We believe in treating applicants as individual and we take into account a range of factors, both academic and non‐academic, in assessing applicants’ merit and potential. We consider personal circumstances and backgrounds and may be able make offers that differ from those indicated as ‘typical’ below when taking extenuating circumstances or relevant experience into account.
If you would like us to consider any extenuating circumstances, please provide evidence of these and their impact on your educational achievement from an appropriate individual (school Head, medical practitioner, etc).
Please find below indicative offers for the BSc Occupational Therapy programme. If you would like to discuss your qualifications please contact the admissions tutor, Jo Linforth.
NHS Values will be assessed in all areas of an application including UCAS Personal Statement and at interview. For more details, please download our explanation of Value Based Recruitment.
|A level offer||A Level at offer BBB |
|Subject requirements||A-levels should include one of the following subjects: Biology, Health & Social Care, Psychology, Sociology, PE or Sport Science.|
|BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma||BTEC Nationals BTEC National Level 3 Extended Diploma (180 credits) will be considered at DDD. This should be in Health and Social Care, Applied Science or Sport and Exercise Science.
BTEC Level 3 Diploma (120 Credits) will be considered at DD, alongside one A Level at a minimum of Grade B. The diploma should be in Health and Social Care, Sport and Exercise Science or Applied Science OR should be accompanied by an A-level in Biology, Health & Social Care, Psychology, Sociology, P.E or Sport Science. Three separate subjects must be taken between the two qualifications.
BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate /Subsidiary Diploma (60 credits) at a minimum of Distinction, alongside two A-Levels at Grade B. The extended certificate/subsidiary diploma should be in Health and Social Care, Sport and Exercise Science or Applied Science or accompanied by an A-level in in Biology, Health & Social Care, Psychology, Sociology, P.E or Sport Science. Three separate subjects must be taken between the two qualifications.
|International Baccalaureate||30 points to include 3 Higher Level subjects at a minimum of Grade 4. Biology must be offered at a minimum of a Grade 4.|
|European Baccalaureate||74% overall with a minimum mark of 8 in biology and no subject mark below 6.|
|Irish Leaving Certificate||6 Higher Level subjects including Biology, English and Mathematics. Four subjects graded at H2 or above which should include Biology. The remaining two subjects should be graded at a minimum of H3.|
|Scottish Higher/Advanced Higher||Advanced Higher Level/Higher Level
A minimum of 5Bs from any combination of advanced higher and higher. Consideration will only be given to advanced highers in different subjects to those of highers. All grades offered must be at least B.
|Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced||WJEC Advanced Welsh Baccalaureate Skills Challenge Certificate (Level 3) at grade A in addition to two level 3 qualifications as outlined above.|
|Cambridge Pre-U Diploma||Grade M2 accepted in addition to 2 A-levels achieve at BB. At least one subject must be taken from Biology, Health & Social Care, Psychology, Sociology, P.E or Sport Science. Three separate subjects must be taken between the two qualifications.|
|AQA Baccalaureate||Will be considered.|
Residents of European Union countries, educated under a non-British system should present with qualifications which have a strong biological science component and which would admit them to a degree course at a University in their own country.
Translations of all educational certificates must be provided.
Students whose native language is not English must show evidence of proficiency in English to a standard equivalent to average academic level 7 of the International English Language Testing System (IELTS), with no component lower than 6.5.
|EU entry requirements||EU Qualifications|
|Graduate application||We welcome applications from graduates holding a 2:2 classification, or above. For queries about the suitability of your degree, please contact the Admissions Tutor in the first instance. Experience in health care is also an advantage. The degree qualification should be supported by a sound academic background, with a minimum of 5 GCSEs at grades A* - C, which should include English Language, Mathematics and Science subject.|
|Access||45 credits at Level 3 in a Biological, Psychological, Sociological or Health-related subject (all should be new learning, ie. GCSE awards cannot be APL’d against the Diploma). 30 credits passed at distinction and the remaining 15 credits must be passed at merit or higher.
5 GCSE subjects graded A*-C and must include: English Language, Mathematics and Science
|International entry information||Your country|
|International entry for this course|
We welcome international students with appropriate qualifications for entry to the programme through UCAS and students who successfully complete the Foundation Certificate in Science and Engineering (Health and Medicine) programme at the Liverpool International College. Success at interview is also required.
Students whose native language is not English must show evidence of proficiency in English to a standard equivalent to average academic Level 7 of the International English Language Testing System (IELTS), with no component lower than 6.5.
|Academic reference||An academic reference must be included within the UCAS application. If the applicant is a graduate and has been working since graduating (within three years), an employer reference is acceptable.|
|Profession-specific knowledge and skills required|
Candidates must show evidence, in their UCAS Personal Statement, of a good understanding of the scope of Occupational Therapy practice, preferably indicated by observational experience. It is recommended that applicants have observed Occupational Therapists at work and reflect this in their personal statement. It is preferable to have at least two visits, one being in the field of mental health and one being in the physical field.
The Personal Statement of the UCAS application form will be screened for evidence of what has been learned from these visits. Health Trust Open Days, careers conventions, information leaflets and websites may also provide useful background information. Experience in a paid or voluntary capacity in a health and well-being environment that demonstrates your caring nature.
|Declaration of criminal background|
You will understand that as a health sciences student, and when you qualify, you will be asked to treat children and other vulnerable people. We therefore need information about any criminal offences of which you may have been convicted, or with which you have been charged.
The University and the School of Health Sciences has an obligation to undertake health screening on all prospective healthcare students. Any offer of a place to study is conditional on completion of a health questionnaire and a satisfactory assessment of fitness to train from the University's Occupational Health Service. This will include some obligatory immunisations and blood tests.
If you have, or think you have dyslexia or a long term health condition or impairment that may have the potential to impact upon your studies and/or your Fitness to Practice duty, please complete the Disability form. We will contact you to discuss your support needs.
The academic profile, reference and personal statement of each candidate are given equal consideration. Due to the large number of applications it is advised that candidates ensure that they present with the strongest possible application.
UCAS forms are screened once they are received. If an applicant meets our criteria they will be invited to attend a selection day at the University of Liverpool. This will include a values-based interview, based on the National Health Service Constitution, and an opportunity to meet staff and current students and view the department. If successful, they will then be made an offer.
|Additional essential requirements
Additional requirements include:
- Knowledge/understanding of the profession
- Evidence of care/compassion for others
- Evidence of teamwork and personal achievement
- Evidence of verbal/written communication skills
Please download Occupational Therapy entry criteria for full details.
|Mature students and access courses|
Studying for a degree later in life can be highly rewarding and our mature students are among some of our most successful. However, we appreciate that it is a big step for you to take, and that you’ll have lots of questions that you’ll want to discuss with us. We’re here to help, so please do get in touch.
Our Mature Students and Access courses pages contain lots of information and, importantly, a point of contact to talk things through with you.
Most (see exceptions below) of our non-clinical programmes welcome General Studies as an A level upon which we will make an offer.
General Studies is not considered for:
- Diagnostic Radiography
- Life Sciences
- Management School
- Occupational Therapy
- Veterinary Science