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Admissions criteria - Occupational Therapy

This information applies to the BSc (Hons) Occupational Therapy three year full-time.

Applicants should show a friendly, outgoing personality, patience, tact, a real interest in people and in helping them to solve their own problems. Extra-curricular activities, work experience and interests will be taken into account during selection, as will the learning style preference of the applicant.

Applicants should demonstrate a general understanding of the Occupational Therapy profession and also gain a broad knowledge of the breadth and diversity of occupational therapy through reading occupational therapy journals and by speaking with occupational therapists. Information can be obtained from the British Association/College of Occupational Therapists website.

Programme-specific entry requirements are summarised below:

  • UCAS Personal Statement
    The personal statement is an important part of the selection process and assessment of this may have implications on the conditions set for entry. Demonstrating that you are making an informed choice of career is vital in your personal statement.

A-level, Welsh Baccalaureate and International Baccalaureate

A-level, Welsh Baccalaureate and International Baccalaureate requirements can be found in Course Finder.

General Studies, Critical Thinking and Citizenship are not acceptable at GCE AS or A-level.

Other qualifications

Applications from those offering alternative qualifications are welcome, as are those who may have combinations of qualifications or other relevant work/life experience.  If you would like to know the entry requirements for a specific qualification not listed here, please contact our admissions team on either or +44 (0)29 2087 9999.

International applicants

This course at Cardiff University regrets that it is unable to accept applications for the 2016/17 intake (including deferred applications to 2017/18) from international fee-status applicants.

For non UK EU students, the majority of applicants offer A level subjects, some other international qualifications are acceptable. Academic IELTS (International English Language Testing System) with an overall score of 7.0 with not less than 7.0 in listening and reading and not less than 7.0 in writing and speaking.

European Baccalaureate Diploma

The School will consider applicants offering the Diploma with a final overall mark of at least 77%.

Applicants not meeting standard entry requirements

All applicants are considered individually and on merit. If not meeting any of the standard entry requirements, applicants must provide evidence of an ability to study at the level of higher education. Applicants must be able to provide evidence of suitable learning when applying for any of the Occupational Therapy programmes, e.g. successful completion of educational qualifications not listed above or through submission of a personal portfolio of achievement. Consideration will be given to the level and recency of the qualification(s).

Additional requirements for admission

Health checks

All offers given by the School of Healthcare Sciences will be conditional upon a satisfactory health check. A Health Declaration form will be sent to applicants when offers are made. Applicants who have decided to accept offers given by Cardiff University will be sent an 'Occupational Health Questionnaire' which they are required to complete and return to the University's Department of Occupational Health by 31 July in the year of entry.

Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS)

Admission is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (1974) Section 4(2) (Exemption) Order 1975 and DHSS Circular HC (88)9 guidelines regarding child protection and criminal record checks. It is also considered important to ensure that an applicant’s attitudes and values are such that he or she can reasonably be admitted to the profession. All offers given to applicants will therefore, include a condition relating to a satisfactory criminal record check. This condition must be satisfied by 31 July in the year of entry. Applicants will be required to complete the University’s own Criminal Record Disclaimer form and also to complete the Disclosure and Barring Service process (at the "Enhanced" level). DBS application forms will be sent to all applicants who decide to accept Cardiff University's offer, in their year of entry.

Enrolment on to the course cannot take place until a satisfactory disclosure has been received from the Disclosure and Barring Service. Delay in returning the DBS form may also compromise an applicant's university accommodation options. Those who are known to be travelling overseas at the relevant time should endeavour to authorise another individual to deal with this correspondence on their behalf.

Detailed information will be given to successful applicants with letters offering places. Information on the Disclosure process can be found on the Disclosure and Barring Service website.

All information will be treated in absolute confidence and applicants with convictions to declare will be assessed as to their suitability for the programme to be studied.

All applications for a place on any of the Healthcare Sciences degree schemes must be made through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) application service.

An admissions tutor assesses the application and makes selection decisions. In order to establish your potential to cope with the academic requirements of the programme, the initial assessment consists of prioritising applications based on meeting the minimum academic criteria and predicted grades.

Prior to interview, it would be advantageous to have visited a variety of occupational therapy settings in order to be able to discuss different aspects of the work of an occupational therapist.

No applicants will be given an offer without an interview.

The School of Healthcare Sciences does not have any standardised admissions test requirements.

The interviews at the School of Healthcare Sciences involve the use of a Multi Mini Interview (MMI) procedure which is based on the Objective Structured Clinical Examination format, commonly used by Health Sciences programmes to evaluate clinical competence. The MMI process is an opportunity to address interviewees in person and to assess information that is not always readily forthcoming in traditional application processes.

The MMIs are made up of a series of short, carefully timed interview stations which provide information about an applicants' ability to think on their feet, to critically appraise information, to communicate ideas and demonstrate that they have thought about some of the issues that are important to the nursing profession.

There are six stations in total. Each mini interview lasts a maximum of five minutes.

Two important points to remember:

  • the MMI is not intended to test the amount of prior knowledge in these domains
  • interview stations change throughout the week

Occupational Therapy Multiple Mini Interview (MMI) dates are:

  • 16, 17 December 2019
  • 15, 17 January 2020
  • 19, 28 February 2020
  • 4, 11 March 2020

The School of Healthcare Sciences will consider resit applicants on an individual basis.

The School of Healthcare Sciences has no objection to the possibility of deferred entry providing the intervening year is spent in a positive and worthwhile way. Application is made through UCAS in the usual way, although the UCAS application must be amended appropriately.

Transfers with credit from another Higher Education institution

The School of Healthcare Sciences will consider applications from students wishing to transfer to Cardiff from other Healthcare Schools only where there are compelling personal circumstances supporting a transfer, and where the applicant, (a) meets the entry requirements for the relevant degree scheme, and (b) has achieved a satisfactory level of performance in each module taken at his/her current institution.

Transfer with credit from another programme at Cardiff University

Applications for transfers from students wishing to transfer to Year one from other Schools within Cardiff University are considered where the applicant meets the entry requirements for the relevant degree scheme and is able to demonstrate motivation to study healthcare.