have a very good understanding of the profession, are highly motivated, have excellent communication skills and are able to accurately evaluate their own performance.
All candidates must be able to demonstrate (in both application form and at interview) a sound knowledge of occupational therapy as a profession. This could come from, for example, experience of working in occupational therapy departments, talking to qualified occupational therapists, visits to departments, open days/ other events and reading relevant material.