MSc (Pre-reg) Occupational Therapy at The University of Salford - September 2019

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Hi everyone,

Well, I've genuinely looked all over the forums but I cannot seem to find a thread about Postgraduate students looking to start on the brand new MSc (Pre-reg) OT course at The University of Salford for September 2019.

I found the interview process a breeze (a quick telephone chat) and was lucky enough to secure the grades that I needed from my original undergrad degree in MFL. Phew!

I would love to know if anyone else on here will be joining the course at Salford next month and if so, it would be so interesting to hear what your original undergrad degrees have been in.

Looking forward to hearing from you soon!

Thanks everyone
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Hey
I am really interesting in pursuing a degree in occupational therapy may I ask what sort of questions were asked during your interview?
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Hi,

The questions I was asked were quite straightforward really: what was my interest in Occupational Therapy and how do I think skills from my undergraduate degree would be relevant to the OT role. This was at Salford Uni. Usually for the Postgrad, pre-registration route, you will need a degree at 2.2 minimum usually in a related field like health and social care, psychology or biology. This isn't always the case with some unis though as they can be a bit more lenient so you might have to research which courses fit your current qualifications.

There's a big emphasis on previous work experience within OT so my advice would be to ensure you have developed enough skills in similar roles to really secure your place at interview. That could be through volunteering or by working as an Assistant Practitioner within medical therapies related to OT. My previous experience included working within a hospice with an OT specialising in Falls Prevention and Management and I also shadowed the OTs in the Allied Health/Therapy departments at my local hospital to gain an even broader insight into the role. I really enjoyed it!

You have several options when training to become an OT: the traditional undergraduate route (BSc OT), training as an Occupational Therapy Associate (Degree Apprenticeship) or studying for a Masters through the Pre-reg/Postgrad route - this is the pathway I am taking to train and qualify. Overall, I'm really pleased with my decision to train as an Occupational Therapist, I was so stressed out in my previous position as a student primary school teacher but OT has allowed me regain my work/life balance back again.

Please drop me a private message if you have any further questions
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Hi,

The questions I was asked were quite straightforward really: what was my interest in Occupational Therapy and how do I think skills from my undergraduate degree would be relevant to the OT role. This was at Salford Uni. Usually for the Postgrad, pre-registration route, you will need a degree at 2.2 minimum usually in a related field like health and social care, psychology or biology. This isn't always the case with some unis though as they can be a bit more lenient so you might have to research which courses fit your current qualifications.

There's a big emphasis on previous work experience within OT so my advice would be to ensure you have developed enough skills in similar roles to really secure your place at interview. That could be through volunteering or by working as an Assistant Practitioner within medical therapies related to OT. My previous experience included working within a hospice with an OT specialising in Falls Prevention and Management and I also shadowed the OTs in the Allied Health/Therapy departments at my local hospital to gain an even broader insight into the role. I really enjoyed it!

You have several options when training to become an OT: the traditional undergraduate route (BSc OT), training as an Occupational Therapy Associate (Degree Apprenticeship) or studying for a Masters through the Pre-reg/Postgrad route - this is the pathway I am taking to train and qualify. Overall, I'm really pleased with my decision to train as an Occupational Therapist, I was so stressed out in my previous position as a student primary school teacher but OT has allowed me regain my work/life balance back again.

Please drop me a private message if you have any further questions
Hi, Thank you so much for this response it has been really helpful for me!
I recently graduated with a 2.1 degree in psychology and have been considering applying to study MSC occupational therapy at University of Derby in 2020. Ideally I would have liked to have started studying this year but felt there are a few things I need to work out before doing so. Living in a small village there is not a lot surrounding me and I have not learnt to drive just yet, so I am working on this which will hopefully open up more doors for me. But because of this I am finding work experience quite difficult to gain as public transport is not easily accessible to hospitals in my area.
It appears you have a lot of work experience relating to Occupational Therapy which is brilliant, congrats on getting into University of Salford. I have some experience as a one to one teaching assistant (my current job) and also volunteering as a befriender in a retirement village to help reduce feelings of loneliness and was regularly involved in discussing and supporting older adults in their everyday life. Many would talk about how important their occupational therapists have been in gaining their independence back and it was through this experience I decided how much I would also love to help support individuals in this way. Do you think that it is essential to have specific work experience shadowing an OC?
Thanks again for your help!
All the best, Ellie
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I think your work on 1:1 basis with pupils who have additional needs will boost your application, as will the post in the retirement community. It sounds like you would make a great OT practitioner! My advice is definitely make sure this is something that you want to do by doing as much research into the profession as you can. Once you’ve got this sorted and have examples of RCOT standards on board etc. you’re good to apply. Best of luck!
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I have been looking into occupational therapy at University of Salford in terms of researching about the career and what it involves. However, I am thinking of engaging in work experience but I don't know what the best way is in terms of reaching out to hospitals or other private organisations. Any chance that you could help? I'm from Manchester so Salford isn't far away but I'm just looking for practical experience before I decide that I would want to study the masters (Pre-reg) in Occupational therapy. Any other tips would be helpful. I have only graduated from university but in a completely different field (Not healthcare) and it's too late to apply to start in September as the application stage has already been filled. I don't want to jump into studying just any Masters degree but I'm still unsure as to what I would like to do career wise.
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Hi I was just wondering if anyone knew how long the personal statement needs to be for this course. I’ve looked at the FAQs document which tells you to include a lot of very specific information but then when completely the online application, they link you to a restrictive template, asking the following 5 questions and states it can only be 500 words:

1. Why have you applied to study this course?
2. Why have you chosen to study at the University of Salford?
3. What skills, experience and qualities do I have that will be beneficial to you whilst studying the course.
4. What skills or expertise do I hope to gain from studying this course?
5. How will studying this course help you to progress in your career?

Is that correct? It just doesn’t feel like the format is very applicable for the requirements of the OT pre registration course? Thanks
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Hi I was just wondering if anyone knew how long the personal statement needs to be for this course. I’ve looked at the FAQs document which tells you to include a lot of very specific information but then when completely the online application, they link you to a restrictive template, asking the following 5 questions and states it can only be 500 words:

1. Why have you applied to study this course?
2. Why have you chosen to study at the University of Salford?
3. What skills, experience and qualities do I have that will be beneficial to you whilst studying the course.
4. What skills or expertise do I hope to gain from studying this course?
5. How will studying this course help you to progress in your career?

Is that correct? It just doesn’t feel like the format is very applicable for the requirements of the OT pre registration course? Thanks
Hi missengland24,

If you are looking for a bit more support regarding your application and what to include in your personal statement, we have more details regarding the online application form available here: https://www.salford.ac.uk/guidance-u...plication-form.

The 500-word limit mentioned in the link is for undergraduate students using the direct application form, as a postgraduate student you don't have any limit set on your application. The form is to help you get some ideas down, rather than as a set template you need to follow. We still recommend keeping your personal statement to around 500 words if you can, part of being a master's student is the ability to write very clearly and concisely, and this is a great chance for you to show those skills.

If you need any more information or support, we have details on all of our forthcoming PG events here: https://www.salford.ac.uk/postgraduate-events.

We also have a range of different virtual content available, including videos on PG finance, applications, and student life and weekly drop-in sessions, allowing you to talk directly to a member of our PG team. More details can be found here: https://www.salford.ac.uk/schools-an...pport-sessions.

Best of luck with the application, and please let us know if we can help in any way.

Ben
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Hi missengland24,

If you are looking for a bit more support regarding your application and what to include in your personal statement, we have more details regarding the online application form available here: https://www.salford.ac.uk/guidance-u...plication-form.

The 500-word limit mentioned in the link is for undergraduate students using the direct application form, as a postgraduate student you don't have any limit set on your application. The form is to help you get some ideas down, rather than as a set template you need to follow. We still recommend keeping your personal statement to around 500 words if you can, part of being a master's student is the ability to write very clearly and concisely, and this is a great chance for you to show those skills.

If you need any more information or support, we have details on all of our forthcoming PG events here: https://www.salford.ac.uk/postgraduate-events.

We also have a range of different virtual content available, including videos on PG finance, applications, and student life and weekly drop-in sessions, allowing you to talk directly to a member of our PG team. More details can be found here: https://www.salford.ac.uk/schools-an...pport-sessions.

Best of luck with the application, and please let us know if we can help in any way.

Ben
Thank you very much Ben. Those links are so useful and I really appreciate you taking the time to respond to my queries.
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Hello all, does anyone know what sort of work experience I could get to apply for Jan 2022 entry? The application has to be in by April 2021 and I’m worried I won’t get any experience in the middle of covid-19. I am currently employed as a nurse but want to change career. Therefor I have experience working with an Ot but no shadowing experience
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