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 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 knowledge required to write the reports. This may be through a combination of researching practice, social media, YouTube, talking to an occupational therapist, or attending an organised open day at the university. 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. University open days help applicants gather information relevant to the writing of the two 500-word reports.
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). It is ideal if you wish to start a career in this challenging and highly rewarding field.
We are operating a rolling interview schedule. Interviews will be held in December 2019, February, March, April and May 2020 for a September 2020 start.
Other requirements and interview
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.