Occupational Therapy BSc (Hons)

Key information

Entry Requirements

Clinical Requirements

Please view the 2022 Occupational Therapy entry criteria.

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.

We believe in treating applicants as individuals 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 headteacher, medical practitioner, etc).

Please find below indicative offers for the BSc Occupational Therapy programme. If you would like to discuss your qualifications please contact School of Health Science Admissions office on +44 (0)151 794 9490/5712/5901 for further information. 

A level requirementsBBB (this is the typical entry requirement) for this course.

General Studies is not considered for this course.

Subject requirements5 GCSEs at grades A*-C or 4-9 including Maths and English Language. Please note English Language must be achieved at a minimum of grade 5. A GCSE Science subject (not applied) must be achieved at grades 4-9 or A*-C if applicants are not offering an A-level Science qualification or level 3 equivalent.
BTEC Level 3 National Extended DiplomaBTEC 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, or equivalent level 3 qualification. 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, Physical Education or Sport Science. Two 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 or equivalent level 3 qualifications. 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 three qualifications.
International Baccalaureate30 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 Baccalaureate74% overall with a minimum mark of 8 in biology and no subject mark below 6.
Irish Leaving Certificate6 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 HigherAdvanced Higher Level/Higher Level
A minimum of 5Bs from any combination of Higher levels and advanced Higher levels. 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 AdvancedWJEC Advanced Welsh Baccalaureate Skills Challenge Certificate (Level 3) at grade A in addition to two level 3 qualifications as outlined above.
Cambridge Pre-U DiplomaGrade 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 BaccalaureateWill be considered.
Graduate applicationWe 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.
AccessThe Access to HE Diploma should include 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. The diploma qualification should be supported by a sound academic background. We would usually expect applicants to meet the GCSE requirements listed.
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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 referenceAn 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. All students therefore need to undergo an enhanced DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) check before admittance to the programme.  International applicants may be asked to complete the equivalent criminal records disclosure check from their home country if relevant.

Health screening

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.

Disability information

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.

Important information

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.

Selection Process

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.


Applicants who offer the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) and meet our offer criteria will be made the standard offer, plus an alternative offer. This will be at one A Level grade lower plus a grade A in the EPQ, for example the offer would be BBC plus A in the EPQ.

Alternative entry requirements