The entry requirements listed here are our typical offer for this course if you wish to begin studying with us in 2017. 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.
At least one A-level (or equivalent level 3 qualification), plus relevant work experience in a health, social care or other setting completed within 5 years of the start of the course.
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.
For non-native speakers of English
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.
Please note that complete applications (including the two reports and two written references) need to be received before Friday 7 April 2017.
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 NHS Trusts and social services departments organise events to help applicants gather information relevant to the writing of the two 500-word reports.
For September 2017 entry, these are as follows:
1 November 2016 from 09.00am – 12.30pm at Hellingly (Mental Health Setting)
17 November 2016 from (tbc) at Western Sussex Hospitals, Worthing (Physical Setting)
11 January 2017 from 09.30am – 12.00noon at West Sussex County Council, Horsham (Physical Setting)
9 February 2017 from 09.30am – 12.00noon at St Mary’s House, Eastbourne (Physical Setting)
16 March 2017 from 09.30am – 12.00noon at Hellingly (Mental Health Setting)
If you would like to book a place or require more information on these events, please contact the School of Health Sciences on email@example.com.
Interviews will be held in May 2017. 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.