Other admission requirements
We strongly recommend you visit an Occupational Therapy department or talk to at least one Occupational Therapist prior to interview, as you will be asked about your understanding of their role.
In addition to a degree, candidates should have a GCSE grade C or above in English Language. If you have an unrelated first degree, but have experience in occupational therapy, your application will be considered. Applicants unable to meet the formal academic entry requirements, but who hold another relevant professional qualification such as a diploma in physiotherapy, nursing, chiropody or podiatry are welcome to apply.
Candidates will need to show post-qualification academic performance, a range of continuing professional development (CPD), and relevant professional experience. We look for a clear understanding of the work of an occupational therapist, so it is useful if you have undertaken some work experience or shadowing. The programme is intensive and you need to be a committed, independent learner.
*If applicants don't have recent study within the last three years, they may still be considered if they have appropriate work/life experience.
Overseas students and language requirements
We welcome applications from overseas students. If English is not your first language we also require one of the following qualifications:
-IELTS - an overall mark of 7 with no less than 6.5 in any one component.
-TOEFL - 550 points paper-based or 213 points computer-based.
-Cambridge proficiency grade C.
All places are offered subject to successful interview, as well as Disclosure and Barring Service clearance (DBS formerly CRB), medical fitness to practise and proof of qualifications.
Fitness to practise and health requirements
All offers of a place are subject to satisfactory health screening. Further information will be provided following the offer of a place.
Please note that Professional Bodies such as the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) and the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) have certain requirements regarding health and character status of applicants and their ability to meet the required core professional competencies and to practise safely without direct supervision. Please read the NMC (https://www.nmc.org.uk/education/becoming-a-nurse-or-midwife/when-studying-to-be-a-nurse-or-midwife/
) and HCPC (http://www.hcpc-uk.org/audiences/studentsandapplicants/disabledguide/
) information to find out more. Please ask us for advice and/or support as early as possible in the application process if you have any questions about this requirement.
For more information about core competencies and medical fitness to train please click here - http://www.heops.org.uk/guide.php
There are fitness standards provided here for most programmes of study: health professions, social work and teaching.
In some instances, an applicant may be invited to attend a professional practice panel to discuss any recommended reasonable adjustments, and whether or not core professional competencies are achievable.
In order to be admitted and continue on the course, students must be deemed as medically fit for both practice and theory by the Occupational Health Department. If you have any concerns about a health condition/issue and its impact on your ability to undertake the course please contact the Occupational Health Department as early as possible in the application process.
Telephone: 01253 657950
E-mail: [email protected]
Disclosure and Barring Service check
If you are offered a place we require you to comply with an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) background clearance check. Details on the policy can be found here - http://my.cumbria.ac.uk/Public/ER/Documents/Admissions/Disclosure/DBSPolicy.pdf