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 within the last five years (including year of application).

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Entry criteria 2019:

GCSEs or EU/International equivalent


Grades Grade 4 or above in a minimum of five subjects
Subjects 5 subjects which must include: English Language, Maths and Sciences (unless with an Access course)
Additional Requirements

If you studied under an educational system that did not include GCSEs we will consider your academic record at the equivalent stage. However, we are unable to accept Adult Literacy and Numeracy or Functional Maths in lieu of GCSEs.

You are required to provide details of your full academic study prior to your current course, including certificates.

A Levels or equivalent

A Level
Grades BBB
Subjects Sciences or Social Science may be helpful but are not essential.
General Studies and Key Skills are not accepted.
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.
Higher level 15 points at Higher Level, sciences or Social Science may be helpful but are not essential.
Standard level At Standard Level, a minimum score of 5 must be attained in Mathematics (or Maths Studies) and English, if at least a C grade has not previously been attained in GCSE/IGCSE/O level Maths and English.
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.

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. Course transcript and/or syllabus will need to be provided.

GCSE English Language and Mathematics

Applicants are now required to sit separate GCSEs in English and Maths in conjunction with the Access course, if not previously achieved to the required standard, atgrade C or above.

It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that they are able to meet our academic criteria as stated above before making an application. Applicants should check with their college to ensure that they are able to meet  the academic conditions stated above. Students studying the Access course should provide a detailed transcript. Elements included in the diploma should be clearly indicated and marked as pass, merit or distinction.

Other qualifications
Birkbeck College
Certificate in Life Sciences
65 per cent overall
National Diplomas (BTEC)

Extended National Diploma, overall grades D,D,M (Distinction, Distinction, Merit).

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 4,4,4
Foundation Degree

Minimum overall score 65 per cent in health related subject.

Other All qualifications equivalent to BBB at A-level (or better) according to UKNARIC will be considered on a case-by-case basis.


English language

If English is not your first language you must provide evidence of your proficiency via the tests listed below.
If you have sat a test more than twice in one year we are unable to consider your application.
GCSE / IGCSE English Language grade 6 (Grade B) or above.
IELTS 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)
Pearson's test 67 overall (including 67 in written and speaking element and no section less than 61)*
Additional Requirements
*Applicants who have sat a test more than twice in one year will not be considered.

International qualifications

We require applicants to ensure that that their qualification meets our entry requirements prior to application.

If your qualification meets our entry requirements as listed in the document below you are eligible to apply.

International qualifications (PDF)

If you hold qualifications which are not listed here, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.for advice.


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

*If your qualifications do not meet the cut off period indicated in our entry requirements but you have completed some other recognised study, please provide additional information and supporting evidence to the once you have submitted your application. Please note that we will consider each application on an individual basis on its own merit.
**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.

Non academic criteria

Work experience (please see below for more information) 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 visit (Experience It) or the College of Occupational Therapists 
Personal statement (please see below for more information) 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.
Health and police screening (please see below for more information) Satisfactory clearance in both, including immunisation against Hepatitis B, MMR, Meningitis, TB and Chicken Pox.
Professional registration (please see below for more information) If you belong to a registered professional body, please provide details at interview.

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.

Personal statement

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

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 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.

Last Updated: Thursday, 28 February 2019 15:55