The entry requirements listed here are our typical offer for this course if you wish to begin studying with us in 2019. They should be used as a general guide.
Degree and experience
- Degree 2:2 or above in any subject, obtained in the last 10 years. You need to supply a copy of the original certificate.
- Work experience in health or social care preferred but not essential.
- Two academic/professional references.
- On entry to the programme, successful applicants will be also required to undertake basic life support training.
- Incomplete applications without the additional entry criteria will not be considered.
- Two separate 500-word reports on visits to occupational therapy settings, to include a mental health and physical health setting, one of which should be with adults. These reports should be in addition to the personal statement and separate from the application form. Each applicant is responsible for gaining the experience required to write the reports; this may be through talking to an occupational therapist, or visiting an occupational therapy department or attending an organised open day. What you decide to include in your reports is up to you, but it could include the sort of problems the patients/clients have, the assessments used, who the occupational therapist works with and what interventions are used. 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 full details and to book a place, visit our subject open days page or contact Lisa Harford.
English language requirements
IELTS 7.0 overall with no element below 6.5 (to meet requirements of the Health and Care Professions Council).
International students whose language skills do not match the IELTS scores set out here should consider applying for this course through the Extended Masters programme at the university's Language Institute.
If you do not meet these entry requirements, you could apply for our Occupational Therapy BSc(Hons) course. It is ideal if you wish to start a career in this challenging and highly rewarding field.
2019 application deadline
Complete applications (including the two reports and two written references) need to be received before Friday 5 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 email@example.com.
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.