You will need to meet both the entry and personal statement criteria to be considered for this course. With the exception of GCSEs, all qualifications must have been awarded no more than five years before your year of application.

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Entry criteria 2019:


Grades Grade 4 / C or above
Subjects Five subjects which must include: English Language, Maths and Sciences. Alternatively, we will accept Double / Triple award science.
Additional information

We are unable to accept Adult Literacy and Numeracy or Functional Maths instead of GCSEs.

If you have completed all of your qualifications before you apply and you meet the A-level or degree (or equivalent) academic requirement, but you do not meet the GCSE requirements, your application may still be considered.

A Levels

Grades BBB
Subjects Sciences or Social Science may be helpful but are not essential.
General Studies and level 3 Key Skills are not accepted.
Additional information
AS levels are not considered for this course.
Re-sits will be considered but you may be required to achieve higher grades.
Modular re-sits will be considered, however, you may be required to achieve higher grades.

 International Baccalaureate

Award Full Award Diploma
Overall score Overall score of 32

15 points at Higher Level, sciences or Social Science may be helpful but are not essential.

At Standard Level, a minimum score of 5 must be in Mathematics (or Maths Studies) and English Language if you have not achieved GCSE / IGCSE Maths and English at grade 4 / C.

Access Diploma

Award Full award diploma
Scores 60 credits at level 3 (45 graded and 15 ungraded)
Grades 45 credits graded at Distinction or Merit
Overall 24 credits must be graded at Distinction and 21 credits at Merit.
Subjects Subjects such as Biology, Health and Social Care Access courses would be an advantage but is not essential.
Aditional credits Any other level 3 credits outside of the 60 credit diploma will not be accepted.
Additional information

Must be completed within the last 4 years. If you have not taken GCSEs and/or A Levels (or equivalent) or you have lower grades in previous studies, you will be required to complete your Access course prior to submitting an application. You are required to have GCSEs in English Language and Maths alongside the Access Diploma as per the requirements outlined above.

Other qualifications

Birkbeck College
Certificate in Life Sciences
65 per cent overall
Pearson BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma

DDM in Applied Science

Subjects in Science, Psychology, Biology, Health and Social Care would be an advantage but is not essential
Open University (OU)

120 units at level 1 and 2
Level 1: Understanding Health Sciences, 30 units

Level 2: Human Biology module, 30 units
Any other module, 30 units
All results must be received and verified by us by 1 September of the year of entry

Cambridge Pre-U Diploma

Overall score of 64 and no subject less than M2

Scottish Highers

Five B grades at Higher Level including English Language, Maths and Science
BBB at Advanced Higher Level including Biology or Human Biology

Irish Leaving Certificate

Six B grades at Higher Level, including English and Maths, English Language and Maths B2 at HL

Applicants should list their Junior Certificates on UCAS form

Undergraduate Degree

2.2 Honours or higher

HKDSE 5,4,4
Foundation Degree

Minimum overall score 65 per cent in health related subject.

EU and international qualifications View a list of the international qualfiications we accept

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Additional information
If your qualifications do not meet the indicated entry criteria but you have completed some other recognised study, please provide additional information and supporting evidence to the once you have submitted your application.

 English language


English Language grade 6 / B or above.

Please note: all components (speaking, listening, reading and writing) must be completed and assessed.


(International English Language Testing System)

7.0 overall (with a minimum of 6.5 in all sections in core elements - Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking)

You are able to take two attempts to achieve your IELTS qualification per year and your test results are valid for two years.

Pearson's Test 67 overall (including 67 in written and speaking element and no section less than 61)*

Non academic criteria

Work experience Work or voluntary experience in a health or social care-related field is an advantage but we recognise that it is difficult to obtain such experience. It is essential to demonstrate a broad awareness of the scope of Occupational Therapy. For further information about work experience please see the 'Experience It' section of our Taste of Medicine programme or the College of Occupational Therapists.
Personal statement

You must demonstrate interest in, and commitment to, working with people; able to identify relevant transferable skills that would make you a good Occupational Therapist; demonstrate a broad awareness of the scope of Occupational Therapy; and an ability to reflect on work experience.

In addition to meeting the academic criteria for admission, you should be able to demonstrate a keen interest in and commitment to working with people, be able to identify relevant transferable skills that would make you a good Occupational Therapist, demonstrate a broad awareness of the scope of Occupational Therapy, and have obtained some relevant work experience where possible. All of this should be evident from your UCAS personal statement. Applicants who do not demonstrate this are unlikely to be invited for interview.

Applicants should be aware that we will be notified by UCAS of any plagiarism within a personal statement. If UCAS indicate that the plagiarism is above 60 per cent then you application is unlikely to be considered any further and you will be unsuccessful.

Health and police screening

Satisfactory clearance in both, including immunisation against Hepatitis B, MMR, Meningitis, TB and Chicken Pox.

Once accepted onto a health and social care course, you are required to pass occupational health screening. When admitting candidates to study and practice as a health and social care practitioner, we have an obligation to both service users and to the individual student. Candidates who are concerned about a health issue are strongly advised to contact us prior to applying. All offers of places are made subject to satisfactory health clearance and an agreement to undergo appropriate blood tests and immunisations.

You will be asked to be immunised against Hepatitis B for personal safety, so please contact your general practitioner (GP) to arrange screening. You should begin a course of Hepatitis B immunisation as soon as you submit your UCAS application, as it consists of three injections over a six month period. If you firmly accept an offer you will be sent a confidential health questionnaire and further information about the process of screening for Hepatitis B.

This course includes working with children and vulnerable adults so all applicants must have enhanced DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) check. More information about this will be sent to applicants as part of the admissions process.

Read more about DBS checks

Professional registration

If you belong to a registered professional body, please provide details at interview.

If you are a current healthcare professional or a member of a registered professional body, you must provide details of your registration. If you have had your professional registration suspended or revoked, or undergone a disciplinary/fitness to practice investigation, you will be required to provide further information if selected for interview. This will be reviewed by the admissions tutor and you may be required to provide full copies of related documentation. Any information you disclose will only be used for the purpose of considering your application to the applied course.

Work experience

You must have work or voluntary experience in a field which demonstrates communication and people skills which are relevant to a career in Occupational Therapy. This may be in the field of Education, Social Care, or Health but also in Customer Services or Conflict Resolution. Your personal statement should reflect your awareness of the relevance of your experiences to Occupational Therapy. In addition, you must be able to demonstrate a broad awareness of the scope of Occupational Therapy. Although work experience is ideal, your work experience does not have to take place in an NHS or social care setting. It can be paid or voluntary. Working in a care home, hospice or doing community work with disabled adults or children are examples of good work experience. We want to see evidence that you have experience with people using health or social care services.

If invited to interview you may be required to provide formal letters detailing the dates, hours worked and duties carried out.

We do not specify a minimum amount of experience, but the more you have the better - there's no such thing as too much experience. It does not have to be full time but regular experience over a period of months is preferable to a couple of weeks here and there as it demonstrates commitment. Recent work experience is preferable although you can reflect on any relevant past experience.


Applicants who are studying or who have previously studied on another Pre-Registration Occupational Therapy course in the UK may not be considered.

The following qualifications may enhance your application, but cannot contribute to the minimum requirements:

- NVQs
- ITEC Anatomy and Physiology

Last Updated: Tuesday, 09 July 2019 10:02