BSc (Hons) Occupational Therapy - Entry requirements
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Entry requirements

Highly competitive with Five GCSEs (C or above) required, including English, Maths and Science. Minimum 300 points (80 must be in a biological or social science, combined AS levels accepted). Other qualifications such as BTEC and Access to HE (45 L3 credits, 15 from Biology or Social Science) in Health/Science are considered. Please enquire for details.

Extended entry requirements

  • In addition to the above, evidence of academic study within the last five years is required
  • More information on selecting the right Access course
  • Please note: From September 2012 entry, we will not accept Key Skills Level 2 in place of GCSE English or mathematics, unless you are studying them as part of an access course
  • All applicants must pass enhanced disclosure and barring service and occupational health checks satisfactorily in order to be able to start this course and complete a yearly declaration once on the course. Details of these checks can be found by selecting the link
  • If English is not your first language you will have to achieve an IELTS or equivalent qualification at the grades stated below. If you are considering another equivalent qualification, please contact admissions
    • IELTS - Overall average score of at least 7.0, with a score of at least 7.0 in the listening and reading sections and at least 7.0 in the writing and speaking sections
    • TOEFL 'internet-based' test (ibt) - 100
    • TOEFL Paper test - 600
  • Meeting the academic minimum is the first stage of an application being considered. Applicants must also submit a strong personal statement in order to be considered further. Here we have provided further information on the application process and enhancing your application.
  • Students are expected to take placements were allocated.

We have collated frequently asked questions we receive from applicants which is available via the link. We strongly advise you view this page which can help with any further questions you might have about applying.

