The entry requirements listed here are our typical offer for this course if you wish to begin studying with us in 2020. They should be used as a general guide.
You will be expected to provide evidence of recent academic achievement equivalent to at least one subject at A-level.
Recent means within five years of the start of the course, ie awarded no earlier than the summer five years before the September start date. This period is extended to 10 years if you have a minimum of a 2:2 honours degree or equivalent.
Grade C/4 or above from GCSE maths and English language. Level 2 Functional Skills will be accepted.
If you have a 2:2 honours degree or above in any subject (equivalent to 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.
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 should be in addition to the personal statement and uploaded as a separate document on the personal statement section of the admissions portal.
English language requirements
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.
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 report and two written references) need to be received by the following dates:
- Friday 10 January for interviews in February
- Friday 10 April for interviews in late April.
We strongly advise that applications are submitted well in advance of the deadline.
Interviews are held in February and April 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.
These selection events include a question and answer forum, meeting current students, campus tour and an interview. The interview panel includes the admissions tutor, academic tutor, occupational therapist from clinical practice and a public patient representative. All 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 which is the responsibility of the employer within the contractual agreement/Individual Learning Plan of each apprentice.
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.