When you apply to Brighton we want to hear about who you are. Grades are never the whole picture; we're interested in things like creativity, resourcefulness, persistence and the capacity to think big and find new ways of doing things. And we recognise that not everyone has the same background. That's why we treat everyone who applies as an individual. We recognise many qualifications and we care about all of your achievements and the experiences you've had that set you apart.
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You will be expected to provide evidence of academic achievement at Level 3 or above, equivalent to at least one subject at A-level. This could be a BTEC National Extended Certificate, an Access to HE qualification or a Cambridge Technical Extended Certificate.
Normally, this will have been awarded no earlier than the summer 10 years before the September start date. If your academic qualifications were gained outside of this period you are asked to support your application with evidence of relevant work-related CPD or other studies.
Pass with D or E in your core components in the Health, Healthcare Science or Science T-level. Other T-levels are not accepted.
Grade C/4 or above from GCSE maths and English language. Level 2 Functional Skills will be accepted.
If you do not have the required GCSEs find out which equivalent qualifications we accept instead.
If you have an honours degree in any subject awarded within the last 10 years, you may be able to apply for our accelerated Occupational Therapy (Pre-Registration) MSc (PGCert PGDip) course. It is ideal for graduates who wish to start a career in this challenging and highly rewarding field.
A 500-word report which demonstrates the applicants understanding of the diversity of occupational therapy. Each applicant is responsible for gaining the knowledge required to write the report. Applicants who work in an occupational therapy setting may wish to draw on their experience, but it will be expected that a range of services will be referred to including physical, mental health, hospital or community settings. All applicants are encouraged to use resources such as books, journal articles, and web-based sources. The report will not be expected to cover all occupational therapy practice settings.
The report is in addition to the personal statement and should be uploaded as a separate document on the personal statement section of our admissions portal.
English language requirements
IELTS 7.0 overall, with no element below 6.5.
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.
COVID-19 vaccine requirement
The COVID-19 vaccination requirement has been removed. Find out more about this decision.
We currently welcome applications and are planning online interviews from January to June to commence the course in September. There is no application deadline but we reserve the right to close the course if all places are filled. Places are limited and we recommend that you apply early to be considered.
Apprentice applicants may be individually interviewed earlier if their employer has supported an earlier application.
You can find more interview information and dates in the Interview info and deadlines tab.
All offers are subject to a satisfactory occupational health check and a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) enhanced disclosure check.
We are not able to accept applications for deferred entry onto this course. If you wish to apply for a later year of entry, we recommend waiting until the admissions cycle for that year opens – this is usually in October of each year.
We are unable to accept applications for this part-time course from international students who require a student visa.
Men are under-represented in many nursing and allied health professions in the UK. We are committed to helping address the balance and particularly welcome applications from male applicants.
Interview info and deadlines
Interviews will take place online from January to June. We have limited places on this course so we recommend that you apply early to be considered. There is no application deadline but we reserve the right to close the course if all places are filled. Places are limited and we recommend that you apply early to be considered.
Candidates are scored using a point system. Candidates with the highest scores are offered conditional places based on confirmation of DBS and occupational health clearance.
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 your 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 or other events, and reading relevant material.