Occupational Therapy BSc (Hons) Add to your prospectus

  • Offers study abroad opportunities Offers study abroad opportunities
  • This degree is accreditedAccredited

Key information

  • Course length: 3 years
  • UCAS code: B920
  • Year of entry: 2018
  • Typical offer: A-level : BBB / IB : 30 / BTEC : Applications considered

Entry Requirements

Clinical Requirements

For details of full clinical and academic requirements for this course, please download BSc (Hons) Occupational Therapy 2018 Academic & Clinical 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.

A level offerGCE A2 Level at grades BBB From three A2 Levels (or two A2 levels and two AS Levels) to include Health and Social Care, Psychology, Sociology or Biology, PE or Sport Science.
Higher grades may be required from re-sit students.

Applied Science A-Level will only be considered when offered with another Science A-Level, not Applied.
Subject requirements5 GCSE subjects at grade A*-C. Subjects to include English Language, Mathematics and a Science subject.

Applied GCSEs are not accepted.

For applicants from England: Where a science has been taken at A level (Chemistry, Biology or Physics), a pass in the Science practical of each subject will be required.
BTEC Level 3 National Extended DiplomaBTEC nationals are considered in addition to 5 GCSEs grades A* - C, which must include English Language, Maths and a Science. Where numerical grading has been introduced, English Language, Maths and a Science will be required at Grade 5 or above. Please note that Science dual award is acceptable but Core Science and Applied GCSEs will not be considered. The BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma and National Diploma must be the 2016 specification. We do not accept the BTEC Nationals (2010, QCF).

BTEC National Level 3 Extended Diploma (180 credits) will be considered at DDD. This should be in Health and Social Care, Sport and Exercise Science or Applied Science.
BTEC Level 3 National Diploma (120 Credits) in either Health and Social Care, Sport and Exercise Science or Applied Science will be considered at DD, alongside one A Level at a minimum of Grade B.

We will accept one BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate at a minimum of Distinction. This must be accompanied by two A-Levels at Grade B, of which one subject must include Biology, Health and Social Care, Psychology, Sociology, PE or Sport Science. Three separate subjects must be taken between the two qualifications.

5 GCSE subjects graded A*-C and must include English Language, Mathematics, and Science Where numerical grading is introduced English Language, Mathematics and Science will be required at grade 5.Science Dual Award is acceptable. Core and Applied Science GCSEs will not be considered. All GCSEs should be obtained at one sitting.
International BaccalaureateMinimum of 30 points, including 3 Higher Level subjects at minimum of Grade 5 and Biology at Grade 6.
European Baccalaureate74% overall with a minimum mark of 8 in biology and no subject mark below 6.
Irish Leaving CertificateIrish Leaving Certificate
Two higher level subjects at H2, which should be in English and Biology. In addition, four higher level subjects at H3.
Scottish Higher/Advanced HigherAdvanced 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.

Higher grades may be required from resit students.
Welsh Baccalaureate AdvancedGrade BB at A level (must include one Science subject), plus the Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate at Grade A.
Cambridge Pre-U DiplomaWill be considered.
AQA BaccalaureateWill be considered.
EU applicants

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 requirementsEU Qualifications
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. 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.
AccessAccess courses via distance learning are not acceptable for entry on to this programme.

For details of full Access Course requirements please download Access Course requirements for Occupational Therapy.
International entry informationYour country
International entry for this course

We have a limited number of places for international students. The preferred route of entry is via Liverpool International College.


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. We therefore need information about any criminal offences of which you may have been convicted, or with which you have been charged. The information you provide may later be checked with the police. Please complete the Declaration of Criminal Background form.

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:

  • Knowlegde/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 2018 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.

General Studies

Most (see exceptions below) of our non-clinical programmes welcome General Studies as one of three A levels upon which we make an offer. However, applicants may offer only one of General Studies, Critical Thinking, Citizenship Studies among their three A levels.

General Studies is not considered for:

  • Diagnostic Radiography
  • Dentistry
  • Life Sciences
  • Management School
  • Medicine
  • Nursing
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Orthoptics
  • Physiotherapy
  • Radiotherapy
  • Veterinary Science