Tariff Score300
Prospective students apply to Plymouth University with a wide range of qualifications. For your ease, we have listed below those qualifications that are a valid entry route onto certain courses. Where a qualification is greyed out, it is not a requirement for this particular course.
AAT level 3 NVQ in Accounting
Accreditation of Prior (Experiential) Learning
Additional Diploma (QCF) (Level 3)
Advanced Certificate (QCF) (Level 3)
Advanced Diploma (QCF) (Level 3)
Advanced Extension Award (AEA)
Advanced Placement Tests
AQA Baccalaureate
ASDAN Certificate for Personal Effectiveness
Asset Languages
Award (QCF) (Level 3)
British Horse Society Awards
BTEC Award (QCF) (Level 3)
BTEC Certificate (QCF) (Level 3)
BTEC Diploma (QCF) (Level 3)
BTEC Extended Certificate (QCF) (Level 3)
BTEC Extended Diploma (QCF) (Level 3)
BTEC National Certificate in Children's Care, Learning and Devt (Theory) (2007 onwards)
BTEC National Certificate in Early Years (Theory) (pre-2007)
BTEC National Diploma in Children's Care, Learning and Devt (Theory) (2007 onwards)
BTEC National Diploma in Early Years (Theory) (pre-2007)
BTEC National in Children's Care, Learning and Devt, Prof Practice Element (2007 onwards)
BTEC National in Early Years (Practical) (pre-2007)
BTEC Subsidiary Certificate (QCF) (Level 3)
BTEC Subsidiary Diploma (QCF) (Level 3)
BTEC/Scottish Higher National Certificate (HNC)
BTEC/Scottish Higher National Diploma (HND)
CACHE Award in Child Care and Education
CACHE Certificate in Childcare and Education
CACHE Diploma in Child Care & Education
Cambridge Pre-U Certificate
CeFS (Certifcate in Financial Studies)
Certificate (QCF) (Level 3)
CFSP (Certificate in Financial Services Practice)
DipFS (Diploma in Financial Studies)
Diploma (QCF) (Level 3)
Diploma in Fashion Retail
Diploma in Foundation Studies (Art & Design)
EDI Level 3 Certificate in Accounting
English Language Requirements for International Applicants
Essential Skills Wales
European Baccalaureate
Extended Certificate (QCF) (Level 3)
Extended Diploma (QCF) (Level 3)
Extended Project (2008 onwards)
Foundation Degree
FSMQ (Free Standing Maths Qualifications)
Functional Skills
GCE AS Double Award
Higher Apprenticeships
Higher Sports Leader Award
Introductory Diploma (QCF) (Level 3)
Key Skill - Application of Number
Key skill - Communication
Key skill - ICT
Key skill - Improving Own Knowledge
Key skill - Problem Solving
Key skill - Working with Others
Music (ABRSM/Guildhall/LCMM/Trinity/Rockschool)
NVQ Award (QCF) (Level 3)
NVQ Certificate (QCF) (Level 3)
NVQ Diploma (QCF) (Level 3)
OCR Certificate for IT Practitioners
OCR Diploma for IT Practitioners
OCR Level 3 Certificate in Mathematics for Engineers
Others
PC Passport
PCert LAM - Drama
Progression Diploma
Scottish Baccalaureate
Scottish Core Skills - Application of Number
Scottish Core Skills - Communication
Scottish Core Skills - ICT
Scottish Core Skills - Problem Solving
Scottish Core Skills - Working with Others
Scottish Framework - Advanced Higher
Scottish Framework - Credit Standard Grade (Grades 1 & 2)
Scottish Framework - Higher
Scottish Framework - Intermediate 2
Scottish Group Awards
Scottish National Certificate
Scottish points
Speech and Drama Exams (grades 6-8)
Ungraded Higher
Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Diploma (core plus options)
Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Diploma (Core plus Practical Learning)
Work-based Learning: Advanced Apprenticeships
Work-based Learning: NVQ Level 3
Work-based Learning: Other
Access To HE Courses (including Scottish Access)
Subjects / score / points / percentage required for entry ? Must be in a Health related subject. Must obtain 15 level 3 credits in Science/Social Science subject with at least 33 credits at merit and/or distinction.
BTEC National Award (6 units) (not including Early Years)
Additional information Social Science/Science preferred
Acceptability Acceptable only when combined with other quals
Grades required Distinction
BTEC National Certificate (12 units) (not including Early Years)
Additional information Social Science/Science preferred
Acceptability Acceptable only when combined with other quals
Grades required Distinction, Distinction
BTEC National Diploma (18 units) (not including Early Years)
Additional information Social Science/Science preferred
Acceptability Acceptable on its own & combined with other quals
Grades required Distinction, Distinction, Merit
GCE A Level
Additional information Science/Social Science subjects preferred
Acceptability Acceptable on its own & combined with other quals
Subjects / score / points / percentage required for entry ? 300 pts total with 160 from two A Levels
Subjects excluded for entry ? General Studies & Key skills
GCE A level Double Award
Additional information Science/Social Science subjects preferred
Acceptability Acceptable on its own & combined with other quals
Subjects / score / points / percentage required for entry ? 300 pts total with 160 from two A Levels
GCE AS
Additional information Science/Social Science preferred
Acceptability Acceptable only when combined with other quals
Subjects / score / points / percentage required for entry ? 300
OCR National Certificate (6 units)
Additional information Social Science/Science preferred
Acceptability Acceptable only when combined with other quals
Subjects / score / points / percentage required for entry ? Distinction and additional qualifications equivalent to 180 UCAS tariff points.
Grades required Distinction
OCR National Diploma (12 units)
Additional information Social Science/Science preferred
Acceptability Acceptable only when combined with other quals
Grades required Distinction
OCR National Extended Diploma (18 units)
Additional information Social Science/Science preferred
Acceptability Acceptable on its own & combined with other quals
Subjects / score / points / percentage required for entry ? D2/M1
Grades required Distinction
Cambridge Pre-U
Additional information refer to institution
International Baccalaureate
Additional information Social Science/Science profile
Acceptability Acceptable on its own & combined with other quals
Subjects / score / points / percentage required for entry ? 27 pts required (13 at higher).
Irish Leaving Certificate
Additional information Social Science/Science subject higher must be included
Acceptability Acceptable on its own & combined with other quals
GCSE/SQA Standard Grade
Subjects / score / points / percentage required for entry ? 5 GCSEs grade C or above & to include English, maths & science. This is in addition to A Levels or equivalent qualifications. Key skills will not be accepted in lieu of GCSE"s.
English, Welsh and Northern Irish points
Volume and depth of study (GCE A level or equivalent)
Minimum number required 2
Number preferred 3
Tariff Score
Range of points in conditional offers 300
Minimum points required from qualifications with the volume and depth of A level or equivalent 300
Specific requirements
Specific subject, award and score/grade requirements 300 pts with 160 from two A Levels
Advanced Diploma
Other information Refer to institution
Acceptability Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications