University of Salford Manchester

Applying for Salford Alternative Entry Scheme

You should first apply for your chosen course through UCAS. Please note you must have applied to the University of Salford through UCAS and have successfully received an offer before you can proceed with this scheme.

Applicants are recommended for Salford Alternative Entry Scheme on the basis of their application submitted via UCAS.

How to Apply

How do I know if I am recommended onto the scheme?

Those applicants recommended for the scheme will be notified via the offer received on UCAS, or via communication from our admissions team.

What if I have already applied through UCAS?

If you have already applied through UCAS, you will receive a decision on your offer letter via UCAS Track, or via email communication from the admissions team.

The offer letter will detail if you are eligible for the scheme, and what to do next. The offer will also detail which route you need to take, which would either be the APL assessment or MSAP-UK test.

If you have any questions about your current UCAS application, please contact the University of Salford admissions department on ug-admissions@salford.ac.uk.

Route 1: Accreditation for Prior Experiential Learning (APEL)

We welcome applications from students who may not have formal/traditional entry criteria but who have relevant experience or the ability to pursue the course successfully.

The Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) process could help you to make your work and life experience count. The APL process can be used for entry onto courses or to give you exemptions from parts of your course.

Two forms of APL may be used for entry: the Accreditation of Prior Certificated Learning (APCL) or the Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL).

This route is suitable for courses in Business and Law, Health, Environmental Life Sciences and Arts and Media. Your offer will detail what you need to do next if you are recommended to proceed with the APEL route.

If you have any questions about the APEL route, please contact Ruth Potts at r.potts@salford.ac.uk.

Route 2: MSAP-UK test

A brief description of the test modules can be seen below. You can find out more and book your test by visiting the MSAP-UK website.

MSAP-UK has a Written English module, and two different multiple-choice modules. You will sit module one, the Written English test and one of the other modules dependent on the course you are applying to. Details are available from MSAP-UK.

The test (MSAP-UK ) is administered by our partners, ACER (Australian Council for Educational Research).

A brief description of the test modules can be seen below. You can find out more and book your test by visiting the MSAP-UK website.

MSAP-UK module information

Module one – Written English: One Hour

This module involves two writing tasks. The responses will be assessed on:

  • The content of the piece of writing;
  • The structure and organisation developed;
  • The language used to organise and present what is said;

Module two – Reasoning in the Humanities and Social Sciences: One hour

There are 35 questions in multiple-choice format with four responses to choose from. There is only one correct response. The questions focus on your understanding of ideas in language. Some questions will ask candidates to identify the main idea in a passage, or interpret specific words and phrases.

Module three – Reasoning in the Sciences, Mathematics and Social Sciences: One hour

There are 35 questions in multiple-choice format with four responses to choose from. There is only one correct response. The questions focus on comprehension, application, decision making and solving scientific and mathematical information. Some questions require candidates to interpret figures, identify connections, relationships and patterns. Other questions will require basic calculation, estimation and application of equations.

Taking the test

Route 2 of Salford Alternative Entry Scheme requires applicants to sit a test, and is a combination of two of the three modules listed above. The modules are assigned to each course based on recommendations made by academic staff at the University of Salford. Please see the tables below in the 'Module Breakdown by course' section to find out which modules you will need to take, depending on the course you have applied for.

Module 1 (Written English) and 3 (Reasoning in the Sciences, Mathematics and Social Sciences)
Course Code Title
B701 BSc (Hons) Nursing/RN Adult
B702 BSc (Hons) Nursing/RN Children and Young People's
B760 BSc (Hons) Nursing/RN Mental Health
BL75 BSc (Hons) Integrated Practice in Learning Disabilities Nursing and Social Work
B720 BSc (Hons) Midwifery (156 weeks)
L500 BA (Hons) Social Work
H341 BEng (Hons) Audio Acoustics
H649 BSc (Hons) Professional Sound and Video Technology
H410 BEng (Hons) Aeronautical Engineering
H404 MEng (Hons) Aeronautical Engineering
H490 BEng (Hons) Aircraft Engineering with Pilot Studies
H492 MEng (Hons) Aircraft Engineering with Pilot Studies
H491 BSc (Hons) Aviation Technology with Pilot Studies
H200 BEng (Hons) Civil Engineering
H208 BSc (Hons) Civil Engineering
H210 MEng (Hons) Civil Engineering
HK2C BEng (Hons) Civil and Architectural Engineering
HK21 MEng (Hons) Civil and Architectural Engineering
G100 BSc (Hons) Mathematics
H304 BEng (Hons) Mechanical Engineering
H301 MEng Mechanical Engineering
H8H3 BEng (Hons) Petroleum and Mechanical Engineering
F300 BSc (Hons) Physics
F303 MPhys (Hons) Physics
F384 BSc (Hons) Physics with Acoustics
F385 MPhys (Hons) Physics with Acoustics
F304 MPhys (Hons) Physics with Studies in North America
F310 BSc (Hons) Pure and Applied Physics
K190 BSc (Hons) Architectural Design and Technology
K100 BSc (Hons) Architecture
K230 BSc (Hons) Building Surveying
K200 Construction Property Management
N230 BSc (Hons) Property and Real Estate
K240 BSc (Hons) Quantity Surveying
Module 1  (Written English) and 2 (Reasoning in the Humanities and Social Sciences)
Course Code Title
B9C8 BSc (Hons) Counselling and Psychotherapy
L400 BSc (Hons) Social Policy
L300 BSc (Hons) Sociology
M900 BSc (Hons) Criminology
LM39 BSc (Hons) Criminology and Sociology
L402 BSc (Hons) Social Policy (Bury)
LM49 BSc (Hons) Criminology and Sociology (Bury)